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“Landing Gear’s NOT going Down!? For Real!” Beech 18 – Multi Engine Flight Training VLOG (+Photos!)

This was definitely my most stressful flight of 2017!

Huge thanks to Gold Seal and Dan at Skyranch for the invite, and the motivation to get my multi done.

I had not planned on starting that before finishing IFR… but it has been a fun ride. We’ll be seeing a lot of more Dan in the future episodes training with him on the big birds!

And my multi engine instructor Kevin was awesome, Thanks to him and Spectrum Airways for for tolerating me filming with their planes 🙂 

This trip inspired me to really buckle down and get some serious training leading up to it, so that I could really show up prepared. 
Training with Dan was solid and we got some great content, and will likely be back to do some more flying with Dan and his massive radial twins! 
The fact that I ended up doing a 20,000 sky dive was an added “bonus”?  I have to be honest that I was pretty scared to do that, and right up until the last moment was looking for excuses to get out of it…  but the experience was surreal – And I am glad I did it – will I do it again?  I am not sure I could top it, so probably not 😛 

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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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  • I t was insrructive to see a pro deal with a real landing gear emergency. I had a similar problem in September, 2016 at Brampton, Ontario. Gear would not extend despite implementing troubleshooting and backup procedures, due to loss of hydraulic fluid. In that case we McGyvered a solution with a quart engine oil, a Leatherman multitool, and a cardboard box. But the key really was to keep cool, fly the plane, and take all the time necessary to work a solution. The pilot in this episode also pointed out rightly how important it is to know your airplane’s systems and procedures.

  • Thanks I really enjoy the videos, I can’t do what your doing, and the way you set the up, it’s like I’m in there with you,,,, the landing gear not going down it was like one of them old movies of panic and fouling weather got to get down low fuel, and it all turns out good, I’m glad that your landing did too.

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