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SMAC160 The Most Seaplane Friendly City In The World and The NTSB Drone Program with Bill English

This is a special episode where Carl and Bill English report live from the most seaplane friendly city in the World, Tavares, FL. Bill has his seaplane rating and wanted to take a tour of the SeaRay facility. So we where up for an adventure and drove to Tavares from Lakeland. What a wonderful city which I am sure you will enjoy as we describe our seaplane adventures.

Preflight Checklist:

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Cruise Flight:

Interview with Matt Elia, Aviation Manager, Tavares Seaplane Base - FA1

Why Tavares is the most seaplane friendly airport in the world.

Recovery from Hurricane Irma.

Tavares is a great place to visit for the whole family.

Where you can learn more about upcoming aviation events.

Seaplane-A-Palooza, April 7-8 2018



Interview with Bill English NTSB Lead Investigator and head of the Drone Program. Bill and I discuss:

Drones and their effect on public safety.

Drones and their effect on aviation safety.

How drones help the NTSB investigate accidents.

What type of accidents does the NTSB use drones to investigate?

What Bill enjoys about being a drone pilot and combining it with his passion of being an airplane pilot.

What model drones is he flying? How many do they have?

Can he estimate the cost savings to the NTSB/government vs contracting for an airplane/helicopter?

On what percentage of accidents do you bring out the drone?


After Landing Checklist:

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Video Of The Week:

NTSB Investigation Using Drones

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