NancyPre-Flight Checklist

Carl, Victoria, and Rick are here, and everyone is cold and buried.


  • Sean says Thunder over Louisville is coming April 18th and includes the US Air Force Thunderbirds and huge fireworks.
  • Victoria thanked everyone for coming out for Paws & Planes. The turnout was hampered by 7 inches of snow, but the 20 or so kids there had a great time.
  • Carl says Sun n Fun is coming soon, and the team will be covering it, including a story about a romance involving one of the co-hosts!

Cruise Flight

Carl Recently interviewed film maker Nancy Spielberg, Producer of the feature length documentary Above and Beyond. Carl replays the interview before the team opens for discussion.

~Picks of the Week~

Carl: The Bent Prop Project: a documentary about the search for various aircraft lost to the Pacific Ocean.
Sean: The Art of Aircraft a website with great aviation related pictures including planes, posters, and very realistic renderings.
Victoria: AOPA National Aviation Community Center: a special hanger for community events and education including classrooms and simulator located at the AOPA HQ in Frederick, MD.
Rick: Overcast: a great app for listening to podcasts on iOS. The app has some great features such as cutting out dead space to save time, and is free with limits or can be unlocked for $4.99.

After Landing Checklist

  • Eric could not be on the show due to a last minute conflict at Polk State University where he is the Aerospace Director
  • Please check out our revamped Facebook Page.

This episode is sponsored by:


In this presentation we discuss:

  • The concept of personal minimums.
  • Assessing your pilot and aircraft performance to define your personal minimums.
  • Adjusting your personal minimums in response to specific conditions.

Links Mentioned in this video:
FAA Risk Management Handbook


February 18, 2015 FAA Safety Seminar at Polk State College – Thunderstorms Hazards and Avoidance

February 19, 2015

The following are the slides from the FAA Safety presentation given on February 18, 2015 at Polk State College. For more videos don’t forget to subscribe to us on YouTube.

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SMAC090 Steve Tupper, motor gliders, flying upside down and special words about hurling

February 18, 2015

This episode is an interview with Steve Tupper aka Stephen Force. “Stephen Force” is the superhero alter ego of mild-mannered tech and aviation lawyer, commercial pilot (glider, with private privileges in ASEL, AMEL, ASES, IA, and DC-3 (SIC) type-rated), and Civil Air Patrol (USAF Auxiliary) lieutenant colonel and search-and-rescue pilot Steve Tupper. To Read More about Steve Click […]

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ACP078 – Mission Aviation Fellowship with Ron Hilbrands

February 14, 2015

Welcome to Episode 78. Aviation is a challenging and rewarding career. Some want to fly for the airlines and others seek a challenging flying environment dedicated to helping others. Many listeners have written me and feel Mission Aviation Fellowship would fulfill your need to serve others while living the dream of being a “bush” pilot. […]

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Survey : Book Cover For Aerospace Scholarships 2015

February 2, 2015

We have finished the Aerospace Scholarships Guide for 2015 and will soon publish the e-book but we need your help deciding on a cover. Check out the samples below and let us know which one is your favorite by clicking here Cover 1 Cover 2 Cover 3 Cover 4 Please vote for your favorite book […]

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SMAC089 The Affordable Aircraft Expo! Live From The US Sport Aviation Expo 2015

February 2, 2015

Aviation Starts Here! This episode is dedicated to the excitement we felt when we first discovered flying! You should feel the excitement and again when you hear the many passionate aviators in this episode. Representing Sun N Fun radio, Carl Valeri and Eric Crump spent their days at the US Sport Aviation Expo exploring the newest […]

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Planning Your Piloting Career with Angie Marshall of Cage Marshall Consulting – ACP077

January 28, 2015

Welcome to Episode 77. The path towards an airline piloting career can be varied depending on your personal circumstances and the choices you make in life. You may want to live in a certain location, you may want to fly only certain types of aircraft, or you have a family and you need to make […]

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Stuck Mic AvCast Episode 88 – Climb Via Clearance, Roadable Aircraft, and Instagram

January 17, 2015

Pre-Flight Checklist Carl, Victoria, Rick and Eric are here, and everyone is cold! We start with some announcements. Carl and Eric  will be attending the Sport Aviation Expo in Sebring, Florida. You can tweet the show using the Twitter hashtag #asksmac. Victoria said that Turbo the Flying Dog wants to invite everyone to the Frederick Municipal Airport […]

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Altitude Amendments To A Climb VIA Clearance

January 13, 2015

The cool air from the Pacific Ocean lifts us gently from the runway leaving the busy city of Las Angeles behind. The deep blue water below is inviting. As we bank left back towards the white sand of Manhattan Beach and the rolling hills and palatial homes atop the Palos Verdes Peninsula all I can say is “nice”. The sunset illumination […]

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