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Ultralight HangarTalk

Tips, Tricks & Techniques
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Brian in his MX makes a low pass over cameraman Ted Lewis while shooting the music video "MXing It Up".

Two years in the making,"Hangar-Talk" is a natural follow-on to FitzGerald's Award Winning video "A Beginner's Guide to Ultralight Flying" . It was conceived as a way to bring the learning of experienced aviators to the general Sport Flying Community through the medium of videotape.

"Hangar Talk - Part 1" is the first in a two part series aimed at disseminating Ultralight "Tips, Tricks & Techniques" to the flying public. Practical information a flyer can use. Part 1 has a running time of 2 hours and 18 minutes.It features more of the same type of information-packed interviews and music segments that have made FitzGerald's"Beginner's Guide" such a success. Two professionals (Ed Wilson & Fred Kimmel) and two "high time" ultralight enthusiasts (Duane Life & Steve Mock) share some of their voluminous knowledge in this tape. Subjects covered include engine, airframe, electrical and propeller matters.

One of the highlights of this tape is the final music video called "Down on the Deck". This video is a "mythical, low-level, Kansas cross-country adventure" featuring Randy Vyff flying his Phantom.

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Ed Wilson of Leading Edge Air Foils (L.E.A.F.) of Colorado Springs

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Bob Gambrill
Most people are satisfied with one career per lifetime but Bob Gambrill had two and they were both in aviation. His first career was as an Aviator with the U.S. Navy and his second career was with the F.A.A in the flight test division.

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Jim Goswick.
Jim is also retired from the military after a career with the U.S. Air Force. He is a long-time ultralight aviator and will show off his classic Terradactyl ultralight and talk about engine and other matters.

Hangar Talk #1 represents a step up to a full digital editing suite with a Power Computing PPC running the MacOS on a 200mHz 604e Newer Technology MAXPowr Card with a fast/wide Atlas drive coursing through an Adaptec 2840UW. The software employed is Adobe Premiere, Adobe After Effects, InfiniD & PhotoShop. FitzGerald is now using a Toshiba TSC-200p 3 Chip Hi-8 camcorder. This tape was final mastered on D3 Digital Video Tape for VHS dubbing.

The music was recorded and mastered on Sandy White's 16 track system at his studio in Maize, Kansas. FitzGerald once again relied on his trusty 1971 Gibson SG for all of the lead tracks and most of the rhythm tracks. He also employed White's Stratocaster and a classic Mosrite "Surf Guitar" for other rhythm tracks. Once again, the Sequential Tom drum machine was used for the beat but the bass and keyboard tracks were provided by White's synthesizers.

Fitz used Band-In-A-Box as MIDI controller software this time. All of the music for this tape was written, performed and copyrighted by FitzGerald. The only exception was part of the music bed for the "hawk open" which was performed by Chameleon Music of Massachusetts.