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Announcing the Winner of the $10k Flight Sim Giveaway! (FC Supporter Pays It Forward)

Big congrats our latest winner!

When longtime Flight Chops viewer and generous supporter Jim Stroh came up with the idea to give him G1000 Home Sim away to a member of the Flight Chops community, I was really excited to do everything I could to make it happen!

You can check out all the specs and details about this (and see Jim’s video message to viewers) right hereI’d like to extend a huge thank you to Jim and his incredible generosity!

Also a big shout out to John Z. and the team at Sporty’s Pilot Shop for their assistance in shipping the home sim from Jim’s house out to the winner!

Your giveaway entries were heartfelt and, as always, you all blew us away with your passion for aviation and personal stories.

Well today, I have the pleasure of announcing who won this amazing prize!


Gary R. V.!!!

Here’s a note from Gary:

“Through both Civil Air Patrol and the LGE Flying Club, literally hundreds of people from teens learning to fly…to the retired Delta pilots…to the rusty Air Force pilots…will get log time in a safe environment no matter what the weather is outside. I so appreciate this and will see it put it to good use.”

Congratulations Gary from all of us here at Team Flight Chops and a huge thanks to John and the team at Sporty’s!


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