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Tail Dragger check ride – Mastering the dying art – Flying – POV

Ride along as I fly a Super Cub for the first time, and land on a grass strip!.
Watch in HD! You can read the Panel!

It has been on my list to get checked out in a tail dragger ever since I can remember.
I’m so glad I finally got off my butt, and have started the process.

This is a fun edit of my first flight, but I got some great footage including an amazingly informative post flight interview with Dennis my CFI.
There will be several videos made out of this footage – I just need to find the time to edit them.

For now enjoy this fun teaser video – this one has some great info, but the others will be more technical…

…And in the interest of full disclosure, no, the awesome landing shown here wasn’t my first one 😛
I did five on that flight and this was my best.
The first was actually pretty good, but then I got cocky and the second was a bounce, but the rest were ok.

Special thanks to Spectrum Airways in Burlington Ontario!


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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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