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Flight Chops and The Finer Points of Flying

Here’s How It Began

During that multi-year period when I was not current, I discovered Jason Miller (CFII and one of the San Francisco Bay Area’s leading certified flight instructors) and his weekly training podcast – it was probably 2007 or 2008 so those were the early days, and he had one of the first Aviation podcasts – and even today it is still one of the best!
I was captivated and inspired by his awesome production value and great info.
I first heard about ForeFlight from Jason, and he helped keep my head in the game even when I wasn’t current.

I was captivated by listening to him describe flying around California, and when he talked about a mountain flying weekend course that he ran each season, I made note of it for my flying bucket list.

It completely blew my mind when he reached out and asked if I’d like to film the mountain trip in 2015!  We killed it created some awesome video content (it yielded a multi-part series!)
I am very proud to have “The Finer Points of Flying” as a sponsor and content-creation partner now.

I did TFP’s Mountain Flying Adventure and Lived to Tell the Tale!  7 Episodes Worth:

(You can also check the sidebar to explore more content in the “Mountain Flying” Category)

More Awesomeness!


The Podcast

Please do subscribe to their free podcast – I have been a fan for 10 years! 


There are hundreds of free podcast episodes available and Jason is STILL publishing!




Adventure Flying Trips – Add these to your flying Bucket List:


I also recommend signing up for The Dispatch which is TFP’s weekly curated email of general aviation news, opinion, and technique for those in pursuit of the finer points of flying.

Photo Courtesy of ForeFlight.com
Photo Courtesy of ForeFlight.com


Always a good time seeing these guys!  This was taken at #Osh16.




Even More Awesomeness!


TFP is an active participant in our Greatest Monthly Contest in Aviation.  Up for grabs each month is OFFICE HOURS WITH TFP,  an exclusive, one-on-one video or voice call with Jason to discuss your most pressing questions about aviation training or general aviation topic of your choice.

TFP has also given away spots on their Adventure Trips to Flight Chops viewers…  Don’t miss your chance to win these experiences —  Check out the current contest.


Huge thanks to all the Supporters on Patreon!

Check our Patreon page to find out how to be part of the Flight Chops Community.

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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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