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Airliner capability in updated 1973 Cessna 182 – IFR Flying hands off!

A long one, tightly packed with IFR goodness from Dennis my mentor CFI!

In this episode, Dennis Simo (mentor CFI to Flight Chops) walks us through the avionics panel and ins and outs of autopilot in a once-neglected but now state-of-the-art Cessna 182. Fascinating and packed with informative detail – watch in real time as Dennis teaches how a higher level of automation changes everything in IFR flying. 

If you’d like to talk to Dennis Simo about some “outside the box” training” – contact him here: cfi@spectrumairways.com

And for more details on the avionics shop that did a great job on that panel, check out MISix.(again, this is not a paid promotion, Dennis was legit happy with the work and asked me to share)

Watch more episodes with Dennis Simo here

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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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