The Flying VLOG
The foundations for ‘The Flying VLOG’ took place during the early parts of my Private Pilot’s License studies, using a flip camera and a basic audio recorder that I still use today.
The quality of editing and recording was at a bare minimum and it wasn’t until 2014 that I got my first GoPro and started recording some high quality footage and putting together some cool edits.
At this point I purely posted on YouTube to share with friends and family.
YouTube is now the world’s 2nd biggest search engine for more than 1.8 billion people registered on the site to check it daily to watch 5 billion videos. YouTube is an established part of society and I have posted amateur videos on the platform since 2007.
It wasn’t until 2017 however that I started ‘vlogging.’
In late 2016 I obtained my third GoPro, which gave an additional camera view and in the early part of 2017 I recorded my first VLOG. It was during this flight that the idea of “The Flying VLOG” was born.
During the early parts of the year I moved from a club owned aircraft to a non-equity group. This gave me access to a more modern IFR equipped DA40 TDI.
In the first year, something of a trial; I faced many issues such as overheating cameras and loss of ATC audio.
This added to the demotivation of trying to edit and post videos on YouTube.
I went back to the drawing board and obtained a 4th camera which added a further view and better reliability for my recordings.
Trying to keep up with a job travelling the world and editing videos was difficult. I lost motivation for the idea and that resulted in many videos being posted sporadically, making the VLOG very inconsistent.
In the early part of 2018 I branded the videos with a new introduction and created a Facebook Page to share more openly with the public.
In April 2019 I launched theflyingvlog.uk to create a home away from a home promoting the videos in greater detail than the YouTube platform or other social media handles.
The YouTube channel was also changed to a brand account and the overall brand will be enhanced to reflect this motion.
There’s a busy market for Pilot VLOGS now that action cameras are so common among pilots. All of which have different and unique styles in showcasing there videos, many of whom have been doing this solidly for the last 3-4 years supporting the fact that consistency really is key.
The Flying VLOG will showcase regular IFR flights with at least two instrument approaches per month.
Flying the world (General Aviation style), exploring its best hidden gems and educating along the way.
I will be showcasing my increased skills through Guidance Materials and the CB-IR to promote General Aviation Safety as a Pilot.
If you are not subscribed to my channel and love General Aviation, check it out!
I started out flying when I was just 16 years old, and some 11 years later I am now sharing videos weekly in the brand ‘The Flying VLOG’. Check out my latest trailer video to the left, for an introduction. You can read more on this video here.