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Flying with NO instruments from BACK SEAT – Super Cub – Tail wheel training – ATC audio

Tail wheel instructors have to fly with almost no forward view – I wanted to try it 🙂
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An other step toward flying WarBirds, I’m challenging myself trying to fly from the Back Seat in the Super Cub.
This is my 19th of 20 hours training to get the “sign off” to rent the plane and take passengers… I figured I’d make it interesting.
Huge thanks to Dennis for the awesome on going training, and for being willing to be in the videos, and help by consulting on the rough cuts!
Stay tuned to the end for a touching moment between Dennis and I.

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NOTE: this flight was EDITED down from over an hour to under 15 minutes; Thus, there are missing details and possible lost context.
Also, I am NOT an instructor, so PLEASE do not look at this as instruction but rather the start to a conversation that you can have with your instructor.

Jason Miller is a Certified Flight Instrument Instructor with more than 18 years of aviation experience and thousands of hours of instruction given.
Jason is an instructor for the FAA, AOPA’s Air Safety Institute and was nominated by the FAA for the 2009 Flight Instructor of the Year Award.
…I am passionate about developing systems that help pilots become safer and more efficient.— Says Miller.
Using his background as a performer and experience on the flight line, Jason created The Finer Points — Aviation Podcast, one of the most recognized and well respected aviation podcasts in the world. The critically acclaimed podcast has delivered more than 3m flight training files to pilots all over the world.

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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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