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She Flew Open Cockpit + Helped Build Our Plane – Inviting Viewers to Do the Same!

Seriously – We’re inviting You to do this!

In this episode, Steve “Flight Chops” Thorne flies with Jon in a Meridian and they discuss tailwheel vs IFR flying. Meanwhile, back at CH2A, the RV-14 is being built with additional help from friends Sarah and Brock… and you’re invited to join us! Find out how in this episode.

Massive thanks to Jon for the tools, the trip and the continued support!  Look for more to come from him about mixing general aviation and playing in an Eagles Tribute band!  HINT: I might be helping him get his YouTube on 🙂 

For the Fall contest where we’ll fly you out here and cover your hotel:  

Current Flight Chops Contest

For long term to come out and visit the Flight Chops RV-14 build any time: 


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And for those asking about the kneeboard / iPad case I am using – there is a deal code active until Sept 1st!  (I’m not making anything from this – wanted to get you guys the full discount that was available)

PIVOT – THE Case for Aviation. There’s a reason, I and over 150+ airlines worldwide use this product for easy and secure iPad mounting. Right now, PIVOT is running an Oshkosh special exclusively for Flight Chops Subscribers – 25% off with the code OshChops at checkout:

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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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