Podcast: Prof. Kent Lovelace on the Pilot Pool By Mary Grady It's not an easy road from first solo to an airline left seat, and new rules now in the works are making that journey even bumpier. Kent Lovelace, chair of the aviation department at the University of North Dakota, talks with AVweb's Mary Grady about the impact of new rules that raise the bar for that first job, how airlines and students are adapting, and some new programs that aim to address some of these issues.
Podcast: Pilots Get Social By Russ Niles The $100 hamburger can be a pleasant quest for pilots, but there's nothing like planning a flight to a specific event to get the prop turning. That's the theory behind Social Flight, an app that lists more than 3,500 flying-related events all over the U.S. with customized features that let pilots know where they can fly -- but, more importantly, why they should. AVweb's Russ Niles spoke with Social Flight's Jeff Simon.
Podcast: A Flying Car for Everyone By Mary Grady Terrafugia announced plans this week to proceed with development of a four-seat VTOL hybrid electric semi-autonomous flying car with a 500-mile range. Even with a time frame of 10 years or more, the regulatory, technological, and funding challenges are steep. Terrafugia CEO Carl Dietrich spoke with AVweb's Mary Grady about the company's plans.
Podcast: Pelton Talks EAA After Hightower By Russ Niles Russ Niles interviewed EAA interim president Jack Pelton about the direction of the association following the resignation of Rod Hightower. According to Pelton, EAA is "the only true association out there that truly represents all aspects of general aviation and recreational flying." This is how he thinks that association should behave.
Podcast: Think Flying's Too Expensive? Listen Here Before You Complain By Paul Bertorelli Just back from Europe and tamping down jet lag, correspondent Paul Bertorelli recorded this podcast with fliegermagazin's Thomas Borchert during the Aero show in Friedrichshafen. Before you complain about user fees or regulations in the U.S., listen to what Thomas has to say about flying in Europe. Yet still, pilots there persevere, $13 dollar avgas and approach fees be damned.
Podcast: SMA to Offer a Six-Cylinder Diesel By Paul Bertorelli With avgas in Europe hovering around the $12-a-gallon mark, little surprise that there's continuing interest in diesel technology. At Aero 2013, Thierry Argaud from SMA gave us the lowdown on their upcoming six-cylinder diesel, the SR460.
Podcast: Trade-A-Plane's Global Plan -- 20 Years Exhibiting at Aero By Paul Bertorelli If everyone on the planet knows what Trade-A-Plane is, there's a reason for that. Long before it became fashionable to have a global business plan, Trade-A-Plane had been exhibiting at shows all over the world. In this podcast, Trade-A-Plane's Cosby Stone tells AVweb the company has been coming to Germany since the day the show started more than 20 years ago.
Podcast: Cheap New Nano-Coating Offered to Aviation Market By Mary Grady Rick Stenberg, the CEO of Coval Molecular Coatings, says his product could potentially provide a super-thin, lightweight, smooth, and durable coating for aircraft, minimizing parasite drag and preventing dirt and ice from sticking to the surface. He spoke about his material this week at the CAFE Electric Aircraft Symposium and later spoke about it with AVweb's Mary Grady.