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Wake Turbulence encounter – POV – Flying


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Ride along as I take a friend up for her first flight in a small airplane on a very calm evening.
Unfortunately we hit wake turbulence on final approach, so the flight does not go perfectly. But she is a good sport and forgives me 🙂

I should have planned a steeper approach to a point further down the runway to clear the wake of the Dash-8 ahead of me (and there was also prop blast from one that take’s off just before I land), but I was not thinking and just flew a normal approach, as I was concerned about how she was doing as she remained clearly anxious for the whole flight despite how crazy calm the air was.
(She later told me the calm air and my smooth flying was part of the problem as she didn’t feel anything was supporting the plane and thought we’d fall out of the sky at any minute 🙂

UPDATE: I have finally cut an other video out of this footage as MJ is finally launching her channel.
Check out the more detailed video of us “attempting” to beat her fear of flying at this link:

UPDATE2: I recently shared a SEVERE wake encounter from a friend’s footage that makes this one seem like nuthin’!


And PLEASE also have a look at MJ’s channel, and tell her you’d like to see more of her flying with me!
(she has assured me that she is finally going to start making videos – as you can see, she’s great on camera!)



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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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