SimpleFlight Radio

As the world starts thinking about getting back to normal, the question comes up, "What is normal?"  For each of us, it's a different answer.  Among the community of avgeeks, it generally means joining with other pilots in getting back in the airplane and finding destinations.

For many, an aviation museum is a special place, as it connects us with aviation across the generations.  There are many places of note across the United States, but one gem is found at the Kalamazoo Michigan airport (KAZO).  Never heard about it?  This is your chance to get up close and personal with what makes the AirZoo at KAZO (airzoo.org) a perfect destination for all those that love aviation and their friends and families. 

Join Brandon and Marc as they sit down with President and CEO, Troy Thrash and the AirZoo's Restoration Manager, Greg Ward.  It's obvious both these gentlemen love what they do and take pride in being part of a special team.  You'll learn what makes the museum tick, how it operates, and how the team includes the customer as part of the family.

Maybe a SimpleFlight meet-up @ KAZO is something that can happen in 2021.  Now that's a new normal we can all live with.

We'd love to hear about your favorite Aviation Museums and recommended destinations.  Please share them with the rest of the SimpleFlight Facebook and Instagram community @simpleflightradio

Thanks for being a part of the SimpleFlight Family!!

Direct download: 2021_03_03_Air_Zoo_V2.mp3
Category:Aviation -- posted at: 9:04pm CDT

With 2020 behind us and with high hopes for a great 2021, what better way to change our mindset, than sitting down and talking aviation.  During our last 9 seasons, the SimpleFlight crew has had the pleasure of hosting north of 200 guests., with a focus on finding amazing people doing amazing things in aviation.   And this week's show is no different. 

In some people's opinion, the LSA market has not lived up to its expectations, but there are companies that saw the LSA as an opportunity to reach out to new customers and deliver on new missions.  One such company is Icon Aircraft (https://www.iconaircraft.com/). 

With Brandon running into technical challenges, Marc went solo in talking with Jerry Meyer, Director of Marketing for Icon.  While not a household name to many of us in GA, Jerry brings a strong background in aviation (naval pilot) and brand management to his role at Icon.  There were a lot of questions for Jerry and we invite you to listen in and learn about Icon's aircraft, it's culture, its go to market strategy, and what makes the company so special.  

We're wondering if any of you are flying the Icon A5 or other Amphib.  We'd love to hear your experience and have you enlighten the rest of us landlubbers about the joys of landing on a "wet" runway.  Please share them with the rest of the SimpleFlight Facebook and Instagram community @simpleflightradio

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Direct download: 2021_02_01_Icon.mp3
Category:Aviation -- posted at: 8:22pm CDT

2020 has been a notable year.  How is that for an understatement.  For many of us, aviation serves as an escape from the pressures of daily life.  It can be relaxing, energizing, and fulfilling, with an added benefit of providing an attitude reset.  How ironic that various "shelter-in-place" or other constraints, served to limit aviation's accessibility just when it was needed most.

But with all that, there was plenty of positives and aviation did contribute many happy moments.  This week's episode gives Marc and Brandon an opportunity to look back and take note of the ups and downs that characterize 2020.

Like a relaxing Sunday flight, the guys just let the topics come to them and let the stress of 2020 melt away.  The conversation spanned a lot of topics, including training, maintenance, aircraft systems, pilot attitudes, etc.  We're interested in hearing how you spent the year of Covid, and if you found positive moments you can hold on to.  Please share them with the rest of the SimpleFlight Facebook and Instagram community @simpleflightradio

In 2021, we plan to get back to weekly shows and tighten the relationship with our listeners.  Most important, the three of us wish you a new year filled with good health, happiness and lots of aviation.  Thanks for being a part of the SimpleFlight Family!!

Direct download: 2020_12_14_Hangar_Talk.mp3
Category:Aviation -- posted at: 11:50pm CDT

After the last three shows on airplane ownership, it's only natural to talk about what comes next.  And of course the answer is, TAKE A TRIP.  But where?  I suspect if I asked all of you, the answer wouldn't be to take a 5,000 mile, 63 hour international flight over 2 1/2 weeks.    

But that's exactly what tonight's guest did.  Join us as we "sit down" with Curtis Pierce, a Phoenix-based airline pilot, proud Mooney owner, and now an author.  His memoir, "Pacific On The Right", takes us back 20 years as a young CFI, Curtis joined with a freshly minted private pilot, who bought a new 172 and decided to reposition it to Santiago, Chile.  

Listen as Brandon and Marc discuss, the planning, the language and culture challenges, weather, and even landing at an airport that hadn't seen an airplane in over 5 years.  Talk about a challenging first flight!!!  How about you?  What was your longest flight?  Anything international?  What did you put in the log book.  We'd love to hear your story.  Please share it with the rest of the SimpleFlight Facebook and Instagram community @simpleflightradio

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Direct download: 2020_11_02_Curt_Pierce.mp3
Category:Aviation -- posted at: 9:20pm CDT

The last two shows have focused on airplane ownership from both a sole owner and a partnership perspective.  As we close out our trilogy, Brandon and Marc are joined by Steve Rogers, owner of a beautiful 2004 Glass Panel Archer.  Steve bought the plane off the manufacturing floor in 2005 after making the decision to pay for it by "leasing it back" to a flight school or flying club. 

A lot has happened over the last 15 years with technology, the economy, costs, etc.  Yet through it all, the Archer continues to look and fly like a new airplane.  That is due to a flying club that treats it like they own it, and even more important, to an owner that is committed to the safety and pride factor of anyone that flies her.  Steve is often called the best leaseback owner that any flying organization could have.  He loves owning the plane and loves helping people achieve their aviation dreams in his plane. 

We hope you enjoy the conversation as much as Brandon and Marc did.  Not only was it educational, but we enjoyed talking to someone that loves helping others in aviation.  Would you ever purchase and leaseback an airplane?  What kind of person does that?  Interested to hear your perspective.  As always, please share your views with the rest of the SimpleFlight Facebook and Instagram community @simpleflightradio

Thanks for being a part of the SimpleFlight Family!!

Direct download: 2020_10_10_Steve_Rogers.mp3
Category:Aviation -- posted at: 11:58pm CDT

As a follow up to our last episode, the SimpleFlight crew reached out to Edward Forman, a pilot that embarked on a mission to find a plane and some partners to help him build proficiency and get more utility out of general aviation.  The big questions revolved around number of partners, type of partners, how much to spend, and what make and model of plane would best meet the mission.    

While each purchase process stands on its own, the conversation with Edward highlights key factors that have to be considered, including the equipment, where to source the plane, where to hangar the plane, finding a maintenance shop, and discovering that a 9 year old plane won't be perfect.  If an unfamiliar model is purchased, the transition to a different platform also needs to be considered.

All in all, Brandon and Marc touched on a lot of aspects of the plane purchase and ownership process.  But we're sure there are other perspectives.  And we'd like to hear yours.   As always, please share your views with the rest of the SimpleFlight Facebook and Instagram community @simpleflightradio

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Direct download: 2020_09_14_Edward_Forman.mp3
Category:Aviation -- posted at: 10:24pm CDT

As SimpleFlight Radio starts its 9th season, we decided to sit down and revisit with Andy Thome, who was our guest twice in the last three months of 2019.  At that time, Andy was going through an airplane purchase process and shared his experience from start to finish.  His purchase of a 1959 Piper Comanche 180 in December, was not the end of the story.  Quite the opposite.  Similar to a TV newscast that warns its viewers that the following story could be quite disturbing, we must warn you the journey Andy has been on will probably make you cringe.  The good news is there is much to be learned from the story, including how Andy is dealing with the less than perfect experience he continues to face.  

As a pilot, we are taught how to deal with adversity and stay focused on taking our journey to a safe and successful conclusion.  That is exactly what Andy has done for the last several months.  So sit back, relax, and listen and learn from Andy as he shares the story of his journey since buying his plane in December of 2019. 

Brandon and Marc wonder if they would've navigated the process as well as Andy.  We're interested to have you join the discussion with your opinion and any questions you have of the SimpleFlight crew.  And at the same time, share your thoughts with the rest of the SimpleFlight Facebook and Instagram community @simpleflightradio

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Direct download: 20202008202320Andy20Thome.mp3
Category:Aviation -- posted at: 9:46pm CDT

Covid-19 has impacted so many people across the globe in some physical or emotional way.  The specifics are tough to recount.  To say we need to find a way to "de-stress" is an understatement.  For many of us, we find our escape in flying.  And tonight's guest, takes that to an extreme. 

Meet Bob Reynolds, a Chicago pilot that uses his SR22 to see the USA at safe, but low altitudes.  His last minute trips to points of interest from coast to coast will probably leave you green with envy.  Despite the distraction and impact of the Corona virus, Bob saw an opportunity to take his mission to the next level. 

Bob heard about pilots taking advantage of the reduction in air carrier flights, by adding their local Bravo airport to their logbook.  That included many Chicago private pilots who landed at O'Hare.  Bob said, "why stay local?", as he set out to land at every Bravo airport in the US.  It's an incredible story and we're honored that Bob was willing to share it with all of us.  Please join us for a ride of a lifetime.

We're interested to have you join the discussion with your opinion and any questions you have of the SimpleFlight crew.  And at the same time, share your thoughts with the rest of the SimpleFlight Facebook and Instagram community @simpleflightradio

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Direct download: 2020_07_27_Bob_Reynolds.mp3
Category:Aviation -- posted at: 11:17pm CDT

There are a lot of paths to a job in aviation.  Some are unconventional.  And sometimes the job itself is unconventional.  Welcome to this week's episode of SimpleFlight radio.  Join us as Marc and Brandon spend time with Wayne Temple, a Helicopter Line Pilot and COO of Wake Aviation (wakeaviation.com).  His story about how he became the only active Journeyman Lineman/Wire pilot in the country is interesting by itself.  But to learn about what the job entails and what a day in the life is like, is compelling.   

You might assume that a job flying helicopters carrying people and equipment that hang below the aircraft, while operating within feet of structures and high power lines is not a career that elicits comfort for most people.  Yet, you'll hear Wayne talk about how he essentially earned his license on the job and has accumulated 9,000 hours doing what he loves.  Of note is the fact that he has zero time flying fixed wing aircraft.  This is someone that found his dream job at an early age.  It's a great story and we hope you agree.

We're interested to have you join the discussion with your opinion and any questions you have of the SimpleFlight crew.  And at the same time, share your thoughts with the rest of the SimpleFlight Facebook and Instagram community @simpleflightradio

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Direct download: 2020_06_01_Wayne_Temple.mp3
Category:Aviation -- posted at: 11:50am CDT

All pilots are passionate about aviation.  It's the one thing that creates a bond.  As Marc likes to say, it's our Common Unity.  And that's what makes us a COMMUNITY.  But it doesn't stop there.  There are families within the family.  Some are based on aircraft types (there are more than 100 aircraft type clubs), while others are pilot segmented groups (e.g. 99's, NAFI, AbleFlight).  And there are even a few organizations that bring both together.   

And that brings us to Ladies Love Taildraggers (ladieslovetaildraggers.com).  Marc and Brandon talked with Judy Birchler and Kelly Jeffries, who started the organization in 2009 and now have over 2500 members.  Listen in and catch their contagious enthusiasm as they share not only what they put into the group, but what the members come away with.   Spoiler alert... it starts with FUN!

We're interested to have you join the discussion with your opinion and any questions you have of the SimpleFlight crew.  And at the same time, share your thoughts with the rest of the SimpleFlight Facebook and Instagram community @simpleflightradio

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Direct download: 2020_05_14_Ladies_Love_Taildraggers.mp3
Category:Aviation -- posted at: 11:01pm CDT

Marc commonly says that YouTube is his favorite app.  The main reason comes down to access to education and people doing really cool things.  And as no surprise, Marc spends a lot of time watching aviation videos.  One of the "Tubers", Mike Ojo (mojogrip.net) became a favorite of Marc's, due to his love of aviation and diversity of topics he covered.

With Brandon out of pocket, earning his VisionJet Type rating, Marc went solo in talking with Mike about the genesis of his channel and the back story of how it came to be and where he's taking it.  Then recently, he made a major shift, with the decision to purchase and build a Sling TSI.  And he's bringing all his listeners along for the ride.  

Listen in to this episode of SimpleFlight Radio and learn what it takes and the surprises that come along with purchasing a kit plane.  You'll also hear Mike talk about not building a plane, but rather building a life around flying.  Now that's a concept we can all get behind.

We're interested to have you join the discussion with your opinion and any questions you have of the SimpleFlight crew.  And at the same time, share your thoughts with the rest of the SimpleFlight Facebook and Instagram community @simpleflightradio

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Direct download: 2020_04_20_MojoGrip.mp3
Category:Aviation -- posted at: 11:46pm CDT

With Covid-19 being so front and center in everyone's mind, it's very common and appropriate to hear people sending wishes for safety and good health.  Certainly, SimpleFlight wishes the same for you and yours.  The path to getting to a healthier state, starts with a cultural change that now requires us to stand apart physically.  Ironically, the desire to be safer, may also require a cultural shift.  

Brandon and Marc welcome back Karlene Petitt to SimpleFlight Radio.  As an international airline pilot, author, pilot advocate and aviation safety subject matter expert, Karlene spoke to the crew about her doctoral research into the relationships between safety culture, pilot training, aircraft knowledge, aviation passion, and the impact of automation usage.  The goal was to determine the root cause of performance issues.  And unlike what we are used to hearing, it goes far beyond "pilot error".

Listen in to this episode of SimpleFlight Radio, and hear first hand, the surprising results of her research.  We enjoyed the conversation and hope you do too.

We're interested to have you join the discussion with your opinion and any questions you have of the SimpleFlight crew.  And at the same time, share your thoughts with the rest of the SimpleFlight Facebook and Instagram community @simpleflightradio

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Direct download: 2020_04_07_Karlene_Petitt.mp3
Category:Aviation -- posted at: 4:42pm CDT

With our reoccurring theme of aviation bucket lists,, many would say flying into KOSH during Airventure is near the top of the list.  But once you've done that, how do you top it?  How about being a part of one of the mass arrivals.  Sounds pretty good, but how do you prep GA pilots to take on the risk and responsibility of flying in formation to the world's business airport?

That's what Brandon and Marc wanted to find out when they sat down with Chip Gentry – Director of Legal Affairs and Assistant Director of Operations's for the Cherokees to OSH mass arrival team (https://www.cherokees2osh.com).  Suffice it to say, there are a lot of considerations for logistics planning, pilot preparation, and coordination across pilots, airports, and airspace.  This year, the 60th anniversary of the Piper Cherokee, brings special meaning, as the group is capping participation to 60 PA24, PA28, and PA32 pilots.

Listen in to this episode of SimpleFlight Radio, as Brandon and Marc sit down with Chip to go behind the scenes to find out how a group of people can team together to ensure the end result is a safe and smooth arrival.  We hope you enjoy the show.

We're interested to have you join the discussion with your opinion and any questions you have of the SimpleFlight crew.  And at the same time, share your thoughts with the rest of the SimpleFlight Facebook and Instagram community @simpleflightradio

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Direct download: 2020_03_09_Chip_Gentry.mp3
Category:Aviation -- posted at: 11:19pm CDT

It seems every pilot has an aviation bucket list.  Sometimes its a type of airplane, an experience, or a destination.  And sometimes it's all three.  Regardless, the lists are wide ranging and not often duplicated.  But there is an exception.  A flight to Alaska is found on most lists.

It's easy to understand why.  No other state is as dependent on general aviation as Alaska.  The challenges it presents to pilots is legendary.  Even getting there adds the challenge of flying through another country.  Once there, with a reputation that precedes it, the inexperienced pilot might find it both beautiful and foreboding.  All of this adds up to a very special feeling about what it would be like to fly there.  Which brings up the question, what is it like to start your PPL training in Alaska?  Do the same rules apply?  Do CFI's in Alaska teach differently than those in the lower 48?  These are the questions Brandon and Marc had.  And thanks to one of our loyal listeners (Edward from Alaska), we were introduced to Dr. Raymond Weber of the University of Alaska Anchorage.  Dr. Weber, is a member of the faculty in the Aviation Technology Division, with a background in Aviation Safety.

Listen in to this episode of SimpleFlight Radio, as Brandon and Marc sit down with Ray to learn about the special considerations that comes with teaching and learning to fly in our 49th state.  We hope you enjoy the show and end up adding an Alaskan adventure to your personal bucket list.

We're interested to have you join the discussion with your opinion and any questions you have of the SimpleFlight crew.  And at the same time, share your thoughts with the rest of the SimpleFlight Facebook and Instagram community @simpleflightradio

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Direct download: 2020_02_10_Ray_Weber.mp3
Category:Aviation -- posted at: 8:52pm CDT

With a late cancellation of SimpleFlight's guest, our listeners came to the rescue.  We asked them if they had any questions, and they came through in spades.  Armed with topics to discuss, we knew we would need help with the ATC-related  questions.  Enter repeat guest, Eddie Trujillo, our favorite C90 (Chicago Approach) air traffic specialist.  From there it was Marc, Brandon and Eddie, taking each question and making a hangar talk session you're sure to love.

Whenever you have a question or comment, let the SimpleFlight crew know.  And at the same time, share your thoughts with the rest of the SimpleFlight Facebook and Instagram community @simpleflightradio

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Direct download: 2020_01_15_Hangar_Talk_Feat._Eddie_Trujillo.mp3
Category:Aviation -- posted at: 10:40pm CDT

When Marc earned his PPL in the mid-70's, he learned from young CFI's, who were on a path to the airlines.  Getting a job was tough, as young pilots were competing with military pilots and those that were having their training paid for by the GI Bill.  Fast forward 40 years, and while it's still tough to get with the majors, the candidate pool and job landscape has changed dramatically.  

Those looking to earn their living in aviation have a lot of diversity in gender, background, age, and career goals.  It is not unusual to find first time CFI's approaching retirement age, as they prepare for their second, or maybe, "final" career.  For some, the CFI role is a stepping stone to flying passengers, while others view the instructor job as a way to share their passion for flight and to help others achieve their aviation dreams, as well as achieving their own.  

Listen in to this episode of SimpleFlight Radio, as Brandon and Marc speak with Jared Dellinger, a Chicago-based CFI, who is enjoying his "new and improved" career as a CFI.  As for his future in aviation, Jared is letting that be a work in progress.  With the cockpit of a GA plane being "the best office in the world", there is no need to rush towards that next job.  That's a very refreshing attitude and in that spirit, tune in and Enjoy The Ride!

We're interested to have you join the discussion with your opinion and any questions you have of the SimpleFlight crew.  And at the same time, share your thoughts with the rest of the SimpleFlight Facebook and Instagram community @simpleflightradio

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Direct download: 2019_12_29_Jared_Dellinger.mp3
Category:Aviation -- posted at: 5:16pm CDT

Happy Holidays!!!  With the end of the year in sight, Brandon and Marc reflected on different areas of general aviation that have an opportunity to improve with just a little effort from all of us that love the industry so much.  Certainly there are many highlights as well, so the guys touched on some of the things aviation got right.

All of us are interested in making aviation better, so we'd love to hear your thoughts on the good, the bad, and the ugly from your perspective.  What are your pet peeves?  What should General Aviation Stop Doing?  Start Doing?  Continue Doing?

We're interested to have you join the discussion with your opinion and any questions you have of the SimpleFlight crew.  And at the same time, share your thoughts with the rest of the SimpleFlight Facebook and Instagram community @simpleflightradio

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Direct download: 2019_12_19_New_Years_Quirks_and_Peeves.mp3
Category:Aviation -- posted at: 10:17pm CDT

If you haven't listened to the October 13 podcast, we suggest you take a few moments and do so now.  You'll get a chance to meet two members of the Leading Edge Flying Club (KPWK), who each have a dream of plane ownership.  During the show, we learned they each brought a different mission, budget, and philosophy to their decision making process.  Both have made significant strides towards their goal.  There's a lot we can all identify with.

On this week's episode, we'll reconnect with Andy Thome to get an update on his progress (spoiler alert  - he bought a plane).  Yet, other than a picture, he still has not had a chance see the plane in person, as "she" goes through a series of steps before she can be flown to her new home.  It's an interesting story and quite an education for the rest of us.  We hope you enjoy the show.

We're interested to have you join the discussion with your opinion and any questions you have of the SimpleFlight crew.  And at the same time, share your thoughts with the rest of the SimpleFlight Facebook and Instagram community @simpleflightradio

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Direct download: 2019_12_01_Andy_Thome.mp3
Category:Aviation -- posted at: 9:16pm CDT

For those of you that read Rinker Buck's memoir, "Flight of Passage", you'll understand the romance associated with a cross country flight in a Piper Cub.  If you haven't read the story, you only need to love General Aviation to understand the smile that comes with a low and slow flight of 1500 nautical miles across the Western and Midwestern United States.  Imagine a pilot that has been flying for close to 50 years and amassed 39,000 hours, but never achieved a goal to make that kind of trip, until now.  

This week on SimpleFlight Radio, Marc and Brandon welcome back Bob Schmelzer for his third visit to the crew's Chicago studio.  Two and a half years ago, one of Bob's students ordered a brand new Carbon Cub (LSA).  When it became clear the plane would be delivered in November of this year, the owner asked Bob if he would fly out to Yakima, Washington to pick up the plane and fly it back to its new home in Chicago.  Seeing an opportunity to fulfill a goal of making such a flight, Bob jumped at the chance.  After spending most of the last decade flying Boeing 777's between Shanghai and Chicago, the idea of flying at 100 knots just above the terrain, over three days, in a taildragger, must have created some interesting emotions and thought processes.  Listen in and find out directly from Captain Bob, what he expected and what he experienced on his trek across the mountains and flat-lands bringing this little Cub to its new home.

We're interested to have you join the discussion with your opinion and any questions you have of the SimpleFlight crew.  And at the same time, share your thoughts with the rest of the SimpleFlight Facebook and Instagram community @simpleflightradio

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Direct download: 2019_11_17_-_Bob_in_the_Carbon.mp3
Category:Aviation -- posted at: 11:00pm CDT

With a forecast for snow on Halloween in Chicago, the topic of winter has entered our vocabulary too early this year.  Yet, with its arrival, the topic of cold weather operations seems right on schedule.  Non-pilots commonly ask if GA pilots fly in the winter.  After all, won't icing be an issue.  These same people are amazed to hear that its often the best flying of the year.  Clear skies, smooth rides, and performance that can't be matched.  And the scenery.... Pilot and non-pilot alike, will always be amazed at the beauty of flying under a full moon above a snow covered landscape.  To see the ground light up as the moonlight reflects off the white snow is a life changing moment.  Of course, on the other side of the coin, it's best to not talk about freezing preflights, snowy runways, and that ice thing we don't want to think about!

Winter flight operations has a lot of implications that go beyond airframe icing.  This week on SimoleFlight Radio, listen in as Brandon and Marc discuss the special aspects of preflight, flight and postflight during this interesting time of year.  Plus, the SimpleFlight crew remind us that it's more than plane and pilot.  Let's not forget  our passengers.  So bundle up, shake off the rust and get ourselves ready for the wonderful flying ahead of us.

We're interested to have you join the discussion with your opinion and any questions you have of the SimpleFlight crew.  And at the same time, share your thoughts with the rest of the SimpleFlight Facebook and Instagram community @simpleflightradio

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Direct download: 2019_11_01_-_Winter_Flying.mp3
Category:Aviation -- posted at: 11:07pm CDT

Whether it's Trade-A-Plane or Controller.com, many GA pilots spend a fair amount of time window shopping for their dream plane.  It's fun and results in a smile.  But then the spreadsheet comes into play as the prospective plane owner starts to rationalize and compare rental costs vs. the cost of ownership.  Soon, the math starts to make sense and it's time to take next steps.  Hey, this can happen!

But what are those next steps?  What questions need to be asked and where are the answers found.  Will my "significant other" support me?  How do I broach the subject?  All of a sudden the simple finance question has turned into a long and unknown journey into the abyss.  Well, maybe not. 

This week on SimpleFlight Radio, Marc and Brandon sit down with two members of Leading Edge Flying Club (KPWK), who are part of a larger group of members that are asking for some answers on how to go about buying a plane.  Andy Thome and Edward Forman have similar missions, but different budgets and goals for what they are trying to achieve.  Tune in to hear the process they've followed to date and the path they've laid out in front of them.  

We're interested to have you join the discussion with your opinion and any questions you have of the SimpleFlight crew.  And at the same time, share your thoughts with the rest of the SimpleFlight Facebook and Instagram community @simpleflightradio

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Direct download: 2019_10_13_Andy_Thome_and_Edward_FormanCombined.mp3
Category:Aviation -- posted at: 10:53pm CDT

Since 2004, the National Air Traffic Controllers Association (NATCA) has been recognizing its members for extraordinary performance in turning a potentially bad situation into a "non-event".  Or as they call it, "A Save".  Named after the first Air Traffic Controller, The Archie League Medal of Safety awards are announced each September to controllers across the various regions in the US.  See the link below.      

The award winners commonly remark, they were just doing their job.  While true, no one can argue with the positive results they achieve in the face of impending disaster.  It's noteworthy that it goes beyond situational awareness and the ability to solve complex problems in the face of a ticking time clock.  Being able to communicate as a reassuring voice to a distressed pilot cannot be overstated.  On this week's episode of SimpleFlight Radio, join Marc and Brandon as they listen to multiple replays of the radio transmissions between ATC and pilots. It's no surprise there is plenty to learn from these examples, which leads to an informative discussion between our co-hosts. 

As always, we're interested to have you join the discussion and tell us what you think.  Please share your thoughts with the rest of the SimpleFlight Facebook and Instagram community @simpleflightradio

https://natca.org/index.php/media-center/other-natca-awards/archie-league-awards

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Direct download: 2019_09_28_NATCA_Awards_MX.mp3
Category:Aviation -- posted at: 10:31pm CDT

A wise person once made the statement that if your smile is bigger on Friday than it is on Monday, it's time to find a new job.  Big smiles on Monday aren't that common, but neither is tonight's guest, Al Palicki, General Manager for Signature Flight Support, at Chicago Executive Airport.  Al tells us he feels like he hasn't had a day of work in the 40 years he's been coming to the airport.   

Brandon and Marc sat down with Al, to talk about how his journey got started and the path he took to get to where he is today.  In addition to learning about Al, the crew also delved into FBO operations, including the constraints, strategies, and philosophies Al brings to the job.  What Brandon and Marc learned, is that in addition to rules that ensure a safe and customer first experience, it still comes down to the people and the culture created by an organization's leadership.  

We're interested to hear your thoughts, so please share them with the rest of the SimpleFlight Facebook and Instagram Community @simpleflightradio

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Direct download: 2019_09_17_Al_Palicki_Final.mp3
Category:Aviation -- posted at: 12:34am CDT

The speed at which September arrived is indicative of the whirlwind summer the SimpleFlight crew experienced.  Our tight schedules impacted the quantity of shows, but quality remained high.  As we planned for the upcoming months it was clear that available free time for Al, was limited at best.  For that reason, Al has decided to step away from SimpleFlight to focus on his many responsibilities at work and at home.

Marc and Joby sat down to create a short list of potential co-hosts.  One of the first names on their respective list, was Brandon Anderson.  Brandon, a former guest of the show, brings all the attributes our audience wants, starting with a passion for aviation.  We're excited to have him join the crew.  WELCOME BRANDON!

There is so much more, as you will hear listening to this week's episode of SimpleFlight radio.  In addition to learning about Brandon's background, the conversation touched on philosophical topics, like personal minimums.  We're interested to hear your perspective on the items discussed.

  
As always, we love hearing from you and ask you share your ideas with the entire SimpleFlight Facebook and Instagram community  @simpleflightradio

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Direct download: 2019_09_01_Welcome_Brandon_2.mp3
Category:Aviation -- posted at: 8:57pm CDT

Oshkosh 2019 is in the books!!!  It was a record breaking event, with many noteworthy outcomes that are sure to fuel an exciting year in aviation.  One item we like, is that OSH represents the anniversary of our first show, 7 YEARS AGO!!!

We can't think of a better way to kick off Season 8, than with a repeat guest and a SimpleFlight favorite, Boldmethod!!!  

Boldmethod (boldmethod.com) co-founders, Aleks Udris and Colin Cutler, join Al and Marc to give all of us a peek behind the scenes of the brand they've built and the life they lead.  There are lots of surprises related to the time and effort required to get to the end result.  What isn't surprising is the quality, energy, and insight they bring to all their followers. With this episode, whether you are familiar with Boldmethod or not, you're going to learn something you didn't know.  We enjoyed the discussion and hope you do too.
  

As always, we love hearing from you and ask you share your ideas with the entire SimpleFlight Facebook and Instagram community  @simpleflightradio

Thanks for being a part of the SimpleFlight Family!!

Direct download: 2019_07_31_-_Boldmethod.mp3
Category:Aviation -- posted at: 10:30pm CDT

For some of us, our aviation dream started with a goal to earn a private pilot certificate.  On this week's SimpleFlight Radio episode, you'll meet Andrew Holmes, whose dream was to buy a jet, but knew that the process must start with him learning to fly, and to do so with dedication, patience, and no short-cuts.  

What Andrew learned during his training, is that flying is a skill that is acquired through practice.  What Al and Marc learned about Andrew, is that he is someone who is dedicated to being a safe pilot and brings a significant respect for the learning process, and it goes without saying that if Andrew sets a goal, he will achieve it.  With this episode, our goal for you, is to have you ask yourself the question, "Why Not Me?" 
  

As always, we love hearing from you and ask you share your ideas with the entire SimpleFlight Facebook and Instagram community  @simpleflightradio

Thanks for being a part of the SimpleFlight Family!!

Direct download: 2019_07_08_-_Andrew_Holmes.mp3
Category:Aviation -- posted at: 7:12pm CDT

Sometimes getting to sporting events is quite the hassle, often taking multiple days to enjoy a 3 hour game.  Well now, the game has changed. 

Listen in to this week's episode of SimpleFlight Radio as Marc and Al sit down with Todd Rubin, of Big Game Air (biggameair.com).  Todd and his business partner wanted to go see a college football game and for reasons you'll hear, had to do so via a business jet.  Finding others that could help pay for the flight turned out to be an easy task, which gave them the idea of making a business out of getting people to sports venues.  But it is so much more.  Todd understood the travel was only a small piece of the puzzle.  Listen in and learn how this "accidental entrepreneur" put it all together to create an Experience!   
  

As always, we love hearing from you and ask you share your ideas with the entire SimpleFlight Facebook and Instagram community  @simpleflightradio

Thanks for being a part of the SimpleFlight Family!!!

Direct download: 2019_06_19_-_Todd_Rubin.mp3
Category:Aviation -- posted at: 12:22am CDT

Pilots and Avgeeks share a special bond which can usually be described in one word.... Passion.  In today's world, it's not uncommon to find pilots that are making their way back into the sky after an extended hiatus.  What is less common is to come across a pilot that after being "bitten" by the flying bug, immersed himself into the journey that included earning his private and instrument ticket, the purchase of a plane, and taking trips that previously were only dreams.  That's when the story makes a 180 degree turn.  Because in this case, the pilot voluntarily decided it was time to walk away.   

Listen in to this week's episode of SimpleFlight Radio as Marc and Al sit down with Kirke Machon, a Chicago-based GA pilot that embarked on and completed a journey that most only dream about.  And once the dream was complete, had the strength and conviction to walk away. 
  

We found the discussion empowering and uplifting.  We hope you do as well.

As always, we love hearing from you and ask you share your ideas with the entire SimpleFlight Facebook and Instagram community  @simpleflightradio

Thanks for being a part of the SimpleFlight Family!!!

Direct download: 2019_04_29_-_Kirke_Machon.mp3
Category:Aviation -- posted at: 10:33pm CDT

We often think of airports as just pieces of concrete, maybe a control tower, and a place to land. Its easy to forget about the people behind the scenes putting their best foot forward to make your airport run!

This week, we sit down with Jamie Abbott, the Executive Director at our home airport - Chicago Executive (KPWK).  Jamie has some incredible stories on how he and his team work hard to keep the airport safe, valuable to the community, and make a home for your favorite Aviation Podcast, SimpleFlight Radio!

As always, we love hearing from you and ask you share your ideas with the entire SimpleFlight Facebook and Instagram community  @simpleflightradio

Direct download: 20192005200620-20Jamie20Abbott.mp3
Category:Aviation -- posted at: 2:53pm CDT

Ask most pilots, and they will tell you that learning to fly was one of the most rewarding and challenging things they have done in life.  And while similarities exist, each pilot's journey is unique.  Something that can be depended on are the many challenges that will be faced throughout the training process.  

This week's episode of SimpleFlight Radio has Marc and Al  talking with Kseniya Polinsky, a friend of the show, who recently earned her Private Pilot certificate.  Like all of us, Kseniya, had to answer the questions of how to go about getting started, finding a school, a CFI, and establishing a timeline that made sense for her, while life around her continued to change. 
  

Kseniya's story serves as a reminder that the path is not always straight, but it is within the student's ultimate control.  The crew enjoyed hearing about her strategies for understanding and navigating both the human and technical factors that come into play during the process.  Of course, establishing, and when necessary, reestablishing momentum is a topic we can all identify with.  We hope you you enjoy the conversation as much as we did.

As always, we love hearing from you and ask you share your ideas with the entire SimpleFlight Facebook and Instagram community  @simpleflightradio

Thanks for being a part of the SimpleFlight Family!!!

Direct download: 2019_04_29_-_Kseniya_Polinsky.mp3
Category:Aviation -- posted at: 9:24am CDT

As a General Aviation pilot, many of us think of flight planning in terms of weather, NOTAMs, fuel planning, altitude selection, routing, timing, and ensuring the pilot and plane are capable of making the flight.  From there it's executing the plan.  Simply, Plan The Flight and Fly The Plan.  The burden is on the PIC.  In the world of the airline pilot, many GA pilots assume the Dispatcher does all the flight planning and then delivers the plan to the Captain, without further discussion.  Nothing could be further from the truth.

This week's episode of SimpleFlight Radio has Marc and Al  talking with James Tochihara, former International Dispatcher for United Airlines.  One lesson learned is the Dispatcher is an essential crew member responsible for the safe and comfortable completion of the flight.  That means, their vigilance, communication, and decision-making continues until the plane is parked safely at the destination gate. 
  

James takes us through the role, responsibilities, and skills that come into play, as well as a day in the life of a Professional Airline Dispatcher, including the emotional connection to every flight they touch.  September 11th was discussed, with James recommending a video (https://bit.ly/2UmhCKS) to hear the story from 5 dispatchers.  So welcome to this week's episode.  We hope you find the conversation as enlightening as we did.  

As always, we love hearing from you and ask you share your ideas with the entire SimpleFlight Facebook and Instagram community @simpleflightradio

Thanks for being a part of the SimpleFlight Family!!!

Direct download: 2019_04_01_-_James_Tochihara.mp3
Category:Aviation -- posted at: 9:28pm CDT

It's a surprise to no one that the most common conversations in aviation, center on people and planes.  And why not... it makes for great hangar flying.  This week, Al and Marc were reminded of another very important aspect of aviation... The Airport.  We're not talking about the runways, but how the airport serves as a hub for bringing people and planes together.  Airports have personalities that are born out of the stories and the people who make them happen.  This week, the SimpleFlight crew visited a shining example of the perfection that happens when it all comes together.

Poplar Grove Airport (C77) is a very special place.  It's not because of chance, but rather the owners of the airport, Steve and Tina Thomas, designed it that way.  They built a culture years ago, which they protect, strengthen, and live  7 x 24 x 365.  After a tour of the field, which was too short for their liking, the guys had a chance to sit down with Steve and Tina and talk about how they make the magic happen.
 

When you listen to this week's show, you may hear about a flight school, a maintenance shop, a museum, and an air-park, but what you'll feel and think about is the history, the passion, and a very special community.  You can read about Poplar Grove on their website:(www.poplargroveairmotive.com), but if you ever in the Midwest, drop by C77 and say hi to Steve and Tina (and the dogs).  You may never want to leave.

As always, we love hearing from you and ask you share your ideas with the entire SimpleFlight Facebook and Instagram community  @simpleflightradio

Thanks for being a part of the SimpleFlight Family!!!

Direct download: 2019_03_24_-_Poplar_Grove.mp3
Category:Aviation -- posted at: 11:51pm CDT

Ask a pilot, which is their favorite plane, and they may answer with a plane they've never flown before.  We know that sometimes an airplane "speaks" to a person.  It may be the history, the sound, the performance, or maybe it's because of it's lines and appearance.  LIN 2010, Cirrus continued its streak of innovations by introducing the Xi appearance option.  It gave owners the option of making their plane a truly personal "one of a kind" experience.   

Chris Custer, Lead Xi Designer for Cirrus Aircraft, joins the SimpleFlight crew in this week's episode to discuss the program from the designer's point of view.  This includes the challenge of working with an owner to help them vocalize and translate their vision into a reality that takes the ownership experience to a higher level.

Chris' passion for design, combined with the pride he takes in helping customers navigate the many decisions they must make, comes through with "flying colors" in the discussion.  We hope you enjoy Chris' story as much as Marc and Al did.

As always, we love hearing from you and ask you share your ideas with the entire SimpleFlight Facebook and Instagram community  @simpleflightradio  

Thanks for being a part of the SimpleFlight Family!!!

Direct download: 2019_03_10_Chris_Custer.mp3
Category:Aviation -- posted at: 11:13pm CDT

As President of the Leading Edge Flying Club in Chicago, Marc meets a lot of "avgeeks"; each with a story that connects them to our special aviation family.  Recently Marc met Nathan Dial, an Air Force Captain who moved to Chicago on a 3 year sabbatical to earn his PhD. 

Prior to coming to Chicago, Nate was flying C-130's as a Flight Commander of Group Current Operations, 55th Electronic Combat Squadron, Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, in Tucson.  His resume of accomplishments and decorations is lengthy, and especially impressive, considering its all happened in less than 10 years.  

Not surprisingly, Nate's success has been the result of his intelligence, hard work, and understanding that the successful completion of every flight is based on how well the crew works as a team, and not due to any single crew member.

We know you will enjoy getting to know Nate.  Let us know if you have any other questions you'd like us to ask him.  

Also, please share your ideas with the entire SimpleFlight Facebook and Instagram community  @simpleflightradio  

Thanks for being a part of the SimpleFlight Family!!!

Direct download: 2019_02_17_-_Nathan_Dial.mp3
Category:Aviation -- posted at: 9:39pm CDT

It feels like ADS-B is almost about ready to get started. We only have one year left before the FAA mandate in 2020 for ADS-B Compliance! Did you know that ADS-B has been an old idea built up of multiple technologies? 

Steve Bussolari was one of the original thought leaders and key contributor of building out the  ADS-B system. He has so many stories to share from his time developing this new network while working in the MIT labs. 

We take it for granted the amount of weather information, traffic information and resources available in our flying. Imagine in the early 1990's having an LCD screen in a Cessna 172 displaying traffic through an ADS-B device. You look out the window at 12 o'clock and 3 miles there is traffic in the exact spot that is displayed on the screen - you would probably be really excited! 

Please share your ideas with the entire SimpleFlight Facebook and Instagram community  @simpleflightradio  

Here is to a great start of 2019!!

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Congratulations to our Avgeek shout out!! 


This week our shout out goes to all the professional ATC controllers! Hopefully things will return to normal for all of you working in all the air traffic facilities! 

If you'd like to be our #avgeek of the week and earn shout out on the show, follow us on Instagram @simpleflightradio

Direct download: 20192001202120-20Steve20Bussolari.mp3
Category:Aviation -- posted at: 12:24pm CDT

This past week, Marc found himself at his airplane at 6AM in anticipation of a 7AM departure for some minor maintenance at an airport some two hours away.  The only issue was his home airport (KPWK) was fogged in with forward and vertical visibility near zero.  When it became apparent the fog would not lift, he canceled.  He posted the situation on Facebook and Instagram, @simpleflightradio, kicking off a diverse set of opinions. 

The Go / No Go decision comes with every flight, regardless of weather, equipment, pilot experience, passengers, or reason for the trip.  Getting to an answer is not always straight forward, but a great discussion topic.  Enjoy the show.  We are interested to hear what you think and how you come to a decision.  Please share your ideas with the entire SimpleFlight Facebook and Instagram community  @simpleflightradio  

Please note, Al, Marc, and Joby are participating in many holiday events over the next three weeks, so we're going to hold off posting any shows until January 7th.  In the meantime, visit our web page (simpleflight.net/podcast) to take a trip down memory lane and re-listen to some of your favorite shows from the past 7 years.

 

Wishing all of you a wonderful holiday season and a Happy and Healthy New Year! 

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Congratulations to our Avgeek of the Week! 


@wcrahen

This week's "Avgeek of the Week, correctly answered our Instagram post asking for the three criteria necessary to land coming out of an instrument approach. @wcrahen correctly identified that you must, be in a continuous position to land (stabilized approach), have the required visibility, and have some element of the runway environment in sight. Great job and ties nicely to this week's discussion.

If you'd like to be our #avgeek of the week and earn shout out on the show, follow us on Instagram @simpleflightradio

Direct download: 2018_12_16_Go_No-Go.mp3
Category:Aviation -- posted at: 9:23pm CDT

This week, Al confesses to some troubles in the cockpit, that ultimately point to an enemy of a pilot .... Complacency!  Marc and Al take the conversation to a deeper level and come to the conclusion, that the very things pilots strive for as part of a safety culture, including process, standardization, and a rigid acceptance of checklists, can contribute to routines that may detract from the quality of a flight and potentially, its safety.

But fear not, the crew brainstorms strategies and tactics that can counteract those outcomes and add new skills and enjoyment to your flying.  And even better, the subject is not yet closed.  We'd love to hear from you about ways you keep your skills fresh and remain alert to minor anomalies that may have a significant impact on safety.  Please share your ideas with the entire SimpleFlight Facebook and Instagram community @simpleflightradio  

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Congratulations to our Avgeek of the Week! 


@lineguy99

lineguy99 correctly answered our Instagram post asking for the make and model of a top down and cutoff picture of a single engine aircraft.  He knew the picture was of a Piper Mirage, based on the nose cowling, the fuselage, and the DeIce boots.  Thought we made it tough with the two bladed prop, but you can't put anything by our Avgeek of the Week

If you'd like to be our #avgeek of the week and earn shout out on the show, follow us on Instagram @simpleflightradio

Direct download: 2018_12_09_Cockpit_Complacency.mp3
Category:Aviation -- posted at: 9:16pm CDT

This week, Marc and Al had some special guests that made their way to the SimpleFlight studio at KPWK.  Gavin Black, Andrew Haefner, Pierce Lane, and Bill Engelking flew from their respective home bases in Knoxville and Duluth for the show. That, in and of itself, epitomizes what flying clubs are all about.  It's all about adding a social aspect to our flying and infusing some energy into the aviation experience.

What's different about their flying club, is that they are part of the Cirrus Employees Flying Club.  While they enjoy unique benefits associated with a club sponsored by an aircraft manufacturer, the value they receive is in many respects, common across all flying clubs.  It's an interesting mix of differences and commonalities. 

We're interested in your thoughts on the value of flying clubs.  Join in the conversation on facebook. @simpleflightradio  

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Congratulations to our Avgeek of the Week! 


@stephenrunkel

@stephenrunkel correctly answered our Instagram post asking for the requirements associated with oxygen usage in the cockpit of our general aviation planes.  Stephen knew that FAR 91.211 requires the PIC to use oxygen after 30 minutes at 12,500 feet, use it continuously at 14,000 feet, and offer it to passengers at 15,000 feet.  Not regulatory, but it's also recommended that oxygen is used at 5,000 feet for night operations.  This is due to the improvement in night vision when oxygen is used.

If you'd like to be our #avgeek of the week and earn shout out on the show, follow us on Instagram @simpleflightradio

Direct download: 2018_12_03_Cirrus_Flying_Club.mp3
Category:Aviation -- posted at: 8:11am CDT

This week, we speak with Bob Schmelzer, who has spent the last 40+ years, flying for United Airlines.  Just this past week, Bob turned 65, which by FAA rules, required him to retire from the airlines. With 27,000 of his 37,000 hours being at United, it is certainly an end to an era.  

The good news for GA is that Bob has never stopped training primary and advanced students working towards a rating, and even evaluating pilots while acting as a FAA designated pilot examiner. He stands as a role model for giving back to aviation!

Listen in and join the SimpleFlight crew in learning about Bob's experience leading up to his last airliner flight, then feel his emotion as he describes that last flight, and finally what lies ahead for him.  

Congratulations to our Avgeek of the Week! 

@Bmp590

@BMP590 correctly answered our Instagram post asking for someone to identify what famous hangar was pictured.  Our Avgeek of the week knew that the picture was none other than Red Bull's Hangar-7 at Salzburg Airport.  It is a unique building which houses the historical Flying Bulls aircraft fleet and a collection of Formula 1 race cars. Hangar-7 also offers space for art exhibitions. And with its Restaurant Ikarus, two bars, an Outdoor Lounge and one café, it is not just an events location, but a meeting point for art lovers and bons vivants, too.


If you'd like to be our #avgeek of the week and earn shout out on the show, follow us on Instagram @simpleflightradio

Direct download: 2018_11_18_Bob_Schmelzer_2.mp3
Category:Aviation -- posted at: 10:39pm CDT

This week's show features Jason Schappert of MzeroA.com.  

As pilots around the world know, Jason Schappert is a CFII and ATP rated pilot.  He is the founder of MzeroA.com, and author of eight aviation flight training books. In 2008, Jason was named AOPA's Top Collegiate Flight Instructor, which was followed by being named an Outstanding Flight Instructor in both 2014 and 2015.  Having amassed over 8000 hours of in-flight instruction since learning how to fly, he now provides help to many through his Online Ground School at mzeroa.com. 

What you will learn from Jason is how his values, business acumen, and focus on helping to create safer pilots translate to success!  You're going to love this episode!!!

In the hangar talk segment, Al and Marc talked about a topic that seems to have come too early this year.  That topic is cold weather flight preparation.  The guys talked about:

  • Tips for getting the engine warmed prior to start.
  • Required items for the cockpit.
  • What's wrong with a 50 foot extension cord.
  • Winter Flying Hacks.

Congratulations to our Avgeek of the Week! 

@waddlebus

@waddlebus correctly answered our Instagram post asking for what TKS stands for.  @waddlebus knew that the popular de-icing fluid's name came from the three companies that invented the fluid during WWII.  That being Tecalemit - Killfrost - Sheepbridge.  Their formula lowers the freezing point of water and has helped to provide greater utility for aircraft around the world.  


 If you'd like to be our #avgeek of the week and earn shout out on the show, follow us on Instagram @simpleflightradio

Direct download: 2018_11_15_Jason_Schappert_and_Winter_Prep.mp3
Category:Aviation -- posted at: 9:29pm CDT

This week Marc and Al sat down with the President and CEO of AOPA, Mark Baker.  AOPA has always been there for the General Aviation pilot, but the focus often seems to be centered on protecting our rights in Washington.  It was great to talk to Mark on a pilot to pilot basis and come to understand his passion and commitment to GA is really no different than any of us.  And the fact that he is dedicated to making aviation better as a result of his involvement, is proof positive he's the right person for such a critical leadership role.

In the second half of the show, Al and Marc dug into our Facebook postings from pilots asking for our perspective on several topics.  Thanks to Mark L for asking for strategies to squash the jitters associated with straying from one's home airport.  Listen and Learn as the guys talk about:

  • How to prep for the flight by starting at the finish line.
  • How technology can help get you ahead of the game.
  • Leverage other pilot's experiences.
  • Using predetermined landmarks to remove the stress of finding an airport.


    Congratulations to our Avgeek of the Week! 

    @patriotpilot

    @patriotpilot correctly answered our Instagram post asking for the make and model of the plane you see on our Instagram page.  @patriotpilot knew it was a 1939 Cessna 165 Airmaster! Many pilots answered that it was a Cessna 195, but our #avgeek knew that the windows and strut system in the landing gear was that of the 165.  Nicely Done!!!  If you'd like to be our #avgeek of the week and earn shout out on the show, follow us on Instagram @simpleflightradio

Direct download: 2018_11_04_Mark_Baker_and_Getting_out_of_the_pattern.mp3
Category:Aviation -- posted at: 8:04pm CDT

Tom Haines!  This week Marc and Al sat down with the Senior Vice President of Communication and Outreach for AOPA, Tom Haines.  After 30 years of bringing aviation into the homes of pilots via magazines like AOPA Pilot, Tom helps us to see the world from the editor's point of view.  Changing technology and the people who use it, creates a wide range of challenges in bringing the right content, in the right format to the right reader. Tom talks about the strategies he uses to stay connected with his audience. Listen and learn!

In the second half of the show, Al and Marc debriefed their flight to and from the Gulf Shores AOPA Fly-In:

  • How to select a refueling stop.
  • How technology can help make enroute flight plan changes.
  • When its OK to change your personal minimums.
  • Mismatch with ATC.



Congratulations to our Avgeek of the Week! 

@wlblueskies

@wlblueskies correctly answered our Instagram post asking for the final approach fix for the now closed Runway 32L ILS at ORD! If you'd like to be our #avgeek of the week and earn shout out on the show, follow us on Instagram @simpleflightradio

Thanks to all who came to see us in person at the AOPA Regional Fly-In at Gulf Shores, AL (KJKA)

Direct download: 20182010202920Tom20Haines20and20Gulf20Shores20Debrief.mp3
Category:Aviation -- posted at: 8:15pm CDT

Cockpit Hacks! This week its all about making things a little bit easier, simple and safer in the cockpit. You may have seen a few things on Instagram this week of a few of the cockpit hacks. In the show we promised we would include a link to the "LCD Doodle Pad" that we talked about this week. Many of you asked where to buy it, here it is on Amazon: CLICK HERE FOR: LCD Neon Doodle Pad

During our conversation, Al and Marc talked about these ideas:

  • FlightSteam and ADS-B
  • Using a Doodle Pad vs. an iPad scratchpad
  • Organizing your Radios
  • The process of leaving an airport



Congratulations to our Avgeek of the Week! 

@muerto_garage

@Muerto_garage correctly answered our Instagram post asking who the 777's launch customer was and how many are in their fleet! The 777 program was launched in October 1990 with an order from United Airlines. In June 1995, United flew its first 777 in revenue service. The Boeing board of directors authorized production of the 777-300 on June 26, 1995, and the first 777-300 was delivered to Cathay Pacific Airways in June 1998.

Come See Us In Person! 
October 26th and 27th - Jack Edwards Airport - AOPA FLY IN

Direct download: 20182010202120Cockpit20Hacks20-20Hangar20Talk.mp3
Category:Aviation -- posted at: 3:00am CDT

Mike Poznansky joins us this week. Mike has the good fortune to own two airplanes.  But what makes his situation a little more unique, is that one of those planes is a Cessna 185 on amphibious floats.  He lives a dual life, with a business need and one for adventure.  Not surprising, Mike flies mostly for business, but looks for opportunities to increase the adventure side.
You can follow Mike on Instagram: @mikepoz

During our conversation, Al and Marc talked with Mike about some interesting topics:

  • Why the interest in an amphibious aircraft
  • Reconfiguring the plane as a standard taildragger
  • West Coast vs. Midwest Flying
  • Strategies and ADM in each of his airplanes.

Let us know if you're interested in getting the seaplane rating!

Congratulations to our Avgeek of the Week! 

Dave - @drdavedraws

Dave correctly answered our question that we posted on Instagram. We asked what device Mike Poznansky was holding.  Dave correctly answered that the device was a bilge pump used to drain the floats prior to flight.  

Come See Us In Person! 

October 26th and 27th - Jack Edwards Airport - AOPA FLY IN

Direct download: 2018_10_14_Mike_Poznansky.mp3
Category:Aviation -- posted at: 4:00am CDT

Amy Voss joins us this week. She is a rockstar CFI, Mentor and is the Regional Training Manager for the East Coast at Cirrus Aircraft. She works daily with helping students, instructors and flight schools help people through elevating their personal minimums. Sometimes personal minimums are a lot harder than we think.

You can follow Amy on Instagram: @tri_everywhere

We covered in our conversation with Amy:

  • "Busting your personal minimums"
  • How to train to enhance them
  • Speaking up about situations that are beyond your personal minimums
  • A discussion of non-legal personal minimums

Tell us how you have expanded your personal minimums!


Congratulations to our Avgeek of the week! 

Jodie - @indiana.jodes

Jodie correctly answered our question that we posted on Instagram. We asked what all the variants of the 747 are and she answered correctly. Jodie even included all the Military designations too.

Come see us in person! 

October 26th and 27th - Jack Edwards Airport - AOPA FLY IN

Direct download: 20182010200720Amy20Voss.mp3
Category:Aviation -- posted at: 4:00am CDT

This week on SimpleFlight Radio, Marc and Al discuss:

The PreFlight

  • With the impending return to flight of Marc's airplane, the SimpleFlight crew talked about the preparation for flying a plane that is fresh out of a major maintenance event.

For all it's structure and formalization, it's surprising to see the variability employed by pilots in conducting a PreFlight.  That is true between pilots and even with one pilot in different situations.  Listen in to hear Marc and Al discuss different factors, like:

  • First Flight of the Day, vs. Subsequent Flights
  • Type of Mission
  • Impending Weather or Deadline
  • Risk Profiles
  • "Mandatory" vs. "Optional" Tasks
  • PreFlight Hacks

Congratulations to our Avgeek of the week! 

Eva K. - Eva_Koz_Photography

Eva's name was randomly drawn to receive a $50 Amazon Gift Card for submitting her responses to our Listener Survey during September.  Thanks to all of you that took the time to share your feedback.  If you want to earn a shout out on the show as the avgeek of the week, make sure to follow us @simplefligthradio on Facebook and Instagram.

Come see us in person! 

October 5th and 6th - KMDH - AOPA Fly In at the Carbondale, IL Airport.

Direct download: 2018_10_01_PreFlight.mp3
Category:Aviation -- posted at: 8:04pm CDT

This week on SimpleFlight Radio, we welcome:

Max Trescott 

There is so much we can learn from somebody like Max. Here is what we get into with Max:

Congratulations to our Avgeek of the week! 

David H - @gkdave

He answered our question correctly on Instagram. If you want to earn a shout out on the show as the avgeek of the week, make sure to follow us @simplefligthradio on Facebook and Instagram.

Come see us in person! 

October 5th and 6th - KMDH - AOPA Fly In at the Carbondale, IL airport.

Remember you have only one week left to complete our listener survey and be entered to win the $50 Amazon Gift Card. 

http://www.simpleflight.net/listener-survey.html

 

Direct download: 20182009202420Max20Trescott-2.mp3
Category:Aviation -- posted at: 11:00pm CDT

Congratulations to our AvGeek of the week!

Micah Maziar - @Micahatc

He answered our question correctly on Instagram. If you want to earn a shout out on the show make sure to follow us @simplefligthradio on Facebook and Instagram. 

Planning your flights for fuel is such a personal idea and problem to solve. Al and Marc go at it based off of some personal experiences with a few tips and tricks learned through out. 

Come see us:

September 22nd, - KSQI - Whiteside County Career Day and Fly - IN

October 5th and 6th - KMDH - AOPA Fly In at the Carbondale, IL airport.

You have two weeks left to fill out our listener survey. We'd appreciate your help in making the show better. Please take 5 minutes to fill out the survey. If you leave your name and email, you'll be automatically entered to win a $50 gift card from Amazon. 

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Direct download: 2018_09_16_-_Hanger_talk_-_Fuel_Planning.mp3
Category:Aviation -- posted at: 8:44pm CDT

The SimpleFlight crew welcomes back Air Traffic Controller, Eddie Trujillo.  Eddie has been quite busy at C90 (Chicago Approach), including his recent checkout on North Satellite.  That means Eddie is now working all sectors around O'Hare, and its quite a challenge.

As we continue to collect survey responses (click the link above to add your voice), it was interesting to see multiple requests on how to fly VFR in a busy area like Chicago, including the beautiful Lake Shore Run.  The timing couldn't have been better, as Eddie tackled that with great insight for how best to partner with ATC to ensure a safe and enjoyable experience. 

Eddie also talked about how his dream of being a pilot took him down a path in which he discovered his true passion... Air Traffic Control.

But the main message in this episode is the Pilot / Controller partnership.  We are all focused on the same goal, a safe flight.  And together, we make it happen.

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Direct download: 2018_09_06_Eddie_Trujillo_mixdown.mp3
Category:Aviation -- posted at: 7:00pm CDT

In the spirit of "bringing the band back together again", Al Waterloo joined Marc in the studio for this week's show.  The great news is that this is not a "one and done" event.  Al and Marc have been working behind the scenes to put together a long term plan to deliver value for our listeners. 

It starts with fanning the flames of our listeners passion for aviation, by connecting them to the people and things that bring aviation to life.  So tonight Marc and Al launch SimpleFlight 2.7.  Why not SimpleFlight 3.0; read on to find out more.

Joined by repeat guest, Tim Rylko, Marc and Al explored the unusual path Tim took to achieve his dream of flying for the airlines.  As you may recall, Al was with the airlines and has been on multi-step journey to achieve his success as a Regional Sales Director for Cirrus Aircraft.  Different paths, different end games, but both have been successful.  What can we learn from their stories?  What were the risks?  What tough decisions stood in their path?  All great questions and all answered on this week's episode.  Listen and learn.

As for the comment about SimpleFlight 2.7 and 3.0, we need your help in architecting a show that meets your requirements, anticipates your needs, and exceeds your expectations.  So please navigate to www.simpleflight.net/listener-survey.html to tell us what you want the SimpleFlight experience to be.  Thanks in advance. 

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Direct download: 2018_09_02_Return_of_AL_-_Tim_Rylko.mp3
Category:Aviation -- posted at: 11:34pm CDT

Brandon Anderson had a goal.  That was to bring aviation into his life in a big way.  As he is an independent technology consultant, the path to reaching his goal was not so clearly defined.  Diving in with both feet, Brandon headed out to the west coast to get on the fast track to earning his CFI, and then followed with his CFII. 

Listen in as Marc learns about Brandon's first year as a CFI, with over 650 hours flown.  The experiences, the surprises, and the opportunities that have come as a result of his investment, makes for an inspiring and meaningful discussion.

The conversation moved to the Pilot / Controller relationship and what are the ingredients to making it an effective partnership.  Turns out, some key concepts, like Communication, Trust, and Focus are every bit as important as in any other partnership, like marriage, business, and social relationship.  After listening, please fill out the contact form on the RADIO page and let us know your thoughts!

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Direct download: 2018_08_26_Brandon_Anderson.mp3
Category:Aviation -- posted at: 10:43pm CDT

Some of our listeners may have heard the SimpleFlight crew refer to the "VFR Bandit".  That moniker was earned by Adam Hirsen, a Chicago entrepreneur that used General Aviation to fly around the country for business.  Not so unusual, until you understand that Adam had not completed his IFR training, so his frequent long trips all were made VFR.  And as the legend goes, he never had to cancel.

How does that happen?  That's what we wanted to know, and so Adam joins us on this episode to dispel the myth, or tell us how he pulled it off.  For the record, Adam has earned the right to move on from that title, as he recently earned his IFR ticket, which is a story in and of itself. 

Listen in as Adam takes us through his experiences conducting business, while training for what we all know as one of the toughest GA ratings that can be earned.  It's sure to be a great conversation and look forward to you joining us.  As with all SimpleFlight discussions, there is much to be learned from our fellow pilots.

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Direct download: 2018_08_19_Adam_Hirsen.mp3
Category:Aviation -- posted at: 9:54pm CDT

Aviation insurance is a confusing and sometimes complex subject.  Whether your looking to acquire insurance, or "use" it after an incident, aligning yourself with good people is critical to successfully navigating the path ahead of you.

Join us this week, as we speak with Ryan Konrath of Wings Insurance (www.wingsinsurance.com), who not only acts as an aviation insurance broker, but brings with him the experience of being a GA pilot, as well as a member of a "121" flight crew.  His path from pilot to broker, was not what one would expect, including himself.

Listen in as Ryan takes us through the path he followed, and helps us all to understand the players, roles, and process associated with obtaining and using (gulp) your insurance coverage.  The SimpleFlight crew found it educational and relevant.  We know you will too.

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Direct download: 2018_08_12_Ryan_Konrath.mp3
Category:Aviation -- posted at: 1:07pm CDT

Last week, we talked about the small world we live in and Marc had a couple of proof points that demonstrated the concept.  As it turns out, the small world theme continues.... only not in a positive way.

So we ask again... WHAT ARE THE ODDS.  What are the odds that during an oil change, you'll get a call from the maintenance shop that they accidently had a prop strike with your plane?  That's what happened to Marc's plane, as the mechanic taxied the SR-22 to the maintenance hangar.  The prop actually hit a "traffic cone", which damaged the prop and now calls for an engine teardown for an inspection.  The inspection is being scheduled some 6 weeks out, so the story doesn't get much better.  Tune in and listen to hear first hand how the whole thing happened and the resulting actions and decisions that come into play.  Bring your Kleenex!!!  ;-)

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Direct download: 2018_08_05_Prop_Woes.mp3
Category:Aviation -- posted at: 8:51pm CDT

What are the odds?  That's the question Marc was asking a lot this week.  For instance, what are the odds that he would sit down to dinner in a hotel ballroom in Oshkosh and talk to a table mate that is a neighbor of Marc's CEO on the other side of the world?  And what are the odds that Marc would receive two unrelated calls on one morning from pilots vising the U.S from "across the pond" to meet him at the same time at the same hangar on the same day. 

The odds of Rhonda bumping into someone (literally) in Hawaii that is one of a few pilots that can fly a helicopter and then hang from the skids to trim trees and run high wires is probably in the same ballpark as Marc's.  Indeed, this was a magical week.  Let's just call it Oshkosh.  Listen in as you hear about these chance events, as well as some of the goings on at Osh18.  We know you'll echo Rhonda and Marc's sentiments about this show being a "fun one"

This was also a special date in SimpleFlight history.  6 years ago, SimpleFlight Radio was born.  We are so excited about our 7th year, but are sad to see Rhonda step back from her "full-time" role.  Our sincere thanks to her for the last 18 months and we look forward to her "part-time" involvement in the future. 

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Direct download: 2018_07_29_Its_a_small_world.mp3
Category:Aviation -- posted at: 11:08pm CDT

With Rhonda's and Marc's Atchison, KS trip being canceled, Marc had our good friend Tim Rylko stop by Hangar 5 to talk Oshkosh and all things aviation.  

Topics included the unusual experiences Marc encountered with his Saturday flying with low ceilings and high traffic volume heading to KOSH, causing a disruption to the normal weekend flying processes.  In the end, it's a learning opportunity.  The bottom line is it's OSHKOSH week, and that makes us happy.

The show was recorded just prior to Marc grabbing the back seat in one of his pilot buddy's SR-22, to enjoy the ride to Fond du Lac, WI (KFLD).  He'll have plenty to talk about next week.

Of special note, today is the 6th anniversary of SimpleFlight.  Thanks for making it possible.

   
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Direct download: 2018_07_22_Tim_Rylko.mp3
Category:Aviation -- posted at: 2:40pm CDT

Whether it's stated or not, getting to log a flight to KOSH during Airventure is a dream for many GA pilots.  With some 14,000 pilots making it happen every year, the proof is there that it is not an unreachable dream.

Kent Shook (of Pilotcast fame) joined the SimpleFlight crew to discuss best practices, tips, tricks, and the nuances of making the trek.  Marc also joined in the conversation as he speaks yearly with pilots about the keys to a successful experience.  

So listen in and get your questions answered and learn a few tips and tricks along the way.  OSH18 - Let the goosebumps begin!!!

Find the 2018 Airventure NOTAM here =>  https://www.eaa.org/~/media/files/airventure/flyingin/2018-notam.pdf

Marc talked about a "cheat sheet' he uses for his trip from KPWK to KOSH.  You will find it at www.simpleflight.net/podcast in the show notes.  Feel free to use it as a template for your own planning and flying checklist.  It is shown as an example and not meant to replace proper planning and familiarization required for a safe and enjoyable flight.

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Direct download: 2018_07_15_Kent_Shook.mp3
Category:Aviation -- posted at: 10:51pm CDT

Coming off our June 24th show, there was a lot of feedback about the controller / pilot relationship.  Or more appropriately, it's about the partnership. 

Please join us as we welcome DeShondra Strickland to the show.  DeShondra is an air traffic specialist in the Chicago Executive  (KPWK) control tower. She was somewhat anxious to arrive at KPWK as the only female controller in the cab, but soon found the "guys" to be like family.  Listen in to hear her perspective on the challenges of working traffic at one of the busiest airports in Illinois and why there aren't more women in the tower.  Aviation is struggling to find the next generation of pilots, controllers, etc. and the female population is an untapped source of resources. 

So listen and learn from the ATC side of the "house".
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Direct download: 2018_07_08_DeShondra_Strickland.mp3
Category:Aviation -- posted at: 12:50am CDT

When tonight's guest called in sick, Marc and Rhonda took the opportunity to discuss what was fresh on their minds.... that being risk assessment, risk profiles, and mentor roles.  It turned into an hour conversation that we all can identify with. 

Does your risk profile change as you get older?  Does it change with aviation experience?  Whom do you trust as your advisor and how much will you let it affect your decision making?

These are the questions we all deal with in the course of applying aeronautical decision making to real life scenarios.  The stakes are high, but the return in the form of becoming a better, safer pilot is there for the taking.  We'd love to hear your thoughts about this topic.  Use the contact us form on the radio page and Rhonda and Marc will discuss on next week's show.  Until then,

Blue Skies and Tailwinds!!!

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Direct download: 2018_07_01_Marc_and_Rhonda_talk_Risk.mp3
Category:Aviation -- posted at: 10:28pm CDT

With Rhonda nursing an illness, Marc joined with Joby to discuss a topic that is near and dear to his heart... the pilot/controller relationship.

Just like a marriage, business partnership, or a friendship, the path to an effective partnership is through open and direct communication.  But that's only half the puzzle.  It also needs to be built on a foundation of knowledge that comes from focused training on both situational awareness and an understanding of the other person's point of view.  That sounds relatively straight forward, but now add an environment with ATC trainees and student pilots, as well as a diverse set of aircraft types and speeds, and you find yourself  with a mixed bag of inputs and outputs that can change quickly with potentially catastrophic results.

Listen in as Marc discusses his experience and thoughts live from Hangar 5.  We know you'll enjoy it.  Send us your thoughts on the CONTACT FORM found on the Radio page of the SimpleFlight Web site (www.simpleflight.net/radio)

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Direct download: 2018_06_24_Marc_Talks_ATC.mp3
Category:Aviation -- posted at: 9:56pm CDT

The SimpleFlight crew has learned a lot over the last 5 plus years.  One of those items is that our listeners match our guests when it comes to interesting stories and experiences in general aviation.

This week's guest is no exception.  Michael Baraz owns a Mooney Rocket 305 and loves to use the plane to explore many destinations.  His recent trip to Canada sparked interest for Marc and Rhonda on how to navigate the border crossing.  Not just the flight itself, but the paperwork and process necessary to make it a stress free flight.

So that's where the conversation started, but soon dovetailed into a great conversation about some of the great airports Michael has been able to add to his log book.  Sounds like Catalina ought to be on everyone's bucket list.

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Direct download: 2018_06_17_Michael_Baraz.mp3
Category:Aviation -- posted at: 10:47pm CDT

When SimpleFlight Radio was founded, it was based on the wonderful things happening in General Aviation.  We always felt that things were "looking up" for GA.  Tonight, that description couldn't be more appropriate.

With so much energy and innovation in the industry, we are constantly amazed with the enabling technology that is being brought into the cockpit.  The ease and sophistication of flying has changed significantly in the last few years. The glass cockpit proved to be a disruptive technology, as the industry moved away from "steam gauges".  Now comes the next generation of aviation: The Heads Up Display (HUD). The benefits of flying with a HUD is similar to the revolution in improved Situational Awareness (SA) that came with flying an aircraft with a “glass" cockpit.

Ray Bracy, VP of Sales and Marketing for Epic Optix (www.epicoptix.com) joins the SimpleFlight crew this week to discuss their GA HUD solution, "The Epic Eagle".  It provides visually enhanced flight information without forcing you to bring your eyes down into the cockpit; keeping you focused on what really matters. It brings the technology of military pilots to general aviation in a cost effective way. The Epic Eagle delivers color at amazing quality and brightness - a unique capability in the marketplace at an affordable price.  

In addition to learning about the Epic Eagle, we know you'll enjoy hearing about Ray's path from the Navy and Fortune 500 leadership, to being part of this exciting start-up.  

Keep Your Head Up!!!

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Direct download: 2018_06_10_Raymond_Bracy.mp3
Category:Aviation -- posted at: 10:19pm CDT

Most of our listeners don't know Greg Willard, and for good reason.  Like many of us, Greg flies a bit under the radar, leveraging General Aviation as a wonderful enabler of so many non-aviation goals.  Whether it is for business or pleasure, Greg sees the real value of using GA as a time machine. 

However, Greg's a little different than your average private pilot, as he has earned the good fortune to own and fly two beautiful planes, a Cessna Corvallis TT and an Aviat Husky.  How he came to own these two planes and his experiences flying them is a fun story and raises several questions.  How does he decide which one to fly?  Does he let one mechanic work on both planes, or does he split the work based on familiarity and experience with each model?  Does his spouse prefer one over the other?  Does he? 
 
Marc had the same questions and Greg was happy to answer them with the passion and candor we expect from a fellow aviator.  Listen and learn what it's like to own and fly two very different planes.  As for how to decide which one to fly, I'm going with Eeny, Meany, Minie, Moe. 

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Direct download: 2018_06_03_Greg_Willard.mp3
Category:Aviation -- posted at: 10:33pm CDT

Rick Herter (www.rickherter.com) is an artist with a pilot's soul.  Born in southwestern Michigan, Rick grew up with a sketch pad in hand and took his first airplane ride on his thirteenth birthday. That first air adventure with a former W.W.II bomber pilot at the controls would make a lasting impression on the young artist.

After graduating from Spring Arbor University with a BA in art in 1984, he took his artistic skills and began working in the commercial art and illustration arena. Herter's interest in aviation was never far away. Rick approached the air show director of an annual Michigan air show offering to create a commemorative air show poster. That first poster went on to win a national award and the following season, the artist was commissioned to create work for shows in Pittsburgh, Denver and Cleveland.  And the rest is history. 

Tune in and listen as Rick retells that history lesson to Rhonda and Marc, and all of our listening audience.  There's a story behind every painting, and his travels and experience in aviation are certain to paint us all green with envy. 

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Direct download: 2018_05_20_Rick_Herter.mp3
Category:Aviation -- posted at: 10:44pm CDT

Happy Mother's Day!!!!

Tonight's show is a real treat, and we're not just talking raspberry pie.  Some of you may know that raspberry pie actually refers to Raspberry Pi, a small single board computer.  Our guest, Sean Chuplis, owner of Crew Dog Electronics (crewdogelectronics.com), has produced an easy to assemble ADS-B receiver, which includes all necessary parts and software to bring ADS-B weather and traffic to your cockpit.  The "Stratux" is compatible with most Electronic Flight Bags (EFB). 

Sean's story doesn't stop there.  As a matter of fact, that's just the tip of the iceberg.  As an active reservist in the Air Force, he splits time between being a pilot for a major airline, flying the KC-10 refueler in the military, flying a G4, helping people realize their dream of flight as a CFI, and continuing his education through the military to understand the history of combat and how it can show us the future.    The SimpleFlight crew touched on all of his areas of expertise, including an interesting problem caused by drones. 

We hope you enjoy the show.  Please send your comments to help us understand what is important to you and how we best earn your listenership.

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Direct download: 2018_05_13_Sean_Chuplis.mp3
Category:Aviation -- posted at: 11:02pm CDT

Listen in to this week's episode as the SimpleFlight crew welcomes back Janine Iannarelli to talk about the state of the aviation marketplace.  As founder and president of Par Avion Ltd., which is based in Houston, Texas. she specializes in the exclusive representation and acquisition of business aircraft.
 
Beyond aviation brokerage, Janine was reappointed and named presiding officer by Governor Greg Abbott to the Texas Aerospace and Aviation Advisory Committee.  And on the heels of that appointment, she was one of three inductees into the Aviation Hall of Fame of New Jersey.  The crew learned Janine is also involved with women and youth organizations regarding career development and life skill sets necessary to navigate the business world, which includes reaching out to people from economically disadvantaged areas to educate them about the great opportunities that exist in many science, technology, engineering, art, and math (STEAM) fields.  Education is the key. 

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Direct download: 2018_05_06_Janine_Iannarelli.mp3
Category:Aviation -- posted at: 10:26pm CDT

If you're not from the Midwest, you may not know about Midwest Flyer Magazine, but then again, you may be a huge fan, as so many people are across the country.  For this week's show, Marc and Rhonda traveled to KMSN (Madison, WI) to broadcast live from Wisconsin Aviation to introduce you to Dave Weiman, editor-in-chief of this wonderful magazine.

Dave brings his readers hard-hitting editorials and columns from experts in aviation law, pilot health, flight training, aircraft maintenance, and airport development, to feature stories about pilots, planes, airport restaurants and travel destinations, and the most complete and current calendar of aviation events in the Midwest, 

Dave and his wife, Peggy founded “Wisconsin Flyer” magazine in 1978, renamed the publication “Midwest Flyer Magazine” in 1980, and expanded the area served from one to 12 Midwestern states and has grown from 12 black and white pages in 1978 to 64 color pages today!  But as its readers already know, its not about quantity, but rather quality.  Listen in and meet the man behind the words and pictures we have all grown to love. 

And a shout out to the fans that stopped by to listen to the show live.  Our sincere thanks to them and our kind hosts at Wisconsin Aviation.

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Direct download: 2018_04_29_Midwest_Flyer.mp3
Category:Aviation -- posted at: 12:03am CDT

You may not know it, but Austin Meyer (www.austinmeyer.com) may have found his way into your home.  Certainly it happens a lot.  How you ask?  Well as  founder and developer of X-Plane Flight Simulator, Xavion Glass Cockpit, and as Filmmaker of The Patent Scam Documentary,  and as an avid aviation enthusiast that built his own custom airplane, you may have brought him on your own via X-Plane, YouTube, or maybe just his blog. 

Certainly, the SimpleFlight crew made him part of our family as Rhonda and Marc talked to him about all things aviation and the impact he has had on all of us.  And it's not just about X-Plane.  When you listen to this week's show, you'll hear about Xavion, and wonder why anyone would fly without it.  There's a lot more and we're excited to share the story behind his aviation successes, and excited to have you join in on the conversation, through your comments and follow on questions.  Tune in this week to hear the rest of the story.

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Direct download: 2018_04_15_Austin_Meyer.mp3
Category:Aviation -- posted at: 10:08pm CDT

Doug Gust, who made a name for himself as one of the most accomplished ATV Motocross racing stars competing around the world for team Suzuki since the 1980s, took note of crop dusters when he would compete at races being held in the Midwest.  It was then he knew what he would do when retirement came around. 

And that he did, "Digger' Doug grew up on a dairy farm in Wisconsin, and now combines his background of farming and his passion for power sports in his new career, Crop Dusting.

An excavator by trade, Gust built a private runway on his property, purchased a plane, took flying lessons, obtained his license and began flying himself to each of his races.  How many people do you know that builds a runway and buys a plane, before he even has his license? 

It's quite a story, and one that you will enjoy.  So push the PLAY button and listen to Doug himself speak to the highs and lows associated with the very challenging aspects of flying within feet of the ground at high speeds and steep maneuvers.  AWESOME!!!

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Direct download: 2018_04_08_Digger_Doug.mp3
Category:Aviation -- posted at: 10:24pm CDT

If you haven't heard of Able Flight (www.ableflight.org), you're going to want to listen in this week!!!  Able Flight’s mission is to offer people with disabilities a unique way to challenge themselves through flight and aviation career training, and by doing so, to gain greater self-confidence and self-reliance.

Executive Director, Charles Stites, created the organization because he and his team believe that the life-changing experience of learning to fly is best shared, and therefore designed the Able Flight Scholarships to enable people with disabilities to pursue that experience.

In addition to Charles, we are joined by Justin Falls a 2016 graduate of the Able Flight program.  Since an accident that resulted in Justin becoming  a quadriplegic (with limited use of his hands), he has earned his doctorate, works as a pharmacist, and oh yes, he earned his sport pilot certificate at Purdue University (Purdue is a partner with Able Flight).  Awe inspiring!!!

Each year, Able Flight provides scholarships to deserving individuals, who have become disabled due to disease, accidents, and combat (among others).  The disabilities are diverse and for the class of 2018, includes individuals dealing with loss of limbs, paralysis, and loss of hearing.  

These participants are truly amazing people and serve as an example to us all about what the human spirit can accomplish.

We know you'll enjoy the show, so listen in and get ready to be inspired.  You'll be glad you did.

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Direct download: 2018_03_25_Able_Flight.mp3
Category:Aviation -- posted at: 11:44pm CDT

On this week's show, the SimpleFlight crew welcomes Dirk Braun, who is digging into the history of the Grumman Albatross flying boats and the curious cast of characters who fly and preserve them today.

Dirk regards The Albatross as the ultimate adventure machine, and has set out to tell the story via a documentary.  Now in production, "Flying Boat" (https://www.facebook.com/flyingboatfilm/) will be Braun's feature debut. It will profile the pilots, history buffs and surfers who use them today while also exploring the aircraft's history. The Albatross was in its heyday in the 1930s, when its popularity coincided with the elegance and adventure of early aviation.  Braun says these are relics from the golden age of aviation.  They're like flying yachts."

What really came through to Rhonda and Marc is the sincere passion Dirk has for this endeavor.  As he said, it touched his soul.  So listen in and catch Dirk's contagious enthusiasm for what truly is a special mission for him.  We know you'll enjoy the show.

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Direct download: 2018_03_18_Dirk_Braun.mp3
Category:Aviation -- posted at: 10:25pm CDT

Rod Rakic returns to visit with the SimpleFlight Crew.  But this time, it has nothing to do with his entrepreneurial endeavors with Open Airplane and Fly Otto.  Rather this time, we focus on his work with the Civil Air Patrol (www.gocivilairpatrol.com). 

The C.A.P. has one of the largest single-engine piston aircraft fleets in the world, operating 560 powered planes that fly about 100,000 hours annually in support of search and rescue, disaster relief,  air defense, cadet orientation flights and Air Force-assigned missions.

Its mission is often misunderstood, so listen in as Rod educates us on it's history and how its 58,000 members selflessly devote their time, energy and expertise toward the well-being of their communities, while also promoting aviation and related fields through aerospace education and helping shape future leaders through C.A.P.’s cadet program.  We know you'll enjoy the show, so take a listen and provide us feedback on what you liked best.

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Direct download: 2018_03_11Rod_Rakic.mp3
Category:Aviation -- posted at: 10:18pm CDT

With apologies to the movie, Field of Dreams and the city of Dyersville, Iowa, there is a field in the NE corner of Georgia, which some would make the argument, is the real field of dreams.  It's not a baseball field by the way.  It's an airfield, which goes by the name of Heavens Landing (www.heavenslanding.com).  The man behind the dream is Michael Ciochetti, Jr., who may be best known as an American stock car racing driver. Mike is a former competitor in the ARCA Racing Series, and planned to compete in the NASCAR Winston Cup Series before suffering a career-ending injury.  And that began his career as an aviation and real estate entrepreneur. 

Heaven’s Landing is a 635 acre gated community surrounded by thousands of acres of National Forest.  The aviation centerpiece of Heaven’s Landing is a 5,069 foot paved concrete runway with pilot controlled lighting and a GPS approach.

If you've ever wondered about living in an airport community, here's your chance to find out first hand what airpark living is like, in an absolutely beautiful setting.  Listen in and be part of this heavenly conversation.

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Direct download: 2018_03_04_Mike_Ciochetti.mp3
Category:Aviation -- posted at: 10:32pm CDT

In this day and age, we can certainly use a bit of humor.  As a matter of fact, anything that makes us smile is a good thing.  For example, AVIATION.  So what could be better than Aviation humor.  Maybe nothing, as Rhonda and Marc found out spending the evening with Dave Lombardo.  We know you'll agree that Dave is proof positive that flying and fun go together.

As one of the founding members of the aviation-themed social media brand, "ATC Memes" (atcmemes.com), David combines his experience and skill in both aviation and audio to create a unique brand of aviation satire and humor.   The acceptance is noted by the popularity of the brand with both aviation professionals and enthusiasts alike.

Speaking of brand, Dave and his co-founders have built quite the following with their aviation swag and apparel.  Check it out at radarcontact.com

Listen in and have a bit of fun yourself. 

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Direct download: 2018_02_25_ATC_Memes.mp3
Category:Aviation -- posted at: 9:32pm CDT

It's time to do some hangar flying.  Listen in and catch Rhonda, Marc, and Joby talk about the importance of debriefing each flight, checking experience, age, and ego at the door.  The Blue Angles, set the standard by which all debriefs should be measured.  Maybe we don't have to be as in depth, but philosophically, there should be no difference.  Check out this link to see it in action. 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bFGL04LiMgc 

The debrief Is only the first step.  Incorporating what was learned into follow on flights completes the value.  And flying with people who bring different perspectives to the cockpit, completes the picture.  Marc talked about his flight with ATC, who not only critiqued his radio work, but also commented on how hard it was to see traffic.  Good learning for all.

And no hangar flying sessions would be complete without a little window shopping.  Rhonda continues to move forward in her aircraft purchase process, coming a bit closer to the goal.  What do you think she'll buy?  Sounds like she is leaning towards Mike.  If you don't understand that comment, listen in and find out what plane may be in her future. 

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Direct download: 2018_02_18_Hangar_Flying.mp3
Category:Aviation -- posted at: 10:40pm CDT

Most of the guests on SimpleFlight radio have demonstrated a commitment to general aviation via their experience and love for fixed or rotary wing aircraft.  This week's guest, Alan Zielinski, has done that, but also adds a very special aspect by spending a lot of time in lighter than air "free" balloons.  And he's taken it even further by bringing other pilots to the lighter than air world by being both a CFI and Designated Pilot Examiner (DPE) for the unique world of flying hot air balloons.

With 35 years and over 10,000 hours of accident free flying, Alan serves as a mentor for many and an example for all on how to get the  most out of aviation.  Click and listen to get a peek into his world and understand what the world looks like from "the basket".  Up, Up, And Away, in my beautiful balloon!!!

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Direct download: 2018_02_11_Alan_Zielinski.mp3
Category:Aviation -- posted at: 9:48pm CDT

Will your Sunday the 4th be SUPER?  It will if you find a way to listen to the SimpleFlight crew as they talk with Aviation Safety Guru, Jim Krieger.  Jim retired as the O'Hare Tower Chief a couple years ago, but he continues to focus on airport safety.  It's not just about keeping airplanes from running into each other, but also there looms very dangerous moments with line crews, maintenance personnel, baggage handlers, and even flight crews leaving the airport to head home and driving across taxiways at the busiest airport in the world.

 

You'll cringe, laugh, and be amazed at all the things that happen under the radar, while outwardly, we live in a system that is the safest in the world.  And it's people like Jim that make it better every day.  AMAZING!!!

 

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Direct download: 2018_02_04_Jim_Krieger.mp3
Category:Aviation -- posted at: 8:04pm CDT

How many pilots do you know that have been flying for 61 years and never flown for the airlines?  As a matter of fact, how many pilots do you know that have been an active pilot for 61 years? 

Well, today is your chance to meet Lou Wipotnik.  Lou is perhaps best known as a flight instructor, teacher and seminar speaker. He has actively taught since 1968 and holds instructor ratings for airplane single-engine land and sea, single and multi-engine, helicopter, glider and instrument. Lou also has served as an FAA Accident Prevention Counselor and FAASTeam Representative. One of the most active volunteers in the Chicago area, Lou shares his passion for aviation, teaching safety seminars, instructing at Wings Weekend and participating in EAA Young Eagles events. Lou has received a number of awards for his service as an FAA Aviation Safety Counselor and aviation speaker.  But what he has experienced is a story yet untold.

Join Rhonda and Marc to meet Lou up close and personal as they take a trip down memory lane to learn about Lou's amazing experiences, as well as what the future holds for this very special and ageless aviation ambassador.  So buckle your seat belt and enjoy the show.

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Direct download: 2018_01_28_Lou_Wipotnik.mp3
Category:Aviation -- posted at: 9:51pm CDT

As we head into next weekend's #2018ChicagoAviationExpo, Marc and Rhonda have the extreme pleasure to welcome Madeleine Monaco and Eddie Trujillo (@radarcornflakes) to the Hangar 5 studio to talk about the show and it's value for pilots across the Midwest.  And the surprise benefit for all our listeners is a chance to "meet" these aviation superstars live.

 

Madeleine is the face of the 99's in the Chicagoland area, as well as president of the Chicago Executive Pilot's Association.  We all know of her, but tonight we had a chance to get to know her.  Eddie, a Chicago Approach controller and speaker at the Expo, has been a guest of the show on multiple occasions, and a fan favorite.  In addition to talking about the Expo, he also discussed the impact of the government shutdown on all aviation.  It's not a pretty picture.

 

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Direct download: 2018_01_21_Chicago_Aviation_Expo.mp3
Category:Aviation -- posted at: 10:10pm CDT

What's wrong with commercial aviation today?  Some may say nothing, while others complain about delays, cramped seating, security lines, and the huge time investment, hoping that some time will be saved.

Dave Koch, with over 50 years of aviation-industry experience, including 22 years with a major air carrier, sees an opportunity to replace those negative views with a positive experience, focused on providing more than just a destination.  Dave's company, AirChicago Jet Card (flyairchicago.com) promises a private jet travel experience at commercial first class fares.  How does he accomplish that?  We have the same question as Dave joins us on the eve before AirChicago Jet Card's inaugural flight.  

Listen to the SimpleFlight crew as they talk with Dave to learn about how he came to this point and how he is contributing to the changing face of commercial aviation.  

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Direct download: 2018_01_14_Dave_Koch.mp3
Category:Aviation -- posted at: 9:33pm CDT

Chris Williamson has always been fascinated with the story of Amelia Earhart.  What started as a focus on the mystery surrounding her disappearance and how she died, has evolved into a passion to learn how she lived. 

He wrote his very first report in 3rd grade on Amelia and now has started a project with the hopes of bringing even more attention to the worldwide fascination with Amelia. Chris hopes that his website (www.chasingearhart.com) will serve as an ongoing case study that will inspire more and more people to research and form their own fascinations and opinions with one of the most iconic figures of our time.

Join the SimpleFlight crew as they talk with Chris to learn more about his mission, goals, and the back story behind his lifelong commitment to finding the truth.

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Direct download: 2018_01_07_Chasing_Earhart.mp3
Category:Aviation -- posted at: 10:19pm CDT

Welcome to the end of 2017!!!   What a wonderful year for SimpleFlight Radio.  A year of great guests and most important..... great listeners!  Our sincere thanks for your loyalty and providing the spark that keeps us going. 

On this eve of starting 2018, we decided against canceling this episode in favor of a prerecorded show (so Rhonda & Marc can enjoy the New Years Eve festivities).  The stars appear to have aligned, as Marc's son. Jeff, happened to be in town.  Jeff recently started a podcast on two of his passions.... Games and Craft Brews.  So what's the connection to aviation?  Turns out that craft brews are very regional in nature, so as Marc travels around to different cities, Jeff suggests different breweries to visit.  I can't think of a city I've visited that didn't come with a recommendation from him.  It's an interesting world these beer aficionados live in.  Listen in and find out for yourself. 

And stay with us in 2018, as we deliver an impressive lineup of guests and some cool technology additions to help us engage with our listeners in new and fun ways.  It'll be a great ride and we look forward to all of you continuing to being part of the SimpleFlight family!

Most of all, we send you and yours best wishes for a fantastic 2018, filled with good health, happiness, and peace!!!

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Direct download: 2017_12_31_Boards_and_Bottles.mp3
Category:Aviation -- posted at: 12:09pm CDT

Rhonda and Marc couldn't feel any luckier.  One of the toughest interviews to get is from the Jolly man himself, especially on December 24th.  Turns out Nick is a big SimpleFlight fan and made sure to stop by Hangar 5 as he started on his way to deliver presents to all good children around the world. 

Tune in to hear straight from the source as to what this day is like and how it pulls it off year after year.  It's a conversation that's sure to please.  Besides, everyone that listens to SimpleFlight Aviation Radio, is bound to end up on the "Nice" list.  So what do you have to lose? 

Happy Holidays from the entire SimpleFlight Crew!!!

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Direct download: 2017_12_24_Santa.mp3
Category:Aviation -- posted at: 5:08pm CDT

Tonight, the SimpleFlight crew is joined by a local law enforcement professional, who also happens to be a 4,000 hour CFI. And when he's not busy with his career, he happens to own a business and takes Ukulele lessons each week.  The big news is he has been selected for employment at a regional airline on their conditional acceptance program. 

Sam Elvis has loved flying for years and finds himself on the brink of making his dream to fly a jet a reality.  Listen in as Marc and Rhonda find out the story behind this diverse career, and also explore the often seen connection between law enforcement and aviation and the catalyst that is driving him to the airlines after a 20 year career.

Listen in and enjoy!

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Direct download: 2017_12_17_Sam_Elvis.mp3
Category:Aviation -- posted at: 9:46pm CDT

Marc and Rhonda are pleased to welcome back Tim Rylko, a young man that established a goal of flying for the airlines, while he was going to MBA school. Over the next decade, he earned his ratings and was hired two years ago to a regional airline.

Tim joins the SimpleFlight crew to talk about the differences between air carrier and GA flying, what are his near term goals, and why he still loves flying in a piston single with his hands on the controls and his will controls the time and destination. 

Tim also comments on the Human Intervention Motivation Study (HIMS), which is an airline rehab program that has a greater than 80% success rate.  Listen in and find out why the success rate is so high compared to other programs.

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Direct download: 2017_12_10_Tim_Rylko.mp3
Category:Aviation -- posted at: 10:59pm CDT

Many of our listeners have realized some of their aviation dreams and are well on their way to achieving those that remain.  But do you remember what it was like at the beginning, before you had the thrill of taking the controls and experiencing flight for the first time?  Or how about actually starting flying lessons with so many experiences ahead of you, and so few behind you. 

Listen in to this week's episode as Rhonda and Marc meet Joby Benoit, an aspiring pilot that brings the same energy and passion for aviation shared by us all.  As he lives vicariously through those of us that have already traveled the path, you will take a trip down memory lane listening to Joby talk about the opportunities and challenges he faces at this early stage of achieving his aviation dream.

It's a great trip for all of us.

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Direct download: 2017_12_03_Joby_Benoit.mp3
Category:Aviation -- posted at: 3:58pm CDT

Just as Rhonda and Marc were preparing for the show on November 12th, a Cessna 210 was approaching it's destination at KPWK after an uneventful trip from South Dakota.  ATC descended the plane to 2500 feet, a regular procedure for the RNAV/GPS 16 approach.  And then it happened.  A loud bang, a bunch of smoke and a stopped prop.  All of this in IMC and long past sunset.

​Listen in and hear from the pilot himself, John Korinke, about how he put his training to the test, establishing best glide, notifying ATC, and getting vectors to a closer airport (C81).  In the end, he touched down short of the airport, but skidded towards the runway, coming to the stop on the numbers.  That tops all of us when we talk about landing on the numbers.  John walked away uninjured and feeling good about the result.  But also learned many lessons.  All of us as pilots, think about the unthinkable and wonder what it's like.  Will we keep our emotions in check?  How will it impact our decision making?  

​Here's your chance to hear it first hand from the left seat.   John tells the story with lessons learned and questions answered.  Believe me, you don't want to miss this show.

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Direct download: 2017_11_19_John_Korinke.mp3
Category:Aviation -- posted at: 10:02pm CDT

They're Back!!!  The Boldmethod, team of Colin Cutler, Aleks Udris, and Swayne Martin were pretty much regulars on SimpleFlight radio in the "early days"  Focused on helping students become pilots and pilots to become better pilots, the guys have grown the company significantly.  And with growth comes workload.  So the visits to SimpleFlight lessened, but the relationship remained strong. 

​Now it's over 3 years later and much to catch up on.  Listen in as Rhonda and Marc get an update on the organization from Colin, about where it's been, where it's at, and most important, where the guys are taking it.  And as a special bonus, Colin used his time on SimpleFlight to introduce a new training course.  It includes an introductory offer for this week only, so you're definitely going to want to check it out (Boldmethod.com).  In the end, you'll love the hangar flying that transpired during the show.  Just like old times.

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Direct download: 2017_11_12_Boldmethod.mp3
Category:Aviation -- posted at: 9:52pm CDT

Katie McEntire Wiatt was a 4th grade teacher that had an "aha" moment when she heard one of her student's say that she was one of those girls that wasn't very good at math.  Katie had heard the same thing when she was in elementary school.  That statement served as a catalyst for her to do something about the gap in confidence young female students felt compared to their male counterparts in the classroom, especially in relation to STEM subjects.   

​About that same time, Katie saw Patty Wagstaff and other female aerobatic pilots perform.  It had a profound effect on her, and it was at that moment, she decided that aviation, with its diverse opportunities in everything from engineering to aerobatics, would be an excellent vehicle to tell the story.  Now a few years later, she finds herself closing in on making her feature-length directorial debut with the documentary, "Fly Like a Girl."  www.flylikeagirl.film

​Listen in as Rhonda and Marc find out the the story behind the story, and understand why Katie is so driven to bring this topic to the forefront and change how young girls and women perceive themselves and what they have to offer to our world.  To state the obvious.... you're going to love the show.


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Direct download: 2017_11_05_Katie_McEntire_Wiatt.mp3
Category:Aviation -- posted at: 11:46pm CDT

With Rhonda fulfilling her dream, by taking United's last International 747 flight, Marc was going to go solo tonight, but then Private Pilot, Bojan Belovic stopped by and sat in for Rhonda.  Bojan recently returned from his native Serbia, where he checked off a bucket list item of flying in his home country.  It was interesting to hear about the experience, and we know you will agree.

The conversation turned towards Air Traffic Control which ultimately led to a discussion about how ATC can change the course of a flight gone wrong to one that ends up right.  Marc played multiple ATC clips of some pretty hairy situations.  It'll give you the shivers.


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Direct download: 2017_10_29_Bojan_and_ATC.mp3
Category:Aviation -- posted at: 9:23pm CDT

The Boeing 747 was launched in 1968, and United made its first commercial 747 flight in July 1970 with a trip from San Francisco to Honolulu. It was called the Friend Ship.  On November 7, United Airlines will retire the "Queen of the Skies" on a farewell flight on the same route as her beginning.  Other airlines are also retiring this iconic aircraft. Replaced by more efficient airplanes, it is doubtful that any aircraft flying today will replace the emotion and connected feeling that the 747 earned from pilot and passenger alike.

The 747 in the 1970s was known not just for technological achievements but also for its glamour. With a lounge, cocktail service and sometimes even a piano, it held the promise of an elegant, relaxing travel experience.  She didn't disappoint. 

This week's episode brings back a SimpleFlight Radio favorite, Karlene Petitt  to chat with Marc and Rhonda about her experience as a pilot, trainer, and engineer in the 747.  Join us and listen as Karlene helps us take a trip down memory lane, as we honor this magnificent and classy symbol of the promise of aviation.

Karlene's Doctoral Research Site: www.petittaviationresearch.com

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Direct download: 2017_10_22_Karlene_Petitt_747.mp3
Category:Aviation -- posted at: 9:41pm CDT

If you're like most pilots, you subscribe to Pilot's Tip of the Week, brought to you by PilotWorkshops.com.  Founded by Mark Robidoux some 12 years ago, the organization has grown to over 185,000 like minded subscribers. 

​The subscriber base has fueled some excellent training products, including the highly regarded IFR Mastery Series.  It goes beyond delivering simple answers to simple questions.  Rather, it delivers scenario-based training that makes the pilot think, and compares the student's answer to the different perspectives of a panel of experienced CFI's. 

​Tonight's conversation with Mark was awesome, as we learned about why he started the company, the ongoing mission, and what the future holds.  It's an exciting story that you don't want to miss!!!

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Direct download: 2017_10_15__Mark_Robidoux.mp3
Category:Aviation -- posted at: 9:46pm CDT

Over the last 5 years, SimpleFlight Aviation Radio has had multiple repeat guests.  Generally their contributions to aviation have grown, but only from within the same role.  Tonight, please welcome back Adam Smith, who was our guest on our first remote show back in November of 2012.  At that time, Adam was new to AOPA, heading up the new Center to Advance the Pilot Community.  We also  learned about all the things he did with EAA and NMF (National Museum of Flight in Scotland).

After a year plus at AOPA, Adam was about to accept a new role with a West Coast company.  But he was presented with an offer to work with the Commemorative Air Force (CAF), in building a museum that would connect the public with the CAF mission in a very emotional and experiential way.  That offer hit home with Adam, and was one he could not refuse.  Tune in tonight as Marc and Rhonda learn about his journey through the different organizations and a special announcement as to yet another change in direction as he continues his life's journey.

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Direct download: 2017_10_08_Adam_Smith.mp3
Category:Aviation -- posted at: 10:18pm CDT

The aviation community is as close knit as it gets.  Tonight, the SimpleFlight Crew learned that it just isn't about airplanes, but also about making the connection between airplanes and the people that flew them.  This becomes even more poignant when it comes to warbirds.  Our guest, Shad Morris, Flight Engineer on CAF's Fifi (B-29) and T-6 Crew Chief at the Reno National Championship Air Race, is also one heck of a mechanic and an aficionado when it comes to aircraft engines. 

Join Marc and Rhonda in understanding his passion for what he does and the importance of teaching the youth of today about the role these planes played in providing us the present we get to enjoy.

You're going to love this episode.  Check out Fifi's web site www.airpowersquadron.org  for more info on when and where you can see and get a ride in this iconic aircraft.

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Direct download: 2017_09_24_Shad_Morris.mp3
Category:Aviation -- posted at: 10:17pm CDT

Some 5 years ago, Al Waterloo started SimpleFlight Aviation Radio in his hotel room at OSH12.  The next week, he asked Marc Epner to join him, and together they grew the popularity of the show by broadcasting live, and connecting their listeners with amazing people doing amazing things in aviation.  At the end of 2016, Al could no longer make the commitment to the show, so he left it in Marc's hands as he moved on in his aviation career.  

While the show has continued to gain popularity, Al has continued his own growth as a successful sales rep for Cirrus Aircraft.  Join us as Rhonda and Marc talk with Al about life after SimpleFlight.  The three discuss his transition from airline pilot, to instructor/mentor, to sales professional, and even to husband.

It was great to reconnect with Al, and we know our listeners will whole heartedly agree.  As Al always said... "It's AWESOME!"

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Direct download: 2017_09_17_Al_Waterloo.mp3
Category:Aviation -- posted at: 11:27pm CDT

With a last minute cancelation of our guest, Marc and Rhonda added one more first to tonight's show.  That being the first time they've done a show without a guest.  With a theme of many first's, the crew didn't skip a beat as a lively discussion ensued across a plethora of topics. 

It all started with new CFI Brandon endorsing off his first student to solo just prior to our show start.  Paul did a great job and made Brandon proud.  All of us remember our solo flight, and what a special feeling remains.  Congrats to Brandon and Paul.

The conversation moved on to Marc's first annual with his plane.  A big sticker price, but came with a great education on the control and philosophical approach to decision making with regards to new vs. used parts, now vs. deferred timing, and getting to know and trust your A+P, as well as the airplane.

Rhonda ignored the advice of so many, as she went for a First Class medical.  Why she did it, made for interesting conversation.  We both learned new things, and bet you will too.

From there the conversation turned to the Hurricane in Florida.  Our thoughts are with those being impacted by Irma. 

Finally, ATC Privatization was brought up.  Please be active and vote with your words to your congressmen.  Visit ATCNOTFORSALE.com, EAA.ORG, or AOPA.ORG for ways to contact your elected officials.

Enjoy The Show!

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We hope you enjoy listening as much as we love talking to others who share our passion for aviation.  Let us know what you think!

​​​BLUE SKIES and TAILWINDS!!! 

Direct download: 2017_09_10_First_Class.mp3
Category:Aviation -- posted at: 9:59pm CDT

Be honest, how many of you have a bucket list item that incluces logging a flight to the North or South Pole?  This week's guest, Art Mortvedt, an Alaskan Bush Pilot, has been to Antarctica more than 20 times.  With over 6,000 hours flight experience and 6 seasons of scientific logistics in the North Polar ice pack.  Art had the SimpleFlight crew in the palm of his hands, as he regaled Marc and Rhonda with his adventures and experiences that very few of us can speak to with any level of expertise.  This is truly a man that follows his passion, and there is no sign of slowing down. 


Art is an elected member for the Explorers Club, New York, and a Fellow of the Royal Geographic Society, London.  He has studied the traditional life-style of the Inupiat Eskimos and other traditional cultures in South Africa, Australia, the Cook Islands, Greenland and the Falkland Islands.  Be ready to think big when it comes to your future flying goals.  The bar has been raised. 

Marc shared his experience in getting to and experiencing the Eclipse in Carbondale, IL (KMDH), and also checked off a new aviation experience, by riding right seat in a Jump plane.  Rhonda gave us the good word that she passed her Aviation knowledge exam with flying colors.  We expect no less!!!  Enjoy the show!

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​We hope you enjoy listening as much as we love talking to others who share our passion for aviation.  Let us know what you think!

​​​BLUE SKIES and TAILWINDS!!!

Direct download: 2017_08_27_Art_Mortvedt.mp3
Category:Aviation -- posted at: 10:19pm CDT

With Rhonda traveling to the Big Easy and Marc primed to go solo, Mike Barbarone stopped by to do some hangar flying with Marc.  Both Mike and Marc were bitten by the maintenance bug, potentially derailing their efforts to view the Total Solar Eclipse in the Path of Totality.  Their planned destination is Carbondale, IL (KMDH), which boasts being the city with the longest viewing time of the total eclipse.  With weather being an issue in Chicago, both Mike's and Marc's plane needs maintenance work before departing for the party.  The event promises to be a great one.  We hope all of you can take part in the experience (be careful and kind to your eyes).

​Mike shared his experience at the Chicago Air and Water show, which was amazing.  He had a prime viewing area off of Lake Michigan looking across and DOWN on the Blue Angels.

​ATC Privatization was also on Marc's mind, so he and  Mike talked about it, and while they don't always see eye to eye on politics, they are definitely on the same page on this topic.  It's important all GA pilots be able to articulate why ATC privatization is bad the way its slated to happen, and at a $100 billion hit to the deficit.  Five times more tan originally thought.  Here's a link to a quick reference card that speaks to what's wrong with privatization and what is the right way to get to the vision of a modern and safe aviation system.  http://bit.ly/2vQLdis

​Thanks for listening.

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​​​BLUE SKIES and TAILWINDS!!!

Direct download: 2017_08_20_Solar_Eclipse.mp3
Category:Aviation -- posted at: 9:44pm CDT

This week, the SimpleFlight Crew welcomes Dave Pascoe, founder of LiveATC.net .to the show.  Liveatc.net is the only source for live and archive ATC feeds from around the world.  And we love it!!!

​What started as a way for Dave to understand and become comfortable with ATC communications, became the single source for pilots, avgeeks, news media, etc. to hear actual pilot/ATC communications in every situation imaginable.  Listen in and learn the story behind how it started and where the technology is heading. 

You'll also hear how Dave gives back through his efforts in the Pan-Mass Challenge, a 170 - 190 mile bike ride to raise money for life-saving cancer research and treatment at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.  We can't wait for you to meet Dave.  We know you'll love the show!!!

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​We hope you enjoy listening as much as we love talking to others who share our passion for aviation.  Let us know what you think!

Direct download: 2017_08_13_Dave_Pascoe.mp3
Category:Aviation -- posted at: 9:55pm CDT

There is whining in aviation, Jet Whining that is.  This week, the SimpleFlight Crew welcomes Rob Mark to the show.  If there happens to be anyone that doesn't know Rob by name, we can say confidently, you've come across him in a very diverse set of aviation circles.

​Rob is the Senior Editor at Flying Magazine and also edits the award-winning, aviation insiders blog Jetwhine.com, the editorial podcast The Aviation Minute, and co-produces the weekly aviation radio show, The Airplane Geeks. Each summer, Rob co-hosts “Attitude Adjustment,” a daily radio show at EAA AirVenture in Oshkosh.  And if that isn't enough, Rob is a regular aviation news contributor to Fox News, WGN-TV and CNN, having also served as an aviation news analyst for CBS, NBC, PBS, the BBC and a number of national radio outlets.  Had enough? 

But wait, there's more.  He is an Airline Transport Rated pilot type-rated in a number of business jets and has logged nearly 7,000 flying hours in the airline, Part 135 and Part 91 environment. He holds a current airplane, instrument and multi-engine flight instructor certificate and even spent 10 years as an air traffic controller and supervisor with the FAA.  All this makes for a great show for #avgeeks of all persuasions.  Tune in for some relaxed hangar flying with Rob, Rhonda, and Marc!


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​We hope you enjoy listening as much as we love talking to others who share our passion for aviation.  Let us know what you think!

​​​BLUE SKIES and TAILWINDS!!!

Direct download: 2017_08_06_Rob_Mark.mp3
Category:Aviation -- posted at: 9:41pm CDT