There I was…, presented by the AOPA Air Safety Institute, invites you into the cockpit with pilots across the aviation community. We fly with them as they encounter unpredictable scenarios and we learn from the knowledge and skills they utilize to fly safely out of them. This podcast honors the tradition and heritage in aviation to leverage “hangar flying” as an avenue to pass along knowledge and experience.
Here's the Latest Episode from “There I was…” An Aviation Podcast:
VFR into IMC continues to be a leading cause of fatal accidents in general aviation. In this episode, we talk to a pilot who was fortunate enough to escape from this highly dangerous scenario. Robert Clark recounts the story of flying his Dyke Delta aircraft through unexpected instrument conditions - at night, during an electrical failure.
Over the past 33 years of flying - including aerobatics in the P-51 Mustang, T-6 Texan, Japanese Zero, and F4U Corsair - pilot Mark Murphy has accumulated his share of stories. He joins us to talk about one such story - an unexpected flat spin in a Christen Eagle.
Join us for a special episode as we chat with actor, comedian, screenwriter and general aviation pilot Thomas Middleditch about his flying adventures, including a time where a trip to Monument Valley (UT25) didn’t go as planned.
To see the video version of this podcast, click here.
Not many pilots have survived a midair collision. Gabrielle Palmas experienced one in 2012, while working on her instrument rating. Now, years later, as second-in-command on a Lear 60, she joins us to tell her story.
GA pilot Jeff King shares the story of a 2009 incident in which he experienced an engine failure in his Cherokee Six, and made a forced landing in a nearby Walmart parking lot.
To see video and photos from Jeff's incident, click here.
In this episode, we hear an incredible survival story from Chuck Cook, T-28 warbird pilot. In the summer of 2018, shortly after a warning light in the cockpit caused him to separate from a formation flight and head back to his home airport, Chuck experienced thick billowing smoke and a fire in the cockpit of his T-28. Chuck crash-landed the airplane near the runway threshold and managed to escape from the burning wreckage with his life.
Warning: This episode contains graphic descriptions of burn injuries. Listener discretion is advised.
Join us as we talk to Greg Soter, a long-time GA pilot based in Utah. In 2013, Greg was flying a Cessna 172 for a company testing radar gear, when the equipment caught fire in the backseat and forced Greg to make an emergency landing off-airport.
We’re delighted to welcome back our inaugural podcast guest - Patty Wagstaff. Patty returns to tell about an incident in September of 2019, in which she and a fellow pilot experienced a runway excursion in Patty’s V-tail Bonanza.
In this episode, we talk to aerobatic airshow performer and Living Legends of Aviation member Julie Clark. Against the backdrop of a distinguished career and her retirement in 2019, Julie shares some interesting experiences and lessons she’s learned over more than 40 years as a solo aerobatic pilot.
Join us as we chat with Devin Miller, GA pilot and creator behind the Youtube channel, Family Pilot.
Devin shares the story of a recent flight with his wife and children in a Piper Arrow, in which his throttle cable breaks and leaves the engine stuck at full throttle.
To see Devin’s Youtube video of the incident, click here.
In this episode, we talk to Minnesota-based pilot Dan Bass. While flying his Mooney on a return trip from Ontario, Dan experienced carbon monoxide poisoning and lost consciousness while airborne. Hear Dan’s incredible story of survival as he wakes up in a snow-covered field in the bitter February cold.
To see photos from Dan's incident, click here.
In this episode, we talk with Florida-based air ambulance service Air Trek. On a routine transport flight from Naples to Niagara Falls, Captain Bruce Monnier and co-captain Gerald Downs experienced a dual engine flameout in their Cessna Citation II.
Strangely, that wasn’t the only jet in Air Trek’s fleet to experience an emergency that day.
Join us as we talk to the pilots and hear how they worked together to land safely – and uncover the cause of the incident.
Join us on an adventure in the Caribbean as we talk to Ed Regensburg, Cirrus SR22 pilot, and Lt. Jillian Harner, commander of a US Coast Guard HC-144.
Flying home after a trip to St. Croix, Ed was piloting a Cirrus SR22 with his friend, Dan Tucker, when a drop in oil pressure and subsequent engine failure forced them to pull the plane’s parachute and land in the Atlantic Ocean. Meanwhile, a Coast Guard HC-144, led by Lt. Jillian Harner, heard the distress call and began the search and rescue mission.
To see video and photos from this story, click here.
25-year GA pilot Jim Johnson shares the story of a hot Sunday afternoon in Alabama when he set out to practice approaches in his Cessna 177RG, and experienced an engine failure just after takeoff.
To see photos from Jim’s incident, click here.
In this episode, we hear a story from Steve Guetter, president of the Minnesota Seaplane Pilots Association. Steve experienced a complete electrical failure while flying at night in his 1958 J model Bonanza. Listen in as Steve recounts the event and explains the actions he took to land safely.
Country music star Aaron Tippin has been a pilot since he was 16, just like his dad, and he’s keeping that tradition alive through his two sons, both of whom soloed more than one airplane on their 16th birthday. In this episode, Aaron describes the dynamic of being a father & CFI, as well as the joys and challenges that come with getting your kids ready to solo a Stearman, T-6, and J-3 Cub all on the same day.
In this episode, British warbird pilot Mark Levy stops by Richard’s hangar to discuss an engine failure he experienced in a P-51 Mustang during the annual airshow at Duxford, England, in 2017. Levy recorded the entire event with a pair of point-of-view video cameras, and he shared his analysis, along with the video, with the Air Safety Institute.
For a condensed video clip of the engine failure, click here - https://youtu.be/jnODYKx5ics
For the full video including analysis and breakdown of the event, click here - https://youtu.be/BBpqvPujZgM
This podcast episode is an audio version of the full analysis video.
Airshow performer and aerobatic pilot Michael Goulian shares some interesting situations he’s encountered over a lifelong career of flying, and provides a few safety lessons along the way. Listen in as we chat with one of North America’s most recognized aviation professionals.
In this episode, we sit down with AOPA President & CEO, Mark Baker. Mark is an accomplished aviator with almost four decades of flying experience, and he has flown and owned over 100 airplanes throughout the years. Mark shares some of the challenging situations he’s experienced, and he also gives practical advice on how to transition between different airplanes successfully.
World-famous saxophonist Kenny G has been entertaining audiences for decades with his music – and he’s also a very accomplished pilot. As the owner of a de Havilland DHC-2 Beaver since 1995, Kenny has flown all over the country in his airplane, and in the process he’s accumulated a few stories! Listen in as he shares some interesting experiences.
Renowned aerobatic pilot and airshow performer Sean D. Tucker recalls a life-threatening emergency he faced in 2006, when he lost elevator control in his airplane and was forced to bail out. Listen to Sean’s harrowing tale as he recounts the steps he took to survive.
In this episode, we talk to Lee Lauderback - owner, founder, chief instructor and demo pilot for Stallion 51 (a P-51 operation in Orlando), and former chief pilot for Arnold Palmer. Lee recalls a landing gear emergency in a TF-51 Mustang. Tune in to hear how Lee evaluates the situation and takes action.
U.S. National Aerobatic Champion Patty Wagstaff recounts a Cessna 185 flight in southwest Alaska, where she loses her bearings and encounters IMC. Learn how Patty keeps her cool under pressure and climbs through ice to get her and her passenger safely to their destination.