FLYING a plane solo was not on 15-year-old Anna Tuncks’ agenda when she woke up Tuesday morning, but it was something she accomplished by the end of that day.
Anna has been flying for almost two years at the Ballarat Aero Club and was excited to have her first solo flight.
“I was ecstatic, I just couldn’t believe it,” she said.
“It was a lot easier than I thought it would be.”
Before she was allowed to fly solo, Anna’s instructor put her through a series of trials to ensure she was ready.
“He said at the beginning of the lesson that I should expect anything.”
Some of the trials Anna had to endure included her instructor opening doors midflight, the engine being cut off and having to glide down into paddocks.
She has also had to complete three exams before getting to this point.
Anna was unaware she would be given the opportunity to have her first solo flight that day, so when her instructor said it was time for him to get out she was shocked.
“I was looking at the paddocks to see the places where I could land,” she said.
When she finished her first solo fight, she was doused with a bucket of water, a long-held flying tradition.