Inside Aviation: New Podcast Takes A Fresh Look At The Industry


Firecrown presents the first edition of Inside Aviation, a podcast that will have a look at various aspects of the industry with a fresh set of eyes. For the first half of the show Jack Daleo of Flying magazine joins hosts Kevin Cortes and Ryan Ewing to discuss the ever-evolving future of urban air mobility, while Jack Sweeney finishes the episode up in a discussion about his recent controversy around tracking private aircraft.


  1. You guys have a chance to create a very popular video podcast news channel. The first thing you need to do is watch successful Aviation podcast and learn how they keep our attention. Video Conferencing from your bedroom is very very very boring.

    There’s a guy by the name Paul Bertorelli who knew how to keep our attention and give good researched information in a straight forward fashion with graphics and on-location backgrounds. Maybe you guys have heard of him? Nobody, ummm, wants to hear ummm, ummm, none researched and ummm, scripted umm, whatever, you know. Umm, you know??????

  2. I find I have less and less time for podcasts of any kind. Reading is preferable because it’s easy to skip uninteresting content. Talking heads are not interesting at all. “We’re here to tell compelling stories…” Show something instead.

  3. I get about 6 electronic aviation “magazines” a week, I scan and read every one but have never listened to a podcast in my life and probably never will– my day is too busy to be “locked” into even a few minutes of something that I can scan and read and go forward once I know it or realize it is not of interest– good luck– dan

    • There are an estimated 504 million people who watch/listen to podcasts, so there certainly is a market.

      For me, a good audio podcast can be an alternative to listening to depressing news while driving. I very much enjoy listening to AOPA’s Ask the A&Ps while I’m in the hangar puttering with the plane. I’m always on the lookout for another good aviation one.

  4. I agree with you on “Podcasts”–no time for “lectures”–but also agree with you on someone like Bertorelli staking out and defending a position–a sure way for “pilot introspection” and self examination of their practices.

    Bertorelli was controversial–INTENTIONALLY SO. He would stake out a position that was “a bit off the mainstream”–then make his case why the position was “correct.” Yes–it stirred up responses–EXACTLY WHAT HE INTENDED BY STATING THE CONTROVERSIAL POSITION! If AvWeb DOES do “podcasts”–Bertorelli is the best in the business!

    Paul Berge–another former AvWeb staffer–was Bertorelli’s “alter ego”–(some people thought the two “Pauls” might be one and the same–and they DID “retire” at the same time–Hmmmmm). Berge took a much more measured and rational approach in discussing issues–and building his case–but was still entertaining.

    Perhaps there is an opportunity to bring back both Paul’s for two different takes on the same issues–either for comparison, or for a “shootout”.

  5. In my opinion, the aviation community still respects and needs Paul Bertorelli. He’s known for being an aviation journalist, flight instructor, skydiver, motorcyclist, and a Vietnam vet, plus he has a sharp ability to think and respond quickly with intelligence, cleverness, and humor—a most fitting asset to the present and the next generation of aviators. His retirement is like the end of one era, fitting in with the changes happening in aviation, as a bunch of experienced pilots, myself included, are hanging up their headsets.

    Bertorelli’s influence comes from his wide knowledge of aerodynamics, aviation history, and what’s going on in the world today. His way of writing is smooth, technical, and well-spoken. People aren’t just feeling nostalgic about wanting him to come back; it’s also because his unique contributions are highly appreciated in the aviation community.

    Mainly, Bertorelli’s legacy is tied to his diverse experience, and his retirement is a big deal in the aviation scene. It shows how important it is to keep things going and the lasting impact of his insights in our community.