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Come fly with me! (a take off & landing with a quadriplegic pilot)

I’ve had a leaking o-ring on one of the cylinders in the engine for quite awhile so as the On a Wing & a Chair Round Australia flight is approaching, it needed to get fixed. My trusty mechanic Geoff, who built & installed all my aircraft adaptations, fixed it during the week.

Today was a glorious Monday public holiday with light winds & a sunny afternoon with smooth air. A great day for flying! I took Geoff with me for a test flight just to make sure it was all fixed & there were no other problems. It’s running like a dream!

While I was at the plane, I couldn’t miss the opportunity to try out my new GoPro Hero 3 camera from a few more angles. The cockpit view worked really well. Check it out here, watch this & imagine you’re my co-pilot. You can see how I operate my adaptations to fly the plane. Don’t forget, my fingers don’t work & I’m controlling the engine speed with a tube in my mouth!

Here I am flying today.

I installed the camera with the suction cup mount on the windscreen which gave a great view but a little shaky at times. Seeking help if anyone knows how to mount these & remove the vibrations. Leave a comment & let me know what you think.

Finally, congratulations to Nick & Kate Fenwick for the birth of their baby boy this morning! Nick is one of the Directors of On a Wing & a Chair. I’m sure his new son will be flying soon!

Over & out!


5 thoughts on “Come fly with me! (a take off & landing with a quadriplegic pilot)”

  1. Hi Dave, A mutual friend sent me your post. I met you at Tooradin once. I’ve used GoPro’s (original HD and GoPro2 HD) for a while now. The suction mount is probably as good as it gets for vibration and your video is pretty spectacular as is, but maybe I can help with audio. There’s a mismatch with most camera’s audio input levels and aircraft audio systems which I’ve fixed with a modified patch cable. See my Youtube channel (website link in this comment) for examples.
    Let me know if you want more info. It’s easy if you have a mate with a soldering iron!

    1. Hi Mark,

      Thanks so much for your comment here. I’ll checkout your Youtube channel & be in touch with you soon for more info about your patch cables.
      I’m on a pretty fast learning curve with trying to get some good footage & sound from these cool little cameras!


  2. David,

    I am proud to call you my friend, you are and always be an inspiration to me.
    You fly better than most pilots and are diciplined in your flying which I admire.
    Also looks like married life is treating you well and I wish you both all the luck, best wishes and good health on the on a wing and a chair flight around Australia.

    Forever your friend

    1. Hi Alf,

      Thanks so much mate!
      I really appreciate your words & friendship. I can’t wait for you to meet my beautiful wife Linda.

      Look forward to catching up with you soon.


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