Congratulations to the new SOLO pilot, Pratul!!! What a way to end the year...New Years Eve on a brisk afternoon at Palo Alto airport.
Many wonder how CFI's actually deal with the stress of soloing their students. If you ask that question at the beginning of a student's training, it would seem hard to imagine turning that brand new student pilot loose in the air. But, as time goes on, and you see the person make progress, gain confidence, and ultimately have the skill to handle situations, it is kind of something that just presents itself as the next step.
And this was the case with Pratul, who did a great job on his first solo as the controllers gave their congratulations and waved as we taxied back to parking!