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Modern, engaging, and unique, Aviation LO Down is the official podcast of David Lombardo, also known by his operating initials, LO. Full of the passion, humor, and the famous improvisational style found on many of his past social media projects, Aviation LO Down features fascinating interviews and soundbites from across the industry in an exciting and energy-fueled format anyone can enjoy. A podcast that explores not just flying, but the art and science of what makes people in aviation tick. ...
 
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Absolutely insane audio of a pilot telling a Las Vegas controller she is WRONG when telling him to vacate the Class B airspace! What could have gone wrong here?! Also, a discussion on the pandemic and it's affects on decision making and mood, the FAA's 'From The Flight Deck' series, and some throwbacks from a box I found in my basement.…
 
Known for his entertaining, educational, well-produced, and downright fascinating videos, 74gear (Kelsey) has shown the world just how exciting it can be flying the 747; and it's bigger, more rare cousin, the Dreamlifter. Join me, LO, as I sit down with 74gear via Skype on the other side of the plane. We talk about his YouTube channel, his life fly…
 
WELCOME BACK TO SEASON 3! On this episode, I run down the basics as to where I have been over the past few weeks. I discuss the current state of the world, how it's affecting aviation, as well as some things that may interest you involving a feud currently going on on Instagram between plane spotters and large pages. Please subscribe on YouTube as …
 
The coronavirus pandemic has completely altered life for a large portion of the planets population, and as of this podcast (3/24/2020), is beginning to severely affect places in the United States, most notably New York City and it's surrounding area. Thousands of airplanes are grounded, and it seems as if an equal number of employees are also witho…
 
The FAA will supposedly be hiring new air traffic controllers this January. Learn about some facts of the job on my YouTube channel! In this episode, the first of season 4 of Aviation LO Down, I describe how the video went absolutely viral, and how you can apply if you're interested! I also go on an absolutely unscripted rant about beer prices at c…
 
Draco, one of my favorite airplanes EVER built, has crashed this week in Reno! Luckily, everyone, including builder and friend Mike Patey walked away, and even made a video about it. But it's a video worth watching. Can't wait to see his other builds to come... Also, DC-10 reputation vs the 737 MAX Reputation, and how to simulate ATC audio! Also, s…
 
A mechanic tries to sabotage an airliner, why some general aviation pilots may still be reluctant to upgrade their equipment to ADS-B in time for the mandate, Hurricane Dorian wrecks havoc on the Bahamas and air traffic in that location, and an Australian flight student lands his plane in an unexpected solo flight after his instructor passes out. I…
 
How is Hurricane Dorian affecting Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach, FL? We talk to Sarah, an air traffic control major (@wdymsarah) and learn about the overall strategy and mood of the campus, and where the students have gone! Visit my sponsors! fly8ma.com (use code: LOALT) Christopher-cloos.com (use code: LOALTITUDE) Kimsplace…
 
Today on Aviation LO Down, I sit down with William "Billy" Hoffman, author of 'Wings of Deceit', one of my favorite books based on aviation. Billy attended Georgetown University School of Medicine in Washington, DC and is currently doing a residency in neurology. He is a private pilot, member of the U.S. Air Force, and in particular, is interested …
 
Picture getting on your flight, and then having to get off it, twice. Then picture waiting at your gate for 18 hours. This is what happened last night (into this morning) at JFK airport in NYC to Delta Flight 975, with service to Los Angeles (LAX). What do you think the airlines are responsible for? There were massive storms rolling through the are…
 
Today, I sit down with Kyle McClung, owner of one of the most unique aviation companies I have ever seen: Certified Foggles. Kyle's company makes custom 'foggle' glasses for the training instrument (IFR) pilot. With many designs to choose from, Kyle also offers custom work, and each foggle is handmade by him himself in the USA! You don't want to mi…
 
Today, I sit down with Zach Richards, founder of Fit to Fly Apparel (@fittoflyapparel). We discuss what got him interested in health/fitness, and what convinced him to create a fashion and fitness brand that is geared towards pilots and others in the aviation industry! You don't want to miss this one! @fittoflyapparel FittoFlyApparel.com…
 
"Pain and suffering are always inevitable for a large intelligence and a deep heart." Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Crime and Punishment The topic of mental health in aviation has come up again on social media. From a thread that started on Facebook, I discuss some of the ideas and overall themes that have been shared on the topic recently; some of them show…
 
On this episode: One of the most intense chunks of real ATC audio I have heard in a long time. We talk about why a pilot would do such a 'crazy' thing, and whether or not it should be recognized and permitted. Housing provider at the FAA Academy, Isola Bella, sends out a rather startling notification to their residents, and a Swiss air traffic cont…
 
In the past few weeks, I have had some major changes to some of the social media pages that I was a part of. Now, I am able to finally integrate many of my social media channels, such as the one on Instagram, to Aviation LO Down! On this episode, I simply discuss some of the bigger topics that have been brought up over the past few weeks, and addre…
 
Cultivating a YouTube following of over 1 MILLION subscribers, Captain Joe is without a doubt one of the most watched and influential aviators today. From his detailed oriented, friendly, and extremely informative videos, to his creative vision and world-wide travel experiences, Captain Joe is undeniably one of the most inspiring pilots within the …
 
Ever since I was a kid, I've played flight simulators. The earliest versions of them that I remember were 256-color simulations that ran on your desktop computer, and if you're like most people who grew up in the 90s, this meant your family's only computer was completely occupied so you could fly your Cessna out of Meigs Field in Chicago. In 2019, …
 
As a man dedicated to not only taking to the skies, but keeping himself and others in awesome shape, Fernando Contreras, a.k.a. @fitaviatorsclub, knows a thing or two about balancing different passions in life. As someone who I would consider to be 'pretty freakin' ripped', Fernando talks to me, LO, about his theory and practice of keeping healthy …
 
Hello all! It's been a while since I have posted a new episode of Aviation LO Down because I recently moved! I also was just in San Diego, and had quite the interesting flying experience during that trip. In this episode, I'll explain to you what happened to me on that trip, and invite you to share your opinions of modern airline travel. From delay…
 
After a few weeks off, I'm back! Today I sit down with my friends Matt and Rob who run the aviation podcast Spread Aviation! As they put it, 'find out what happens when you cross a talk-show format with in-flight pilot training and a hefty dose of irreverence for practically everything, including gravitational forces.' I have known Matt and Rob for…
 
Today, I sit down with one of my best friends, @newyorkskypirate. Learn about his love of aviation from an early age, how he found a mentor, and what his life is like today. We also share stories of him being a musician, making prank phone calls, and one of the most famous diners in Upstate NY. @newyorkskypirate is one of the most passionate people…
 
Computers can calculate huge amounts of data much more efficiently than a human brain. But, can they make decisions? Are they intelligent? Are they creative? Perhaps most intriguing, do they have a conscious? With the recent crashes of the two Boeing 737 MAX airliners, the discussion of whether or not industries like aviation have become too automa…
 
Radar technology has been the foundation of air traffic control for more than 80 years. However, newer technology, such as ADS-B, promises to change that. In this episode, I take a break from the interviews to expand upon a 'Instagram Live' discussion that occurred last week on @atcmemes. I talk about a brief history of radar systems, how GPS was m…
 
From photos of Athens, Greece, to photos of the 737 Max flight deck, the Instagram account of Madina K (@madinkaclairec) is hard to ignore. As a skilled tennis player originally from Moscow, Russia and now studying in the United States, Madina takes the time to explain what it's like being obsessed with aviation in both the United States and in Rus…
 
With an Instagram following of over 30,000 fans and growing, @pilotemilie inspires and motivates her followers from both the flight deck as well as from the gym. As a Canadian pilot with an unmistakable smile, Emilie has an eclectic taste for fitness, colorful Instagram photos, and setting her goals high, in both aviation and in life! Join me, LO, …
 
As a pilot well known for his detailed, informative, and friendly aviation videos, steveo1kinevo has cultivated a loyal following of over a quarter million subscribers on YouTube. From his intricate flying lessons to his gorgeous videos of flights in Florida, The Bahamas, and beyond, Steve's unique 'POV' style transports the viewer into an experien…
 
Today, I'm talking to a 21 year old girl from Chicago named Nicole who directs air traffic. Now, she doesn't work in a tall control tower, or a dark TRACON/ARTCC radar room, but she knows how to direct aircraft, and how to direct them well. She wears a bright orange 'high vis' vest, and yes, she waves the bright orange wands. She also knows a few t…
 
As the chief (and only) pilot of Speedtape Airlines, Captain Roger Victor has cultivated a whole new generation of loyal fans via social media, thanks to his world-class videos and memes exploring his life as a pilot on and off the job. As an aviation professional who also happens to...be a puppet, Captain Roger Victor is truly a one of a kind char…
 
Aviation Lo Down is a podcast hosted by David "LO" Lombardo from ATC Memes. In this first episode (recorded in a frigid car on a remote recorder), I simply take a few minutes to explain to my listeners what this podcast is all about. What makes aviation so passionate? Why did some people get into aviation? And why is it -49F degrees in Alaska? Join…
 
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