Rank #1: DIAMOND GIRL; YOU SURE DO SHINE August 17th, 2014
Aug 20 2014
Rank #2: VMC into IMC January 26th, 2014
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
Rank #3: Pilot Workshops November 23rd, 2014
Nov 24 2014
Rank #4: Paradigm Shift, April 19th 2015
May 03 2015
Rank #5: ADS-B - Its more powerful than you think! January 22nd, 2019
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
Rank #6: General Aviation News January 12th, 2014
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
Rank #7: Is Al a Bad Pilot? June 28th, 2015
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
Rank #8: Point A to Point B, "The Experience" - June 15, 2019
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
Rank #9: The Power of Kit Planes January 4th, 2015
Jan 05 2015
Rank #10: Critical Decision Making, May 17th, 2015
May 18 2015
Rank #11: Al Palicki, Making A Difference For 40 Years, September 17, 2019
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
Rank #12: FlyteNow!! May 4th, 2014
May 05 2014
Rank #13: Keep it Simple! November 30th, 2014
Dec 01 2014
Rank #14: A General Aviation Journey, Kirke Machon, May 27, 2019
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
Rank #15: More Than Raspberry PI, May 13, 2018
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.
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
Rank #16: Seaplane By The Seashore (with Mike Poznansky), October 14, 2018
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
Rank #17: Your Personal Minimums! (with Amy Voss) October 7th, 2018
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.
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
Rank #18: 3 Tips on Being a Better Pilot. May 31st, 2015
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:
- Understand your aircraft's systems.
- Purposeful Practice
- Proactive Planning
Al's List of 3 tips for bing a better pilot:
- Savor the moment when leaving the airport after flying
- Be polite to ATC! Pilot Manners
- 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
Rank #19: What Are The Odds, Part Deux, August 5, 2018
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
Rank #20: Beautiful By Design, Chris Custer, March 10, 2019
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