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Announcing our Contest Winner(s)! August 2016

The Contest is Evolving

The August Contest was really something because we asked for feedback and you really stepped up — we received a ton of it. We’ve already implemented some of your ideas and will be putting lots more in place over time.

You want quizzes & trivia questions. You want more daily entries. You like participating and giving feedback… To name but a few.

Chief among your suggestions about the contest was to have more winners.

So we did just that — more prizes, more winners!

Aaron Freidman took home the Grand Prize, which included prizes from each one of our awesome sponsors and featured an A20® Aviation Headset courtesy of Bose.

Next, iCloth Avionics stepped up and offered 5 more giveaways to our Runner-Up Winners:

  1. Joan Amparo
  2. David Austin
  3. James Andrews
  4. Andy Wheatcroft
  5. Rob Harnage

See your name here? Get in touch with them at support@iclothavionics.com and they will hook you up.

Amusing sidenote: These folks successfully answered the question, “List your devices, lenses and other optical surfaces that you could use iCloth to clean and make look like new” and came up with great ideas. Here are some colorful examples (most of which I never even thought of): Airplane windshield, car windshield, car dashboard display, DSLR camera lens, viewfinder and LCD display, TV at home, binoculars, C172 Steam gauges, PA-34 glass cockpit, Navajo’s Garmin displays, CD’s, DVD’s, LaserDiscs, Blurays, my truck’s instrument cluster,  lava lamps, chemistry labware and glassware, Fish tanks, monacle, binocolars, periscope lens, telescope lens, light fixture covers, backup cell phone for Foreflight, the touchscreen on my FBO’s copy machine which you can’t read for the sheer number of greasy fingerprints on it!

Some of you also made suggestions about things you didn’t like (such as having to add your birthdate, or logging in to play, etc); we are limited in how much we control those aspects for technical and legal reasons. If you have any specific concerns, as always don’t hesitate to reach out.

Let us know what you think in the comments area 🙂


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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.

Feedback is invited; however, please keep it positive.

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