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74 Seconds: Engine Failure to Crash!

Ryan had absolutely no time spare time to pull off this Forced Landing.

In this episode of Flight Chops, we debrief Ryan’s #emergency landing in his Sukhoi 26. I’m putting the word #Crash in here for the hashtag / search term, but he really did an amazing job under very difficult circumstances.

Watch for more content #flying and training with Luke soon!

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I asked Ryan to describe his world for me to use as a basis for one of the initial voice overs, and here’s what he wrote:

“Competition aerobatics is all about precision and flying for the judges. Every maneuver is graded starting from 10.0 and the judges deduct from there, based on a set of criteria in the rule book. What’s more important is what the judges see on the ground, vs what you see in the cockpit. You not only have to fly clean, you also need to manage the aircrafts energy throughout the flight while accounting for the environmental conditions to make sure you’re actually flying in the right spot, because parallax and position, affect your scores. At the world level, one mistake can push your ranking right to the bottom that will automatically put you out of contention for a top 10 finish.”


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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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