General Aviation news, pilot tips for beginners & experts, interviews, listener questions answered, technical details on G1000 & Perspective glass cockpits & flying GPS approaches. 40 yrs experience flying general aviation aircraft. As an active flight instructor, I bring my daily experiences in the air to this show to help teach pilots and future pilots to fly safely. I'm a Platinum Cirrus CSIP instructor and work with people who are thinking about buying a new or used SR20 or SR22. Go to AviationNewsTalk.com for my contact information, or to click on Listener Questions, which lets you speak into your phone to leave a question you’d like answered on the show.
How to Avoid Deadly Weather-Related Accidents – Safety Moment with Rob Mark
Max talks with Flying Mag Sr. Editor Rob Mark about two recent fatal weather-related accidents and strategies for avoiding them. A family of four was killed in a SR22 after a low time Private pilot took off for a long trip at night and encountered weather. A doctor flying a Cessna 210 crashed in Texas while flying an instrument approach in freezing rain. A timely 180 could have saved both pilots.
Fuel Exhaustion and Fuel Starvation Accidents + GA News
Max talks about several recent fuel-related accidents and what the FAA’s Risk Management Handbook and the Pilot’s Handbook of Aeronautical Knowledge say pilots can do to avoid these kinds of accidents. Listener feedback includes an FAA legal opinion on how pilots can use a non-CFII to get instrument current in actual conditions. And a controller asks about how pilots get to the MEA without an ODP.
Instrument Flying Gotchas, Filing IFR Flight Plans, and a Pilot Deviation + GA News
Max talks about IFR gotchas he’s encountered recently. He also talks about his recent five-day trip flying a Vision Jet around the West. He discusses closing flight plans at non-towered airports and how failing to do so can lead to a pilot deviation. He discusses his Rule of Two which led to going missed early, the DFC90 autopilot, and a restriction for RNAV-equipped aircraft starting at an IAF.
How to get a Helicopter License and a Job Flying Helicopters + GA News
Max talks with Steve Bush, owner of Lone Star Helicopters, about FAA requirements for a Private helicopter certificate and the typical hours required. Steve also talks about the different types of helicopters used in the training and their typical cost. He also talks about the current strong market for helicopter pilots, and typical number of hours needed to qualify for different helicopter jobs.
Helicopter Rescue from California Fires
In September 2020, the California National Guard rescued nearly 400 people trapped by the Creek Fire. Max gets the inside story of the rescue by talking with Col. David Hall of the 40th Combat Aviation Brigade and helicopter pilot Kipp Goding. Kipp talks about the UH-60 Blackhawk helicopter and the challenges of flying in heavy smoke. He also talked with Henri Laborde, one of the rescued hikers.
How Safe is Commercial Air Travel?
Max talks about his roundtrip from SFO to Knoxville on the airlines and an MIT study that estimates the chances of catching COVID on an airline flight. While the terminals appear safe, the highest risk is in flight, as not everyone is properly masked. He shares what he learned about the mask he was wearing and has recommendations for choosing a mask. While safe, airline travel isn’t a lot of fun.
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A must listen for all GA pilots
Great podcast. Even as a professional pilot I always learn something from Max.
Fantastic podcast in every way. Very informative and essential listening worldwide if you're interested in general aviation. The content is wide ranging and covers topics that are relevant the world over and suitable for those in flight training (like me) right up to professional pilots. Thanks Max and keep up the good work!
Well done! Excellent content!
Well done Max! The article you recently wrote about 'Hot props' gave some timely safety reminders for the piston engine community. Although not a GA pilot myself, I found this article extremely interesting and was obviously carefully researched.