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They were authorized to use Deadly Force if we crossed the line! – AirVenture 2019

Blasted by an F35, Checked out my Check Pilot, and flew some weird stuff!

In this episode of Flight Chops, we go behind the scenes of the non-stop action that was OshKosh Airventure 2019. See the event from Steve’s POV, the packed events and presentation schedule, the weird aircraft he flew, and bonus – join Dave (Steve’s Warbird Check Out pilot buddy) as he flies a Cub for the first time ever!



For more info on Steph Stricklen –Aspiring pilot, host, emcee, Emmy winning TV news anchor, CES tech journo, aviation writer, Rose City Comic Con moderator, Half-Aussie — search any of the social platforms for her by that name. Here is what she wrote for me to add here:

Blue check verified. Especially trying to grow my IG. I’m worth following because I think of my fans as my friends and will give out kickass impossible-to-get experiences. Hence you being by the jets because you’re a good dude.

What makes my content unique is it’s live and in real time, so you as a viewer can ask performers questions or interact with me, them, and even suggest to me what you want to see. Here are some examples:

It’s LIVE TIME. We’re on the ramp as the VFA 125 Rough Raiders Home of the F35 bring in a Lockheed Martin F35C headed to VMFA-314 VMFA 314 Black Knights. We’re talking with Lt. Tyler “SHAFT” Shaver as the jet makes its way to the static display. And then, in what is one of the most special moments at #OSH19, the Hero Flight arrives. Between the emotions, patriotism, and unparalelled access; we hope you will enjoy this live. Pass along your questions and we’ll ask as many as possible live and in real time.

Posted by EAA – The Spirit of Aviation on Friday, July 26, 2019

IT’S LIVE TIME! We’re live with Major Paul “LOCO” Lopez with the F-22 Raptor Demo Team based out of Joint Base Langley-Eustis. We have something few people ever get to see and we're about to bring you a front row seat. It’s a little windy but we have exclusive access to the secure side of the airport to get up close and personal with the F22, the U.S. Air Force F-35A Lightning II Demonstration Team and the A-10C Thunderbolt II Demonstration Team as all three jets launch. Pass along your questions and we’ll ask as many as possible live and in real time. Be sure to stick around for the F22 as LOCO taxies right past us; it's one of the coolest things we've seen.

Posted by EAA – The Spirit of Aviation on Tuesday, July 23, 2019


Regarding Ryan / SuperAero:

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Thanks to Chip and Ben (who I flew with) from CubCrafters!

Interested in a demo flight? Contact these awesome dudes!

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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!

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