Podcasts

AOPA's Mark Baker on the Association's Future »

In this exclusive AVweb podcast, AOPA's newly installed president, Mark Baker, says the association will adopt an airport-centric means of promoting aviation and will concentrate on a regional strategy to reach the membership. Baker also told AVweb that all of the association's activities from fund raising to member support to starting new business lines will be under review during the coming months. More

Avionics -- Good Pilots Not Required? »

The definition of what it means to be a good pilot may be changing. AVweb speaks with former Northwest captain and Embry-Riddle educator Jack Panosian to explore the question of what's more important in keeping passengers alive: stick and rudder skills or systems management. More

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

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

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

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

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