2016

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This is a highlight reel from all my flights of 2016. It has a lot of cool places that haven't made it into one of my videos before. The uncharted Anasazi ruins scattered around New Mexico, the window in the Rio Puerco valley, the strongholds at Banco del la Casa and Mesa Pueblo, the Blue Hole Spring in the middle of nowhere, Laguna del Perro, Needle Pinnacle, gypsum lake takeoffs at the NM/TX state line. Plus a lot of my favorite spots you may have seen before including 4 season views over the Manzano Mountains, low cruises through the Caldron of Hell and the Jaws of Death, and high altitude flights over Colorado. My 2016 totals were 49 flying days, 123.4 hours, 7404 miles, 140 landings. The YouTube page has a list of scenes with bookmarks.

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  • Tom Currier
    by Tom Currier 10 months ago
    That's an awesome video. Thanks! It really inspires one to get out there and go flying beyond the usual local treking.
  • Bryan Tuffnell
    by Bryan Tuffnell 10 months ago
    Very cool, Jeff. Some of the mountain't scenes could be NZ, but the dry plains and deserts (?) sure look different! You get a great variety of country to enjoy.
  • white eagle
    by white eagle 10 months ago
    Always a pleasure to watch you fly jeff.Makes you a skilled pilot to fly all the places you fly!
    Really liked your choice of music as well
  • John Glynn
    by John Glynn 10 months ago
    Awestruck! Thank you very much for sharing. Beautiful.
  • Jim Garrett
    by Jim Garrett 10 months ago
    Great video Jeff. Thank you for taking us along. Super landscape.
  • Bill Chance
    by Bill Chance 10 months ago
    Very nice. Like the end fade out to your flying tracks.
  • Rizwan Bukhari
    by Rizwan Bukhari 10 months ago
    Jeff, this is just an awesome video, loved it. Do you carry any GPS trackers with you? for emergencies since the landscapes look very remote. And if so which one do you recommend.
  • jeff trike
    by jeff trike 10 months ago
    Riz, I carry a SPOT on every flight. And on most of my long distance flights I fly with someone else (trike or airplane). That's the best thing to do safety wise, plus it gets lonely on those long flights. But this last year, I did pull off a couple long all day XC flights. Dell City and back, second flight trip to Marble and back. When my subscription to SPOT version 1.0 expires this May I plan to get a Delorme Inreach because it has 2-way text messaging. That is what I would recommend to all trike pilots. I had a friend who crashed his ultralight on a farm along the Rio Grande back in 2007. He was in bad shape and pinned in the cockpit and his foot was all crushed up. He called 911 on his cell phone, but didn't know exactly where he was. He was going in and out of consciousness and shock. It took them 2 hours to finally find him. His ultralight was lost in a maze of dirt roads and farm next to the river. He ended up getting his foot amputated, because it took so long to find him. Your cell phone is not worth anything if you crash. Get some sort of PLB (Personal Locator Beacon). At least with GPS tracking on the SPOT or Delorme, you can leave a trail of points so they can find your body after you crash.
  • Neil Scoble
    by Neil Scoble 10 months ago
    I carry a PLB as a legal requirement in NZ, I also carry a spot tracker as the PLB can be used for emergency only whereas with the spot tracker you can use the the app to follow progress or for later viewing, I also like the OK function which is good to give your loved ones piece of mind.
  • Joe Hockman
    by Joe Hockman 10 months ago
    Jeff, this an awesome video. You sure do have same majestic landscapes and scenery in NM. Did your 2016 flying adventures take you in to Colorado? I thought I saw one or 2 places that might have included southern Colorado. Flying in NM is most definitely on my flying bucket list. Again fantastic video.
  • Todd Halver
    by Todd Halver 10 months ago
    Riz - when I fly XC I use a SPOT locator. The tracking is cool feature for those who want to keep up with my progress and I can send pre-loaded text messages to my wife when I am back on the ground safely. There are other good units but this one has worked great for me for the past 6 years.
  • Damien B
    by Damien B 10 months ago
    Very stable shots! Nice that you don't have that "wave" motion going on that you can find. Do you have to do that post editing or you have it set up right? Magical Scenery, lots of changes so one is not tempted to fast forward ! Great Job Jeff !
  • Bryan Tuffnell
    by Bryan Tuffnell 10 months ago
    I'd like to offer an alternative perspective to the SPOT/PLB/EPIRB question. When I'm not sitting on the porch with the guitar and homebrew, I might be flying, climbing or ski-mountaineering in the Alps, or ocean sailing on a small yacht. I'm attracted to trying to achieve the most with the least, and I'm usually alone by choice, sometimes for weeks, even when flying trikes. I find that a simple, harmonious, patient approach to these pursuits offers me the richest rewards.

    A big attraction in these activities is the remoteness and necessity for total self-reliance. I don't carry any of the 'help, come-and-get-me' toys because they erode a key part of the attraction of being in wild places: I'm on my own in every sense, and need to think and act accordingly.

    It's obviously a very personal decision. However, I think everyone should acknowledge two things: Firstly that safety doesnt come from SPOTS or PLBs. It comes from the knowledge and decisions you make in your head and the skills in your hands, and devices and flying buddies may affect outcomes from times when the unthinkable has happened but they do not make you any safer.

    Secondly, those same devices may mitigate against proper preparations and sensible decisions. If your plan is to use a rescue device to bail you out of a mess, you're not ready. And we've seen that; there are examples in this site of pilots justifying the decision to make big XC flights based on the safety equipment they intend carrying rather than the less tangible attitudes and skills they have. We've seen pilots 'caught out' by unforecast storms, shifting the responsibility from themselves to the weatherman.

    I've not suggesting anyone adopts my approach, nor am I suggesting that I don't make mistakes - I've made every one in the catalogue and gone on to invent a few more. But I do think that everyone should develop the attitude that risks are there to be taken sometimes, and the buck stops with us as individuals and not some little red button.
  • jeff trike
    by jeff trike 10 months ago
    Damien, recording on gopro, hd at 60 fps. Video rendered at 30fps. Some how that does the trick. Plus the wingtip mount is very smooth. No special processing on the video.

    It was a fun video to make. The clips are in chronological order which has the effect of making the appear to be random. Plus they are all about 5 sec long which forced you to boil it down to best stuff. Keeps it interesting.
  • jeff trike
    by jeff trike 4 months ago
    Hi everyone. This video (slightly edited for length) will be featured at Oshkosh, in a presentation by the New Mexico Pilots Association, of which I am an active member. The talk is called "Flying the New Mexico Backcountry" and it will be on Tuesday, July 25 at 0:830 AM in Forum 2.

    If you are at Oskosh, I think you will enjoy this briefing on flying and camping at New Mexico backcountry airstrips. Our trikes have unsurpassed STOL capabilities. We make it look so easy we are accused of cheating. HA HA. If you attend, tell the presenters (Larry Filener and Joyce Woods) you fly a trike know me.
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