POV – FLYING – Watch in HD!
This is by far the hardest flying video I’ve had to make.
It was a very difficult story to tell about a pivotal flight from my more than 15 years of VFR flying experience. Luckily I had 2 GoPros along for the ride.
I tried to tell the story in a thorough yet engaging way; thus, it was the most work I’ve put into editing one of these; (~20 hours!) so I hope you enjoy it!
I am sharing so that others can learn from my close call, and avoid falling into the trap of “get-home-itis”.
How did a safe and conscientious pilot such as myself get into this situation?
This “should have” been a routine flight, but the lesson here is that there is no such thing as a “routine flight”.
Many variables contributed to the chain of events that lead to this flight going the way it did.
I try to explore them all and share the lessons I learned in doing so.
Thankfully, the outcome was good.
This flight inspired me to finally start IFR training which I’d been considering doing for years.
I still plan to fly privately for fun, and don’t intend to do much “actual” IFR flying…
(I’ll do my best to maintain IFR currency and practice, but I won’t be shooting approaches to minimums on a regular basis).
DISCLAIMER: 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.Feed back is invited; however, please keep it positive