My youngest son, who has yet to fly with me, calls his two older brothers “The Boys.” For the first time my wife let them both fly with me last week. The only other time I had flown the two of them was during a sightseeing flight at the beach during my training, and with a CFI. On Friday evening, the sky was clear and the winds were relatively calm, so I asked my oldest if he wanted to go flying. To which my middle son chimed in “I’ll go!!” We worked it out and agreed that the three of us would go for a local flight to enjoy being in the air and seeing our hometown from a different perspective.
I’m not sure I can describe in words how great this flight was. Fortunately, I have some video of the flight as well. I had three cameras running, two capturing outside the plane and one interior shot. Sadly, the interior footage was corrupt when I went to initially view it. I was crushed. This was the angle that would capture my oldest son’s expressions while flying in the right seat for the first time with his dad. I was frantic. I immediately began searching for methods of recovering damaged or corrupt GoPro files. I tried a handful of methods, without much luck. A few came close, but I still didn’t have any real usable footage. Then I found an app called Treasured, which runs analysis on a corrupt file and gives you preview stills if it finds any footage. You can then request further investigation of the file, to which the service will send you a short preview clip. Once I saw the clip I knew I was going to pay to have as much of that footage salvaged as possible. They were able to recover all of the video that was intact, which happened to be just over the first five minutes. This was perfect, as that portion of the video contained the priceless reactions that I had hoped to capture.
I’m looking forward to many more flying adventures with my family. My boys are already looking forward to a $100 hamburger in the near future. As my oldest son says in the video, “we need to do this more often!” I totally agree buddy.