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ATC Communication tips from a Controller / Pilot – Vancouver City Tour – Flight VLOG

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Flying over Vancouver with a local Air Traffic Controller in his plane giving us all sorts of great ATC tips!


We did a great number of traveling productions last year, but most of them were shot during our epic trip to British Columbia Canada.
This was in large part thanks to Ryan from the BC General Aviation Association.
If you fly or are planning to fly in BC please visit:
They have found a way to energize and bring the local aviation community together.

Learn All About our BC Trip and watch more episode here: 

Flight Chops Explores British Columbia

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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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  • Here in the US, there’s no requirement not to wear them (Really, the FAA hasn’t legislated them. Yet.), but I just don’t wear them because my plane has an acrylic windshield and seems to make dark stripes. I just keep a pair of non-polarized (bifocals) in my plane and switch them.

  • Hey Steve, I know you are always open to safety comments, so here’s mine. I thought I heard you say you had polarized sunglasses on this flight. So here are 2 reasons why you don’t want polarized sunglasses. If you have head on traffic approaching, you are closing at 3 miles per minute or more. Generally you can’t see that head on traffic until they are within a mile, giving you seconds to react. So that flash of sun reflecting off their windshield at 3 miles can save you. Your polarized glasses filter that glare out, you don’t see the flash.
    Secondly from my sailing days I learned polarized glasses make liquid crystal displays harder to see, so for glass cockpits many of the displays will be close to invisible.

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