Rank #1: Podcast: AOPA's Flying Club Initiative
As part of a multifaceted effort to grow the pilot population, AOPA has been conducting a flying club initiative across the country, achieving some success at advising would-be members on how to start clubs. In this podcast, AVweb spoke to Katie Pribyl, who will soon be turning over the program to Elizabeth Tennyson. We also spoke with Jamie Beckett, one of AOPA's circuit-flying ambassadors who also helps with club promotion.
Rank #2: Podcast: Iridium NEXT And Certus For Aviation
The Iridium NEXT satellite constellation is nearly complete and the company is working on Certus, a satellite communications system aimed at, among other things, aviation. Iridium's Bryan Hartin and Michael Hooper told AVweb more about the latest developments at the 2018 NBAA convention.
Rank #3: Podcast: EAA On New PMA Process
EAA and the FAA are building on the STC awarded to EAA allowing installation of experimental Dynon avionics in certified aircraft. EAA's Sean Elliott spoke with AVweb's Russ Niles on a Jan. 17 meeting that could set the course for more affordable access to new technology by certified aircraft owners.
Rank #4: Podcast: Pipistrel Surges Electric Aircraft Production
Although electric airplanes still inhabit a regulatory backwater, Slovenian-based Pipistrel Aircraft is boosting its production of battery-powered trainers and reports a 50-50 split between gasoline and electric aircraft. In this exclusive podcast, the company told AVweb this week that a new production line is building five to six Alpha Electro trainers per month.
Rank #5: FlightAware's New Plan
When Daniel Baker and his flying friends conceived FlightAware 12 years ago, they couldn't have imagined how important it has become to worldwide aviation. Founder and CEO Daniel Baker describes the journey.
Rank #6: Podcast: Sun 'n Fun Airshow Live Streaming
Jumbotrons at airshows have become commonplace but this year at Sun 'n Fun, the airshow has both the giant screens and live streaming for those who can't make it to the actual event. In partnership with Sun 'n Fun, a company called LiveAirshowTV is feeding both both pre-show programs and the show itself to online audiences the world over. In this AVweb Sun 'n Fun podcast, LiveAirshowTV's Bryan Lee and Sun 'n Fun airshow director Greg Gibson give us an overview of the program.
Rank #7: Podcast: Teal Group's Richard Aboulafia On Market Trends
As GAMA released another disappointing aircraft production report this week, the Teal Group's Richard Aboulafia recently told the National Air Transportation Association that market data suggests next year won't be much better. And although Teal says it's "cautiously confident" that things won't get worse, Aboulafia told us in this AVweb podcast that we're far from the disastrous days of 2009.
Rank #8: Podcast: Pilot Shortage And The Regional Air Cargo Carriers
Stan Bernstein is the president of the Regional Air Cargo Carriers Association. He spoke with AVweb about the pilot shortage from the perspective of regional air cargo carriers, a collection of Part 121 and Part 135 operators who have been most affected by increased demand for professional pilots.
Rank #9: Podcast: Uber At AirVenture
Uber showed up at AirVenture this year, but it wasn't toting hardware. Instead, the company was touting its new Uber Elevate proposal that will do for on-demand air taxi what its networking service has done for ride sharing and on-demand transportation. In this podcast, Wyatt Smith and Nikhil Goel explain the details.
Rank #10: Podcast: Bailing Out Of A Warbird
Ron Carlson's first parachute jump is one to remember. He and his passenger Kenny Franzese bailed out of a TBM Avenger over the mountains of Arizona on May 7. He was interviewed by Russ Niles for this extended (15-minute) podcast.
Rank #11: Podcast: LAMA Likes LSA Weight Change
While some light sport aircraft manufacturers may have misgivings about a higher gross weight for LSA, Light Aircraft Manufacturers Association president Dan Johnson says it's a good idea and will be a boost for the entire GA industry. In this podcast recorded at AirVenture 2018, Dan Johnson outlines the possibilities.
Rank #12: Podcast: John King On FAA Inflexibility
John King, of King Schools, has been without a medical for two years since he had a seizure and he's now fighting to get it back. Like many other pilots who have appealed disqualifications, he's finding it a frustrating experience that he says is ultimately hurting the FAA itself.
Rank #13: Switchblade Almost Ready To Fly
Billed as the world's first flying sports car, the Switchblade roadable aircraft is nearing first flight. Developer Sam Bousfield spoke with AVweb's Russ Niles about tweaks and changes that he said will make it an even better performer.
Rank #14: Podcast: Ramping Up For ADS-B
Although only a fraction of the aircraft that will need it have been equipped with ADS-B Out, the Aircraft Electronics Association is confident those who really need and want the upgrade will be ready for the FAA deadline of Jan. 1, 2020. Ric Peri, AEA's VP of government and industry affairs, spoke with AVweb's Russ Niles about how he thinks it will play out.
Rank #15: Podcast: LSA Manufacturers Mixed On BasicMed Effects
At the Sport Aviation Expo is Sebring this week, we spoke with several manufacturers of light sport aircraft (LSAs) about their expectations for the newly announced FAA BasicMed rule. The people who spoke to us for this AVweb exclusive podcast acknowledged that there are buyers for whom avoiding a medical is the key criterion and who might prefer a larger aircraft but felt most of their buyers were pilots who wanted a safe and modern two-seat aircraft.
Rank #16: ATC Privatization Perspectives
As a bill proposing privatization goes through the legislative process, AVweb sought the opinions of industry veterans attending AirVenture 2017 on why it's a bad idea and what the alternatives might be.
Rank #17: Podcast: Huerta On Privatization, Certification Reform
FAA Administrator Michael Huerta made his farewell appearance at AirVenture Thursday and had some advice for his successor and for the agency's political masters. He spoke with Russ Niles after a news conference.
Rank #18: Podcast: Alsim Opens North American Office
Alsim has been making flight simulators in France for 24 years and has sold dozens of flight training devices in North America. To better serve that market, it's opened an office in Austin, Texas. AVweb's Russ Niles spoke with the new manager of the North American operation, Scott Firsing.
Rank #19: Podcast: Trio's Autopilot Inches Toward Approval
With the FAA relaxing certification requirements for avionics in certified light aircraft, Trio Avionics is closing in on approval for its three-axis autopilot, following a parallel path to another company, TruTrak. Both are well known in the experimental segment for capable autopilots.
Rank #20: Podcast: Being An Aviation Photographer
Aerographs Aviation Photography's John Slemp has been taking pictures of all things aviation for quite some time now. In an interveiw at AirVenture 2018, he told AVweb all about what its like to have a career in aviation photography.