If there was ONE sponsor I fantasized about getting when I started a YouTube channel about flying… ForeFlight was IT!
I got my license in the mid-90’s, eons before the era of tablets. Heck, the internet wasn’t even “a thing” yet.
Flight planning on paper was never something I felt good about, but as many of us did, I tolerated it as a necessary pain point to overcome before being able to enjoy what I really loved about being a pilot: simply flying!
There was a period where I lost my currency after “life got in the way”: I met my wife, bought the house, had the baby, and BAM! Almost 5 years had gone by since my last logbook entry. The significant thing though, was the era in which this happened…
It was 2006 when I stopped flying… and 2007 marked the dawn of the iPad… and ForeFlight. And I watched paper flight planning become a thing of the past! Just. Like. That.
I got a 1st-Gen iPad Mini for Christmas from my wife in 2009, and the first thing I installed on it was ForeFlight. I was flying again by early 2010!
Getting recurrent and looking for “missions” as a weekend warrior private pilot, ultimately created the motivation for the “Flight Chops” project…
ForeFlight was the first to come on board as a Flight Chops Sponsor, and helped legitimize the channel which paved the way for other industry-leading sponsors to take the plunge and sponsor a YouTube channel, which had not happened yet in Aviation.
Many episodes and many flying experiences later, ForeFlight has proven to be a strong supporter of the project in a very hands-off way, meaning that they allow me to produce the content and tell the stories that need to be told. For that, I am so grateful.
They’ve also generously given away many annual subscriptions of ForeFlight Pro to Flight Chops viewers, as well as invaluable flying tools (like the Stratus 2S) via our Monthly Contest. I recommend going to check that out, which is open to all our viewers.
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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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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!
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.