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Rescue Survivor Qualification – U.S. Coast Guard – MH65 Helicopter – Training VLOG – part 1

Scary, Rewarding, Exciting and Exhausting – an average day for a Coastie!

Watch Part 2 of this series

MASSIVE thanks to the U.S. Coast Guard for being a part of this one!

USCG Recruiting: http://www.gocoastguard.com/

USCG Air Station Traverse City: http://www.facebook.com/AIRSTATVC/

Previous video we filmed with them flying the FISK arrival into Air Venture 2016 

Steveo’s version of this mission
https://youtu.be/-9YII0i1KSM

“Super Cub Zen” episode – one of the tail wheel series that inspired Commander Greg:
https://youtu.be/TppcWdsrqQA


If you’re curious, there’s a lively convo on Reddit that touches on the Coast Guard series.

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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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  • Traverse City area residents are extremely proud of our Coast Guard and often see them training on the water which is fun to watch from the shore. Great video of their skills. Aircraft has improved over the years. When I moved to TC the Coast Guard was transitioning from two Albatrosses to helicopters. Technology changes and the Coast Guard remains steadfast in their commitment to serve. Thanks, Flight Chops for highlighting our U.S Coast Guard.

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