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Instrument Rated! How I FINALLY passed the Flight Test!

Took 5 years of blood, sweat and tears, but here we are!

Standby for details on my Garmin 430 sim giveaway – ideally join the Flight Chops mailing list so you get the news when we implement the plan to execute that.

Thanks to ALL the mentors that have helmed me along the way. For this video, I want to shout out Dennis Simo and Jason Miller from TFP.

Dennis runs Next Level Flight Training (NLFT) of Milton, Ontario,  providing flight training for various licences and aircraft types.  NLFT’s mission is to help make your experience as a pilot safer, more efficient, and more fun.  New planes, new places, and new ratings are just around the corner.  Contact us now to take your skills to the next level. 

Jason from TFP has been an inspiration since before I started Flight Chops. I was listening to his pod cast in 2008 when I wasn’t even current at the time! Here’s the link to the episode that he was inspired to make after talking to me while I was planning this IFR flight test debrief episode. 

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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.

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