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Gravel Bar Landing – Cessna 172, 180, Maule M7, BearHawk – Off Airport Flight VLOG

Nose wheel aircraft can land off airport too – but pilot skills must be sharp!

We did a great number of traveling productions last year, but most of them were shot during our epic trip to British Columbia Canada.

This was in large part thanks to Ryan from the BC General Aviation Association.
If you fly or are planning to fly in BC please visit:
They have found a way to energize and bring the local aviation community together.

Here are the episodes that are available so far from that trip, and I will update as the new ones are published:

Helicopter Landing: Edge of a Cliff – day in the life of Bradley Friesen – Mountain Flying


Hard-Earned Wisdom: Float Flying a Legendary Bush Plane – DHC-2 Beaver


ATC Communication tips from a Controller / Pilot – Vancouver City Tour


For more detailed information on this kind of flying checkout Patrick’s Backcountry Aviation STOL tips YouTube channel:


Patrick does amazing seminars too:


He gave me some great notes while I was rough-cutting this video; here is some additional context from Patrick that I couldn’t fit into the episode:

The part about talking about sand vs. rocks for decent places to set down is pretty geographically specific, there are places where that won’t really hold true.

Along those same lines there is certainly plenty mentioned about vetting the bar for the season, but I always teach vet the bar every single time.  I have been on a bar that had a barbwire strung across it 1 week after I had been there, and only caught it because of a piece of surveyors tape fluttering in the wind.  Also on that note power lines can pop up quick.  On a drainage that huge probably not, On narrower drainages we have seen high tension lines strung up in a matter of days.  
All in you really can’t be too careful when vetting an area.  I teach straight out of the helicopter operating handbook about High, mid, low level observations before committing.  I realize these guys know the area very well and you might want to reiterate that strongly. 


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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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