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Welcome to the SimpleFlight Radio show! We are here to help you define your personal aviation lifestyle. We've got the tips, pilot hacks and introductions to the people who give their aviation secrets.

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Welcome to the SimpleFlight Radio show! We are here to help you define your personal aviation lifestyle. We've got the tips, pilot hacks and introductions to the people who give their aviation secrets.

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Awesome show!

By Propilot1983 - Sep 13 2018
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Very informative and great resource for aviators!

Inspiring Guests!

By jdils - Nov 30 2013
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A great place to find folks in aviation that are thinking outside the box!

iTunes Ratings

44 Ratings
Average Ratings
38
5
1
0
0

Awesome show!

By Propilot1983 - Sep 13 2018
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Very informative and great resource for aviators!

Inspiring Guests!

By jdils - Nov 30 2013
Read more
A great place to find folks in aviation that are thinking outside the box!

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SimpleFlight Radio

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Welcome to the SimpleFlight Radio show! We are here to help you define your personal aviation lifestyle. We've got the tips, pilot hacks and introductions to the people who give their aviation secrets.

DIAMOND GIRL; YOU SURE DO SHINE August 17th, 2014

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Aug 20 2014

1hr 58mins

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VMC into IMC January 26th, 2014

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When tonight's scheduled guest had an unexpected and unavoidable issue come up preventing her from being on the show, Al and Marc had to pick up their scan and focus on aviating the show for the full two hour schedule.  No problem for these two #avgeeks, who always have something to say about general aviation.Listen in as the show kicks off with a great debate about a pass or fail check ride scenario brought to light by the guys at BoldMethod (www.boldmethod.com).  Would you pass the applicant?The rest of the show was a random stream of consciousness covering everything from the impossible turn, when to pull the chute, flight sims, aviation maintenance scholarships, and whether a stick shaker played a role in the Aspen Challenger crash.Wishing all of you, strong tailwinds and blue skies!

Jan 27 2014

1hr 59mins

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Pilot Workshops November 23rd, 2014

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Nov 24 2014

2hr 1min

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Paradigm Shift, April 19th 2015

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May 03 2015

1hr 27mins

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ADS-B - Its more powerful than you think! January 22nd, 2019

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It feels like ADS-B is almost about ready to get started. We only have one year left before the FAA mandate in 2020 for ADS-B Compliance! Did you know that ADS-B has been an old idea built up of multiple technologies? 

Steve Bussolari was one of the original thought leaders and key contributor of building out the  ADS-B system. He has so many stories to share from his time developing this new network while working in the MIT labs. 

We take it for granted the amount of weather information, traffic information and resources available in our flying. Imagine in the early 1990's having an LCD screen in a Cessna 172 displaying traffic through an ADS-B device. You look out the window at 12 o'clock and 3 miles there is traffic in the exact spot that is displayed on the screen - you would probably be really excited! 

Please share your ideas with the entire SimpleFlight Facebook and Instagram community  @simpleflightradio

Here is to a great start of 2019!!

                                *   *   * Congratulations to our Avgeek shout out!!  This week our shout out goes to all the professional ATC controllers! Hopefully things will return to normal for all of you working in all the air traffic facilities!  If you'd like to be our #avgeek of the week and earn shout out on the show, follow us on Instagram @simpleflightradio

Jan 22 2019

59mins

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General Aviation News January 12th, 2014

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How would you like to be on the leading edge of everything going on in General Aviation?  Which means getting rock star access to aviation events, airplanes, and the celebrities that make news in the industry.  That's the life Ben Sclair leads as Publisher of General Aviation News (generalaviationnews.com).  Listen in as Ben talks about the industry, how it's changed, and where it's going.  Like all of our guests, Ben is passionate about making his living in aviation and being part of its revitalization.Marc and Al also talked about yet another comeback by Mooney Aircraft, after a 4.5 year wait to build and deliver the worlds fastest piston single production airplane.  General Aviation is better with them back.  The FAA announced their intent to rescind all letters of authorization of G.A. simulators in 2015.  A move that Al applauds.  Take a listen and find out why.  Also hear about technology overload, a bird strike in a Cessna 210, and a contest to win an audio cable for the Black Box app (useblackbox.com).Thanks for listening and being part of the SimpleFlight Aviation radio family!

Jan 13 2014

2hr 1min

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Is Al a Bad Pilot? June 28th, 2015

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We aren't talking about pilots that followed the evil side of the force, but rather good pilot's that for one reason or another, seem to have lost their way with some pretty basic skills.  Al confessed to having trouble with his basic landing skills, after building a pretty good track record with the airlines, corporate flying, and teaching a lot of people how to land a single engine airplane.  Marc was not immune  either as he was reminded of his difficulty in Pipers, after becoming accustomed to landing SR 22's and a V-Tail.  What is it that makes that happen?  And how long will those skills desert us?  Tough questions to be answered.  The answer may just start with flying with an expert to advise and coach us.  Just as Michael Jordan had a shooting coach and Tiger Woods employed a coach (bad example these days), all of us need an objective view of what's going on and what is necessary to correct it.  It may be a CFI or a flying buddy, but if your results are changing, it means you're doing something different, and it'll take an outside view to diagnose and repair what's wrong.
 
Marc also issued a request for all our listeners to chime in with things you do in a cockpit that aren't necessarily part of your flying duties.  Whether its playing a game, having to relieve yourself during a flight, or learning new things about your avionics, we're interested to hear how you spend your time on a longer flight.  And if you do use the "Johnny on the Spot" relief aids, how do you put yourself in a position (literally speaking), to effectively use the device.

Jun 28 2015

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Point A to Point B, "The Experience" - June 15, 2019

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Sometimes getting to sporting events is quite the hassle, often taking multiple days to enjoy a 3 hour game.  Well now, the game has changed.  Listen in to this week's episode of SimpleFlight Radio as Marc and Al sit down with Todd Rubin, of Big Game Air (biggameair.com).  Todd and his business partner wanted to go see a college football game and for reasons you'll hear, had to do so via a business jet.  Finding others that could help pay for the flight turned out to be an easy task, which gave them the idea of making a business out of getting people to sports venues.  But it is so much more.  Todd understood the travel was only a small piece of the puzzle.  Listen in and learn how this "accidental entrepreneur" put it all together to create an Experience!       As always, we love hearing from you and ask you share your ideas with the entire SimpleFlight Facebook and Instagram community  @simpleflightradio ​ Thanks for being a part of the SimpleFlight Family!!!

Jun 20 2019

49mins

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The Power of Kit Planes January 4th, 2015

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Jan 05 2015

1hr 36mins

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Critical Decision Making, May 17th, 2015

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May 18 2015

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Al Palicki, Making A Difference For 40 Years, September 17, 2019

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A wise person once made the statement that if your smile is bigger on Friday than it is on Monday, it's time to find a new job.  Big smiles on Monday aren't that common, but neither is tonight's guest, Al Palicki, General Manager for Signature Flight Support, at Chicago Executive Airport.  Al tells us he feels like he hasn't had a day of work in the 40 years he's been coming to the airport.   

Brandon and Marc sat down with Al, to talk about how his journey got started and the path he took to get to where he is today.  In addition to learning about Al, the crew also delved into FBO operations, including the constraints, strategies, and philosophies Al brings to the job.  What Brandon and Marc learned, is that in addition to rules that ensure a safe and customer first experience, it still comes down to the people and the culture created by an organization's leadership.   We're interested to hear your thoughts, so please share them with the rest of the SimpleFlight Facebook and Instagram Community @simpleflightradio ​ Thanks for being a part of the SimpleFlight Family!!!

Sep 24 2019

1hr 4mins

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FlyteNow!! May 4th, 2014

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May 05 2014

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Keep it Simple! November 30th, 2014

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Dec 01 2014

1hr 59mins

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A General Aviation Journey, Kirke Machon, May 27, 2019

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Pilots and Avgeeks share a special bond which can usually be described in one word.... Passion.  In today's world, it's not uncommon to find pilots that are making their way back into the sky after an extended hiatus.  What is less common is to come across a pilot that after being "bitten" by the flying bug, immersed himself into the journey that included earning his private and instrument ticket, the purchase of a plane, and taking trips that previously were only dreams.  That's when the story makes a 180 degree turn.  Because in this case, the pilot voluntarily decided it was time to walk away.    Listen in to this week's episode of SimpleFlight Radio as Marc and Al sit down with Kirke Machon, a Chicago-based GA pilot that embarked on and completed a journey that most only dream about.  And once the dream was complete, had the strength and conviction to walk away.     We found the discussion empowering and uplifting.  We hope you do as well. As always, we love hearing from you and ask you share your ideas with the entire SimpleFlight Facebook and Instagram community  @simpleflightradio ​ Thanks for being a part of the SimpleFlight Family!!!

May 29 2019

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More Than Raspberry PI, May 13, 2018

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Happy Mother's Day!!!!

Tonight's show is a real treat, and we're not just talking raspberry pie.  Some of you may know that raspberry pie actually refers to Raspberry Pi, a small single board computer.  Our guest, Sean Chuplis, owner of Crew Dog Electronics (crewdogelectronics.com), has produced an easy to assemble ADS-B receiver, which includes all necessary parts and software to bring ADS-B weather and traffic to your cockpit.  The "Stratux" is compatible with most Electronic Flight Bags (EFB). 

Sean's story doesn't stop there.  As a matter of fact, that's just the tip of the iceberg.  As an active reservist in the Air Force, he splits time between being a pilot for a major airline, flying the KC-10 refueler in the military, flying a G4, helping people realize their dream of flight as a CFI, and continuing his education through the military to understand the history of combat and how it can show us the future.    The SimpleFlight crew touched on all of his areas of expertise, including an interesting problem caused by drones. 

We hope you enjoy the show.  Please send your comments to help us understand what is important to you and how we best earn your listenership.

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​We hope you enjoy listening as much as we love talking to others who share our passion for aviation.  Please subscribe to the Podcast via iTunes or your favorite broadcast source, and rate, review, and let us know what you think! ​ ​​​​BLUE SKIES and TAILWINDS!!!

May 14 2018

1hr 7mins

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Seaplane By The Seashore (with Mike Poznansky), October 14, 2018

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Mike Poznansky joins us this week. Mike has the good fortune to own two airplanes.  But what makes his situation a little more unique, is that one of those planes is a Cessna 185 on amphibious floats.  He lives a dual life, with a business need and one for adventure.  Not surprising, Mike flies mostly for business, but looks for opportunities to increase the adventure side. You can follow Mike on Instagram: @mikepoz

During our conversation, Al and Marc talked with Mike about some interesting topics:

  • Why the interest in an amphibious aircraft
  • Reconfiguring the plane as a standard taildragger
  • West Coast vs. Midwest Flying
  • Strategies and ADM in each of his airplanes.

Let us know if you're interested in getting the seaplane rating! Congratulations to our Avgeek of the Week!  Dave - @drdavedraws Dave correctly answered our question that we posted on Instagram. We asked what device Mike Poznansky was holding.  Dave correctly answered that the device was a bilge pump used to drain the floats prior to flight.   Come See Us In Person!  October 26th and 27th - Jack Edwards Airport - AOPA FLY IN

Oct 15 2018

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Your Personal Minimums! (with Amy Voss) October 7th, 2018

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Amy Voss joins us this week. She is a rockstar CFI, Mentor and is the Regional Training Manager for the East Coast at Cirrus Aircraft. She works daily with helping students, instructors and flight schools help people through elevating their personal minimums. Sometimes personal minimums are a lot harder than we think.

You can follow Amy on Instagram: @tri_everywhere

We covered in our conversation with Amy:

  • "Busting your personal minimums"
  • How to train to enhance them
  • Speaking up about situations that are beyond your personal minimums
  • A discussion of non-legal personal minimums

Tell us how you have expanded your personal minimums!

Congratulations to our Avgeek of the week!  Jodie - @indiana.jodes Jodie correctly answered our question that we posted on Instagram. We asked what all the variants of the 747 are and she answered correctly. Jodie even included all the Military designations too. Come see us in person!  October 26th and 27th - Jack Edwards Airport - AOPA FLY IN

Oct 08 2018

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3 Tips on Being a Better Pilot. May 31st, 2015

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Marc and Al kicked off a new format tonight by bringing a quick hit to the airwaves.  Tonight's topic is what three things will make you a better pilot.  Marc took one tact, and Al another.  Together, the came up with some things that will make you a more confident, comfortable, and proficient pilot.

Marc's List of 3 tips for being a better pilot:

  1. Understand your aircraft's systems.
  2. Purposeful Practice
  3. Proactive Planning

Al's List of 3 tips for bing a better pilot:

  1. Savor the moment when leaving the airport after flying
  2. Be polite to ATC! Pilot Manners
  3. Don't get behind on your logbook

Do you agree?  Let us know either way.  We'll pass on your tips on next week's show.  We'll also introduce another topic that is sure to be insightful, intriguing, and fun!

Jun 01 2015

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What Are The Odds, Part Deux, August 5, 2018

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Last week, we talked about the small world we live in and Marc had a couple of proof points that demonstrated the concept.  As it turns out, the small world theme continues.... only not in a positive way. So we ask again... WHAT ARE THE ODDS.  What are the odds that during an oil change, you'll get a call from the maintenance shop that they accidently had a prop strike with your plane?  That's what happened to Marc's plane, as the mechanic taxied the SR-22 to the maintenance hangar.  The prop actually hit a "traffic cone", which damaged the prop and now calls for an engine teardown for an inspection.  The inspection is being scheduled some 6 weeks out, so the story doesn't get much better.  Tune in and listen to hear first hand how the whole thing happened and the resulting actions and decisions that come into play.  Bring your Kleenex!!!  ;-) ​​​                              =============== ​We hope you enjoy listening as much as we love talking to others who share our passion for aviation.  Please subscribe to the Podcast via iTunes or your favorite broadcast source, and rate, review, and let us know what you think! ​ ​​​​BLUE SKIES and TAILWINDS!!!

Aug 08 2018

42mins

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Beautiful By Design, Chris Custer, March 10, 2019

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Ask a pilot, which is their favorite plane, and they may answer with a plane they've never flown before.  We know that sometimes an airplane "speaks" to a person.  It may be the history, the sound, the performance, or maybe it's because of it's lines and appearance.  LIN 2010, Cirrus continued its streak of innovations by introducing the Xi appearance option.  It gave owners the option of making their plane a truly personal "one of a kind" experience.   

Chris Custer, Lead Xi Designer for Cirrus Aircraft, joins the SimpleFlight crew in this week's episode to discuss the program from the designer's point of view.  This includes the challenge of working with an owner to help them vocalize and translate their vision into a reality that takes the ownership experience to a higher level.

Chris' passion for design, combined with the pride he takes in helping customers navigate the many decisions they must make, comes through with "flying colors" in the discussion.  We hope you enjoy Chris' story as much as Marc and Al did.

As always, we love hearing from you and ask you share your ideas with the entire SimpleFlight Facebook and Instagram community  @simpleflightradio

Thanks for being a part of the SimpleFlight Family!!!

Mar 12 2019

51mins

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From Plane Shopping To Purchase, December 1, 2019 (S8E8)

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If you haven't listened to the October 13 podcast, we suggest you take a few moments and do so now.  You'll get a chance to meet two members of the Leading Edge Flying Club (KPWK), who each have a dream of plane ownership.  During the show, we learned they each brought a different mission, budget, and philosophy to their decision making process.  Both have made significant strides towards their goal.  There's a lot we can all identify with.

On this week's episode, we'll reconnect with Andy Thome to get an update on his progress (spoiler alert  - he bought a plane).  Yet, other than a picture, he still has not had a chance see the plane in person, as "she" goes through a series of steps before she can be flown to her new home.  It's an interesting story and quite an education for the rest of us.  We hope you enjoy the show.

We're interested to have you join the discussion with your opinion and any questions you have of the SimpleFlight crew.  And at the same time, share your thoughts with the rest of the SimpleFlight Facebook and Instagram community @simpleflightradio

Thanks for being a part of the SimpleFlight Family!!!

Dec 02 2019

45mins

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Carbon Cub To Chicago, November 17, 2019

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For those of you that read Rinker Buck's memoir, "Flight of Passage", you'll understand the romance associated with a cross country flight in a Piper Cub.  If you haven't read the story, you only need to love General Aviation to understand the smile that comes with a low and slow flight of 1500 nautical miles across the Western and Midwestern United States.  Imagine a pilot that has been flying for close to 50 years and amassed 39,000 hours, but never achieved a goal to make that kind of trip, until now.  

This week on SimpleFlight Radio, Marc and Brandon welcome back Bob Schmelzer for his third visit to the crew's Chicago studio.  Two and a half years ago, one of Bob's students ordered a brand new Carbon Cub (LSA).  When it became clear the plane would be delivered in November of this year, the owner asked Bob if he would fly out to Yakima, Washington to pick up the plane and fly it back to its new home in Chicago.  Seeing an opportunity to fulfill a goal of making such a flight, Bob jumped at the chance.  After spending most of the last decade flying Boeing 777's between Shanghai and Chicago, the idea of flying at 100 knots just above the terrain, over three days, in a taildragger, must have created some interesting emotions and thought processes.  Listen in and find out directly from Captain Bob, what he expected and what he experienced on his trek across the mountains and flat-lands bringing this little Cub to its new home.

We're interested to have you join the discussion with your opinion and any questions you have of the SimpleFlight crew.  And at the same time, share your thoughts with the rest of the SimpleFlight Facebook and Instagram community @simpleflightradio

Thanks for being a part of the SimpleFlight Family!!!

Nov 18 2019

58mins

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Brrr, It's Cold Outside - Cold Weather Operations, October 27, 2019

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With a forecast for snow on Halloween in Chicago, the topic of winter has entered our vocabulary too early this year.  Yet, with its arrival, the topic of cold weather operations seems right on schedule.  Non-pilots commonly ask if GA pilots fly in the winter.  After all, won't icing be an issue.  These same people are amazed to hear that its often the best flying of the year.  Clear skies, smooth rides, and performance that can't be matched.  And the scenery.... Pilot and non-pilot alike, will always be amazed at the beauty of flying under a full moon above a snow covered landscape.  To see the ground light up as the moonlight reflects off the white snow is a life changing moment.  Of course, on the other side of the coin, it's best to not talk about freezing preflights, snowy runways, and that ice thing we don't want to think about!

Winter flight operations has a lot of implications that go beyond airframe icing.  This week on SimoleFlight Radio, listen in as Brandon and Marc discuss the special aspects of preflight, flight and postflight during this interesting time of year.  Plus, the SimpleFlight crew remind us that it's more than plane and pilot.  Let's not forget  our passengers.  So bundle up, shake off the rust and get ourselves ready for the wonderful flying ahead of us.

We're interested to have you join the discussion with your opinion and any questions you have of the SimpleFlight crew.  And at the same time, share your thoughts with the rest of the SimpleFlight Facebook and Instagram community @simpleflightradio

Thanks for being a part of the SimpleFlight Family!!!

Nov 02 2019

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Plane Shopping, October 13, 2019 (S8E5)

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Whether it's Trade-A-Plane or Controller.com, many GA pilots spend a fair amount of time window shopping for their dream plane.  It's fun and results in a smile.  But then the spreadsheet comes into play as the prospective plane owner starts to rationalize and compare rental costs vs. the cost of ownership.  Soon, the math starts to make sense and it's time to take next steps.  Hey, this can happen!

But what are those next steps?  What questions need to be asked and where are the answers found.  Will my "significant other" support me?  How do I broach the subject?  All of a sudden the simple finance question has turned into a long and unknown journey into the abyss.  Well, maybe not. 

This week on SimpleFlight Radio, Marc and Brandon sit down with two members of Leading Edge Flying Club (KPWK), who are part of a larger group of members that are asking for some answers on how to go about buying a plane.  Andy Thome and Edward Forman have similar missions, but different budgets and goals for what they are trying to achieve.  Tune in to hear the process they've followed to date and the path they've laid out in front of them.  

We're interested to have you join the discussion with your opinion and any questions you have of the SimpleFlight crew.  And at the same time, share your thoughts with the rest of the SimpleFlight Facebook and Instagram community @simpleflightradio

Thanks for being a part of the SimpleFlight Family!!!

Oct 15 2019

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Archie League Awards, October 6, 2019 S8-E4

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Since 2004, the National Air Traffic Controllers Association (NATCA) has been recognizing its members for extraordinary performance in turning a potentially bad situation into a "non-event".  Or as they call it, "A Save".  Named after the first Air Traffic Controller, The Archie League Medal of Safety awards are announced each September to controllers across the various regions in the US.  See the link below.      

The award winners commonly remark, they were just doing their job.  While true, no one can argue with the positive results they achieve in the face of impending disaster.  It's noteworthy that it goes beyond situational awareness and the ability to solve complex problems in the face of a ticking time clock.  Being able to communicate as a reassuring voice to a distressed pilot cannot be overstated.  On this week's episode of SimpleFlight Radio, join Marc and Brandon as they listen to multiple replays of the radio transmissions between ATC and pilots. It's no surprise there is plenty to learn from these examples, which leads to an informative discussion between our co-hosts. 

As always, we're interested to have you join the discussion and tell us what you think.  Please share your thoughts with the rest of the SimpleFlight Facebook and Instagram community @simpleflightradio

https://natca.org/index.php/media-center/other-natca-awards/archie-league-awards Thanks for being a part of the SimpleFlight Family!!!

Oct 08 2019

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Al Palicki, Making A Difference For 40 Years, September 17, 2019

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A wise person once made the statement that if your smile is bigger on Friday than it is on Monday, it's time to find a new job.  Big smiles on Monday aren't that common, but neither is tonight's guest, Al Palicki, General Manager for Signature Flight Support, at Chicago Executive Airport.  Al tells us he feels like he hasn't had a day of work in the 40 years he's been coming to the airport.   

Brandon and Marc sat down with Al, to talk about how his journey got started and the path he took to get to where he is today.  In addition to learning about Al, the crew also delved into FBO operations, including the constraints, strategies, and philosophies Al brings to the job.  What Brandon and Marc learned, is that in addition to rules that ensure a safe and customer first experience, it still comes down to the people and the culture created by an organization's leadership.   We're interested to hear your thoughts, so please share them with the rest of the SimpleFlight Facebook and Instagram Community @simpleflightradio ​ Thanks for being a part of the SimpleFlight Family!!!

Sep 24 2019

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Getting Personal. Meet Brandon Anderson, September 3, 2019

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The speed at which September arrived is indicative of the whirlwind summer the SimpleFlight crew experienced.  Our tight schedules impacted the quantity of shows, but quality remained high.  As we planned for the upcoming months it was clear that available free time for Al, was limited at best.  For that reason, Al has decided to step away from SimpleFlight to focus on his many responsibilities at work and at home.

Marc and Joby sat down to create a short list of potential co-hosts.  One of the first names on their respective list, was Brandon Anderson.  Brandon, a former guest of the show, brings all the attributes our audience wants, starting with a passion for aviation.  We're excited to have him join the crew.  WELCOME BRANDON! There is so much more, as you will hear listening to this week's episode of SimpleFlight radio.  In addition to learning about Brandon's background, the conversation touched on philosophical topics, like personal minimums.  We're interested to hear your perspective on the items discussed.

   As always, we love hearing from you and ask you share your ideas with the entire SimpleFlight Facebook and Instagram community  @simpleflightradio ​ Thanks for being a part of the SimpleFlight Family!!

Sep 04 2019

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Getting To Know You - Boldmethod, August 4, 2019

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Oshkosh 2019 is in the books!!!  It was a record breaking event, with many noteworthy outcomes that are sure to fuel an exciting year in aviation.  One item we like, is that OSH represents the anniversary of our first show, 7 YEARS AGO!!!

We can't think of a better way to kick off Season 8, than with a repeat guest and a SimpleFlight favorite, Boldmethod!!!  

Boldmethod (boldmethod.com) co-founders, Aleks Udris and Colin Cutler, join Al and Marc to give all of us a peek behind the scenes of the brand they've built and the life they lead.  There are lots of surprises related to the time and effort required to get to the end result.  What isn't surprising is the quality, energy, and insight they bring to all their followers. With this episode, whether you are familiar with Boldmethod or not, you're going to learn something you didn't know.  We enjoyed the discussion and hope you do too.    As always, we love hearing from you and ask you share your ideas with the entire SimpleFlight Facebook and Instagram community  @simpleflightradio ​ Thanks for being a part of the SimpleFlight Family!!

Aug 05 2019

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Why Not Me - Andrew Holmes, July 7, 2019

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For some of us, our aviation dream started with a goal to earn a private pilot certificate.  On this week's SimpleFlight Radio episode, you'll meet Andrew Holmes, whose dream was to buy a jet, but knew that the process must start with him learning to fly, and to do so with dedication, patience, and no short-cuts.   What Andrew learned during his training, is that flying is a skill that is acquired through practice.  What Al and Marc learned about Andrew, is that he is someone who is dedicated to being a safe pilot and brings a significant respect for the learning process, and it goes without saying that if Andrew sets a goal, he will achieve it.  With this episode, our goal for you, is to have you ask yourself the question, "Why Not Me?"     As always, we love hearing from you and ask you share your ideas with the entire SimpleFlight Facebook and Instagram community  @simpleflightradio ​ Thanks for being a part of the SimpleFlight Family!!

Jul 09 2019

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Point A to Point B, "The Experience" - June 15, 2019

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Sometimes getting to sporting events is quite the hassle, often taking multiple days to enjoy a 3 hour game.  Well now, the game has changed.  Listen in to this week's episode of SimpleFlight Radio as Marc and Al sit down with Todd Rubin, of Big Game Air (biggameair.com).  Todd and his business partner wanted to go see a college football game and for reasons you'll hear, had to do so via a business jet.  Finding others that could help pay for the flight turned out to be an easy task, which gave them the idea of making a business out of getting people to sports venues.  But it is so much more.  Todd understood the travel was only a small piece of the puzzle.  Listen in and learn how this "accidental entrepreneur" put it all together to create an Experience!       As always, we love hearing from you and ask you share your ideas with the entire SimpleFlight Facebook and Instagram community  @simpleflightradio ​ Thanks for being a part of the SimpleFlight Family!!!

Jun 20 2019

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A General Aviation Journey, Kirke Machon, May 27, 2019

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Pilots and Avgeeks share a special bond which can usually be described in one word.... Passion.  In today's world, it's not uncommon to find pilots that are making their way back into the sky after an extended hiatus.  What is less common is to come across a pilot that after being "bitten" by the flying bug, immersed himself into the journey that included earning his private and instrument ticket, the purchase of a plane, and taking trips that previously were only dreams.  That's when the story makes a 180 degree turn.  Because in this case, the pilot voluntarily decided it was time to walk away.    Listen in to this week's episode of SimpleFlight Radio as Marc and Al sit down with Kirke Machon, a Chicago-based GA pilot that embarked on and completed a journey that most only dream about.  And once the dream was complete, had the strength and conviction to walk away.     We found the discussion empowering and uplifting.  We hope you do as well. As always, we love hearing from you and ask you share your ideas with the entire SimpleFlight Facebook and Instagram community  @simpleflightradio ​ Thanks for being a part of the SimpleFlight Family!!!

May 29 2019

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The People Behind an Airport - Jaime Abbott - Executive Airport Director

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We often think of airports as just pieces of concrete, maybe a control tower, and a place to land. Its easy to forget about the people behind the scenes putting their best foot forward to make your airport run! This week, we sit down with Jamie Abbott, the Executive Director at our home airport - Chicago Executive (KPWK).  Jamie has some incredible stories on how he and his team work hard to keep the airport safe, valuable to the community, and make a home for your favorite Aviation Podcast, SimpleFlight Radio! As always, we love hearing from you and ask you share your ideas with the entire SimpleFlight Facebook and Instagram community  @simpleflightradio

May 14 2019

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Navigating The Process; Kseniya Polinsky, April 28, 2019

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Ask most pilots, and they will tell you that learning to fly was one of the most rewarding and challenging things they have done in life.  And while similarities exist, each pilot's journey is unique.  Something that can be depended on are the many challenges that will be faced throughout the training process.   This week's episode of SimpleFlight Radio has Marc and Al  talking with Kseniya Polinsky, a friend of the show, who recently earned her Private Pilot certificate.  Like all of us, Kseniya, had to answer the questions of how to go about getting started, finding a school, a CFI, and establishing a timeline that made sense for her, while life around her continued to change.     Kseniya's story serves as a reminder that the path is not always straight, but it is within the student's ultimate control.  The crew enjoyed hearing about her strategies for understanding and navigating both the human and technical factors that come into play during the process.  Of course, establishing, and when necessary, reestablishing momentum is a topic we can all identify with.  We hope you you enjoy the conversation as much as we did. As always, we love hearing from you and ask you share your ideas with the entire SimpleFlight Facebook and Instagram community  @simpleflightradio ​ Thanks for being a part of the SimpleFlight Family!!!

May 06 2019

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Airline Dispatcher, James Tochihara, March 31, 2019

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As a General Aviation pilot, many of us think of flight planning in terms of weather, NOTAMs, fuel planning, altitude selection, routing, timing, and ensuring the pilot and plane are capable of making the flight.  From there it's executing the plan.  Simply, Plan The Flight and Fly The Plan.  The burden is on the PIC.  In the world of the airline pilot, many GA pilots assume the Dispatcher does all the flight planning and then delivers the plan to the Captain, without further discussion.  Nothing could be further from the truth. This week's episode of SimpleFlight Radio has Marc and Al  talking with James Tochihara, former International Dispatcher for United Airlines.  One lesson learned is the Dispatcher is an essential crew member responsible for the safe and comfortable completion of the flight.  That means, their vigilance, communication, and decision-making continues until the plane is parked safely at the destination gate.     James takes us through the role, responsibilities, and skills that come into play, as well as a day in the life of a Professional Airline Dispatcher, including the emotional connection to every flight they touch.  September 11th was discussed, with James recommending a video (https://bit.ly/2UmhCKS) to hear the story from 5 dispatchers.  So welcome to this week's episode.  We hope you find the conversation as enlightening as we did.   As always, we love hearing from you and ask you share your ideas with the entire SimpleFlight Facebook and Instagram community @simpleflightradio

Thanks for being a part of the SimpleFlight Family!!!

Apr 02 2019

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Field of Dreams, Steve & Tina Thomas, March 24, 2019

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It's a surprise to no one that the most common conversations in aviation, center on people and planes.  And why not... it makes for great hangar flying.  This week, Al and Marc were reminded of another very important aspect of aviation... The Airport.  We're not talking about the runways, but how the airport serves as a hub for bringing people and planes together.  Airports have personalities that are born out of the stories and the people who make them happen.  This week, the SimpleFlight crew visited a shining example of the perfection that happens when it all comes together. Poplar Grove Airport (C77) is a very special place.  It's not because of chance, but rather the owners of the airport, Steve and Tina Thomas, designed it that way.  They built a culture years ago, which they protect, strengthen, and live  7 x 24 x 365.  After a tour of the field, which was too short for their liking, the guys had a chance to sit down with Steve and Tina and talk about how they make the magic happen.   When you listen to this week's show, you may hear about a flight school, a maintenance shop, a museum, and an air-park, but what you'll feel and think about is the history, the passion, and a very special community.  You can read about Poplar Grove on their website:(www.poplargroveairmotive.com), but if you ever in the Midwest, drop by C77 and say hi to Steve and Tina (and the dogs).  You may never want to leave. As always, we love hearing from you and ask you share your ideas with the entire SimpleFlight Facebook and Instagram community  @simpleflightradio ​ Thanks for being a part of the SimpleFlight Family!!!

Mar 25 2019

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Beautiful By Design, Chris Custer, March 10, 2019

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Ask a pilot, which is their favorite plane, and they may answer with a plane they've never flown before.  We know that sometimes an airplane "speaks" to a person.  It may be the history, the sound, the performance, or maybe it's because of it's lines and appearance.  LIN 2010, Cirrus continued its streak of innovations by introducing the Xi appearance option.  It gave owners the option of making their plane a truly personal "one of a kind" experience.   

Chris Custer, Lead Xi Designer for Cirrus Aircraft, joins the SimpleFlight crew in this week's episode to discuss the program from the designer's point of view.  This includes the challenge of working with an owner to help them vocalize and translate their vision into a reality that takes the ownership experience to a higher level.

Chris' passion for design, combined with the pride he takes in helping customers navigate the many decisions they must make, comes through with "flying colors" in the discussion.  We hope you enjoy Chris' story as much as Marc and Al did.

As always, we love hearing from you and ask you share your ideas with the entire SimpleFlight Facebook and Instagram community  @simpleflightradio

Thanks for being a part of the SimpleFlight Family!!!

Mar 12 2019

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We More Than Me - Captain Nathan Dial

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As President of the Leading Edge Flying Club in Chicago, Marc meets a lot of "avgeeks"; each with a story that connects them to our special aviation family.  Recently Marc met Nathan Dial, an Air Force Captain who moved to Chicago on a 3 year sabbatical to earn his PhD. 

Prior to coming to Chicago, Nate was flying C-130's as a Flight Commander of Group Current Operations, 55th Electronic Combat Squadron, Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, in Tucson.  His resume of accomplishments and decorations is lengthy, and especially impressive, considering its all happened in less than 10 years.  

Not surprisingly, Nate's success has been the result of his intelligence, hard work, and understanding that the successful completion of every flight is based on how well the crew works as a team, and not due to any single crew member.

We know you will enjoy getting to know Nate.  Let us know if you have any other questions you'd like us to ask him.  

Also, please share your ideas with the entire SimpleFlight Facebook and Instagram community  @simpleflightradio

Thanks for being a part of the SimpleFlight Family!!!

Feb 18 2019

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ADS-B - Its more powerful than you think! January 22nd, 2019

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It feels like ADS-B is almost about ready to get started. We only have one year left before the FAA mandate in 2020 for ADS-B Compliance! Did you know that ADS-B has been an old idea built up of multiple technologies? 

Steve Bussolari was one of the original thought leaders and key contributor of building out the  ADS-B system. He has so many stories to share from his time developing this new network while working in the MIT labs. 

We take it for granted the amount of weather information, traffic information and resources available in our flying. Imagine in the early 1990's having an LCD screen in a Cessna 172 displaying traffic through an ADS-B device. You look out the window at 12 o'clock and 3 miles there is traffic in the exact spot that is displayed on the screen - you would probably be really excited! 

Please share your ideas with the entire SimpleFlight Facebook and Instagram community  @simpleflightradio

Here is to a great start of 2019!!

                                *   *   * Congratulations to our Avgeek shout out!!  This week our shout out goes to all the professional ATC controllers! Hopefully things will return to normal for all of you working in all the air traffic facilities!  If you'd like to be our #avgeek of the week and earn shout out on the show, follow us on Instagram @simpleflightradio

Jan 22 2019

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Go / No Go, December 16, 2018

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This past week, Marc found himself at his airplane at 6AM in anticipation of a 7AM departure for some minor maintenance at an airport some two hours away.  The only issue was his home airport (KPWK) was fogged in with forward and vertical visibility near zero.  When it became apparent the fog would not lift, he canceled.  He posted the situation on Facebook and Instagram, @simpleflightradio, kicking off a diverse set of opinions. 

The Go / No Go decision comes with every flight, regardless of weather, equipment, pilot experience, passengers, or reason for the trip.  Getting to an answer is not always straight forward, but a great discussion topic.  Enjoy the show.  We are interested to hear what you think and how you come to a decision.  Please share your ideas with the entire SimpleFlight Facebook and Instagram community  @simpleflightradio

Please note, Al, Marc, and Joby are participating in many holiday events over the next three weeks, so we're going to hold off posting any shows until January 7th.  In the meantime, visit our web page (simpleflight.net/podcast) to take a trip down memory lane and re-listen to some of your favorite shows from the past 7 years.

Wishing all of you a wonderful holiday season and a Happy and Healthy New Year! 

                                *   *   * Congratulations to our Avgeek of the Week!  @wcrahen This week's "Avgeek of the Week, correctly answered our Instagram post asking for the three criteria necessary to land coming out of an instrument approach. @wcrahen correctly identified that you must, be in a continuous position to land (stabilized approach), have the required visibility, and have some element of the runway environment in sight. Great job and ties nicely to this week's discussion. If you'd like to be our #avgeek of the week and earn shout out on the show, follow us on Instagram @simpleflightradio

Dec 17 2018

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Cockpit Complacency, December 9, 2018

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This week, Al confesses to some troubles in the cockpit, that ultimately point to an enemy of a pilot .... Complacency!  Marc and Al take the conversation to a deeper level and come to the conclusion, that the very things pilots strive for as part of a safety culture, including process, standardization, and a rigid acceptance of checklists, can contribute to routines that may detract from the quality of a flight and potentially, its safety.

But fear not, the crew brainstorms strategies and tactics that can counteract those outcomes and add new skills and enjoyment to your flying.  And even better, the subject is not yet closed.  We'd love to hear from you about ways you keep your skills fresh and remain alert to minor anomalies that may have a significant impact on safety.  Please share your ideas with the entire SimpleFlight Facebook and Instagram community @simpleflightradio

                                *   *   * Congratulations to our Avgeek of the Week!  @lineguy99 lineguy99 correctly answered our Instagram post asking for the make and model of a top down and cutoff picture of a single engine aircraft.  He knew the picture was of a Piper Mirage, based on the nose cowling, the fuselage, and the DeIce boots.  Thought we made it tough with the two bladed prop, but you can't put anything by our Avgeek of the Week If you'd like to be our #avgeek of the week and earn shout out on the show, follow us on Instagram @simpleflightradio

Dec 10 2018

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