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My older movies are stored in .wmv format. The files kept getting bigger, so a few years ago I started uploading my videos to YouTube so you can watch them immediately,
without downloading a 500MB or larger file

http://www.youtube.com/user/jefftrike

Here are some links to my more recent YouTube movies.           

20170713 Vents

Fight over the Vents

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20170619 la ventana

Through the windows of La Ventana Mesa

5:27

20170610 murrow field

Fly-in at Murrow Field on the Divide (NM99)

8:55

20161229 caldron

Low level flight in the Caldron of Hell

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Jeff’s Flight Log, 2016 Highlights

Highlights from 2016

11:05

20141028 green river 1.5x short

Edited verision of 20151028 green riverx1.5

8:43

20160617 marble

High altitude flights around Marble, CO

10:56

20160616 santa maria

Flight over Santa Maria Reservoir

4:27

20160722 rio manzano

Flight over Rio Grande and Manzano Mountains

13:48

20160311krista

Long flight around my favorite spots with my niece Krista

13:10

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Flight over the Ibex Hard Pan

2:39

20151028 green riverx1.5 

A slightly sped up version of a flight up the Green River

35:56

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Scenic Canyon near Gila National Forest on YouTube

A morning trike flight along a valley and stream in the Gila National Forest in New Mexico. May 1, 2014. Running time: 4:44

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Manzano Mts with the GoPro3+ Black on YouTube

I got a GoPro3+ Black and took it out for a flight today over teh Manzano Mountains and along the Rio Grande. The video came out fantastic. I like this camera. January 17, 2014. Running time: 9:41

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Dirty Devil on YouTube

After 7.5 hours of flying,Paul and I finally worked out way up to the northern tip of Lake Powell. Now the fun would begin.  We followed the Dirty Devil River Canyon at sunset to the airstrip where we camped overnight. The next morning we continued north past high sandstone cliffs to the end of the canyon. October 5, 2013. Running time: 10:05

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Green River on YouTube

Paul and I camped at the Mineral Canyon Airstrip the last day of a 6 day backcountry flying trip in Southern Utah. I woke up early the next morning and took what I now consider to be the best flight of my life, below the rim, following the Green River upstream to BowKnot Bend and back on October 29, 2012. Running time: 13:47

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Pagosa Peak on YouTube

Amazing sunset flight in the mountains north of Pagosa Springs Colorado, on September 8, 2012. Running time: 7:59

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Great Sand Dunes on YouTube

Formation flight over the Great Sand Dunes in Colorado Running time: 4:02

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Mineral Canyon on YouTube

Flights along the Green River into the Mineral Canyon Airstrip in the Utah Backcountry. Check my flightlogs from November 2009 for a full descrption of the trip. Running time: 8:39

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Splendor and Mexican Mountain on YouTube

Flights into Hidden Splendor and Mexcian Mountain Airstrips in the Utah Backcountry. Check my flightlogs from November 2009 for a full descrption of the trip. Running time: 6:03

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Cerro Alensa on YouTube

I was flying over Cerro Alensa, a thin volcanic butte that rises like a shark fin out of the desert. It was after 2pm and but the thermals were not very strong. I was to the leftt of the summit and radioed to my wingman Paul, "I am going to circle to the right." As soon as I said that I was popped by a strong gust of air and rolled the opposite way, to the left. I was way over the side, near 90 degrees. I took a deep breath and held the bar neutral in front of me and let the trikes natural stability pull itself out of the dive. Before I knew it, it was all over and when I came around I found I had gained a couple hundred feet of altitude. My GPS track showed a steady climb throughout the incident.

Paul was recording on his video above and to the left of me and I had my on board video. I edited these two clips together here to tell the story. Runn
ing Time: 5:27.

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 Ship Rock and the San Juan on YouTube

Trike flight over Ship Rock Peak, the San Juan River Goosenecks and Johns Canyon. Running Time: 10:53.

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Hatch Valley/Spaceport on YouTube

My wingman Paul and I followed the Rio Grand north north of Hatch, NM in some of the smoothest air I have ever flown in. After a brief stop at TorC, we set off with Gary, a third trike pilot on a short trip to the New Mexico Spaceport. Running Time: 5:27.

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GPS tracklog of Cebolla Canyon Run on YouTube

I played back my GPS tracklog of the Cebolla Canyon Run through Google Earth to create this video . It playsback at 10 x real-time Running Time: 1:54..

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Cebolla Canyon Run on YouTube

I flew down Cebolla Canyon to the Malpais. This video captures the first 12 minutes of the flight. Its a long smooth ride through beautiful country. Just sit back and enjoy the ride. Running Time 12:10..

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Parting the Mist on YouTube

On our flight over the top from Pagosa Springs to Creede we passedy by Williams Lake. I saw clouds of mist over the water and plowed through them, cutting a swath with my propwash. Paul was overhead and captured it on video. Cool. Running Time 16 seconds.

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Rio Salado Box on YouTube

South of Ladron Peak is a twisting sandstone canyon.
The Rio Salado Box.  Previously an outlaw hideout, it is now the domain of trike pilots. Running Time: 4:18.

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New Mexico Backcountry Strips in HD on YouTube

A recon trip to several New Mexico Backcountry airstrips near the Gila Wilderness. Beaverhead (13NM), Me-Own (1NM0), Negrito (0NM7), Whitewater Mesa (55NM) and Jewett Mesa (13Q). Running Time: 4:49

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Landing at Dirty Devil in HD at Vimeo

In November 2009, I went on a backcountry flying / camping trip into the Canyonlands of southern Utah with my flying buddies Paul (Aeros2) and Mike (Rans S-18). I (Jeff) was flying my trusty Aerotrike Cobra. We landed at several strips during the day, then headed for our camping spot on a bench overlooking the Dirty Devil River. This was the most remote spot I have ever landed at. No road access, just foot, horseback and now ultralight. The airstrip was created during a uranuim mining boom in the 1950's and 60's.

It was late in the day when we arrived, the sun already below the horizon. The winds were perfectly still, and all three of us glided in to a easy landing. The next morning we headed out again to Happy Canyon, Angel Point, Hidden Splendor and camped at Mexican Mountain.

More to come

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Landing at Nokai Dome in HD at Vimeo

In November 2009, I flew to Monument Valley with my flying buddies Paul and Mike. We continued on for 3 days of flying and two nights of camping at Utah backcountry airstrips strips. The first was Nokai Dome, on a rise overlooking the San Juan River and Lake Powell.

More to come

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Dream Flight, San Luis Valley, Colorado in HD at Vimeo

A dream flight . . .

That's how I remember it.

These scenes streamed by before being lost behind me. I dared not look back or I would miss the next one, and I needed to stay in position, behind Paul, but slightly above his prop wash. No messing around with my camera. Just fly.

Thankfully, I captured it on the video so I can put myself back in the cockpit and fly it again. You have to watch this one FULL SCREEN.

0:58 I saw a pair of horses slowly wading across the river.

1:30 Flying in the shadows.

2:45 A small herd of wild horses on the banks of the river.

4:26 Time to gain some altitude over this shallow section of the Rio Grande Gorge.

6:29 The horses about a 1/2 mile to right are on a morning run.

Running time 8 mioutes, 37 seconds

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Colorado Trike Flying, Alamosa, in HD at Vimeo

Frank, Chris, Rick and I made a trike expedition to Alamosa, CO in July 2008. The next morning we followed the Rio Grande towards it's source, near Creede, CO. There were clouds at Wagon Wheel Gap, so Chris and I checked out a side canyon (Goose Creek) and when we returned the clouds had lifted. We continued to Creede and beyond to an amazing series of mountain lakes and meadows.

The next day we headed back home, following the Rio Grande Gorge to Taos, and on to Albuquerque.

This is a companion video to an article to be published in the August 2009 issue of Light Sport and Ultralight Flying Magazine. I filmed all of the video on my Aiptek HD+ 1080P camera.

Running time, 13 minutes 19 seconds

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NColorado Trike Flying, Pagosa in HD at Vimeo

In September 2008, Rick Frank and I flew up to Pagosa Springs Colorado. We flew up to Williams Lake, then explored the nearby Weminuche Valley.

On the last day of the trip I flew up to the Piedra Valley and saw a powered parachute, then landed at sunset.

This is a companion video to a article I wrote for the August 2009 issue of "Light Sport and Ultralight Flying Magazine." I filmed all of the video on my Aiptek HD+ 1080P camera.
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Running time, 10 minutes 54 seconds

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Night Landing at Belen in HD at Vimeo

I entered the pattern at Belen 25 minutes after sunset, with 5 minutes of civil twilght flying left to go. It was dark, but not as dark as it looks on the video, but the runway lights never looked cooler.
Running time, 2 minutes 17 seconds

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Flying with the Devil in HD at Vimeo

My friend Frank got a new blood red Apollo 912s Delta Jet. I call it the Red Devil. We went flying over Rio San Jose and the "Big Red Spot", near Albuquerque last week. I took the video with my Aiptek 1080P camera, set in 720p 60Hz mode. The camera was mounted on the control bar. I am amazed how clear the video is. On my computer at home, it looks flawless. Enjoy the flight.  Clicking on the link to launch the Vimeo viewer and enjoy the ride. Turn off HD unless you have a superfast PC.
Running time, 13 minutes 19 seconds

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Over New Mexico in HD at Vimeo

This is a compilation from three trike flights, video shot in High Definition over incredible scenery, all within an hour or two of my home base at Belen Airport.  Clicking on the link to launch the Vimeo viewer and enjoy the ride. Turn off HD unless you have a superfast PC.
Running time, 13 minutes 26 seconds

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20071111_mv3_day3.wmv  26.9 MB

Monument Valley, Expedition 3, Day 3

The three trikes took off and watched the sun rise. Johnny headed north to Cortez, CO while Rick and I turned SE towards a line of bumps on the horizon I discovered on my first trip to MV in 2006. We continued on to Canyon de Chelly and Red Valley before stopping at Window Rock. Then on to Mt Taylor and a large herd of wild horses in the plains near Acoma. An amazingly beautiful flight
Running time, 5 minutes 9 seconds

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20071110_mv3_day2.wmv  63.0 MB

Monument Valley, Expedition 3, Day 2

Johnny from Cortez, CO flew down to MV that morning and met Rick and I over the buttes. We landed and the took a second flight in the afternoon. I finally got to fly over the top of Agathlan Volcano.
Running time, 11 minutes 30 seconds

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20071109_mv3_day.wmv  49.9 MB

Monument Valley, Expedition 3, Day 1

This was my third trip to Monument Valley, and I saw more, flew more, and was more blown away by the scenery more than ever before. Rick and I crossed the Mt Taylor Plateau, looked down on the ruins of Chaco Canyon, dodged eagle attacks over Shiprock, made our way across the Goosenecks of the San Juan River, before finally entering Monument Valley at sunset.

When I watch this video, I find myself back into the cockpit of my Cobra, cruising over the desert landscape. The music is the same music I listen to while flying, so the immersion is complete. Running time, 9 minutes 4 seconds

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20070528_alamosa_day_three.mpg  49.0 MB (Macs)

Alamosa Day Three

Time to head home. The morning air was calm, so Rick and I were able to get a close look of the Upper Rio Grande Gorge all the way to Taos, NM. We landed, took a break, then continued south over then deepest part of the Taos Gorge. We made a short stop at Los Alamos, then continued on to Double Eagle and Belen airports. Running time, 5 minutes 32 seconds.

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20070527_alamosa_day_two.wmv 45.8 MB
20070527_alamosa_day_two.mpg 62.8 MB (Macs)

Alamosa Day Two

Rick, Chris (with student Ron in the back seat) and I followed the Rio Grande to its headwaters, near Creede CO. We landed at the Creede Airport for break, then Chris and I continued to follow the river upstream. Ahead of us was a mirror smooth mountain lake. The pull was irresistible.  Running time, 7 minutes 5 seconds.

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20070526_alamosa_day_one.wmv  38.7 MB
20070526_alamosa_day_one.mpg  50.0 MB (Macs)

Alamosa Day One

Rick and I flew north, following every curve of the Rio Grande Gorge to Alamosa, Colorado. The canyon seemed to stretch on forever and I enjoyed every minute and every mile of the flight. In Alamosa, we met Chris who flew in earlier from Taos, and John and Becky who had trailered in. That afternoon the 4 trikes took flight to the Great Sand Dunes. Running time, 5 minutes 23 seconds.

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20070210_vent_mania.mpg 50.1 MB (Macs)

Vent Mania

This was my third trip to vent complex west of the Jemez mountains and the first with decent video. Before I headed out, I surveyed the area using Google Earth and found that I had missed most of the vents on my earlier trips, including two large pools. I flew out and back on a cold February morning, then returned in late April to check out a tip about another vent hole in the nearby Ojito area. The Ojito vent is on public land, so I might hike out there to check it out. On the way home flew by a large herd of wild horses grazing by the Puerco ruins. Running time, 5 minutes 32 seconds.

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20061119_mv2_return2.wmv  50.9 MB
20061119_mv2_return2.mpg 59.4 MB (Macs)

Monument Valley 2 - Return

I launched before dawn for a last look at Monument Valley, then headed across the Goosenecks of the San Juan River. Next stop - “Valley of the Gods.” Mark and I flew past Comb Ridge and Bluff, refueled in Farmington and headed towards Albuquerque. In case you are wondering, Mark eventually did make it back to civilization (how else would I have gotten his pictures) Part 3 of 3. Running time, 6 minutes 18 seconds.

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20061118_mv2_serenity2.wmv  54.3 MB
20061118_mv2_serenity2.mpg 68.5 MB (Macs)

Monument Valley 2 - Serenity

Mark and I launched at dawn and headed out to the sunlit eastern buttes. Conditions were perfect - no wind, no thermals. I made a serene flight around Agathla volcano, in conditions much nicer than last January. My most enjoyable flight to date. Part 2 of 3. Running time, 7 minutes 26 seconds.

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20061117_mv2_outbound2.wmv  76.0 MB
20061117_mv2_outbound2.mpg 84.9 MB (Macs)

Monument Valley 2 - Outbound

My second flight to Monument Valley, this time with Mark as my wingman in his Airborne XT trike. Our 7.5 hour flight took us to Cabezon Peak, Chaco Canyon, Farmington, Bluff, Mexican Hat and finally Monument Valley. Part 1 of 3. Running time, 9 minutes 12 seconds. 

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20061021_roswell.mpg 39.7 MB (Macs)

Lonny’s Fly-in, near Roswell, NM

I made a 3 hour flight to Lonny’s farm near Roswell, landing on the dirt field lined with spectators waiting for me so they could eat lunch. The next day Lonny took me and Lee on a tour of the Pecos river. I was in the rear, and got to capture some cool air-to-air footage. On the last day, Lee and I returned north along the beautiful Rio Hondo Valley. Running time, 4 minutes 17 seconds.

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20060108_mv4_return.mpg 60.8 MB (Macs)

Monument Valley Part 4 - Return

I watched the sunrise as I circled over Monument Valley, slowly drifting downwind. The sky was blue and clear, the air cold and crisp, the towers of rock towers pink and red in the morning light. Reluctantly, I started my trip home past other desert wonders including “the Sandworm” and Canyon de Chelly. Running time, 11 minutes 20 seconds.  -  Part 4 of 4.

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20060107_mv3_interview.mpg 54.5 MB (Macs)

Monument Valley Part 3 - The Interview

After the flight, Damien walked up to my trike with the camera rolling and filmed this interview. It’s one of my favorites, not because I make a rare on screen appearance, but because it captured that perfect moment of enthuisiasm we felt after a magnificent flight. Running time, 5 minutes 56 seconds.  -  Part 3 of 4.

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20060107_mv2_bumpy.mpg 87.0 MB (Macs)

Monument Valley Part 2 - That was Bumpy

Damien and I were grounded all morning by tailwinds, finally launching at 3pm for a bumpy tour of Monument Valley. I made a quick side trip to the San Juan River Canyon and the Goosenecks, and circled the buttes as sunset. The flight ended with a gentle cruise in the wind shadow. Running time, 8 minutes 31 seconds.  -  Part 2 of 4.

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20060106_mv1_outbound.mpg 86.9 MB (Macs)

Monument Valley Part 1 - Outbound

My 7 hour flight from Belen to Monument Valley, past the Gallup cliffs. Shiprock, along the San Juan River, and into Monument Valley at sunset. A perfect flight in light winds over the most amazing landscapes I have ever seen. This is what I got into trike flying for. Running time, 9 minutes 22 seconds.  -  Part 1 of 4.  

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A mile ahead, I saw a large field with a shimmering white strip. As I grew closer, it began ripple, like the surface of a lake. Slowly the bird dance unfolded below. We flew together for a short while, then not wanting to bother them, I turned away and left them alone (updated with extra video).

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Flight over the Caldron of Hell and along Galinas Ridge to Socorro, then back to Belen along the Rio Grande following my shadow and some flocks of birds.

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There is only one way in and one way out to Los Alamos, perched high on a mesa at an elevation of 7170 ft. You can see Frank’s trike during the landing sequence. Returned low over the Rio Grande Bosque.

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20051022_sunset_flight.wmv     12.7 MB

I spent all day doing trike maintenance, then took this very relaxing sunset flight over Rio Grande. I landed after sunset and tried the “Night Vision” on my camcorder.

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20051014_taos.wmv              32.0 MB

My best fliight to date, an overnight trip to Taos, NM and a great view of the Rio Grande Gorge. Plus a sunset flight over the gorge and my return past Espanola and a stretch of “No Mans’ Land” north Tetilla Peak.

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20051001_ojito.wmv             38.8 MB

White Mesa, Vents, and the Ojito Badlands

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20050909_dirtfields.wmv             10.1 MB

A collection of three dirt field landings. The PPC on the Rio Puerco, the “Big Red Spot”, and the Magdalena airstrip.

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Running the Rio Grande

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Cruise up the Rio Puerco to the PPC field where I met up with Frank and Damien. We took off and flew around together on a beautiful summer morning.

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Low cruise up the Rio Puerco

 

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Short stop at Mid-Valley

 

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Antelope on the mesa