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Why do you speed up the takeoff and landing in your videos?

Like many people, I enjoy watching the takeoff and landing in full length as I feel it makes a video very immersive.  But I also realise that I’m in a very limited minority who enjoy a 60 second pause in the video while we watch the entire takeoff or landing. The viewer retention statistics say …

Why don’t you make full length flight videos any more?

Those of you with a good memory may remember the days of full length, full flight videos. I made these videos for many years as a way for people to experience full length flights in real time. The truth is, there is only so much longetivity from this type of video before they become much …

How does Noel Philips make money?

I’m a full time content creator and travel reporter.  This means my job is to create content for YouTube and Facebook. Most of my income (around 80%) comes from advertising revenue on the videos – with a further 15% coming from video sponsorships, and the remaining 5% between Patreon donations and sales of merchandise.  After …

How does Noel Philips pay for his flights?

I pay for all of my flights myself, usually at regular prices. The cost of the flights is just an operating expense of the business. That said, I do use several techniques to get my flights as cheap as possible – you can join my mailing list to hear some of them.  Very occasionally an …

Why don’t you fly in Economy/Coach more often?

Actually, around 60% of my flights are in economy.  When I’m not filming, I’m more often than not in the back (I’m a tight northerner, I have to justify paying more money – and will only usually do that when I can film). The reality is though that there isn’t that much to show in …

How often do you fly? You must be away from home a lot.

I take one trip to film every few months. Then I’m usually away for around 2 weeks, when I’ll film around 2-3 months of content to edit and release while I’m home with the family.  Compared to when I worked in IT, when I was away for 3 weeks of the month, then I’m actually …

Why don’t you get a proper job?

I had a ‘proper job’ for over 20 years, with a career in IT. Giving up that stability to be a full time content creator was not an easy decision, but was a necessary one to A) pursue a career in an area I love and B) be around to see my children grow up.  …

How do you choose which airlines to fly?

I try to make at least one visit to every continent at least once a year. During those trips I’ll try a variety of airlines, with a mixture of business class reviews, flights on less known airlines, and comedic style videos. My aim is always to try and change perceptions – which is why I’ll …