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PatreCon 2018 – Financial Independence by Steve Thorne, Keith Knight, and Laura Lee

PatreCon 2018 - Financial Independence by Steve Thorne, Keith Knight, and Laura Lee

In this video, watch Steve “Flight Chops” Thorne and Keith Knight get interviewed by Laura Lee on the topic of financial independence during this talk at PatreCon 2018, an annual conference for Patreon creators and supporters. 

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Here’s what Steve had to say:

Hey everyone! 

I am just back from a bunch of back to back travel that included being invited to speak on the main stage at PatreCon in L.A.! 

[My Patreon Supporters] are the “Majority Share holder” of Flight Chops, and I made thanking you for that awesome pillar of support, a theme in the discussion about sustainability as a content creator. 

It was a great event and I learned a lot brainstorming with hundreds of fellow creators there. 

My travel and accommodation costs were covered, so I got great extra value filming some material about flying in that airspace while I was in California – I figure I’m coming home with 3-4 episodes worth of content from that trip! 



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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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