If there was ONE sponsor I fantasized about getting when I started a YouTube channel about flying… ForeFlight was IT!
I got my license in the mid-90’s, eons before the era of tablets. Heck, the internet wasn’t even “a thing” yet.
Flight planning on paper was never something I felt good about, but as many of us did, I tolerated it as a necessary pain point to overcome before being able to enjoy what I really loved about being a pilot: simply flying!
There was a period where I lost my currency after “life got in the way”: I met my wife, bought the house, had the baby, and BAM! Almost 5 years had gone by since my last logbook entry. The significant thing though, was the era in which this happened…
It was 2006 when I stopped flying… and 2007 marked the dawn of the iPad… and ForeFlight. And I watched paper flight planning become a thing of the past! Just. Like. That.
I got a 1st-Gen iPad Mini for Christmas from my wife in 2009, and the first thing I installed on it was ForeFlight. I was flying again by early 2010!
Getting recurrent and looking for “missions” as a weekend warrior private pilot, ultimately created the motivation for the “Flight Chops” project…
ForeFlight was the first to come on board as a Flight Chops Sponsor, and helped legitimize the channel which paved the way for other industry-leading sponsors to take the plunge and sponsor a YouTube channel, which had not happened yet in Aviation.
Many episodes and many flying experiences later, ForeFlight has proven to be a strong supporter of the project in a very hands-off way, meaning that they allow me to produce the content and tell the stories that need to be told. For that, I am so grateful.
They’ve also generously given away many annual subscriptions of ForeFlight Pro to Flight Chops viewers, as well as invaluable flying tools (like the Stratus 2S) via our Monthly Contest. I recommend going to check that out, which is open to all our viewers.
Connecting with viewers at the Foreflight booth, during #Osh17
An airplane that can go upside down AND serve as an IFR / cross country platform has me excited! (No one airplane is perfect or can do all missions, but the RV-14 comes close) new episode is with in hours of going live!