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One step closer to flying the Spitfire like my Grampa!
Soloing the DHC-1 Chipmunk was a very emotional experience, and brings me one step closer to flying a Spitfire like my Grampa did! Thanks to Canadian Historical Aircraft Association for this one, and I hope to soon be flying the Spit’ with Boultbee Flight Academy
I’m proud and honoured to be a new member of the Canadian Historical Aircraft Association!
Please visit http://www.CH2a.ca to learn more about this charitable organization that keep warbirds flying, giving a new generation of pilots access to them!
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And here’s a Patreon exclusive uncut flight of Ron doing Aerobatics in a T6 / Harvard on his 85th birthday!
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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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MY first ever aircraft solo was in Chipmunk #18073, November 9, 1956 in Centralia. I was on the first RCAF course 5609, to use the Chipmunk as a basic trainer. Watching the videos brought back some great feelings, not to mention a couple of scary ones.
Congratulations on your solo buddy!
At high school, I remember washing aircraft at Moorabbin airport, Australia to get a flight in a Chipmunk. Aren’t they just a beautiful aircraft. Okay, I pretended that I was in a Spitfire. And thankyou for sharing your journey