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Soaring – build and refine your Flying fundamentals

Gliding is an incredible way to learn to fly, or to polish your skills if you’re an experience pilot!
Soaring is how I learned to fly and it left a great impression on me.

Thanks to Kurt for sharing his footage and inviting me to fly with him!  I will definitely be taking him up on the offer; and I’ll be rigging as many GoPros to the sail plane as he’ll let me! 😉

See more of Kurt’s videos on his channel:

And a HUGE thanks to those that have become a part of the Flight Chops Patreon campaign so far!
We blew through the first mile stone goal in no time, and are already nearing the second!

For those that haven’t seen it, please check the Flight Chops Patreon page to find out how you can be a part of it!


I just realized my voice over might be confusing on this one – I started the edit the morning after the “relaunch” when Kurt’s footage inspired me. (as I say in the video)
But then I worked on it intermittently and tweaked things over the next 4-5 days, which is why I added the part to the voice over about the Patreon campaign doing so well in it’s first few days…
Editing: sometimes it’s seamless and magical, other times it just makes things confusing 😛


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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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