March Pilot Spotlight : Chris Clarke

Flight Outfitters’ March Pilot of the Month is Chris Clarke! You may know Chris online at @chrisclarkefly  on social media where he loves to share content flying his plane, information about cars, and all things mechanical! 

Having a childhood dream of aviation, Chris first became an Aviation Explorer, motivating him to earn his private pilot’s license as a teenager. During his four years at Embry Riddle Aeronautical University he earned his commercial, multi-engine certificate with an instrument rating.


While experimenting in seaplanes, gliders, and a variety of other personal aircraft, Chris developed a passion for general aviation and shares that passion as he develops aviation training apps and content for flight training schools. 

Husband, father, pilot, car enthusiast, writer, and mechanic Chris is a man of many talents. He flies his own plane taking GoPro informational video, flies drones in the surrounding area, and works on cars creating awesome videos that you can watch on his YouTube channel. Flight Outfitters is honored to feature Chris Clarke as our Pilot of the Month. Keep on piloting your own adventure, Chris!



Cincinnati, Ohio

Home airport:

I69 Sporty’s/Clermont County

Ratings/ endorsements:
Commercial, multi-engine certificate with an instrument rating

Dream aircraft:

Pilatus PC-12

Fun fact:

I once fished for trout from a floatplane pontoon on a glacier lake in the arctic circle.

What is the FO product you can’t go without?

Any hat. Sunglasses give me headaches so a quality hat without the button on top is a requirement for every flight. Or the Flight Outfitters Airfoil Jacket. It is lightweight but warm and can pack easily in my flight bag if I get too hot. Plus I love the zippable external chest pocket to store my phone.

What is your most memorable flight?

Toss up between flying my own Cessna 172 to Oshkosh for the first time, flying an RV-12 across the Appalachian mountains with my wife to Charleston, SC for our 10 year wedding anniversary,  learning to fly loops and rolls with Patty Wagstaff in her Extra 300, or flying through the pylons at a Red Bull Air Race.

What does “Pilot Your Own Adventure” mean to you?

To me “Pilot Your Own Adventure” means to not be afraid to try new things. To expand your aviation experience and to push your boundaries to become a better pilot. Go to new places, fly different airplanes, and learn new techniques.



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