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SMAC078 Obtaining Your Instrument Rating

by CarlValeri on August 17, 2014


Pre-Flight Checklist

Everyone is here tonight except for Sean, starting the discussion with airplane shaped foods.

Cruise Flight

Victoria kicks us off with a discussion of getting her Instrument Flight Rating and keeping your rating. This leads into a discussion of best practices for training, and how to handle communicating with the tower and keeping track of information. We also discusses Automation Management and the danger of over-relying on automated systems.

Carl brings up a situation where a friend of his flew an aircraft where she was the Captain and her sister was the Co-Pilot, which may be a first in aviation history. Very few people seem to know that there are female pilots in the airlines, and automatically assume that a man always does the flying.

After Landing Checklist

~Picks of the Week~

Eric: Polk State College is about to become the first state institution in Florida to offer a four year degree in aviation.

Victoria: Bring Fido Web site to find pet friendly places to stay when you are flying to your next $100 hamburger!

Rick: First Air Force One The story of the first plane to be called Air Force One, which is the only plane to use that call sign and not be preserved in a museum or other other collection.

Carl: Aviation: The Invisible Highway This is a new movie coming out next year about flying and what it means to so many people.

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How to Become an Airline Check Airman with Robert Guyer – Aviation Careers Podcast Episode 65

August 9, 2014

Many of us dream of flying for the airlines as an airline Captain and have a passion for teaching. There is a job that fulfills both your dream of becoming an airline pilot and your passion for teaching. That job is airline check airman and I have with me someone who has recently achieved this […]

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SMAC077 Regaining your Currency And A Surprise Guest

August 4, 2014

Pre-Flight Checklist We have a surprise guest host this week! Also this week is the AirVenture in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. Cruise Flight This week’s main discussion is on getting current in single engine after a long hiatus. Practice techniques to keep current or “knock the rust off” Finding the time and money to afford practice Len discusses […]

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ACP064 – Military Aviation Photographer Jose “Fuji” Ramos

July 25, 2014

The warm amber light slowly pours over a sleepy little town like maple syrup. As I climb out of one thousand feet I wish I can’t stop thinking how I wish I could share this beauty with everyone. But there is a person whose job it is to share the excitement, serenity, and awe inspiring […]

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SMAC076 What We Can Learn from Asiana Flight 214

July 16, 2014

Pre-Flight Checklist The crew is here along with special guest Bill English, Lead Accident Investigator on Asiana Flight 214. Mr. English is an Investigator-in-Charge for the Major Investigations Division for the National Transportation Safety Board headquartered in Washington, D.C. Mr. English also worked for the FAA and has a background in navigation. Cruise Flight This week’s […]

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ACP063 – Private and Corporate Aviation

July 10, 2014

This week we welcome back one of our repeat guests Tom Wachowski to discuss Corporate Aviation, flying aircraft owned by private companies to transport their employees for business. In this episode we discuss: Hiring a non-pilot aircraft owner (such as someone who owns a Saratoga and needs a pilot to fly them places) How does […]

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SMAC075 A first flight to Colombia, Flying the P2006T Tecnam and more.

July 1, 2014

Pre-Flight Checklist The crew is here except for Victoria who had to take the night off. It’s hot hot hot!! Shout outs from Rick for Andrew Blanchard getting his CFI at Purdue and Sam Debatolo who passed his written for his Private and possibly did his long cross-country! Cruise Flight Carl made his first flight […]

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ACP062 – Aviation Writing And Listener Mail with Jamie Beckett

June 27, 2014

This week’s show was originally intended to simply be a Q&A session with my friend and fellow pilot Jamie Beckett, bus as a bonus we started talking about his career as an independent aviation writer. Jamie is an independent writer of non-aviation fiction and aviation related non-fiction. He has written for a number of aerospace […]

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How To Apply For A Federal Job Aviation Careers Podcast Episode 61

June 17, 2014

With the growth in the number of government job openings related to aviation you might want to satisfy your passion for aviation and serve your country at the same time. There are many benefits and rewards to working for the government but how does one go about finding jobs and applying. Today I have with […]

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