The Pilotcast

"We have met the enemy and he is us."
Special guest "CFI Ron" returns to join the Hangar Flying with Pilot Dan, Pilot Kent, and Pilot Mike to talk about the need for all pilots to help in the efforts to help the "Problem pilots."

  • Welcome "CFI Ron," "The Rev." from Maryland.
  • FAA authorized Aviation Safety Counselors
  • Are older pilots "cowboys?"
  • Hazardous Attitudes.
  • The "Smoketown Two" tell their story in AOPA Pilot.
  • Can clubs have training and currency standards?
  • What are the consequences of the actions of "problem pilots?"
  • FAA hot button issues.
  • Why all pilots should speak up and help.
  • Where to go to get help.
  • How to find your local ASC.

In the news:

  • Oprah's Gulfstream returns to Santa Barbara after having windshield failure due to fatigue.

  • Coming on the Pilotcast: Aviation author and journalist, Rinker Buck.
  • Kent went flying in Florida.

A Word from our sponsor:

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  • "Get Santa Claus on the Line" by Lee Harris

Pilotcast show notes are at

Direct download: Pilotcast_019_2005.12.30.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 11:02pm EST

Special guest "A&P Tom" joins the holiday Hangar Flying with Pilot Dan, Pilot Kent, and Pilot Mike to talk about aircraft engines and winter operations and much more in very informative show for pilots and aircraft owners.

  • When do you need to pre-heat?
  • Is multi-weight oil less of a problem?
  • Which kind of preheat system is best?
  • What's the biggest mistake pilots make with their engines?
  • How long should you warm up the engine?
  • Why should we lean the mixture on the ground?
  • What about diesel engines?
  • Getting oil from coal. America has great resources.
  • When do you need to overhaul the engine?
  • Can you run the engine past TBO?
  • The problem with vibration. More than the passengers are bothered by vibration.
  • Those old radial engines heavily consume fuel and oil. That's why war birds cost so much to fly.
  • The best ways to preheat.
  • Heat the cabin, too.
  • How long to heat.
  • Clean the ice and snow from the wings. A tip on how to keep your wings clean.
  • Winterization plates and other ways to block the oil cooler.
  • Run the engine long enough to remove water from the oil
  • How to tell of there's still moisture in the oil.
  • How to check for a sign of engine corrosion.
  • Kent's recent problems getting his cold Cessna 182 to run smoothly.
  • A technique for cold starts using the primer.
  • Proper technique for priming the engine.
  • "Never take your hand off the throttle?" Oh yeah?

In the news:

  • The Southwest 737 runway overrun at Midway.
    • How the autobrakes (antiskid) works
    • Landlocked airports
    • A bit more doubletalk from the City of Chicago
  • The crash of the Grumman Mallard in Miami.
    • NTSB reports the wing spar had cracks.
    • The PT6 turbine conversion.
    • Tom: Cracks don't necessarily mean an aircraft is not airworthy.
  • A Beech accident in Connecticut. A 78 year old pilot survives an emergency landing in trees.

  • An update on the flight status of one Mr. Claus.
  • Coming on the Pilotcast: What Dan learned about the tax status of airplane clubs.
  • An update from Kent on his club's search for a new plane.

A Word from our sponsor:

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  • "Deck the Halls with We Wish You A Merry Christmas - Piano Solo" by Doug Boldt
  • "Santa Please Go To New Orleans" by Lee Harris and Loose Change
  • "This White Christmas Will Be Blue" by Beatrice Ericsson

Pilotcast show notes are at

Direct download: Pilotcast_018_2005.12.21.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 10:53pm EST

We'd like to know what you think about having entire songs at the beginning and end the show. We've found these podsafe songs that we think are pretty good, fun, and sometimes appropriate to flying.

We figure if you decide you hate the song that it is fairly easy to skip ahead on an MP3 player or computer.

Is it annoying to have to hear a whole song on our talk show? Do you want us to identify the artist and the length? Do you want us to cut it out?

Let us know!

--Pilot Mike
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 2:30pm EST

Hangar Flying with Pilot Dan, Pilot Kent, and Pilot Mike.

  • In the News:
    • Cape Air charter pilot passes out in flight. Student lands the Cessna 402.
    • 9/11 commission wants U.S. airspace made more restrictive.
    • Chicago Alderman wants to ban any aircraft landings within 4 miles of Chicago lake shore.
    • The Mars Rover Spirit is still running.
    • Mentally disturbed passenger shot by air marshalls in Miami.
    • Report that an airliner leaving LAX saw a smoke trail coming up.
    • In spite of recent convictions, lasers are still targeting aircraft.
    • Kent gets hit by a spotlight while landing at night.
    • California millionaire John Gilmore refuses to supply his ID to travel. Sues the government.,1283,69773,00.html

  • The first CTAF by "CFI Joe." Use of CTAF at uncontrolled airports.
    Music:"Learn to Fly" by Josh Woodward
  • When do sectional charts expire? Are they all at the same time?
  • You can get sectionals in .TIF images. They're 45MB per side!
  • Mabel from Washington, DC has a question from her son, Roger.
  • Can Santa fly in the DC ADIZ?
  • Kent's continuing search for a new plane for his club.
    • An Arrow, a Diamond, an Archer, a Cessna 172, or a Tiger?
    • Glass panel or steam gauges? Which is a better future value?
    • Modular systems can be upgraded.

Pilotcast show notes are at

Direct download: Pilotcast_017_2005.12.07.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 11:57pm EST

Here's a gift suggestion, although you may have to check to see if you can get delivery in time for the holidays: O'Reilly's "Podcasting Pocket Guide." Its official publication date is January 2006.

It looks like a good guide for podcast listeners. If you want to know how to get the most out of podcasts like The Pilotcast and how to get podcasts easier, check this book out. O'Reilly books are consistently great.

Category:general -- posted at: 1:50pm EST

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Category:general -- posted at: 7:48am EST