When will I be ready for my First Solo Flight?

You will be ready for your First Solo Flight when you can demonstrate to your Flight Instructor that manage in-flight emergencies as per the Pilot Operating Handbook--you can conduct a forced landing from any position in the circuit, and you can complete the emergency checklist items for critical events such as rough-running engine, electrical fire, and engine fire. Once this is accomplished, it is generally simply a matter of demonstrating competency and skill in landing the aircraft. The measuring stick is three consistent and consecutive landings without physical or verbal assistance from the Flight Instructor. For further information on the First Solo Flight, see Flying on Your Own!.

Sunset from the Air.  Langley Flying School.