With Marc coming in late from a date with the Blue Angels in the Detroit area, former guest Josh Blain stopped by to join Al in kicking off the show. All discussion plans were pushed to the wayside, when Marc showed up and a two hour hangar talk ensued.
They guys talked about the recent tragedies resulting from the incapacitated pilots in the Cirrus in DC, and the TBM that crashed near Jamaica. That led to a discussion about hypoxia, for which the guys played some ATC recordings if Hypoxic pilots. The ATC recordings transitioned to Boston John, and some embarrassing moments caught on the radio.
Marc came through on his commitment to take and pass his multi-engine check ride, while Josh earned his advanced ground instructor rating.
We had a blast tonight and hope you do too.
Listen in next week for a special guest developing some amazing new technology that will make your jaw drop. You won't believe your ears or eyes!
Talk to you then!!!!
Steve Thorne has made quite a name for himself. Known as Flight Chops (flightchops.com), Steve has found a way to make learning from other people's mistakes more available and real. He does that by filming himself flying, and then sharing with all of us, leveraging the fact that he is just like the rest of us..... imperfect as a pilot. Thankfully as a professional filmmaker, the result is a platform from which we all can learn. Take a listen. We know you will enjoy the conversation as much as you learn from it.
Speaking of learning, the guys talked about Marc's current multi training and his progress in achieving this next aviation goal. The FAA's latest ruling on Internet airplane pooling made for some interesting discussion including the legality of the first remnants of this type of training, some 40 years ago. Thank goodness for the statute of limitations.
And thank goodness for all of you joining us each week. It's noticed and appreciated. Until next week, Blue Skies and Tailwinds.
Buckle up for this one. Emily Carpenter (Diamond Girl) is a new student pilot. But that's where the similarity stops when compared to most new students. After all, how many student pilots do you know that in their first 20 hours have flown a DA-40, a Pitts, a helicopter, and a Turbo Commander. Add to that her fear of flying and you begin to see why Emily is a student that we can all learn from. Listen to how our Diamond Girl faces each challenge with a "refuse to lose" attitude. Very inspiring and indeed a role model for all of us.
With Al out of pocket, Lora Yowell (of aviationuniverse.us fame) joined Marc and gave us an update in her own goal of earning her US ATP license. Lora and Marc also discussed AOPA's reimagined 152, the Chicago Air and Water show, AOPA's exit from the EFB marketplace, and recent events at Malaysian Airlines. Finally, Lora put on her CFI hat to help Marc through some challenges he is facing as he works towards his Multi-Engine rating with instrument privileges.
A great show, made special by you being a loyal member of the SimpleFlight radio family. Looking forward to continuing the fun next week.
When one thinks of Oshkosh, the focus is generally on pilots and airplanes. Yet the most critical and yet forgotten piece is air traffic control. Tonight's guest, Mike Sabatino, a Chicago-based controller, worked his first Oshkosh this year, and stopped by SimpleFlight studios to share the experience. From Fisk, to Tower, to Departure, to Fond Du Lac, Mike did a great job of letting us "feel" what it's like to be coordinating traffic at the the world's busiest airport. You'll find out why Mike is a local favorite, as he talks about how important pilots are to his job and his focus on being pilot friendly. Want to know what it's like to be a controller? Take a listen.
Thanks to all of our loyal listeners for being part of the SimpleFlight family. Tune in next week for another great show!
Tailwinds and Blue Skies!
Tonight's guest will give everyone confidence that the future of aviation is in good hands. Doing more at age 17 than most people do at 27, Swayne Martin (swaynemartin.com) has established himself as an influential aviation blogger. Based on his success, he was sought out by Bold Method (boldmethod.com) to develop and deliver blog posts that resonate with both experienced and prospective pilots. Wise beyond his years, Swayne brought tremendous insight and maturity to the conversation regarding how today's generation learns and achieves. All of us can benefit from his life's lessons.
Trevor Wesolowski stood in for Al and joined Marc in reviewing a very busy and exciting week. Covering a small snippet of Oshkosh's many announcements, they highlighted the new 300HP Diesel from Continental, 3rd class medical reform, in-flight internet offerings, Icon LSA competitors, and AOPA's effort to reduce the cost of flying through a "re-imagination" program. Marc talked about the many people he met at OSH, making general aviation even more special. And on the heels of last week's 2 year birthday for SimpleFlight Radio, congrats to Marc, who celebrated his 2nd year this week (Al went solo during week one).
Thanks for listening and tune in next week with another special guest.
Tailwinds and Blue Skies!
Happy Birthday To Us
It's hard to believe it was two years ago that SimpleFlight Radio launched from the same backdrop as tonight's show.... Airventure @ Oshkosh!
What a blast for us to return to our original venue and to bring you our special guest, Eric Auxier, or as you know him, Cap'n Aux. As he puts it, he's an Airline pilot by day—writer by night—kid by choice. Listen in as Cap'N Aux shares his story of how he got started in aviation and writing at an early age, and the path he took to arrive where he is today as a captain with a major airline and an accomplished author. Other topics covered include aviation's challenges and opportunities for young and old alike. Marc and Al are always pleased to talk with pilots that still love what they do and share that passion with our special community. That describes our conversation tonight. Be sure to read about his adventures at www.capnaux.com.
Marc shared some current events, including the incredibly tough couple of weeks aviation has seen filled with both controversy and tragedy. But the focus was on Oshkosh and the energy that permeated the weekend as pilots everywhere started their trek to the world's busiest airport. We had a lot of fun tonight, and know that you will too.
Thanks for listening and here's wishing you Blue Skies and Tailwinds.
We had an incredibly show this week! It was really awesome. Matt Paarlberg was on the air with us. He has been working this summer at what would be considered a dream job. Matt recently earned a slot at Cessna Aircraft as an intern flying for the Discover Flying Challenge effort that Cessna has crafted. Your primary job is to fly a brand new airplane, show it off, and help make people excited about flying. Sounds awesome right!?
Marc was out of the studio tonight so we had a great fill in guest, Eric Gunn. Eric recently earned his private pilot license and is pretty excited about flying and aviation!
We've all heard and read about the fatigue problem found in today's cockpits. The fix is more sleep, but the schedules we're dealing with, don't allow it. Most turn to coffee, but the expense and ingredients outweigh the benefit received by the caffeine. Enter Cockpit Coffee (cockpitcoffee.com), a rebranded drink and the brainchild of Susan Rippinger. Susan tells Al and Marc, that it leaves out the bad stuff (sodium, carbs, calories, dairy, etc.) and keeps the taste, caffeine, and natural electrolytes in.
From a current events perspective, A wide range of topics were discussed. Everything from progress in the alternative fuel world, to the impending announcement from MVP Aero of a LSA Amphib that will compete with the Icon A5. Our condolences to the folks in Florida and pilots everywhere as the historical Chalet Suzanne is closing after 83 years. Planes were ending up at wrong destinations, as three 737 fuselages ended up in a Montana river thanks to a train derailment. That was followed by a United 777, who diverted after takeoff from Hawaii and had to land at the closed runway at Midway Island. Al made it two weeks in a row that he closed down an airport after losing communication during his IFR flight. An interesting week to say the least.
Al and I will be broadcasting live from Oshkosh in two weeks, and look forward to meeting many of you on the first day of the Airventure. Marc will be speaking at AOPA on both Monday and Friday and hope our fans stop by and introduce yourself. It'll be great to put names and faces to our social media friends and to thank you for being a loyal listener and member of the SimpleFlight aviation family.
What's it like for a person who decides to invest tens of thousands of dollars into an aviation career, over a 6 month period, working 7 days a week? And then when they're done, have to go through a process that weeds out 70% of the applicants who want to become a CFI, and then finally sent to a 30 day program in Florida which prepares you to teach that first student. That's exactly what Libby Parsons, tonight's guest, had to go through to become a CFI just 6 weeks ago. Her passion, maturity, and enthusiasm will convince you, just as it did for Al and Marc, that she is going to be one of the great ones. A great conversation!
Al rejoined the team after a 3 week hiatus, and discussed with Marc several announcements, including the release of SocialFlight version 4, the first production flight of the Honda Jet, the addition of a FIKI option for the Cessna TTx, Amelia Earhart's progress, and Al's contribution to the shut down of Rocky Mountain Metro airport.
Welcome back to BoldMethod, as that team rejoined the show to discuss a variety of updates, training topics, and preparations for Oshkosh.
Thanks for listening!
Blue Skies & Tailwinds
We feel strongly about the value our guests provide to aviation, but every now and then we meet someone who is at a different level in their ability to improve someone's life through aviation. Tonight's guest, Linwood Nooe is such a person. Linwood is the man behind Operation Prop (operationprop.com), which is all about putting on events that bring aviation to the disabled. Whether a spinal cord injury, blindness, or anything else that might keep a person out of the air, Linwood is focused on doing what it takes to make their dream a reality. Spending the last couple years working to bring back adaptive hand controls that allows those without the use of their legs to control the rudder pedals and brakes with their hands, Linwood is a man on a very special mission. Be prepared to be moved and inspired by his efforts.
Marc was joined by guest host Trevor Wesolowski, who joined in the conversation about his experience in landing at O'Hare under VFR conditions without a flight plan. The guys also talked about the AOPA response to the USA Today article (every pilot should be armed with that info), the Harrier that landed on an aircraft carrier without a nose wheel, why you should take your ATP written before 8/1/2014, and finished with taking a call from a surprise guest.
As always, thanks for listening, tweeting, and being part of our special family.
Blue Skies & Strong Tailwinds...