Where's Waldo has nothing on Al Waterloo. Tonight's show starts off with the most often asked question in Aviation Radio... Where's Al? The good news is Al rejoined Marc, albeit from the great state of South Carolina. The only question now was whether they could complete the show before the hotel restaurant closed!!!
Janine Iannarelli joined the conversation and discussed the first quarter of business aviation news. Results are mixed, but state legislation is starting to show an understanding of the importance of aviation. The states that relieve some of the tax burden of organizations that support aviation will ultimately drive economic benefit for everyone.
Al and Marc had an interesting discussion about the most violated departure procedure in the country. Listen in and weigh in on what you think is the proper way to fly the Northtown Three departure. Let's go try it on the sim!!! The guys finished up their hangar flying discussing some current events and the interesting concept of airline pilots requesting proficiency training in G.A aircraft. I'll trade my SR22 for your Triple 7!!!
So until next week, when we can once again find Al somewhere in the US, we thank you for listening and wish you a week full of BLUE SKIES and TAILWINDS!
Marc was on a bit of a tirade tonight, as he left his preshow dinner heading to the studio at KPWK. He was the victim of poor service at the normally dependable restaurant with a rather unsympathetic response from the establishment. That kind of experience is becoming the norm today and aviation is not immune from contributing to the problem. Demand for aviation is at an all time high with customer satisfaction at an all-time low. Aviation is in need of a paradigm shift. Something disruptive; revolutionary! Listen in as Marc and Tim Rylko talk about some of the issues and potential solutions that are coming to the forefront.
The guys also covered some of the exciting shifts taking place in aviation, like Redbird's Solo In A Week program being tested at the upcoming Sun and Fun. In the end, the one known certainty is that there is plenty of room for improvement and we have the great minds to close the gap between where we are and where we need to be. What do you think? Drop us a line and add your voice to the conversation.
Until next week, we wish you Blue Skies and Tailwinds. Thanks for listening!
Have you ever forgotten to close your flight plane? Al did, and it served as a reminder of not only what happens, but ensures you'll never let it happen again. Marc and Al talked about a lot of different topics which will entertain and educate all of our listeners. Everything from Google's entry into the ADS-B market, to understanding when flying is a stress reliever vs. a stress "adder". The guys also talked about the potential causes of a tragic crash this past week. What happened and why? While only speculation, the scenario painted could easily happen in many cases throughout the year.
Thanks to a technical mistake, the last few minutes of the show were not recorded, but if you listened live, you heard a lot of laughter. Another opportunity for us to learn from our mistakes.
With a special holiday weekend upon us, Al and Marc took to the airwaves a bit early to ensure our listeners wouldn't be left without their Sunday night SimpleFlight fix. Those listeners, as well as those of you listening in as a podcast, are treated to the usual and informative banter between the guys. Everything from the difficulties putting a plane in a hangar, to how you should handle the impossible clearance. They also snuck in some great tips about avionics, as well as what sounds to be a great aviation documentary, Above and Beyond: The Untold True Story. It has limited screenings, so check out the webpage to find when its coming to a city near you (www.aboveandbeyondthemovie.com).
Wishing everyone a Happy Passover and Happy Easter. We look forward to speaking with you again next week at 8P Central!
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Tonight, Al was at SFO and Marc was at PWK, but they worked as well as any crew in the same cockpit. The focus tonight was on tips and tricks with your GPS, starting with the question, "Should You Activate An Approach On Your GPS?" Note it says, Should you and not when should you. Very interesting conversation with some real intelligence behind the answer. That initial discussion led to some pretty awesome conversations about T Routes (what are they? Listen and Learn), DME Arcs, and various other tidbits of information. Hope you enjoy it.
Thanks for listening. Next week, both guys will be in studio. We know it will be a great show! Talk to you then.
Marc welcomed back a special guest tonight. Al Waterloo!!! OK, we make light of it, but Al's been a busy pilot with a special training regime he arranged for multiple pilots. Over the last couple of weeks, Al led a group of pilots to the Bahamas with 2 of the pilots scheduling check rides while they were in the southeast. Of note was that ground school was held on the beach. Now that's a way to add a little fun and excitement to training. Of course, nothing works out exactly as planned. Al covered some of the hiccups (e.g. maintenance) that cropped up and how it impacted their trip. Did the pilots pass their check rides? Listen and find out.
The guys also talked about Marc's experience flying Gyrocopters, and his instant love for flying with a rotary wing. That led to a conversation about the value of aviation and how it brings one of the greatest values to a person..... a big smile!!! We know you will enjoy the show and will catch the contagious enthusiasm only Marc and Al can deliver. We'll talk with you next week! Until then,
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The time changed, and the aviation world changed with it. Thanks to Spring Break, former guest and aviation college student, Josh Blain (@blainplanes) stopped by the SimpleFlight studios to join Marc in a Hangar Flying discussion. How many students do you know that have a paid gig to sit right seat in a King Air? The lucky ones!!! The discussion moved to many other topics, including Marc's retelling of a special trip that included the most beautiful sight of flying over a pre dawn Chicago with an awakening sky to the East. Check out his Facebook page for a view of what he saw. Another springtime sighting included one of the few pressurized Mooney's ever built, which was parked at the KEYE ramp.
Safety topics are always in season and with Harrison Ford's lost engine and a Go Jet plane landing with a collapsed nose wheel at KORD, there was plenty of topics to cover. Even the dangers of flying a plane that hasn't been up in awhile. And on the topic of the passion of flight, Marc and Josh covered a group called the Mavericks, a team of four close friends aged from 69 to 78, who work hard to perfect their formation flying in true airshow fashion, without an audience. They love each other, the challenge, and the flying itself. An amazing story.
For those of you that took the winter off, we hope you'll get out and enjoy the spring weather and reacquaint yourself with the joy of aviation. Regardless, please join us again next week for more SimpleFlight Aviation Radio.
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At this time each year, 10 controllers are recognized for their assistance to a pilot in potentially dire straits. The Archie awards not only shine a spotlight on a very deserving group of professionals, but it serves as a lesson to all of us on how to react (or not react) to a situation. Marc played 4 recordings of the "winning" controllers helping pilots get on the ground safely despite being in conditions that would be difficult for most GA pilots. Disorientation, VMC into IMC, Icing, Lost Comms, etc. In addition to providing great options to the pilot, each had a way of keeping the pilot calm and confident. Their empathy, intelligence, and professionalism is representative of most of the controllers out there. After you've listened to the show, stop by the NATCA web site to hear the rest of the "saves". http://www.natca.org/archie_league_awards.aspx. And then take a controller up for a flight and buy them lunch!!!
Another great show coming next week. Until then, BLUE SKIES and Tailwinds.