Come along with Erick and the crew as he learns how to be the ultimate wingman in the skies over Tennessee. This episode starts out in the plane with TWRA pilot Barbara Shaffer, whose storied flight career is as diverse as the unique, regional beauty of Tennessee. From counting waterfowl in flight to transporting wildlife across state lines, Shaffer has done it all.
Erick is inspired to try out a smaller pair of wings in Coffee County on National Model Aviation Day. After learning more about the multigenerational appeal of model aviation from father and son Charlie and Ben Jenkins, Erick gets one-on-one instruction in piloting a small-scale aircraft from Paul Green of the Tullahoma Coffee Airfoilers.
From here, it’s on to Sewanee to find out from Catherine Cavagnaro, instructor for Ace Aerobatics, what it’s like to be part of the air show. After making sure his stomach is settled, it’s on to Pigeon Forge, where James Henry, instructor at Flyaway Indoor Skydiving, gives Erick and the crew a taste of real flight in the state’s first indoor wind tunnel.
The show’s not done yet; Erick and the crew take flying to the extreme with instructors Taylor Smith and Trey Holladay, owner of Music City Skydiving. Tennessee Uncharted is all about knocking down barriers, and this is one episode sure to get you closer to the extreme sports overhead in our great state.