Flight Chops is building an RV-14

Discussion in 'Home Builders and Sport Pilots' started by TFulwider, Apr 11, 2019.

  1. Juliet Hotel

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    Not sure why building is in quotes. Most of the guys I know that are building projects are doing the bulk of the work themselves with occasional advice mentoring and help from friends. To me, that's a bit of a different scenario from assembling a team of pros to run the build and do the build while you film it and maybe get your hands dirty once in a while too. And I'm not knocking him for doing it that way. But if you assemble a team of experienced techs in a hangar full of tools and equipment and then represent that as 'this is what's its like for an amateur building a kit plane...' well let's just say I would find that to be a little bit disingenuous.

    And I'm not saying that's what he's going to do. Maybe he'll be the one that does the lion share of the drilling and deburring and dimpling and riveting and he'll just have the team there to film him and guide him and setup work areas. But that wasn't what I took from his comments on the project so far. What I took from his comments is that he doesn't know what a bandsaw is and is glad he's got a team of experts who can handle those things for him.
     
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    I put building in quotes because while there are a lot of people that are building their projects from top to bottom, there are also many that are being built by professional shops while the owner watches.

    What I got out of the video is him showing exactly how green he is on everything. Time will tell, but I bet you'll see him becoming more and more hands on as he learns and educates himself.
     
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    So we all have seen the terms “amateur” and “professional” thrown around in this discussion and others regarding building an aircraft.

    So what do those terms mean to you?

    If an experienced A&P/IA with tons of heavy structures experience builds a plane, it it amateur built?

    And if some of his equally experienced buddies help him, is that professional assistance?

    :cool:
     
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    Over the years folks have lamented the lack of aviation--particularly GA focused--programming on TV. We're now in the new world of media where people don't turn on the TV to see whats on, they go to youtube and see what's new. Flight Chops, and other youtube channels, are filling in the niche that we as a community longed for.

    This dude, and others like him, are bringing in new younger blood. How many 30 somethings want to go to EAA chapter meetings to listen to old guys drone about their 8 year builds? Yeah, that many. I'm older than Steve, but I can identify with him much more than I can identify with retirees building planes in their spare time. I've got a 4yo, so I'm not sure building is in my future any time soon, but I suspect Steve will do a good job of making the process interesting to watch, even if it is heavily edited and he has a whole gang of helpers.
     
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    I took my IFR checkride 9 days after my first training session.

    Flight chops is awesome, he got me interested in flying little airplanes again. Looking forward to this video series.
     
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    It's amateur built no matter what your experience level is.

    "Professional assistance" means a paid service. (at least according the DAR who inspected my plane)
     
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    Congratulations!
    What was the rush? . . :D
     
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    Every. Single. YouTuber needs an editor. Chops's 14 minutes could easily be cut to 7 with no loss of content. I couldn't finish it. I can't finish most of them. And it's not like I'm some short-attention-spanned youth.
     
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    I started watching a flying point A to point B video this morning that was 58 minutes long. 15 minutes would have made a better video. I couldn't finish it, either.

    Are YouTubers given credit for minutes watched, or just views?
     
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    TLDR

    Ok kidding aside, I agree there are tons of folks creating content on youtube who could benefit from a good class on editing. But I think Steve's doing ok in that department. Not everyone wants their entertainment limited to 3 minute chunks. His content is generally interesting enough to hold my attention. Maybe my tastes are just simple that way. Shrug.
     
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    I just watched one of the videos. Lots of (what I call) "filler footage". Material that has no direct relevance to the topic. Glamor shots of a Harvard, views of flight jumpsuits, etc. Someone boxing up a pizza??? That 13:48 video could have easily been half that without the fluff.
     
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    Watch time is big.
    So is "engagement"
    Clickbait that gets people to watch a long video are some of the things that move you near the top of the search algorithm.

    MUST WATCH! THIS COULD SAVE YOUR LIFE!!!!!!!


    On a serious note...

     
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    Got my ppl in 1998... started instrument in 2000...just got signed off this March.
     
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    I quite enjoy the videos - I think it will be interesting to dip into occasionally - I can’t see myself watching the whole series though.

    I prefer watching MrAviation101 to be honest - production value is much better and good story arc. And Steveo1kinevo also good fun.

    But that JustPlaneSilly guy? Would NEVER watch him - he’s a Certified Lunatic . (Haha - it’s only his videos I get alerts for...)
     
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    The Flying Chops videos have so much potential, and some of them seriously miss the mark.

    WAY TOO MUCH filler for the hands on content. The worst was his video on building a Flight Sim at home. seems like half the video is his techie describing over-clocking and how various cooling methods work. Zero time spent on equipment selection and configuration.

    He switches between participant and film director crating meaningful content gaps in his presentation.

    -David
     
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    The couple of Flight Chops videos I've seen on the progress of the build, it looks like he's just dropping in on the guys really building it, and helping out enough for a video.
     
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    I just started my RV-10 build not long time ago. I am also attempting to video-blog/document all steps as much as I can while keeping my videos short.
    My goal is go through every step and comment/add ideas/provide recommendations on each step for future builders.
    In my opinion the experience of building of airplane is extremely valuable for a pilot!
    In case if anyone is interested the link to my youtube RV build blog is in my signature.
     
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    More power to Flights Chops Rv14 build, sorta, but based on the 3 vlongs so far not even remotely representative of what most builders face. Does show some interesting aspects but Jason Ellis has a good youtube channel or Tim Olsen is a good reference https://www.myrv14.com/ I have zero affiliation with either just my HO
     
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    Git 'er done boys!

    If you like to travel via general aviation it's a huge help; yuuuge! ;)

    I was planning on waiting a year after my PPL to start my IR. Only 1 1/2 months after the PPL checkride I started on the IR. Got canceled for a day trip with the family twice for some rather benign weather and immediately started. Now we avoid thunderstorms and ice, but go pretty much otherwise.

    It's my favorite way to travel. :) Flew up to Lexington to visit our middle daughter a couple of weeks ago, only 1.7 on the hobbs each way. :cool: The drive is typically 6 hours. Last time we drove it was ~7 1/4 hours. :( Even in the rain on the way up it was waaaay better than getting stuck in construction and accident slow-downs.