Steveo Kinevo is a popular pilot and YouTuber.
He has more than 500 thousand subscribers on his YouTube channel by name, steveo1kinevo.
Steveo Kinevo hails from South Florida, United States.
His father’s name is Rob.
Inspired by Top Gun-
The young Steveo was inspired by the Top Gun (1986) movie and wanted to grow up to become a pilot.
Top Gun has been his all-time favourite aviation related movie.
Attending the flight school-
While serving in the United States Coast Guard, Steveo received the Montgomery GI Bill.
After exiting the U.S. Coast Guard, he was working in a university in South Florida and he received a letter from the Coast Guard stating that if he didn’t utilize the Montgomery GI Bill, he would lose the education benefits of the Bill.
So, Steveo got his private pilot licence (PPL) and joined a local reputed flight school near the Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
He took his first flight lesson at the Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport.
Steveo started taking his flight lessons at 29 and thanks to the GI Bill, he got paid for 60% of his flight training and he got all his ratings.
It took him three years to complete his training.
Before flying the aircraft, Steveo flew in the flight simulators for many years.
In 2005, Steveo started his career as a co-pilot.
One day, he learnt that Lynx Air International was hiring co-pilots and so, he applied for it and secured a job with around 400 hours as a co-pilot and started flying Fairchild Swearingen Metroliners.
Then, Steveo moved to Florida Coastal Airlines and started flying Saab 340 aircraft.
Working as a PIC-
After flying for around 900 hours as a co-pilot, Steveo decided to move to Makers Air to fly Beechcraft King Air and Cessna 208 Caravan aircraft as a pilot in command (PIC).
He took the decision to work as a PIC in order to strengthen his resume.
Later, his friend, Oscar was working for an airline flying TBM aircraft and he wanted to move to another airline in order to fly Boeing 767s, so he offered Steveo his job of flying TBM.
And he readily agreed to it and started flying TBM aircraft at Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport in Florida.
Steveo flies TBM 850 and TBM 940 aircraft.
He also flies Caravan aircraft on a part-time basis in Kodiak for Makers Air.
Steveo maintained a good network with people right from the flight school and this helped him secure these many jobs.
Good work-life balance-
Steveo chose corporate and private flying as it allows him to spend more time at home with his family and friends instead of living at hotels around the country.
His YouTube channel-
Steveo started his YouTube channel by name, steveo1kinevo on 30 October 2006.
He posted his first video on the same day itself.
From March 2011, Steveo’s videos started becoming viral and the reason for this is that he started focusing on editing and improving his audio quality by purchasing a GoPro aviation audio cable.
He also has a website.
Some interesting facts about Steveo-
- Steveo’s other passion apart from flying aircraft is riding motorcycles. He grew up racing dirt bikes and participated in Amateur Supercross, Arenacross and Motocross.
- Saint Martin, Staniel Cay in Bahamas and Eleuthera & Harbour Island are his favourite destinations.
- Steveo loves playing the Microsoft Flight Simulator.
- The Bose A20 Aviation Headset is his favourite headset.
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