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Announcing Our Contest Winners & 1st Flight Chops Scholarship! September 2017

Flight Chops Scholarships - September 2017 - Greatest Monthly Contest in Aviation! Flight Chops

Big congrats to our latest winners!


(Open to all Flight Chops Viewers + Flight Chops Patreon Supporters)

Big huge thanks to iCloth for graciously providing this Scholarship Opportunity to our winner, BIANCA SPINDLER!

The thousands of answers to our key questions, What do you think about aviation? What do you love most? What would you change? What would you tell someone who wants to start in aviation?, were all read and Bianca’s answer was the chosen winner: 

My favourite part of aviation are the challenges it forces me to face, with precision, a cool head and shall I say a touch of elegance. It forced me to learn how to control my emotions, and become a more logical thinker, while giving me a complete sense of freedom. And now, that I am getting further in my career and see other incredible female aviators around me, it give me a sense of purpose. It allows me to be a positive role model for young girls everyday.

Some Important Firsts!

Bianca is our very first Flight Chops Scholarship winner — an initiative we are doing again this month, and plan to build into a regular thing in the future! — and on top of that, being from Europe, she’s our very first International winner!



(Open to all Flight Chops Patreon Supporters)

Congratulations JOHN HANSON!  John will take home an awesome group of aviation prizing provided by our Awesome Flight Chops Sponsors which includes a Foreflight Pro membership, a must-have flight bag essential from iCloth Avionics, a CloudAhoy membership, swag from Spectrum Airways and sweet purpose-built shades from Scheyden, plus more awesomeness from sponsors like TFP (The Finer Points of Flying)!  Check out the Sponsors page and learn about this cool stuff.  I only work with products and services that I like and use myself.


Each month we have the pleasure of giving away cool stuff to our viewers. 

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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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