Airspeed - The Gathering of Warbirds and Legends with Dan Gryder
The Gathering of Warbirds and Legends will take place in Topeka, Kansas 2-4 August. Dan Gryder(whom many will recognize as my DC-3 IP from 2008 and several other contacts since then) is one of the primary movers and shakers and took some time out of his Sunday morning to join us to talk about the event.…
Airspeed - Out of Line - Drew Gryder Solos
Drew Gryder solos ASEL, Glider, and AMEL within hours of turning 16, including leading a three-ship formation of C-150s at night.…
Airspeed - B-2 Spirit with USAF Lt Col (Ret) Chris "Cliff" DeVaughn
Meet B-52 and B-2 driver USAF Lt Col (Ret) Chris "Cliff" DeVaughn! We talked about the aircraft, its flight characteristics, and its mission. And, more importantly, we talked about what it's like to fly long-duration missions in one of the most important strategic weapons systems in the US inventory. All the way from the selection process through training and into combat. This is every bit as much about the men as the machines.…
Airspeed - Naval Aviation Training with ENS Evan Levesque - Part 2 - Tailhook!
The Airspeed audience first met ENS Evan Levesque (pronounced “leh-VECK”) as a MDN 1/C at the US Naval Academy in 2010. We then checked in with him during his primary flight training in the T-6B in February of 2012. Since then, ENS Levesque has gone on to tailhook training, flying the T-45 Goshawk. This episode features more than an hour of conversation with ENS Levesque about what it's like to fly jets and to prepare to land an aircraft on a floating runway.…
Airspeed - Glider Rating - Part 2
The second of two episodes covering my glider rating. Victory, defeat, ground effect, and a sock puppet. It's all here!…
Airspeed - You Don't Know Jack
Pilot, producer, and Uncontrolled Airspace co-host Jack Hodgson joins us to talk about the pilot population, flight training, the future of the aviation podsphere, and more in this nearly-two-hour conversation. Think you know Jack? Listen in!…
Airspeed - Road Trip
Taking to the streets (and tollways) of Orlando, Florida in a T-6 with eight other aircraft for the NBAA Convention 2012.…
Airspeed - VIDEO - Acro Camp Sneak Peek 04 - With Friends Like These . . .
Despite the aggressive schedule around here (glider training, trying to find a new acro ride, doing really cool legal work for the best clients on the planet, etc.), I managed to get some time this weekend to do some editing on the movie. The result is this sneak peek, "With friends like these . . ."
The campers at both of the Acro Camp shoots were very collaborative and supportive of each other. But that doesn't mean that there wasn't at least a little laughter with (okay, at) each other when stuff went wrong. And stuff is bound to go wrong when you're learning to fly an aircraft whose center of gravity is behind the mains.
In the course of logging all of the footage, I've noted when both IPs were in aircraft and noted opportunities to synchronize the conversation across both cockpits. Usually based on ATC calls or radio communication between the aircraft. This was one such pair of sequences. I loved the big bounce on Jim's wheel landing and I loved the reaction that it got from Barry and Lynda. I lined them up this evening and voila! Tailwheel magic!…
Airspeed - Glider Rating - Part 1
Here's an account of my glider training this year through my first glider solo on Friday. Show notes at www.airspeedonline.com.…
Airspeed - VIDEO - Airspeed Promo: Monday 0600Z
Behind the scenes at Airspeed. Kinda.…
Airspeed - Airshow Announcer Rob Reider
50 minutes of pure awesome with one of North America's busiest airshow announcers, Rob Reider.…
Airspeed - Navy Primary Flight Training with ENS Evan Levesque
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.…
Airspeed - Airspeed LPA Part 2 - Military Pilot-Speak
The second installment of the Airspeed LPA.…
Airspeed - Making Good on a Deal - IAC Michigan Aerobatic Open 2011 Diary
A diary of my first aerobatic competition. Compiled from blog posts I wrote before, during, and after the competition.
Music is Game Day by Jon Schmidt. www.johnschmidt.com. www.musicalley.com.
Airspeed - Airshows 101 at ICAS 2011
An overview of the Airshows 101 course at the 2011 ICAS convention.…
Airspeed - Flying through the Totality
On 21 August 2017, the umbral shadow of the moon will sweep across the continental United States from Oregon to South Carolina. Here are some thoughts about how (and why) to fly through that shadow.…
Airspeed - VIDEO - The Hoppers Promo
Here's the promo that I shot for The Hoppers, an L-39 team based in the midwestern US.…
Airspeed - Touching the True Source - CAP NESA MAS 2010 (Entire Essay)
Here's a big file that contains the full account of my experiences at CAP NESA MAS 2010. This file contains all of the audio from the prior three episodes in one tasty jumbo audio burrito.
I hope that this doesn't bother anyone who has already downloaded the three individual installments. I'm thinking about removing those three episodes from the feed and having just this big one for future download.
Want more information about CAP? Head to www.gocivilaitpatrol.com. Want a PDF version of this account with images from the school? It's at http://traffic.libsyn.com/airspeed/Airspeed_-_Touching_the_True_Source_-_CAP_NESA_MAS_2010_-_v2011-10-10.pdf.…
Airspeed - CAP NESA MAS - Part 3
This is the third of a three-episode series covering my experience at Civil Air Patrol’s National Emergency Services Academy Mission Aircrew School (NESA-MAS) in Indiana in the summer of 2010.
Airspeed - CAP NESA MAS 2010 - Part 2
This is the second of a three-episode series covering my experience at Civil Air Patrol’s National Emergency Services Academy Mission Aircrew School (NESA-MAS) in Indiana in the summer of 2010.
I intend to make available the entire 30,000-word piece in a single file and PDF document with photos at about the time at which I release the third episode. I might also put the long-form file into the podcast feed on its own.
In the meantime, enjoy this in-depth look at the nation’s premier civilian fixed-wing search-and-rescue flight training school from the perspective of a zero-to-hero CAP Mission Pilot candidate.
Airspeed - Airshow Safety: The View from ICAS
In the wake of a difficult weekend (and, indeed, a difficult season) for the airshow community, I asked John Cudahy to sit down for a few minutes to talk about airshow safety.
John has been the president of the International Council of Air Shows, Inc. (“ICAS”) since 1997. I’ve heard him speak at the annual convention in Las Vegas for the past two years and I’m returning to Las Vegas again this December.
John is one of those people who has always been on my list of people to bring onto the show at some appropriate time. I had thoughts of bringing him on as a part of the upcoming episode encapsulating my experience attending ICAS’s Airshows 101 class at the last convention. But the events of the summer conspired to make it more important to bring John onto the show now to talk about the ICAS safety culture.
Airspeed - CAP NESA MAS 2010 - Part 1
Part 1 of my 30,000-word epic describing my experiences at CAP's National Energency Services Academy Mission Aircrew School in 2010.…
Airspeed - My Movie Ate My Podcast
Will Hawkins joins Steve to commiserate about independent filmmaking.…
Airspeed - Shooting the MacGuyver Six
Getting complacent in your flying? Take a cue from a TV secret agent and try flying an approach with everything completely different and some of it detinitely not TSO'ed.…
Airspeed - VIDEO - Acro Camp Sneak Peek 03
Here's yet another sneak peek from Acro Camp, Airspeed's upcoming independent documentary feature film. Get more information at www.acrocamp.com.…
Airspeed - Acro Camp 2 Announcement and Casting Call
That's right! We're doing it again! This is the casting call for Acro Camp 2.
More information and a link to the cast application is at www.acrocamp.com.
Application deadline is 11:59 24 June 2011 (0359Z 25 June 2001)!…
Airspeed - Formation Flight with Ben Freelove
We talk to Ben Freelove of the Tutima Academy of Aviation Safety about formation flying. Everything from loose en route formations to formation acro. Check out www.tutimaacademy.com.…
Airspeed - VIDEO - Mike "Bloke" Robinson of the Starfighters
A video feature focusing on Mike Robinson of the Starfighters shot at the TICO Valiant Air Command airshow this March in Titusville, Florida.
More information about the Starfighters is available at www.starfighters.net.…
Airspeed - VIDEO - Special "Making Of" Feature: Acro Grass Sessions
Here's video from the December 17, 2010 studio session that Don, Barry, and I did as part of the efforts on the soundtrack for the upcoming feature film, Acro Camp. It's one long hand-held shot with footage from the movie laid on tip from time to time.
More information is available at www.acrocamp.com.…
Airspeed - VIDEO - Acro Camp Sneak Peek 02 - Formation
Here's the formation flight from Day 3 of Acro Camp. Two aircraft, five cameras, 12 audio tracks, and a lot of synchronization and editing. But very worthwhile considering the result.
Stay tuned to Airspeed and check out www.acrocamp.com for news and details about the forthcoming independent documentary feature film.…
Airspeed - Acro Camp Debrief with Don and Barry
This is the audio from Will Hawkins' last interview with Don and Barry after the last camper left on Day 4 of Acro Camp.…
Airspeed - #NotAtSNF11
The second #NotAtSnF show on Sun 'N Fun Radio, recorded Saturday 2 April 2011.
The cast includes Steve Visscher and Grant McHerron of Plane Crazy Down Under; Chris Holub and John Conway, two thirds of the In the Pattern Podcast; Will Hawkins from The Pilot’s Flight PodLog and A Pilot’s Story; and Bill Williams of The Pilotcast.
Airspeed - Acro Camp Sneak Peek 01 - The Hammer-Spin
A sneak peek of what we're working on for the Acro Camp movie. Check out more at www.acrocamp.com.…
Airspeed - Fingers in the Airport Fence Entwined
Airspeed's epic poem Fingers in the Airport Fence Entwined came out in 2007, but never really go tits own episode. So, as I'm plowing through the editing for Acro Camp and putting out proposals for the upcoming season's coverage on Airspeed, I thought I'd take the opportunity to put Fingers out there in its very own episode. Enjoy!…
Airspeed - Flying the Black Rocket - The Northrop T-38 Talon
Flight with the USAF 9th Reconnaissance Wing in a Northrop T-38A Talon.…
Airspeed - NESA Part 1 with CAP Lt Col John Desmarais
As many of you know, I attended the Civil Air Patrol’s National Emergency Services Academy (“NESA”) this summer at Camp Atterbury in Indiana. I did the Mission Pilot track in the Mission Aircrew School portion of the academy. But there’s a lot more than that to NESA that the aircrew training.
I'm working on an epic NESA episode that distills my own thoughts about the experience, but I wanted to be sure to get the full 30,000-foot view as well. To that end, I invited CAP Lt Col John Desmarais, CAP’s interim national Director of Operations, to talk about NESA.
There’s more information about NESA at http://www.nesa.cap.gov/ and more information about CAP (including a unit locator that can help you find a unit to visit and maybe join) at http://gocivilairpatrol.com/.
Airspeed - First Acro Camp Trailer
Here's the first trailer for Airspeed's upcoming independent documentary feature film: Acro Camp.
Four pilots. Two men and two women. None has a tailwheel endorsement. None has ever flown aerobatics. But, last May, they came together in southeast Michigan, took over a Part 61 flight school, and flew aerobatics for the first time. This is the story of their experience. Captured in glorious HD and digital audio by an irregular team of pilots, aviation enthusiasts, and new-media producers.
At some point, you quit wondering, climb over the fence, and go find out.
Airspeed - The Airspeed LPA Part One - Military Challenge Coins
Airspeed launches its LPA (Lieutenant Protection Association") series about military aviation customs, history, and insider information! We begin with Jordan Haines, the commander-in-chief of CoinForce.com, a premier provider of military challenge coins (including, happily enough, the Airspeed challenge coin).…
Airspeed - Rules of Engagement
As Airspeed completes its fifth year online, here's a peek behind the scenes at the philosophy of the show.…
Airspeed - Zero to Hero - Part 2
I got together with myTransponder.com founder Rod Rakic to talk about accelerated flight training. Rod has done accelerated programs as a part of both his commercial and instrument training. I did my AMEL, ASES, and DC-3 (SIC) training in accelerated programs. And Rod and I are both graduates of the CAP National Emergency Services Academy’s Mission Aircrew School.
We talked about the benefits and drawbacks of accelerated and/or concentrated training and how best to take advantage of it.
Airspeed - Sam Johnson's Keynote at ICAS 2010
Here's the keynote at the morning session of ICAS 2010 by Congressman Sam Johnson of Texas. A retired Air Force colonel, Johnson flew the F-86 Sabre in the Korean War, the F-4 Phantom in the Vietnam War, and the F-100 Super Sabre as a member of the U.S.A.F. Thunderbirds.
Airspeed - ICAS 2010 - Le Central
An update from the 2010 ICAS Convention.…
Airspeed - VIDEO - How to Pass Your CAP Form 5 Checkride
Here's a full account of my 11 October 2010 recurrent CAP Form 5 checkride with Capt Tim Kramer. I demystify the CAP Form 5 process and give you some tips about how to put your best foot forward. And, even if you don't plan on flying for CAP, you ost of the material here is useful for any checkride.
For more information about CAP or to find a unit near you, visit www.gocivilairpatrol.com.…
Airspeed - Packing for Mars with Mary Roach
Interview with the author of Stiff, Bonk, and now Packing For Mars - a riff on the trials, tribulations, and science behind the next step. www.maryroach.net.…
Airspeed - Acro Grass - Crowdsourcing a Part of the Acro Camp Soundtrack
Acro Camp is crowdsourcing a part of the soundtrack. This episode contains details and a snippet of the theme that underlies the piece. Check out the show notes at www.airspeedonline.com for links to the guide tracks and other information.…
Airspeed - Having the Fish with Rob Mark
Jetwhiner and Airplane Geek Rob Mark joins me to talk through that fantasy of every non-airline pilot: Being called to the cockpit to land an airliner after the pilots are incapacitated. Could a 300-hour private pilot do it? Could you?…
Airspeed - VIDEO - Spins with Barry
Here's a three-camera treatment of a stall and spin sequence that I recently flew with Barry Sutton. www.oaklandflightacademy.com…
Airspeed - Acro Camp Cast Post-Production Debrief
The cast of Acro Camp got together on TalkShoe the evening of 14 July to reunite, talk about the experience, and offer suggestions for the next time we do this. Acro Camp campers Paul Berliner, Michelle Kole, Lynda Meeks and Jim Rodriguez joined IP Don Weaver, production chief David Allen, and MyTransponder co-founder Rod Rakic for an hour or so in the virtual post-production studio.…
Airspeed - Firebase Airspeed - Beale AFB Style
The crew gathers at the VOQ to talk about Steve's impending T-38 ride.…
Airspeed - The US Naval Academy, Naval Aviation, and Super-D Acro with MIDN 1/C Evan Levesque
MIDN 1/C (“Midshipman First Class”) Evan Levesque (pron. leh-VEHK) just completed his third year at the United States Naval Academy. He’s a private pilot with a tailwheel endorsement and he flies aerobatics on weekends. He’s also managed to get a couple of flights in the back seat of an F/A-18 Hornet.
Now notes at http://tinyurl.com/2dtbg9k.
Airspeed - Ron Klutts Remembers Doug Bourn
Ron Klutts remembers Doug Bourn and talks aviation safety.…
Airspeed - The Last Pure Thing on the Radio
Debut of a new song, The Last Pure Thing on the Radio. Many thanks to Scott Cannizzaro and Chris Wormer for their roles in really thickening up and improving this tune!…
Airspeed - VIDEO - Acro Camp IP Don Weaver's Acro Sequence
Fly with Don! email@example.com. 989-859-7237. And check out the Acro Camp website at www.airspeedonline.com.…
Airspeed - Battle Creek Preview 2010
Barb Haluszka appears for the fourth time talking about the Battle Creek Field of Flight Airshow and Balloon Festival. The show is slated for 1-4 July 2010, but that’s just around the corner when you think about the amount of planning and coordination required to put on a show like this.…
Airspeed - Aerial Videography Panel
We bring in Will Hawkins, Roger Bishop, and Rick Felty to talk about shooting video aloft.…
Airspeed - UAVs - The Pilot and the Operator Can Be Friends
Capt Force waxes philosophical about Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) and what they mean to pilots.…
Airspeed - Meet the Cast of Acro Camp
Airspeed - Zero to Hero - Accelerated Flight Training Part 1 with Jason Schroeder
We talk to Jason Schroeder, a veteran of an accelerated flight training from private pilot to commercial multi and CFI. firstname.lastname@example.org.…
Airspeed - VIDEO - Cessna Citation Mustang Flight
Here's the video from the Cessna Citation Mustang flight at Appleton, Wisconsin during EAA AirVenture 2009.…
Airspeed - Talking with Acro Camp IP Don Weaver
Meet Acro Camp IP Don Weaver! We talk about his experience and what cast members ("campers") will likely experience.…
Airspeed - Acro Camp Announcement and Casting Call
Acro Camp is cleared hot! This is the announcement and casting call. Check out www.acrocamp.com or the Acro Camp group at www.mytransponder.com.…
Airspeed - L-39 Driver Tim Brutsche
Talking jet warbirds with L-39 driver Tim Brutsche. www.hopperflight.com.…
Airspeed - Sandman 2009 with Jim Carlyle
Mike Agranoff's Ballad of the Sandman makes a reappearance (www.mikeagranoff.com) and WION's Jom Carlyle and I talk about the spirit of radio.…
Airspeed - ICAS Convention 2009 - Day 3
Debrief of Day 3 at the ICAS Convention 2009.…
Airspeed - ICAS Convention 2009 - Day 2
Debrief on the proceedings at the ICAS Convention 2009 with Rico Sharqawi of Wilco Films.…
Airspeed - ICAS Convention 2009 - Day 1
A quick update and some session audio from ICAS 2009.…
Airspeed - On the Ramp with the AeroShell Team
On the ramp with The AeroShell Team at this year's Battle Creek Field of Flight6 Airshow and Balloon Festival.…
Airspeed - Flying the Pilotmaker - My Dollar Ride in the T-6A Texan II
A full account of my dollar ride in the mighty T-6A Texan II at Randolph AFB this spring. www.airforce.com.…
Airspeed - This I Believe
My take on the CBS Radio feature from the 1950s.…
Airspeed - Safety Stand-Down - The Kranz Dictum
The Airspeed Safety Stand-Down, featuring the Kranz Dictum from January of 1967.…
Airspeed - VIDEO - CAP Glider Sorties
Video of two CAP glider sorties at the Oakland County International Airport (KPTK) Open House 16 August 2009. Glider pilot: Mark Grant.…
Airspeed - Russell Military Museum
Interviews with Mark Sonday and Luke Donald of the Russell Military Museum.…
Airspeed - C/LtCol Melanie Davis - Incentive Ride in the Mighty L-39
Interview planeside with C/LtCol Melanie Davis after her incentive ride in the mighty L-39.…
Airspeed - Flying the Remos GX
Panel discussion covering demo flights in the Remos GX at Oshkosh 2009.…
Airspeed - Flying the Cessna Citation Mustang
Demo flight in a Cessna Citation Mustang VLJ out of Appleton, Wisconsin during AirVenture 2009.…
Airspeed - VIDEO - Fat Albert JATO Ride
Video episode of the JATO ride in Fat Albert at the Indianapolis Air Show. www.indyairshow.com.…
Airspeed - VIDEO - AeroShell Team Ride and Saturday Performance Video
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.…
Airspeed - F-15E Strike Eagle Demo Team
Interview with the F15E Strike Eagle Demo Team at the Battle Creek Airshow 2009.…
Airspeed - VIDEO - KC-135R Flight
Refueling training flight in a KC-135R Stratotanker refueling C-17 Globemasters over the Carolinas.…
Airspeed - VIDEO - Lima Lima T-34 Flight at Gary
Video from a six-ship T-34 ride with the Lima Lima flight team at the South Shore Airshow in Gary. www.garyairshow.com.…
Airspeed - The Guy in the Red Airplane
An impromptu aerobatic demo and some thoughts about it.…
Airspeed - Battle Creek Behind the Scenes - Airshow Director Barb Haluszka
Airspeed's fourth annual pre-show interview with Barb Haluszka. Check out the show's site at www.bcballoons.com.…
Airspeed - Air Boss Brief from the Indy Air Show
Audio from the air boss brief on the Sunday of the Indy Air Show. www.indyairshow.com.…
Airspeed - Indy Airshow with Blue Angels Boss Greg McWherter and Roger Bishop
The first two days of the Indianapolis Airshow. Features interviews with Indy Air Show director Roger Bishop and Blue Angels Boss CDR Greg McWherter.…
Airspeed - VIDEO - First Acro Session in the Super-D
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.…
Airspeed - VIDEO - Aerobatic Conditioning
Video from my 11 May 2009 acro conditioning flight just before heading to Randolph AFB for the T-6A Texan ride. You, too, can fly this aircraft with this guy! Check out Sutton aviation's website at www.sutton-aviation.com.…
Airspeed - VIDEO - Airspeed Video Teaser
A teaser for upcoming video projects brewing here at Airspeed.…
Airspeed - Firebase Airspeed T-6A Style
Gathering 'round the MP3 recorder with the team to debrief after a day of shooting and flying at Randolph AFB in connection with my T-6A ride.…
Airspeed - C-47 Ground School at the Yankee Air Museum
I head to the C-47 ground school at the Yankee Air Museum and hit the bomber buffing party.…
Airspeed - Gathering of Aviation Podcasters 2009
Audio from the first Gathering of Aviation Podcasters at Sun 'N Fun 2009. Many thanks to Sun 'N Fun Radio for giving us this opportunity and capturing the audio for us!…
Airspeed - SETI with Dr. Jill Tarter
We talk to The SETI Institute's Dr. Jill Tarter.…
Aiirspeed - Eleanor Flies
Imagining the first folk music of the journey to Mars and back. The MacDoewll application and the song.…
Airspeed - Indianapolis Airshow and Indy Transponder with Roger Bishop
We talk to Roger Bishop, director of the Indianapolis Airshow and one of the minds behind the Indy Transponder.…
Airspeed - CAP Form 5 IFR Add-On
Comments and audio from my CAP Form 5 IFR add-on ride.…
Airspeed - LASP Comment
My comment on the TSA's Large Aircraft Security Program (LASP). Listen soon and either concur with me at www.airspeedonline.com or e-mail me at email@example.com or, better yet, put in your own comment. But get it in by mid-morning 27 February 2009.…
Airspeed - Music - Part 3
The third installment of what I'm listening to in the cockpit and otherwise.…
Airspeed - Spatial Disorientation Simulator
A spin (or, rather, a spiral) in the FAA's spatial disorientation simulator at the Great Lakes Aviation Conference and Expo.…
Airspeed - Taildragger Training - Part 1
Part 1 of my initial taildragger training from April or May of last year. Features instructor Barry Sutton.…
Airspeed - Aerobatics and the Super Decathlon with Greg Koontz
Talking aerobatics with airshow performer and instructor Greg Koontz. www.gkairshows.com.…
Airspeed - The Magi of Harper's Field
The 2008 holiday episode with a new take on O. Henry's classic story, The Gifts of the Magi. Happy holidays, everybody!…
Airspeed - Ghost Airports - A Tour of Paul Freeman's Abandoned and Little-Known Airports Archive
We talk to Paul Freeman, curator of www.airfields-freeman.com, a wonderful web resource that covers abandoned airfields across the country.…
Airspeed - Farva Returns (Air Force Blues)
Aistin "Farve" May, creator of web comic Air Force Blues, joins Stephen Force for an update abotu what's happened with the comic in the 18 months since his first appearance on Airspeed. See www.afblues.com for more Air Force Blues.…
Airspeed - You Might Be a Pilot
Nuggets collected from all parts of the aether, including the Twitterverse.…
Airspeed - Sometimes Alternates Fly - My Ride with the USAF Thunderbirds
The full production version of my ride on 4 July 2008 with USAF Thunderbird 8, Tony Mulhare.…
Airspeed - David Kneupper and the Music of Apollo/Saturn V Center
Interview with composer and sound designer David Kneupper, who composed the music that you hear as you experience the Apollo/Saturn V Center at Kennedy Space Center in Florida, among lots of other things.…
Airspeed - A Pilot's Story with Will and Rico
Interview with Will and Rico about their new independent film, A Pilot's Story.…
Airspeed - F-22 Raptor Pilot Maj Paul "Max" Moga
Interview on the ramp at OSH with F-22 pilot Maj Paul "Max" Moga, USAF.…
Airspeed - Virtual Airshow 2008
The first Airspeed Virtual Airshow. Noisy and sudden high-speed passes! Seating at the edge of the runway! Cheap food! No traffic at the exits (not that you'll want to leave)!
Airspeed - VIDEO - Thunderbirds Ride Cockpit Video
Here it is! Airspeed's first video episode. And it's a biggie. The sounds and sights in the back seat of a USAF Thunderbird F-16. Many thanks to Will Hawkins of Wilco Films for his video-fu!…
Airspeed - Citabria Training and CAP Form 5
Got the CAP Form 5 ride done, training in the Citabria, a chance to taxi the kids around, and Thunderbird Groove nears completion.…
Airspeed - Flying the Ford TriMotor
Flying right seat in the EAA's 1929 TriMotor.…
Airspeed - Preflight Briefing with Thunderbird 7
The Thursday preflight briefing with Thunderbird 7, LtCol Rob Skelton, the Thunderbirds' operations officer. The primary rider's camera crew showed up at the last minute, so I didn't fly that day, but I got up the next day with Thunderbird 8, Maj Tony Mulhare. I thought that you guys would enjoy hearing this briefing while I prep the big sumaary episode.…
Airspeed - Podapalooza 2008
Audio from Podapalooza 2008.…
Airspeed - 10 Minutes at Oshkosh
10 minutes walking down the main drag at Oshkosh.…
Airspeed - Firebase Airspeed
Update from Firebase Airspeed, EAA AirVenture, Oshkosh, Wisconsin with Jason Miller, (The Finer Points) Rod Rakic, (myTransponder) and friends.
Airspeed - F-15 West Demo Pilot Sam Joplin
We interview Capt Sam â€œNukeâ€ Joplin of the F-15 West Demo Team on Sunday, July 6 from the Battle Creek Field of Flight Air Show and Balloon Festival.…
Airspeed - Thunderbirds Ride - Full Description
Full description of my 4 July 2008 media flight with Maj Tony Mulhare, USAF Thunderbird No. 8. Rod Rakic guest-hosts as we hangar-fly the whole thing.…
Airspeed - Thunderbirds Ride - First Impressions
I got the thunderbirds ride! Here's my initial reaction and audio of the takeoff. Recording tonight with Rod Rakic for the full episode. Stay tuned!…
Airspeed - Thunderbirds Ride - Almost
Almost got up today with the USAF Thunderbirds. Scheduled to fly tomorrow!…
Airspeed - DC-3 Type Rating - Summary
Summary episode covering the whole DC-3 type rating experience.
Airspeed - Red Bull Air Races - Sunday
F/A-18 mach pass at the end! Rod and I hangar-fly from the Red Bull Air Races in Detroit.…
Airspeed - DC-3 Type Rating Complete!
Type rating complete! For information about how you can obtain your own DC-e type rating, contact:
147 Sky Harbor Way
Griffin, Georgia 30223
Airspeed - DC-3 Type Rating - Day 1
Day 1 of my DC-3 type rating training with Dan Gryder in the Herpa DC-3 in Griffin, Georgia. www.thedc-3network.com www.herpa.de.…
Airspeed - DC-3 Type Rating - Arrival in Griffin
I'm here in Griffin, Georgia for the DC-3 SIC type rating flying Dan Gryder's DC-3. Here's audio and other material from Dan's briefing, our initial encounter with the airplane, and more. Stay tuned! I'll be posting daily!…
Airspeed - Instrument Rating Checkride - Part 2
Welcome to the second part of the instrument checkride. This is the second of two parts covering my checkride for the instrument rating. If you havenâ€™t checked out Part 1, make sure that you download it and listen to it. It contains background information thatâ€™s helpful to understanding some of the material in this episode and will bring you up to speed on the checkride so far.
Airspeed - Behind the Scenes with Pilot and Audio Ace Scott Cannizzaro
Interview with Scott Cannizzaro, the New York audio engineer who recently worked up the Airspeed theme music.
The Soundtrack Group
New York, NY 10010
212 420 6010
Airspeed - Shut Up and Listen to the Otter
Ambient audio from flying a load of skydivers in the Twin Otter.
7:30 Throttle back
9:30 Synching the props
18:45 Door opens
20:15 Begin descent
24:30 Level-off downwind
26:00 Taxi (right engine shutdown and taxi on left engine)
Airspeed - Safety with Aviation Safety Magazine Editor and UCAP Hangar Denizen Jeb Burnside
We talk this time with Jeb Burnside about aviation safety. Jeb is an editor at Belvoir Publications, the folks who bring you Aviation Safety Magazine (of which Jeb is editor), KitPlanes, AvWeb, Aviation Consumer, IFR, IFR Refresher, and Light Plane Maintenance. Many of you know him as a third of the regular occupants of the Uncontrolled Airspace Podcast's virtual hangar. He's also a longtime pilot.
Jeb's website is at http://www.jeburnside.com/, where there's a pretty complete account of the partial engine failure in he experienced in 2003 along with pictures.
You can reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Airspeed - Multi-Engine Training - Day 2
Second day of the accelerated multi-engine course at Traverse Air.
Traverse Air, Inc.
294 West Silver Lake
Traverse City, Michigan 49686
Airspeed - Multi-Engine Training - Day 1
Commentary on Day 1 of multi-engine training with Tom Brady at Traverse Air. www.traverseair.com…
Airspeed - Airshow Ops and a Preview of the 2008 Battle Creek Field of Flight Air Show and Balloon Festival with Barb Haluszka
We continue the annual tradition of calling up Barb Haluszka, the executive director of the Battle Creek Field of Flight Air Show and Balloon Festival.
Airspeed - Sun 'N Fun Update for April 8 with Herpa DC-3 Pilot Dan Gryder
Update on Sun 'N Fun with Herpa DC-3 Pilot Dan Gryder.…
Airspeed - Instrument Rating Checkride - Part 1
Audio of the checkride for my instrument rating. See www.airspeedonline.com for links to the approach charts if you want to follow along.…
Airspeed - The Lake Parker Arrival
Download a 128 Mbps copy of the tune, The Lake Parker Arrival, for free at http://airspeedonline.blogspot.com/2008/03/lake-parker-arrival.html. Written especially for Sun 'N Fun 2009.
Airspeed - Load 2 - Flying Skydivers at Skydive Chicago with Dave Schwartz in the Otter
The second load from my September visit to Skydive Chicago. Two jump runs at two different altitudes and then a stall, some single-engine flight, and a steep descent to a short-field landing.
Airspeed - Legal Aspects of Aircraft Ownership - Part 2 - Sales and Use Taxes
Today, Iâ€™m joined by Eric Carver, my fellow member in the law firm and an expert in tax law.…
Airspeed - Legal Aspects of Aircraft Ownership - Part 1 - Using an Enterprise to Hold your Aircraft
Part 1 of a two-part series on the legal aspects of aircraft purchase, sale, and ownership.
Make sure you check out the parallel episodes similar topics on Uncontrolled Airspace, The Pilot's Flight PodLog, and The Finer Points.
Airspeed - 121.5 MHz Satellite Monitoring Phase-Out with CAP Lt Col John Desmarais
We interview Lt Col John Desmarais, the Deputy Director of Operations of the US Civil Air Patrol about SARSAT's discontinuation of monitoring 121.5 MHz ELTs.…
Airspeed - DC-3 Performance and Type Ratings with Dan Gryder
We talk to Dan Gryder about how you can get your type rating in the DC-3. (Yeah, a type rating in the DC-3!)…
Airspeed - Flying Skydivers in the DHC-6-200 Twin Otter
Flying the DHC-6-200 Twin Otter with Dave Schwartz at Skydive Chicago.
Don't forget to buy your copy of Airspeed: The First Two Years Aloft at http://www.lulu.com/content/1389586…
Airspeed - Fingers in the Airport Fence Entwined - And the Book Is Out!
Buy the new book, Airspeed: The First Two Years Aloft at http://www.lulu.com/stupper or http://www.lulu.com/content/1389586.
Airspeed - A Mooney, Some Camping Gear, a Pillow, and a Shopping Bag Full of Charts - Going Places with Ron Klutts
Ron Klutts and I have carried on a correspondence for more than a year and we finally met in person at AirVenture Oshkosh this summer. Ron and a friend had flown all the way from Palo Alto and had made a two-week ossyssey out of the OSH trip.
So when I thought about doing a show on going places (far-away places) Ron naturally came to mind. In this episode, we talk about long-distance GA flying. How to plan, what to take, how to pack, and other lessons learned from two nearly trans-continental trips.
Also check out Ron's appearance on The Pilot's Flight PodLog - Episode 9.
Airspeed - Glider Ops with Aviation Wunderkind Tony Condon
We interview pilot, CFI, CFII, MEI (add additional initials until your fingers hurt from typing) Tony Condon. Tony (whose shadow appears in the foreground above) hangar-flies with us to talk about glider operations and his philosophy of flight. He's based at Ames Municipal Airport just south of town in Ames, Iowa, from which he flies and instructs. We caught up with him Wednesday evening and talked for about an hour.
Airspeed - Aerobatic Pilot and Red Bull Air Racer Mike Goulian
We interview aerobatic pilot and Red Bull Air Racer Mike Goulian.
Some housekeeping as well, and a special offer from Gleim. Be sure to get your Airspeed listener discount of 25% off the price of any Gleim Pilot Kit by using the promotional code "ASPD" for a limited time only. www.gleim.com or (800) 874-5346.…
Airspeed - Checkride Update for 25 October - Checkride Complete!
I passed the checkride this morning! Thanks for the cards and letters. They meant (and continue to mean) a lot.
I received approval from the examiner to include audio from the checkride in a future episode, so you can expect to hear the highlights sometime soon.
In the meantime, it's back to Airspeed as usual. Upcoming episodes include an interview with Castrol aerobatic and racing pilot Mike Goulian, flying skydivers in the Super Otter with Dave Schwartz of Skydive Radio, and lots more.…
Airspeed - Checkride Update for 23 October
Got the oral done today, but ceilings prevented the actual flight portion. Flight rescheduled for Thursday morning!…
Airspeed - Checkride Update for 18 October - Not Looking Good for Tomorrow - Blech!
Just checked the terminal aerodrome forecast for KFNT for tomorrow. Blech! Not looking good for tomorrow. Got an aircraft scheduled Tuesday as a backup, but I'd really rather just get this done. Not going to cancel until I get the TAF for KFNT tomorrow morning, but I'm not holding out a lot of hope.
Airspeed - Checkride Update for 14 October - Rescheduled!
Greetings from Jack Hodgson Country! Ceilings too low on the 11th to do the checkride. Rescheduled for Friday the 19th.…
Airspeed - Checkride Update for 6 October
T-minus 5 days until the IFR checkride! Flew a lot of sim today and I'm feeling pretty good about things. Lots of study to do, but I have a program in place and am excited about finishing up this rating!…
Airspeed - Checkride Update for 3 October
Got some sim time last night and made up a lot of my flashcards for studying. Also some ruminations here about backcourses expectations for the checkride.…
Airspeed - Checkride Update for 1 October
Checkride Update for 1 October. 9:00 pm EDT at Kirby's Koney at Square Lake and Woodward in Bloomfield Hills. Off to a slow start. Spent most of the weekend and all day today at work. Went to Kirby's Koney for dinner and edited a bit more of the book. Going to go fly some sim in the morning. Probably partial-panel approaches to some relevant airports. Trying to get work out of the way so I can spend a few evenings studying my hiney off.…
Airspeed - Checkride Update for 29 September
T-minus 12 days to the IFR checkride! Follow along with this special miniseries of episodes as I prep for the FAA Instrument Pilot checkride!…
Airspeed - Why I Fly
A little essay that answers the question for me.
Music: Jon Schmidt, Prelude - from the Podsafe Music Network. Check it out at music.podshow.com or see Jon's website at http://www.jonschnidt.com/.…
Airspeed - Cirrus G3 Part 2 - Alan Klapmeier
We follow up the Cirrus SR22 GTS Turbo demo ride with a conversation with Alan Klapmeier, co-founder, chairman, and CEO of Cirrus Design. We talk about the Cirrus philosophy and the third-generation Cirrus aircraft, as well as Cirrus' entry into both the jet and light sport markets.
More information about Cirrus Design at www.cirrusdesign.com.
You can contact us at email@example.com, see the website at www.airspeedonline.com, and visit the Airspeed Pilot Shop at www.cafepress.com/airspeedonline.
Airspeed - Cirrus G3 Part 1 - Test Flying the Cirrus SR22 GTS Turbo
Another installment of flying OPA (other people's airplanes)! I took a ride in the Cirrus SR22 GTS Turbo. Cirrus Design and AirShares Elite attended the annual open house a few weeks ago at my home airport, the Oakland County International Airport (called "Pontiac") (KPTK) and brought along three gorgeous Cirrus SR22s, all with the third-generation technology recently introduced by Cirrus.
I've see the Cirrus display at Pontiac several times, but have always been on duty with the Civil Air Patrol and unable to go try to get a demo flight. But with Cirrus's introduction of the G3 line this year, I decided to make a special effort and drop in on the Friday prior to the open house for a demo ride.
I went with high expectations and I was not disappointed.
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Airspeed - Aerobatic Ride with Michael Mancuso in the Extra 300L
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 Airshows
139 Dawn Drive
Shirley, New York 11967
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Airspeed - "Hey, Don!" and AirVenture Oshkosh 2007 Wrap-Up
NSFW version of the song is at http://media.libsyn.com/media/airspeed/FirstSoloHeyDon.mp3.
We're back from AirVenture Oshkosh 2007 and beginning the decompression process. For this episode, I'm hauling out a song I recorded about my first solo a few months after it happened.
Many of you have heard the podcast episode about my first solo (the show notes for which are here), but there's a funny side, too. I loaded all of the angst and energy into a song called First Solo and recorded it and gave a copy to Don Fuller, the CFI who soloed me. I don't know why it hasn't occurred to me before now to include the song in an episode of the podcast, but I thought about it on the drive home and decided to do it.
It's way too long, contains too many details, and isn't the best sound-engineering job I've ever done (I did all of the engineering in addition to performing all of the instrumental parts and all of the vocals except for two of the radio voices without much help in setting the levels, etc.) but it's a fun tune and you guys might appreciate it. So I post it now for what it's worth.
Thanks to John Crowe and Doug Parker for playing the parts of YIP tower and Don Fuller respectively.…
Airspeed - Pod-A-Palooza 2007 Audio
Pod-A-Palooza 2007 went off without a hitch on Friday. Members of The Flying Pilot, Uncontrolled Airspace, UltraFlight Radio, The Pilotcast, The Student Pilot Flight PodLog, The CFIcast, The Finer Points, and, of course, Airspeed, gathered in Forum No.2 to on Friday, July 27 at AirVenture Oshkosh 2007 to hangar-fly.
See the full show notes at www.airspeedonline.com.…
Airspeed - Listening to the Aeroshell Aerobatic Team
We all know that the best formation aerobatics teams fly great formations and match each other's moves with great precision. But have you listened to a really good team? The formation maneuvers match pitch beautifully and the series maneuvers not only look the same but sound the same. Here's some audio from the Aeroshell Team's performance today.Aeroshell Aerobatic Team website: http://www.naat.net/…
Airspeed - John Mohr - Energy Management in a Gorgeous Boeing Stearman PT-17
See the full show notes at www.airspeedonline.com.
We talk to Boeing Stearman PT-17 pilot John Mohr of Mohr Barnstorming at the Battle Creek Balloon Festival and Field of Flight Air Show.
John will be at Oshkosh July 23 through 29 and then he performs August 11-12 at the Bay City Air Show at Bay City, Michigan, August 18-19 at the Canada Remembers Air Show at Saskatoon, Saskatchewan and then August 25-26 at the Wichita Flight Festival at Withica, Kansas. After that, itâ€™s on to Toronto, Terre Haute, Columbus, St. Petersburg, Randolph AFB, and Stuart, Florida. See more schedule information at http://www.mohrbarnstorming.com/.
Thanks to John for taking some time to talk to us at Airspeed and thanks also to the Battle Creek Balloon Festival and Field of Flight Air Show. http://www.bcballoons.com/.…
Airspeed - Blue Angels Opposing Solo LCDR Craig Olson
We talk to LCDR Craig Olson, Opposing Solo of the US Navy Blue Angels. Dan McNew and I were treated to a Blue angels demonstration flight from the ramp of the Western Michigan University School of Aviation on the northeast corner of the field at Battle Creek International Airport (KBTL) in Battle Creek, Michigan. The Blue Angels arrived at about 10:30 local and the diamond and the solos, respectively, flew familiarization maneuvers between then and 2:30. The team then flew a full demo before meeting us out by the aircraft for interviews.
Full show notes at www.airspeedonline.com.
Blue Angels: www.blueangels.navy.mil
US Navy Recruiting: www.navy.com
US Marine Corps Recruiting: www.marines.com…
Airspeed - Viper East F-16 Demo Pilot Maj Jason Koltes USAF
We ran into Maj Jason Koltes, USAF, on the ramp at Battle Creek and managed to buttonhole him for a few minuteds to talk about the F-16 Fighting Falcon and what it's like to train and fly in the workhorse of the US fighter arsenal.
See more about the Viper East F-16 Demo teams at http://www.shaw.af.mil/library/vipereast/index.asp.
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Airspeed - Battle Creek Behind the Scenes with Kathy Rocco
We interview Kathy Rocco, a director of the Battle Creek Field of Flight Air Show and Balloon Festival, on the Monday before the air show kicks off. Talk about busy!
Get out to an air show this summer and, when you do, thank a volunteer.
Check out the Battle Creek Field of Flight Air Show and Balloon Festival website at http://www.bcballoons.com/ for more information!
See the NOTAM at http://tfr.faa.gov/save_pages/detail_7_5775.html.
Airspeed - Upside Down and Hair on Fire with Brett Hunter
Steve goes up in a highly-modified Pitts S-2C with pilot Brett Hunter. Yeah, baby!…
Airspeed - Air Force Blues with Austin May
In the words of today's guest, "You're not truly sh*t hot until there's a comic about you." This week, we talk to Austin "Farva" May, the author of the relatively new web comic "Air Force Blues."
Air Force Blues directs a finely-tuned wit at the US Air Force and fighter pilots in particular. We caught up with Farva at his home during a recent evening to talk about the Air Force, flying, and comics. May was an airborne surveillance technician on the Boeing E-3 Sentry for four years. The E-3 is a a military airborne warning and control system (AWACS) aircraft that provides surveillance, command, control and communications in all weather conditions.
Click here for interview audio.
Additional information:Air Force Blues website: www.afblues.com Farva's AWACker MySpace page: www.myspace.com/awacker
Wikipedia entry: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Air_Force_Blues USAF Recruiting: www.airforce.com AWACker at Chairforce: http://www.chairforce.com/fun/awacker/awacker.htm
CAPblog's entry about AWACker.com: http://capblog.typepad.com/capblog/2004/07/awackercom.html…
Airspeed - Civil Air Patrol with Midway Six
It's time once again to talk about the Civil Air Patrol, the auxiliary of the United States Air Force and one of the best volunteer opportunities in the country. As many of you know, I'm a CAP captain and the legal officer of the Oakland Composite Squadron (GLR-MI-238) and I also handle recruiting and public affairs duties.
For this episode, we invited Midway Six, a Civil Air Patrol Captain and publisher of CAPblog, to join us to talk Civil air Patrol for part of a pleasant spring evening.
E-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org or leave voicemail at 206-339-8697 any time - day or night. You can also contact me directly at 248-470-7944.
CAP Contacts:Website: www.cap.govTelephone: 800-FLY-2338
Oakland Composite Squadron (GLR-MI-238) (My squadron!)www.oaklandcomposite.org…
Airspeed - Ballistic Recovery Parachutes with BRS CEO Larry Williams
Long-time listeners to Airspeed will recall the episode we did last February about whole-airplane ballistic recovery parachutes and about Ballistic Recovery Systems, Inc., better known to some as BRS Parachutes.
Iâ€™m a fan of the whole idea of ballistic recovery chutes. They provide an out in those relatively rare cases where no amount of diligence, skill, or luck will prevent you and your aircraft from having an unplanned interface with the planet. Iâ€™m talking about a control surface malfunction, loss of certain instruments in IMC, midair collisions, and engine failures where youâ€™re too low, over unlandable terrain, or flying at night.
Recent deployments in both a Cirrus SR22 and a German ultralight that produced the companyâ€™s 200th and 201st saves â€“ as well as the popularity of the systems in new light sport aircraft â€“ warrant revisiting the company and its products.
BRS was founded in 1980 and is based in South St. Paul, Minnesota. The company develops and commercializes whole-aircraft emergency recovery parachute systems for use primarily with general aviation and recreational aircraft.
BRS parachute systems are designed to safely lower the entire aircraft and its occupants to the ground in the event of an in-air emergency. The parachute system is designed for in-air emergencies that include mid-air collisions, structure failure, engine failure, pilot incapacitation, and unstable meteorological conditions, among other things. BRS is the largest manufacturer of whole-aircraft recovery systems in the world. Since inception, the company has delivered more than 23,000 systems that have been installed on general aviation aircraft (including more than 2,800 on FAA-certified aircraft).
As I disclosed the last time I covered BRS, I continue to own a small amount of the companyâ€™s stock and have held it since 2001. I try to let you guys know every time that I have anything that approaches a conflict of interest, so there it is. Take it for what itâ€™s worth. I look at it as putting a little bit of my retirement fund where my mouth is.
We talked to Larry Williams, who is the chief executive officer, president, chief operating officer, and a director of BRS. Prior to joining BRS in 2000, he was vice president of business development at AmSafe Aviation in Phoenix, Arizona, the worldâ€™s largest manufacturer of aviation restraint systems. Prior to that and since 1995, he was group president at Rural/Metro Corporation, a Scottsdale, Arizona -based services company that engages in mobile health services, including emergency and non-emergency fire and ambulatory services. From 1985 to 1995, he was executive director of the Emergency Response Training Academy, a firm specializing in training of airport emergency response personnel.
Letâ€™s go to the interview.
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BRS contact information:
Ballistic Recovery Systems, Inc.
300 Airport Road
South Saint Paul MN 55075-3551
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Airspeed - Aerobatics and Airshows with Michael Mancuso
Here in the US and elsewhere in the northern hemisphere, airshow season is either here or right around the corner. WeÃ¢??re making some early calls to some of the performers that youÃ¢??ll see this summer to get a preview of the upcoming season and to find out a little more about what makes them tick.
Michael Mancuso is a fixture on the airshow circuit and this is his 10th year doing shows. He has 7,000 hours total time and commercial and instructor certificates. He started flying gliders at age 11 and soloed for the first time when he was 13. He and his family own Mid Island Air Service on Long Island in New York and Michael started Gyroscopic Obsessions in 1995 to teach aerobatics.
He competed in IAC aerobatics from 1992 to 1997 and then spent from 1998 to 2000 with the Northern Lights.
Michael flies the Klein Tools Extra 300L. The 300L is about 23 feet long and nine feet tall at the tail, and has a wingspan of about 25 feet. ItÃ¢??s powered by a Textron Lycoming AEIO 540-L1B5 300 horsepower engine connected to an MT three-blade prop that pulls the aircraft through the air at 170 knots when cruising at 75% power. ItÃ¢??ll get off the pavement in 315 feet, climb at more than 3,000 feet per minute, pull plus and minus 10 gÃ¢??s, and do all kinds of crowd-pleasing gyrations between its 55-knot stall speed and Vne of 220 knots. The aircraft is built in Germany and certified in the United States.
We caught up with Michael as he was preparing to head down to Sun-n-Fun to talk about the Extra, aerobatics, airshows, and flight training, and we even got to talk a little about light sport aircraft.
LetÃ¢??s go to the interview.
[Interview audio.]A couple of administrative notes and other cool things for you.
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It's a Seattle number, but it's free to me, so that's all that matters! And it's always free when you call from work (thanks, TMBG!).
No, I haven't moved to Jet City. Still here in southeast Michigan waiting for the frost to melt off the planes so I can get up and train without turining the airplane into a Cessna-cicle.
To get us warmed up, let's kick off the first contest of the year. Call the Airspeed voice mail line and leave us a short message telling us one thing about aviation that non-pilots don't experience and probably won't understand until they get up. For me, the main thing that comes to mind is flying with a head cold and feeling like my face is caving in during descent. Or what it's like to fly with just your wheels in the clouds. But I'll bet that you guys can come up with even more funny, strange, and inspiring observations. Call us at 206-339-8697 and leave us your observations.
Also, please leave us your e-mail or other contact information because the best observation gets an Airspeed embroidered logo hat and we'll need to know where to send this standard-setting garment of 21st century aviation that will surely soon to take its place next to the silk scarf and the bomber jacket in the pantheon of aviation icons.
Lastly, but not leastly, there's good news from The Pilotcast! Everybody loves the video content that The Pilotcast has posted of late, but many of us miss the hangar-flying sessions with Pilot Mike, Pilot Dan, and Pilot Kent. the've recorded a new hanger-flying episode that should be up very shortly. If you haven't checked the Pilotcast feed lately, watch it over the next few days for the new episode. The Pilotcast is one of my two favorite hangar-flying shows on the net and I'm delighted that they're back talking shop. See the Pilotcast website at http://www.pilotcast.com/.
Aditional information for this episode:
MichaelÃ¢??s web page: http://www.mmairshows.com/
Extra Aircraft: http://www.extraaircraft.com/
Battle Creek Field of Flight Air Show and Balloon Festival: http://www.bcballoons.com
Klein Tools: http://www.kleintools.com/…
Airspeed - Shut Up and Listen to the Airplanes!
Here's a change of pace from me running at the mouth. It's audio culled from three or four days of stalking airplanes through the rain, mist, clouds, and some sunshine.
I though that it might be nice to shut up and just listen to the great big radial engine of Gene Soucy's Showcat or the JP-5 conversion stylings of the F-16 (both Thunderbirds and ships from the 107th Fighter Squadron at Selfridge ANGB), the F-15, and the A-10.
The picture on the blog post is from the first day at Battle Creek. Spitting rain most of the day, but Gene Soucy was right up there in it, flying his heart out for the crowd.
Airspeed - Test Pilot: You
Many of us think of test pilots as leather-faced guys in Nomex flight suits with eyes permanently reduced to slits by squinting into the sun across Rogers Dry Lake Bed at Edwards Air Force Base. And there are some of those.
But today we're going to talk about some test pilots who look a lot more like you and me. In fact, they are you and me.
Now I'm not suggesting that you go strap some JATO rockets to your RV-4 and push the big red button. What I'm talking about is systematically exploring the operating characteristics of the aircraft you fly and yourself as the pilot.
Here's an example. I've always wondered just how much altitude I would need to have before I'd consider trying to turn around and land on the departure runway if I lost the engine shortly after takeoff. There's even a great article about that very subject in AOPA pilot from four or five years ago. But I wanted to know what the numbers would be for the aircraft that I regularly fly and especially for me personally as the pilot in command.
So I decided to go play test pilot.
I set up a profile for the test in advance of the flight. I briefed it on the ground with the instructor and then briefed it again in the air right before the maneuvers. This isn't something you want to pull out of your ear while in flight. You won't have the test fully thought-out and you'll be distracted to boot.
So here's the test:
1. Establish a full-power climb at 79 knots (which is Vy - or best rate of climb - for this aircraft).
2. At a known altitude, pull the throttle to idle.
3. Wait for five seconds. This pause is to simulate the amount of time that it would likely take for a pilot to realize that he had an engine-out, evacuate his bowels, and initiate action.
4. Initiate a turn at 65 knots (which is the best glide speed for this aircraft) and up to 45 degrees of bank.
5. After 210 degrees of turn (180 degrees to reverse direction and another 30 degrees to point back at the runway), level out and note the altitude loss.
Because I'm already recording this for the podcast using an MP3 recorder plugged into the intercom, I don't have to worry about capturing data on paper or remembering it. I can just call out the data as it happens. Everything I'm calling out is something that I'd have to monitor anyway as a part of flying the airplane, so I'm not worried about being distracted. The only additional workload beyond that required to fly the plane in the first place is saying the instrument readings out loud so I can record them. Being that I'm preparing for my instrument checkride concurrently, IÃ¢??m already doing my John King call-outs, so this isn't much of a departure from normal procedure.
After putting together this rough outline of the test, I thought about what, if anything, might approach the operating envelope of either the aircraft or the pilot.
As far as the aircraft is concerned, the only thing I could think of that would approach the edge of the envelope would be being banked over pretty far and flying pretty slow. Any slow-speed maneuver necessarily makes one think about possible stalls and spins. So I looked at the pilot's operating handbook to verify that I'd have enough of a margin above a stall during the turn. The POH says that, in the clean configuration and with the weight and balance we had for that flight, the stall speed with 45 degrees of bank is 53 knots indicated. Plenty of room.
How about the pilot? I'm pretty good at slow flight and my steep turns are great. But I can't say that I'm good Ã¢?? or current Ã¢?? at doing both simultaneously. So I'll practice both separately before we do the test and I'll have a high-time CFII in the right seat and close to the controls as a safety measure.
There is perhaps some benefit to not being very current with slow steep turns. It might be a good proxy for being surprised or stressed. Additionally, low-speed, steeply-banked turns are not something that itÃ¢??s likely that IÃ¢??ll end up practicing that often anyway, so not being current is a great proxy for not being current, too!
So, all that said, ace flight instructor Jamie Willis and I got into the plane on a beautiful severe-clear Thursday morning and went up to see what we could find out.
I hadnÃ¢??t been up in months, so we went through some VFR basics to warm up. The steep turns were like the airplane was on rails. A nice little burble at the end of each one to tell me that I had flown through my own wake turbulence from the start of the turn. Slow flight and stalls were also all fine.
So we set up to do the test. Three iterations with the same procedure each time.
HereÃ¢??s the first one.
The airspeed was all over the map. As expected, I had a lot of trouble nailing the airspeed while rolling into the turn and then getting her around those 210 degrees. So we tried it again. This time, I asked Jamie to really ride me about the airspeed and he obliged.
Guys, this podcast is the real deal. Who else would let more than a thousand people sit in the back seat while he got dope-slapped by his instructor for chasing the airspeed needle up and down the dial? IÃ¢??m learning stuff here. But IÃ¢??m also not going to let it go at that. This needs another try, so here we go.
Much better. IÃ¢??m a little happier with that one.
So thatÃ¢??s the test run. We proceeded to knock off the rest of the VFR rust on that flight and IÃ¢??m pleased to say that I greased all four landings after not having flown since September. I didnÃ¢??t hurt that the wind was dead calm, but IÃ¢??ll take at least some credit for pilot skill.
Like any good test pilot, my debriefing included a frank discussion of the shortcomings of the test. Here's what I identified.
Ã‚Â· The five-count may or may not be a good proxy for the amount of time that I might need to identify an engine-out and make the decision to turn back. I've never had an engine out, so I really don't know how I'd react.
Ã‚Â· Accomplishing a 210-degree turn is not the same as getting back to a runway. Depending on the wind and any number of other factors, even a 210-degree turn might leave you a long way laterally off the runway and needing to glide back to the centerline Ã¢?? and then turn back that 30 degrees to align the aircraft with the centerline. If you're at, say, Willow Run airport with lots and lots of flat real estate even if not all of it is paved, that's less of a problem. Grass is okay by me in a pinch and I'll even take out a marker if I have to. But if you're at Troy Executive Airport with shopping centers, industrial buildings, and power lines hemming in the runway, that's an issue. Shopping centers are harder to land on than grass. I took a handheld GPS up on the flight with the intention of analyzing the vertical and horizontal track so that I could correct for winds at altitude (the preflight briefing called for winds at 320 at 33 at that altitude), but it turned out to be too complicated to work out in time for this episode. Maybe again on a day where the winds at altitude are closer to what you'd expect on the surface.
Ã‚Â· The data I got would all go out the window if I don't pre-brief the procedure on every takeoff. That includes wind and turn direction. It also includes situational awareness of what's going on other runways, especially if the wind is such that your best turn direction is toward a parallel runway. The offset is good because you have less lateral distance to travel back to a runway (assuming that you're going to land on the parallel), but, if you're not sure that the parallel is clear, you could risk eating Learjet. Learjets are sometimes worse to land on than shopping centers. And they usually cost more.
Ã‚Â· I need to work on my ability to establish and maintain pitch for a given airspeed when in steeply-banked turns. I was all over the map on two of the three trials and even the last trial had me behind the airplane a little. I think IÃ¢??ll make this maneuver a consistent part of my periodic VFR training.
Long story short, I now know that, if IÃ¢??ve pre-briefed the procedure before taking off and IÃ¢??m a little better than I have been at maintaining the best-glide speed of 65 knots while banked over 45 degrees, I could get probably get the plane turned 210 degrees within four hundred feet. What I donÃ¢??t know is what kind of lateral position IÃ¢??d be in after the turn and whether IÃ¢??d be in a position to make it to the runway from there. Before I turn this into an actual operating procedure, IÃ¢??m going to have to figure out how to get event data out of the GPS and figure out the lateral part Ã¢?? and the remaining horizontal part Ã¢?? of the situation.
But thatÃ¢??s whatÃ¢??s good about going out and Ã¢?? within reason Ã¢?? being a test pilot. You add to what you know and you figure out what you donÃ¢??t know. Done well within the flight envelope of the airplane and the pilot in command, and with appropriate safety precautions (and seasoned flight instructors who have had upset training tend to be good safety precautions), youÃ¢??ll be a better, safer, and more thoughtful pilot.
Long-time listeners wonÃ¢??t be surprised by the following disclaimers. I am by no means suggesting that you go out and do risky stuff. All of the maneuvers that I'm talking about are well within the normal operating envelope of the aircraft involved.
I have well over 100 hours in C-172s and probably 20 hours in this particular airplane. I went up with a 900-hour CFII who has hundreds of hours more than I do in C-172s and who has had training in unusual attitude and upset recoveries. The CFII had the seat forward and was close to the controls the whole time. It was a severe clear day over known territory. And we had flight following from Flint Approach the whole time for traffic advisories and in case we needed to talk to someone immediately in an emergency.
Nothing in what you've heard here is flight instruction or a recommendation about aircraft operations. Consult a qualified flight instructor before attempting anything you hear about on Airspeed.
Different aircraft do different things at different airspeeds and in different configurations and even the characteristics of the same model of aircraft will vary from specific aircraft to specific aircraft.
DonÃ¢??t integrate anything you heard on this episode into your operating procedures. As you can tell from my commentary, IÃ¢??ve only figured out about half of what I need to know before even thinking about making any firm decisions about what IÃ¢??d do at any particular altitude or situation. And bear in mind that my personal flight skills and biases are inseparable from the results that I got. None of this is transferable to your particular situation because youÃ¢??re probably not flying the same aircraft and youÃ¢??re definitely not me (the latter of which will probably come as a relief to many of you).
Remember your training, observe the limitations in the pilot's operating handbook, and - above all - fly the airplane. But you knew that.
ASF Safety Advisor Ã¢?? Would You Make It? http://www.aopa.org/asf/publications/inst_reports2.cfm?article=5317…
Airspeed - Powered Paragliding with Bruce Brown
Check out the audio for a great description of the fast-growing sport of powered paragliding. An aircraft that costs less than $7,000 that you can easily fit in your trunk and that you can learn to safely operate with five days of training? You bet!
Not much in the way of transcript for this episode. I managed to get up on a flight this morning and did the intro and other housekeeping over the aircraft intercom for that "Yes-Captain-Force-actually-flies-aircraft-every-so-often" effect that's been so lacking since the weather and my professional obligations have conspired to keep me on the ground.
We were recording for an upcoming episode that'll be called "Test Pilot: You" or something to that effect. The order of the day was to determine the minimum altitude from which one might consider returning to the runway in the case of an engine failure on departure. The larger mission was to show how GA pilots can - and should - explore the actual operational capabilities of their aircraft and themselves under controlled conditions.
We had a lot of fun and I also got in some steep turns, slow flight, stalls, and pattern work. The VFR rust is basically off and I'm ready to go back under the hood for the last push toward the instrument rating!
Photo courtesy Ohio Powered Paragliding. Forward launch sequence performed by Bruce Brown as photographed by Rick Grimm. http://www.flyohio.com/Bruce%20Launch%20small%2072.jpg
Other information about Ohio Powered Paragliding and Powered Paragliding in general:Bruce Brown
Ohio Powered Paragliding
20683 Hull Prairie Road
Bowling Green, Ohio 43402
In northwest Ohio near Toledo at the crossroads of the Ohio Turnpike(I-80/90) and I -75.
FAR Part 103: http://www.usppa.org/Resources/FARs/part103_far.htm
US Powered Paragliding Association: www.usppa.org…
Airspeed - Flight Training with John and Martha King
This episode is the first in a series that will run through spring. No yet idea how many episodes will be in the series or exactly what the content will be, but we know this: Spring will be here soon and with it the best time of year in the Northern Hemisphere to learn to fly. And, for that matter, there's still a lot of good flying weather left for those listeners in the Southern Hemisphere.If you've never been up in a general aviation airplane - or if you have, but haven't yet made the decision to start flight training in earnest, these episodes are for you. They're also for people who have started training on a certificate or rating but, for whatever reason, have stopped training.I know exactly what I'm talking about here. I didn't start flight training until my mid thirties. I had a year-long hiatis in my training for the private pilot certificate when my son was born. And I always seem to have a hiatis toward the end of the year because my law practice tends to get very busy at that time of the year. Case in point, I'm probably four or five flights away from the instrument rating in a Part 141 program, but I'm almost embarassed to say how long it's been since I was last at the flight controls of anythng other than a Frasca 142 simulator - mainly because the weather hasn't been flyable, I'm slammed at work, and I have a couple of great kids that justifiably demand my attention.But this is the year. I'm going to polish off the instrument rating. And if you have unfinished business at the airport - or have yet to start that business, the time is either now or very soon.So we're doing a few episodes to give you the motivation and drive to get to the airport - or get back to the airport, as the case may be.
And what better way to start than to bring you John and Martha King. John and Martha King are two of the best-known flight instructors and aviation advocates in the world. Starting in the early 1970s, they have built a business that has grown into an 18,000 square-foot complex in San Diego and reaches to every corner of the general aviation world through mail order, multimedia training, and personal appearances. Not to mention at least one podcast episode.The Kings' bios would take at least 20 minutes to try to completely cover (I know - I tried), so we're just going to hit the highlights here. Each holds every single category and class of FAA pilot and instructor certificate. Each of them continues to be active in many categories, regularly flying everything from jet and piston airplanes and helicopters to weight-shift trikes and powered parachutes. They even serve as backup pilots for the Fujifilm blimp.They lecture widely and make many public appearances. You may guess from some prior episodes that it was tough to get access to the people I've interviewed and you'd be right in some cases. Not so with the Kings. I was on the phone with then very quickly after requesting the interview. Lots of aviation icons talk a good game at the big events about being champions of general aviation and aerospace education, but the Kings put their day-to-day time and energy where their reputations are.Lastly, I should tell you that I've been through the Cessna Pilot Center (or "CPC") series of CD-ROM training courses for both private and instrument pilot. Those programs featured the Kings heavily, in addition to Rod Machado and others. Even though I had already been through a private ground school in a Part 141 program before taking the CPC courses, I learned new things from the CPC courses and developed a better understanding of the things I already knew. I have not been through other multimedia courses except a but of the ASA instrument DVDs, and can say little one way or another about other courses, but I was already a pretty sophisticated consumer as private pilot training materials went, and found the Kings' materials very effective.Anyway, on to the interview with John and Martha King.[Interview audio.]Thanks to John and Martha King for appearing on Airspeed. You can find more information about John and Martha and about King Schools at www.kingschools.com. There's a link in the show notes at www.airspeedonline.blogspot.com to the article that I mentioned: Battling the "Big Lie:" John King's Crusade to Change Aviation's Culture. It's definitely worth a read by every pilot and by every every pilot's family and friends who have questions about safety in general aviation.One other thing. I make it a point of telling you guys when I have anything that comes close to a conflict of interest. Like the episode about ballistic recovery parachutes where I disclosed my small stock holding in BRS Parachutes. One could be forgiven for thinking that my enthusiasm about the Kings is motivated by some advertising deal. But I received no promotional consideration from King Schools or anyone connected in any way with the Kings for this episode. None asked and none offered. Their materials are just that good and their generosity with their time is just that . . . well, generous.There might be better training materials out there - and you should avail yourself of whatever works for you - but I was really happy with my experience with the Kings' materials and you probably would be, too. It's all about what makes your flight training experience most productive and what gets people up in the air sooner, more safely, and so inspired after each lesson that they spend five minutes in the parking lot of the flight school trying to figure out which key unlocks the car. Yeah, it can be that way sometimes. And it can be that way soon if you get yourself to the airport and take the first - or the next - step.Lastly - and I'll get to this more in depth in a future episode - the best first step in pursuing pilot training is to visit www.beapilot.com. You can obtain a certificate right then and there that's good for your first flight lesson for $99 or less at any of about 2,000 flight schools that participate in the program.
More about John and Martha: http://www.kingschools.com/MeetJohnAndMartha.asp
King Schools: www.kingschools.com
Battling the "Big Lie:" John King's Crusade to Change Aviation's Culture: http://www.kingschools.com/news/BigLie.htm
Cessna Pilot Centers: http://learntofly.com/howto/cpc.chtml…
Airspeed - Aircraft Icing and the Researchers of the Icing Branch at NASA Glenn Research Center
It's the season for icing here in the midwest. As some instrument-rated and other pilots can tell you, few things have higher pucker factor than looking out at your wings while you're in the clouds and seeing ice begin to form. Most general aviation aircraft don't have de-icing equipment on board and even those that do often aren't certified for flight into known icing conditions.
For most GA pilots, that means avoiding icing in the first place - and that requires the development and use of the most effective anti-icing tool you have. Your noggin.
Few are more qualified to provide authoritative information about icing than the professionals on the Icing Team and in the Flight Operations team at NASA Glenn Research Center in Cleveland, Ohio. We had the opportunity recently to talk to NASA Glenn pilots Kurt Blankenship and Bill Rieke and researcher Dr. Judy Van Zante, a contractor with ASRC Aerospace.
Bill Rieke is chief of aircraft operations at the NASA Glenn. He began his flying career with the U. S. Navy in 1966 and flew with Fighter Squadron 74 aboard the USS Forrestal and later flew tactical aircraft with the U. S. Air Force (Air National Guard). He also flew as a captain for the Standard Oil Company before joining NASA. He has flown research and test missions for NASA since 1981.
During his time at NASA he has been the lead project pilot for numerous projects ranging from zero-gravity flight to advanced cockpit technology for the U. S. Air Force. He has also been deeply involved in airborne icing research since 1982.
Bill has an airline transport certificate, five type ratings and 12,000 hours of flight time. His military flight experience was almost exclusively in tactical jet aircraft.
Kurt Blankenship is an NASA Icing Research Tunnel Operator, NASA Glenn Research Center Pilot and the CenterÃ¢??s Aviation Safety Officer. He served in the United States Marine Corps as a CH-53 Helicopter Crew Chief from 1981 to 1985 and then worked for Continental Air Lines as a mechanic. He then attended Bowling Green State University and was a flight instructor and director of maintenance for the schoolÃ¢??s flight department during that time. He was a corporate pilot and mechanic from 1990 to 1994 and has been with NASA Glenn since 1994. He holds commercial, flight instructor, and airline transport pilot certificates and, in addition to flying NASA GlennÃ¢??s icing research aircraft, he is type rated in Learjets and has over 1,000 hours of flight research time.
Judy Van Zante is a researcher and project lead for the pilot training aids at NASA Glenn and has also done flight test engineering. She holds a Ph.D. in Aerospace Engineering. She flew on the icing research aircraft and did substantial other research as part of the NASA/FAA Tailplane Icing Program.
NASA Glenn's icing research aircraft is a modified DeHavilland DHC-6 Twin Otter. It is powered by two 550 hp Pratt & Whitney PT6A-20A turbine engines that drive three-bladed Hartzel constant speed propellers. Its relatively large size makes this aircraft a versatile test bed for in-flight icing research reaching speeds of 150 knots with a range of 500 nautical miles with a maximum fuel load. The Twin Otter has been modified to carry a full complement of sophisticated instruments that measure and record important properties of icing clouds. A stereoscopic camera system documents ice accretion characteristics of the aircraft in flight.
Most test flights are conducted below 10,000 ft., but the Otter has an oxygen system onboard for flight up to 16,000 ft. Research flights are performed with two pilots and up to three research personnel on-board. The ice protection system on the Otter is a combination of pneumatic boots, electrothermal anti-icing, and electrothermal de-icing. NASA has added pneumatic de-icing boots to the vertical tail, wing struts, and main gear struts. The high level of ice protection allows safe flight into known icing conditions, as well as the ability to selectively de-ice aircraft surfaces. By selectively de-icing, it is possible to evaluate the performance, stability, and control effects of ice on various surfaces. The Twin Otter supports the Icing Research Tunnel research and new icing protection systems. It has two experimental sites, the overhead hatch and the wing cuff, that subject test models to the icing environment while the aircraft remains clear of ice through de-icing. This aircraft is currently being used to acquire extensive experimental data about icing effects on aircraft flight. The aircraft has been used for, and is adaptable to other flight research projects.
Those who aren't pilots or who haven't undertaken instrument training might be a little mystified by some of the terminology that you're about to hear, so here's a quick glossary.
MEA: Minimum Enroute Altitude ( or "MEA") is the recommended minimum altitude that an aircraft should fly on a segment of an airway in instrument meteorological conditions. Flying at or above the MEA ensures clearance from terrain and obstacles, ensures reception of signals from ground-based navigation aids and, in a radar environment, makes it so that relevant air traffic controlfacilities can see the aircraft on radar.
Pirep: A pilot report. It is a report of weather conditions given by a pilot of an aircraft that is aloft. Pireps for turbulence, icing, and visibility are considered particularly valuable pireps.
STC: A supplemental type certificate. Aircraft that have type certificates (such as most production airplanes) must conform to the specifications in their type certificates or be registered as experimental or not flown. You can't mess much with an aircraft without losing the type certificate. An STC issued by the FAA permits the owner of an aircraft to make the covered modifications while maintaining the aircraft's type certificate. Frequent subjects of STCs are engine modifications and de-icing systems. There are also several STCs that allow installation of ballistic recovery parachutes in various production aircraft.
So on to the interview with NASA Glenn pilots Kurt Blankenship and Bill Rieke and researcher Dr. Judy Van Zante.
Thanks to Bill Rieke, Kurt Blankenship, and Judy Van Zante and thanks to NASA Glenn Research Center in Cleveland, Ohio!
With all this talk of icing, it might be easy to forget that NASA Glenn does a lot more than icing research. Space exploration systems, microgravity science, bioscience, aeronautic propulsion, instrumentation, and turbomachinery all form a part of the program at NASA Glenn. For example, many shuttle and space station science missions have an experiment managed by Glenn. The Center also designs power and propulsion systems for space flight systems in support of NASA programs such as the International Space Station, Mars Pathfinder, and Deep Space 1. Glenn also leads NASA' Space Communications Program which included the operation of the ACTS satellite and systems for Cassini. The general public benefits from NASA's investment in the future through the knowledge gained, the inspiration provided and often technology dividends. NASA Glenn has won many awards including an Emmy, a Collier Trophy, and the 1996 Invention of the Year.
Thanks also to Dave Schwartz, an Otter pilot and one of the hosts of Skydive Radio for his contrinbution of background information about flying Otters. You can hear Dave, Stump, and Cory on Skydive Radio by subscribing through your favorite podcatcher or visiting Skydive Radio's website at www.skydiveradio.com.
More information about the Icing Branch of NASA Glenn Research Center: http://icebox-esn.grc.nasa.gov/
More information about Kurt Blankenship: http://quest.arc.nasa.gov/ltc/special/ltp/kurt.html
More information about Judy Van Zante: http://quest.arc.nasa.gov/people/bios/aero/vanzante.html
NASA print resources: http://aircrafticing.grc.nasa.gov/resources/reading.html
Information about the icing videos: http://www.aopa.org/whatsnew/newsitems/2002/02-2-214x.html or http://aircrafticing.grc.nasa.gov/.
Information about the Otter: http://facilities.grc.nasa.gov/hangar/hangar_desc.html
Image address: http://www.nasa.gov/centers/glenn/images/content/156287main_C-89-7713.jpg.
Image used per NASA's policy entitled Using NASA Imagery and Linking to NASA Web Sites (October 13, 2005) located at http://www.nasa.gov/audience/formedia/features/MP_Photo_Guidelines.html.…
Airspeed - NASA's Shuttle Carrier Aircraft (Part 2) - Interview with SCA Pilot and Former Astronaut Gordon Fullerton
Welcome to the second episode in our two-part series covering the modified Boeing 747s that NASA uses carry the space shuttle orbiters when they need to be repositioned between Edwards Air Force Base in California, Kennedy Space Center in Florida, and other locations.
We talked about the basics of the Shuttle Carrier Aircraft, or "SCAs" in Part One, in which we also interviewed SCA crew chief Pete Seidl. If you missed that episode or if you're a recent subscriber, please be sure to download that episode as well.
Today we're going to talk to one of the pilots who flies NASA's SCAs.
To say that Gordon Fullerton is an SCA pilot would be true, but to stop there would be to fail to outline as rich an aviation and aerospace career as anyone could claim.
He's presently associate director of flight operations at NASA's Dryden Flight Research Center in Southern California. In addition to flying the SCAs, his assignments include a variety of flight research and support activities piloting a variety of multi-engine and high performance aircraft.
Fullerton entered the U.S. Air Force in 1958. After primary and basic flight school, he trained as an F-86 interceptor pilot and later became a B-47 bomber pilot. In 1964, he attended what is now be called Air Force Test Pilot School at Edwards Air Force Base and was later assigned as a test pilot with the Bomber Operations Division at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Ohio.
While still in the Air Force, he went on to become a NASA astronaut and served on the support crews for the Apollo 14, 15, 16 and 17 lunar missions.
The voice there saying "Roger, you have good thrust" is Fullerton, who was the man at the CAPCOM station in Houston for Gene Cernan and Jack Schmidt's liftoff from the Taurus Littrow Valley as part of Apollo 17 - the last manned mission to the moon.
In 1977, Fullerton joined one of the two two-man flight crews that piloted the Space Shuttle prototype Enterprise during the Approach and Landing Test program, which involved flying the orbiter to altitude on an SCA, separating the orbiter from the SCA, and then gliding the orbiter to a landing to validate landing procedures.
Fullerton logged 382 hours in space during two space shuttle missions. He was the pilot for the eight-day STS-3 orbital flight test mission in 1982. STS-3 landed at Northrup Strip at White Sands, New Mexico because Rogers Dry Lake at Edwards Air Force Base was wet due to heavy seasonal rains. He was also the commander of the STS-51F Spacelab 2 mission in 1985, which landed at Edwards.
Fullerton has logged more than 16,000 hours of flying time and flown 114 different types of aircraft, including full qualification in the T-33, T-34, T-37, T-38, T-39, F-86, F-101, F-106, F-111, F-14, F/A-18, X-29, KC-135, C-140 and B-47.
Since joining Dryden as a research pilot, Fullerton has piloted nearly all the research and support aircraft flown at the facility and currently flies the center's Beech King Air 200 as well as the B-747 Shuttle Carrier Aircraft.
He was inducted into the Astronaut Hall of Fame in 2005, and the International Space Hall of Fame in 1982.
We started the research for this episode intending to focus on the SCAs themselves. We were delighted to have access to one of the pilots of these magnificent machines. But we had no idea when we submitted the initial inquiry that that we'd end up talking to a man whose career has been so intertwined with the space program and the national dream that has captured so many imaginations. With your indulgence, then, we couldn't help also asking Gordon for his thoughts about the space program - where it's been and where it's going.
We caught up with Gordon by phone at his office at NASA's Dryden Flight Research Center in Southern California.
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See more pictures of the SCA at http://www.dfrc.nasa.gov/Gallery/Photo/STS-Ferry/index.html.
Airspeed - NASA's Shuttle Carrier Aircraft (Part 1) - Interview with SCA Crew Chief Pete Seidl
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Everyone knows that the orbiter of the Space Transportation System (or "STS," and more popularly called the "Space Shuttle) doesn't always land back at the Kennedy Space Center at Cape Canaveral in Florida. Sometimes, it lands at Edwards Air Force Base and, if needed, it could land at White Sands or one of several other emergency landing sites around the world.
That's great, but it puts the orbiter several thousand miles away from its launching facility at the cape.
So how does the orbiter get around? Most of you know that the answer is that you mount it on the top of a specially-modified Boeing 747 called a Shuttle Carrier Aircraft or "SCA." But, if you're like me, you probably didn't know much about the SCAs. How are they different from a stock 747? How many are there? What's it like to maintain an aircraft like that? What's it like to fly it?
Well, if there's one thing you know about Airspeed, it's that we never pass up the opportunity to go right to the source to get real answers from the people closest to the aircraft. And that's just what we did for this special two-part series.
First, a bit about the SCAs. There are two of them. NASA 905 (tail number N905NA) is a Boeing 747-100 and the other, NASA 911 (tail number N911NA) is a short-range Boeing 747-100SR.
The two aircraft are very similar and have nearly identical operating characteristics. If you happen to be lucky enough to see one on the ramp but can't see the tail number, NASA 905 has two upper-deck windows on each side while NASA 911 has five.
The SCAs have a maximum gross taxi weight of 711,000 pounds. A stock 747-100 weighs about 380,000 pounds empty and an SCA weighs even more than that. Once you add 180,000 pounds or more for the orbiter, you have less than 140,000 pounds or so left for fuel and other stuff. And there's precious little other stuff because even using the entire remaining 140,000 or so pounds for fuel only gives you about a 1,000-mile range.
That's actually a little gratifying, because these are some of the same concerns that those of us who have flown ultralights, Cessna 152s, or light sport aircraft know a thing or two about. If you've ever left your flight bag, spare change, and shoelaces back at the FBO and still had to closely manage the amount of fuel in the plane to get two average-sized guys into a C-152 under max gross, you've had the same thing on your mind - at least at some scale - that our guest today deals with very frequently.
We start off the series on the SCA by talking to SCA crew chief Pete Seidl. Pete started working with the SCAs in 1979. He's an employee of Computer Sciences Corporation (or "CSC") under contract to NASA's Shuttle Support Operations Office at NASA's Dryden Flight Research Center in Southern California. He heads a team of five at NASA Dryden that does the regular maintenance on the two SCAs. Among other things, Pete was on the crew that took NASA 905 and the Enterprise orbiter to the Paris Airshow in 1983.
Before we get going, a couple of notes for non-space-junkies.
You'll hear us talk about hypergolic fuels. Hypergolic fuels ignite immediately when the two components of the fuel come together. They're very reliable, even if their components are sometimes highly toxic. Examples are hydrazine paired with nitric acid and monomethylhydrazine (MMH) paired with nitrogen tetroxide, the latter pair of which is used in the space shuttle's reaction control system. Early uses included a critical application for the Apollo program's lunar modules.
One other insider point. Moving orbiters is complex enough with a crack team, lots of support, and only one orbiter at a time to move. But, in early 2001, NASA came within 37 minutes of having a formation flight of the two SCAs, each with an orbiter aboard.
On February 20, 2001, Space Shuttle Atlantis unexpectedly had to land at Edwards. Atlantis needed to be received, processed, and ferried back to the Orbiter Processing Facility at Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Space Shuttle Discovery was undergoing upgrades at Boeing's facility in nearby Palmdale and needed to be at the cape in preparation for launch by March 8. NASA 905 was already in Palmdale awaiting mating of Discovery for the ferry flight, but NASA 911 was at Evergreen Air Center in Marana, Arizona undergoing maintenance.
Two orbiters, two SCAs, an almost simultaneous deadline, and not much time to organize and carry out an amazingly complex set of operations. Pete and his team faced an unprecedented challenge. But, on March 1, 2001, the two SCAs, each with a national treasure mounted atop it, launched for Kennedy Space Center with NASA 905 and Columbia taking off at 11:00 a.m. local and NASA 911 with Atlantis taking off at 11:37. Although each encountered bad weather and other difficulties, each made it to Florida in time.
The aircraft took separate routes and a formation flight would have been impractical and beyond the mission risk profile, but at least I'm not the only one to have allowed the thought to enter my head and think that that would have been a deeply moving picture.
Anyway, on to the interview. We caught up with Pete Seidl at an office at NASA Dryden a mere 150 feet from the nose of NASA 905.
Many thanks to Pete Seidl for taking some time out of his day to talk to us.
Tune in next time for the view from the cockpit of the NASA Shuttle Carrier Aircraft with SCA pilot, project pilot, former astronaut, Shuttle Approach and Landing Test pilot, STS-3 pilot, and STS 51-F commander Gordon Fullerton.
A special note of thanks from the Airspeed crew goes out to a heroic listener who works for Apple. We redirected the feed for the podcast on Labor Day weekend over to Libsyn from a prior RSS provider. Apparently, whether due to a glitch in the RSS provider's system or iTunes, when we let the old forwarded feed go away, we winked out of existence on iTunes. Thanks to some fast footwork on the part of a listener and the willingness of the folks at iTunes to hustle the re-listing of the podcast through, we got back online quickly and lost little, if any, or our subscriber base that subscribes through iTunes.
Thanks to Apple and to that heroic listener for helping us keep Airspeed up and available.
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See more pictures of the SCA at http://www.dfrc.nasa.gov/Gallery/Photo/STS-Ferry/index.html.…
Air Traffic Control with Terminal Controller Mark Schad
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An air traffic controller gave me a number to copy the other day. And it was a good thing.
I spent a little time this week on the phone with Mark Schad, who is a terminal area controller for the area surrounding Lambert-St.Louis International Airport. 13 million passengers went through the airport in 2004. Besides being the airport featured in Planes, Trains & Automobiles and a Seinfeld episode, it has 25 separately-charted approaches, including simultaneous close parallels. And that doesn't include all the satellite airports for which St. Louis approach provides approach and departure control. More than enough for any controller or pilot to shake a stick at.
Mark is also a pilot with enough ratings to have to get a separate bag for his logbook, and his perspective as both a provider and a customer of the air traffic control system is invaluable.
I called Mark at the control facility this week and we spent some time demystifying the men and women at the scopes and talking about what it's like at a workstation, how best to interact with a controller, what happens in an emergency, and lots of other good pilot talk. So, if you've copied your ATIS (and, for the love of Pete, copy your ATIS when you're in Mark's airspace!), let's go to the interview.
Airspeed - The Ballad of the Sandman
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Sometimes, it's good to stir things up a little.
This episode has nothing to do with aviation, aerospace, jet fuel, or tearing up the sky. If you're in the mood for an aviation-related episode and don't want to listen to anything else, please skip this episode and pick us back up in January. If you're tuning in ffor the first time, my apologies. This really is an aviation and aerospace show and you can check out prior episodes for your aviation fix until the first new episode of 2007 comes out.
But we're going to change things up this time. Airspeed is about to pay an homage that the podsphere owes to a very special medium and a very special time.
Airspeed is finishing out a great first year. A year in which we've met lots of new people, flown in a lot in different aircraft, and realized the dream of the podsphere - Ordinary people making the closest thing they can to art and reaching out to touch other ordinary people.
If you're older - over 40 or so - and you lived close enough to a metropolitan area - and you had an FM radio receiver in the mid to late 1960s - and if you were very lucky - you had a front-row seat for one of the most magical times in all of media before or since. When FM radio reached its critical mass and a backwater of the electromagnetic spectrum leaped up and captured imaginations and expanded horizons.
By the 1960's AM radio was a homogenious morass of largely mediocre programming. Relatively few people had FM receivers and FM radio stations were relatively few and far between, so you pretty much listened to what was on AM or you didn't listen at all.
Then, in the mid to late 1960s, guys like Jonathan Schwartz on WNEW FM in New York City started playing eclectic but carefully-chosen music and put out programming of a kind that you just can't get on the radio any more. It wasn't long before the iron heels of the program directors homogenized the airwaves and turned FM into the stereo version of AM that continues through to today. But, for a short time, there was a renaissance on the airwaves.
Podcasting brings back a little bit of what it was like during those pioneering years. It's as though your radio dial has grown by thousands of stations and, if you look, you can find places in the podsphere that are as eclectic, entertaining, and inspiring as the airwaves were in the late 1960s.
All of which is by way of introduction of what you're about to hear.
This, by very special permission, is The Ballad of the Sandman by Mike Agranoff. Mike is a folk musician from New Jersey who plays a mean fingerstyle guitar, concertina, banjo, and ragtime piano and sings. I have seen him live at a library, in a church basement, and in a community center and he is the consummate journeyman purveyor of melodies, spoken word, and traditions new and old.
I heard this piece for the first time in 1998 or so on public radio in Detroit. Mike has been kind enough to perform this at every show that I have attended. He does it entirely from memory and with a conviction that puts you in the darkened studio of the narrator.
The airing of this piece around the end of the year has become a tradition on WION in Ionia, Michigan, where this podcast also airs as a radio show. And it's always a part of my listening around the same time. I hope that you will adopt it as your own as well.
So, without further ado, let's let the podsphere pay tribute to the magic of the radio - Magic that once was and magic that can be again.
Here's Mike Agranoff with The Ballad of the Sandman.
The Ballad of the Sandman, (c) by Mike Agranoff. Used by permission. Thanks, Mike!
Mike's website: www.mikeagranoff.com
Mike's e-mail address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Text of The Ballad of the Sandman: http://www.mikeagranoff.com/lyrics/Sandman.htm
Airspeed Temporarily Off iTunes
No idea what's going on here, but it appears that Airspeed is temporarily off iTunes. Some problem with WebPasties, my former RSS provider (who supposedly forwarded the feed over to Libsyn) when I requested it. Thought I had left these guys for good, but they apparently still have some hooks into my feed. Anyway, it's completely gone from iTunes. Crap! I resubmitted the podcast to iTunes a moment ago, but it will likely take a few days to re-populate. In the meantime, please stay subscribed or re-subscribe. I'll try to get this fixed. - Steve…
Airspeed - Music (Part 2)
See the blog at www.airspeedonline.blogspot.com.
Today we're going to revisit one of the most important aspects of flying - And that's the music you listen to while you do it!
Sure, there are more important things - like safety - but the fact remains that putting together the right soundtrack can make your flying even more inspiring. If you have an audio input to the intercom in the aircraft you fly or otherwise have a means of listening to music while you fly here's some music that you should consider adding to your playlist.
Bear in mind that safety comes first. If the music results in any chance of discraction or a miscommunication or failure to give or receive a communication necessary for the safety of the flight, leave your music player at home. But if you can manage the volume of the player, not have to fumble with it when your should be doing other things (playlists are helpful here), and satisfy yourself as pilot in command that you can hear and be heard in the cockpit and at the controller's workstation (such as by using a squelch or cutout feature like I use), by all means add a soundtrack to your flight.
Here's what has been in my iPod while I fly.
Eric Johnson has a way with the Fender Statocaster that is unlike that of any other player. He's melodic and heavily jazz-influenced. Music from his Ah Via Musicom and Venus Isle albums got lots of airplay in the 1990s and he has toured with the likes of Steve Vai and Joe Satriani and recently hit the road with Sammy Hagar. This is All About You from Venus Isle. Note the arpeggios and underlying drive. Really good for high airwork.
(Buy Eric Johnson albums, DVDs, and other stuff at http://theconnextion.com/ericjohnson_index.cfm?ArtistID=175.)
I'd be really surprised if composer and conductor John Williams isn't a pilot. I promised myself that I would use the word "evocative" only once in this episode, and this is it. I put this on one of the first flight mixes I ever made and it was one of the first tunes that jumped off the CD player and became a soundtrack for what I was doing at the time. It was on short final at Lapeer in southeast Michigan. Nothing quite like Williams to swell up when you're locked in to approach and have your attitude and airspeed nailed.
This is, of course, Flying from E.T., The Extraterrestrial. Those who fly aircraft with yokes instead of sticks will have an easier time imagining that they're holding on to bicycle handlebars, but both should avoid the temptation to strap a milk craft to the cowling for your little buddy to ride in.
This version comes from John Williams and the Boston Pops Orchestra's album, The Classis Spielberg Scores.
(Buy the album at http://www.amazon.com/Williams-Classic-Spielberg-Scores/dp/B000002C0F/sr=8-1/qid=1165705583/ref=pd_bbs_1/103-4775352-7547032?ie=UTF8&s=music).
No playlist is complete without some heavy metal. And there's none heavier than Iron Maiden. This is Aces High from 1984's Powerslave. Great driving metal groove and lyrics that tell a story of aerial combat in World War II.
(Buy the album at http://www.amazon.com/Powerslave-Iron-Maiden/dp/B000063DFN/sr=1-5/qid=1165706163/ref=sr_1_5/103-4775352-7547032?ie=UTF8&s=music).
Unless you count the diggery-doo, the English accordion, or the great highland bagpipes, there is probably no more technically ungainly instrument than the bassoon. It's four or five feet tall and has a double-reed that begs to sqwawk and evade the player's efforts to control it. There's an old joke that the definition of an optimist is a bassoon player with a pager.
Well, if there's one guy who can carry both a bassoon and a pager with confidence. He's Paul Hanson. Paul has taken the bassoon into jazz and other circles with amazing aplomb. He can out-sasxophone a saxophone and it all sounds completely organic. Ever run into one of those phases in your training when the controls seem to defy you, nothing goes the way it's supposed to, and you're constantly behind the aircraft? Usually right before you solo or right before get the hang of the landing flare or just before you start to nail your instrument approaches? This one is for you, my brothers and sisters.
Let Paul remind you of what can happen with even the most ungainly of hardware if you train hard and believe that the music will come. This is The Gold Coast from Voodoo Suite. It's in 7/4 and he's playing a bassoon and yet it sounds great. Yeah, your first full-procedure VOR approach is going to be ugly, but that's okay. Listen to how you'll feel on your 50th . . .
(Buy the album at http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/hansonp.)
We started with one guitar god and we're going to end with another. When Sony went looking for a great song to use in its ads celebrading the 20th anniversary of the compact disc, it looked no further than Joe Satriani's Summer Song from his album, The Extremist. This is great music for whatever you want to do while listening to it. It has energized me in the wee hours studying for exams and it has caused more than a few oscillations over the speed limit out on the highway. Now I'm no A&P and this is largely unscientific, but I'll bet that, if you plug Summer Song into the intercom of your aircraft, you'll get two or three additional knots of airspeed. Airplanes love Joe Satriani! Sound crazy? Well, it's a lot cheaper than wheel fairings!
(Buy the album at http://www.amazon.com/Extremist-Joe-Satriani/dp/B000002BWH/sr=1-1/qid=1165711434/ref=pd_bbs_sr_1/103-4775352-7547032?ie=UTF8&s=music.)
That's it for this installment of what should be cranking while you're turning and banking.
Got your own suggestions? E-mail us at email@example.com. Links to information about the artists and how to buy this music are on the blog at www.airspeedonline.blogspot.com. Although we might
As always, this is not flight instruction or a recommendation about how to operate an aircraft. Consult a qualified instructor, obey the regulations, and, above all, fly safely!
[Illustrative musical snippets used as permitted by 17 USC Ãƒ?Ã‚Â§ 107 (http://www.law.cornell.edu/uscode/html/uscode17/usc_sec_17_00000107----000-.html) for criticism and comment and as otherwise permitted by applicable law.]
Not Fade Away
It's December 3. I had hoped to post a new episode this weekend, but the usual stuff that happens to me in December is happening again. Not surprising, really, but I thought I'd give you a shout to let you know that I'm not podfading. Just busy as heck with stuff that puts food on the table, so I have to put off for a little bit the stuff that puts fire in the belly.
Stay subscribed! I have interviews in the can from two different NASA centers, permission from a rock group of which you may have heard to use some great music for a spoken-word piece, and special permission for New Year's airing of one of the best-kept secrets in narrative.
So stay subscribed. I'll be thinking of you guys and producing the new episodes in fits and starts as I get the chance.
Aerial Photography with Dave Higdon
We all love those gorgeous air-to-air photos of aircraft that grace the covers and the insides of our favorite flight magazines. We even like the ones in the ads. Sometimes especially the ads. Ever wonder who shoots those pictures or how they do it?
Enter ace aviation photographer Dave Higdon.
Dave has been a working journalist for more than 25 years and currently freelances for a number of media outlets. His magazine work lands his images on several covers each year and on ever more advertising pages. He is an accomplished pilot with almost 5,000 hours flown in a variety of aircraft, including hang gliders, ultralights, and light-sport aircraft, as well as general aviation aircraft ranging from piston singles to light business jets.
He is the president and creative director of PhotoProse Productions in Withita, Kansas. He is also a regular part of the panel on Uncontrolled Airspace, a relatively new entry to the podsphere that just hit its sixth episode and is one of the best hangar-flying shows out there.
Dave's Website: http://www.davehigdon.com
Uncontrolled Airspace podcast: http://www.uncontrolledairspace.com
You can contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Balloon Flight with Dave Emmert
A balloon flight from start to finish in Cloud Nine (N1515E, a 77,000 cu. ft. Firefly 7-15) with 25-year veteran pilot Dave Emmert over Battle Creek, Michigan (BTL). See the full commentary and more pictures at our blog at www.airspeedonline.blogspot.com.…
The ultimate objective test of the new pilot. The first solo. Follow Stephen Force on the rocky road to his first solo.…
Motion Sickness and AFTE with Dr. Patricia S. Cowings of NASA Ames Research Center
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.…
So Long, One-Eight!
A fond farewell to Cessna 172R, N918TA - my favorite airplane. 18 met her end in the grass off of Runway 27R at PTK on July 13. The accident pilot is fine, but 18 was bent pretty badly and it looks like she's a total loss.…
C-5A Galaxy and an Interview with TSgt Brandon Ives
The Lockheed C-5A. Big, big, big! We talk to the crew chief of this, one of the largest aircraft in use by the USAF Air Mobility Command.
Yankee Air Force B-17G "Yankee Lady"
We cover the Yankee Air Force's Boeing B-17G Flying Fortress "Yankee Lady" and interview her pilot. Show notes at www.airspeedonline.blogspot.com. Donate to help the Yankee Air Force recover from its 2004 hangar fire at www.yankeeairmuseum.org.
Airspeed - Snowbirds CT-114 and Interview with No. 3 Pilot Maj. Cory Blakely
We go in depth about the Canadair CT-114 and we talk to Maj. Cory Blakely, pilot of the No. 3 jet in the left inner wing position.
Thanks to Maj. Blakely and to Snowbirds Public Affairs Officer Navy Lt. Petra Smith! More information on the Snowbirds at http:/www.snowbirds.dnd.ca and show notes at http://www.airspeedonline.blogspot.com.…
Airspeed - Introduction to Skydiving with Dave Schwartz
We talk to skydiver, jump pilot, and producer of Skydive Radio Dave Schwartz. Dave gives us an introduction to skydiving and also gives some great tips for pilots about what to do if you hear on approach or the CTAF that there's jumping in the area.
See more about Dave's podcast, Skydive Radio, at www.skydiveradio.com. See more about skydiving in general at the United States Parachiute Association's website at www.uspa.org and DropZone.com at www.dropzone.com.…
Airspeed - KC-135 - Part 2
In Part 2 of this two-part series, we talk to Sgt. Brian Storbak (apologies in advance for any misspelling), boom operator on a KC-135 crew and part of the 128th ARW in Wisconsin.…
Airspeed - KC-135 - Part 1
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!…
Airspeed - A Ride with the US Army Golden Knights
We go up in the US Army Golden Knights' Fokker C-31A Friendship. Full audio coverage from briefing to interviews on the aircraft to the team's exit.…
Airspeed - Interview with a Thunderbird
We interview Maj. Jeremy SLoane, USAF, the operations officer and pilot of the No. 7 jet of the USAF Thunderbirds.…
Airspeed - So You Want to Be an Astronaut - Part 3
Part 3 of our three-part series about the selection and training process for NASA Astronauts.…
Airspeed - So You Want to Be an Astronaut - Part 2
Part 2 of our three-part series about what it takes to become an American astronaut. This episode concentrates on the selection process.…
Airspeed - So You Want to Be an Astronaut - Part 1
Part one of our three-part look at the astronaut selection process. This episode introduces the series and then focuses on qualifications - educational, physical, and so on.…
Airspeed - Shooting an Instrument Approach
We shoot the RNAV 36 approach at Flint, Michigan's Bishop International Airport (KFNT). Lots of audio from the cockpit on this one. We'll start on the ground at Pontiac (KPTK), take off, get handed off a few times, and then shoot the approach using GPS. Lots of interaction with the controllers and we explain what's going on all the way through. Check out the show notes at www.airspeedonline.blogspot.com for a link to the approach plate so you can follow along.…
Airspeed - Transitions
Transition alert! We're merging Airspeed and Airspeed in Brief. Please be sure to listen closely so that you can keep on getting your periodic dose of Jet-A, 100LL, and rocket fuel! See the show notes at www.airspeedonline.blogspot.com for a transcript of this show and the information you'll need to make sure that Airspeed stays on your player.…
Airspeed - Take Your Kids to the Airport
We talk about how best to light the fires of your kids' minds - By taking them to the airport, to Kennedy Space Center, to the Very Large Array - Wherever. Just take them!
For full text and a picture of Ella, see http://airspeedonline.blogspot.com/2006/05/airspeed-take-your-kids-to-airport.html.…
Airspeed - Capt. REFSMMAT
Capt. REFSMMAT - The ideal flight controller and a Steely-Eyed Missile Man.…
Airspeed - Biannual Flight Reviews
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!…
Airspeed - Airshow Update with Bark Haluska
Update on preparations for the 2006 Field of Flight Airshow and Balloon Festival in Battle Creek, Michigan.…
Airspeed - SCE to AUX
This episode starts off our Steely-Eyed Missile Men series and features John Aaron, the Gold Team and Apollo 12 EECOM who uttered the greatest call in all of manned spaceflight control. This is the story of SCE to Aux.
Audio used under the NASA policy entitled Using NASA Imagery and Linking to NASA Web Sites - 10.13.05 - Still Images, Audio Files and Video available at http://www.nasa.gov/audience/formedia/features/MP_Photo_Guidelines.html. No use of any NASA material in this podcast should or does express or imply any endorsement of this podcast or any person or business that helps out with this podcast by NASA or any person whose voice is contained in the audio material.
Thanks, NASA, for having such a great policy. On to Mars!
DMCA and other copyright contact is Steve Tupper - email@example.com - 248-470-7944.…
Airspeed - Flight Music
Airspeed's first installment of the best music to plug into your intercom while you're flying. From Bela Fleck to Cirque du Soleil and from Gary Hoey to Cheis Thile, here's what's on Stephen Force's playlist when he goes up. Featuring commentary about:
1. Richard Wagner's Ride of the Valkyries - Royal Memorial Orchestra from "Music from the War Movies"
2. Gary Hoey's Low Rider from "Wake Up Call"
3. Cirque du Soleil's Svecounia from "O"
4. Bela Fleck and the Flecktones' The Big Blink from "Left of Cool"
5. Van Halen's Dreams from "5150"
6. Enya's Book of Days from "Shepherd Moons" (English version)
7. Chris Thile's Raining at Subset from "Not All Who Wander are Lost"
Musical snippets used under 17 USC 107. DMCA copyright notices, if any, to Steve Tupper - firstname.lastname@example.org.…
Airspeed - Instrument Flight
General information about instrument flight and the attendant challenges.…
Airspeed - GA is No Threat
We provide a little ammunition for your arguments with those who seem to think that general aviation represents a threat to the American Public.…
Airspeed - Lunch with Aerobatic Pilot Paul Stambaugh
We leave the Airspeed studios and have lunch at Pasquale's in Royal Oak, Michigan with Paul Stambaugh, aerobatic pilot (and owner of Pitts S1-S N34RM "Psycho Therapy") and Great Lakes Ferry pilot, among other things. We talk about aerobatics for both fun and safety, what it's like to be the premier Great Lakes aircraft ferry pilot in the United States, and why, despite all of his experience, Paul keeps his day job as a senior mechanical engineer. Pull up a chair at this classic southeast Michigan Itallian eatery and hangar-fly with Steve and Paul!…
Airspeed - Canadian Forces Snowbirds
We cover the Canadian Forces Snowbirds - The 431 Air Demonstration Squadron. From its earliest heritage in England in WWII to the Golden Centennaries in 1967 to the beginnings of the modern incarnation that started in Moosejaw in 1971. This is one American's take on the nine-aircraft demonstration squadron that takes beauty, coordination, discipline, and showmanship to a new level. Can't wait until they come to Battle Creek July 4!…
Airspeed - Airshow Operations with Barb Haluska
Ever wonder what goes on behind the scenes to present a major regional airshow? We talk to Barb Haluska, executive director of the Field of Flight Airshow and Balloon Festival in Battle Creek, Michigan. It's February, but June 30 through July 4 are just around the corner for Barb and her intrepid staff. Listen in as we talk to the people who bring in the Thunderbirds, the Snowbirds, and many others to fill the skies with thunder and beauty each summer.…
Airspeed - Understanding Stalls
Ever hear a media reporter tell you that an airplane accident involved an engine stall? In our experience, most reporters and members of the public get this wrong. We discuss aerodynamic stalls and explain how they have nothing at all to do with the engine.
Disclaimer: Nothing in this or any other epidsode of the Airspeed podcasts is flight instruction. You should seek the counsel and instruction of a certified flight instructor if you ever plan to experience stalls - or fly an airplane - yourself. The descriptions in the Airspeed podcasts are general descriptions based on FAA literature and the pilot's operating handbook for several popular training aircraft. They don't apply to all aircraft or to all circumstances. Always consult the manufacturer's specifications and recommendations and any supplemental type certificates or other applicable data for the specific aircraft in question.…
Airspeed - Air Force Aviation with Maj. Glen Richards
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.…
Airspeed - US Navy Blue Angels
Can you name six people cool enough to stand in for Van Halen in the only music video the band made in support of its critical 5150 album? Try the US Navy Blue Angels, the ambassadors of US Navy and Marine aviation. Here's an energetic summary of the (blue and) gold standard in precision aviation. Find out why the Blues don't wear g-suits and lots more.…
Airspeed - Civil Air Patrol
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.…
Airspeed - USAF Thunderbirds
Here's as much of the USAF Thunderbirds as you can fit into a six-minute podcast (including an F-16 fly-by). The most-asked questions about the precision flight demonstration squadron that's now well into its sixth decade. If you haven't made plans to see the Thunderbirds at an airshow near you this summer, visit http://events.airforce.com as soon as you can!…
Airspeed - Ballistic Recovery Parachutes
We look at ballistic recovery parachutes, a relatively new technology that has the potential to make general aviation even safer.…
Airspeed - Intro Flights
What to expect on your first flight lesson and how to get that lesson for $59 or so.…
Aviation and aerospace podcast concentrating on general aviation flight training, music, and extraordinary experiences in the air and on the ramp.