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Join host Stephen Force for coverage of aviation and aerospace that includes general aviation, space exploration, military aviation, flight music, and a healthy dose of flying philosophy.

Airspeed Stephen Force

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    • 4.7, 64 Ratings

Join host Stephen Force for coverage of aviation and aerospace that includes general aviation, space exploration, military aviation, flight music, and a healthy dose of flying philosophy.

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

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

    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.

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

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

    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.

    • 1 hr 40 min
    Airspeed - Hangar Flying with Kent Shook

    Airspeed - Hangar Flying with Kent Shook

    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.

    • 1 hr 23 min
    Airspeed - The Eudaemonic Pie

    Airspeed - The Eudaemonic Pie

    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.

    • 57 min
    Airspeed - Because Glider - Part 2

    Airspeed - Because Glider - Part 2

    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.

    • 1 hr 37 min
    Airspeed - Because Glider - Part 1

    Airspeed - Because Glider - Part 1

    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.

    • 1 hr 28 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
64 Ratings

64 Ratings

Scott KLVJ ,

An aviation podcast with a backbone

Listen to episode 199, "First Solo", and decide for yourself.

DaveFlys ,

Get Immersed

Stephen Force is a phenomenal storyteller. No one else I know is able to so completely immerse me in the moment and bring me along for the ride. Stephen continues to find more and more amazing aerial adventures, and then stuff the audience into his headset so that we can relive the adventure with him. If you have even a passing interest in aviation, Airspeed is a show you don't want to miss.

buggsy2 ,

All Steve all the time

Steve has a good radio voice, but so far the podcasts I've heard are all about Steve. Even when he interviews someone else, he'll ask a question that is 3 minutes long and mostly about himself. Nevertheless it's a podcast you can listen to in the background. A big plus is no "ums", "aws", and "uhhs" which are so annoying in other podcasts. Steve is a real audio pro.

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