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Float Training! 1st Lesson – J3 Cub Fun Flying – Landing on Water – Sun n’ Fun

Splash n’ Goes after Sun n’ Fun – what a way to end a great time in Florida!
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Huge thanks to Chris and Deon!
– on top of being awesome to hang with, they are the entire reason I have an episode here.
I did not have my crew with me at Sun n Fun, but they captured amazing footage that really allowed me to stitch together this solid film!

Please check out Deon’s awesome aviation photography:

And Chris’ “Aviator Cast”:


There are MANY flying videos in the back catalog,
but here are the two that focus on backseat tail wheel training:

Super Cub backseat training:

Stearman Backseat check-out:


And for more info about float flying at Jack Brown’s please check them out here:
(I paid for my lesson, this is a free legit plug – it is a great operation 🙂


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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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