October 14, 2019
We discuss the B-17 crash and possible causes. Max summarizes GA accident data from the AOPA Nall report. GA accidents have declined over the last ten years, and the fatal accident rate has dropped substantially Landings are the most common accident type. Experimental aircraft accidents have declined, but still have accidents at a higher rate than other aircraft. A listener asks about CBD Oil.
October 2, 2019
Sometimes pilots see something wrong, like a plane taxiing and pushing a tow bar, or with a pitot tube cover on, or in the runup area with a baggage door open. In these situations, something is clearly wrong, and pilots must speak up. But the situation is more tricky when you see a pilot head off to do something you know is risky, but which they might be successful at. Still you should speak up.
September 23, 2019
Two airliners departing Chicago come within a quarter of a mile of each other, an F-16 is nearly out of fuel and options, a C172 pilot is picking up ice, a Cessna 340 pilot lost pressurization and doesn’t know he’s hypoxic. An IFR Mooney has lost everything except his compass. A student pilot diverts because of high winds, and a C182 pilot in IMC is flying low because of bad altimeter readings.
September 20, 2019
Max talks with pilot examiner Seth Lake of VSL Aviation about getting a multi-engine rating in light twin aircraft and the most efficient order for pilots to get their Commercial and multi engine ratings. Seth also describes terms multi-engine pilots need to know including Vmca and Vyse and what to expect on a multi-engine checkride. He also gives a six step process for managing engine failures.
September 9, 2019
Max talks about how to troubles shoot problems with the Com radios and the audio panel in general aviation aircraft. First you need to determine whether the problem is common to both the radios and the intercom. If it is, check for problems with the headset, such as whether it’s plugged in all the way, or whether the jacks, or the headset cable is intermittent. Also check audio panel switches.
August 22, 2019
Robert DeLaurentis, author of Zen Pilot, Flight of Passion and The Journey Within talks about his upcoming polar circumnavigation, and about his previous around the world trip. His new plane, Citizen of the World, is a highly modified 1983 Gulfstream Turbine Commander 900. Robert talks about the challenges of flying a 4200 nm round trip over Antarctica that will take 17 to 18 hours to complete.
August 16, 2019
GA news plus Max answers listeners questions on Instrument Flying and IFR including questions about how to save money on an instrument rating, using a simulator to get an instrument rating, when to switch from GPS to the Nav radio on localizer and VOR approaches, Legally using GPS on the entire VOR approach, whether to train in a round gauge airplane or a glass cockpit like in a Cirrus.
August 8, 2019
cott W. Williams is an aviation attorney. He talks about some of the ten most common mistakes made by pilots, like what to do when the FAA says “Advise when ready to copy a phone number.” He talks about common pitfalls when buying or selling a plane, getting insurance, and working with maintenance shops. He also talks the myth of a Delaware corporation, and problems with Part 135 charter.
July 31, 2019
Max talks with Flying Mag Sr. Editor Rob Mark on AirVenture 2019. Announcements include Texas Aircraft’s electric Colt LSA, ATP buys 100 Skyhawks, iFly GPS and SA Photonics Partner On Wearable HUD, Redbird’s GIFT or guided independent flight training, Nerves of Steel book by Southwest Captain Tammie Jo Schults, Extra’s Carbon-Fiber NG, ForeFlight’s Sentry Mini ADS-B Receiver
July 25, 2019
Max talks with Mike Whitaker, former FAA Deputy Administrator and Chief NextGen officer about NextGen and General Aviation. Mike talks about factors that led to the decline of GA after the 1970s, and his optimism for further growth due to demand for more pilots, the Part 23 rewrite, and new technologies like electric aircraft. He also talks about NextGen, ADS-B, and his prop strike.
July 19, 2019
Max talks about Get-There-itis accidents, and the time he got Get-There-itis, even though he was familiar with the phenomena. In that case, a crying 3-year old prompted him to continue flying into a storm where he began picking up ice. Max also talks about meeting astronauts Wally Shirra, Alan Shepard, and Chief Flight Director, Gene Kranz, who directed Gemini and Apollo missions.
July 5, 2019
Max talks about Aircraft Electrical Systems and Failures using the Cessna 172 and Cirrus SR22 as examples. Alternators, Generators, voltage regulators, and batteries are discussed. Common electrical system failures and the checklists to be followed are discussed for low voltage situations and for over voltage and over current situations.
June 26, 2019
Max talks about Buzzing and Low Altitude Flight, its dangers, and things you can do to mitigate some risk if you must fly low. Even high time pilots have accidents close to the ground. You can mitigate some risk by careful planning ahead of time to identify towers, wires, and obstacles. Still, unless you have to fly low to the ground, you can avoid a lot of risk by flying at normal altitudes.
June 21, 2019
An Aviation News Talk meetup will be held at the AOPA Regional Flyin at Livermore, CA. The meetup with listeners will be from 5-6 PM on Friday, June 21, 2019 at the Starbucks located at the corner of Airway Blvd, which is the road that leads to the airport, and Kitty Hawk street. This is not a dinner, just a casual stop by, have a cup of tea or coffee and say hello. No need to RSVP, just show up.
June 9, 2019
Max talks about a SR22 icing accident that killed a client. Meteorologist Scott Dennstaedt analyzes the weather, which had severe icing in clouds, and talks about tools pilots can use in preflight to identify possible icing. Ice often forms first on the tail. Tailplane stalls pitch an aircraft down and require a different recovery method than wing stalls. Speeds were too high to use the parachute.
May 31, 2019
Max recently lost a client in an icing accident and he talks with UND Professor Fred Remer about different types of inflight icing pilots can encounter and how to escape it. Fred talks about carburetor and structural icing, where icing is most prevalent in the U.S., the clouds most likely to have ice, and the different types and severity of icing. How to escape icing is also discussed.
May 24, 2019
Max talks about Avoiding Midair and Near Midair Collisions. He recently had two near midair collisions (NMAC). While midair collisions are rare, NMACs are common, and pilots who have one should report it to the FAA. Collisions are more likely with aircraft with no radios and with agricultural aircraft. To avoid midairs, pilots should use flight following and good scanning techniques.
May 14, 2019
108 Airline Pilot Carl Valeri talks about many details pilots need to attend to get hired by an airline. In additional to required pilot certificates and flight time, pilots should avoid arrests, having a DUI, and speeding tickets. They need to be extremely careful in what they post online, as airline recruiters will review their social media. Logbook edits should be made correctly.
May 6, 2019
Max talks about the statistics for engine failures in flight and the 12 step procedure you should follow if you have an engine failure. The procedures described are generic, and may be differ for your aircraft, so check your POH. #1 Don’t panic, wind the clock. #2 Turn toward an airport or landing site at the first sign of engine trouble. #3 Fly best glide speed #4 Clean up the airplane
April 23, 2019
Max talks with Flying Magazine Sr. Editor Rob Mark about three recent VFR into IMC fatal accidents. All involved Private pilots, though these kinds of accidents also happen to instrument rated pilots. A common factor was poor preflight decision making, as these pilots shouldn’t have taken off. But pilots can also get into IMC if good weather very slowly deteriorates to bad weather.
April 16, 2019
#1 Know your aircraft systems #2 The documentation isn’t always complete. #3 If you touch something and things get worse, undo what you did. #4 If the autopilot is on and it’s doing weird things, turn it off. #5 Understand runaway trim. #6 Know how to disable the electric trim system. #7 Make sure you can overpower the autopilot #8 Know the critical single points of failure in your aircraft.
April 4, 2019
Max talks about how learning how to operate and how to plan an avionics upgrade and about the Garmin GPS 175 and GNX 375 GPS navigators. The Garmin G3X Touch displays and Dynon’s SkyView products can now be used in many certificated aircraft. King/Bendix introduced the AeroCruze 100 and xCruze 100 digital autopilots, and Garmin introduced the GTX 335D and GTX 345D diversity transponders.
March 27, 2019
On March 5, 2019, two pilots flying a Cirrus SR22 noticed oil pressure dropping rapidly, and soon after, the engine quit. They turned toward land 30 miles away and pulled the airplane’s CAPS parachute. They deployed their raft, which flipped over in eight to ten foot swells. The pilot dived out to right the raft and both men got aboard. But they had no idea who might be coming to rescue them.
March 18, 2019
Max talks with two pilots who had carbon monoxide in the cockpit. They discuss how they discovered the CO, what they did about it, and what caused it. One pilot, in a Cessna 182RG, had a Sensorcon portable CO detector and measured 40 to 80 ppm of CO. A mechanic found that the C-clamp holding the EGT probe was loose, allowing exhaust gases to leak through the hole the probe is mounted in.
March 7, 2019
On Sept 30, 2018, a student pilot with 4 hours solo time departed Potomac Airfield on a cross country flight. Within minutes after takeoff, she noticed oil starting to cover the windshield. She immediately requested a vector from Potomac Approach controller Casey Whitaker to return to the airport. Her first attempt to land had her skimming the treetops of the neighborhood next to the airfield.
March 2, 2019
Max talks Approach Plate Minimums used by Instrument rated pilots. When can you descend below the MDA or DA? What governs whether an aircraft is in Category A, B, C, etc.? Which governs whether you can land, the minimum altitude, or the visibility? How low can you descend when you have the approach lights in sight? Which items do you have to see before you’re allowed to descend to land?
February 19, 2019
Shockingly, an Air Force test pilot crashed while landing and died in a Cirrus SR22. Max and Rob pull the accident apart and examine how failure to follow procedures caused this crash. The pilot entered the traffic pattern two hundred feet low. But on base he was 12 knots fast with an 18-knot tailwind. Turning to final at just 200 feet above the ground he was pitched up and in a 48 degree bank.
February 14, 2019
Max talks about pilot communications. Some pilots repeat everything to ATC. This is better than not repeating key items, as ATC will have to say it again and ask you to read it back. The problem is there’s limited bandwidth, and only one person can talk at a time. On quiet frequencies this isn’t a problem. But in time critical situations, ATC can’t talk until you stop talking.
February 4, 2019
Max talks with Marc Epner, a founder of the Leading Edge Flying Club in Chicago, about best practices for starting a flying club, the tradeoffs in structuring as an equity vs. a non-equity club. Some clubs form to reduce the cost of flying, while others such as Leading Edge focus strongly on social activities. Events include hotdog lunches, monthly breakfasts, seminars, and a Run the Runway event.
January 31, 2019
The Cirrus SF50 Vision Jet G2 was just announced and Cirrus Product Manager Matt Bergwall tells us what's new with this amazing jet. He talks about the higher speed and service ceiling, product pricing, and options. Also there are changes to the cabin, including noise reduction and new seating configurations. The Vision Jet is unique in that it’s the only jet with a whole airframe parachute.
January 26, 2019
Max talks about the art of making crosswind landings. There are tradeoffs between the crab and low wing, also called side slip, methods of compensating for crosswinds. The crab method can handle larger crosswinds. The low wing method is harder to set up on final, but is simpler when transitioning to the flare.
January 17, 2019
Max talks with Master CFI Gary Reeves about tips and tricks for using the ForeFlight electronic flight bag app for pilots on the iPhone or iPad. Gary talks about the best ways to file an IFR flight plan, and some of the newer ForeFlight Features like PDC, Pre-Departure Clearance, D-ATIS, and synthetic Vision.
January 9, 2019
In addition to discussing GA news, Max talks with Walt Gyger about recent actions by county supervisors that open the door to closing Reid-Hillview Airport. Walt is the founder of CAAPSO, an organization focused on community outreach to build support for the airport. Walt talks about what pilots at any airport can do to help protect their airport from closure.
January 3, 2019
Max talks with CFI and former research meteorologist Scott Dennstaedt about his new Weather book for student pilots to airline pilots. We talked about things pilots need to know about encountering icing. Later we talked about how to deal with the overwhelming number of online aviation weather sites. Finally, Scott talks about some of the tools that pilots can use to determine cloud tops.
December 25, 2018
Max talks in detail about IFR Arrival Procedures, also called STARs. These are ATC-coded IFR routes for IFR aircraft flying to a specific airport. There are different kinds of clearances you can get on an Arrival. If you’re cleared to “descend VIA” an arrival, then you can descend at pilot discretion to reach all of the published altitudes for each fix.
December 21, 2018
Max talks with Mooney pilot Dan Bass who passed out on his third flight of the day due to an exhaust system leak that let CO enter the cockpit. He talks about the symptoms he experienced, the treatment he received, and his belief that all pilots should fly with CO detectors.
December 11, 2018
Max talks with Ben Morgan, Executive Director of AOPA Australia about the state of General Aviation in Australia. Number of Private pilots is declining. AOPA is working to inspire youth. They’ve acquired a bus full of simulators they drive around the country, and is buying Cessna 150s for flight training. GA also faces regulatory challenges with CASA, which regulates all aviation in Australia.
December 6, 2018
CO Poisoning and Monitors. 1. Know the symptoms including headache, dizziness, upset stomach, vomiting, weakness, confusion, and chest pain. Skin is pink or pale and the lips bright red. 2. Most CO is from a faulty exhaust system. Shut off the cabin heat, open windows, land asap. 3. 43 percent of poisoned patients still have cognitive problems a year later. 4. Get an electronic CO Detector.
November 26, 2018
On Super Bowl Sunday, Dr. Peter Edenhoffer was flying IFR at night in a Cessna Cardinal when he lost his electrical system. He’d already texted his son to say goodbye. Then he received a text message from Fort Worth Center which gave him hope for surviving when he realized he wasn’t alone. Max interviews NATCA’s Archie League Medal of Safety President’s Award winner controller Phil Enis.
November 23, 2018
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Note that you can only use this promo by going on the web site; you can’t get access to it through the app.ForeFlight Gift Certificates (no discount) You can save some money on ForeFlight, or on any app that you might buy through the Apple App store if you buy by an iTunes gift card at a discount. These retailers are offering discounts on iTunes cards: Walmart – iTunes $50 card for $40 Target – iTunes card Buy 1 Get 1 30% Off Costco - iTunes $100 card for $15 off Limit 2 per Member The best discount I know of for ForeFlight is a 33% discount if you are a member of SAFE, the Society of Aviation and Flight Aviators, which is a Professional society for flight instructors. It costs $45/year to join SAFE, and I always encourage all flight instructors to join SAFE. By the way, membership in SAFE also gives you a free subscription to Flying magazine, which saves you about $14/year right there. And you get discounts for many other apps and products of interest to pilots. 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November 21, 2018
Max talks in detail about what it takes to make a good short-field landing. Calculating an appropriate airspeed and selecting an aiming point are both critical Results from the 2018 Red Bull Air Race World Championship. A listener suffering from clinical depression and anxiety who is on two medications to combat these chemical imbalances asks about the process for getting an FAA medical.
November 12, 2018
1. Monitor the freq. before you speak 2. Cleared for immediate takeoff, but then not doing it 3. If you can’t accept or comply, advise 4. If you don’t understand instructions, ask for clarification! 5. Don’t Repeat everything verbatim. 7. Hold short: need the words hold short with callsign and runway number 8. Traffic calls. Use looking, or traffic in sight, not Fish Finder And more.
November 7, 2018
Max interviews John Bone about his upcoming flight to Antarctica. Last year, Bone circumnavigated the earth in a westward direction in his Cirrus SR22. This year, he plans to fly his plane and land in Antarctica. Max experiences wind shear on a night flight. And a listener asks for tips on setting up a G1000 to make it more obvious when you reach the missed approach point.
November 1, 2018
Max talks about how to increase separation on final without doing dangerous S-Turns on the final approach to landing. Two FAA Controllers wins Archie League Award for noticing a pilot with a problem. Listeners give feedback on things they wished they’d learned as student pilots. A listener ask where to fly the downwind when flying next to parallel runways, but cleared to land on runway on the far side.
October 25, 2018
Max talks about what you need to know about doing a flight review with emphasis on Part 91 rules that pilots need to know. Also a news update from the NBAA convention. Sean Tucker retiring from his solo air show act. A CFI has feedback on a better takeoff briefing. An FAA controller asks about whether piston pilots could use reverse high speed exits.
October 18, 2018
Max interviewed pilots while attending the Cirrus Owner Pilots Association (COPA) annual meeting in Las Vegas. One future airline pilot who is on track to fly 1500 hours in one year, and she talks about how she’s accomplishing that. Max also interviews dealers about the Piper M350, M500, and M600, and the Pilatus PC- 12.
October 11, 2018
Max interviews a dozen pilots at the AOPA Carbondale, IL Regional Fly-in including EAA President Jack Pelton, round-the-world pilot Adrian Eichhorn, and FAASTeam Rep of the Year Catherine Cavagnaro. President signs FAA Reauthorization Bill. Michael Goulian moves into 1st place in Red Bull Races.
October 9, 2018
Max interviews Cirrus Owner and Pilot Association President Roger Whittier about aircraft type clubs, the services supplied by COPA, and the upcoming M16 Cirrus Migration convention in Las Vegas. He also answers a listener question about converting a TKS Cirrus aircraft to FIKI, and converting a normally aspirated Cirrus engine to a turbo charged or normalized one.
October 2, 2018
Listeners tell us what they wished they’d learned as a student pilot that they later had to figure out as a Private Pilot. NTSB issues final report on Air Canada 759 Incident at SFO. A listener asks about Cessna 172 flaps settings for crosswind landings. Another listener says his confidence is shaken because two friends have died in plane accidents.
September 25, 2018
Max talks about getting a type rating and flying the Cirrus SF50 Vision Jet. The checkride was to ATP standards, and took ten days in Knoxville, TN. A Waco pilot asks about the benefits of ANR headsets. Max also talks about a fatal accident at his home airport. After bouncing and going around, the pilot said he was too fast. He might have avoided the accident if started a go around sooner.
August 31, 2018
In the news, Max talks about electric aircraft at AirVenture. Then he talks about the rate of depression among pilots, two recent pilot suicide accidents, and two stories where the death of a family member or friend resulted in pilots having in one case a fatal accident, and in the other a pilot deviation.
August 9, 2018
Max talks with Aaron Fitzgerald at AirVenture about how he got inspired as a child to fly helicopters, and how he came to fly aerobatics for the Red Bull Air Force. He first flew news helicopters in Los Angeles. Today, he’s CEO of Airborne Images, and he has worked all over North America on over 100 film and television projects. He recently joined the Red Bull team flying helicopter aerobatics.
July 31, 2018
Max interviews Scott Dennstaedt, a former National Weather Service research meteorologist talks about how to become a meteorologist, and about the new weather products available in cockpit from SiriusXM and ADS-B In weather services. He also talks about SkewT and the WeatherSpork app for training and trip planning.
July 28, 2018
Max interviews Jolie Lucas about Airport Advocacy, and what pilots can do to help promote their local airports. She also talks about what she and other pilots have done to save Oceano Airport in California from developers who wanted to close the airport. She also talks about the Mooney Ambassadors group she founded, and the movie she helped make about Mooney Aircraft called Boots on the Ground.
July 26, 2018
Air Show pilot Vicky Benzing talks about how she first got interested in flying, and how she progressed to flying in air shows and as a racer in the Reno Air Races, where she earned the title “Fastest Woman Racer” flying in a one-of-a-kind L139 jet. She also talks about the importance of being a role model for women and girls.
July 23, 2018
Max talks about traveling to AirVenture, the people he met on the first evening, and how you can watch the Live versions of Aviation News Talk that will be streamed this week from AirVenture on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday at 10 AM CDT from the Lightspeed tent. To get notified when the Live shows start, go to and click the Like button.
July 11, 2018
AirVenture, held in July each year in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, is the World’s Largest Aviation Celebration. It’s run by EAA, the Experimental Aircraft Association. Over 10,000 airplanes fly in for the event, 40,000 people camp on the campgrounds, and over 500,000 people attend the week long show. AirVenture is the best of everything about aviation, and it’s a must visit destination for every pilot.
July 4, 2018
If the engine quits after takeoff, here are 10 things you should know about the Impossible Turn. Update: two flight school employees in Redding, CA charged with kidnapping. A listener explains the difference between SFRAs and SATRs and Max answers a listener question about pilot statistics, how many pilots there are, how many are women, and how many pilots have instrument ratings.
June 27, 2018
There are many lessons that pilots can learn from the incident in Atlanta in which a man climb up on the wing of an arriving airliner, jumped off, and ran naked onto the runway. 1. There’s always something new that happens you’ve never seen before. 2. Early information is often is often incorrect. 3. When something very out of the ordinary happens, Stop immediately. Plus 8 more lessons!
June 22, 2018
Update on two flight school employees in Redding, CA arrested for kidnapping a student pilot and trying to force him to return to China. Detailed discussion on IFR Departure Procedures, including Standard Instrument Departure (SID) procedures and Obstacle Departure Procedures (ODPs). Max answers listener questions about GPS T-routes and about how flight training has changed over the years.
June 14, 2018
To become a pilot, students have to pass the Private Checkride. The ACS is the document that defines what’s on the checkride, and what students have to do to pass. But the ACS for the Private, Instrument, and Commercial checkrides just changed again. Max interviews FAA DPE Jason Blair, who explains what changed, and how checkrides have already changed.
June 6, 2018
Max interviews Mike Busch, 2008 National Aviation Maintenance Technician of the Year about his new book, Mike Busch on Engines. Mike founded Savvy Aviation, which includes a concierge maintenance management service, a prebuy management service, an engine monitor data analysis service, and a 24/7 fast-response breakdown assistance service. Mike cofounded, a well known aviation news site.
June 1, 2018
Two flight school employees in Redding, CA arrested for kidnapping a student pilot and trying to force him to return to China. Listeners speak up on what they would like to see improved by avionics manufacturers. Max answers listener questions about IFR requirements for reporting inflight equipment failure and whether to delete an airport from the GPS when it appears before an instrument approach.
May 30, 2018
Max interviews Garmin Marketing Manager Joey Ferreyra about the Garmin GDL 52, a no compromises, ADS-B Receiver that includes a SiriusXM Weather Receiver, a GPS, and an AHRS into a single portable unit. Typically, ADS-B weather can only be received in the air, but SiriusXM weather can be received on the ground, since it’s a satellite based system. The system can also receive SiriusXM radio.
May 18, 2018
Max discusses several accidents that could have been prevented by a go around. One was a Cirrus SR20 that retracted flaps at too slow a speed and entered a stall spin in Houston. Max also talks about his experience that almost led to him going off a runway into a lake in NJ. Next he talks about procedures for executing a go around. Finally he talks about common errors he sees with the go around.
May 5, 2018
Max interviews Mike McIntyre, who recently purchased a 2006 Cirrus SR22 located in northern California and then fly the aircraft to Macon, Georgia. Together they flew over 2000 nautical miles and crossed the entire country in a day and a half. They discuss the buying process, trip planning, and weather.
May 1, 2018
Max gives a summary of recent fatal accidents in Northern California, and how they are similar and different from accidents in the rest of the U.S. Many result from Long Trips, Weather, Night & Loss of Control. A listener shares his experience with GPS jamming while in flight. Another listener asks about how to deal with airsickness he experienced on a first flight lesson.
April 27, 2018
John Ferrell talks about what he does to reduce his potential liability as a flight instructor and help to protect his assets. He talks about LLCs, CFI insurance, and umbrella insurance and about selecting clients. He points out the life is inherently risky and that each person will have a different answer as to whether its worth it to him or her to become a CFI.
April 16, 2018
Listeners recommended ten headlamps for night flying and Max purchased and evaluated six of them. FAA has a new Advisory Circular on Non-Towered Airport Ops, and Max talks about what’s new. A listener passes along an idea for identifying runway orientation at unfamiliar airports. Another listener asks the best time of year to fly from NYC across the country, and what routes should he take.
March 30, 2018
Max talks about visual separation, the responsibility pilots assume when they agree to maintain visual separation, and methods for avoiding other aircraft. NTSB preliminary report reveals more on NYC helicopter crash. Listener questions:When to switch from ground to tower frequency, how to simulate AHRS failure in G1000, and what do controllers mean when they say to enter on a 2-mile base.
March 22, 2018
We discuss challenges pilots face entering traffic patterns and how to follow slower aircraft. A Cirrus SR22 lands on top of a SR20 that just landed. FAA grounds open door helicopter tours after an NYC accident in which tethered passengers drowned because they couldn’t release their tethers. A listener asks about requirements for floatation devices for a planned flight from Florida to the Bahamas.
March 15, 2018
Max interviews Flying Magazine Sr. Editor Rob Mark to discuss recent developments surrounding the proposal to spin off ATC from the FAA and give it to a new non-profit corporation.
March 13, 2018
Ever wonder which Aviation headset is best to buy? Find out what listeners said about their headsets in our latest survey on aviation headsets. They told us what they like and dislike about each headset and, if they’re planning on buying a headset, which one they plan to buy next. In the News, there’s a new low cost light sport aircraft for sale, and free ADS-B weather is coming to the UK.
February 27, 2018
There are a couple of ways to load an instrument approach when flying an approach with vectors from ATC. In this show we talk about the tradeoffs involved. The easiest way is to load the approach with vectors, but then you won’t see all of the approach waypoints. A better alternative is loading the approach with an IAF and then activating the leg to which ATC is vectoring you.
February 22, 2018
Max interviews Chuck Price, who accompanied him on a recent trip to the Cirrus delivery center in Knoxville, TN to pick up a new Cirrus SR22T for a buyer and then fly the aircraft back to California. Together they flew nearly 2,000 nautical miles in a day and a half as they dodged snow and ice on the return trip to San Jose, California.
February 14, 2018
Max talks in detail about what to do if the glide slope fails during an ILS approach. Also, updates on ATC Privatization and the United 1175 incident. Finally, a listener asks whether he’ll be able to get traffic information in an aircraft without ADS-B Out after the January 2020 mandate goes into effect.
February 2, 2018
Max talks in detail about Radio Communications with ATC at towered airports, like Class D, and C, and B airports. Jason Miller talks about current NOAA SARSAT policy for testing ELTs.
January 19, 2018
Max talks in detail about the AeroMexico 668 go around at SFO and how our expectations as a pilot can change our perceptions of what we hear. GAMA President Pete Bunce gives a wide range of GA updates.
January 12, 2018
Jason Blair is a Designated Pilot Examiner, who gives pilot checkrides and he’s an active CFI. He got an early start in aviation, taking flying lessons at age 15, soloing at 16, and getting his private certificate at 17. He talks about the shortage of the CFIs in the flight training industry, how that happened, what some companies are doing about it, and what you as a pilot can do about it.
January 8, 2018
Max talks in detail about Cold Weather Flying operations, how the new tax bill affects aircraft ownership, and when to fly VFR versus IFR Garmin introduces the GDL 82, an ADS-B out, which is a low cost, easy to install solution. There’s a link in the show notes to the now cancelled Advisory Circular AC 91-13C on Cold Weather Operation of Aircraft.
December 21, 2017
Max talks in detail about Night Flying, the horrendous accident rate for night flight, night illusions that can lead to accidents, and how to stay safe flying at night. Garmin introduces the GDL 52, an ADS-B plus SiriusXM weather receiver.
December 14, 2017
Max flew a Cirrus SR22 from San Jose, CA to Miami. He describes the flight and a close up view of the NASA SuperGuppy. An eyewitness to the Roy Holladay accident describes the crash. A listener asks about when to fly a procedure turn at a hold depicted at the IF or intermediate fix.
December 6, 2017
According to the NTSB, Loss of Control Accidents are the most common accident type, and distractions are a major cause. In this episode, Max talks about how to deal with distractions in the cockpit. A listener ask how to configure ADS-B Out so relevant traffic is broadcast back to a portable ADS-B receiver.
November 23, 2017
Max reviews results of the latest listener survey on portable ADS-B receivers and revisits their limitations, namely that while they appear to show all traffic, they do not! Listeners share what they like best and least about these receivers. And Max shares the preliminary NTSB report on the Icon A5 crash that killed MLB pitcher Roy Halladay.
November 17, 2017
Max reviews articles and eyewitness accounts of Icon A5 crash that killed Roy Halladay. He goes through Icon A5 POH, listing features and limitations and explains what instrument he would have included in the cockpit design. He discusses Icon’s Low Altitude Flying Guidelines, and Icon’s marketing and training to see if there are any possible improvements that can be made.
November 6, 2017
We talk about recent accidents where aircraft got in trouble flying too close to the ground. A Cessna 172 flying low over the Mississippi river, and a Cirrus SR22 hit power lines while flying an approach at night to the Lancaster, TX airport. We also discuss Night Flying Safety and black hole approaches, and how they create an illusion which causes pilots to fly a curved path into the ground.
November 1, 2017
Jason Blair is a DPE, who gives checkrides. He explains that there is a shortage of DPEs to give checkrides and he talks about the important qualification process, which occurs at the beginning of a checkride. If a student doesn't have all the documents, correct endorsements, or hasn't met all of the experience requirements, he or she will be going home before the checkride even starts.
October 25, 2017
Your Cirrus Specialist. Call me if you're thinking of buying a new Cirrus SR20 or SR22. Call 1-650-967-2500 for Cirrus purchase and training assistance. Send us an email - If you have a question you'd like answered on the show, let listeners hear you ask the question, by recording your listener question using your phone. Please visit my Patreon page to view many free posts and make a monthly contribution. Risk Management: The goal of risk management is to proactively identify safety-related hazards and mitigate the associated risks. Max talks about four fundamental principles of risk management, and then talks about how the word "probably" should be a trigger word that gets you to consider other options when you're flying. He also talks about Pilot in Command and what it means. He suggests pilots think of it as a verb, meaning the pilot takes action when needed to prevent an incident or accident, and takes responsibility for whatever occurs. Listeners have questions on starting instrument training, how the difference between magnetic north and true north comes into play when flying a VOR approach with a GPS receiver, and how to safely fuel an aircraft when it's raining. Click here for the listener survey. Tell us what what ADS-B portable receiver you own or plan to buy, and what you like and dislike about it.   News Stories Santa Monica’s Runway Shortening to Proceed Alleged Serial Plane Shooter Charged Cal Fire Calls Out Supertanker Police cite drone operator in area of Wine Country fires Drone Hits Commercial Aircraft in Canada Drunk Pilot Sentenced To Prison NTSB: Balloon crash pilot was as impaired as a drunk driver EVOLUTION AIRCRAFT CO. APPEARS TO HAVE SHUTTERED Advanced Aero Components Acquires Glasair II and III Assets Muroya Red Bull Champion Arkansas Pilot May Be In Hot Water Over Turkey Drop
October 18, 2017
This past weekend, the governor of California called the Northern California wildfires “one of the greatest tragedies California has ever faced.” And even as we record this today, nine days after the fires started, over 11,000 firefighters are still on the front lines, fighting these fires. You’ve probably seen news reports showing some of the dozens of airtankers and helicopters that are fighting the fires. But most people are unaware that the California Highway Patrol runs one of the largest law enforcement aviation operations in the country, both in number of aircraft and hours flown. And that those aircraft, flown by CHP officer/pilots, have been heavily involved in fire-related activities. Late on a  Sunday night, on October 8, 2017, CHP officer/pilot Jan Sears was returning from a routine patrol in one of the department's GippsAero GA-8 Airvan airplanes, when he spotted a faint flicker in the dark hills. He told his partner, Flight Officer Todd Labadie that it might not be anything, but that they should fly over and take a look. Jan picks up the story from there and describes how he and other CHP officers have support the fire relief efforts, including air rescues of over 50 people from within the fires. You can find more information about CHP here, and on the CHP Golden Gate Division Air Operations' Facebook page. It includes a link to this story that ran on the CBS Evening News, about Pepe Tamayo, a father who had to stay behind because there was only room for four people in the CHP helicopter. CHP made two return trips before they found Pepe and rescued him too. In our interview, Jan Sears referred to an article in LA Times titled Understaffed and overwhelmed, rescuers had to make life-and-death choices as wildfires rages. If you enjoy this show, please visit my Patreon page, and become a supporting member of the show by contributing as little as $2/month by credit card. Click here for the listener survey. Tell us what what ADS-B portable receiver you own or plan to buy, and what you like and dislike about it. You can Dictate a listener question from your phone and I’ll try to answer it on a future show, or send an email.
October 12, 2017
There are many ways for a pilot to flight plan a trip. Traditionally, it was done with a paper map, pencil, and a plotter. But now there are many new flight planning tools available on the Internet and as smartphone apps for iPhone and Android phones. We first talk about which percentage of listeners use each tool, then describe the most popular tools, and finally describe how user use multiple tools. Some of the tools described include: ForeFlight Garmin Pilot OzRunways WingX AOPA Flight Planner DUATs SkyDemon NavPlan EFB FlyQ EFB AirNav Pro Mermoz To reduce iPad discharge in flight, Greg Brown recommended turning the brightness down and this USB charger. Click here for the listener survey. Tell us what what ADS-B portable receiver you own or plan to buy, and what you like and dislike about it. Please visit my new Patreon page and make a contribution to help me with my goal of improving the website. You can Dictate a listener question from your phone and I’ll try to answer it on a future show, or send an email. News Stories Eleventh-Hour Reprieve For Santa Monica Airport Wheels Up looks to buying more King Airs First Midair Collision between a Drone and an Aircraft Garmin Unveils Three New Touchscreen Displays UND launches $1.5 million scholarship endowment BasicMed: 20,000 Pilots Now Flying With It FAA Considers Canceling Certain Circling Procedures New Notes on Instrument Approach Charts Vintage Air Rally - Free, all expense paid Adventure
October 5, 2017
Last week we talked about briefing the approach and said one of the first things you should do is check to see whether GPS is in the title of the approach. For example, you might look to see whether the title is just VOR 21 approach or if it’s VOR 21 OR GPS. If it’s the latter, it’s obvious you can use GPS in lieu of a VOR signal for the entire approach. But what’s less clear is when you can use GPS for a portion of the approach if it says just VOR 21 and doesn’t have GPS in the title of the approach. Although GPS receivers have been around for over 20 years, pilots are still unclear as to when they can use GPS on non-GPS approaches such as ILS and VOR approaches. As Max explains, the rules are different for VOR and ILS approaches. The regulatory basis can be found in FAA Advisory Circular AC 90-108, dated March 3, 2011, and in the AIM, the Aeronautical Information Manual, in section 1-2-3, sub-paragraphs c4 and c-5, updated May 26, 2016. These tell us that for a VOR or NDB approach, you can now use GPS for the entire approach, even if GPS is not listed in the title of the approach. So in our example, if the title of the approach is VOR 21, and GPS is not in the title, you can still now use GPS for the entire approach, but with one caveat. The VOR or NDB signal MUST be in service, and you MUST monitor that signal for the final approach course. But for an ILS or Localizer approach, as soon as you turn onto a localizer or ILS, you need to display course guidance from the Nav radio. On the Garmin 430/530, that means as soon as you turn onto the localizer, you must push the CDI button so VLOC is displayed. You can, if you wish, monitor RNAV (GPS) data as you fly along a localizer, but GPS cannot be used for primary guidance at any time while on a localizer. Click here for the listener survey. Tell us what what ADS-B portable receiver you own or plan to buy, and what you like and dislike about it. Please visit my new Patreon page and make a contribution to help me with my goal of improving the website. You can Dictate a listener question from your phone and I’ll try to answer it on a future show, or send an email. News Stories Airliner Reportedly Narrowly Avoids Hitting Glider Air National Guard Restores Air Traffic Control in Puerto Rico Shuster Takes Aim at 'False Claims' on ATC Proposal American pilot in New Zealand says system there has wrecked GA Dick Smith calls for aviation report to be released Radar Failure in Sydney, Australia First 10 Deposits Received for “Sun Flyer 4” Bruce Landsberg to Join the NTSB FAA Gives Pilots Thumbs Up To Fly Rude Banners Over Chargers Home Games Old Stapleton air traffic control tower set to open as new Punch Bowl Social
September 29, 2017
Everyone knows that when flying VFR, that a pilot’s priorities are to aviate, navigate, and communicate. But when flying IFR, pilots are often confused by their priorities when faced with a high task load while preparing to fly an instrument approach. 2008 National Flight Instructor of the Year Max Trescott explains that IFR pilots should prioritize these three things above all other activities. 1. Rolling out onto headings 2. Leveling off at Altitudes 3. Intercepting the final approach course Getting the ATIS, briefing the approach, talking to ATC and everything else are all lower priorities. Max then talks about how to brief an instrument approach while in cruise flight and setting up for an instrument approach. Click here for the listener survey. Tell us what flight planning tools you use when planning a longer flight. Please visit my new Patreon page and make a contribution to help me with my goal of improving the website. You can Dictate a listener question from your phone and I’ll try to answer it on a future show, or send an email. News Stories Hurricane Maria destroyed Puerto Rico’s weather radar Commercial Airline Service Resumes in San Juan Preliminary FAA damage assessments in Puerto Rico U.S. House fails to pass FAA extension, hurricane tax relief Pilot’s Guide to iOS 11 Oregon Pilots Assn names Nadine Kelley 2017 Volunteer of the Year Pilot had to chase runaway aircraft Ryanair to offer pilots extra €10,000 to stay with airline $2 million competition launched to develop personal flying devices
September 22, 2017
Everyone feels nervous to some extent when they go for a checkride, so we share 14 ways to reduce your anxiety before and during a checkride. Checkride anxiety applies to student pilots in particular because it’s your first checkride. But it also applies to all pilots who think that someday they’ll go for an instrument, or maybe a multiengine, seaplane, glider, Commercial, ATP, or CFI checkride. Professional pilots working for a Part 135 charter company or an airline, also have to periodically be rechecked. Here's a brief summary of the 14 ways to reduce your nervousness about a checkride. Note: You'll hear far more details about each one in the podcast. If possible, meet the examiner ahead of time. Clear the deck for at least a week before the checkride. Do whatever it takes to guarantee that you get a decent amount of sleep the night before the checkride. Make sure you have all of your paperwork in order. Become intimately familiar with the ACS oral section, Use a study guide like the ASA Private Oral Exam guide to help you prepare for the oral. Do a mock checkride with your instructor or another flight instructor. If there’s a gouge available, a report that someone has written about their checkride with your examiner, see if you can find it and read it ahead of time. Don’t get upset if you make some mistakes on your last flight before the checkride. Prepare for a long day; bring some food! When you walk in for your checkride, exhibit confidence, but not cockiness. Know that it’s OK to tell the DPE a joke. If you start getting nervous, and feel you’re not doing well, ask for a timeout. Go into the checkride with just the tiniest bit of indifference or apathy, so you won’t be too upset if you don’t pass. Click here for the listener survey. Tell us what flight planning tools you use when planning a longer flight. Please visit my new Patreon page and make a contribution to help me with my goal of improving the website. You can Dictate a listener question from your phone and I’ll try to answer it on a future show, or send an email. News Stories GOP chair: House to vote on air traffic control overhaul next month New GAO Study the Latest to Expose Dubious ATC Privatization Claims AAAA: ATC Privatization In The U.K. Has Resulted In A 'Total Meltdown' Industry panel recommends roll back of aviation safety rules Proposed changes to CFI requirements for teaching a first time CFI applicant Nav Canada To Refund $60 Million To Users UK CAA: ADS-B is Best ‘Electronic Conspicuity’ for General Aviation Seattle Avionics Announces Low-Cost Merlin ADS-B Receiver Airlines could cash in on a $30 billion opportunity that would make pilots obsolete The CAA has launched a survey for GA pilots flying in U.K. airspace in an effort to encourage ADS-B usage by the flying community. The survey seeks information on the types of devices already used by private pilots and the devices they would prefer to use.
September 15, 2017
On Christmas Day, 2006, a tornado destroyed more than 40 airplanes belonging to Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. But this year, as Hurricane Irma began tracking toward Florida, the University was prepared with an evacuation plan for its aircraft. Veenen Udayan, an instructor pilot at Embry-Riddle in Daytona Beach, FL, was a team leader for moving Embry’s 63 aircraft out of the path of hurricane Irma, and relocating them at the Auburn University Airport, and at Atlantic Aviation at the Birmingham Airport, both in Alabama. In this interview, he talks about Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, and the flight planning and the advance coordination required with ATC to fit so many IFR aircraft into the system at one time. Click here for the listener survey. Tell us what flight planning tools you use when planning a longer flight. Please visit my new Patreon page and make a contribution to help me with my goal of improving the website. You can Dictate a listener question from your phone and I’ll try to answer it on a future show, or send an email.
September 13, 2017
Remote Area Medical (RAM) is working to deploy it’s fleet of aircraft to Puerto Rico, which will be the forward base from which their Cessna Caravan will fly supplies to the islands hardest hit by Hurricane Irma. RAM was founded over 30 years ago, and has helped provide medical services to over 100,000 people. They are looking for volunteer pilots and healthcare professionals to provide services in underserved areas in the U.S. and the Caribbean. They currently need pilots who can fly their Caravans and their King Air 200. You can find the Remote Area Medical webpage here and their Facebook page here. In this episode, we interview RAM founder Stan Brock about the organization, and learned how doctors, dentists, optometrists, and pilots can help the organization by volunteering their time, or donating money. Click here for the listener survey. Tell us what flight planning tools you use when planning a longer flight. Please visit my new Patreon page and make a contribution to help me with my goal of improving the website. You can Dictate a listener question from your phone and I’ll try to answer it on a future show, or send an email.
September 11, 2017
Twelve days ago, Operation Airdrop didn’t exist. What did exist was dozens of towns in Texas that were cut off from the outside world by Hurricane Harvey's flood waters, downed trees, and power lines. After driving a trailer load of supplies to Rockport, TX, Doug Jackson wondered if general aviation airplanes could be used to fly in relief supplies to isolated communities. Twelve days later, over 200 Aircraft from Mexico and all over U.S. have flown over 500 flights and delivered over 250,000 pounds of supplies. All with small, general aviation aircraft. Now the focus of the operation shifts to Florida, where Hurricane Irma is still raging as this show is being released. In our interview with Doug Jackson, he describes the catalyst for the organization--a moving encounter with a down-on-his-luck man with a sick dog--how the operation was set up in such a short period of time, and how pilots can donate money or use their airplane to deliver badly needed hurricane relief supplies. You can find the Operation Airdrop webpage here and their Facebook page here. Click here for the listener survey. Tell us what flight planning tools you use when planning a longer flight. Please visit my new Patreon page and make a contribution to help me with my goal of improving the website. You can Dictate a listener question from your phone and I’ll try to answer it on a future show, or send an email.
September 4, 2017
We asked listeners to the Aviation News Talk podcast to send us their favorite aviation joke or pilot joke. What we learned is this: pilots have a good sense of humor! Most people are involved in aviation to have fun, and nothing lightens up an airplane cockpit like a good aviation joke! We found some great jokes and this show is a compilation of the best aviation jokes we could find. So sit back, relax and have fun listening to the show. And if you like the jokes, feel free to share with others, or post your own favorite jokes for me on Google+ or Twitter. And remember, have fun and keep the blue side up! Click here for the listener survey. Tell us what flight planning tools you use when planning a longer flight. Please visit my new Patreon page and make a contribution to help me with my goal of improving the website. You can Dictate a listener question from your phone and I’ll try to answer it on a future show, or send an email.
August 30, 2017
In July 2017, Glynn Falcon had a crash while taking off in his Piper Arrow at the Reid-Hillview Airport in San Jose, CA. His plane was there for maintenance, and he was planning to fly it back to his home airport in Marina, CA. Immediately after rotation, he observed that the aircraft made an uncommanded roll to the left. Realizing he was unable to control the aircraft, he pulled the power, and the plane was destroyed in the crash. Glynn survived with minor injuries. In this episode, he describes the factors that led to the crash, and what he learned from his first flight instructor that helped him avoid what is often a fatal accident type. Here’s what I teach my students from day one. When you’re checking the controls, take ahold of the yoke and stick and stick your thumb straight up. Then when you move the yoke or stick, your thumb will be pointing at the aileron that is supposed to be up. If you do that religiously, every time you do a run up, you’ll avoid ever taking off with the controls connected backwards. And this is a mistake that even test pilots make. In 2006, the sole prototype of the Spectrum 33, which was a $3.6 million business jet, crashed on takeoff, killing both pilots. Witnesses reported that the plane entered a right roll and immediately cartwheeled when the right wing hit the ground. According to the NTSB, the ailerons were linked in a manner that reversed the roll control, such that the left roll input from the stick would have deflected the ailerons to produce right roll of the airplane, and vice versa. Prior to the accident, the aircraft had undergone extensive maintenance, including removal of the main landing gear, which required disconnection of a portion of the linkage control systems. Click here for the listener survey. Tell us what flight planning tools you use when planning a longer flight. Please visit my new Patreon page and make a contribution to help me with my goal of improving the website. You can Dictate a listener question from your phone and I’ll try to answer it on a future show, or send an email.
August 26, 2017
You’ve undoubtedly heard of a stabilized approach and know it’s helpful to have one prior to landing. But many pilots don’t know all of the elements of a stabilized approach, or the potential expense of an unstable approach. Last year, two pilots I know dug deep into their wallets to pay for damage resulting from landings that followed unstable approaches. Both considered going around, but didn’t. The pilots of an IFR charter fight into Akron, Ohio in November 2015 weren’t so lucky; everyone died after their unstable approach. So what is a stabilized approach, and why does it matter? Cirrus Aircraft’s Flight Operations Manual gives a good description. It says: “A stabilized approach is characterized by a constant angle and constant rate of descent approach profile ending near the touch-down point. Stabilized approach criteria apply to all approaches including practice power-off approaches.“ It goes on to say that for VFR landings, an “approach is considered stabilized when all of the following criteria are achieved by 500' AGL: Proper airspeed, Correct flight path, Correct aircraft configuration for phase of flight, Appropriate power setting for aircraft configuration, Normal angle and rate of descent, Only minor corrections are required to correct deviations. A go-around must be executed if the above conditions are not met, and the aircraft is not stabilized by 500' AGL.” This episode contains lots of tips to help you consistently fly stable approaches every time you fly the traffic pattern, including tips for long, straight-in approaches, which often lead to unstable approaches. Click here for the listener survey. Tell us what flight planning tools you use when planning a longer flight. Please visit my new Patreon page and make a contribution to help me with my goal of improving the website. You can Dictate a listener question from your phone and I’ll try to answer it on a future show, or send an email. News Stories Student Pilot Pleads Guilty to Lying to Accident Investigators Low Accident Rate Maintained as GA Activity Grows NTSB launches blog about GA accident investigations FAA Changes Night Landing Rules At KSFO FAA Reorganization Delta Reverses Position on ATC Privatization Time running out for FAA reauthorization House Working on FAA Extension Bill Australian Airservices promises 10 percent cost reduction  Garmin Receives EASA Approval For New GTN 650/750 Features Technology gives legally blind Peoria boy a chance to fly
August 17, 2017
National Aviation Day has been around for more than 75 years, But it probably doesn’t get as much attention as it deserves. Here are 13 fun ideas for celebrating on national aviation Day, which is August 19. Franklin D. Roosevelt created National Aviation Day in 1939 by presidential proclamation. Originally it was to celebrate the growth and advancements made in aviation. But one can’t help wonder whether it was also a way to start getting more people interested in aviation got a time when Europe was just beginning to enter World War II. Today we face a different challenge, which is how to attract more people to aviation at a time when pilots are in high demand, but new student pilot starts are declining. Here are 13 ways that you can celebrate today, or help get other people more connected to aviation. 1. Get someone else involved in aviation. 2. If you are a rusty pilot, get back into flying! 3. Fly in a new airplane type. 4. Watch an aviation themed movie. 5. Fly a flight simulator! 6. If you are a licensed pilot, fly somewhere new! 7. Visit an Aviation Museum 8. Fly a radio controlled airplane 9. Volunteer to help an aviation-related organization 10. Download and read an aviation book from your local library or from NASA 11. Go Plane Spotting 12. Thank someone who works in the aviation industry 13. Take an aviation course Click here for the listener survey. Tell us what flight planning tools you use when planning a longer flight. Please visit my new Patreon page and make a contribution to help me with my goal of improving the website. You can Dictate a listener question from your phone and I’ll try to answer it on a future show, or send an email. News Stories NTSB Completes Icon Investigation Flaps Up In Fatal Rough Water Takeoff Santa Monica Rushes to Shorten SMO Runway Privatization would increase the deficit by almost $100 billion House Dems ask Inspector General to Investigate DOT's lobbying Every Saudi airport will be privatized this year First UK 8.33kHz radio grant claims paid by CAA Herne Bay air show crash pilot 'trapped by wrong lifejacket AOPA quietly introduces flagship content delivery app
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