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How do STOL Pilots Train for Back Country Flying? Carbon Cub FX-3 – Part 1 (+Photos!)

We captured some really immersive SHORT Landing training!


I hope you all enjoy being immersed into this one – it is really pretty cool that I’m able to share this stuff in such great detail.  Thanks to those that invite me to film the training, and to you guys for being a huge part of supporting the ongoing creation and publishing process! 

This one went live on a Tuesday which is weird, but that is because I wanted to get it off my plate before heading to L.A. later this week, where I am a speaker at the Patreon convention, and then I’m going to meet up with TFP Jason Miller for some NorCal flying around San Francisco before returning to Toronto.  

Do any of you L.A. or SF guys want to meet up?  maybe we can swing something.  (email or message me, or maybe comment here?  I dunno what the best way to try to co ordinate is – I am not even exactly sure about my schedule) 


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Update: Part 2 now available!


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