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Once bitten by the Aviation "Bug", pilots dream about flying experiences to come. It may be a particular mission or a specific make and model of aircraft that the pilot wants to fly. Dreams come in all shapes and sizes. As a pilot gets a cadence going and becomes comfortable with their aviation life, a sense of contentment leads to a mental happy p…
 
For many GA pilots, a cross country trip usually means several hundred miles, a hotel room, and a return trip. But for a few people, a bigger calling exists. Join us on this week's episode as we are joined by Alex Gronberger, who is about to join his wife and embark on an around the world trip in his 2009 Cirrus SR22. His trip has already started, …
 
The word Community is made up of two root words... Common Unity. That one thing that bonds people together. To an Avgeek, we share a love of aviation... and it is EAA's Airventure that unites us all in a special way. One of the signals of Airventure, is the release of the annual NOTAM. As April came to a close, the NOTAM arrived making last year's …
 
As the world starts thinking about getting back to normal, the question comes up, "What is normal?" For each of us, it's a different answer. Among the community of avgeeks, it generally means joining with other pilots in getting back in the airplane and finding destinations. For many, an aviation museum is a special place, as it connects us with av…
 
With 2020 behind us and with high hopes for a great 2021, what better way to change our mindset, than sitting down and talking aviation. During our last 9 seasons, the SimpleFlight crew has had the pleasure of hosting north of 200 guests., with a focus on finding amazing people doing amazing things in aviation. And this week's show is no different.…
 
2020 has been a notable year. How is that for an understatement. For many of us, aviation serves as an escape from the pressures of daily life. It can be relaxing, energizing, and fulfilling, with an added benefit of providing an attitude reset. How ironic that various "shelter-in-place" or other constraints, served to limit aviation's accessibilit…
 
After the last three shows on airplane ownership, it's only natural to talk about what comes next. And of course the answer is, TAKE A TRIP. But where? I suspect if I asked all of you, the answer wouldn't be to take a 5,000 mile, 63 hour international flight over 2 1/2 weeks. But that's exactly what tonight's guest did. Join us as we "sit down" wit…
 
The last two shows have focused on airplane ownership from both a sole owner and a partnership perspective. As we close out our trilogy, Brandon and Marc are joined by Steve Rogers, owner of a beautiful 2004 Glass Panel Archer. Steve bought the plane off the manufacturing floor in 2005 after making the decision to pay for it by "leasing it back" to…
 
As a follow up to our last episode, the SimpleFlight crew reached out to Edward Forman, a pilot that embarked on a mission to find a plane and some partners to help him build proficiency and get more utility out of general aviation. The big questions revolved around number of partners, type of partners, how much to spend, and what make and model of…
 
As SimpleFlight Radio starts its 9th season, we decided to sit down and revisit with Andy Thome, who was our guest twice in the last three months of 2019. At that time, Andy was going through an airplane purchase process and shared his experience from start to finish. His purchase of a 1959 Piper Comanche 180 in December, was not the end of the sto…
 
Covid-19 has impacted so many people across the globe in some physical or emotional way. The specifics are tough to recount. To say we need to find a way to "de-stress" is an understatement. For many of us, we find our escape in flying. And tonight's guest, takes that to an extreme. Meet Bob Reynolds, a Chicago pilot that uses his SR22 to see the U…
 
There are a lot of paths to a job in aviation. Some are unconventional. And sometimes the job itself is unconventional. Welcome to this week's episode of SimpleFlight radio. Join us as Marc and Brandon spend time with Wayne Temple, a Helicopter Line Pilot and COO of Wake Aviation (wakeaviation.com). His story about how he became the only active Jou…
 
All pilots are passionate about aviation. It's the one thing that creates a bond. As Marc likes to say, it's our Common Unity. And that's what makes us a COMMUNITY. But it doesn't stop there. There are families within the family. Some are based on aircraft types (there are more than 100 aircraft type clubs), while others are pilot segmented groups …
 
Marc commonly says that YouTube is his favorite app. The main reason comes down to access to education and people doing really cool things. And as no surprise, Marc spends a lot of time watching aviation videos. One of the "Tubers", Mike Ojo (mojogrip.net) became a favorite of Marc's, due to his love of aviation and diversity of topics he covered. …
 
With Covid-19 being so front and center in everyone's mind, it's very common and appropriate to hear people sending wishes for safety and good health. Certainly, SimpleFlight wishes the same for you and yours. The path to getting to a healthier state, starts with a cultural change that now requires us to stand apart physically. Ironically, the desi…
 
With our reoccurring theme of aviation bucket lists,, many would say flying into KOSH during Airventure is near the top of the list. But once you've done that, how do you top it? How about being a part of one of the mass arrivals. Sounds pretty good, but how do you prep GA pilots to take on the risk and responsibility of flying in formation to the …
 
It seems every pilot has an aviation bucket list. Sometimes its a type of airplane, an experience, or a destination. And sometimes it's all three. Regardless, the lists are wide ranging and not often duplicated. But there is an exception. A flight to Alaska is found on most lists. It's easy to understand why. No other state is as dependent on gener…
 
With a late cancellation of SimpleFlight's guest, our listeners came to the rescue. We asked them if they had any questions, and they came through in spades. Armed with topics to discuss, we knew we would need help with the ATC-related questions. Enter repeat guest, Eddie Trujillo, our favorite C90 (Chicago Approach) air traffic specialist. From th…
 
When Marc earned his PPL in the mid-70's, he learned from young CFI's, who were on a path to the airlines. Getting a job was tough, as young pilots were competing with military pilots and those that were having their training paid for by the GI Bill. Fast forward 40 years, and while it's still tough to get with the majors, the candidate pool and jo…
 
Happy Holidays!!! With the end of the year in sight, Brandon and Marc reflected on different areas of general aviation that have an opportunity to improve with just a little effort from all of us that love the industry so much. Certainly there are many highlights as well, so the guys touched on some of the things aviation got right. All of us are i…
 
If you haven't listened to the October 13 podcast, we suggest you take a few moments and do so now. You'll get a chance to meet two members of the Leading Edge Flying Club (KPWK), who each have a dream of plane ownership. During the show, we learned they each brought a different mission, budget, and philosophy to their decision making process. Both…
 
For those of you that read Rinker Buck's memoir, "Flight of Passage", you'll understand the romance associated with a cross country flight in a Piper Cub. If you haven't read the story, you only need to love General Aviation to understand the smile that comes with a low and slow flight of 1500 nautical miles across the Western and Midwestern United…
 
With a forecast for snow on Halloween in Chicago, the topic of winter has entered our vocabulary too early this year. Yet, with its arrival, the topic of cold weather operations seems right on schedule. Non-pilots commonly ask if GA pilots fly in the winter. After all, won't icing be an issue. These same people are amazed to hear that its often the…
 
Whether it's Trade-A-Plane or Controller.com, many GA pilots spend a fair amount of time window shopping for their dream plane. It's fun and results in a smile. But then the spreadsheet comes into play as the prospective plane owner starts to rationalize and compare rental costs vs. the cost of ownership. Soon, the math starts to make sense and it'…
 
Since 2004, the National Air Traffic Controllers Association (NATCA) has been recognizing its members for extraordinary performance in turning a potentially bad situation into a "non-event". Or as they call it, "A Save". Named after the first Air Traffic Controller, The Archie League Medal of Safety awards are announced each September to controller…
 
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