The Pilotcast

Special guest "CFI Terry" Lankford, aviation author, weather expert and retired FAA flight service briefer, joins the Hangar Flying with Pilot Dan, Student Pilot Jason, and Pilot Mike.

  • Pilot Kent is on the road. Student Pilot Jason joins.  
  • Jason has correction on the the story of the "drunk pilot" who stole a Cessna in Connecticut. The tower was not in operation.
  • Jason joined a fly-in at LNS, Lancaster, PA on January 28th.  A good time was had by all.
  • Some of Jason's pictures  (more below):

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  • Terry is a Gold Seal Certified Flight Instructor, 1997 Flight Safety Award winner, former FAA Aviation Safety Counselor.
  • Terry is a partner in a Cessna 172.
  • Terry is a retired FAA weather briefer from the FAA Oakland AFSS and a weather enthusiast.
    • What does "VFR not recommended mean?" 
    • Briefers are following the handbook.
    • Will a briefer EVER say, "VFR is recommended?"
    • One pilot who called Terry hung up too fast.
    • You can get the TIBS information on the same "1-800-WX-BRIEF" call.
    • Terry's take on the outsourcing of FSS to Lockheed-Martin.
    • National Association of Air Traffic Specialists
    • FSS is not used for airline or corporate flights.
    • The pilots who have the least experience and the least capable aircraft need FSS the most.
    • Does a FSS give briefings to other than pilots?
    • The problem with regional FSSs is that not all are kept busy.
    • Do FSSs get enough PIREPS?
      • The best way to give reports.
      • Be subjective.
      • What is severe turbulence?
      • When you read a PIREP note what kind of aircraft is making the report.
      • Almost any ice report from small aircraft means the pilot is a test pilot.
    • Calling the FSS for TFRs in region.
    • Mike's story about a near encounter with a TFR after getting a FSS briefing.
    • Jason's plane called FSS Radio while airborne and ended talking to two FSSs at once.
    • How to call up FSS in the air.
      • Call the nearest FSS "radio"
      • Give your location and what frequency you're monitoring.
    • What does Terry think of DUATS?
    • Decoded briefings vs. coded.
    • Do the FSS briefers resent outside vendors like DUATS?
    • How the technology handles changing weather conditions.
    • If DUATS is down you can call the FSS, not vice-versa.  FSS will fail over calls to provide coverage.
  • Terry's book on aviation charts.
  • There are reports that GPS receivers have failed.
  • Terry's take on weather.
    • ICE!
      • Forecasts of icing.
      • The aviation weather center in Kansas City is developing a graphical AIRMET.
      • If there are no clouds there will be no ice.
      • If you are IFR and you pick up ice advise the controller.  
      • Worry about a FAR violation later.
      • Advise the controller if an instruction will subject you to ice.
      • Always have an escape plan.
    • Weather is a hard thing for pilots to learn.
    • Weather is not a certain thing.  You have to learn to deal with probabilities.
    • Weather forecasters cannot be held liable for weather forecasts.  
    • Briefers must provide all information they have.
    • Pilots learn by observing the weather they encounter.
    • Terry is developing a new program for educating pilots on weather.

In the news:

  • A CFI and student crash in Michigan
  • Secretary of Transportation Norman Mineta again says the FAA needs users Fees.  The AOPA is protesting.
  • Please send comments on the NPRM for the permanent Washington ADIZ before February 6.  Send copies of your comments to congress. See Pilotcast #007 for instructions on how to send your comments.
  • The Las Vegas airport says, "No thanks" to accommodating the Airbus A380.
  • A passenger jumps out of a taxiing 737.

Author Rinker Buck of "Flight of Passage" will join the Pilotcast soon.

Some of Jason's pictures of the Fly-in on January 28th at KLNS, Lancaster, PA.

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Pilotcast show notes are at

Direct download: Pilotcast-023-2006.01.29.mp3
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Feedback, follow ups, glass cockpits and other new topics. Hangar Flying with Pilot Dan,Pilot Kent, and Pilot Mike.

  • Thanks to AOPA ePilot Flight Training Edition for the mention of the Pilotcast .  The Pilotcast was mentioned along with Jason Miller's The Finer Points in the Volume 6, Issue 2 January 13, 2006 AOPA ePilot Flight Training Edition. AOPA members can get a copy of the January 13 issue on the AOPA Flight Training site.
  • Thanks to the Pilotcast's "Apple Army"
  • The amazing technology used in producing the Pilotcast
  • Responses to emails to the Pilotcast:
  • "Pilot Peter" in Germany tells us there is no Czechoslovakia and besides they've got a long history of making great planes. 
  • If you email us we might invite you to join.
  • Shoutout to Pilot Xavier from France, now in the U.K.
  • "Pilot M.D.": Does the Hudson River freeze over?  Yes...and the Coast Guard is not always nearby to lend a hand. The NYPD patrols the river.
  • "Pilot Ian" from Germany wants to know about aviation fuel and mogas conversions.
  • Flying in Germany? 
  • "Pilot Peter": Germany will have a 30nm TFR over The World Cup.
  • "Pilot Russ": Wants to know about homebuilts.
  • Coming topics: aircraft ownership, weather, the Civil Air Patrol.
  • "CFI Joe" has follow up comments on "We have met the enemy and he is us."  
    • The Cleveland, Ohio GADO had hand out cards that were not exactly well received.
    • How a CFI can handle the high expectations of problem students.
  • Kent's report on flying with glass cockpits.
    • Flying from Albert Whitted field, which was threatened like Meigs.
    • At first you have information overload.
    • Graphic engine monitor.
    • Manufacturers of glass panels:
    • Kent likes the Garmin G1000
    • The Avidyne looks dated.
    • Using the panel vs. "steam gauges."  The steam gauges are not placed well.
    • The high resolution makes any change on the AI look large.
    • Critical speeds are marked on the "tape" but are not placed intuitively.
    • Traffic display was very useful.
    • The engine display. It was nice having an engine analyzer for tasks like leaning.
    • Data like winds aloft is always displayed.
    • Avidyne vs. Garmin.
      • Avidyne is self contained.
      • Garmin has remote modules.
    • The Sagem is scheduled to be installed in the Seawind.
    • You get a choice of Garmin or Avidyne panels in Diamond and Columbia aircraft.

  • Kent's pictures of his Florida flight in the G1000 equipped 172

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  • The DC ADIZ
    • "CFI Ron" and "Pilot Brian" are BOTH right about the VFR corridor around Dulles.
    • The NPR is open for comments on the permanent ADIZ until February 6th.  Send your comments.  Send a copy to your congressional representatives. See Pilotcast #007 for instructions on how to send your comments.
    • Mainstream media is reporting that the decision on the permanent ADIZ is a "done deal."
    • AOPA President Phil Boyer's comments at the public hearing on the ADIZ including his personal amazing story of HIS encounter with ADIZ "enforcement."
    • The 24 hour annual TFR for the State of the Union address will close DC to GA.
    • The Superbowl Sunday TFR is 30 miles, which would extend into Canada. The U.S. asked Canada to co-operate to close the circle.  Canada doesn't have TFRs!
  • How much a threat is a Cessna 150?  One was almost brought down by a kite.
  • Kent dealt with the real ADIZ, hostile terrian below, and a restricted area for a balloon tether in Florida.
  • AOPA is reporting that a large number of members are reporting being ramped checked. 
  • AOPA's advice:
    • DON'T CARRY your pilot or aircraft LOG BOOKS. 
    • Be polite.
    • You do not have to allow the inspector to enter your plane.
  • In the news: PIREP: "SR22 at 7000 feet, encountered icing, aircraft descending under parachute" in Alabama on Friday the 13th.
  • Author Rinker Buck of "Flight of Passage" will join soon.
  • Coming up on Pilotcast #23: Terry Lankford, author, Gold Seal CFI, Flight Briefer and weather expert

Direct download: Pilotcast-022-2006.01.21-r.mp3
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Thanks to Pilot Ryan and Pilot Mark for letting us know that The Pilotcast was mentioned along with Jason Miller's The Finer Points in the Volume 6, Issue 2 January 13, 2006 AOPA ePilot Flight Training Edition. AOPA members can get a copy of the January 13 issue on the AOPA Flight Training site.

The AOPA ePilot is a great resource for everybody in aviation in the US. Besides the periodic ePilot newletters, AOPA sends immediate timely warnings about TFRs and other urgent news to the potentially affected pilots int he area. AOPA members can subscribe to ePilot here. Note that there are two editions of AOPA ePilot: AOPA ePilot and AOPA ePilot Flight Training Edition.

Thanks, AOPA!

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Special guest "Pilot Rick" Durden, host of "The Pilot's Lounge" column on, joins the Hangar Flying with Pilot Dan, Pilot Kent, and Pilot Mike.

  • Rick's "The Pilot Lounge" column on
  • Rick's latest column: "Amazing! There are TFRs that Make Sense!"
    • TFRs have always been in place over disaster areas.
    • Rick talked to the official in charge of the Hurricane Katrina TFR
    • The officials in charge of the TFRs for forest fires were put in charge of those for hurricane relief.
    • G.A. Pilots CAN get access to the area to lend a hand in relief. Just read the NOTAM for the contact.
    • Were there a lot TFR by busts by pilots before 9/11?
  • Rick's bio.
    • He has CFI and ATP ratings and is an aviation lawyer.
    • Rick was a member of a Flight Explorer post sponsored by a Beech dealer.
    • He was a crop duster...until his father found out!
    • The dangers of crop dusting,
    • He was an an airport kid until he discovered...
  • Do commercial students have a future? It is a financial hardship.
  • Issues in Aviation Insurance:
    • Are insurance rates out of control?
    • How and why the aviation insurance industry changed.
    • Many insurers did not make money most years in the late 1980's and the 90s.
    • Insurers lost money when the stock market crashed.
    • Does incorporating the aircraft ownership help protect the pilot/owner insured?
    • Watch the sub-limits. Owners and pilots should have "smooth" coverage.
    • Pilots are not protected unless they are a named insured.
    • Renters are not safe under the FBO's insurance policy. In subrogation, the FBO's insurance company may come after the pilot.
    • How about flying clubs?
    • Check to see if you still need renter's insurance.
    • Work with your broker to let the insurance company know your true risk factor.
    • Get recurrent training every 6 months! It is the cheapest insurance you can buy.


  • Rick's take on "We have met the enemy and he is us."
    • "The instructor's obligation."
    • Dealing with problem pilots.
    • How people rate their own competence.
    • How they react to criticism of their skills
    • Non-instructors should get someone else, like an instructor, to step when concerned about a "problem pilot."
    • There is new plan for Aviation Safety Counselors.
  • Pilot decision making when things go wrong.
    • Landing on a taxiway?
    • Off-airport landings.
    • Make the decision to take the safe out and least you'll be alive to answer for the consequences.
    • "A 709 ride is painless."
    • "Do something to get people down safely."
    • "We can imagine getting into trouble. We can't imagine getting dead."
  • How to handle a 709 ride Catch-22.
  • Renting a tailwheel plane.
    • Flying in a ski plane or seaplane.
    • Rick is throwing a "Super Cub on skis" party at KCAD in Cadillac, Mi.
    • Landing on frozen lakes.
    • Landing in snow in flat light.
    • How to tell if the ice is thick enough.
    • Can you land anywhere?
    • They used to dock seaplanes at Navy Pier in Chicago.
  • Rick's take on Meigs Field destruction.
    • The legacy of Admiral Balbo.
    • Mayor Daley's legacy.
    • The need for airports for emergency relief.
    • The "temporary" concert venue there now.
    • Can we hope for an election in Chicago?
  • The controversy over the runway conveyor belt quiz.
    • The conveyor belt runway runs in the opposite direction to the aircraft. Will the plane get airborne?
    • Understanding the physics of flight.
    • Ground speed vs. indicated airspeed.


    • "Any other traffic please advise."
    • Proper phraseology on the radio.
    • Pilots should higher standard.
    In the news:
    • AOPA is fighting TFRs and plan for UAVs patrolling the U.S./Mexico border in Nogales, AZ.
    • Warrior with CFI and student crashes into the chilly Hudson River in NYC while flying the NYC VFR corridor.
    • The drunk student pilot who stole a Cessna in Connecticut, landed a taxiway with beer cans falling out the door, pleads guilty in New York.
    • The NTSB report is published on the Cessna Caravan "which had a UFO encounter."
    • A fatal Cirrus SR-20 crash in Lancaster, California. The chute might have deployed afterwards.
    • The Global Flyer was damaged when it hit a fuel truck.
  • The reliability of eyewitness reports.

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    Direct download: Pilotcast-021-2006.01.12.mp3
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    Special guest "Pilot Ken" Ibold, Editor of EAA's Sport Aviation magazine, joins the Hangar Flying with Pilot Dan, Pilot Kent, and Pilot Mike.

    • Introducing "Pilot Ken" Ibold, Editor of EAA's Sport Aviation and the IAC's Sport Aerobatics magazines from Jacksonville, FL.
    • Ken's airplanes.
      • Ken owned a Mooney, then a Lance.
      • Ken owns a formerly factory-new Citabria, and is looking at buying a Pitts biplane.
      • Update: Ken bought the Pitts!
        Here's a picture of the Citabria with the new Pitts:

        The new Pitts:

    • Ken, Kent, "CFI Ron" and Mike will join a large group of pilots from all over the U.S. at a fun fly-in at Gaston's White River Resort in Arkansas June 9-11 2006.
    • One Six Right, a general aviation movie!
    • Light Sport Pilot and Light Sport aircraft
      • Light Sport Aircraft - Why aren't they selling?
      • Sport Pilot certificates are VERY popular.
      • The quality of the Light Sport aircraft being made.
    • The safety record of the Cirrus aircraft. Is it due to owners not being experienced?
    • The record of Cirrus vs. other manufacturers.
    • The International Aerobatic Club.
    • World Aerobatic Competitions.
      • Why don't aerobatic competitions draw spectators?
      • Why aren't there facilities for spectators?
      • Why aren't they properly promoted with the public?

    In the news:

    • Warrior with CFI and student crashes into the chilly Hudson River in NYC while flying the NYC VFR corridor.
    • A Cessna lands on a freeway in northern California.

  • Ken's Citabria lost a wing to Hurricane Charley.
  • Kent learned that the dark fields in Florida are a good choice in an emergency.
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    Direct download: Pilotcast-020-2006.01.09.mp3
    Category:podcasts -- posted at: 11:55pm EST

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