8 episodes

30 minutes, 1 pilot. Fast Five brings you authentic conversations with some of aviation's most interesting people. From honest discussions about flight training to fascinating stories from world famous airshow pilots, this podcast is for anyone who loves to fly. Stay tuned for our rapid-fire "ready to copy" segment at the end of every episode. Brought to you by Sporty's Pilot Shop, training and equipping pilots worldwide since 1961. Have a comment? Email us: podcast@sportys.com

Fast Five from Sporty's - aviation podcast for pilots, by pilots Sporty's Pilot Shop

    • Leisure
    • 4.8 • 24 Ratings

30 minutes, 1 pilot. Fast Five brings you authentic conversations with some of aviation's most interesting people. From honest discussions about flight training to fascinating stories from world famous airshow pilots, this podcast is for anyone who loves to fly. Stay tuned for our rapid-fire "ready to copy" segment at the end of every episode. Brought to you by Sporty's Pilot Shop, training and equipping pilots worldwide since 1961. Have a comment? Email us: podcast@sportys.com

    8. Controversial aviation opinions, with AOPA's Dave Hirschman

    8. Controversial aviation opinions, with AOPA's Dave Hirschman

    Flight instructors should talk less. Experimental airplanes are clearly better than certified ones. Waterskiing an airplane is a terrible idea. Dave Hirschman, a well-known writer for AOPA and a pilot with wide range of experience in everything from taildraggers to jets, doesn't think these are controversial opinions. He believes them because the facts support them, and more people should just admit it. This episode of Fast Five covers all of these interesting topics, plus many more: why he uses a video camera on most flights, why pilots need to be good at both technology and manual flying, and what the most important trait is for safe flying. He also shares some stories from his time as a flight instructor and ferry pilot, and some of the personalities he's met along the way—some good, some bad.

    • 39 min
    7. Backcountry flying and family airplanes, with the RAF's John McKenna

    7. Backcountry flying and family airplanes, with the RAF's John McKenna

    Flying in the backcountry means "dispensing with the direct-to button," says Recreational Aviation Foundation Chairman John McKenna. The rewards for doing so include true adventure and stunning views—far beyond the $100 hamburger. He explains why you don't need big bushwheels to fly these trips, how his organization preserves remote landing strips all over the US, and what he has learned from over 6,000 hours in tailwheel airplanes. He also shares his tips for including family in your flying adventures. In the "Ready to Copy" segment, John picks his favorite backcountry airport, describes how to make great cowboy coffee, and explains why he once loaded over 60 dogs in a single airplane.

    Host: John Zimmerman (@jtzim), Sporty's Pilot Shop 

    Guest: John McKenna, Recreational Aviation Foundation

    RAF: https://theraf.org

    • 33 min
    6. Life as an EMS helicopter pilot, with Matt Johnson

    6. Life as an EMS helicopter pilot, with Matt Johnson

    Are helicopters harder to fly than airplanes? What's it like to fly an instrument approach to a parking lot in an EC145 helicopter? And how has the iPad changed the air medical pilot's job? Professional helicopter pilot Matt Johnson takes us inside the fascinating world of rotary wing flight in this episode, from the basics of helicopters to the latest advances in technology. He's also an FAA designated pilot examiner, so he shares his tips for applicants—including why he wants you to pass! In the rapid-fire "Ready to Copy" segment, Matt shares his favorite helicopter, the strangest place he's ever landed, and whether he would ride on an autonomous air taxi one day.
    Host: John Zimmerman (@jtzim), Sporty's Pilot Shop
    Guest: Matt Johnson, air medical helicopter pilot and designated pilot examiner
    Sporty's Helicopter Course: https://www.sportys.com/so-you-want-to-fly-helicopters-course-online-app-and-tv.html

    • 39 min
    5. Behind the scenes at air traffic control, with Eddie Albert

    5. Behind the scenes at air traffic control, with Eddie Albert

    Air traffic control and pilots work together every day, but often the two sides don't fully understand each other. In this episode, longtime controller (and pilot) Eddie Albert takes us behind the scenes. You'll hear why "roger" is not a read back, what kind of weather ATC sees on their radar screen, and why declaring an emergency usually isn't a big deal. Eddie also explains how he picks an IFR route to file and how to manage weather deviations with a controller. In the fast-paced "Ready to Copy" segment, Eddie shares whether controllers prefer IFR or VFR flight following, what advice he gave to his son as a new controller, and what the best movie is with air traffic control.

    Host: John Zimmerman (@jtzim), Sporty's Pilot Shop

    Guest: Eddie Albert, Support Specialist, Cincinnati Approach

    Sporty's Instrument Rating Course: Sportys.com/instrument

    • 21 min
    4. Aerobatics and flying in Africa, with Patty Wagstaff

    4. Aerobatics and flying in Africa, with Patty Wagstaff

    Patty Wagstaff is one of the most famous airshow pilots in history, but her aviation story includes so much more than just aerobatics. In this wide-ranging podcast episode, Patty talks about what's going through her mind during an airshow, what pilots can learn from an upset recovery course, why she chose to fly as a wildfire spotter for Cal Fire, and why she loves flying in Africa. As you'll hear, she has flown an incredible variety of airplanes. In the fast-paced "Ready to Copy" segment, Patty shares her favorite warbird, what pilots can learn from horses, and what it was like to grow up in Japan.

    Host: John Zimmerman (@jtzim), Sporty's Pilot Shop

    Guest: Patty Wagstaff, https://pattywagstaff.com

    Basic Aerobatics Course with Patty Wagstaff: Sportys.com/aerobatics

    • 28 min
    3. iPad apps and legal weather briefings with iPad Pilot News Editor Bret Koebbe

    3. iPad apps and legal weather briefings with iPad Pilot News Editor Bret Koebbe

    Has the iPad made flying safer? What counts as a legal weather briefing these days? And what are the latest trends in aviation apps? Nobody knows the world of electronic flight bags better than Bret Koebbe, a corporate pilot, active flight instructor, and Editor at iPad Pilot News. He shares his tips for integrating an iPad into primary flight training, flying with datalink weather, and using flight simulators to learn a new app. In the fast-paced "Ready to copy" segment, Bret shares his favorite app, what it's like to fly Sporty's 1963 Piper Aztec, and his best tip for smoking meat.

    Host: John Zimmerman (@jtzim), Sporty's Pilot Shop

    Guest: Bret Koebbe, iPadPilotNews.com

    Flight Gear iPad Battery Pack: Sportys.com/battery

    • 25 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
24 Ratings

24 Ratings

Prop_Blast ,

Great podcast

Interesting, educational, a little bit controversial. Great stuff!

Rinjur ,

Great stuff but…

When I get an email from sportys regarding the next episode and click on it, it opens the podcast app. But the episode isn’t there. Just the older one. Why is the newest one missing? So frustrating.

Ahova11111 ,

Great for student pilots!

Episode 3 was packed with great info for student pilots. Great questions regarding EFBs and flight simulators. Well covered topics. Thanks!

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