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Possibly the best days ever
Student pilot training at European Flight Academy is demanding and challenging. But after the theory phase, student pilots are rewarded with training in the Arizona desert or at the coast of Florida. An exciting time at the aviation campus begins.
“Mobile Traffic Cirrus 836EF, solo student lining up on Runway 27 for left closed traffic mobile”, the radio reports. Oliver, a 25-year-old trainee from Essen, Germany, aligns his aircraft on the runway of Mobile, the private airport of European Flight Academy southwest of Phoenix. Just as he has practiced numerous times, he pushes the thrust levers forward and lifts the Cirrus at 71 knots. The difference to before: today, he’s all alone in the cockpit.
From the cockpit windows, he can see the craggy rocks of the desert give way to clear-blue skies, and the higher the Cirrus climbs, the more ease and joy he feels at the sight of the endless desert landscape and its red valleys. The tension he still felt on the tarmac has vanished. All Oliver focuses on now is to implement what he has learned in training. There is no time to think about the fact that there is no flight instructor on board.
That is what Oliver’s first solo flight was like. “It’s an indescribable feeling to steer an aircraft all by yourself – and I think I speak for everybody when I claim that you will never forget your first flight!”