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Hovering a Helicopter 1st try! Due to flying 50 types in 2 years? Or drumming? :)

Was it Drumming or constantly training on new types that made this click?

THANKS to Tim and Martin from APEX Aviation in Alaska for this one. They’re starting up an amazing initiative! I don’t know where to begin to explain what they are up to, but it is going to be awesome. Basically a complete Alaskan Aviation experience that can be tailored to your needs and desires. I did a pile of float flying training and future episodes will be sharing more about that! (including a check out in the DHC-2 Beaver!)

For now, to learn more, visit them here: APEX ALASKA

Here is the raw / assembly edit of this 1st lesson for Patreon supporters! 


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I’m a Private Pilot, doing my best to stay current and learn. I fly for fun and might just be the least cocky pilot on the internet! My self analysis videos can seem self deprecating at times, but I am trying to learn from the small mistakes to avoid making a big one; I’m happy to share and find it rewarding to help other pilots or aspiring aviators in any way that I can. How does the saying go? “Experience is a hard teacher because she gives the test first, the lesson afterwards”. And in aviation, not all tests are survivable.

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