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Announcing The Winner of THE FLIGHT CHOPS EXPERIENCE | Key West Edition!

Big congrats our latest winner!


This new concept gives away once-in-a-lifetime experiences that you’ve seen in a Flight Chops episode!

The idea is:

  • Live the episode you’ve seen!
  • A Pilot / host invites you to recreate what Steve has done
  • You are a guest in their plane

Up for grabs was a chance to experience the very same adventure that Steve Thorne did with Jim Stroh: fly IFR to Key West to see the southernmost tip of the continental USA, have lunch, and then fly back.

The lucky winner is invited to be Jim Stroh’s guest for the day on his Cirrus SR22 with G1000 panel! Jim is one of the earliest Flight Chops project supporters and a passionate ambassador of aviation. We’re so grateful to him for not only this awesomely generous idea but for his gracious hospitality.

Here is the episode it was based on:

Wanna Fly to Key West in an SR22 GTS? – Flight VLOG (+ PHOTOS)

THANK YOU to all who entered! 

The entries are from all around the world 🙂


Huge congrats Jay!  And big thanks to Jim Stroh for making this possible 🙂

We can’t wait to hear about how this goes!


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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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Flight Chops Disclaimer

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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