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General aviation pilots usually think big, but settle for a $100 hamburgers and a lot of hangar flying. Tonight's guest, Karl Fink, sets the standard by which we should all measure ourselves. Whether it's for work, family, friends, charity, or for supporting his favorite college team, Karl uses aviation to achieve his life's goals. Isn't it time we stop dreaming about flying and get off the ground? We agree!!!
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So much of General Aviation is stuck in the old way of doing things. Tonight, Marc and Al welcomed back long time SimpleFlight friend and aviation entrepreneur, Ian Hoyt. Ian's passion for connecting aviation to the rest of the world is found in Wilbur (Wilbur.co), his company that helps brands develop creative marketing solutions for the quick changing landscape in which we live. Not surprising, Ian's success comes from his ability to balance today's technology with foundational concepts that have withstood the test of time.
What are you doing on March 16th through March 19th? After tonight's show, you'll probably be heading to Conroe Texas to attend Modaero's #NextGen Aviation Festival. As the face of aviation changes, it's critical today's aviation event focuses on the younger demographic, without losing the existing cross generational foundation. Co-founders Brian Columbus and Jason Stewart spoke with us about their efforts to make an impact through aviation, entertainment, and education..... Right down to the drone races! Listen and hear about SimpleFlight's special promo code for the event. See you there.
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Tonight, we were joined by a colleague of Al's, Philippe Polman. You can't tell it from his name, but Philippe received his aviation training in the US. Today, he lives in the United Kingdom, which serves as a base for his work with Cirrus across all of Europe. We've heard so many rumors and stories about what flying is like across the pond, it was refreshing to hear the truth from Philippe. Everything from training, operations, costs, techniques, and rules. He even gave us some insight as to which apps were most popular (here's a hint... It's not ForeFlight). And as far as costs, can you imagine running over to the control tower to give the controller a credit card for your landing fee, while he is controlling traffic? It happens! But most of all, Philippe shares with us the experience of multi-country flying. Somehow flying to the south of France for a $100 le petit dejeuner sounds a lot more exciting than a burger in Anytown, USA.
Let us know if you liked the show and join us next week when we welcome a guest to talk with us about the next generation of aviation festivals! Thanks for listening!!!
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What a great way to kick off the year. Keith Smith, CEO of PilotEdge helped Marc welcome Al back to the show with a detailed description of a complex and challenging IFR flight with the strongest hurricane in the area. The decision making process he went through is very enlightening.
Once you start listening to the podcast, you'll notice a new format, new website, and fresh feel to the show. We hope you like it. Either way, let us know.
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Before we say goodbye to 2015, let's say hello to a very important partner for General Aviation pilots, your friendly local air traffic controller. Marc welcomed Eddie Trujillo from C90 (Chicago Approach) to talk about his career and his current project, appropriately called "Bridge The Gap". The purpose of the program is to open a direct line of communication between pilots and controllers within Chicago airspace with the goal bridging the gap between them. This program may be starting in other areas as well. Regardless, the lessons are the same... open and direct communication will allow both pilot and controller alike to understand the other's perspective, ensure questions are answered, and the airspace is safer. An excellent exchange, you will surely enjoy.
Additionally, many listener questions came in, which Eddie was able to answer. That in itself was very enlightening and educational. And just to spice it up a little, Marc played an audio recording of a prior GA emergency, which highlighted the necessity for pilots to contact ATC at the earliest possible moment, in order to maximize the value ATC can provide, as well as the best odds for a safe outcome. Listen and learn!
Here's wishing all of our listeners and their friends and family, a 2016 filled with good health and much happiness. And of course....
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What a great time of year. A time of change and a time of giving. Marc focused on some of those changes, starting with the shift from shorter days to longer days. For him, a welcome emotional change. As the new year approaches, Marc also talked about getting back his Avgeek swagger. Something that has diminished due to less flying in 2015. With visions of more hours in 2016, he hopes all of you will join him in that goal.
A big change is on the horizon with the government seemingly on our side, with the Senate providing the next version of the Pilot Bill of Rights, including 3rd class medical reform. How cool would it be to know you have already had your last AME exam, and only need to stay healthy and have your personal physician approve you for flight every 4 years, and every two years, for you to take a free on-line course regarding Aeromedical Factors in flight. Well that's what's about to happen, if the house and the president follow the Senate's path. Is that good or bad? We heard what Marc thinks.... how about you? Send your comments via the Simpleflight.net web site.
In the meantime, thanks for listening and accept our best wishes for a happy holiday season and a healthy and happy New Year.
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Back in August, We discussed the Go / No Go decision, with a focus on a perfectly good airplane, which exhibited some anomalies with its annunciator lights. The manufacturer and A&P said it was working as intended, but Marc knew differently. Today, Marc brings up the same Go / No Go decision, but with respect to the pilots capabilities and the environment around him or her. Does the decision come down to legalities, safety, intelligence, personal minimums, or maybe a more objective criteria concerning having "outs". The discussion is not as cut and dried as one might think. Take a listen and let us know what you think. You can write Marc at email@example.com
Marc also spent some time going over current events. Congrats to Honda for its certification of the HondaJet. Other items that may interest you include a manned drone like aircraft, or the fact that the government is looking for someone that can help them take safe control of someone else's drone and earn a cool $100K for their efforts. And one warning, don't bring your hoverboard on your next flight!!!
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When you're flying, do you ever get the "leans". I know you're thinking about the sensation that a pilot can get when going into IMC conditions. A sense of leaning one way or another , when you're actually flying straight. This time, I'm talking about something a bit different. That being the red knob in your plane. You know, what some people think of as the on/off knob. Pushed all the way in, and the plane is able to be turned on. Pull all the way back, and it turns off. While true, many people don't understand what it means to be active with the mixture control throughout its travel.
Sit back and listen and learn about what it means to be Lean of Peak... or Rich of Peak. When to lean and how to lean. If this is new to you, you'll be glad you took the time, and your wallet will thank you, your airplane will thank you, and so will the environment.
If you feel I missed the mark, then by all means, leave your comments at www.simpleflight.net or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
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Avionics have come a long way over the last 15 years. Unfortunately, there are many pilots that have bought new avionics, but know little more than how to press the "Direct To" button. By understanding the nuances or tips and tricks of getting more out of these devices, a pilot will discover how it can lessen the workload, mitigate risk, and create better outcomes. Luckily our own Marc Epner is an expert at using the technology found in today's technically advanced aircraft. Listen in as Marc discusses some of the best practices in getting the most out of your audio panel, transponder, and GPS/Nav/Com.
Marc also brought us up to speed on the continuing Drone conversation, the FAA's warning to understand what important sounds your noise canceling headset may be preventing you from hearing, and the notable demise of a well known headset manufacturer. Plus, he took a slight turn to share his view of the items that should be covered in a safety briefing and what items a pinch hitter really needs to know.
Thanks for listening.
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