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Announcing our Contest Winners! October 2016



The October 2016 Contest was bigger and badder than ever before.  We partnered up with Jason Miller at The Finer Points of Flying and Steveo 1 Kinevo and put together the biggest Featured Prize we’ve given away so far: “The Ultimate Mountain Checkout!” Mountain Passes, Survival Training, Expert Lectures with Jason Miller and TFP.

Of the thousands of truly genuine and great responses we received, here’s what Jason and his team had to say:

“The responses have been amazing and overwhelming! It’s been so hard to choose the winner based on the great things people have written alone and so we’ve narrowed it down to some finalists and drawn at random. Thanks so much to all of the awesome aviators who have played the contest!”

But — we didn’t stop there.

We also changed the structure of the prizing so that more people are declared winners and get to take home awesome stuff!

So here they all are:

Grand Prize Winner:

Gregory Allan

And 14 more winners:

Rich E.

Blake Longnecker

David D.

Paul A.

Tyler M.

Jerry Wettstein Jr

Thomas “Crash” Spring USN Ret

Aaron Clouse

CJ Englert

Evan Ball

Jan afPetersens

Paul Wasserman

Ryan S.

Jason J.

(all have been contacted privately)


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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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