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As Al battled storms flying in from the West, Marc kicked off the show talking about his need for a higher level of training, so he can fly like a professional, with the confidence and proficiency that comes with it. On cue, Al joined the show and relayed his experience flying in tonight. That same confidence and proficiency was obviously in play. The guys talked about how that higher level of training does exist, but not in great supply. Whether the lack of demand is because of the financial implications or for some other reason, is unknown, but served to fuel the conversation. Listen and join in on the discussion.
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With Al on the road, or should I say in the air, Josh Blain joined Marc as his co-host for the show. The guys talked with Janine Iannarelli of Par Avion Ltd. who joins us quarterly to discuss the state of aviation with regards to the business jet market. Janine always brings a keen insight into the trends that drive the health of the market.
Josh and Marc also talked about a recent experience at a non-towered field, which did not go over well with Josh. And heads up about the Chicago Aviation Symposium on June 25th at Lewis University in Romeoville, IL (KLOT). It's all part of the Bridge The Gap initiative to bring controllers and pilots together in the spirit of safety. If you're in the Midwest, mark it down on your calendar.
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If you ask a general aviation pilot, what's the toughest topic to become proficient in, many will respond with Weather. And that goes beyond weather theory. Sometimes it's just collecting all of the data points and trying to pull it all together. Making that even tougher is the lack of consistency in how the data is presented. Maps, text, coded, and decoded are just some of the types we as pilots must pull together to paint a single picture. Enter WX24Pilot, a new IOS app brought to us by Paxton Calvanese. This weather app brings all of your flight planning data, including a pilot's personal minimums to a single place with a single graphical user interface. Using a circular clock type view, a pilot can quickly build a picture of the weather that will be faced on their planned flight. Now why didn't we think of that before? Can't answer that, but we are sure glad Paxton thought of it. Listen in to the podcast and also find a demo of the solution on YouTube. You'll be glad you did!
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Change is good. It leads to innovation and in aviation, hopefully a cheaper, safer, faster, and better flying experience. Tonight's show dealt with the changing environment in aviation. Al and Marc talked about scheduled 135 operating companies and other "uber-like entities and how they are changing the industry. The conversation moved to new student pilot rules, which get in the way of an old and wonderful tradition of soloing on a pilot's 16th birthday. And then on to a discussion of how Icon Aircraft is working to set a risk mitigation precedent with a new buyer contract with many interesting caveats.
Marc and Al finished strong by checking in with sometimes co-host, Tim Rylko, who is about to complete his three month training with his new employer. In a matter of a couple weeks, Tim will be flying with passengers in an EMB 175. Very exciting!
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How appropriate, we recorded this show on Easter Sunday. It's a day when family gets together and catches up on the many changes that occurred over the past several months. Same with the SimpleFlight Aviation family. Josh Blain (of CFI fame) and Eddie Trujillo (Chicago Approach ATC) stopped by the SimpleFlight Studio to share what's been going on in their lives. Congrats to Josh for surpassing 1,000 hours (600 in the last 7 months), and Eddie talked about his ATC life as Chicago continues to change traffic flows and he progresses in his career.
Like all shows, you'll find a refreshing and informal feel to the conversation, which once again proves, that we are all part of the same family!!!
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The picture on the left is of Betty Wall Strohfus, the legend who is at the heart of the work you will hear about in this week's show. Shortly after our live show on Sunday night, Betty passed away at the age of 96. An emotional time for all those connected with her. The following link serves as a tribute to Betty.
You're going to love this week's show as Marc and Al talk to Terry Baker, who heads up the American Aviation Heritage Foundation, which is in the process of restoring a WASP BT-13 (www.facebook.com/Americanaviationheritagefoundation).
This is less about the airplane, and much more about the women who piloted the plane. You'll hear the emotion in Terry's voice as he talks about the people behind the project, who are emotionally and physically committed to honoring the legacy of the women of the WASP who were pioneers in every sense of the word.
In a bit of a twist, Marc and Al welcomed one of their listeners to the show. Ken VeArd, maker of the Pilot Partner Electronic Pilot Logbook, joined us to talk all things aviation. He also was kind enough to offer a life time promo code for those that sign up at pilotpartner.net. Listen to the podcast to find out how you can earn a lifetime benefit with the promo code. And thanks to listener Tom Wachowski, who gave very sound purchasing advice, by stating that Marc shouldn't talk himself into an aircraft for reasons outside his value circle. Sage advice indeed!
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Marc and Al welcomed back Janine Iannarelli of Par Avion Ltd to talk about the goings on in the business jet side of General Aviation. Janine enlightened us to what's it like to walk with the stars at the Living Legends of Aviation Gala. It was great to hear that indeed, aviation is the great equalizer, thanks to the passion we all share for flying.
The conversation moved to the very heated discussion of privatization of ATC. There are two sides to every story, and it appears the airlines are on one side of the table, with GA firmly on the other.
Which of course led to the implications of this year's impending elections. Current uncertainty is one of the forces driving the current trends. Once that uncertainty is eliminated, it will be interesting to see where that will take us.
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Marc and Al were joined by frequent guest, Josh Blain for a night of hangar flying. The conversation started with Josh's pursuit of an airline job, as Al and Marc surfed the web for salaries, hiring packages, and other relevant info. It was Marc's turn next as he described a recent experience in which he had a loss of instrumentation, which resulted in a momentary loss of orientation. Very educational and a reminder for us all. Other topics include a discussion of ATC privatization, an explanation of the snowflake symbol on approach charts, and other items that usually come up while hangar flying. So hop aboard and take a seat and let us know what you want to talk about.
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Last week, Karl Fink inspired all of us by showing the way to live the aviation dream by making it part of our every day life. Tonight Al and Marc welcomed Tim Rylko, who spoke about achieving his aviation dream by making it his every day life. The difference between the two is slight, but for a young man who has been on a 15 year mission to fly for the airlines, it feels so much more momentous. Listen in as Tim talks about how it all started and some of the sacrifices he had to make to reach this important goal. A feel good story that'll put a smile on your face!!!
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