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  • Nineteen Hundred Hours as Pilot in Command.

    I have been writing about each hundred hours as it shows up in my log book.

    I find my priorities change as I gain experience.

    My joy continues to grow and things that once seemed unmanageable now seem common place.

    Overconfidence continues to be my nemesis.

    Numbers from the log book:

    I have logged 5,424 day landings and 11knight landings. I practice a lot and find flying the pattern an enjoyable way to exercise my flying skills.

    I have 1,202 hours cross country. A cross country as a pilot is landing at a different airport than you departed. As a student pilot it is a flight of more than 25 nautical miles from the airport where the flight originated so my most common cross country would not count as a cross country for a student pilot. It is 22 nautical miles to San Luis Obispo (SBP) from Santa Maria (SMX) and that is my favorite flight. I find it is magically different each time I make the flight.

    I have received 126.4 hours of flight instruction from 26 flight instructors and learned something from every one.

    I have had a Letter of Deviation Authority (LODA) on The Predator since February of 2016 allowing me to charge for flight instruction in an experimental, amateur built gyroplane. I am now required to have an A&P perform 100 hour inspections of The Predator.

    I have given 102 hours of flight instruction as a certificated flight instructor and an equal amount of ground. I find great joy in helping people to find the magic in the air I do.

    In the last 100 hours:

    I have shared the magic of the first solo with two clients.

    I have shared the proficiency check ride success with two new Gyroplane Sport Pilots.

    I have given instruction to four certificated flight instructors.

    I had my first training mishap on a solo flight with nothing hurt beyond the wallet. I still found it very upsetting.

    I feel my flight instructing skills improve with each hour of instruction given and my joy continues to grow.

    I have modified The Predator extensively to make her a better trainer and learned a lot from the process.

    I still have a hard time flying from the left seat in a Cavalon. I am training in one Cavalon that has a throttle on the left but no brake on the left. I find it doesn’t help as much as I had hopped. I spend a lot of time in a side by side explaining what straight ahead it. I prefer training in a tandem.


    I won a spot landing contest at Santa Ynez landing one foot beyond the line. It was more luck than skill.

    I flew The Predator in the Cable air show and it is the most fun I have had flying in an air show. It was airshow number 17 for me and my fifth time flying in the Cable Air show. We are invited back next year.


    My joy of flying The Predator solo continues to expand although I find I am flying solo less.






    A bigger windshield for the back from the side. a bigger back windshield from the front. Flying in the Cable Air Show 2017 Departing SMX Giving Flight Instruction in The Predator.
    Regards, Vance Breese Gyroplane CFI http://www.breeseaircraft.com/

  • #2
    Vance - You advised a student toward getting gyro check ride and successfully soloing Vortex M912 gyro! I appreciate the help! Dave

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    • #3
      Vance,

      Don't think I've ever seen video of your airshow routine. Have you, or anyone else, posted video of any of your airshows?

      David Morris
      David Morris
      Somerset, Ky.
      Current Aircraft 2015 Carbon Cub
      Former Aircraft
      2013 Carbon Cub
      Blue Xenon N915DM 2009 & 2010 Grand Champion
      2 RAF-2000's
      A36 Bonanza
      Numerous Saratoga's
      david@modernsystemsinc.com

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      • #4
        Thank you Dave, I am glad I could help! I didn't include because I wasn't there to see it and we don't have a professional relationship.
        Regards, Vance Breese Gyroplane CFI http://www.breeseaircraft.com/

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        • #5
          Here you go David Morris:

          https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LgNHnpCcQsM

          This is mostly from a camera beneath the nose with some outside shots at Cable 2016.

          https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h9aU...ature=youtu.be


          This years without the outside shots. If it looks the same it is because it is.

          I have very specific things I am trying to demonstrate and I don't do anything that I haven't practiced.

          This is the Hollister Air show 2013; same show, different stage. Slightly more agressive because there are more places to land.

          https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oJw4S0qHtA4


          Regards, Vance Breese Gyroplane CFI http://www.breeseaircraft.com/

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          • #6
            Vance,

            I notice you posted some photos with this. Are you finding that you can't post proper photos any more, just really small one of 150kB or less? I emailed Todd about it but didn't get a response.

            Cheers,
            Paul.

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            • #7
              I thought the pictures looked good Paul.

              I had to shrink them before I could post them.

              I suspect there are ways to make them bigger as they were in my last post in more fun flying The Predator.

              I am inclined to let things work let things get worked out.

              I am grateful for the Rotary Wing Forum as it is.

              I do wish they would bring birthdays back.
              Regards, Vance Breese Gyroplane CFI http://www.breeseaircraft.com/

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              • #8
                Originally posted by Vance View Post
                I thought the pictures looked good Paul.

                I had to shrink them before I could post them.

                I suspect there are ways to make them bigger as they were in my last post in more fun flying The Predator.

                I am inclined to let things work let things get worked out.

                I am grateful for the Rotary Wing Forum as it is.

                I do wish they would bring birthdays back.
                Vance,

                they looked OK, but nowhere near as good as when in full res. Shame that this restriction is still there - I can't get an answer on it from the administrator(s). I know what you mean about being grateful it's here though.

                Cheers,
                Paul.

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