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SMAC126 Live From AirVenture 2016

Preflight Checklist:

Vision-SideView-2We have exciting interviews and analysis from AirVenture 2016 in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. Larry Overstreet, Russ Roslewski, and Tom Frick attended  AirVenture, while Rick Felty and Carl Valeri virtually attended through social media.  Listen to the crew of Stuck Mic AvCast as they discuss the greatest air show on earth!

Please send you questions or comments to contact@stuckmicavcast.com.

Cruise Flight:

Larry Overstreet speaks with Keith Smith from  Pilot Edge.

Russ Roslewski speaks with Cirrus VisionJet.

After Landing Checklist:

~Picks of the Week~

No picks of the week this episode, as this is an interview show.

Photo Credit:

Cirrus Aircraft



SMAC125 Remote Pilot Certificate Explained

Preflight Checklist:

RyanJWallaceWe are at Lakeland Linder Airport at Polk State College with Dr. Ryan Wallace to discuss the new Remote Pilot Certificate.

Cruise Flight:

  • FAA estimates that there will be 7 million UAS by 2020, including commercial and recreational use.
  • The FAA estimates about 100 incidents per month involving a visual sighting of unmanned aircraft systems by pilots. These are not necessarily collisions, near misses, or other problems, just sighting which could potentially be a problem.
  • UAS are allowing for faster, safer, more economical missions and services.
  • Those with a pilot's certificate have a relatively easy transition to obtaining the Remote Pilot Operator Certificate. So anyone holding any certificate other than a student is eligible to apply for a job in this area.
  • Although anyone may earn a Remote Pilot Certificate, those with an existing pilot’s certificate (excluding student pilot certificate) have a relatively easy transition to obtaining the newly-created sUAS Remote Pilot Certificate.
  • A UAS is an overall system, as opposed to just a model aircraft. The difference is what you use the plane for.
  • Videography, hurricane and weather observance, law enforcement, etc. The applications are only limited by the imagination of the designers.
  • Part 333 FAA Modernization Act of 2012, new small UAS regulations.
  • New, less restrictive rules for UAS education rules.
  • Part 107 Fly for Hire rules including the new Part 107 SUAS Remote Pilot Certificate.
  • Why you should consider becoming a UAS Pilot.
  • FAA Summary of Unmanned Aircraft Rule (Part 107)
  • FAA Advisory Circular on Small Unmanned Aviation Systems (sUAS)
  • "The Rebirth Of Aviation" - Article


The following links are all available on the FAA’s UAS website, but are posted for your convenient reference:

Remote Pilot Process

Remote Pilot Knowledge Test Sample Questions

Remote Pilot Knowledge Test Guide

Remote Pilot Airmen Certification Standards (All Testable Topic Areas)

Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (sUAS) Advisory Circular (AC 107-2)

Small UAS Registration System

B4UFLY Application

After Landing Checklist:

~Picks of the Week~

No picks of the week this episode, as this is an interview show.

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Preflight Checklist:
Do you ever wonder what happens when you are handed off to another air traffic controller? In this episode we will explain. Joining us today is Chris Pezalla who discusses his article he posted on ExpertAviator.  We also have some other special guests from our mobile reporting studio at Air Venture.  Listen to find out who our surprise guest was on the show!


AirVenture July 25-31, 2016

Students fly A320 at JetBlue!

Cruise Flight:

We have a few special guests joining us on the podcast today. First, Larry is live from Ardy and Ed's Drive In, Oshkosh, Wisconsin with Pilot JimG.  Jim will be presenting at the AirVenture Forums concerning aircraft maintenance records. Check out his form and others clicking here.  It sounds like Larry and Jim are having a great time at Oshkosh already.

Our main topic this episode is ATC Handoffs and the mystery behind them.  Carl and our other special guest Chris Pezalla lead the discussion. It is interesting discovering what happens behind the scenes during a handoff from Air Traffic Control.

After Landing Checklist:

~Picks of the Week~

Tom - VOR Simulator

Sean - Dreamliner Farnborough practice video

Carl - Airbus response to Boeing 100 year anniversary.

Rick - Landing a Cessna 172 at O’Hare.

Victoria - Her New Confidence To Fly Blog

Jim G - Forum Maintenance Records for Pilot Owners

Larry - Camp Scholler at AirVenture



Understanding ATC Handoffs


An ATC handoff occurs when a controller transfers an aircraft to next controller along the aircraft’s route. Here is a basic explanation provided by an active Air Traffic Controller and CFII:

Handoffs happen in 3 Steps…

  1. Transfer of radar identification
    1. When the aircraft nears the boundary of the next sector, we begin the radar handoff
    2. This usually occurs about 3 minutes from the boundary, though times vary widely by controller preference
    3. This referred to as “flashing” at the next sector
  2. Transfer of communications
    1. Once the receiving the controller accepts the handoff (step 1) communications are transferred
    2. “Contact XXX on XXX.XX”
    3. This is the part where airlines like to ignore controllers and make us repeat ourselves multiple times
  3. Transfer of control
    1. This occurs once the aircraft crosses the boundary between sectors
    2. At this point, the receiving controller is now in complete control of the flight

Important notes…

  • After Step 1 begins, but prior to step 3, neither the receiving controller nor the transferring controller can change anything regarding the flight without verbally communicating with the other controller.
  • This is usually when you’ll get a reply of “Standby”, since we need to perform coordination first
  • If the flight is entering another sector in the same center, this can happen quickly, as we have instant communication lines between sectors
  • If the flight is entering another facility, such as going from center to approach, or from one center to another, we have to call the other sector. Sometimes it takes a while for them to answer.


Chris Pezalla is  an active flight instructor and publisher of the Advanced Guide To Holding Patterns. For a free preview of his book on Amazon Click Here.



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PaulDrinkingjpeg OnlineWelcome to episode 111!  Carl Valeri and Co-Host Paul Grieco discuss a number of questions from listeners including preparing for training and how to pick the right regional. First, Paul discusses his upgrade to Captain versus Carl's decision to remain as a First Officer. They also discuss the differences in Operation Specifications (Op-Specs) and Operations Manuals.


Carl recently interviewed Chris Pezalla on the Stuck Mic AVCast regarding Holding Patterns, which you can check out at Stuck MicAvCast.com. They also put together a new video series titled Advanced Holding Patterns. The first video is free! The entire series may be purchased for only $64 and listeners of this podcast are eligible for a 10% discount using the code ACP10.

Questions and Listener Mail:

  • What books should I read before beginning training and what should I take with me?
  • Guidance for choosing a regional airline.
  • The" Valeri Effect".
  • Training and working on IFR time because that is what the airlines are looking for.
  • Idea: create an all sim flight school in New York City and partner with FBOs.
  • Question on accessing scholarships.
  • Questions on Airman Certification Standards and Private Instructions. You can learn more at Stuck Mic AVCast 116.
  • Difference between part 141 or part 61 training, joining Air Force Reserves and then getting leave time to train for the airlines. Check out information on the Soldier's and Sailor's Relief Act.

ACS ElementsPreflight:

Welcome to Episode 122 of Stuck Mic AvCast. We have a great discussion today about the new Airmen Certification Standards. Also, we have been receiving feedback on climb gradients so we will explain how to calculate the required rate of climb. Before we take off there are a few things to go over on our preflight check list.


EAA AirVenture Oshkosh July 25-31.

Blue Angels Return to Vero Beach Air Show June 25-26, 2016

Aerospace Students at Polk State College Get "Hired" T-Shirts at the open house. 

Cruise Flight:

Today Airmen Certification Standards (ACS) Go Live for the Private and Instrument rating. We will go through some of the highlights of ACS. For a an in depth explanation listen to Eric Crump Explain the new Airmen Certification Standard in episode 116. We are excited about the new ACS!

In this episode we will discuss climb gradients and calculating your rate of climb. One of the questions I receive while teaching IFR and a question often asked by examiners is "how do you know you will be safe while climbing to your cruise altitude".  Methods of calculating your rate of climb are discussed in the article Departure Procedure Climb Gradient And Calculating Your Rate Of Climb . We review these methods and provide tips used by pilots and instructors.

After Landing:

Picks Of The Week:

Victoria - Density Altitude Calculator

Larry - Weather 4 Dummies

Russ - FAA Weather Cams

Rick - Brighton City Airport Webcam

Tom - DROTAMS - Drone NOTAMS by SkyVector

Carl - Advanced Guide To Holding Patterns Book



ACP109 Air Force Loadmaster To Professional Pilot

LarryC17Today we have a special guest who is transitioning from an Air Force loadmaster to professional pilot. Larry Unger is truly an inspiration. If you are considering transitioning from the military to a professional pilot you need to hear his story.

Larry is an advocate for those considering serving their country through a career in the military.  He explains how military service will enhanced your life and career.

Joining me today is Russ Roslewski who has a special connection to Larry's flying career. Listen the episode to learn more.

In This episode we discuss:

  • Flying in the C-17 around the world.
  • The benefits of choosing an aviation career in the military.
  • Positions  including:  mechanic, crew chief, and  loadmaster.
  • Transitioning from the military to a professional pilot.

Links Mentioned in the Podcast:


Pre-Flight Checklist:

LinAndVicWelcome to the show, we have a very special guest with us along with Carl, Rick and Victoria.

Carl suggested you checkout the June issue of Flight Training magazine, has a cover article on cross wind landings, which ties right in to the recent episode we did on this same topic. Also please continue to contact us on the site with your comments and questions.

Victoria reminded about the Get into the Air Scholarship from Air Pros, which has a deadline coming up this year of June 15th.

Cruise Flight:

Victoria introduced this episode's Interviewee Lin Caywood. Lin helped Victoria get into the 99's and further her aviation career. She was also one of the participants in the Air Race Classic.

We discuss with Lin:

  • How she got into flying
  • Training
  • Her experience in being introduced to aviation
  • 15 years ago went through 4 instructors
  • Has seen a change in more Women in the cockpit
  • Have seen a change in general?
  • 4 days to complete the race
  • 1 day weather buffer
  • How handicapping for the race works
  • Have a special competition for school teams
  • Mother bird program
  • If first time race team.
  • Like fly camp
  • Airraceclassic.org
  • For crew just need a license
  • They have a few small scholarships that are raise
  • 501(c) 3
  • Girl scouts
  • Lots of awareness
  • 99’s wai.
  • All have local chapters
  • Where she is going next
  • Eventually wants to get her CFI
  • Mentor in the learn to fly scholarship
  • Oshkosh 99’s booth
  • PBS documentary filmed during the race
  • Beyond the powder
  • Used to be called the powder puff derby in the early days
  • Will air again in june on pbs.
  • Local 99’s has set up a local school visit for airport day
  • Host of 2017 of start of the race.
  • Sugarloaf 99’s in fredrick

After Landing Checklist:

~Pick of the Week~

No picks this week, but here are some links mentioned in the episode:





Live from Sun N Fun 2016 – Stuck Mic AvCast 118

Pre-Flight Checklist:

BreitlingSunNFun2016This is a special, LIVE episode of Stuck Mic from the Sun N Fun Air Show! Carl is joined by special c0-hosts Russ Roslewski, Larry Overstreet, Robert Cigliano, Tom Frick, Eric Crump, and Derek Lagasse.

  • Carl is meeting Russ Roslewski in person for the first time. Russ has his own CFI blog and accepts user submissions.

  • Eric Crump announced that he missed announcing some people in his initial welcome to Sun N Fun including his wife and kids, Dad, and his Mom.

Cruise Flight:

  • Polk State College asked Carl to be the coach of the flight team this year, and it has been a great year. The team captain also joined them on the deck. M0A donated so they could have a plane to use. Kevin Lacey of Airplane Repo promoted the organization. A number of others donated and assisted including ASA and the local FBO. You can donate to the team as well.

  • The captain of the flight team this year is now a working pilot flying around the Caribbean and will be Assistant Coach next year.

  • Rod of Open Airplane stopped by the deck to talk about the way they rent airplanes the same way people rent cars.

  • AOPA is advocating starting a flight club, and is giving away an airplane to support it. Check out their site for details.

  • Ken Cage of Airplane Repo discusses their show and how it promotes aviation.

  • Rob Williams, Executive Director for the Aerospace Center for Excellence

  • Victoria and Turbo the Flying Dog joined by Skype

  • Listener mail about accidents or incidents, which led to a discussion about talking about your mistakes and learning from them.

  • Inspiring future aviators

After Landing Checklist:

~Picks of the Week~

No picks of the week as this is a live interview show.

Photo Credit @pilotmandi on Instagram

This episode is sponsored by Aviation Careers Podcast and the Aerospace Scholarships Guide

Aerospace Scholarships 2016 Cover 300


CarlPostFlightWelcome to Episode 105 of the podcast where we inspire you to achieve your career goals and live your dream by following your passion and doing a job you love. Today is a spacial episode where we help you answer one question: Are You too Old To Fly? This is probably the most common one we get from you the listener so lets address it right now! Both myself and my co host this eventing began our aviation careers late in life and left very lucrative careers to pursue our passion and become an airline pilot.

Paul and I discuss what led us to make our decision to give up the life we had and move forward in a new direction. For my entire life I have lived outside my comfort zone but there are some important things we must consider when deciding if we should pack it in and start our new career.

Before we begin don't forget if you want to contact us please visit AviationCareersPodcast.com. There you will find many ways to contact us along with our other services such as career coaching, the scholarships directory, and our interview preparation services which is included on the coaching page. I want to apologize to those that have called into the show but since we have grown it has been impossible for me to call each and every one of you back individually.

Therefore if you can please send me an e-mail because many times I may only be available to talk at 3 am and since I don't want to disturb you and your family in the middle of the night the best way to get in touch with me is through the website. Also if you have a question please write into the show and we will answer them. We will exclude all of your personal information.

Paul and I discuss:

  • How we both began our new careers late in life: mine at 33 and Paul’s at 34.

  • It’s not just about the money.

  • Why planning is so very important when making a career change.

  • Why you should include your family in the discussion.

  • Who to include in your inner circle.

  • Being realistic with your salary expectations.

  • How many years until you reach your goals?

  • What it is like to do something you love and fly for a living.

  • Why you need a checklist to succeed.

  • T Chart.

  • Are you Too old to fly?