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We know this is a bit old, but still good stuff. In fact, this video has been published on the web for some time...just not in the feed. Considering the news in the next paragraph below, we decided to publish it now.  Besides, it's been a while for a Vidcast. At EAA Airventure 2010, Tiff and Bill caught up with Mikey McBryan from the Ice Pilots NWT Canadian TV show for a little goofing off...and an interview. More information about Ice Pilots NWT can be found on the show website: http://www.icepilots.com/

The great news is that National Geographic is now carrying the first season of this show in the US. You can find more information about that here: http://channel.nationalgeographic.com/series/ice-pilots/all/Overview We asked Mikey about this back in July and he said they were working on getting it to the US; looks like they finally succeeded.

Certainly take a look at this show if you get a chance, it's pretty fun to watch...probably even for non aviation nuts...but we wouldn't know anything about that.

This video was shot at EAA Airventure 2010 in Oshkosh, WI. We shot the interview, as described in the video, in one of Buffalo Airways' DC-3s. Enjoy.

Direct download: Pilotcast_Video_15_OSH10_4_Ice_Pilots_SD.mp4
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 1:00am EDT

Adventure Training - The PilotCast crew banters around ideas with respected author and CFI Greg Brown, to discover ways to bring the sense of adventure back into flight training. From building a sense of community for new students, to rethinking the flight training curriculum, CFI pay, and becoming a pep-talk-giver yourself, no topics are off limits in this exciting episode.

Flight Crew:
Pilot Kent

Pilot Bill

Pilot Tiffany

Reach the entire Pilotcast flight crew at pilots *at* pilotcast *dot* com, and follow us on Twitter at @Pilotcast

Ground Crew:
Every flight requires a good support crew, and ours is GREAT! The Pilotcast would not be back without their help:

Audio Editor: Pilot Stu Stevenson
Webmaster: Pilot Jason
Music: Pilot Steve Tupper

Announcer: Pilot Troy Whistman

Pilotcast show notes are at http://www.pilotcast.com

Direct download: Pilotcast_085_-_Adventure_Training.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 4:19pm EDT

The Efficiency Guage! It's once again time for the Pilotcast with your hosts Pilot Tiffany, Pilot Kent, and Pilot Bill.  In this episode we'll talk about the efficiency guage.  Don't have one of those in your airplane?  You'll wish you had one; imagine 140 knots on 9 gallons per hour.  We'll tell you how it's done.  Then we'll talk about restoring really cool old warbirds.  What's not to like?  Come in from that cold ramp, pull a chair up around this toasty warm radial engine, and let's get ready for some pilot talk. 

Don't forget to check out Scheyden Eyewear, the absolute best in the business, especially for aviators.  Use our discount code PCAST30 for 30% off an already great value!

Also, the Pilotcast flight crew all use Lightspeed Zulu headsets, and we think you should, too.  Don't forget to choose an aviation charity for Lightspeed to donate $50 of your Zulu purchase price to.  See more about this at the Lightspeed Aviation Foundation website.

Pilotcast show notes are at http://www.pilotcast.com

1:26:19 - 79.1 MB - Copyright © 2011 The Pilotcast

Find this and more great shows at the Aviation Media Network
http://AviationMediaNetwork.com
http://TheVoicesInYourHead.com

Direct download: Pilotcast_084_-_The_Efficency_Gauge.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 10:04pm EDT

The Lightspeed Aviation Foundation was established out of the commitment and passion of the Lightspeed Aviation Corporation to serve the aviation community.

In this second of a three part series, hear Pilot Tiffany interview the following aviators:
 - Allan Schrader, president of Lightspeed Aviation and LSAF
 - Charlie Plumb, LSAF board member
 - Judy Benjamin, Mission Coordinator, Angel Flight Central
 - Dennis Garretson, JAARS, Inc.
 - John Hook, Mission Aviation Fellowship

The mission of the Lightspeed Aviation Foundation is to promote a vibrant and growing pilot community, support education that will preserve and extend the future of aviation and use our gifts within the aviation community to serve others for the betterment of our world.

It is the vision of the Lightspeed Aviation Foundation to enthusiastically advance aviation in three key areas:

1. Growth — To assure a vibrant and growing pilot community, our goal is to introduce, engage and mature the next generation of aviation enthusiasts.

2. Advocacy — We feel it is fundamental to support education and action outside the pilot community that will preserve and extend the future of aviation.

3. Compassion — We think it is essential that we use our gifts within the aviation community to serve others for the betterment of our communities and world.

As members of the aviation community, we will seek ways to partner with all members of the pilot world to advance the future of aviation. Our goal is to work together to identify worthy causes, give pilots a voice in who we will support and together, work to make a lasting difference.

This episode is also available as video and can be found here:  http://pilotcast.com/2010/08/16/pilotcast-081-lsaf-2-compassion/.

Pilotcast Flight Crew:
Pilot Kent (kent *at* pilotcast *dot* com) Twitter: @flyingcheezhead
Pilot Bill (bill *at* pilotcast *dot* com) Twitter: @billwil
Pilot Tiffany (tiffany *at* pilotcast *dot* com) Twitter: @tiffanykwolf

Reach the entire Pilotcast flight crew at pilots *at* pilotcast *dot* com, and follow us on Twitter at @Pilotcast

Ground Crew:
Every flight requires a good support crew, and ours is GREAT! The Pilotcast would not be back without their help:

Audio Editor: Pilot Stu Stevenson, (stu *at* thevoicesinyourhead *dot* com), @PilotStu, http://www.pilotsjourneypodcast.com
Webmaster: Pilot Jason Wilkinson, (jason *at* pilotcast *dot* com), @jawilk
Music: Pilot Steve Tupper, (steve *at* airspeedonline *dot* com), @StephenForce, http://www.airspeedonline.com
Announcer: Pilot Troy Whistman, (troy *at* whistman *dot* com), @TJWhiskey, http://www.whistman.com

Pilotcast show notes are at http://www.pilotcast.com

Recorded Wednesday, July 28th, 2010
at EAA AirVenture 2010, Oshkosh, WI

Copyright © 2010 The Pilotcast

Find this and more great shows at the Aviation Podcasts Network
http://AviationPodcasts.net
http://TheVoicesInYourHead.com

Direct download: Pilotcast_081-Lightspeed_Aviation_Foundation-Compassion.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 12:51am EDT

CFICast #15 - Preparing for Checkrides
  • Rick Durden (Host)
  • Kate Bernard
  • Bruce Chien
  • Tony Condon
  • Ron Levy 
  • Dr. Judith Parrish-Jones
  • Terri Watson

 
At the time of this recording, Terri had recently completed a series of part 135 checkrides in multiple fixed and rotary wing aircraft.

Not to be outdone, on the day of the recording Tony completed his own part 135 checkride, flew his first part 135 revenue flight, and signed off a student for the private pilot practical test.

The panel discusses checkride preparation, pre-check jitters, what happens when you fail a checkride, and examiner quirks.

Ron also shares insights from his famous checkride prep notes on the Pilots of America forum athttp://www.pilotsofamerica.com/forum/showthread.php?t=15706

Theme Song: "Learn to Fly" by Josh Woodward from the Podsafe Music Network. Check it out at www.musicalley.com

Copyright © 2010 The Pilotcast
http://www.pilotcast.com

Recorded March, 2009
1:12:26
66.3 mb

Direct download: cficast015_2010.07.08.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 7:00pm EDT

The Pilotcast crew spends some time with Rick Durden talking about the instrument rating, including what it takes to earn the rating and the subsequent benefits to the General Aviation pilot from having and using the skills acquired with the rating.

Pilotcast show notes are at www.pilotcast.com.

The Pilotcast is a member of the Aviation Podcasts Network (www.aviationpodcasts.net, www.thevoicesinyourhead.com).

Recorded Tuesday, March 30th, 2010.

Direct download: PilotCast_076_-_Rickonian_Physics.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 4:04pm EDT

The Pilotcast crew discusses all things "Commercial Pilot" -- how to earn your certificate, what you can and cannot do with it, what kinds of maneuvers you'll be expected to perform on your checkride, and more.  And, of course, some great flying stories, including Pilot Tiffany's infamous "Flight of Doom", which is quickly one-upped (by herself!) with an even more harrowing tale of aviation peril in the stormy skies over Southern California.

Flight Crew:
Pilot Kent (kent *at* pilotcast *dot* com) Twitter: @flyingcheezhead
Pilot Bill (bill *at* pilotcast *dot* com) Twitter: @billwil
Pilot Tiffany (tiffany *at* pilotcast *dot* com) Twitter: @tiffanykwolf

Reach the entire Pilotcast flight crew at pilots *at* pilotcast *dot* com, and follow us on Twitter at @Pilotcast

Ground Crew:
Every flight requires a good support crew, and ours is GREAT! The Pilotcast would not be back without their help:

Audio Engineer: Pilot Stu Stevenson, (stu *at* thevoicesinyourhead *dot* com), @PilotStu, http://www.pilotsjourney.com/
Webmaster: Pilot Jason Wilkinson, (jason *at* pilotcast *dot* com), @jawilk
Music: Pilot Steve Tupper, (steve *at* airspeedonline *dot* com), @StephenForce, http://www.airspeedonline.com/
Announcer: Pilot Troy Whistman, (troy *at* whistman *dot* com), @TJWhiskey, http://www.whistman.com/

Show Links:

Pilotcast show notes are at http://www.pilotcast.com

Recorded Monday, March 1st, 2010 - 102:27 - 96MB - Copyright © 2010 The Pilotcast

Direct download: Pilotcast_075_-_Going_Commerical.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 2:34am EDT

We have a special episode of the CFIcast for you today, but while we're glad to be bringing back the show and releasing this episode in particular, unfortunately it is on a somber note. For this episode, CFIs Rick, Bruce, and Tony are joined by mountain flying legend Sparky Imeson, author of several books on mountain flying and long considered one of the foremost experts in the field. Unfortunately, Sparky was killed in the crash of his Cessna 180 Skywagon near Townsend, Montana on March 17th, 2009. We are releasing this episode on the first anniversary of his crash both to honor his memory and to remind all aviators to remain vigilant on every single flight.

Direct download: CFIcast_016.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 2:19am EDT

We bring David Allen (from the Pilot's Flight PodLog) and Steve Tupper (from Airspeed) into the studio for a game of Aviation Trivia.  We're not talking arcane FAR/AIM minutiae—we're talking the kind of cool aviation history knowledge that any self-respecting hangar dweller should have roosting in their mental rafters!

Flight Crew:

Pilot Kent (kent *at* pilotcast *dot* com) Twitter: @flyingcheezhead

Pilot Bill (bill *at* pilotcast *dot* com) Twitter: @billwil

Pilot Tiffany (tiffany *at* pilotcast *dot* com) Twitter: @tiffanykwolf

Reach the entire Pilotcast flight crew at pilots *at* pilotcast *dot* com, and follow us on Twitter at @Pilotcast

Ground Crew: Every flight requires a good support crew, and ours is GREAT! The Pilotcast would not be back without their help:

Audio Editor: Pilot Stu Stevenson, (stu *at* thevoicesinyourhead *dot* com), @PilotStuhttp://www.pilotsjourney.com/

Webmaster: Pilot Jason Wilkinson, (jason *at* pilotcast *dot* com), @jawilk

Music: Pilot Steve Tupper, (steve *at* airspeedonline *dot* com), @StephenForcehttp://www.airspeedonline.com/

Announcer: Pilot Troy Whistman, (troy *at* whistman *dot* com), @TJWhiskeyhttp://www.whistman.com/

  Show Links:  

Pilotcast show notes are at http://www.pilotcast.com

Recorded Tuesday, January 19, 2010 - 57:58 - 54.4 MB Copyright © 2010 The Pilotcast

 

Direct download: Pilotcast_074_-_Kentipedia.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 12:23am EDT

CFIcast #4 and CFIcast #5 coming later this year You may be wondering why the CFIcasts published went from CFIcast #3 to CFIcast #6.

It turned out that in CFIcast #4 and CFIcast #5 the CFIs discussed some topics about flying in the Winter.  Rather than send those out in the Summer and Fall we decided to hold those until it's closer to Winter.

Sad but true.  We're almost a year behind.  Sorry. 

We'll publish CFIcast #4 and CFIcast #5 in a few months. 

We have some more CFIcast shows and Pilotcast videos that will be published in the next few days.
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 11:14pm EDT

A hangar flying session with pilot, author, and journalist Rinker Buck, reading from his book, "Flight of Passage".

Caution: Mildly explicit language.

Hangar Flying:

In this special feature of Pilotcast #37, we have a recording of author, journalist, and pilot Rinker Buck, presenting a reading from his book, "Flight of Passage" to the Oxford Flying Club at an FAA safety seminar on June 30, 2006. "Flight of Passage" is Rinker's recollection of the saga of his trip as a teenager with his brother Kernigan flying a Piper J3A Cub across the country to California. Keep listening for the great Q&A session at the end. Among other topics Rinker discusses his extensive research into the JFK, Jr. accident. Rinker likes to use "colorful" language at these readings so be aware that it should carry a PG rating.

Show Links:

Direct download: Pilotcast_037A_2006.06.20_R.BUCK.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 11:43pm EDT

 

Takeoff!
You may wonder why the Blue Angels flight movie didn't show up on your podcatcher, like iTunes.  We were concerned that Pilotcast subscribers wouldn't expect a video. Not all podcatchers can handle a Quicktime movie.  Mainly, our concern was that at 89MB, the movie is pretty big.

 

We've also had some feedback that some Pilotcast subscribers are on dial-up and have to patiently wait for a long time just to get the audio files. (We appreciate that kind of dedication.)  The movie file is going to take 3 times as long for to get to those folks.

For iTunes users and maybe users of other programs, media content is handled best if it's in the feed.  For one thing, otherwise you have to add it to the correct playlist.

We've decided that we will add the movie to feed some time this holiday weekend, once enough subscribers have had a chance to see it early. Now, that decision would mean that you might end up with two copies. You can decide for yourself whether to download the movie when it shows up in your feed.

Let us know if you have strong objections to putting the movie in the feed.

Update: The video is now in the feed With Pilotcast #34 being more current it may allow a chance for subcribers to choose whether they want  to download the video because it won't be the newest show.

Category:podcasts -- posted at: 11:56am EDT

OK, already! We finally published Pilotcast #30 and #31. Thanks again to "Pilot Bill" for doing the show notes.

Pilotcast #30 and #31 are dated when they were recorded, which was before the recent update episode, which might cause a problem with some podcatchers.

I noticed in iTunes that when you have selected "When new episodes are available: [Download the most recent one]" it will not download episodes dated before the last one.  So iTunes users and users of other podcatchers may have to check the  podcast listing and press the [Get] button to download the previous episodes.

We have Pilotcast #32 and #33, which will have some surprises, "in the can."  Those will be published in the next few days. We are scheduled to record #34 Wednesday. We have more than a few more special treats coming.

Stay subscribed!

--Pilot Mike
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 11:34am EDT

Pilot Dan, Pilot Kent, and Pilot Mike host a CFI Roundtable discussion on "Learning to Fly"

Roundtable:
  • We're joined this episode by 3 CFIs
    • CFI Ron "the Rev"
    • CFI & AME Dr. Bruce Chien, M.D. 
    • CFI Joe, Pilot Mike's CFI
  • The two most common questions are how much does it cost and how long does it take?
    • CFI Joe: The time depends on how much to you put in to it and how you approach it and the cost is related to the time.
    • CFI Bruce: Once taught a General Surgeon who passed his checkride after 19 sequential days of instruction at a cost today of about $5500. More typically, the cost would be about $7000.
    • Potential students usually only listen to the low time and cost estimates
  • Why is the percentage of students who actually complete the certification, so low?
    • CFI Bruce: Some people just realize that flying is not for them. Sometimes it's the student, sometimes the CFI, and sometimes just the teaching technique
    • CFI Joe: Agrees that flying is not for everyone, but also agrees that anyone can learn to fly.
  • What should a student look for when selecting a CFI?
    • CFI Joe: Recommends the first 4 to 6 hours of instruction be taken with 4 to 6 different CFIs. Realize that the first few hours of instruction will be almost identical across instructors, so use that time to learn the personality and teaching style of the instructor so you can choose someone who's compatible
    • CFI Bruce: Also recommends flying with several instructors and use your gut feeling to choose the one who could be a mentor. There's a difference between instruction and education. Even an excellent student, though, can learn from a miserable teacher.
    • CFI Ron: Come to it from the perspective that you are the customer, choosing a service provider. Look for compatibility first, but ask a lot of questions about who the person is, their background, their experience, their capabilities, how they do business, and previous students. You are hiring a person and need to make sure they fill your job requirements.
  • Which is better, a full-time CFI building hours for an airline job, or a part-time CFI who just enjoys the job?
    • CFI Bruce: The connection and relationship between the student candidate and the CFI is the most important. Some CFIs just seem to have an ability to easily make that connection.
    • CFI Ron: Take a close look at the training environment. A new CFI who's working for a structured flight training school is much more desirable than one who is working independently. The less structured the training environment, the more important it is to have an experienced instructor.
    • CFI Joe: The third option is a full-time CFI who has lots of experience but has no interest other than to stay a CFI.
    • CFI Ron: Agrees that those CFIs are usually the best choice, but can be difficult to find.
    • CFI Joe: Those CFIs are not necessarily the best choice, but are just another option. It all comes back to the match between the student and CFI being the most important ingredient.
    • There are resources where you can check an instructors experience:
      • Some CFIs have personal websites
      • AOPA
      • NAFI
      • Chicago Flight Instructors Association
    • CFI Bruce: The best way to find those full-time CFIs is to ask other pilots
  • How should a student candidate handle a less then enthusiastic response when they first contact an FBO about learning to fly?
    • CFI Ron: It's an old problem that exists because the people that run FBO's are pilots, with little or no experience in business, marketing, and customer relations.
    • CFI Joe: The industry as a whole has a profit structure that doesn't attract entrepreneurs
    • CFI Ron: If you're treated well when you first enter a flight school, and get the impression they are customer oriented, that's a good sign.
  • What is the most difficult stage of private pilot training?
    • CFI Ron: The near-solo phase is the most difficult and the most frustrating for the students
    • CFI Bruce: Agrees with CFI Ron but adds the stabilized approach and crosswind landings
    • CFI Joe: Teaching crosswind landings is also a tough time for the instructor
  • Are there different tendencies between the young, middle age, and elderly students?
    • CFI Joe: Younger students tend to immediately accept the different aspects of flying, but an elderly student wants a more comprehensive understanding of the whole picture before he or she will accept them.
    • CFI Ron: Younger students to to be more motivated and have good hand/eye coordination, but often don't have very good learning skills. Older students tend to be better learners, but lack some motor skills.
    • CFI Bruce: The teaching has to be appropriate to the student. This is why you need to find a mentor.
    • Some students seem to think they can buy their way to a license
    • CFI Ron: Sometimes the hard charging attitude of a successful businessman can be the wrong attitude for a pilot
    • Case study: Boise, ID Pilot lands and departs on a runway closed for repairs at KSUN
    • CFI Joe: Sometimes an instructor has to refuse to sign a pilot off because he doesn't believe he is or ever will be a safe pilot
  • Is there a problem with CFIs and flight schools not emphasizing the medical certificate prior to solo?
    • CFI Ron: Always recommends obtaining the medical early, but sometimes students put it off assuming all will go well. A flight school needs to be up front about everything a student needs to do.
    • It's important to research any possible medical issues before getting checked. AOPA can help with this.
    • CFI Bruce: The average pilot age is older than it used to be so they will have more disqualifying conditions. There also seems to be more of a acceptance to take medications that may disqualify you.
    • CFI Joe: CFIs need to remind students to check how any medications they may be taking will affect a medical examination, before they go too far with their training
    • CFI Bruce: Find a AME you can honestly discuss any potential issues with, without filling out the actual form.
Contact us at by email:   pilotcast (AT) gmail.com

Song: "Learn to Fly" by Josh Woodward  Music on the Pilotcast is from the Podshow Podsafe Music Network. Check it out at http://music.podshow.com

Pilotcast show notes are at http://www.pilotcast.com

Direct download: Pilotcast_032_2006.05.09.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 10:41pm EDT

Pilotcast Update - 2006.05.08

A Pilotcast Update 2006.05.08 - The Pilotcast is STILL FLYING!!!

An audio update from Pilot Dan and Pilot Mike.

Pilotcast #30 and Pilotcast #31 will be published soon.

Feedback: Contact us at by email:   pilotcast ( A T ) gmail ( D O T ) com

Song: "Fly, Fly, Fly" by Adrina Thorpe

Music on the Pilotcast is from the Podshow Podsafe Music Network. Check it out at http://music.podshow.com

Pilotcast show notes are at http://www.pilotcast.com

Direct download: Pilotcast_Update_2006.05.08.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 11:23pm EDT