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Vertical Climb and Landing Blind! Pitts Model 12 PIC check out

Highest Power to Weight Ratio I’ve ever Flown!

In this episode we’re doing some advanced #FlightTraining with Jared #Flying the Pitts Model-12 from Gambit Aviation! Not only do I learn to land it blind from the back / PIC seat, but we also cover energy management, exploring the Incredible Kinetic VS Potential energy this thing generates. It’s a cool throwback to a super early video where I was dialling in what “Flight Chops” ultimately became: Sharing a very diverse collection of aviation training and experiences – and we’re flying with Jared again for the first time since 2015!  They’ve got the only Extra 330LX currently available for solo rental – That doesn’t exist anywhere else on the the planet (that we know of) 🙂

To learn more about how you can fly here, visit: https://flygambit.com/

Previous 2015 #Aerobatic episodes with Jared if you missed them:


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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.

My hope is to continue to grow and evolve the “Flight Chops” project with input and support from the aviation community!

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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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