Airspeed

de Stephen Force

Aviation and Aerospace Podcast

Episodios

Airspeed - Downwind Dashes and Other Long-Distance Soaring with Tony Condon

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Tony Condon is as an ATP and corporate pilot who also serves as the president of the Kansas Soaring Association, headquartered at Sunflower Gliderport. We sat down and talked about long-distance cross-country soaring.

Airspeed - From Hell to Namibia and Back Again with John Harte

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John Harte is glider CFI and chief instructor at Sanhill Soaring Club in Gregory, Michigan, just a few miles down the road from Hell. (Hell, Michigan, that is.) He's also a tow pilot, aerobatic pilot, airshow performer, and FAST formation lead.

Here's an hour and a half in conversation with John.

Airspeed - Hangar Flying with Kent Shook

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Kent and I are sequestered in our respective locations at SARS-CoV-2 sweeps the nation, so we thought we'd record a podcast episode.

Airspeed - The Eudaemonic Pie

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We made an audiobook! Steve narrated the audiobook version of Thomas A. Bass's The Eudaemonic Pie. The book tells the story of a band of physicists and computer wizards in the late 1970s and early 1980s who set out to beat roulette in Las Vegas with computers in their shoes. A story of science, art, and the birth of the hacker culture.

The episode contains a brief account of the making of the audiobook and the entire prologue of the audiobook itself.

Airspeed - Because Glider - Part 2

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The second in a two-part series chronicling the long road to becoming a CFI. In this episode, our hero suffers more indignation at the hands of a check airman who calls off Christmas, after which he begins the long slog down the self-launch mountain, through the valley, and back up the adjacent peak of aerotow.

Airspeed - Because Glider - Part 1

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Here's Part 1 of the epic quest for the CFI certificate. It covers everything from deciding to go for the certificate up to the failed attempt to transition to a different motorglider at a faraway school. Part 2 is already recorded and will be up soon. In the meantime, enjoy the comedy and the tragedy that is pursuing a glider CFI ride in a world not equipped to make that ride happen.

Airspeed - River Days Airshow 2016 - Part 1

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Jack Hodgson takes the bully mic for a pre-show discussion of what it takes to put on a hometown airshow in some of the most complicated airspace in North America.

Airspeed - The Assignment

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An eighth-grade language arts assignment from FOD becomes an Airspeed episode. A father's expectations for his son at 14.

Airspeed - River Days Airshow - Part 4 - Debrief

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David Allen (on the bully mic) and Dean Greenblatt (BIRD from the show) join Steve to debrief the first-ever airshow over the Detroit River.

Airspeed - River Days Airshow - Part 3 - Fast Footwork

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This is the third installment of the series that covers - in near-realtime - the events leading up to the GM Detroit River Days Airshow on the Detroit River 20-21 June 2015. As before, David Allen of Other People's Airplanes has taken the mic and is running the show in order to keep things moving.

Airspeed - River Days Airshow - Part 2 - We've Got an Airshow!

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David Allen once again takes the host mic to talk with Steve about the upcoming River Days Airshow in Detroit 20-21 June 2015.

Airspeed - River Days Airshow - Part 1 - Waiver Application and Planning

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First in a series that follows the planning and execution of our very own airshow.

Airspeed - World Gliding Championship Competitor Tony Condon

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US Soaring Team member Tony Condon talks about the upcoming 13.5 Meter World Championships in Lithuania. 

Airspeed - OpenAirplane with Rod Rakic

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An interview with OpenAirplane co-founder Rod Rakic, as well as an account of my own OpenAirplane Universal Pilot Checkout at Crosswinds Aviation at Livingston County Airport (KOZW) in Howell, Michigan.

Airspeed - Rules of Engagement 2014

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An update of the Airspeed's rules of engagement and FAQ.  Want to know more about what goes on behind the scenedat Airspeed?  Here are the answetrs to the questions that people most often ask.

Airspeed - Kim Crow - The Original Bitching Betty

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A conversation with Kim Crow, who voiced Bitching Betty in the F-15 and many other platforms in the early days of audible annunciations in fighter aircraft.

Airspeed - The Textron AirLand Scorpion Jet

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We talk to Bill Anderson and Dale Tutt about the new Textron AirLand Scorpion Jet, which made its first flight just last week.

Airspeed - ICAS 2013 - Rep Sam Graves on Sequestration

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The remarks by US Rep Sam Graves regarding sequestration and its effects on the airshow industry.

Airspeed - Inside Airshows - Part 3 - Tuskegee 3

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Here it is!  The third and final installment of the Inside Airshows series.  After doing stints on a pyro crew and as a team narrator, things went to a completely new level as I had the opportunity to train up, join a team, and fly as an actual airshow performer.

It's a story of what it's like on the performer ramp, in the brief, and up in the box in front of the crowd.  But, more than that, it's a story of three questions and what you owe to your 10-year-old self.

 

Airspeed - Inside Airshows - Part 2 - With a Mic in My Hand

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In which I pick up a microphone and purport to entertain an airshow crowd (and confirm my suspicion that it's a lot harder than it looks).

Airspeed - Inside Airshows - Part 1 - Running Away to Join the Circus

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The first of a three-part series that takes you behind the scenes at airshows.  In this episode, Airspeed takes you out to show center with the pyro crew at the 2012 TICO Valiant Air Command Warbird Airshow with Mark Sorenson and James Hammons of Tiger Airshows and The Ringmasters.

Airspeed - GWL RapidCast - AC-47 Spooky

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The American Flight museum's AC-57 Spooky gunship.

Airspeed - GWL RapidCast - Karl Stoltzfus and C-47 Miss Virginia

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Karl Stoltzfus of Dynamic Aviation flew this beautiful DC-3/C-47 to Topeka to show her off to this crowd.  His grandson, Gabriel (7) joined him to talk about the aircraft and its renovation.

Airspeed - GWL RapidCast - Greg Smith and his Beech 18

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Greg Smith and his Beech 18.

Airspeed - GWL RapidCast - Bill Whiteman and the T-28 Trojan

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Bill Whiteman's T-28 Trojen - a RapidCast from the Gathering of Warbirds and Legends in Topeka.

Airspeed - GWL RapidCast - Darrell Linenberger's L-16B

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Talking abut a liaison aircraft among the heavy metal on the ramp at Topeka.

Airspeed - GWL RapidCast - MSgt (Ret) Robert Yarberry

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Commemorative paratrooper MSgt (Ret) Robert Yarberry.

Airspeed - Gathering of Warbirds and Legends - Briefing

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The briefing from the practice day of the Gathering of Warbirds and Legends.

Airspeed - Naval Aviation Training with ENS Evan Levesque - Part 2 - Tailhook!

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The Airspeed audience first met ENS Evan Levesque (pronounced “leh-VECK”) as a MDN 1/C at the US Naval Academy in 2010.  We then checked in with him during his primary flight training in the T-6B in February of 2012.  Since then, ENS Levesque has gone on to tailhook training, flying the T-45 Goshawk.  This episode features more than an hour of conversation with ENS Levesque about what it's like to fly jets and to prepare to land an aircraft on a floating runway.

Airspeed - B-2 Spirit with USAF Lt Col (Ret) Chris "Cliff" DeVaughn

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Meet B-52 and B-2 driver USAF Lt Col (Ret) Chris "Cliff" DeVaughn!  We talked about the aircraft, its flight characteristics, and its mission.  And, more importantly, we talked about what it's like to fly long-duration missions in one of the most important strategic weapons systems in the US inventory.  All the way from the selection process through training and into combat.  This is every bit as much about the men as the machines.

Airspeed - Glider Rating - Part 2

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The second of two episodes covering my glider rating.  Victory, defeat, ground effect, and a sock puppet.  It's all here!

Airspeed - You Don't Know Jack

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Pilot, producer, and Uncontrolled Airspace co-host Jack Hodgson joins us to talk about the pilot population, flight training, the future of the aviation podsphere, and more in this nearly-two-hour conversation.  Think you know Jack?  Listen in!

Airspeed - Road Trip

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Taking to the streets (and tollways) of Orlando, Florida in a T-6 with eight other aircraft for the NBAA Convention 2012.

Airspeed - VIDEO - Acro Camp Sneak Peek 04 - With Friends Like These . . .

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Despite the aggressive schedule around here (glider training, trying to find a new acro ride, doing really cool legal work for the best clients on the planet, etc.), I managed to get some time this weekend to do some editing on the movie.  The result is this sneak peek, "With friends like these . . ."

The campers at both of the Acro Camp shoots were very collaborative and supportive of each other.  But that doesn't mean that there wasn't at least a little laughter with (okay, at) each other when stuff went wrong.  And stuff is bound to go wrong when you're learning to fly an aircraft whose center of gravity is behind the mains.

In the course of logging all of the footage, I've noted when both IPs were in aircraft and noted opportunities to synchronize the conversation across both cockpits.  Usually based on ATC calls or radio communication between the aircraft.  This was one such pair of sequences.  I loved the big bounce on Jim's wheel landing and I loved the reaction that it got from Barry and Lynda.  I lined them up this evening and voila!  Tailwheel magic!  

Airspeed - Glider Rating - Part 1

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Here's an account of my glider training this year through my first glider solo on Friday.  Show notes at www.airspeedonline.com.