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FULLY LOADED Short Field Takeoff in Alaska + Tree Clearance

It’s one thing to takeoff from a short field, and an entirely different thing to do it with a heavy load. While we weren’t at max gross weight, we still had two grown men on board and a lot of camera and drone equipment. Of course performance completely changes when the aircraft is loaded like …

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ACTUAL Short Field Landing in Alaska + Forward Slip, CFIT Avoidance

Now it’s time for a Short Field Landing. To make things more challenging, we’ll be landing in Seldovia, Alaska. Surrounding by terrain and trees, it can be a challenge to get into. Also, we’re going to use a technique of staying higher over the terrain and then slipping down into the runway. Admittedly, I could …

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ACTUAL Soft Field Landing in Alaska + Trees

During the soft field landing our main objective is to protect the nose wheel and propellor as we land. We land as softly as possible, maybe even with a little bit of power, and hold the nose wheel off as long as possible. A soft field landing is performed when there is grass, loose gravel, …

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ACTUAL Short Field Takeoff in Alaska + Max Performance Climb ( Vx )

Have you ever done a short field takeoff? I mean at an actual short field? Well this is your chance to live that experience. Most pilots go through flight training and never get to experience a short field takeoff from an actual short runway. Now, admittedly there are much shorter airports than this one in …

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ACTUAL Soft Field Takeoff + Confined Airport

Many pilots learn to do the soft field takeoff at airports that aren’t all that soft. In fact, most training airports are on hard runway surfaces. So, the pilots ‘pretend’ and never really deal with an actual soft field. Many, many pilots may never even experience a soft field. In a former video ( https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ftKgpiTVoh0 …

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Power off 180º Accuracy Landing

Now we’re going to execute a Power Off 180º Accuracy Landing. Simply, we’re reducing the power to idle abeam the touchdown point, and exercising the same requirements for a short field landing in terms of our spot — 0 + 200 feet.   What is the purpose of a power off 180? Why would we …

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How to fly: Soft Field Landing

Now we will execute a soft field landing. Much like the soft field takeoff, we are concerned about the protection of the propellor. For this reason we are going to keep a smidge of power when we roundabout and flare, and FLY the airplane onto the runway. We’ll land as soft as we possibly can …

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How to fly: Soft Field Takeoff

Now we’ll be doing a soft field takeoff. What is a soft field? A soft field is a runway/taxi surface that is grass, water, snow, mud, loose dirt, soft gravel, and so on. This kind of surface acts as a glue to the tires and prevents from the aircraft from accelerating at a normal rate. …

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How to fly: Short Field Landing

The short field landing is executed differently in two aways, and sometimes three. Let’s talk about the two ways it is different. First, we approach at a slightly slower airspeed. Usually we’d fly at 1.3 Vso on the approach, but here we’ll fly at 1.2 Vso. That means 3-5 knots slower, typically, for smaller aircraft. …

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How to fly: Short Field Takeoff

The short field takeoff is emulating departure from a short airfield. Usually this procedure is also performed with an obstacle clearance procedure, considering a make believe or real 50+ foot obstacle. The objective is clear: get off as soon as we can, and climb to clear the 50 foot obstacle. Let’s break it down. First, …

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How to fly: Normal Landing

Landing an aircraft isn’t as difficult as it seems. In this video we’ll be going over a Normal Landing, which is a landing without many other circumstances challenging us. We’ll have a nice angle down to the runway at about 3º, we’ll maintain a little bit of power along the way, and we’ll try to …

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How to fly: Engine Runup and Checklists

The engine runup ensures that all aircraft systems are running normal before the aircraft is taken into the air. Of course, much care is given to doing a thorough and methodical preflight of the exterior of the aircraft. Yet, even with all that preparation, the aircraft still hasn’t had the chance to show its true …

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How to fly: Normal Takeoff

Normal takeoff is just that; a takeoff done under normal conditions and circumstances. In other words, we are operating on a hard surface runway, plenty of length, good terrain or obstacle clearance, and no other wind factors of note. A normal takeoff is a takeoff in the most basic form. In other videos, you’ll find …

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How to fly: Taxi an Airplane

On the ground, we call ‘driving around’ by the name of ‘taxi’ or ‘taxiing’. These airplanes were not meant to be on the ground, so this whole taxi thing can be pretty awkward at times. The most common setup for aircraft is a set of pedals that control the rudder and/or nose wheel steering, and …

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Ground Reference S-Turns in 360 & VR — Private Pilot Flying Maneuvers

VR/360 viewing tips at bottom of description: Ground reference maneuvers, and in this case S-Turns, are allllll about the wind. How do you as a pilot control the aircraft to compensate for wind while in flight? Most of the time as pilots, we’re trying to draw a nice path through the sky. This is a …

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Emergency Descent in 360 & VR — Private Pilot Flying Maneuvers

The Emergency Descent — most of us will never have to perform this emergency maneuver in our careers, but as pilots we prepare for the unlikely event in pilot training. In this maneuver, time is of the essence, so most of what you do must be done by memory, as you may not even have …

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Emergency Descent in 4K — Private Pilot Flying Maneuvers

The Emergency Descent — most of us will never have to perform this emergency maneuver in our careers, but as pilots we prepare for the unlikely event in pilot training. In this maneuver, time is of the essence, so most of what you do must be done by memory, as you may not even have …

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Stability and Stalls in 360 & VR — Private Pilot Flying Maneuvers

VR/360 viewing tips at bottom of description: Have you ever wondered what makes an airplane stall? 99 times out of 100, it’s the pilot that FORCES the aircraft to stall, and not the aircraft itself. These stalls happen for a variety of reasons, but it almost always comes down to pilot error. In this video …

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Aircraft Stability in 4K — Private Pilot Flying Maneuvers

Have you ever wondered what makes an airplane stall? 99 times out of 100, it’s the pilot that FORCES the aircraft to stall, and not the aircraft itself. These stalls happen for a variety of reasons, but it almost always comes down to pilot error. In this video I demonstrate aircraft stability, showing that even …

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Power On Stall in 360 & VR — Private Pilot Flying Maneuvers

VR/360 viewing tips at bottom of description: Why is there such a huge emphasis on “stalls” in flight training? Stalls are something that happens when the wing looses it’s lift temporarily, usually only on part of the wing. A stall occurs when the angle of attack reaches a critical angle. That can happen at any …

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Power On Stall in 4K — Private Pilot Flying Maneuvers

Why is there such a huge emphasis on “stalls” in flight training? Stalls are something that happens when the wing looses it’s lift temporarily, usually only on part of the wing. A stall occurs when the angle of attack reaches a critical angle. That can happen at any attitude and any airspeed. Stalls are most …

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Power Off Stall in 360 & VR — Private Pilot Flying Maneuvers

VR/360 viewing tips at bottom of description: Why is there such a huge emphasis on “stalls” in flight training? Stalls are something that happens when the wing looses it’s lift temporarily, usually only on part of the wing. A stall occurs when the angle of attack reaches a critical angle. That can happen at any …

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Power Off Stall in 4K — Private Pilot Flying Maneuvers

Why is there such a huge emphasis on “stalls” in flight training? Stalls are something that happens when the wing looses it’s lift temporarily, usually only on part of the wing. A stall occurs when the angle of attack reaches a critical angle. That can happen at any attitude and any airspeed. Stalls are most …

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Slow Flight in 360 & VR — Private Pilot Flying Maneuvers

VR/360 viewing tips at bottom of description: The Slow Flight maneuver. Slow Flight is lumped into the “stalls” area, as during slow flight we fly closer to stall. Also, all of these maneuvers are to emulate and allow you to practice flight when you are low and in close proximity to terrain. This is done …

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Slow Flight in 4K — Private Pilot Flying Maneuvers

The Slow Flight maneuver. Slow Flight is lumped into the “stalls” area, as during slow flight we fly closer to stall. Also, all of these maneuvers are to emulate and allow you to practice flight when you are low and in close proximity to terrain. This is done by drawing back the power, getting the …

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Steep Turns in 360 & VR — Private Pilot Flying Maneuvers

Steep Turns. What are they? Well, they’re turns in an aircraft that are… you guessed it… STEEP. Steep means at least 45º and above. In normal maneuver practice, 60º (commercial pilot) would be the top bank angle you’d want to try. What’s the big deal? Well, we’re trading vertical component of lift for horizontal component …

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Steep Turns in 4K — Private Pilot Flying Maneuvers

Steep Turns. What are they? Well, they’re turns in an aircraft that are… you guessed it… STEEP. Steep means at least 45º and above. In normal maneuver practice, 60º (commercial pilot) would be the top bank angle you’d want to try. What’s the big deal? Well, we’re trading vertical component of lift for horizontal component …

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