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Autopilot Failure With a Kid Who Soloed Around the World – Bonanza A36 – Flight VLOG

Inspiring to learn how a 19 year old solo pilot could circumnavigate the globe!

Thanks to Matt for telling his story, and introducing me to his bird – to learn more about him visit:


Checkout JPs circumnavigation adventures in a Cessna 210 on his and Louis’ channels: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCyyf… https://www.youtube.com/user/FunForLouis


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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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  • Great Video’s (all of them),

    It was interesting to see such a young person willing to take on a task of flying around the world. He seemed so adept at dealing with the slight differences each country has and is very sure of himself and his flying. I guess that is what a 300 hour per year or more currency rate does for us?? Let’s all aspire to try and stay that current. That confidence shows when things go wrong like an AP failure.

    Like the Flight Chops mantra Practice, Review, Improve. This shows why it is important to stay with it and learn.

    Keep up the great work. I know I have learned from your work.



  • Steve,

    I enjoyed your flight with Matt. Two of my favorite You Tubers in one episode!

    A good example of you never know what will come up on a “routine” flight.



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