Our thoughts and prayers go out to Al Waterloo and his entire family with the passing of his grandfather.
Blue Skies Grandpa.
Marc used tonight's time to talk about maintenance demons (how appropriate on the day before Halloween), aviation heroes, personal minimums, and some crazy runway accidents. It's been a crazy time with a lot of great moments and great people.
Marc is feeling much better getting all that off his chest and sharing it with all of you, his aviation brothers and sisters. Thanks for listening. Have a great week and fly safe!!!
BLUE SKIES & TAILWINDS!!!
When a flight goes south (and I'm not talking directionally), a pilot's mind starts to race, stress levels increase, and decision making is impaired. This is why a simple malfunction often times turns into a major tragedy. Knowing your emergency procedures can improve the odds significantly. But knowing how to call for help can provide a pilot a clear thinking and competent resource.
That call for help needs to go no further than your Push To Talk button. ATC is well known for their "saves" and each year a subset of those saves is nominated for the Archie League Award. A small team reads and discusses every nomination and ends up awarding the controller(s) who provided what some would call "above and beyond" assistance to a pilot. Those controllers state they were merely doing their job. Tonight Marc takes a look (and listen) of some of the 2016 winners. The situations are different, but the controllers all share the same traits.
We know you will enjoy the show!
Blue Skies and Tailwinds!
The boys are back in town tonight and looking forward to doing some hangar flying. With listeners writing in with questions, topics, and perspectives, the karma is perfect for that kind of show.
One of our listeners, Mike Barbarone, called in with a frustrating and common experience. That being the confusion of finding a variety of aviation weather sources, with different forecasts, different formats, and are many times, WRONG. How frustrating to end a vacation earlier than expected due to an ominous weather forecast that totally misses the mark. Al and Marc talk to Mike about how they look at weather and analyze the factors (including passenger makeup, fuel level, complicating factors, etc.) to come up with a set of alternatives which are as varied as the weather outcomes.
It's these kind of hangar flying sessions that bring us together and make us a smarter and more informed community.
Who knew when we recorded our opening that it would someday serve as a lead in to our first story of the night.
The quote is from the famous WKRP in Cincinnati episode where Station Manager, Arthur Carlson (played by Gordon Jump), arranged to have live turkeys dropped from a helicopter as an advertising stunt. Needless to say, it was a bloody mess.
Just prior to tonight's show, Marc was made aware that this "Turkey Drop" was more than just a story in some comedy writer's mind. Deciding Karma was in play, Marc decided to open with this story.
Going solo tonight, Marc focused on a couple of educational topics that serve as a foundation for many a hangar flying session. He's interested in what you have to say as well, so tweet us, or send Marc an email at email@example.com.
Thanks for listening! Until next week, wishing you Strong Tailwinds and Sunny Blue Skies!!!
Two weeks ago, Marc and his two aviation partners bought an airplane. SimpleFlight did a show in which Marc and one of his partners, described the process and the surprises (positive and negative) that came up along the way.
Now two weeks later, Al wanted to hear from Marc how the ownership thing was going. Not surprisingly, Marc's loving it and has learned a bunch of things along the way. Listen in and catch some of that contagious enthusiasm Marc brings with him to the show.
Thanks for listening. Wishing you Blue Skies and Strong Tailwinds!!!
Tonight's show brings you up close and personal with guest Al Carrino and your very own Marc Epner, as they share an important aviation milestone that was reached this week. That being becoming an airplane owner. A long time dream for many of us, that lives up to the expectation, but not without a few surprises along the way.
Listen in as Al and Marc talk about the experience. Please let us know if you have any questions or comments. And next time you're in Chicago, give us a call and we can go flying!!!
With the relatively crowded EFB space, you might wonder how a lesser known company can compete with the big guys. That was the problem facing Bryan Heitman, founder of Aerovie (Aerovie.com). Aerovie was established based on its ability to enter PIREP's electronically and directly into the national airspace system. What was missing from other solutions was an ability to get a diverse weather picture during the preflight phase. That's where Bryan found his way to differentiate. Listen and find out how you can get a SimpleFlight discount for this great app.
Marc and Al also talked with him about his journey into aviation and the path ahead of him. A great conversation and one we know you will enjoy.
As always, thank you for listening. Wishing you Blue Skies and Strong Tailwinds.
Talk to a pilot and you'll probably hear that they always had a goal to fly.... to become a pilot. But what about the goals that come after the Private Pilot's License. Unless it's a career choice, it seems the goals lose focus and become more nebulous. Tim Rylko sits in for Al tonight and talks with Marc about his observations as a west coast instructor and an Embraer 175 pilot. What can the CFI community do to encourage goals beyond earning the ticket. What can the rest of us do? It turns out, we can do a lot.
As always, thanks for listening. Blue Skies and Tailwinds!!!
Dr. Chien is a full-time "complex case" Senior AME. His knowledge and experience in navigating the aero medical process has helped many pilots stay in the air. Bruce always has an interesting story to tell, and we expect him to help us understand 3rd class medical reform! Listen & Learn!
As always thanks for listening. Blue Skies and Tailwinds.
Al and Marc showed their avgeek side tonight by talking about how they use YouTube to satisfy their aviation fix. Everything from engine starts, instrument approaches, new plane intros, and Al's favorite....old airline commercials!!! It really brought some nostalgic and fond memories back, bringing a smile to their respective faces. We hope you have the same feeling.
The guys also shared some exciting and positive news about GA safety statistics, which shows the GA community is starting to focus on stupid pilot tricks.
A short show tonight, but a lot of fun and should generate some great conversation and YouTube activity! Thanks for listening.