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Tropical Island Flying! Beautiful + Painful – Smashed my head in strong turbulence (+PHOTOS!)

General Aviation in the Dominican Republic is a challenge for several reasons…

I was torn between enjoying the beauty of flying here, and being thankful that it is SO much easier to fly in the solid system we have in North America!

MASSIVE thanks to Rodrigo! 

The cool thing about Rodrigo being a Pastor is that his family came with him supporting his idea, and incredibly are now opening a Boutique Hotel next to the beach in one of the most attractive tourist destinations in the beautiful town of Bayahibe. 

He will also be giving rides/ flights to the people that stay at his family’s Hotel Caribbean Revelation and to FLIGHT CHOPS Fans and SUPPORTERS 🙂

To contact him please visit >> www.caribbean-revelation.com <<

Additional Photos from this Trip:

Tropical Island Flying! Beautiful + Painful - Smashed my head in strong turbulence | Tropical-Comanche

Tropical Island Flying! Beautiful + Painful - Smashed my head in strong turbulence | FC-DR-Tropical-thumb1 (1)

Tropical Island Flying! Beautiful + Painful - Smashed my head in strong turbulence | Comanche-wingcam-view

Steve's daughter in DR

Steve and his family in DR

Tropical Island Flying! Beautiful + Painful - Smashed my head in strong turbulence | IMG_1401 2

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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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