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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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Ice Giants — Flight VLOG

[vc_video link=”https://youtu.be/96072J55R-E” align=”center”] My new friend Kevin introduced himself at Lake Hood last Summer because he had seen and followed me on Instagram. We became quick friends and later planned on flying together in his SuperCub. Kevin started flying at a young age in the back of this cub (his dad’s SuperCub at the time) …

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What can go wrong, will go wrong

[vc_video link=”https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6VFe5wFPeb0″ align=”center”] It’s back to California for my commercial training. I would have rather this entire process didn’t turn out this difficult, but that’s just life. On the first stint in California I was unprepared for the task ahead. Coupled with weather and maintenance issues, it wasn’t going to be possible to finish my …

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Winter Flying in UTAH & Commercial Pilot Training

[vc_video link=”https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cqITrnlvn7k” align=”center”] No-one said it would be easy. But, I still thought it’d be easier than this. My time in California was full of many disappointments. There weather was poor, the aircraft had some maintenance issues, and I wasn’t as prepared as I wanted to be. This meant that I couldn’t get my Commercial …

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California Dreamin’ with Commercial Pilot Training

[vc_video link=”https://youtu.be/57emDcdChCg” align=”center”] At one point many years ago I was really close to being able to get my commercial pilot license. But then I got distracted by life, moved to Alaska, and took a break from flying. It wasn’t until years later that I would consider getting a commercial license with the inevitable goal …

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AviatorCast Episode 56: Don Lee – Alaska Bush Pilot for 35+ Years | Skis | Floats | Glaciers | Instructor – by Angle of Attack

What's it like to be a bush pilot in Alaska? Find out from Don Lee. He's been doing it for 35 years. Floats, skis or tundra tires, he's done it all.

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