Author Archives: Allen Lair

Zoom H4N Pro Portable Audio Recorder

I picked up this recorder a few months ago for recording cockpit audio and various amateur recording tasks where I might want better audio in the field than what simply recording with my phone is capable of.  It’s a bit … Continue reading

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GoPro/Action Camera Airplane Mounting Options

These are the two mounts I use to mount action cameras to the outside of the three planes I currently rent (a Cessna 162 Skycatcher, a Cessna 172 Skyhawk and a Piper Warrior).  Both mounts are designed to attach to … Continue reading

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Wife’s first flight!

I mounted an action camera in the cockpit for Dominique’s first small aircraft plane ride (she’s flown commercial lots of times but never in a small general aviation plane).  The expression of sheer terror on her face turning instantly to … Continue reading

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More practice solos waiting for the checkride date

My Private Pilot checkride is now fast approaching, scheduled for the 22nd so I’ve been trying to schedule a solo flight once a week until then to stay current and prepared for the final test in about two weeks as … Continue reading

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Padgene DZ09 Smart (ish) Watch

Somehow between the shower and the office I lost my watch (just an el-cheapo digital no big loss) so in looking for a replacement I came across these cheap “smart” watches on Amazon for just under 20 bucks.  This looked … Continue reading

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Osburn 2400 Fireplace insert at about 550 Degrees F

This is just a short clip I recorded with my phone of the fire burning in the Osburn 2400 fireplace insert we installed last spring.  It measured about 550 degrees Fahrenheit on the top plate.  I didn’t think to measure … Continue reading

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SQ8 Mini DV Camera

This is a fun little toy but it has limited usefulness.  The image in bright sunlight is surprisingly good but the framerate is a paltry 15 FPS making it really only useful for maybe a cheap on-body camera or something.  … Continue reading

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Wimius Q1 4K Action Camera Review

This is a great little camera for the money.  The only real drawback is that the video has a slightly green hue compared to higher priced cameras.  The color balance can be fixed in software and it’s not so bad … Continue reading

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Second practical test prep lesson

This was one of the few remaining preparatory lessons before the dreaded oral and practical test for my pilot’s license.  About seven minutes into the video, you’ll see the tail camera suddenly change position pointing just about straight down instead … Continue reading

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Unexploded Minds website

Right now this website is on hold while I’m busy doing other things. I expect that eventually this site will become an aggregator for aviation, firearms and various review videos, and maybe the occasional rant, blog or something I find … Continue reading

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