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Here's the Latest Episode from Hangar Talk:
Alsim Flight Training Solutions’ U.S. sales and business director Scott Firsing describes how exercises in a flight simulator can help pilots learn more and save money.
Alaska-based Angle of Attack flight training founder, Cessna 172 pilot, and podcaster Chris Palmer talks about teaching techniques, breaking through barriers, and how you can find amazing aviation opportunities in your own back yard.
Review the Top-5 general aviation stories of 2019 with a discussion about airline hiring and its effect on general aviation, backcountry flying’s mainstream emergence, Garmin’s Autoland, high-profile GA accidents, and two big anniversaries.
Canadian Army Maj. Andrew Hennessy reveals some of NORAD Santa's secrets as a team of military defense specialists work behind the scene to help track the merry-making wanderer’s global journey.
AOPA airspace guru and former military air traffic controller Rune Duke talks about airspace, outer space, and helps explain some aviation acronyms.
Find out why Greensboro, North Carolina, flight instructor and retired military pilot Chris Kreske was recently recognized as the best flight instructor by his students and and learn how he transitions military pilots into well-rounded civilian pilots.
Get to know corporate pilot and ‘Pilot to Pilot’ podcast host Justin Siems who shares thoughts about professional aviation careers, fellow aviators, and the role of social media.
Shinji Maeda lost an eye to an injury when he was a youth, but he battled back to pursue his aviation dreams, earned a commercial pilot certificate, and now has his sights set on an earthround flight to promote aviation.
Find out how general aviation pilot and mechanic Jeremy King turned his passion for aviation into a full-time career in the big leagues; plus catch up on the week's aviation headlines.
Alaska bush pilot, artist, and parent Leighan Falley explains the challenges of flying in the forty-ninth state’s backcountry; plus catch up on the week's aviation headlines.
Hear from Garmin engineer and project manager Joe Gepner about how avionics are developed and where the next big ideas will come from. Plus stick around for the week's news.
Robinson Helicopter's Chief Flight Instructor Tim Tucker—who literally wrote the book on how to fly the popular helicopters—drops in for a candid conversation; plus catch up on the week's aviation headlines. AOPA Online.
Meet Sarah Rovner, an airline transport pilot who ferries airplanes for fun; plus catch up on the week's aviation headlines.
Find out about Lycoming’s new electronic ignition, Garmin’s latest touchscreen navigator, Redbird’s GIFT program, Extra’s composite aerobat, Boeing’s job predictions, and more from EAA’s fiftieth AirVenture in Oshkosh, Wisconsin.
Lunar landing site champion and space law expert Michelle Hanlon explains how the nonprofit For All Moonkind plans to preserve the six Apollo landing sites; plus, catch up on the week's aviation headlines.
National Aviation Hall of Fame inductee and Tuskegee Airman Col. Charles McGee says education and a love for flying can prepare future pilots for opportunities in aviation and aerospace; plus catch up on the most recent aviation news.
Designated pilot examiner and AOPA Pilot columnist Natalie Bingham Hoover shares tips about how to pass your checkride; plus, stick around for the week's aviation headlines.
World War II Pathfinder pilot and retired U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Dave Hamilton, 96, describes his D-Day experience dropping paratroopers behind enemy lines from a Douglas C-47; plus, stick around for the week's headlines.
SiriusXM's Scott Dennstaedt is a former research meteorologist and an active flight instructor. Learn the differences between Sirius XM and Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast weather. Plus, stick around for the week's headlines.
What would you do if your aircraft propeller departed over populous Southern California? Hear how aerobatic pilot Spencer Suderman handled it and what you can learn from his experience, then stick around for the latest news.
With all the talk about urban vertical takeoff and landing vehicles you'd think they are just a few months away. The truth is that the development, certification, and infrastructure are years away. Hear from eVTOL expert Bruce Holmes and stick around for the headlines.
Hear the inside scoop on the future of the ADS-B mandate, what options aircraft owners still have, and why you may want to equip sooner rather than later with Freeflight Systems’ Pete Ring. Plus stick around for the week's headlines.
Sam Graves is a member of the U.S. House of Representatives and the Ranking Member of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure. Hear Graves' thoughts on the recent Boeing crashes. Plus stick around the week's headlines.
Get tips for flying the scenic backcountry of New England from Maine pilot Lincoln Benedict and his wife Jessica Marion. Plus stick around for the week's headlines.
They say aviation is only full of old guys. But a new crop of young pilots is using video to spread a message of fun and excitement. This week we meet Savannah Raskey, a Utah Air National Guard member and a pilot with career aspirations. Plus stick around for the headlines.
Air race champion, entrepreneur, cinematographer, test pilot, aviation mentor, and R.A. 'Bob' Hoover Trophy winner Clay Lacy, who has flown more than 300 aircraft types and logged more than 50,000 flight hours, talks about his aviation career and the importance of inspiring others. Plus, get caught up on the latest aviation news.
Visit with AOPA airspace guru, multi-engine student, and former military air traffic controller Rune Duke for a chat about airspace, acronyms, the government shutdown’s effect on aviation, and more. Also, stick around for the week's headlines.
Flying around the world is a great accomplishment. Doing it at 18 years old is simply incredible. Hear the experience of earthrounder Mason Andrews and stick around for the week's headlines.
December 17 is the 115th anniversary of the world's first powered heavier-than-air flight. What better way to celebrate than with a trip to the Wright Brothers National Memorial, where we met with Ranger Amiee Ginnever. Plus stick around for the week's headlines.
Take a deep dive into 80 years of aviation history and advocacy with AOPA Editor at Large Tom Horne, as he uncovers research that led to “Freedom to Fly,” a hardcover book documenting general aviation. Plus, get up to speed on the rest of the week's aviation headlines.
Traveling to Europe for generation aviation flying rates highly on many aviators' wish lists. Hear about the trip of a lifetime from Virginia student and AOPA French Air Rally travel winner Amy Rose and stick around for the rest of the week's aviation headlines.
Find out from Operation Airdrop volunteer pilot and Cessna T210 owner Sean Malone how you can put your pilot skills to use after a hurricane or other natural disaster. Plus stick around for the rest of the week's aviation headlines.
Find out from Rachelle Spector how one organization is boosting the pilot population, especially among young women. Plus learn what’s new at NBAA and stick around for the rest of the week's aviation headlines.
Learn the inside scoop from Ameravia importers Chris Benaiges and Mike McMann on what it takes to bring the European designed Vulcanair V1.0 four-seat single to the flight training market. Plus, stick around for the week's headlines.
He's a guy who's been there and done that in aviation. Hear about Pat Brown's exciting career doing everything from writing for Rod Machado to towing gliders. Pat is currently AOPA's regional ambassador to Texas as part of the You Can Fly program. Plus, stick around for the week's headlines.
Cirrus Aircraft regional sales director Gary Black, a former test pilot for the manufacturer, talks about general aviation’s best-selling aircraft. Plus, stick around for the latest headlines.
With the pilot shortage now fully upon us hear what major flight training institutions such as Embry Riddle Aeronautical University are doing to make more and better pilots as we talk to university head Dr. P. Barry Butler. Plus stick around for the week's headlines.
Are you going through Oshkosh withdrawal? So are Ian and David. Relive the big show this week as we cover all the headlines, plus bring in AOPA's Alyssa Cobb to talk all about your sweepstakes Super Cub.
Foreflight and the iPad have revolutionized how we fly. This week hear from Foreflight co-founders Tyson Weihs and Jason Miller about how they got started, what has surprised them about their impressive run, and what's next. Plus stick around for the headlines.
Warbird pilot Larry Kelley describes what it's like flying the B-25 Panchito, plus catch up on the latest aviation news in this week's podcast.
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University archivist Kevin Montgomery helped uncover the mystery of President John F. Kennedy's Florida floatplane training. Plus catch up on the latest aviation news.
This week we talk to Samaritan Aviation's Mark Palm, a pilot and mechanic operating in Papua New Guinea. Palm shares tales of his amazing flights, what it's like to live there with his family, and how to get started in missionary flying. Plus stick around for the headlines.
Have you had an engine failure? Mark Levy has, and it was all caught on dramatic video. Watch the video first, and then listen to Mark digest what happened with Richard McSpadden, the director of AOPA's Air Safety Institute. Plus stick around for this week's headlines.
Airline hiring is on a big boom, and will only get stronger in the coming years. This week, Boeing's William Ampofo talks about Boeing's pilot forecast and what it's going to take to fill all those cockpits in the coming years. Plus stick around for the week's headlines.
Ramona "SkyChick" Cox is an aviation adventurer who has taken her Cessna 206 to scores of remote airfields. She shares practical and safety tips you can use for a successful off-airport journey, plus catch up on the latest aviation news in this week's Hangar Talk podcast.
You love to fly, which probably means you also need to travel. Join us this week for tips on great places to fly as we chat with Crista V. Worthy. Crista has been traveling around North America by GA for years, and she shares her favorite spots. Plus stick around for the headlines.
Join us this week as we talk to Shaesta Waiz, an earthrounder and STEM advocate who sees aviation as a pathway for all young people. Hear her inspiring story, and stick around for the headlines.
Quest Kodiak factory demo pilot Mark Brown talks about what many say is the best job in aviation and catch up on the latest aviation news in this week's Hangar Talk podcast.
Instrument-rated private pilot, mother, and AOPA Pilot Managing Editor Sarah Deener, and husband, Matt, share tips for flying with children; also, catch up on the latest aviation news in this week's Hangar Talk podcast.
Pilot and aviation mechanic Kyle Fosso, with flying partner Samantha Sky Hagan, will soon embark on a 50-state journey across the U.S. in a 1954 Cessna 170B that Fosso restored. Along the way the couple hopes to inspire kids to dream big and imagine what aviation can do for their futures. Plus stick around for the week's headlines.
Piper is synonymous with general aviation. The Cub is one of the world's most recognizable aircraft that helped to train a generation of pilots. This week we talk to Piper CEO to Simon Caldecott about what's new at the company, what the future holds, and if we'll ever see another Cub come from Vero Beach.
Outgoing FAA Administrator Michael Huerta guided the agency through the safest period in commercial aviation history, pushed air traffic modernization, saw the explosion of drones, and supported medical certification and aircraft certification reform. This week AOPA President Mark Baker sits down with Huerta to hear about his time at the FAA and what he learned about general aviation during his time at the FAA. Plus stick around for the week's headlines.
No one in aviation knows gadgets better than Sporty's Pilot Shop's John Zimmerman. John is an active pilot and tests all of Sporty's new products. Hear his favorites, gift recommendations, and even a few busts the company has had over the years. Plus stick around for the week's headlines.
Join us this week as we talk to 2017 Miss Vermont Erin Connor and her push to see more women in science, technology, engineering, and math fields. Connor flew herself to the Miss America pageant earlier this year, and used aviation as a platform to talk about increasing the number of women in technology careers. Plus stick around for the week's headlines.
This week we talk to Jamie Patterson-Simes, owner of SkyTrek Alaska Flight Training, AOPA's flight school of the year. Hear about her incredible journey and dedication to bringing up the next generation of aviators. Plus stick around for the headlines.
The clocks are changing and the days are getting shorter. It's time to think about brushing up on your night flying skills. This week we chat with AOPA's Best Flight Instructor of 2017, Zoan Harcelrode, about her best night flying tips. Plus stick around for the week's headlines.
Pilots are supposed to avoid thunderstorms by 20 miles or more, right? For some brave pilots, not only do they not avoid thunderstorms, they seek them out. This week we talk to NOAA Hurricane Hunter pilot Kevin Doremus about the year's busy season, and what it takes to fly into the eye of the storm.
Medical doctor, licensed pilot, astronaut, and mountain climber. Dr. Scott Parazynski has led a life of adventure far beyond what most of us could dream of. This week we catch up with Parazynski to learn about what it's like to be in space, serve as Senator John Glenn's physician, and what he's working on today. Plus stick around for the headlines.
This week we chat with Reno unlimited winner Jay Consalvi about his incredible race. Consalvi flew "Strega," just beating out rival "Voodoo." Hear what it's like to go 500 miles per hour just 50 feet from the ground. Plus stick around for the headlines.
This week we catch up for a brief chat with General Charles Boyd, a former POW in Vietnam who now keeps his flying decidedly less dramatic. Also stick around for the week's top headlines.
NASA's Kristen Erickson, who pulled together the agency's "Eclipse Across America" coverage, explains solar eclipse highlights; and catch up on the latest aviation news in this week's Hangar Talk podcast.
What's it like to fly close formation upside down, mere feet above the ground? This week David talks to Paul "Rocket" Hornick of the Phillips 66 Aerostars team. The team flies four Yak 52TWs in a dynamic routine that excites audiences everywhere they go. Plus stick around for the week's headlines.
It's Oshkosh week! Hundreds of thousands of pilots have descended on Oshkosh, Wisconsin, for EAA Airventure this week to celebrate everything that takes to the skies. We cover the best of the show, plus talk to a few show-goers on what makes Oshkosh special to them.
Now is the time to fight for the future of general aviation. This episode we dig into the battle over air traffic control with Jim Coon, AOPA's senior vice president of government affairs. Learn what's at stake and what you can do to help. Plus tune in for the week's top headlines.
This week we soar to the edge of space with Jim Payne from the Perlan glider project. Payne is trying to break the altitude record for soaring, currently at more than 50,000 feet. Also tune in for the week's top headlines.
You've read his columns in AOPA magazines for years, and maybe you've seen his talks. On this week's show hear flight instructor and funnyman Rod Machado talk about both his love for aviation and his frustration for its future. Plus tune in for the week's headlines.
BasicMed is here! This week we talk with AOPA's medical certification expert Gary Crump about BasicMed. What is it? What does it mean for aviation? And most importantly, what does it mean for you? Plus tune in for the week's top headlines.
Learning to fly is difficult. Learning to fly when you're missing an arm and a leg--that's in another league. This week David sits down with Adam Kiselewski, a Marine who lost two limbs in Iraq. Kiselewski hasn't let that slow him down. He's learned to fly, rides a motorcycle, and volunteers for many veteran's organizations. Plus the week's top headlines.
Have you ever thought about being an airline pilot? Or just wondered what the flying was like? This week we chat with Pete Bedell, a pilot for a major carrier. Bedell is a freelance contributor to AOPA Pilot and Flight Training magazines, and comes from a flying family. Also this week, BasicMed rolls out and we cover the top headlines.
Do you look up and admire those majestic hot air balloons as they calmly float by? Do the balloons with odd shapes make you wonder how flight is even possible? This episode David talks to Colin Graham, a world renowned hot air balloon pilot who flies shaped balloons everywhere from Albuquerque to Thailand. Plus tune in the headlines of the past two weeks.
What's the difference between an LP and an LPV approach? What's new about the Cirrus G6? And is technology really making lazy pilots? We discuss these questions and more this week with 2008 Flight Instructor of the Year and author Max Trescott. Trescott is an expert in glass cockpit technology, and teaches regularly in various Cirrus models. Hear his perspective on pilot skills and the latest news in this week's episode.
North Carolina's airport system is expansive, and some of the best sit on the string of barrier islands known as the Outer Banks. The popular vacation destination is a struggle to reach by car, but a joy to visit by airplane. This week we talk to Thomas Freeman and James Capps of the North Carolina's Division of Aviation about the history and attraction of these unique fields. Plus the week's top news.
Cuba is physically close but culturally a world away. Off limits for decades, today visiting is relatively easy and well worth the trip. Plus, now you can fly yourself there! This week we talk to Cuba Handling's Eric Norber about how to get there, what to do when you're on the island, and why going to Cuba is such a unique experience. Plus tune in for the headlines of the week.
Every pilot dreams of getting a seaplane rating. For many who do, it's a great weekend experience and nothing else. For a lucky few, it translates to a life of incredible adventures. This week we talk to Brian Schanche of Adventure Seaplanes about his guided seaplane trips. Editor at Large Dave Hirschman flew along with Brian on a trip to see polar bears in Churchill, Canada. Plus tune in to hear the week's top headlines.
To visit great ski destinations. To see incredible vistas. To travel across the country. Whatever the purpose, flying in the mountains is fun and challenging. This week we talk to The Finer Points podcast's Jason Miller about his weekend mountain flying course. Miller organizes semi-annual fly-outs from his base in the San Francisco Bay area, and last summer Technical Editor Jill Tallman joined him on a fun and educational trip into the Sierra Nevada. Plus tune in for the week's headlines.
Drones are by far the largest growth area in aviation. For many manned pilots, the small remotely piloted aircraft remain an oddity, if not a threat. This week we meet the owner of an aerial application business. He has turned to drones to help a farmer who sees the technology as leading to better, more efficient agricultural practices. Plus tune in for the top headlines of the week.
Every pilot dreams of flying around the world, but few have succeeded. Even in this age of fast, long-range turboprops, the complexity and cost of such a trip is daunting. When flying something like a Beechcraft Bonanza, safety is also a showstopper for many. Unless you're Adrian Eichhorn. This week AOPA Editor in Chief Tom Haines talks to FAA AMT of the Year Eichhorn about his flight around the world. Eichhorn spent years preparing for the trip. Hear about his adventures, and the week's headlines in the latest episode.
University presidents appear to lead lives trapped in offices dealing with the numerous challenges of dealing with students, faculty, parents, and state regulators. So when we heard James Clark, the president of South Carolina State University participated in the flyover of one of his school's football games in an RV, we had to learn more. Hear Clark talk discuss his passion for aviation and the week's headlines in the latest episode.
The declining number of pilots is private aviation's biggest threat. With a smaller community comes fewer airports, fewer airplanes, and higher prices. Not to mention less influence in Washington. AOPA's You Can Fly program is aiming to tackle this difficult problem. Hear AOPA's Katie Pribyl explain what she and her team are doing to reverse the decline in the pilot population. Plus this week David and Ian debate the merits of a new type of traffic pattern.
John and Martha King are aviation legends. The husband and wife duo has produced thousands of products through King Schools, and the pair continue to delight audiences with a playful back and forth that anyone who's married can appreciate. But not only do the Kings live and work together, they fly together as well. Tune in to this week's show to hear who is the better pilot and how they keep things fun and safe in the cockpit.
If flying one Boeing jet is a joy, flying all of them must be the thrill of a lifetime. For one lucky Boeing employee, it's just another day on the job. Steve Taylor is Boeing's chief pilot, and is rated in every commercial aircraft the company makes. When he's not making a delivery flight or flying a program on the latest and greatest, he's enjoying Seattle from a GA aircraft. Hear what it's like to fly all the big iron, and catch up on the latest headlines in this week's episode.
Have you ever wanted to fly with a Red Bull Air Racer? Or learn to fly a jet? Redbird's Brittney Miculka got to do all this and more as part of the company's recent project "Winging It." The video series took Miculka around the country getting to do things most pilots only dream about. David Tulis caught up with Brittney at EAA Airventure earlier this year.
Few places evoke the romance of flying more than Africa. The vast open spaces and the feeling of being truly on your own make for a flying environment unlike any other. Much of Africa's non-airline flying is relief missions. AOPA's Julie Walker and Chris Rose recently traveled to Uganda and the Democratic Republic of the Congo to learn more about Air Serv, a group that flies doctors and food to warring areas of the continent.
Think flying is expensive? It doesn't have to be. Joseph Atkins found the deal of the century, put in some hard work with a friend, and came out with an airworthy airplane for less than the cost of a bag of nice golf clubs. It's proof that if you're resourceful enough, flying can be a reasonably cost-effective hobby. Senior Editor Jill Tallman talks to Atkins in this episode, and we cover the week's headlines.
The entire country mourned. Thousands of lives were lost. 9/11 was a major turning point in the history of the United States, a day of innocence lost. Scattered among the painful stories are thousands of tales of people who banded together to pick up the pieces. Among them, AOPA's Melissa Rudinger, who pushed for weeks to reopen the nation's airspace to general aviation and all its important contributions. Melissa describes what it was like inside the FAA at the time, and the many battles to keep our freedom to fly.
You have read Barry Schiff's insights and expertise over the years in AOPA Pilot magazine. Now hear him describe his favorite airplanes, best flights, and the essence of flight.
As if flying inverted at 100 feet above the runway on the airshow circuit weren't enough, pilot Michael Goulian also spends his days flying under bridges and within racetracks as part of the Red Bull Air Race series. Goulian is one of the nicest guys in the airshow business, and he sat down to earlier this year to charm our own Julie Walker.
You've heard of Burning Man, the counterculture festival held each year in the Nevada desert. Now experience it from another side, a temporary airport that handles hundreds of flights during the show. AOPA Editor at Large Dave Hirschman and Photographer Chris Rose share their experiences.