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Airspeed

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Join host Stephen Force for coverage of aviation and aerospace that includes general aviation, space exploration, military aviation, flight music, and a healthy dose of flying philosophy.

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Join host Stephen Force for coverage of aviation and aerospace that includes general aviation, space exploration, military aviation, flight music, and a healthy dose of flying philosophy.

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An aviation podcast with a backbone

By Scott KLVJ - Apr 30 2015
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Listen to episode 199, "First Solo", and decide for yourself.

Great!

By Chicoartist - Apr 03 2013
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Very interesting - keep up the good work!

iTunes Ratings

63 Ratings
Average Ratings
54
2
4
1
2

An aviation podcast with a backbone

By Scott KLVJ - Apr 30 2015
Read more
Listen to episode 199, "First Solo", and decide for yourself.

Great!

By Chicoartist - Apr 03 2013
Read more
Very interesting - keep up the good work!
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Airspeed

Latest release on May 04, 2020

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Join host Stephen Force for coverage of aviation and aerospace that includes general aviation, space exploration, military aviation, flight music, and a healthy dose of flying philosophy.

Rank #1: Airspeed - Because Glider - Part 1

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Here's Part 1 of the epic quest for the CFI certificate. It covers everything from deciding to go for the certificate up to the failed attempt to transition to a different motorglider at a faraway school. Part 2 is already recorded and will be up soon. In the meantime, enjoy the comedy and the tragedy that is pursuing a glider CFI ride in a world not equipped to make that ride happen.

Sep 04 2016

1hr 28mins

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Rank #2: Airspeed - Navy Primary Flight Training with ENS Evan Levesque

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ENS Evan Levesque (pronounced “leh-VECK”) is a primary flight student at NAS Whiting Field near Milton, Florida.  He’s flying the mighty T-6B in the aerobatic phase of training, having recently completed the contact phase and flown his first solo.  He has instrument work and a formation phase yet to go.

More information at www.navy.com.

Feb 25 2012

52mins

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Rank #3: Airspeed - KC-135 - Part 1

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Part 1 of our two-part series that covers the venerable KC-135 Stratotanker from tip to tail - literally!  From its first delivery to the military in 1957 to the R, T, and E modifications, we cover ths history and role of the aircraft, then talk to both a pilot and a boom operator. 

This episode also includes a promo for our golf shirt giveaway.  Submit a show idea and you might find yourself wearing a handsome Airspeed golf shirt just like the ones that our crew wears at air shows!

Aug 14 2006

19mins

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Rank #4: Airspeed - Aerobatic Ride with Michael Mancuso in the Extra 300L

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The second of my 2007 aerobatic rides!The show starts out with an update on my instrument training, including cockpit audio. Then we get into the ride, complete with audio from the MicroTrack 96/24 plugged into the Extra's intercom.

Contact Information for Michael:

Michael Mancuso AirshowsBrookhaven Airport139 Dawn DriveShirley, New York 11967Phone: 516-359-9948e-mail: michael_mancuso@mmairshows.com or nlight4@aol.com.

Aug 10 2007

33mins

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Rank #5: Airspeed - Flying the Cessna Citation Mustang

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Demo flight in a Cessna Citation Mustang VLJ out of Appleton, Wisconsin during AirVenture 2009.

Aug 31 2009

1hr 6mins

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Rank #6: Airspeed - River Days Airshow 2016 - Part 1

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Jack Hodgson takes the bully mic for a pre-show discussion of what it takes to put on a hometown airshow in some of the most complicated airspace in North America.

Aug 07 2016

1hr 13mins

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Rank #7: Motion Sickness and AFTE with Dr. Patricia S. Cowings of NASA Ames Research Center

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We cover motion sickness and its effects on general aviation pilots and then turn to the expert as we interview world-class motion sickness expert and inventor of autogenic-feedback training exercise (AFTE) Dr. Partricia S. Cowings of NASA Ames Research Center.

Full show notes and contact information at www.airspeedonline.blogspot.com.

Oct 15 2006

39mins

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Rank #8: Airspeed - Air Force Aviation with Maj. Glen Richards

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USAF Maj. Glen Richards, an F-16 instructor pilot at Luke AFB, joins us to talk about Air Force Aviation.  Maj. Richards talks about what it takes to become an Air Force Pilot (all the way from commissioning to flying the F-16 and other Air Force aircraft).  We also talk about how the best practices in both military and general aviation are sometimes the same.

Feb 18 2006

1hr 1min

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Rank #9: Airspeed - Checkride Update for 14 October - Rescheduled!

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Greetings from Jack Hodgson Country!  Ceilings too low on the 11th to do the checkride.  Rescheduled for Friday the 19th.

Oct 14 2007

3mins

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Rank #10: Airspeed - Kim Crow - The Original Bitching Betty

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A conversation with Kim Crow, who voiced Bitching Betty in the F-15 and many other platforms in the early days of audible annunciations in fighter aircraft.

Feb 16 2014

56mins

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Rank #11: Airspeed - Civil Air Patrol

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Ever feel the urge to go hurtling through the underbrush on foot with a radio direction finder chasing an ELT signal?  Or fly a Cessna 172 into a soon-to-be-restricted area so that the authorities can practive intercepting you?  If so, the Civil Air Patrol may be for you.  CAP, the civilian auxiliary of the United States Air Force, has something for almost everyone.  This episode will give you an overview of the organization, its history, what it can offer you, and how you can find more information about it.

Feb 11 2006

6mins

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Rank #12: Airspeed - Indy Airshow with Blue Angels Boss Greg McWherter and Roger Bishop

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The first two days of the Indianapolis Airshow.  Features interviews with Indy Air Show director Roger Bishop and Blue Angels Boss CDR Greg McWherter.

Jun 06 2009

19mins

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Rank #13: Airspeed - Biannual Flight Reviews

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Steve starts and ends the show from the cockpit as he is in the process of undergoing a biannual flight review.  That's the minimum instruction of an hour on the ground and hour in the air that every pilot must undergo every two years in order to exercise the privileges under his or her private pilot certificate.  And yes, he passed!

May 20 2006

4mins

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Rank #14: Airspeed - Airshows 101 at ICAS 2011

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An overview of the Airshows 101 course at the 2011 ICAS convention.

Dec 06 2011

29mins

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Rank #15: Airspeed - VIDEO - The Hoppers Promo

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Here's the promo that I shot for The Hoppers, an L-39 team based in the midwestern US.

Oct 25 2011

2mins

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Rank #16: Airspeed - Rules of Engagement 2014

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An update of the Airspeed's rules of engagement and FAQ.  Want to know more about what goes on behind the scenedat Airspeed?  Here are the answetrs to the questions that people most often ask.

Jun 29 2014

51mins

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Rank #17: Airspeed - Talking with Acro Camp IP Don Weaver

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Meet Acro Camp IP Don Weaver!  We talk about his experience and what cast members ("campers") will likely experience.

Jan 24 2010

1hr

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Rank #18: Airspeed - VIDEO - First Acro Session in the Super-D

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My first aerobatic session in the American Champion Super Decathlon 16 April 2009 with Barry Sutton. A pretty short flight because I got very green around the gills very quickly, but that's what the session (and the half dozen or so after that) was for. Check out Barry at www.sutton-aviation.com.

May 31 2009

11mins

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Rank #19: Airspeed - VIDEO - AeroShell Team Ride and Saturday Performance Video

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Video of my AeroShell formation acro ride at Battle Creek and air-to-air footage from the team's performance the next day at Battle Creek.

Jul 28 2009

15mins

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Rank #20: Airspeed - My Movie Ate My Podcast

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Will Hawkins joins Steve to commiserate about independent filmmaking.

Jul 30 2011

53mins

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Airspeed - Downwind Dashes and Other Long-Distance Soaring with Tony Condon

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Tony Condon is as an ATP and corporate pilot who also serves as the president of the Kansas Soaring Association, headquartered at Sunflower Gliderport. We sat down and talked about long-distance cross-country soaring.

May 04 2020

52mins

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Airspeed - From Hell to Namibia and Back Again with John Harte

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John Harte is glider CFI and chief instructor at Sanhill Soaring Club in Gregory, Michigan, just a few miles down the road from Hell. (Hell, Michigan, that is.) He's also a tow pilot, aerobatic pilot, airshow performer, and FAST formation lead.

Here's an hour and a half in conversation with John.

Apr 19 2020

1hr 40mins

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Airspeed - Hangar Flying with Kent Shook

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Kent and I are sequestered in our respective locations at SARS-CoV-2 sweeps the nation, so we thought we'd record a podcast episode.

Apr 12 2020

1hr 23mins

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Airspeed - The Eudaemonic Pie

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We made an audiobook! Steve narrated the audiobook version of Thomas A. Bass's The Eudaemonic Pie. The book tells the story of a band of physicists and computer wizards in the late 1970s and early 1980s who set out to beat roulette in Las Vegas with computers in their shoes. A story of science, art, and the birth of the hacker culture.

The episode contains a brief account of the making of the audiobook and the entire prologue of the audiobook itself.

Sep 19 2017

57mins

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Airspeed - Because Glider - Part 2

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The second in a two-part series chronicling the long road to becoming a CFI. In this episode, our hero suffers more indignation at the hands of a check airman who calls off Christmas, after which he begins the long slog down the self-launch mountain, through the valley, and back up the adjacent peak of aerotow.

Sep 11 2016

1hr 37mins

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Airspeed - Because Glider - Part 1

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Here's Part 1 of the epic quest for the CFI certificate. It covers everything from deciding to go for the certificate up to the failed attempt to transition to a different motorglider at a faraway school. Part 2 is already recorded and will be up soon. In the meantime, enjoy the comedy and the tragedy that is pursuing a glider CFI ride in a world not equipped to make that ride happen.

Sep 04 2016

1hr 28mins

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Airspeed - River Days Airshow 2016 - Part 1

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Jack Hodgson takes the bully mic for a pre-show discussion of what it takes to put on a hometown airshow in some of the most complicated airspace in North America.

Aug 07 2016

1hr 13mins

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Airspeed - The Assignment

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An eighth-grade language arts assignment from FOD becomes an Airspeed episode. A father's expectations for his son at 14.

Jun 09 2016

24mins

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Airspeed - River Days Airshow - Part 4 - Debrief

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David Allen (on the bully mic) and Dean Greenblatt (BIRD from the show) join Steve to debrief the first-ever airshow over the Detroit River.

Jun 27 2015

1hr 22mins

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Airspeed - River Days Airshow - Part 3 - Fast Footwork

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This is the third installment of the series that covers - in near-realtime - the events leading up to the GM Detroit River Days Airshow on the Detroit River 20-21 June 2015. As before, David Allen of Other People's Airplanes has taken the mic and is running the show in order to keep things moving.

May 25 2015

1hr 8mins

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Airspeed - River Days Airshow - Part 2 - We've Got an Airshow!

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David Allen once again takes the host mic to talk with Steve about the upcoming River Days Airshow in Detroit 20-21 June 2015.

May 10 2015

1hr

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Airspeed - River Days Airshow - Part 1 - Waiver Application and Planning

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First in a series that follows the planning and execution of our very own airshow.

Apr 11 2015

1hr 13mins

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Airspeed - World Gliding Championship Competitor Tony Condon

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US Soaring Team member Tony Condon talks about the upcoming 13.5 Meter World Championships in Lithuania. 

Jan 25 2015

58mins

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Airspeed - OpenAirplane with Rod Rakic

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An interview with OpenAirplane co-founder Rod Rakic, as well as an account of my own OpenAirplane Universal Pilot Checkout at Crosswinds Aviation at Livingston County Airport (KOZW) in Howell, Michigan.

Nov 30 2014

49mins

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Airspeed - Rules of Engagement 2014

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An update of the Airspeed's rules of engagement and FAQ.  Want to know more about what goes on behind the scenedat Airspeed?  Here are the answetrs to the questions that people most often ask.

Jun 29 2014

51mins

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Airspeed - Kim Crow - The Original Bitching Betty

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A conversation with Kim Crow, who voiced Bitching Betty in the F-15 and many other platforms in the early days of audible annunciations in fighter aircraft.

Feb 16 2014

56mins

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Airspeed - The Textron AirLand Scorpion Jet

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We talk to Bill Anderson and Dale Tutt about the new Textron AirLand Scorpion Jet, which made its first flight just last week.

Dec 21 2013

29mins

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Airspeed - ICAS 2013 - Rep Sam Graves on Sequestration

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The remarks by US Rep Sam Graves regarding sequestration and its effects on the airshow industry.

Dec 03 2013

10mins

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Airspeed - Inside Airshows - Part 3 - Tuskegee 3

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Here it is!  The third and final installment of the Inside Airshows series.  After doing stints on a pyro crew and as a team narrator, things went to a completely new level as I had the opportunity to train up, join a team, and fly as an actual airshow performer.

It's a story of what it's like on the performer ramp, in the brief, and up in the box in front of the crowd.  But, more than that, it's a story of three questions and what you owe to your 10-year-old self.

Nov 24 2013

1hr 50mins

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Airspeed - Inside Airshows - Part 2 - With a Mic in My Hand

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In which I pick up a microphone and purport to entertain an airshow crowd (and confirm my suspicion that it's a lot harder than it looks).

Nov 18 2013

39mins

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iTunes Ratings

63 Ratings
Average Ratings
54
2
4
1
2

An aviation podcast with a backbone

By Scott KLVJ - Apr 30 2015
Read more
Listen to episode 199, "First Solo", and decide for yourself.

Great!

By Chicoartist - Apr 03 2013
Read more
Very interesting - keep up the good work!