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

Pilot pro tip: “Never approach a dock faster than you wanna hit it!”

Watch my first float flying lesson!

Many more float flying episodes to come as I document the process getting the rating!
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More info about Peter’s operation:
https://www.vancityseaplanes.com/

Thanks again to the the B.C. General Aviation group for introducing me to Peter.
If you are an aviator in that area, definitely look these guys up! www.bcaviation.ca”
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And here’s some additional detail about the Vancouver Harbour stats:
60,000 movements per year more heavily weighted to the summer.
The tower cab sits at 465′ AGL

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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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  • DHC-2 Beaver: Great vid Chops! Heading to Alaska in 2020. Will definitely drop in on Pete. Best of luck on your float rating. I’ll be watching!

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