Jim Sweeney attended the Pilot Training Reform Symposium held last week and chaired by the Society of Aviation and Flight Educators (SAFE). The event included several briefings by leaders in the flight training world on the first day which helped set the stage for the next day's break-out sessions focused on improving different aspects of flight training. Jim talks about the symposium, who attended, and what should come of the findings of the group
So just what is the FAA's FAASTeam Safety Standdown? Jim Sweeney explains and talks about what the program emphasizes and locations participating in the Standdown.
Minimums change. Weather minimums, that is. For most, weather minimums are set by each pilot depending on their skills and training. But what if the pilot moves from one aircraft to another? As it turns out, as a pilot's aircraft changes, the weather minimums may change, too. Jim Sweeney explains.
Jeff Goin's fame is growing. While in airline captain mode he is recognized as "The Fan Man" by an airline passenger. Jeff and Michael Purdy talk about paramotor safety improvements which sparks the idea of specialty machines for training and advanced pilots.
Penny Hamilton's study answering the question "Why are there so few women pilots in America?" is complete. She comes onto the show to talk about the comments she gathered from female pilots, female student pilots, and both male and female flight instructors. She talks about the top ten barriers to women in aviation and the top ten ways to increase females' success.
At just one and a half pounds, and a half-inch thin, Apple’s iPad has caused thousands of people to rethink the way they use computers. But you may be surprised; it is causing some pilots to rethink how they fly airplanes every day around the country. Many pilots are turning to the tablet style computer technology as ...
On those weekends that I’m hanging out at my newly adopted country airport of Great Barrington, MA (GBR), I always look forward to seeing young Joe Solan. *** Joe’s 12…going on 28, as someone at the airport affectionately quipped. *** Joe is one great kid, the kind I sometimes wish I’d been more like when ...
Pilots file flight plans. It always used to be as simple as that. But anymore, the safety and security you get from filing a VFR flight plan can be better obtained by some other devices and techniques. Terri Sipantzi joins us to talk about flight plan alternatives as well as ways that Big Brother has corrupted a safety program by using it to track pilots and in some cases wrongfully detain pilots.
TL ULtralight reports that their company has produced the first model of the Sirius which was specially adapted for their handicapped Hungarian customer. With the modifications he can now enjoy flying his highwing plane. The company explains the modifications.
With the US elections today, Bever Borne comes on to talk about how directly politics enters into a pilot's life at all levels. Intrusive TSA officials, FAA personel who don't understand sport aviation, and an EPA that has effectively made it impossible for many peoople to get ethanol-free fuel are all symptoms of a government that tries to micromange so much of our life, but has grown so much that it can't do even basic things well.