The Pilotcast

The show for Pilots, by Pilots.
"CFI Jason" Miller from The Finer Points aviation podcast joins The Pilotcast and goes hangar flying with Pilot Dan, Pilot Kent and Pilot Mike.

  • The Finer Points aviation podcast:
  • Are there difficult students?
  • Many pilots greatest fears: midairs, base to final stall/spin
  • Favorite phases of flight?

  • In the news:
    • The state of aviation in Chicago, where the FAA gives $3M for improving an airport while suing the city for $4M for destroying an airport.
    • NO GA USER FEES! (for a year)
    • The end of the Age 60 rule?
    • XCOR Long-EZ piloted by Dick Rutan to go for record for rocket powered flight.
  • Dan would have been safer flying.
  • Kent's excellent flying adventure to LEX - Lexington, KY.
  • Kent's pictures:
    • Flying the Chicago lakefront VFR route.
      Looking west down the Chicago River.
    • "Northerly Island Park," former site of Meigs Field
    • Flying above the clouds at sunset.
    • "Garmin GNS-430 Terrain Warning display

Remember to check out Jason Miller's The Finer Points aviation podcast.

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  • "Santa is on the No Fly List" by Lee Harris & the Good Time Charlies
  • "If Every Day Were Christmas" by Podsafe for Peace

Pilotcast show notes are at

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Direct download: Pilotcast_016_2005.11.29.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 11:29pm EST

"Pilot Doug" Kaye joins The Pilotcast and goes hangar flying with Pilot Dan and Pilot Mike.

  • In the flying news:
    • Twin spirals into the Pacific off the shore of Orange County.
    • The Nike corporate Gulfstream has a gear problem. All the TV stations have field day.
    • King Air in Fulton County also has a gear problem and makes a belly landing.

  • Doug on flying a glider at 18,000 feet with a groundspeed of ZERO. It takes a long time to get down from there.
  • Doug's Bonanza can haul a load!
  • Doug's Cross Countries
    • North of the Arctic Circle
      • Dealing with customs in Canada and the U.S.
      • Flying "the trench" though the Canadian Yukon to Alaska.
      • There are 6 months of no night up there. How do they stay night current?
      • Glacier Bay at 500 feet AGL.
      • Camping at Watson Lake.
      • Flying NDB airways
      • Tracking by position reports.
    • Flying in Baja.
      • Aviation in Mexico is "flaky."
      • "Nice trip" to Copper Canyon. "The trip from hell."
        See for a description of one of Doug's more interesting trips.
      • Banditos and Boulders
      • 4 or 5 planes didn't make it back the way they left.

Show notes are on

Direct download: Pilotcast_015_2005.11.20.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 11:43pm EST

Special guest CFI Ron, "The Rev", joins The Pilotcast and goes hangar flying with Pilot Dan, Pilot Kent, and Pilot Mike.

Hangar flying with "The Rev." CFI Ron

  • Ron loves his Yankees and Grummans.
  • TFRs were around before 9/11.
  • Flight training
    • How the military does training. Civilian student pilots could use a similar method.
    • Why today's CFI might not want to do ground training.
    • The best ways to learn and complete your training efficiently.
      • Plan your lessons.
      • Request and do your homework!
      • Buy a commercial flight training lesson kit.
      • Make use of online aviation communites as a resource for information and mutual support.
      • Fly (reasonably) often if you can.
    • How long should it take to solo and earn a pilot certificate?
      Should I be concerned?
  • Flying with dogs
    Flying dogs
  • Advice to future military and/or professional pilots: You have ZERO strikes available.
  • In the news:
    • Archer ends up tangled in power lines in Milwaukee and makes all off the network news shows.
    • Comanche 250 makes a successful emergency landing on I25 in Castle Rock, CO. This one later takes off safely.
  • "Boorish behavior" is no longer tolerated in the military.

Pilotcast show notes are on

Direct download: Pilotcast_014_2005.11.16.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 11:27pm EST

Pilots will love this podcast episode!

The Podfather and "Pilot Adam" Curry recorded his flight in "Pilot Doug" Kaye's Bonanza from Ontario,CA to Oakland,CA on the Daily Source Code #279. You can hear "Pilot Doug" talking with ATC on his IFR flight right through "Pilot Adam's" in-flight relief and what sounds like a greaser landing.

Adam says it's the first podcast of a flight. It may be the first to be published, but Pilot Mike did record his flight home from AOPA Expo in Tampa. The recording didn't turn out too good because his recorder wasn't wearing a headset.

"Pilot Doug" Kaye, also a podcasting founding guru, has promised to join The Pilotcast and talk about his flying adventures.

Update: "Pilot Doug" Kaye has agreed to join us on Pilotcast #15, which will be published the week of November 20. Check it out!

Category:podcasts -- posted at: 7:56pm EST

Women in aviation: Pilot Dan's report from "Women Take Flight" at the New England Aviation Museum.

In the news:

  • New Cessna rumors resurface
  • Boeing sets new non-stop distance record with 12,000nm flight of a 777-200LR from Hong Kong to London.

Show notes are on

Direct download: pilotcast_013_2005.11.11-r.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 11:20pm EST

AOPA Expo 2005 report.
Pilot Lance's adventure.
Hangar flying with Pilot Dan, Pilot Kent, and Pilot Mike.

  • In the news:
    • The pilot owner of Cessna 210 makes an emergency landing on a road in Baton Rouge then severely damages the plane rushing his takeoff.
    • Independence Air files for bankruptcy.
    • Song is sung no more.
    • A Citation crashes after rushed takeoff from Houston Hobby.
    • Cirrus buys the SATSair Air Taxi service.

  • Can the Chicago lakefront VFR route have a CTAF?
  • Many manufacturers and entrepreneurs are betting on a future for small aircraft air taxi services.
  • Pilot Dan and Pilot Kent love those Diamonds!

Shownotes are on

Direct download: Pilotcast_012_2005.11.07.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 11:12pm EST