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The BFR Flight, before Dan Gryder has inspired us to do things a little differently, Dan Millican (@SFilmsTakingOff) flies with a co-worker, Mark Ott, from Las …
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Continuing on our journey across the southwest, Matt and I face some challenges in Cedar City, Utah. The winds are high (30 knots) and the Density altitude is high (8200 feet).

Working as a team, we put together a solid plan to takeoff out of the area and head toward Zion National Park, on our way to Santa Fe.

This long flight would really test our endurance as pilots. It’s easier when you have two pilots that can share the duties throughout the day. Cuts down on the fatigue. Overall, it was a really enjoyable and beautiful flight.

Right along and see how pilots do what they do and roll with the punches. We weren’t even supposed to go to Cedar City, as we diverted here for fuel reasons. It all worked out and we ended up enjoying our lunch and ride in the funny crew car.

Matt has recently been going through all his flight training. At the time of this video he hadn’t quite gotten his Commercial Rating, but had just finished his instrument rating. He was already flying like a professional and conducted himself very well. He’s well on his way in the aviation community, and runs a company called Winged Aviation that helps Veterans get into aviation.

Let me know if you have any questions about the flight.
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Join along as I take two friends and we fly in our Cessna 210 to Zion National Park. In Part 1 we fly from Athens, Tennessee (McMinn County Airport, KMMI) to Harrison, Arkansas (Boone County Airport, KHRO). We were treated to a beautiful sunset and some really smooth night flight. My buddy even had barbecue ready for us when we landed. What a great day of flying! Thanks for watching!
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Here it is…the start of my 2019 trip to Zion National Park!! This year I was joined by two friends from high school. I had a ton of fun showing them Zion for the first time. Of course, as has become the norm, the trip was not without its hiccups. Last year my vacuum pump bit the dust over Albuquerque. This year, the night before we were supposed to leave, I was making a short refueling flight to a local airport. Immediately after takeoff I got a voltage warning light; my alternator had died! I immediately lowered my landing gear and flaps, killed the radios, and turned around to land. My worst fears were somewhat alleviated when I took off the cowling and realized that it was the alternator belt that had snapped…a much quicker fix.

Except that my mechanics was out of town. I scrambled all night and the next morning to find a belt and a mechanic. Found those, then had to get the plane refueled. Then had to get my now dead battery charged. And this was all before we even got in the air! Thankfully all went smoothly and the best small airport FBO in the world, Athens Air LLC, took great care of me as usual. We were able to takeoff on schedule as if nothing had ever happened.

And let me tell you, we had a FULLY loaded airplane! It’s rare that weight and balance is even a consideration with the 210, but I had to pay close attention to it with this flight. With full fuel we were just at 3800 pounds (max gross weight) but the plane handled it perfectly. The Centurion is an absolute best of a Cessna…shame they don’t make them anymore. Once airborne, we set a course for Harrison Arkansas to stay the night with a friend. We were treated to a sunset that just didn’t quit!! Thanks for joining along on the first leg to Zion National Park!!
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Preview of this year’s trip to Zion National Park. This was my 7th consecutive year visiting the park and as always, I had a great time making images and seeing old friends. I really look forward to sharing this trip with everyone. I hope you enjoy the preview video!
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I know that my normal “travelling to Zion” videos aren’t the most interesting. Basically it’s just me trying desperately to make flying commercial look exciting. Spoiler alert: it’s not! So this year I decided to spice up my normal Day 1 video by fling myself to Zion!

I have been a pilot for a little over nine years, and it’s always been a dream of mine to fly myself out to Zion. It’s never really been a possibility though because all of the rental planes available were too slow. However this year I was able to join a group owning a Cessna 210 which is far faster and just more capable of such a trip.

I had originally hoped to make the entire trip in one day, which would be a long day, but it would be possible. However, a large weather system had been hovering over the desert southwest bringing low clouds and freezing temps. I’m an instrument rated pilot, so flying through the clouds isn’t an issue. The ice that would have accumulated in those clouds however, was an issue. So I made the safe call to land in Kansas and let the system pass as it was predicted to do.

This is the video of that flight. I might could have made it all the way to Zion, but this was the safest option. I hope you enjoy!!
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This was the day I had anticipated most when thinking about my Zion trip. Flying is always best when shared with friends, and on this trip I took up fellow large format photographers Ben Horne, Justin Lowery, and Marty Quinn for an aerial tour of the Grand Canyon, Zion National Park, and several other famous landscapes along the way. It was a day I’ll never forget!

Flying in the Cessna 210, we traversed each of the 4 VFR corridors in the Grand Canyon. These are special areas where airplanes can fly over the park at specific altitudes. It’s an incredible way to be able to experience the Grand Canyon.

Once we flew over the park, we headed north to Zion. Along the way, the guys pointed out areas such as White Pocket, The Wave, and Coyote Gulch. I was thankful to have them along; otherwise, I never would have known where these areas were.

As before, Zion was truly special from above. We got to experience the full magnitude of the better-than-normal fall color as the colors REALLY popped from up above. Once back on the ground, Ben and I had some unfinished push-up contest business. I’ll let you watch his video and determine for yourself who won…
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