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It's the sudden stop that hurts. by Baron-Engel It's the sudden stop that hurts. by Baron-Engel
Flight School is back in session over in my Equestrian dreamscape. After a less than sterling first day [link] I did make some progress over the next few days, and by the fourth day I was actually making progressively longer and longer glides from my perch on top of Sweet Apple Acres.

Rainbow Dash eventually apologized for having forcefully ejecting me off the platform the first time, and I was starting to gain some understanding and feeling for this thing called flight. However I was still being overwhelmed at times by all the subtle little things that make the difference between a wonderful flight and another round of Sky Brush plowing some more of Sweet Apple Acres with my face. Or in this case pile-driving some unsuspecting apple tree a like an out of control Equine Exocet! [link]

A little twist of my flight feathers here. Flexing my tail just so. Reading the wind and knowing what the right amount of lift feels like. Learning how to guess my airspeed and altitude. Of even greater importance has been gaining an understanding for the magic that regular pegasi use instinctively to gain the necessary lift and thrust to fly. It is this magic that allows a pegasi generates more horsepower, pun intended, than just their muscles and wings can account for. When it works and everything clicks I feel this subtle tingling in my wings and suddenly it feels as if someone has hit the the nitrous oxide button in my wings. Of course right now it is not always going off when I want it to. I am pretty certain this magic is why pegasi can obtain some of the top speeds they do and can achieve the spectacular rocket pack like rates of climb and hover with such ease. Also with sufficient skill it permits pegasi to perform certain aerobatic maneuvers that birds just can not do.

Rainbow Dash is somewhat appalled that I just didn't possess this instinctive knowledge that young pegasi foals are born with, but her student Brick, her nickname for me, is so clueless! Good thing ponies seem to recover quickly from boo-boos!
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SparkyGeek Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2013  Student General Artist
have had days like that on both ends
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Baron-Engel Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
As a flight instructor?
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SparkyGeek Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2013  Student General Artist
no, as the one crashing into the tree (most of the time) and the one whom watched someone crash into the tree (sometimes)
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anzul Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2012  Student General Artist
:icontf2medicplz:!! XD
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Baron-Engel Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Oh a doctor! Great! Heal please!
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anzul Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2012  Student General Artist
XD
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ColonelYeo Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I cringed at panel four. :(

Really neat to see you do this in a comic format. It looks great! :)
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Baron-Engel Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Yes I will be posting some further stuff in future in this format. Although it won't be as funny.
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ColonelYeo Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
So far the stories have been pretty interesting. And that's OK with me. :)
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ZephyrTheDragonlord Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
oh yes, tails are very important... without controlling your tail it would be like driving a car without a steering wheel. just keep practicing
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ardashir Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2012
I so love how you handle expressions! The looks on the faces of Dash and AJ in the fifth panel are hilarious.
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philo5 Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2012   Traditional Artist
Reminds me a bit of the landing scene in 'Airplane!', especially that "watch your speed! You're coming in too fast!" part. Also, great expressions.
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F0xridley Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2012
George George George of the Jungle
Watch out for that tree!
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Baron-Engel Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
You know, at point in my early flight training I did catch Petina humming that.
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EarlMcClaw Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2012
RD apologized? Wow. She's really starting to come around. [/sarcasm]

I'm now wondering if griffins have the same flight-magic.
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Baron-Engel Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Yeah if she is not careful other ponies might start thinking she's getting soft.
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K4nK4n Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2012
That has got to hurt... Love your drawings as always.
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Baron-Engel Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Yes it is interesting and alarming to watch yourself from a 3rd person perspective do something like this. Especially since you know that once you jump back to 1st person view, which always happens, it is really going to hurt. I still feel it in the 3rd person/pony viewpoint but it feels more detached and remote.
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Fundz64 Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I think we might have found our next replacement scoota-chicken! :3
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Baron-Engel Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Fortunately I soon learned how to fly...Like next posting.
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Ognimod Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2012
Love your description of flight there.
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CheskaMouse Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2012
AJ has an extra helper come Apple Bucking season!.... you has medicade, right?
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Baron-Engel Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Mediwhat? Excuse me but my head is still ringing. What? You want fries with that?
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CheskaMouse Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2012
hehe *gets a cold compress* Rest easy Junior Pilot..
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