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Hangar Talk - An Aviation Podcast

Every other week the experts at AOPA bring you up to speed on all things flying.

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Episode 23: Rod Machado

You've read his columns in AOPA magazines for years, and maybe you've seen his talks. On this week's show hear flight instructor and funnyman Rod Machado talk about both his love for aviation and his frustration for its future. Plus tune in for the week's headlines.

1hr 15mins

16 Jun 2017

Rank #1

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Episode 50: Foreflight's Tyson Weihs and Jason Miller

Foreflight and the iPad have revolutionized how we fly. This week hear from Foreflight co-founders Tyson Weihs and Jason Miller about how they got started, what has surprised them about their impressive run, and what's next. Plus stick around for the headlines. 

51mins

11 Jul 2018

Rank #2

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Episode 84: AOPA airspace guru Rune Duke talks ADS-B

AOPA airspace guru and former military air traffic controller Rune Duke talks about airspace, outer space, and aviation acronyms.

1hr 2mins

2 Dec 2019

Rank #3

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Episode 44: Ramona SkyChick Cox

Ramona "SkyChick" Cox is an aviation adventurer who has taken her Cessna 206 to scores of remote airfields. She shares practical and safety tips you can use for a successful off-airport journey, plus catch up on the latest aviation news in this week's Hangar Talk podcast.

1hr 6mins

18 Apr 2018

Rank #4

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Episode 87: Angle of Attack’s Chris Palmer talks training

Alaska-based Chris Palmer, a Cessna 172 pilot who founded the flight training site Angle of Attack, talks about teaching techniques, breaking through barriers, and how you can find amazing aviation opportunities in your own back yard.

58mins

6 Jan 2020

Rank #5

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Episode 62: AOPA airspace guru Rune Duke

Visit with AOPA airspace guru, multi-engine student, and former military air traffic controller Rune Duke for a chat about airspace, acronyms, the government shutdown’s effect on aviation, and more. Also, stick around for the week's headlines.

53mins

25 Jan 2019

Rank #6

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Episode 82: Corporate pilot and podcaster Justin Siems

Corporate pilot and ‘Pilot to Pilot’ podcast host Justin Siems shares thoughts about professional aviation careers, fellow aviators, and the role of social media.

51mins

4 Nov 2019

Rank #7

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Episode 5: $1,000 Cherokee

Think flying is expensive? It doesn't have to be. Joseph Atkins found the deal of the century, put in some hard work with a friend, and came out with an airworthy airplane for less than the cost of a bag of nice golf clubs. It's proof that if you're resourceful enough, flying can be a reasonably cost-effective hobby. Senior Editor Jill Tallman talks to Atkins in this episode, and we cover the week's headlines.

1hr 2mins

21 Sep 2016

Rank #8

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Episode 3: Barry Schiff

You have read Barry Schiff's insights and expertise over the years in AOPA Pilot magazine. Now hear him describe his favorite airplanes, best flights, and the essence of flight. 

57mins

31 Aug 2016

Rank #9

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Episode 64: Savannah Raskey

They say aviation is only full of old guys. But a new crop of young pilots is using video to spread a message of fun and excitement. This week we meet Savannah Raskey, a Utah Air National Guard member and a pilot with career aspirations. Plus stick around for the headlines.

54mins

25 Feb 2019

Rank #10

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Episode 79: Alaska bush pilot Leighan Falley

Alaska backcountry pilot, artist, and parent Leighan Falley talks about the challenges of flying in the forty-ninth state; plus catch up on the week's aviation news.

52mins

23 Sep 2019

Rank #11

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Episode 9: John and Martha King

John and Martha King are aviation legends. The husband and wife duo has produced thousands of products through King Schools, and the pair continue to delight audiences with a playful back and forth that anyone who's married can appreciate. But not only do the Kings live and work together, they fly together as well. Tune in to this week's show to hear who is the better pilot and how they keep things fun and safe in the cockpit.

49mins

17 Nov 2016

Rank #12

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Episode 31: Astronaut Scott Parazynski

Medical doctor, licensed pilot, astronaut, and mountain climber. Dr. Scott Parazynski has led a life of adventure far beyond what most of us could dream of. This week we catch up with Parazynski to learn about what it's like to be in space, serve as Senator John Glenn's physician, and what he's working on today. Plus stick around for the headlines.

46mins

6 Oct 2017

Rank #13

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Episode 72: DPE Natalie Bingham Hoover

AOPA Pilot columnist and designated pilot examiner Natalie Bingham Hoover shares tips about how to pass your aviation checkride; plus, stick around for the week's aviation headlines.

38mins

14 Jun 2019

Rank #14

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Episode 51: AOPA sweepstakes Super Cub

Are you going through Oshkosh withdrawal? So are Ian and David. Relive the big show this week as we cover all the headlines, plus bring in AOPA's Alyssa Cobb to talk all about your sweepstakes Super Cub.

58mins

2 Aug 2018

Rank #15

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Episode 10: You Can Fly

The declining number of pilots is private aviation's biggest threat. With a smaller community comes fewer airports, fewer airplanes, and higher prices. Not to mention less influence in Washington. AOPA's You Can Fly program is aiming to tackle this difficult problem. Hear AOPA's Katie Pribyl explain what she and her team are doing to reverse the decline in the pilot population. Plus this week David and Ian debate the merits of a new type of traffic pattern.

1hr 3mins

1 Dec 2016

Rank #16

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Episode 15: Seaplane adventure

Every pilot dreams of getting a seaplane rating. For many who do, it's a great weekend experience and nothing else. For a lucky few, it translates to a life of incredible adventures. This week we talk to Brian Schanche of Adventure Seaplanes about his guided seaplane trips. Editor at Large Dave Hirschman flew along with Brian on a trip to see polar bears in Churchill, Canada. Plus tune in to hear the week's top headlines.

36mins

23 Feb 2017

Rank #17

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Episode 41: Quest Kodiak demo pilot Mark Brown

Quest Kodiak factory demo pilot Mark Brown talks about what many say is the best job in aviation and catch up on the latest aviation news in this week's Hangar Talk podcast.

55mins

7 Mar 2018

Rank #18

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Episode 86: Top aviation stories of 2019

Review the Top-5 general aviation stories of 2019 with a discussion about airline hiring and its effect on general aviation, backcountry flying’s mainstream emergence, Garmin’s Autoland, high-profile accidents, and two big anniversaries.

23mins

30 Dec 2019

Rank #19

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Episode 17: Exploring the Outer Banks

North Carolina's airport system is expansive, and some of the best sit on the string of barrier islands known as the Outer Banks. The popular vacation destination is a struggle to reach by car, but a joy to visit by airplane. This week we talk to Thomas Freeman and James Capps of the North Carolina's Division of Aviation about the history and attraction of these unique fields. Plus the week's top news. 

1hr

24 Mar 2017

Rank #20