Podcasts

New for Reno from Mojave -- The Wasabi Racer »

Aircraft designer Elliot Seguin got together with some friends from around Mojave, many of them fellow employees at Scaled Composites, with the goal to create an airplane that could compete in the Reno Air Races. Their Wasabi Racer now is flying, and the team will bring it to Reno for the races, which start September 11. Seguin explains to AVweb's Mary Grady how the team pooled their ideas and skills to create the one-of-a-kind Wasabi Racer. More

NAFI Tackles Student Retention »

It's one thing to get people in the flight school door; it's another challenge to bring them through to the check ride and beyond. This week, Bob Meder, president of the National Association of Flight Instructors, hosted a webinar to discuss those issues and develop an action plan. He spoke with AVweb's Mary Grady about the results. More

Keeping Flying Affordable »

A quick follow-up with a former podcast interviewee, RV-8 builder Brent Owens, finds him engaged in a new endeavor -- an online blog (FixedWingBuddha.com) dedicated to sharing tips on keeping flying affordable. More

GA Safety Rate Fails to Improve »

The NTSB this week released its latest safety statistics, and the rate for general aviation aircraft showed little improvement. Earl Weener of the NTSB, who is himself an active GA pilot, has been working to help focus FAA efforts toward reducing GA accidents, and he's hopeful that programs now underway will have substantial effects over the next few years. He talks with AVweb's Mary Grady about what some of the problems are and explains the strategies being developed to address them. More

Get Out There and Fly! -- SocialFlight's Jeff Simon Can Help »

It's a beautiful day for flying -- but where will you go? SocialFlight has an answer or ten at your fingertips. Jeff Simon chatted with AVweb's Paul Bertorelli at AirVenture this year about SocialFlight's growth and its new ambassador program. More

Lightspeed's New ANR Technology »

At AirVenture 2013, Lightspeed Aviation unveiled a surprise product, a new ANR headset using adaptive noise-canceling technology. In this podcast, AVweb's Paul Bertorelli interviewed Allan Schrader of Lightspeed using the actual headsets through an intercom. Take a listen at the results here. More

OpenAirplane Grows »

OpenAirplane, a network of aircraft rental outlets with a common database of renting pilots, has more than doubled in size in a month. AVweb's Russ Niles spoke with OpenAirplane co-founder Rod Rakic. More

Continental's Rhett Ross on Thilert TBOs, Diesels, Mogas, and More »

Following their acquisition of Thielert Engines' assets, Continental Motors is working to extend TBOs on the Thielert IO-series. And that's not all they're up to. Paul Bertorelli spoke with Continental's Rhett Ross about the company's new gearbox, its upcoming diesel projects, and support for mogas in international markets. More

AirVenture Gets First Viewing of 'Planes' »

The Disney animated feature Planes got its first screening Friday at AirVenture. AVweb's Russ Niles spoke with the movie's director, Klay Hall, about the movie and what it might mean for GA. More

GreenWing Ready to Sell Electric-Powered Ultralight Kit »

At EAA AirVenture this week, AVweb's Mary Grady spoke with GreenWing spokesman Eric Bartsch about the company's products and their plans for the U.S. market. The California company, a spin-off of China-based Yuneec, is now selling an electric-powered aircraft as an experimental amateur-built kit. Bartsch said the company is ready and eager to provide more electric-powered aircraft as soon as U.S. regulations allow. More