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Random Chopper moment

So I was at the local airport building my solo time for my private pilot license..clear sunny evening,  calm winds.. just what a student would love to perfect his landings in. I had done 2 landings in the pattern. Then as I was coming in for my third landing I heard on the radio and saw a Marine Corps V22 Osprey conning into the pattern to land. The V22 is a tiltrotor military aircraft with vertical landings and takeoff capabilities.. meaning it comes in to land like a fixed wing plane would but touches down vertically. He circled and landed,  I had to keep circling in the pattern until the chopper departed the runway. Which they did after a while but my instructor on the ground was uncomfortable with me the student being around the chopper so he called off any more landings. I landed the third time and that was it. 

Fortunately the Osprey remained in the pattern and performed a couple more landings. It was so cool to watch at close range as the the pilots hovered in place. 

Here are short videos of the maneuvers 

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