New Aviation Media: Nalls On YouTube, O’Brien On iTunes

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Pilots who just can’t get enough of aviation have two new media options to choose from this week. AARP Studios has launched a new video series on YouTube called “Badass Pilot,” an original unscripted series that features Art Nalls, age 65. Nalls, a retired Marine Corps lieutenant colonel, owns a British Sea Harrier fighter jet, the only one owned and flown by a private citizen. He flies it at airshows around the U.S. The five-episode series follows Nalls as he travels to England to purchase the Harrier, transports it home in more than 5,000 pieces, and then relies on his team of retired pilots and aircraft mechanics to help rebuild it. And with his own flying career coming close to an end, Nalls hunts for a highly skilled younger pilot who can one day replace him.

Podcast fans can find a new offering from Miles O’Brien on iTunes, titled “Miles To Go.” O’Brien, a private pilot, has long covered aviation and aerospace for CNN and PBS, and is now an independent producer with a variety of clients. In the first episode, he and guest Lars Perkins discuss the recent incident in San Francisco when an Airbus crew nearly landed on a taxiway by mistake — “the worst airline accident that nearly happened.” Future episodes will focus on science, technology and space, as well as aviation. AVweb’s Paul Bertorelli spoke with O’Brien last year about drones; click here for the podcast. AVweb’s Russ Niles visited with Nalls and his Harrier at EAA AirVenture back in 2010; click here for the video.

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