Joe Costanza’s Cool Cub Videos

J-3 owner Joe Costanza is having a lot of fun with his Cub, as this AVweb short video he contributed makes clear. This is a 1941 J-3 with an A65 engine.

“I bought it from a mechanic in the southwestern Fly-In community of Mallards Landing Georgia. I have always found the Cub to be the epitome of “vintage aviation” and the quintessential taildragger. It is also quite affordable and easy to fly. I have always loved photography and recently got into videography.

I love taking these videos because they say more than words. I try to show the beauty in the simplicity of the Cub and the forgotten strip of grass. I’m trying to show how fun the Cub is and how easy it is to get in and out of small airports that would otherwise be off limits in something like a new Cirrus.

As for the whirlpools, this is something I had been considering for a while and just had to wait until I had the perfect atmospheric conditions. I had three touchdowns and managed to time the last one perfectly. Drone shots are a bit more difficult and require a lot more planning. I only do them after getting permission from the airport owner/manager, I only do them very early in the morning and I bring a certified drone pilot and make two way radio calls to make sure that there is no other traffic in the area. We inform the shot before taking and so far we have had no close calls or “whoopsies”. What I love about drone shots is that they offer such a unique perspective that it really makes for a pretty epic shot.

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