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I did it! T6 SOLO! Signed off as a Warbird Pilot! (a dedication to Grampa)

It was emotional to feel my grandfather’s presence as I solo’d this thing!

Almost to the day of the 5th anniversary of this crazy “Flight Chops” thing, I was solo in the T6 / Harvard. This is a goal I set nearly 20 years ago, but honestly wasn’t sure would be achievable for many obvious reasons – access being one, but also the work it took as a pilot to get this point. 

It is rewarding to be able to share the process of getting here. 

Both a huge aviation milestone, and a massive step in a larger personal journey to get checked out in a Spitfire to honour my grandfather who flew them in WWII.


I am proud to be a member of the Canadian Historical Aircraft Association. Please consider sharing their link and or donating to help them keep the airplanes flying! http://www.ch2a.ca

And thanks to JP for being a part of this and several recent adventures. Check out his awesome VLOGS: http://www.youtube.com/the_candourist

Here is the raw / uncut 1st solo flight for Patreon supporters! 

And here is Ron doing aerobatics on his 85th birthday in the Harvard! (Patreon Supporter exclusive)


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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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