September 4, 2012
By Dave Hirschman
Emily's First Solo Flight from Patrick Carter on Vimeo.
The time-honored practice of cutting student pilot shirt tails after their initial solo flights is getting a digital-age upgrade that’s easy to share.
NFlightcam —the company that customizes high-definition Contour video cameras for aviation use—is launching a program that allows student pilots to record their initial solo flights free on an NFlightcam, send them to the company for editing, and share the finished products via email, YouTube, and Facebook.
“The solo flight is such a momentous milestone in any pilot’s life that they should be able to share it with more than a shirt tail,” said Patrick Carter, NFlightcam’s founder and a general aviation pilot with more than 6,000 flying hours. “We want to capture the entire experience in full HD video so pilots can share it with the world.”
NFlightcam also will post edited videos on its Solo Hall of Fame Web page. Students and flight schools can sign up to receive loaner NFlightcams on the company’s website.
AOPA Pilot Senior Editor Dave Hirschman joined AOPA in 2008. He has an airline transport pilot certificate and instrument and multiengine flight instructor certificates. Dave flies vintage, historical, and Experimental airplanes and specializes in tailwheel and aerobatic instruction.
As the cold weather chills AOPA’s Headquarters in Frederick, many of us are inside generating new resources for flying clubs.
In my house, every Friday night is “Movie Night.” While the movies are rarely educational (I don’t think I learned anything from the Lego Movie), we look forward to the weekly opportunity to spend time together. Why not use the same concept for your Flying Club (with the addition of education, of course)?
AOPA Flying Club Manager Kelby Ferwerda posted the following on the AOPA Flying Club Facebook Page: “Recently I’ve talked with quite a few Flying Clubs about maintaining social activity through the cold winter months. Some clubs host Holliday Parties, others have Potluck Movie Nights. What does your club do to keep members involved during the chilly months?”
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