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Flying in Switzerland / Birdstrike on my first solo flight 
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As above. A few pics to show you guys why I love flying in switzerland! There's also a video of my first solo flight with birdstrike below. More pics and videos of flying in the alps will come as soon as the weather gets better in spring.















Video description:
This is my first video on LL. Don't expect crash action! It might be boring for those of you who aren't interested in aviation. Birdstrike at 0:12

The video was taken with a GoPro HD on my first flight without the flight instructor sitting next to me.

As you can see at 0:12, I've managet it to hit a pretty big bird (It was bigger than a crow. Can't tell what it was though...) on my first solo flight. As I saw the bird it was too late to avoid it already and heavy control inputs are dangerous anyway at low speeds. Luckily, the demage was minor. Blood, feathers and a few dents and cracks on the right hand landing gear covers - nothing duct tape couldn't fix.

Happy landings to all pilots out there!

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Added: Dec-26-2012 Occurred On: Dec-5-2012
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Tags: Switzerland, flying, robin dr400, lycoming, ppl, aviation, vfr, pilot, alps, snow, mountains, landing, birdstrike, first solo, flight, instructor
Location: Grenchen, Solothurn, Switzerland (load item map)
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  • Evidently that was the bird's first flight too.

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  • Thank you for sharing! Truly amazing views & congratulations on your first solo!

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    • @Carguyinok You are welcome and thanks! Sharing it with others makes flying even more exciting I think. There's enough evil in this world so let's share the good stuff!

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  • Good job, glad you kept calm and landed ok.

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    • @FredFarkel Thank you..would thumb you up too but i haven't worked out how yet, or how to add a moving gif to my
      profile pic..as you say...'Newbie' lol

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    • @FredFarkel Join the club! :)

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  • What an ugly country Switzerland is, no vast empty deserts with muslims shouting snackbars and burning rubble cities. How do they keep their sanity with all those hiddeous snow capped mountains and vast forests, and peaceful villages?

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  • Way to maintain your composure!

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  • Well done! You kept your composure and landed nicely. More impressive is that you did so on your first solo.

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    • @RickBond Thanks mate! I could do so not least because I have a very good flight instructor who let me do the landings from the beginning of training.

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    • @Eddie_V_R

      Mine had nerves of steel. During emergency practice landings I could hear the weeds hitting the landing gear when he finally told me to "go around". I thought for sure he was actually going to make me land the plane in a vacant field...

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    • @RickBond

      Wow, sounds awesome! I would have been scared a bit though... But from this kind of instructors you learn the most. Mine didn't let me go that low during emergency training but he never lost his nerves during my first landings. He used to take his hands completely away from the controls and even if he saw that it's going to be a hard touch down he didn't intervene.

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  • Bird strikes, and on your first solo... BRAVO!

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  • awesome! Congrats on your first flight, very envious! My time is coming soon though :D

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  • We need to regulate birds. They have no place in the sky.

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  • Congrats on first flight! I always wanted to do that, never had the time or money. Good job - can't help the bird strike though!

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    • @FredFarkel Thanks buddy! I had plenty of runway left so a long flare with smooth touchdown wasn't that difficult!

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  • No doubt the most exciting event in Switzerland of that day.

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    • @devries A cloud of swiss cheese farts made it's way to another town of cheese farts which mixed and fused to form a super fart cloud which knocked out a chinese satellite. Was a close call for nuclear war. I'd say that was a bigger story that day.

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    • @devries Yeah, the rest of us were counting our money. Being the richest country in the world sucks.

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  • It was quite dusky, and the airfield was totally empty when I did my first solo. My instructor was with me doing circuits of the airfield and when we landed he said, 'take care of her,' and he got out. I was sitting there shitting myself thinking he was kidding, but sure enough, a few minutes later I was at 1000 feet on my own. I was comming in for my first solo landing. I had it lined up nicely, and when I was about fifty feet from the tarmac a deer ran in front of me. I pulled her up, and whac More..

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  • birdstrike for YOU maybe, but a freaking plane strike for the bird!

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  • I'm stunned that they haven't banned birds yet.

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  • Excellent pics!

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  • Decent video. Really cool pictures.

    R.I.Pieces bird.

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  • Bird played chicken. Bird lost.

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  • On my third flight with my instructor many years ago in a maul mxt-7, we saw a bird flying ahead of us and at our altitude. My instructor asked, "do you see that bird", I said, "yes". He asked again, "do you see the bird?" "Yes, I see it, cute bird," I responded and continued flying straight. He then yelled, "well don't hit it!" I climbed up and to the left the proper response because birds dive from danger.
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  • Shit, what a thing to happen on your first solo!

    Keep 'em flying mate, well done!

    (Btw, what would we do without duct tape? lol)

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