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Could You Survive with Nothing but the Airplane Kit? We Try / Fail – BC Mountains – Flight VLOG

This was one of the hardest nights of my life…

Another edit that required some mental gymnastics to get several interconnected stories woven together.  I think it came out well though, if I do say so myself 🙂

I also have a bunch of photos from this night – check them out here.

Brad Friesen

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(On top of some great mountain flying training, this is where I learned the cotton ball fire starting trick,
and got the tip about keeping work gloves in my survival kit. )

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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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