Ioan grew up with aviation in his family, with his father flying in the Romanian Air Force. Wanting his son to be diversified in his skills, his father insisted that Ioan learn the piano and accordion instead of learning to fly. It wasn’t until much later that Ioan realized he could actually learn to fly an airplane.
With a 10 kt headwind, Ioan accomplished his requisite 3 landings and became a proud new solo pilot. After the flight we went out to dinner to celebrate. The waitress asked us if we were celebrating anything and I said “Yes, Ioan just soloed.” She said “congratulations on being single!” Ha! I tried to explain what soloing meant, but I could tell she really didn’t get it.