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5 YEARS Being an Aviation YouTuber! What do you want to see NEXT? #ThankYouPatrons

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I love filmmaking (it’s what I do for a living) and I obviously love flying – I do it for fun, but take it very seriously from a safety standpoint and am always looking to learn and improve. 

My work in TV can be frustrating because much of the time we are fighting to edit things WAY down to fit a tight time slot, or meet network exec requirements, and by the time we’re done, the true essence of the content is usually gone. 

With “Flight Chops”, it has been so liberating to be able to make aviation related content the way I want to make it – I am very respectful of people’s time and always work hard to make my videos concise and engaging… 

But I am not handcuffed by a time slot, so I am also free to be indulgent and let the content breath as needed; I make it fun, but I also love to explore all the geeky details. 

Basically, I’m mostly disappointed by the mainstream aviation TV content, so I am making the flying show that I’d want to see.

I’m currently making 2 new videos per month.
(a new video every 2nd Friday)

My videos will ALWAYS be free – I make them for self-analysis purposes and am happy to share. 
The only question is how big and how often I can make them.

As the productions get more complex, I’ve started working with bigger crews, and traveling for shoots to cover amazing things like specific specialized training and type conversion checkouts. 
With your help, Flight Chops can keep growing and producing more awesome stuff!

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These have been 5 of the most rewarding years of my life being an #Aviation #YouTuber #Creator! I can’t wait to see where we end up next!

What do YOU want to see next?


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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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