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50 Emergency Landings – Day in the life of a Test Pilot

He’s alive because he flew it all the way into the crash every time!


THANKS to Elliot for inviting me on this one! Please give him some love over at his Youtube channel

And big thanks Sanders Aeronautics for hosting me! 

Check out that “Chasing Reno Gold” documentary here and here!

As you may have noticed – publishing slowed down recently. 

The footage for this one has been in the archives since June…. 

I am thankful that you guys have helped support the project allowing me to hire my editor buddy Dan to work on rough cuts while I am busy with other things. 

(In this case it was prep for the Instrument Rating written test that forced me to just stop everything else.)  

I am happy to report that I passed!  

Anyway – Dan took the raw footage combined with my “story notes” and did a great job getting this one to 80%, so I only needed to spend a couple days fine cutting and adding in some nerdy details. 

Also – If you wanna fly an Extra 300 (and be in an episode 🙂 please be sure to enter the contest we’re running this month.  


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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.

My virtual “ride-along” flying videos are aimed and sharing my experiences and giving back to the aviation community which has been so helpful to me. I shoot multi-camera angles, get detailed real time instrument panel shots, and have radio intercom audio. I respect people’s time, so I put a fair bit of work into editing to keep the videos concise and engaging; I add animations and further graphics and voice overs where needed to add context and explanations.

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I am a “weekend warrior” private pilot, I fly for fun with no intentions of going commercial. I have had my PPL for over 15 years, but still consider each flight a learning experience – I generally take detailed notes after each flight to remind myself what went well or what I could do to improve…. Having the GoPro cameras to record flights like this is invaluable. I find these self analysis videos very helpful in my constant quest to improve, and am happy to share.

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