Acro Camp Sneak Peek 04: With Friends Like These . . . – Video Episode Show Notes

Despite the aggressive schedule around here (glider training, trying to find a new acro ride, doing really cool legal work for the best clients on the planet, etc.), I managed to get some time this weekend to do some editing on the movie.  The result is this sneak peek, “With friends like these . . .”

The campers at both of the Acro Camp shoots were very collaborative and supportive of each other.  But that doesn’t mean that there wasn’t at least a little laughter with (okay, at) each other when stuff went wrong.  And stuff is bound to go wrong when you’re learning to fly an aircraft whose center of gravity is behind the mains.

In the course of logging all of the footage, I’ve noted when both IPs were in aircraft and noted opportunities to synchronize the conversation across both cockpits.  Usually based on ATC calls or radio communication between the aircraft.  This was one such pair of sequences.  I loved the big bounce on Jim’s wheel landing and I loved the reaction that it got from Barry and Lynda.  I lined them up this evening and voila!  Tailwheel magic!

I’m actively working on putting together more time to get the film edited.  It hasn’t been easy, but I’m making some real progress.  Watch this space and the new Acro Camp web page (in development) for more news and updates!

About Steve Tupper

Stephen Force is the superhero alter ego of mild-mannered tech and aviation lawyer, commercial pilot (glider, with private privileges in ASEL, ASES, AMEL, IA, and DC-3 (SIC) type-rated), and Civil Air Patrol lieutenant colonel Steve Tupper. Steve writes, records, and brings you the inside story about everything that really matters in aviation. He's flown with the USAF Thunderbirds, he's and airshow performer and air boss, and he's one of only five pilots ever to earn a FAST card in the glider category. Follow Steve's ongoing quest to do all that is cool in aviation at or on Twitter as @StephenForce.


  1. Wes Craig says:

    Hi Steve, I am a private pilot but have been away for a few years now but recently have decided I need to get back up and finish up my ratings. I have stumbled upon all the great podcasts out there including yours and also Acro Camp! I’ve seen all the videos upto this point and some of the older podcast indicate that the documentary would be finished in 2011 sometime. But I can’t find anything online about a new date of release. I was just wondering if the project is still a go and if you have any idea when it should be published? Thanks in advance Steve.

    -Wes Craig
    Channahon IL

  2. Hi, Wes:

    editing the film turned out to be a lot more work than I thought that it would be. I just finished up the airshow season (by flying in one!) and the thing now is to get back to the console and finish editing the first Acro Camp film. Hoping to have it done in time for the December SXSW submission deadline.

    Thanks for your patience!

    - Steve

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