Montage – My initial Helicopter Flight Training – Naples FL APF

March 19, 2010

Montage – My initial Flight Training – Naple APF. I began my initial flight training in Naples Florida in 1999. Transitioning between the R22 and 206, the video also depicts where I gained most of my love for and interest in flying helicopters, which of course was none other than Airwolf. I would later spend time in Connecticut where I would work on my instrument/commercial flying … flying in the snow and ice, and doing confined area ops atop snow covered mountains (or very, very big hills 🙂 – My first flight instructor (seen in the video) was Joe Fragione of London Aviation, FL. One of the most upstanding guys and best pilots I know.


25 Responses to “Montage – My initial Helicopter Flight Training – Naples FL APF”

  1. roberttreboranita on March 19th, 2010 11:16 pm

    good video rob

  2. jgoudeau207 on March 20th, 2010 12:04 am

    Is that a t-rex 700 or turbine rc model? Are they more stable at that size.. Would think you would keep that heli outta the living room…

  3. rotorspeedmax on March 20th, 2010 12:32 am

    I watch alot of heli videos on here but this one make my quite emotional. i only wish i could rate 10 stars instead of 5. great job crazyhelidude!

  4. CrazyHeliDude on March 20th, 2010 12:53 am

    Haha .. you like’er don’t ya 😉

  5. CrazyHeliDude on March 20th, 2010 1:44 am

    Thank you, Tibet

  6. heroineworshipper on March 20th, 2010 2:00 am

    love of the airwolf heroine at least

  7. tibet05 on March 20th, 2010 2:08 am

    Great video !


    Tibet 05

  8. CrazyHeliDude on March 20th, 2010 2:55 am

    Thank you for your comment 🙂

  9. captfrankheli on March 20th, 2010 3:47 am

    Wow, wonderfull video! I can give only 5 stars, unfortunately!



  10. CrazyHeliDude on March 20th, 2010 4:32 am

    I say go for it! IMO there’s nothing like the feeling of flying a full scale heli and being able to go almost anywhere you want. Keep the dream alive and you will do it.

  11. CrazyHeliDude on March 20th, 2010 5:19 am

    RC and full scale helicopters fly very much the same, so you’re not too far from the real thing 🙂

  12. wennerpops on March 20th, 2010 6:14 am

    Hey nice to see someone able to afford being out there and learning the real flight stuff. I have another teacher aquaintance who just went to what you are doing at Williamtown airbase heli school, he sure knows how to make me jealous talking about his 90 hours up out of 200 for his initial private heli licence in Australia
    One day when the kids get independant i would love to do it too
    Happy 2010

  13. goddnilb on March 20th, 2010 7:12 am

    I can only dream of flying the real thing so the rc helicopters are for me. I too love helicopters and playing music. I enjoyed this video very much. Good job with it. goddnilb

  14. captainuk001 on March 20th, 2010 7:21 am

    Must be great getting your hands on the real thing

  15. AlohaSaqua on March 20th, 2010 8:04 am

    You´re welcome and more than deserve them.

  16. CrazyHeliDude on March 20th, 2010 8:43 am

    Thank you for those exceptionally kind words.

  17. AlohaSaqua on March 20th, 2010 8:47 am

    Grat video mixing feelings with flying.


  18. nitestrike1000 on March 20th, 2010 8:51 am

    great video! you are now living the dream.

  19. stot2614 on March 20th, 2010 9:36 am

    Absolutely, but in my case, it grew out of fear… long story, but I was 8 when my love for choppers began.

  20. CrazyHeliDude on March 20th, 2010 10:36 am

    @stot2614 Thanks for the comment Stot. How did you enjoy the R22? I think it’s the same with all of us …. once we get bitten by the bug there’s no going back!

  21. TinkerManRC on March 20th, 2010 11:30 am

    Nuce job great video fantastic 5 *

  22. helicuzz on March 20th, 2010 11:42 am

    Nice job and congratulations.

  23. CrazyHeliDude on March 20th, 2010 12:13 pm

    It most certainly was, and thank you for the comment

  24. Okobojibluegill on March 20th, 2010 12:33 pm

    Great video!!!

  25. 7452 on March 20th, 2010 1:21 pm

    It must have been a proud moment when you were certified on helis. Good video.

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