First Solo Flight of Student Pilot Rover James Barbaran Magbitang and Patrick Calil Brito Samonte

This Monday morning, September 10, 2018, on a clear but slightly cloudy weather day, wind calm condition, 3 newly reported PPL student pilots achieved their respective 1st Solo Flights in succession. Initially, a member of Batch Echo 2018, Student Pilot Emilson Santos Angeles, a 34 year old resident of Ayala Alabang on board RP-C8249 made his 1st Solo Flight on or about 0930H courtesy of the Head of Pilot Training, Capt Vladimir Evangelista. An hour later later, another member of Batch Echo 2018, flying with the same aircraft and the same flight instructor, 28 year old SP Rover James Barbaran Magbitang from Taguig City followed suit on or about 1050H. However, the last, but not the least 1st Soloist for the day is the 1st member of Batch Foxtrot 2018 to solo, 23 year old SP Patrick Calil Brito Samonte who successfully made it once again flying with the same aircraft and the same Flight Instructor on or about 1340H. Apparently, the latter who successfully soloed in just 6.8 flying hours broke the school record of 7.5 flying hours in December 20, 2016, the lowest flying time achieved before solo in it’s 10 years of existence, a very commendable historical feat indeed!Incidentally, the three (3) brand new 1st soloists for the day are graduates of prominent schools, De La Salle College of Saint Benilde, Asia Pacific College, Magallanes and De La Salle University, Manila with diverse courses; BS Information Technology, BS Business Management and BS Marketing Management respectively, a far cry from the aeronautical courses related to career in flying. This goes to prove that flying is a skill and does not delved on a select aviation courses alone but on any degree as long as the individual student has the right frame of mind, positive attitude, passion and sheer interest.
Congratulations to the three (3) 1st Soloists for the day for attaining the most unforgettable event of your early flying careers. Don’t forget that this is just the beginning of a very long and tedious journey to your point of destination that will propel you to greater heights in your quest for a very bright future in the aviation industry! Happy flying and have a Safe Flight always! God bless and Cheers!