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  • The Search For "Mustang Valley" - POV

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      This is "Mustang Valley" a POV Sky Safari across The Great Plains of Oklahoma by Brian FitzGerald - The Sky Surfer.
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  • "Ultralight Flying Millennium 2" (UFM2) Play all

    Brian FitzGerald's 6th Documentary
    "UFM2" is FitzGerald's sixth documentary on aviation matters and his first project in High Definition. It was made to chronicle the current state of Ultralight Flying in America. It features what he calls "the five fingers" of ultralight flying: 1. Fixed Wing Ultralights; 2. Trikes; 3. Powered Parachutes (PPCs); 4. Powered Paragliders (PPGs) and 5. Helicopters.
    Interviews
    In order to cover these five types of ultralights, Brian has sought out Designers, Instructors, Builders and Enthusiasts who are all flyers and very knowledgeable regarding their aircraft. Through these in-depth interviews and demonstrations of the equipment you will gather much useful information. You will also see every machine fly. By this method you can determine which type of flight to pursue.
    Music Videos
    In addition to the interviews, there are numerous music video segments sprinkled throughout the movie to provide "The Romance of Flying". Of particular interest is "Lil Prop / Big Prop" which is the movie's finale and was Designed to Put You in the Seat of an Ultralight Skimming the Prairie. It runs 24 minutes. "Lil Prop" features music written and recorded by FitzGerald with him playing the guitars and bass with a little singing thrown in.
    Available in 2 Formats
    "UFM2" is 3 hours and 15 minutes long allowing for full coverage of the subjects at hand. It was produced as a "video magazine" with chapter markers providing quick access to the many Introductions, Interviews and Music Videos.
    "UFM2" is available on either DVD or Blu-Ray (High Definition). The DVD version comes on 2 disks.
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  • "That They Might Fly Again - Part 1" Play all

    Vintage/Classic Airplanes
    "That They - Part 1" is the first installment of this series. It took Brian to Iowa, Nebraska, and parts of Kansas to gather interviews and that Kinetic Art he likes to photograph.
    We will get up close and personal with three fabulous airplanes and their owners as well as a tour with Founder Robert Taylor through the Antique Airplane Association headquarters in Blakesburg, Iowa.
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  • "That They Might Fly Again - Part 2" Play all

    New Finds
    "That They - Part 2" took Brian to Wisconsin, Nebraska, parts of Kansas and back to Iowa to gather interviews and more of that Kinetic Art he likes to photograph.
    This time there are 3 new airplanes and their owners as well as a tour through the Airpower Museum at the Antique Airplane Association headquarters in Blakesburg, Iowa.

    Music Videos - The Romance
    Again for you lovers of art and music, Brian has captured a great number of these attractive flying machines slipping through the skies and lilting across the grass and set it all to music. Three pieces in all- one featuring BiPlanes, a second documenting those who dream of dueling with The Red Baron and a third gazing at the bucolic beauty of aircraft and cornfields set in Southern Wisconsin.

    This is the Second Installment of the Series

    Because of the nature of the formats, the complete movie and all the Extra Content is contained on one Blu-ray Disc. The DVD version takes 2 Discs.
    The total running time of the movie is 2 hours and 33 minutes. The Extra Content runs 48 minutes and 32 seconds.
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  • "That They Might Fly Again - Part 3" Play all

    Welcome to “That They Might Fly Again - Part 3", the third installment of Brian FitzGerald's series on Classic Airplanes and their owners.
    Once again there are some interesting “finds” to share with you… All three are “Classics” but only two are airplanes…
    We are going to look at a 1937 Fairchild 24 owned by Kent Foster… a 1941 Boeing-Stearman PT-17 owned by Victor Riffel… and also take a trip to the shop of one of America’s Top Aircraft Restoration Specialists, Marvin Hornbostel…
    At the end of the piece is an extended music video featuring some very famous American Warbirds.
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  • Decade of Thunder - American Muscle Cars - Chevelle SS454 - Corvette LS454 - 428 Shelby GT500 - Impala SS427 - Hemi Roadrunner Play all

    Ever since I moved to Wichita, Kansas in 1980 I noticed a great love for the American Automobile here. It was an interesting discovery for me to be at a business lunch one day back in the 80's and to be introduced to Daryl Starbird the Auto Show Magnate. I learned in that meeting that his headquarters was in the Wichita metro area. I remember his traveling exhibitions back in the 60's when I lived in California. I saw them again in other states I lived as our family traveled about the country from Air Base to Air Base. After moving to Kansas I was amazed to find out that one of the great entrepreneurs of the Custom Car business was from my new home area Wichita. I had always thought he was a Californian.

    About that time I started going to car shows and developed the opinion that the creations I marveled at these shows were art works of a high order. I decided that, notwithstanding the beauty and value of the traditional sculptures one finds in a museum, the "arts community" had completely missed the boat by not recognizing the wonderful quality of craftsmanship and pure artistry found in the work of innumerable car crafters. I took a lot of 35mm still shots of these motive sculptures back then but had no venue for showing them. I had not yet acquired the equipment I need for producing movies. In the back of my mind, though, I was developing a plan...

    Toward the end of the eighties I was producing my first documentaries about my own personal favorite sport - Ultralight Flying. I love making movies and I love flying so that was a 'natural'. After making a number of movies about that type of flying I determined to branch out. I remembered my earlier impressions of the great artistry shown in the work of the car crafters I had talked with at all the car shows I had been to. It was another 'natural'.
    I decided to make my first Automobile Documentary about the American Muscle Car.

    This genre of car represents so much of what appeals to me about the America I grew up in and to a great extent still exists today. Power. Technology. Sleekness. Competition. Speed. Personality. Adventure. The idea of 'No Limits' & 'No Fear'. This is the America that isn't afraid to take on the tired, old ideas of the old world and run them down. Expressive NOT Introspective. The Beach Boys used to sing about these cars as did Jan & Dean and a host of others. I learned to play the guitar by lifting licks from The Ventures and their songs about cars and surfing during this time period.

    After doing some research, I discovered that the Muscle Car phenomenon basically came and went during a 10 year period between 1963 and 1973. That 10 Year Span makes a decade and the idea for the movie title was made manifest.
    In order to give focus to this piece, all 5 cars featured fit in that 10 year window, have 400+ cubic inches of engine, are more or less 'Original' as to their restoration and are All American.

    In "Decade of Thunder" you will meet Bob Murguia and his '68 Hemi Roadrunner; Guy Lamoreau and his '70 Corvette 454; Rick Plush and his '70 Chevelle SS 454; Butch Dysart and his '67 Impala SS 427; and Earl Lauer and his '69 Shelby Mustang 428. Muscle Cars ALL!
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  • A Beginner's Guide to Powered Parachutes - 1999 Play all

    Released in 1999, "A Beginner’s Guide to Powered Parachutes" is 2 hours and 34 minutes long. It was FitzGerald's fourth documentary regarding the sport of Ultralight Flying. At the time it was available on DVD and VHS.
    Like his other movies, "A Beginner’s Guide to Powered Parachutes" comprises in-depth interviews with professionals in the sport.
    Ben Morrow of Liberty, Missouri; Randy Jackson of Fort Collins, Colorado; and Ken Kelly of Topeka, Kansas share some of the knowledge they gained from many years of involvement in general and sport aviation. Scores of topics involving all aspects of the growing sport of Powered Parachutes are covered.
    All three of these men are leaders in the field of sport aviation and are gifted with an ability to transmit their knowledge and insight about aviation.
    In keeping with his dedication to a "free skies" philosophy, "A Beginner’s Guide to Powered Parachutes" was produced in continuing support of self regulation of the sport of Ultralight Flying. It is FitzGerald’s belief that members of the ultralight community are obligated to learn from more experienced aviators. There is no need to "re-invent the wheel" every time a novice takes to the air. That is why his previous productions and the new release, "A Beginner’s Guide to Powered Parachutes" provide novices with an opportunity to learn from top, experienced aviators in a casual "discussion" video format.
    "A Beginner’s Guide to Powered Parachutes" was shot and edited over a 2.5 year span at locations in Kansas, Missouri, Colorado and Texas.
    In addition to the talks with the instructors, there are numerous "music video" segments featuring Powered Parachutes flying to the accompaniment of music written and performed by Brian FitzGerald.
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  • Amateur High Power Rocketry - Argonia Rocket Fest - Amarillo Rocket Shoot - Mixing Rocket Fuel - POTROCS Play all

    The entire 2 hour 28 minute movie broken into segments. The segments range from 2 1/2 minutes to 28 minutes.

    "A Beginner's Guide to American Amateur High Power Rocketry" is 2 hours and 29 minutes long and was FitzGerald's first release to DVD. It was also his first movie shot on a digital tape format.
    Like his other productions, "ABGTAAHPR" consists of a series of "in depth" interviews with Rocketeers interspersed with music segments. During these interviews you will hear and see "first hand" what the sport is like from people with the Rocket Passion.
    Although there are some professionals in the sport of amateur rocketry - mostly on the manufacturing and retail side - all the interviews in this movie are of "regular folks". But as you will find out - Rocket People are not your "Average Joes". You cannot fit them in one bag - except the one labeled "I Love Rockets!".
    "A Beginner's Guide to American Amateur High Power Rocketry" was shot over about a 6 month period. During this time two trips were made to cover two different Rocket events at the Argonia, Kansas site and one trip to Amarillo, Texas to cover an event there. The editing took far longer than normal complicated by the fact that FitzGerald decided mid-way through the project to release "Rocketeers" on DVD. His first full length DVD release, he a number of hurdles conspired to push back the release of the project. The Project took 3 years to finish.
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  • Ultralight Hangar Talk #1 - Tips, Tricks & Techniques - 1996 Production Play all

    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.
    HTalk #1 features Ed Wilson of L.E.A.F Colorado Springs, Colorado, The Late, Great Fred Kimmel of Norman, Oklahoma, "The Okie 500", "Fearless" Steve Mock at the famous "Hopper Hill", Exceptional Home Builder - Duane Life of Wichita, Kansas; The Unflappable Randy Vyff of Oregon flying "Down on the Deck" and The Sky Surfer with "shaggy, too long hair" introducing segments and playing his guitar.
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  • Ultralight Hangar Talk #2 - Tips, Tricks & Techniques - 1996 Production Play all

    "Hangar Talk - Part 2" is the second in the two part series aimed at disseminating Ultralight "Tips, Tricks & Techniques" to the flying public. Good, useful information is key to safe flying. Part #2 has a running time of 2 hours and 26 minutes. FitzGerald seems to be stuck in a groove because - like each of the previous two ultralight videos - it took him two years to complete HangarTalk - Part 2. Since you probably already have purchased HTalk Part #1 you will be familiar with the format of Part #2.
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