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About Ben Chiu

Hi! Thanks for stopping by my homepage.

If this is the first time we're meeting, I hope you don't get the wrong impression about me. I'm just a regular guy who loves things that fly (it doesn't matter to me whether they're real or simulated) and just happens to be fortunate enough to make a living from them. I put up this web page to help prospective employers get an idea of who I am, what I've done, and what some of my abilities are.

I'm really kind of a private person, but I've learned that when it comes to finding work you have to knuckle down and toot your own horn a bit. That's why I've gone through such extremes in creating this "brag" site. Please understand that none of this is for my ego.

Now that that's cleared up, while I was putting the material together for this site I thought that I might try and provide some value to anyone else that might stumble in here. I certainly don't know everything about the industries I've worked in, but I've had some limited success in some areas. If it isn't too presumptuous of me, I'll try and pass along any insights or tidbits that I can think of that might be helpful to people interested in writing, aviation, or the simulation software business.

If nothing else, it's my hope that everyone leaves here knowing that the world can truly be a wonderful place. There are many opportunities out there, but things don't always go as planned many times. You just need to put your faith in the good Lord and keep plugging along. Something better always comes up although it may not seem like things will ever change at the time. The best advice I can offer is work hard, always do your best, and learn to recognize and enjoy life's best moments. If you can do these three things you'll live a good life.

Best wishes!

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Certifications & Licenses

Commercial Pilot
Certified Flight Instructor
Certified Flight Instructor Instrument
Ground Instructor
Advanced Ground Instructor
Instrument Ground Instructor
Multiengine and Multiengine Instrument ratings
FAA-appointed Aviation Safety Counselor, San Jose Flight Standards District Office
TSA Security Awareness
FCC Technician Class
Advanced First Aid
Black Belt—Dinan Wan Ru JiuJitsu
Graduate—Skip Barber Racing School
Graduate—Dale Carnegie Course
BFA—New York University

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Memberships and Affiliations

Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA)
American Film Institute (AFI)
American Society of Cinematographers (ASC)
National Association of Flight Instructors (NAFI)
WINGS FAA Pilot Proficiency Program

Interviews 1999
SimChoice: Online Flight Simulator Directory 1999
Microsoft Press 1998
Internet Gaming Zone 1997

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Other Skills

Steadicam Operator
Javascript, Perl, and HTML programming
Plays Guitar, Saxophone, Trombone, French Horn, Keyboard, Drums

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Personal stuff

Height: 5' 9"
Weight: 160#
Married w/three children
Presently living on the Central Coast of sunny southern California

Hobbies (besides playing sims and in real aircraft)
Playing with my kids
Building stuff and fixing things
R/C airplanes, helicopters, and cars
Restoring muscle cars
Racing anything
Riding motorcycles

Favorite Web Sites
United States Air Force Lots of info about some of the best aircraft in the world
Tom's Hardware Guide The site for computer tinkerers
Price Watch Great deals on computer parts (of course!)

Favorite Movies
It's a Wonderful Life
Raiders of the Lost Ark
Blade Runner
The Right Stuff
Anything from the Thunderbirds

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See you in the Zone!

When I'm in the Zone, the only handle I use has an "@" character in it. Accept no imitations! I've updated my handle to Ben@FltZone. Please say "hello" if you see me around. I'd be honored to participate in flights with anyone interested if I've got time. Hope to see ya in the Zone soon!

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