Making movies, talking aviation

When videographer Dave Loveman first approached me in 2009 about doing videos I was hesitant. I may have been unsure, but website visitors spoke clearly and you know what? I like doing them as much as you like viewing them. More than 138 videos are available, all for free. Many more are works in process.

No kidding, but I’ve had several people come up to me at airshows and say, “Oh, Hi! You’re Dan Johnson. I’ve watched all your videos.”

I try to respond graciously with my thanks for their interest. And… wait a minute! What was that? “Which video did you watch and did it answer questions for you,” I ask?

“I watched all of them,” the person will say.

“Say again! You watched all of them? We have more than 100.”

The answer: “Yes, I watched them all.”

Knock me over with a feather. That’s quite a few hours of watching LSA videos. And, we keep adding more.

I don’t tell this story because I think these videos are a form of fine art, though it’s clear they have a large audience. I tell this story as a way to thank Dave Loveman for his dedication to this form of communication. He and I have now shot more than 150 videos but Dave has done far more, posting 500-plus videos to YouTube. Dave is the fellow who does all the hard work of assembling raw footage into a finished video. I know what I do as we create these short videos, but I watch the finished version with keen interest because Dave adds so much more to them, including flight scenes, factory footage, airshow footage, still shots, web addresses, personnel titles, and more.

Videos appear on, on YouTube (the world’s second most visited website), and now in a special all-video website called AircraftReporters.TV. This exposes LSA products and services to potentially millions of people. On YouTube alone, Dave’s “ultralightnews” channel has logged far more than 3 million views.

We love doing these video reports and we hope it shows!


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