Patrick Chovanec is an economic advisor and former chief strategist at Silvercrest Asset Management, based in New York City. He has spent much of his life in China, and taught at Tsinghua University in Beijing and at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA). He has appeared regularly in the media on these topics.  Patrick began learning to fly in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic and earned his Private Pilot’s License in September 2021. He wrote Cleared for the Option for readers who share the curiosity he had – about what pilots actually learn and do to become pilots.

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