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Flight Chops and Scheyden

Those of you who have followed me for a long time know that I have always worn Serengeti; and honestly, it was mainly because as a 15 year old, I inherited a pair from my best friend’s father after he died. Walter was like a second father to me, and a huge role model – his loss was sudden and crushing – I learned to drive, and fly, wearing his pair of Serengeti drivers.

(and I still have them on a shelf in my studio)…

Not the best reason to choose a brand for life, but it is what it is…

When Scheyden originally reached out to me, my gut reaction was to hesitate because of my emotional connection to Serengeti…

But they offered to send me some pairs to try so that I would understand the benefits to having eyewear specifically designed for pilots’ needs, not just looks.

(Not that these are lacking in looks :).

For something as serious as flying, a purpose-built product is ideal.

These are really high-end sunglasses in and of themselves; they really have got it right for aviation – with super low profile temples (arms) that you do not feel at all under a head set.  They offer a “flip-up” design that allows you to keep wearing them, but “toggle” them on and off in a hurry.

(Ever been flying an approach directly into low sun, but also needing to read your iPad chart?  :).


I have personally tested these models, and was impressed:

  • Albatross
  • Mustang (both “fixed gear” and “flip-up” versions)
  • C-130
  • Waylite


I can imagine that the other styles are of similar quality and effectiveness.


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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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