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Facing her Fear of Flying – POV CockPit – ATC audio


Watch in HD – as I try to help my fearful friend overcome her fear.
Taking her flying was a humbling experience for me!

Parental Advisory: there is a fair bit of cursing – but it is damn funny!

She was WAY more afraid than I thought, and it was a real challenge to try to keep her calm.
Do you guys know what to do with a fearful passenger? Me neither apparently 😛

This was the first time I failed to impress a passenger with how awesome flying is…
(and it was a perfect night for flying, so it isn’t like I took her on a crappy day and scared her.)

What it comes down to is that I’ve never met a person who is deathly afraid of flying, but still willing to get in the plane – I think most people with her level of fear, simply wouldn’t even try it!
So I have to give her props for being so brave!

I tried every trick in the book to help her, but ultimately we didn’t make a lot of progress
– let me know if you guys have any ideas beyond what I tried!

This flight ended with a minor screw up on my part (but it didn’t make a difference to her over all bad experience 😛

If you haven’t seen it already please check out analysis video I did of the wake turbulence encounter we had on landing:


UPDATE – MJ is still working on her fear – she took a Flying Lesson!
Watch “Part 2” of her saga!

PLEASE also have a look at MJ’s channel, and tell her you’d like to see more of her flying with me!
(she has assured me that she is finally going to start making videos – as you can see, she’s great on camera!)



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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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