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Aviation Successes / Failures – Multi Engine Flight Test PASSED! Silver Play button + 2018 Teaser

Here are some Successes and Failures of 2017:

 

 

– 3 videos broke 1M views this year, and this video from 2017 broke 2M views!!

Crawl through a B-29 Superfortress IN FLIGHT! + Real-Time procedures / ATC – Oshkosh AirVenture!
Crawl through a B-29 Superfortress IN FLIGHT! + Real-Time procedures / ATC – Oshkosh AirVenture!

 

– The Coast Guard series did not get seen by many

Without a doubt, this one of the most amazing experiences I’ve ever had, and it was an honour to get the opportunity to share it. We put everything we had into this production, and I consider it some of our best work…  It had an amazing 99.5% liked ratio, great retention, and many viewers commented to say they were as surprised as I was that it didn’t perform well on YouTube.  

It was the biggest heartbreaker of my Youtube career.

If you didn’t get to see this, please check it out!

Rescue Survivor Qualification – U.S. Coast Guard – MH65 Helicopter – Training VLOG – part 1

I was Hoist Rescued by the Coast Guard! MH65 Helicopter – Training VLOG – part 2

 

– Got Featured by Flying Magazine!

How Flight Chops Went from Weekend Warrior Pilot to YouTube Celebrity
How Flight Chops Went from Weekend Warrior Pilot to YouTube Celebrity

– Multi-Engine Rating accomplished!

(I by no means aced the test, but I scored perfectly on the most important section dealing with over an engine failure after take off / during a go around)

Was majorly stressed about prepping for my first REAL flight test in over 15 years.

Preparing for the multi engine flight test after so many years no having had to face an actual flight test, was a struggle – But nothing beats the feeling of pulling it off – onward to IFR.  Gulp!

 

– Landed a DC3 (on the purple dot at Osh!)

They let me LAND a DC-3! + Accidentally blasted a J3 Cub off taxiway – Flight VLOG FlightChops - OshKosh Airventure 2017
They let me LAND a DC-3! + Accidentally blasted a J3 Cub off taxiway – Flight VLOG FlightChops – OshKosh Airventure 2017

 

– Jumped out of a KingAir from 20,000 feet  :-O

 

– Helped JP prepare for the trip of a lifetime

To see JP’s “World Flight”, here’s the link for the Fun For Louis channel

 

– Became a formation pilot

 

– Flew right seat in a Phenom300

 

 

– Learned how to fly upside down and land a Pitts S2B from the back seat

Almost Barfed - 1st Lesson Flying Inverted - Pitts S2B - Flight VLOG

 

– Surpassed $100,000 worth of prizes given away to fans / supporters…  So fun! 

And we’re keeping it fresh for January 2018 – check this out!

 

– Exceeded 1000 Patreon supporters!

Just, wow. I’m speechless!  BTW Did you know there are now over 3 dozen Patreon Exclusive raw / uncut flights only available to supporters?

 

We’re so glad to have you as part of this community.  Cheers to 2018 and to new adventures!

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I’m a Private Pilot, doing my best to stay current and learn. I fly for fun and might just be the least cocky pilot on the internet! My self analysis videos can seem self deprecating at times, but I am trying to learn from the small mistakes to avoid making a big one; I’m happy to share and find it rewarding to help other pilots or aspiring aviators in any way that I can. How does the saying go? “Experience is a hard teacher because she gives the test first, the lesson afterwards”. And in aviation, not all tests are survivable.

My virtual “ride-along” flying videos are aimed and sharing my experiences and giving back to the aviation community which has been so helpful to me. I shoot multi-camera angles, get detailed real time instrument panel shots, and have radio intercom audio. I respect people’s time, so I put a fair bit of work into editing to keep the videos concise and engaging; I add animations and further graphics and voice overs where needed to add context and explanations.

My hope is to continue to grow and evolve the “Flight Chops” project with input and support from the aviation community!


Steve Thorne, aka "Flight Chops"

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I am a “weekend warrior” private pilot, I fly for fun with no intentions of going commercial. I have had my PPL for over 15 years, but still consider each flight a learning experience – I generally take detailed notes after each flight to remind myself what went well or what I could do to improve…. Having the GoPro cameras to record flights like this is invaluable. I find these self analysis videos very helpful in my constant quest to improve, and am happy to share.

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  • Great job on all of your videos this past year. I am proud to be a supporter for you. Loved the Lladro’s behind you in the video.

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