Yea, I had a hand held radio that I borrowed from another instructor to monitor her progress. I really couldnt go stand next to the runway to watch her, considering we're at Champaign and its a fairly large class C airport. I dont the TSA would have liked that very much. Oh, and I think my heart rate went up a bit. But all in all it was a very good expereience, I didnt think I would feel so happy/proud when i saw my student walk back into the building safe and smiling.
Well now you know that Whiskey is not just for W in the alphabet; it's what we drink when they are out there soloing! Congrats! Champaign, IL? I got my private license in Decatur, Illinois and landed at Williard a couple times.
congrats, yah theres nothing like it. You start to think a little bit down the line more and more about what you've accomplished. Its hard to beleive I took a person who knew nothing about aviation and made them a pilot! WOW.
I was nervous the first time, but a more experienced instructor told me to remember that the big runway (appx. 7500 x 150) is a huge 102 (PPL) safety net. Imagine it sucking up the 102's as they land and safely falling into its grasp.