This is a free update post;
but I plan to upload the new “Flight Chops” episode to YouTube tonight, which will also be the 3rd paid Patreon post of April.
- Please set your monthly pledge maximums if you’d like to limit your support to 1 or 2 episodes per month.
As promised in the 2017 teaser (linked below) we are ramping up the publishing schedule to try to catch up on the back log of footage, there will be a few months coming with 3 episodes published…
I am super proud of the content we have been producing lately, thanks for being a huge part of making it possible.
This is an update regarding stuff that we have recently produced, and are about to film:
I am just back form one of the craziest adventures yet.
The before and after pic collage attached to this post says it all.
Excitement and anticipation, followed by relief and exhaustion.
Working with the B.C. General Aviation Association last week, we took part in their “Survival Shakedown”.
(full report linked below)
It was really hard, but I made it!
I was filming an episode along with Bradley Friesen, so we’ll be sharing footage and collaborating to tell this story!
(Brad’s channel is linked below - he does some awesome helicopter flying! )
We had nothing but a typical survival kit found on most GA planes - no tent or sleeping bag.
The location was 5,000 feet up in the mountainous wilderness and snow was knee deep around the small isolated spots with dry land that each of us were assigned.
The night went down to -6 below freezing after it had rained at sun down while we were trying to build shelters and get fires going.
(SAR tech instructors were checking in every couple hours to make sure we were ok, but not helping us :).
Two of the 20 students that failed to make adequate shelter to stay dry, or sufficient fires to stay warm, and had to get pulled out as they were risking becoming hypothermic around midnight.
3am - 5am before the sun rose was the low point for the rest of us…
But when the sun did come up, the sense of accomplishment got us through until the exercise officially ended and simulated rescue found us.
Upon debriefing each of our sites while we walked through as a group, the consensus was those two that had to be pulled over night, would have been body recoveries in the morning.
It is crazy how little time we have to live if we are not able to establish a good base.
Tomorrow, we are flying out to the middle of Canada in a TBM850 (which will be a great episode in and of itself - We have already done a couple episodes with Osama and his plane, (linked below) but this will be a much bigger mission where the plane can stretch her legs and really show us what she can do in terms of speed, altitude and range.)
but the real adventure out in Winnipeg is that I am getting the check out and advanced aerobatic training in the Pitts S-2B! (god help me)
Brad’s awesome helicopter channel:
Previous TBM850 episode 1:
Here is the link regarding the “Survival Shakedown” if you'd like to learn more:
Also, while we were out there, I helped produce a quick FAQ video for the COPA AGM that will be held in the area later in June: