Simpleflight Radio

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Welcome to the SimpleFlight Radio show! We are here to help you define your personal aviation lifestyle. We've got the tips, pilot hacks and introductions to the people who give their aviation secrets.

Episodes

  • Build A Plane Build A Life, Mike Ojo, April 12, 2020 (S8E15)

    Build A Plane; Build A Life, Mike Ojo, April 12, 2020 (S8E15)

    21/04/2020 Duration: 01h13min

    Marc commonly says that YouTube is his favorite app.  The main reason comes down to access to education and people doing really cool things.  And as no surprise, Marc spends a lot of time watching aviation videos.  One of the "Tubers", Mike Ojo (mojogrip.net) became a favorite of Marc's, due to his love of aviation and diversity of topics he covered. With Brandon out of pocket, earning his VisionJet Type rating, Marc went solo in talking with Mike about the genesis of his channel and the back story of how it came to be and where he's taking it.  Then recently, he made a major shift, with the decision to purchase and build a Sling TSI.  And he's bringing all his listeners along for the ride.   Listen in to this episode of SimpleFlight Radio and learn what it takes and the surprises that come along with purchasing a kit plane.  You'll also hear Mike talk about not building a plane, but rather building a life around flying.  Now that's a concept we can all get behind. We're interested to have you join the discus

  • Beyond Pilot Error, Karlene Petitt, March 29, 2020 (S8E14)

    Beyond Pilot Error, Karlene Petitt, March 29, 2020 (S8E14)

    07/04/2020 Duration: 58min

    With Covid-19 being so front and center in everyone's mind, it's very common and appropriate to hear people sending wishes for safety and good health.  Certainly, SimpleFlight wishes the same for you and yours.  The path to getting to a healthier state, starts with a cultural change that now requires us to stand apart physically.  Ironically, the desire to be safer, may also require a cultural shift.   Brandon and Marc welcome back Karlene Petitt to SimpleFlight Radio.  As an international airline pilot, author, pilot advocate and aviation safety subject matter expert, Karlene spoke to the crew about her doctoral research into the relationships between safety culture, pilot training, aircraft knowledge, aviation passion, and the impact of automation usage.  The goal was to determine the root cause of performance issues.  And unlike what we are used to hearing, it goes far beyond "pilot error". Listen in to this episode of SimpleFlight Radio, and hear first hand, the surprising results of her research.  We enj

  • OSH Mass Arrivals - Chip Gentry, March 8, 2020 (S8E13)

    OSH Mass Arrivals - Chip Gentry, March 8, 2020 (S8E13)

    10/03/2020 Duration: 57min

    With our reoccurring theme of aviation bucket lists,, many would say flying into KOSH during Airventure is near the top of the list.  But once you've done that, how do you top it?  How about being a part of one of the mass arrivals.  Sounds pretty good, but how do you prep GA pilots to take on the risk and responsibility of flying in formation to the world's business airport? That's what Brandon and Marc wanted to find out when they sat down with Chip Gentry – Director of Legal Affairs and Assistant Director of Operations's for the Cherokees to OSH mass arrival team (https://www.cherokees2osh.com).  Suffice it to say, there are a lot of considerations for logistics planning, pilot preparation, and coordination across pilots, airports, and airspace.  This year, the 60th anniversary of the Piper Cherokee, brings special meaning, as the group is capping participation to 60 PA24, PA28, and PA32 pilots. Listen in to this episode of SimpleFlight Radio, as Brandon and Marc sit down with Chip to go behind the scenes

  • Flying Fun Alaska, Ray Weber, February 9, 2020 (S8E12)

    Flying Fun Alaska, Ray Weber, February 9, 2020 (S8E12)

    11/02/2020 Duration: 56min

    It seems every pilot has an aviation bucket list.  Sometimes its a type of airplane, an experience, or a destination.  And sometimes it's all three.  Regardless, the lists are wide ranging and not often duplicated.  But there is an exception.  A flight to Alaska is found on most lists. It's easy to understand why.  No other state is as dependent on general aviation as Alaska.  The challenges it presents to pilots is legendary.  Even getting there adds the challenge of flying through another country.  Once there, with a reputation that precedes it, the inexperienced pilot might find it both beautiful and foreboding.  All of this adds up to a very special feeling about what it would be like to fly there.  Which brings up the question, what is it like to start your PPL training in Alaska?  Do the same rules apply?  Do CFI's in Alaska teach differently than those in the lower 48?  These are the questions Brandon and Marc had.  And thanks to one of our loyal listeners (Edward from Alaska), we were introduced to Dr

  • Listener Potpourri, January 26, 2020 (S8E11)

    Listener Potpourri, January 26, 2020 (S8E11)

    26/01/2020 Duration: 01h08min

    With a late cancellation of SimpleFlight's guest, our listeners came to the rescue.  We asked them if they had any questions, and they came through in spades.  Armed with topics to discuss, we knew we would need help with the ATC-related  questions.  Enter repeat guest, Eddie Trujillo, our favorite C90 (Chicago Approach) air traffic specialist.  From there it was Marc, Brandon and Eddie, taking each question and making a hangar talk session you're sure to love. Whenever you have a question or comment, let the SimpleFlight crew know.  And at the same time, share your thoughts with the rest of the SimpleFlight Facebook and Instagram community @simpleflightradio Thanks for being a part of the SimpleFlight Family!!!

  • Aviation Pathways, Jarred Dellinger, December 29, 2019 (S8E10)

    Aviation Pathways, Jarred Dellinger, December 29, 2019 (S8E10)

    30/12/2019 Duration: 59min

    When Marc earned his PPL in the mid-70's, he learned from young CFI's, who were on a path to the airlines.  Getting a job was tough, as young pilots were competing with military pilots and those that were having their training paid for by the GI Bill.  Fast forward 40 years, and while it's still tough to get with the majors, the candidate pool and job landscape has changed dramatically.   Those looking to earn their living in aviation have a lot of diversity in gender, background, age, and career goals.  It is not unusual to find first time CFI's approaching retirement age, as they prepare for their second, or maybe, "final" career.  For some, the CFI role is a stepping stone to flying passengers, while others view the instructor job as a way to share their passion for flight and to help others achieve their aviation dreams, as well as achieving their own.   Listen in to this episode of SimpleFlight Radio, as Brandon and Marc speak with Jared Dellinger, a Chicago-based CFI, who is enjoying his "new and improv

  • Reflections 2019, December 19, 2019 (S8E9)

    Reflections 2019, December 19, 2019 (S8E9)

    20/12/2019 Duration: 01h13s

    Happy Holidays!!!  With the end of the year in sight, Brandon and Marc reflected on different areas of general aviation that have an opportunity to improve with just a little effort from all of us that love the industry so much.  Certainly there are many highlights as well, so the guys touched on some of the things aviation got right. All of us are interested in making aviation better, so we'd love to hear your thoughts on the good, the bad, and the ugly from your perspective.  What are your pet peeves?  What should General Aviation Stop Doing?  Start Doing?  Continue Doing? We're interested to have you join the discussion with your opinion and any questions you have of the SimpleFlight crew.  And at the same time, share your thoughts with the rest of the SimpleFlight Facebook and Instagram community @simpleflightradio Thanks for being a part of the SimpleFlight Family!!!

  • From Plane Shopping To Purchase, December 1, 2019 (S8E8)

    From Plane Shopping To Purchase, December 1, 2019 (S8E8)

    02/12/2019 Duration: 45min

    If you haven't listened to the October 13 podcast, we suggest you take a few moments and do so now.  You'll get a chance to meet two members of the Leading Edge Flying Club (KPWK), who each have a dream of plane ownership.  During the show, we learned they each brought a different mission, budget, and philosophy to their decision making process.  Both have made significant strides towards their goal.  There's a lot we can all identify with. On this week's episode, we'll reconnect with Andy Thome to get an update on his progress (spoiler alert  - he bought a plane).  Yet, other than a picture, he still has not had a chance see the plane in person, as "she" goes through a series of steps before she can be flown to her new home.  It's an interesting story and quite an education for the rest of us.  We hope you enjoy the show. We're interested to have you join the discussion with your opinion and any questions you have of the SimpleFlight crew.  And at the same time, share your thoughts with the rest of the Simpl

  • Carbon Cub To Chicago, November 17, 2019

    Carbon Cub To Chicago, November 17, 2019

    18/11/2019 Duration: 58min

    For those of you that read Rinker Buck's memoir, "Flight of Passage", you'll understand the romance associated with a cross country flight in a Piper Cub.  If you haven't read the story, you only need to love General Aviation to understand the smile that comes with a low and slow flight of 1500 nautical miles across the Western and Midwestern United States.  Imagine a pilot that has been flying for close to 50 years and amassed 39,000 hours, but never achieved a goal to make that kind of trip, until now.   This week on SimpleFlight Radio, Marc and Brandon welcome back Bob Schmelzer for his third visit to the crew's Chicago studio.  Two and a half years ago, one of Bob's students ordered a brand new Carbon Cub (LSA).  When it became clear the plane would be delivered in November of this year, the owner asked Bob if he would fly out to Yakima, Washington to pick up the plane and fly it back to its new home in Chicago.  Seeing an opportunity to fulfill a goal of making such a flight, Bob jumped at the chance.  A

  • Brrr, Its Cold Outside - Cold Weather Operations, October 27, 2019

    Brrr, It's Cold Outside - Cold Weather Operations, October 27, 2019

    02/11/2019 Duration: 49min

    With a forecast for snow on Halloween in Chicago, the topic of winter has entered our vocabulary too early this year.  Yet, with its arrival, the topic of cold weather operations seems right on schedule.  Non-pilots commonly ask if GA pilots fly in the winter.  After all, won't icing be an issue.  These same people are amazed to hear that its often the best flying of the year.  Clear skies, smooth rides, and performance that can't be matched.  And the scenery.... Pilot and non-pilot alike, will always be amazed at the beauty of flying under a full moon above a snow covered landscape.  To see the ground light up as the moonlight reflects off the white snow is a life changing moment.  Of course, on the other side of the coin, it's best to not talk about freezing preflights, snowy runways, and that ice thing we don't want to think about! Winter flight operations has a lot of implications that go beyond airframe icing.  This week on SimoleFlight Radio, listen in as Brandon and Marc discuss the special aspects of

  • Plane Shopping, October 13, 2019 (S8E5)

    Plane Shopping, October 13, 2019 (S8E5)

    15/10/2019 Duration: 01h05min

    Whether it's Trade-A-Plane or Controller.com, many GA pilots spend a fair amount of time window shopping for their dream plane.  It's fun and results in a smile.  But then the spreadsheet comes into play as the prospective plane owner starts to rationalize and compare rental costs vs. the cost of ownership.  Soon, the math starts to make sense and it's time to take next steps.  Hey, this can happen! But what are those next steps?  What questions need to be asked and where are the answers found.  Will my "significant other" support me?  How do I broach the subject?  All of a sudden the simple finance question has turned into a long and unknown journey into the abyss.  Well, maybe not.  This week on SimpleFlight Radio, Marc and Brandon sit down with two members of Leading Edge Flying Club (KPWK), who are part of a larger group of members that are asking for some answers on how to go about buying a plane.  Andy Thome and Edward Forman have similar missions, but different budgets and goals for what they are tryin

  • Archie League Awards, October 6, 2019 S8-E4

    Archie League Awards, October 6, 2019 S8-E4

    08/10/2019 Duration: 01h02min

    Since 2004, the National Air Traffic Controllers Association (NATCA) has been recognizing its members for extraordinary performance in turning a potentially bad situation into a "non-event".  Or as they call it, "A Save".  Named after the first Air Traffic Controller, The Archie League Medal of Safety awards are announced each September to controllers across the various regions in the US.  See the link below.       The award winners commonly remark, they were just doing their job.  While true, no one can argue with the positive results they achieve in the face of impending disaster.  It's noteworthy that it goes beyond situational awareness and the ability to solve complex problems in the face of a ticking time clock.  Being able to communicate as a reassuring voice to a distressed pilot cannot be overstated.  On this week's episode of SimpleFlight Radio, join Marc and Brandon as they listen to multiple replays of the radio transmissions between ATC and pilots. It's no surprise there is plenty to learn from t

  • Al Palicki, Making A Difference For 40 Years, September 17, 2019

    Al Palicki, Making A Difference For 40 Years, September 17, 2019

    24/09/2019 Duration: 01h04min

    A wise person once made the statement that if your smile is bigger on Friday than it is on Monday, it's time to find a new job.  Big smiles on Monday aren't that common, but neither is tonight's guest, Al Palicki, General Manager for Signature Flight Support, at Chicago Executive Airport.  Al tells us he feels like he hasn't had a day of work in the 40 years he's been coming to the airport.    Brandon and Marc sat down with Al, to talk about how his journey got started and the path he took to get to where he is today.  In addition to learning about Al, the crew also delved into FBO operations, including the constraints, strategies, and philosophies Al brings to the job.  What Brandon and Marc learned, is that in addition to rules that ensure a safe and customer first experience, it still comes down to the people and the culture created by an organization's leadership.   We're interested to hear your thoughts, so please share them with the rest of the SimpleFlight Facebook and Instagram Community @simplefligh

  • Getting Personal. Meet Brandon Anderson, September 3, 2019

    Getting Personal. Meet Brandon Anderson, September 3, 2019

    04/09/2019 Duration: 50min

    The speed at which September arrived is indicative of the whirlwind summer the SimpleFlight crew experienced.  Our tight schedules impacted the quantity of shows, but quality remained high.  As we planned for the upcoming months it was clear that available free time for Al, was limited at best.  For that reason, Al has decided to step away from SimpleFlight to focus on his many responsibilities at work and at home. Marc and Joby sat down to create a short list of potential co-hosts.  One of the first names on their respective list, was Brandon Anderson.  Brandon, a former guest of the show, brings all the attributes our audience wants, starting with a passion for aviation.  We're excited to have him join the crew.  WELCOME BRANDON! There is so much more, as you will hear listening to this week's episode of SimpleFlight radio.  In addition to learning about Brandon's background, the conversation touched on philosophical topics, like personal minimums.  We're interested to hear your perspective on the items di

  • Getting To Know You - Boldmethod, August 4, 2019

    Getting To Know You - Boldmethod, August 4, 2019

    05/08/2019 Duration: 59min

    Oshkosh 2019 is in the books!!!  It was a record breaking event, with many noteworthy outcomes that are sure to fuel an exciting year in aviation.  One item we like, is that OSH represents the anniversary of our first show, 7 YEARS AGO!!! We can't think of a better way to kick off Season 8, than with a repeat guest and a SimpleFlight favorite, Boldmethod!!!   Boldmethod (boldmethod.com) co-founders, Aleks Udris and Colin Cutler, join Al and Marc to give all of us a peek behind the scenes of the brand they've built and the life they lead.  There are lots of surprises related to the time and effort required to get to the end result.  What isn't surprising is the quality, energy, and insight they bring to all their followers. With this episode, whether you are familiar with Boldmethod or not, you're going to learn something you didn't know.  We enjoyed the discussion and hope you do too.    As always, we love hearing from you and ask you share your ideas with the entire SimpleFlight Facebook and Instagram commun

  • Why Not Me - Andrew Holmes, July 7, 2019

    Why Not Me - Andrew Holmes, July 7, 2019

    09/07/2019 Duration: 53min

    For some of us, our aviation dream started with a goal to earn a private pilot certificate.  On this week's SimpleFlight Radio episode, you'll meet Andrew Holmes, whose dream was to buy a jet, but knew that the process must start with him learning to fly, and to do so with dedication, patience, and no short-cuts.   What Andrew learned during his training, is that flying is a skill that is acquired through practice.  What Al and Marc learned about Andrew, is that he is someone who is dedicated to being a safe pilot and brings a significant respect for the learning process, and it goes without saying that if Andrew sets a goal, he will achieve it.  With this episode, our goal for you, is to have you ask yourself the question, "Why Not Me?"     As always, we love hearing from you and ask you share your ideas with the entire SimpleFlight Facebook and Instagram community  @simpleflightradio ​ Thanks for being a part of the SimpleFlight Family!!

  • Point A to Point B, The Experience - June 15, 2019

    Point A to Point B, "The Experience" - June 15, 2019

    20/06/2019 Duration: 49min

    Sometimes getting to sporting events is quite the hassle, often taking multiple days to enjoy a 3 hour game.  Well now, the game has changed.  Listen in to this week's episode of SimpleFlight Radio as Marc and Al sit down with Todd Rubin, of Big Game Air (biggameair.com).  Todd and his business partner wanted to go see a college football game and for reasons you'll hear, had to do so via a business jet.  Finding others that could help pay for the flight turned out to be an easy task, which gave them the idea of making a business out of getting people to sports venues.  But it is so much more.  Todd understood the travel was only a small piece of the puzzle.  Listen in and learn how this "accidental entrepreneur" put it all together to create an Experience!       As always, we love hearing from you and ask you share your ideas with the entire SimpleFlight Facebook and Instagram community  @simpleflightradio ​ Thanks for being a part of the SimpleFlight Family!!!

  • A General Aviation Journey, Kirke Machon, May 27, 2019

    A General Aviation Journey, Kirke Machon, May 27, 2019

    29/05/2019 Duration: 50min

    Pilots and Avgeeks share a special bond which can usually be described in one word.... Passion.  In today's world, it's not uncommon to find pilots that are making their way back into the sky after an extended hiatus.  What is less common is to come across a pilot that after being "bitten" by the flying bug, immersed himself into the journey that included earning his private and instrument ticket, the purchase of a plane, and taking trips that previously were only dreams.  That's when the story makes a 180 degree turn.  Because in this case, the pilot voluntarily decided it was time to walk away.    Listen in to this week's episode of SimpleFlight Radio as Marc and Al sit down with Kirke Machon, a Chicago-based GA pilot that embarked on and completed a journey that most only dream about.  And once the dream was complete, had the strength and conviction to walk away.     We found the discussion empowering and uplifting.  We hope you do as well. As always, we love hearing from you and ask you share your ideas

  • The People Behind an Airport - Jaime Abbott - Executive Airport Director

    The People Behind an Airport - Jaime Abbott - Executive Airport Director

    14/05/2019 Duration: 54min

    We often think of airports as just pieces of concrete, maybe a control tower, and a place to land. Its easy to forget about the people behind the scenes putting their best foot forward to make your airport run! This week, we sit down with Jamie Abbott, the Executive Director at our home airport - Chicago Executive (KPWK).  Jamie has some incredible stories on how he and his team work hard to keep the airport safe, valuable to the community, and make a home for your favorite Aviation Podcast, SimpleFlight Radio! As always, we love hearing from you and ask you share your ideas with the entire SimpleFlight Facebook and Instagram community  @simpleflightradio

  • Navigating The Process Kseniya Polinsky, April 28, 2019

    Navigating The Process; Kseniya Polinsky, April 28, 2019

    06/05/2019 Duration: 54min

    Ask most pilots, and they will tell you that learning to fly was one of the most rewarding and challenging things they have done in life.  And while similarities exist, each pilot's journey is unique.  Something that can be depended on are the many challenges that will be faced throughout the training process.   This week's episode of SimpleFlight Radio has Marc and Al  talking with Kseniya Polinsky, a friend of the show, who recently earned her Private Pilot certificate.  Like all of us, Kseniya, had to answer the questions of how to go about getting started, finding a school, a CFI, and establishing a timeline that made sense for her, while life around her continued to change.     Kseniya's story serves as a reminder that the path is not always straight, but it is within the student's ultimate control.  The crew enjoyed hearing about her strategies for understanding and navigating both the human and technical factors that come into play during the process.  Of course, establishing, and when necessary, rees

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