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Become the pilot you've always wanted to be. AviatorCast bridges the gap between actual flight training and flight simulation to give prospective aviators, current pilots, and even the seasoned flyer new perspectives in aviation.



Through studying Human Factors we learn to combat the worst enemy to our flying success; ourselves. How can we become better aviators by interacting with our airplanes more effectively? How can we overcome the shortcomings of our human condition to make better decisions on the flight deck?



We believe in learning to a confidence level, not learning to a level required by law. When you get a license, you should be ready to go out and fly in those conditions, with those aircraft, and do so with refined skills.



Flight simulators these days are very advanced, and we will discuss how you can sure up your flight training with a home based simulator, giving you limitless hours and practice in IFR with scenario based training.



Learn how to fly, become better at your flying craft, mold into a safer pilot, or perfect your professional skills.



AviatorCast is an engaging and entertaining podcast that is sure to deliver on the topics you care about.

AviatorCast: Flight Training & Aviation Podcast Chris Palmer | Angle of Attack

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    • 4.9, 251 Ratings

Become the pilot you've always wanted to be. AviatorCast bridges the gap between actual flight training and flight simulation to give prospective aviators, current pilots, and even the seasoned flyer new perspectives in aviation.



Through studying Human Factors we learn to combat the worst enemy to our flying success; ourselves. How can we become better aviators by interacting with our airplanes more effectively? How can we overcome the shortcomings of our human condition to make better decisions on the flight deck?



We believe in learning to a confidence level, not learning to a level required by law. When you get a license, you should be ready to go out and fly in those conditions, with those aircraft, and do so with refined skills.



Flight simulators these days are very advanced, and we will discuss how you can sure up your flight training with a home based simulator, giving you limitless hours and practice in IFR with scenario based training.



Learn how to fly, become better at your flying craft, mold into a safer pilot, or perfect your professional skills.



AviatorCast is an engaging and entertaining podcast that is sure to deliver on the topics you care about.

    Josh Flowers from Aviation101 — AviatorCast 146

    Josh Flowers from Aviation101 — AviatorCast 146

    Today on AviatorCast we are joined by Josh Flowers from Aviation101. You may know Josh from his popular YouTube channel, where over the past 10 years he has chronicled his growth in aviation from teenager to CFI/I.

    You may also remember Josh from the series he and I collaborated on in Alaska. During our time together we had some very epic adventures, and are all viewable through some beautiful material on the YouTube Channel.

    Josh and I discuss many things from his beginning and training in aviation, to aviation safety mindset, life as a YouTuber, and other anecdotes in between.

    Aviation101.com — https://ift.tt/2FEsuuT

    Aviation101 YouTube Channel — https://www.youtube.com/c/Aviation101

    The Alaska Series — https://bit.ly/3a0U9mh

    • 1 hr 8 min
    Ask the CFI #14 | 29 Flight Training, Flying & Aviation Career Questions

    Ask the CFI #14 | 29 Flight Training, Flying & Aviation Career Questions

    Questions on this episode:

    1:40 Can you explain the ceiling for class G? Books say 14,500 sections 1,200 unless marked?

    3:48 As a student, how do you ensure no stall spin on base to final?

    7:23 Slow flight – should we hear the stall horn or not? ACS says no but shouldn’t we be used to the controls at that AOA?

    10:29 What’s the best thing a student pilot can be doing in these uncertain times?

    12:26 What is difference between POH, AFM, and PIM?

    14:19 I’m working on my private and doing cross countries. Any suggestions on getting through diversions?

    17:50 What are all the regs you have to know to be a CFI? Just by #

    19:45 Something students unknowingly do and annoys CFIs?

    21:52 What’s the best way for students to remain proficient for a PPL check ride after not flying because of this virus?

    24:14 What’s really important to an FAA Examiner during a PPL checkride?

    26:34 Is a flight simulator ok to use for IFR practice?

    27:39 Are you still allowed to fly during COVID-19?

    29:13 Is air law the same in the US as it is in the UK for a VFR pilot? Are there any key differences?

    30:01 After the current situation is over do you think it’s a good move to invest money in an aviation career?

    31:36 How can I alleviate the costs of flight training?

    32:00 Can you explain the difference in answering a question on the oral exam at the private pilot level vs on the commercial level?

    33:22 If you could fly in a different decade, what decade would you choose?

    34:32 Is it true that there’s a shortage of flight instructors?

    35:28 Best way to start studying for CFI?

    37:17 After completing your commercial what is left to get your CFI and how many hours to expect?

    38:58 What are your favorite aviation related books?

    41:08 What kind of content do you recommend for instrument knowledge/practical prep?

    41:56 Are there any bad habits to avoid when practicing IFR in a simulator?

    43:21 Top 3 tips on mountain flying?

    45:23 I’m a high schooler looking to become a pilot. How should I juggle flying and school?

    46:08 Is learning/starting training in glass cockpits a good idea? Or should there be a bit of gauges as well?

    47:17 I’m doing your IFR ground school and got to shoot some approaches for the first time today! Just wanted to say it was awesome and thank you.

    47:31 When becoming a CFI, how much of a challenge is it to teach a student to fly the airplane, communicate with ATC in those tough situations?

    48:31 Can’t find the right place to put my feet on the rudder. Especially for short field.

    Submit questions every Sunday night on Angle of Attack’s Instagram: https://ift.tt/2SCOUUG

    Get powerful tools for your aviation journey with our courses at Angle of Attack. Join Online Ground School and Checkride ACE at https://ift.tt/35kuums

    • 51 min
    Success While Flying a Desk at Home — AviatorCast 145

    Success While Flying a Desk at Home — AviatorCast 145

    What do you do with this available time, while not flying? This podcast will outline a handful of tips that can help you “line up and wait” for that time when you can get flying again.

    I’m using the analogy of powering up on the runway, holding the brakes… engine roaring and ready to go, the airplane is begging for the sky.

    THAT is what you can do RIGHT NOW in your aviation journey. Power up, prepare, and get READY! Because soon enough, tower will call and say “cleared for takeoff”.

    What can you do now to prepare for that launch?



    * How Flight Simulation can help you prepare and stay proficient in your flying on a number of levels

    * Why studying, either taking a ground school or reading books, can help you make a leap

    * How you and your instructor can continue your work, start near work, and more to move forward



    This really can be a powerful time for you.

    Below are some links (affiliate) that are discussed in the podcast.

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    Study

    Online Ground School

    Private — https://ift.tt/348Rq8I

    Instrument — https://ift.tt/3bVhA1D

    Checkride ACE — https://ift.tt/2UXlVdI

    Books

    Stick and Rudder — https://amzn.to/2JzqiXd

    PHAK — https://amzn.to/2xPDN2s

    Airplane Flying Handbook — https://amzn.to/3aHqMWV

    A Higher Call — https://amzn.to/2yy5AVn

    • 32 min
    Ask the CFI #13 | 34 Flight Training, Flying & Aviation Career Questions

    Ask the CFI #13 | 34 Flight Training, Flying & Aviation Career Questions

    Questions on this episode:

    1:32 Is it a good idea to take flight lessons during the outbreak?

    3:18 How does your ground school differ from King’s and Sporty’s?

    4:35 New trip with Josh soon?

    5:22 What exactly should one do when you find water in your fuel tester? I’ve seen people just keep syphoning until the water is gone.

    6:52 Do you have any tips and tricks for unpublished holds?

    7:28 What’s your guess for AirVenture 2020?

    8:35 Do you think rates (CFI/rental) will go down?

    9:24 Am I too old to start a track to CFI at 50?

    10:06 How do I know if it’s a fouled spark plug or a bad magneto on the run-up?

    11:12 What’s a good rule of thumb for density altitude? And do you calculate it before every flight?

    13:25 Got my PPL last month in part 61 school. Need some help deciding whether I should go for 141 or stay?

    14:51 Do you think it’s a good idea to rent a plane right now? I’m worried about renting a plane that is contaminated.

    16:25 Thoughts on commercial pilot jobs being effected by corona?

    18:21 How difficult is it to learn to fly?

    20:31 What’s your favorite aircraft to fly?

    20:55 Headsets…What’s your recommendation for a new student pilot?

    22:45 Are you offering a bush flying or Alaska course?

    24:00 Any tips for conquering apprehension of turbulence?

    24:56 Where can I find a good test question bank and/or study material for the PPL knowledge?

    25:29 Thoughts on doing CFI/CFII around the same time?

    26:04 Best resources or ways to learn systems if not mechanically inclined?

    28:20 Tips and tricks for crosswind landings?

    30:30 On my home flight sim, what should I practice the most?

    31:06 I’m starting training in May and the school I’m with has an option to start out with analog or go straight to the Garmin G1000 which one do you think would be best?

    34:18 Is there anyway we can order Angle of Attack shirts?

    34:50 What can you recommend for IFR course beginner?

    35:41 What are some student pilot must haves? And some apps besides foreflight?

    37:50 Can you talk about risk management and flying low?

    39:43 Tips on flying over the Grand Canyon for the first time?

    40:12 What age do you recommend to start flight training?

    41:03 Say I’m flying a NPA approach and need to fly a FPA of 3.0. What’s the best way to do this?

    42:35 23U plans?

    43:06 What’s the difference between CFI and CFII?

    43:29 Would like to come to USA to complete me commercial license. Suggestions? Better to stay in Europe for EASA rules?

    Submit questions every Sunday night on Angle of Attack’s Instagram: https://ift.tt/2SCOUUG

    Get powerful tools for your aviation journey with our courses at Angle of Attack. Join Online Ground School and Checkride ACE at https://ift.tt/35kuums

    • 45 min
    Your Content Ideas, Your Aviation Path — AviatorCast 144

    Your Content Ideas, Your Aviation Path — AviatorCast 144

    Times are a changing. We’re all looking for ways to keep our head in the aviation game with various flight training activities we can do at home.

    Here at Angle of Attack, I’m ready for a pivot as well, eager to produce content that is tailored for all of you.

    In this podcast, I’ll give you a few of the ideas I have, but I also have a HUGE favor to ask: fill out the survey!

    The content survey will help me know exactly what you all want to see. Then, I can start making plans for the rest of the Spring and into Summer.

    You can fill out the survey out the survey at https://ift.tt/33Yhvaz

    • 16 min
    25 Flight Training, Flying & Aviation Career Questions — Motivation Monday #12

    25 Flight Training, Flying & Aviation Career Questions — Motivation Monday #12

    Questions on this episode:

    0:59 Is it a bad idea to start my training now given the state of the economy and airline industry?

    3:22 Teach the impossible turn?

    5:07 Are you having a good day?

    6:09 Is king schools course worth the money for IFR training?

    7:30 Best online ground school? Just finished the free part of Sporty’s, should I pay and finish it?

    8:09 Training on a Cirrus vs 172?

    8:47 Major differences and how to choose a flight school. Not looking into commercial.

    9:40 Having trouble with landings, and getting a stabilized approach. Any tips?

    13:32 Any tips for retaining ground school information?

    14:42 How do you feel about CFIs and flight schools continuing to train during this time of social distancing?

    16:17 Best way to build hours for commercial?

    17:39 What is the easiest way to reach PPL?

    19:11 My Aeronca Champ doesn’t have a stall horn. What’s the best way to mitigate a stall?

    21:48 Headset recommendations for private pilot?

    23:43 Mid IFR Training. Other than banging out the written, what else can I work on?

    25:13 How long do you think it would take to get used to electronic instrumentation?

    26:32 What is the best way to ensure my time spent with my instructor is well prepared and used well?

    28:18 Do you think there will be a restriction on GA due to the current situation?

    29:04 Is it worth it to pay a little more for a nicer flight school (CFI’s with more hours/better maintenance on planes)?

    30:19 What could happen if regular small sized flight schools closed?

    31:40 Commercial done. How did you go about getting your CFI? Do you have any tips looking back on how to approach it that would help me?

    35:21 What are the biggest reasons people fail their private pilot checkride?

    38:34 Non-polarized or polarized sunglasses in a steam gauge C172SP?

    40:45 Starting accelerated PPL program on Thursday. Advice for me going into day one?

    41:15 What effect do you think coronavirus will have on aviation in the long run?

    Submit questions every Sunday night on Angle of Attack’s Instagram: https://ift.tt/2SCOUUG

    • 45 min

Customer Reviews

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251 Ratings

251 Ratings

uwecavok ,

Way too much filler

I’ve partially listened to a few of these podcasts but have never been able to finish. It is a noble endeavor, and could be quite good, but it exhausts my patience with way too entirely much filler and unnecessary talk trying to discuss a topic that could be covered effectively in 5 to 10 minutes in 30 to 50 minutes.

For example, on the Kobe Bryant accident I kept on skipping ahead and some 10 or 15 minutes into the podcast he still hadn’t gotten to the meat of what a CFI’s lessons are from this accident. I just couldn’t continue- I don’t have the attention span or the time available in my day.

@michaelrexford ,

Aviation Journey at 30

Hey chris,

Just want to say what a great inspiration you’ve been. I started my flight training in late 2019 after leaving another career behind and moving across the country to pursue my aviation journey at 30. It’s because of you and your podcast that I’ve continued to push through and press on. I’m preparing for my PPL check ride and there’s no way I’d be as prepared as I am if it wasn’t for your interviews and real world advice. Thank you so much. You’ve got my loyalty, I appreciate you!

Best,

Michael.

7pilot ,

Guest was great...host needs to be more respectful

While I thoroughly enjoyed the interview with Col Anderson, it absolutely floored me that you seemed to put yourself on his level by referring to him as Bud. He isn’t your friend or a peer. As a minimum, being your senior by 5 decades, he deserves the respect of a more formal address. Colonel would be the appropriate address. Give the man the respect he deserves!

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