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Skirting major Class C control zone; no transponder – Super Cub – Flying – ATC audio

My 1st big cross country flight in the Super Cub; happy to share the experience.
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Understanding airspace and how to creatively work with in the system is key to enjoying aviation.
Some pilots avoid talking to ATC at all costs. But controllers are there to help, and today I was really impressed with how helpful they were even though they could not see me, and I was staying just on the edge outside their airspace.

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Here’s a link to the reddit thread that helped inspire me to make this video after discussing the flight:
And below is a link to a tragic example of a wake encounter while cruising, doing something similar to what I was doing BUT the heavies were much closer above.

https://www.reddit.com/r/flying/comme…

http://www.ntsb.gov/_layouts/ntsb.avi…

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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.

Here are the direct links to some other Tail Wheel Flying videos that I’ve done, but please also check my channel in case I forget to update the links here in this description:

1st solo in the Super Cub
(Great illustration of trim usage, and my WORST landing is also in this video)

http://youtu.be/ZVhtOMeiZ4M

Wheel Landing on pavement

http://youtu.be/ob75R0y-obc

Ski Flying:

http://youtu.be/Ruo-MAtyToY

Upset Recovery and Spin Training – Bellanca Citabria

http://youtu.be/KnBridDnp7c

Flying a Tail Dragger – Tip #3 – Taxi + Run-up + Take-Off – Shoes Matter!

http://youtu.be/hRQJuSbcwSA

And, if you haven’t seen it already – check out the “fun” video I edited from my first lesson:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AdQlC5…

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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.

My hope is to continue to grow and evolve the “Flight Chops” project with input and support from the aviation community!


Steve Thorne, aka "Flight Chops"

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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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