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Other People’s Airplanes

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Welcome to Other People’s Airplanes, an immersive in-cockpit aviation video experience filmed in glorious high definition from multiple camera angles. If you are new here, you likely have questions. Here is where I will attempt to answer those questions. Smoke on!

What is Other People’s Airplanes?

Other People’s Airplanes is an internet-based video show (or podcast) where I bring you into the cockpit of – well – other people’s airplanes. I mount high definition cameras anywhere I can in and on airplanes whenever I fly. Then I produce a fresh episode of the show for you to watch with your eyeballs.

Where/how can I watch your show?

Lots of ways. You can:

Who is David Allen, anyhow?

I have been involved in aviation nearly all of my life thanks in no small part to the influence of my father, a certificated private pilot. While I am not yet a pilot, I still find ways to stay plugged in to the aviation community. I do this by attending air shows, hanging out at airports, and volunteering at events.

How did Other People’s Airplanes get started?

A pretty cool side effect of being so involved with aviation is that I have an uncanny ability to get myself into other people’s airplanes. Pilots like flying, and most love to share that experience with others. I have flown in some pretty amazing airplanes, including two Strearmans, three Citabrias, two Pitts S2s, a T-28 trojan, a B-25 Mitchell, three KC-135 Stratotankers, and one hot air balloon, to name some of the more notable.

No matter what aircraft I find myself in, flying is a magical experience every single time. Other People’s Airplanes is my personal attempt to bring you, the audience, along for the ride.

How do you talk other pilots into taking you flying?

Aviation is, at its roots, a deeply social activity. Often times, I just ask. Most pilots will tell you that an empty seat on an airplane is a missed opportunity to share magic with another person. By and large, people are willing to just take you flying in their airplane.

Surprisingly, I am having to actually ask for fewer and fewer flights. Often, it is just a matter of being there and being available. Like I said, pilots love to share flight with others.

Do you do any other sorts of episodes?

Most episodes of my show feature a flight in this airplane or that. However, I really attempt to bring the audience along for the ride at other events like Sun ‘n Fun, EAA AirVenture Oshkosh, and the U.S. Sport Aviation EXPO in Sebring, Florida. If you can’t attend the event in person, I will attempt to bring the event to you.

God bless the Internet.

I also would like to do the occasional documentary (like the one I did for the NASA STS-134 Tweetup). In the future I may try to feature different types of flight (ie. IFR in IMC, acro, checkrides), interesting destinations, or whatever else seems interesting to me at the time.

What aircraft do you want to fly?

Like Dave Higdon, I’ll fly pretty much anything, although perhaps not with just anyone. That said, these top my list: U-2 Dragon Lady, F-16 Viper, Phenom 100, Cessna Citation X, F-104 Starfighter, Incom T-65 X-wing Starfighter, and F-18 Super Hornet (including a cat shot and trap on a deployed aircraft carrier). An AH-64 Apache would not suck either.

What cameras do you use?

Inside the cockpit, I mostly use GoPro HD Heros. I have yet to buy any of the GoPro HD Hero 3 cameras, but I am sure I will at some point in the future. I use a Canon VIXIA HF S20 for all of the shots where I am talking directly to you, the audience. I also use the Canon for the “over-the-nose” shot since the GoPro, in its current configuration, does a really crappy job of capturing a spinning propeller.

What other gear do you use?

At the moment, I use:

Full disclosure: several of the links on this page are affiliate links. This means that if you click one of those links and then subsequently buy something from that link, I might get a little kickback. While I can assure you that I won’t be retiring off of funds paid to me from your purchases, you are welcome to seek out your own vendors for these products. If you do choose to use my affiliate links, thank you. I promise to use that extra money to make an even better show for you.

What software do you use to edit the show?

Mostly Final Cut Pro X. Don’t send me hate mail. It fell within the budget and does the job I need it to do.

For now.

How long does it take to produce a show?


Will you teach me to fly?


Why not?

Because I am not a certificated private pilot, much less a CFI.

Why aren’t you a pilot?

In a word, money. My bride and I have 5 kids. My current daytime job provides enough such that she can realize her dream and stay home to raise a family. Supporting a family of seven on a single income means there is not an abundance of extra cash at the end of the month. So I stay plugged in to aviation in other ways. And you benefit from the fruits of that involvement!

Can I advertise with you?

Of course! If you have seen the show, you will notice that I do high-quality, energetic advertisements for my sponsors. I would love to work with you and your product or service as well. Money I make through advertising and sponsorships goes back into building a better show, and that means more viewers, and more eyeballs on your advertisements.

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