30 episodes

Ride along with renowned aviator, writer, and photographer Greg Brown in his light airplane, the "Flying Carpet," as he searches behind clouds for the real America, experiencing countless aerial adventures along the way. A former National Flight Instructor of the Year, Greg is author of five books, a former Barnes & Noble Arizona Author of the Month, and recently completed twenty years as aviation adventure columnist for AOPA Flight Training magazine. Some reviewers have compared his book, "Flying Carpet: The Soul of an Airplane," to sixties road-trip classics like "On the Road," and "Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance." Says aviation author and humorist Rod Machado: “Greg thinks with the mind of a pilot, questions with the curiosity of a philosopher, and sees with the eyes of a poet.” Observes Nina Bell Allen, former “Readers Digest” Asst. Managing Editor, "You don't have to be a pilot, or even a frequent flyer, to soar with Greg Brown in [his] Flying Carpet." So buckle in and join Greg for the ride! 

Greg Brown: Cockpit Adventures from the Flying Carpet Greg Brown

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    • 4.9 • 13 Ratings

Ride along with renowned aviator, writer, and photographer Greg Brown in his light airplane, the "Flying Carpet," as he searches behind clouds for the real America, experiencing countless aerial adventures along the way. A former National Flight Instructor of the Year, Greg is author of five books, a former Barnes & Noble Arizona Author of the Month, and recently completed twenty years as aviation adventure columnist for AOPA Flight Training magazine. Some reviewers have compared his book, "Flying Carpet: The Soul of an Airplane," to sixties road-trip classics like "On the Road," and "Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance." Says aviation author and humorist Rod Machado: “Greg thinks with the mind of a pilot, questions with the curiosity of a philosopher, and sees with the eyes of a poet.” Observes Nina Bell Allen, former “Readers Digest” Asst. Managing Editor, "You don't have to be a pilot, or even a frequent flyer, to soar with Greg Brown in [his] Flying Carpet." So buckle in and join Greg for the ride! 

    iPads, Icing, & Restricted Airspace!

    iPads, Icing, & Restricted Airspace!

    One thing I’ve learned over many years of piloting is that rarely can we plan a flight, take off, and then not need to worry about anything until we reach our destination.
    More often than not, circumstances arise before takeoff and en route that require planning, strategy, and tactics to get us safely where we’re going . A big part of this, too, is being prepared to land at any point… To turn around. To land at an inconvenient airport that might even be unattended. But if we’re not willing and able to make smart decisions “on the fly,” we cannot safely fly around in potentially marginal weather.

    This episode’s flight was great piloting adventure because we did not know over the entire three-hour flight whether we would make our destination.

    But when I discussed this flight with pilot friends afterwards, including some very experienced ones, I discovered that in the course of it I’d unwittingly done something innovative—an integration of new technology with what we’ve always done. Whether pilots or not, I think you’ll find it interesting.

    Okay, everyone, grab your logbooks, hop aboard my Flying Carpet, snug up your seatbelts, and prepare for takeoff on today’s adventure, “iPads & Icing!”

    **Follow the flight route at my website.**
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    • 28 min
    Cowpunchers Reunion: Rough Flight Home

    Cowpunchers Reunion: Rough Flight Home

    You may remember meeting my cowboy buddy "Baldy" way back in Flying Carpet Podcast Flight #2, “Cowboy Pilot,” in which Jean and I were first invited to the annual "Arizona Cowpuncher’s Reunion." If you don’t remember that episode, or haven’t heard it, you might want to get to know Baldy via that episode before starting this one.
    Regardless, I predict you’ll get a kick joining our flying adventure to attend a unique “working cowboys” rodeo, and experiencing our piloting travails flying there and returning.
    Okay, everyone, hop aboard my Flying Carpet, snug up your seatbelts, and prepare for takeoff on today’s adventure, “Cowpunchers Reunion: Rough Flight Home.”
    Greg
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    • 16 min
    Bad Omen

    Bad Omen

    There are many dimensions to piloting adventure: some are scary, most are educational, but all are memorable!
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    • 15 min
    Lobe Plays Sedona; Skies Filled with Music

    Lobe Plays Sedona; Skies Filled with Music

    “Lobe Plays Sedona; Skies filled with music.” 

    Along with cockpit thrills and challenges, plenty of piloting adventure arises from where flying can deliver us, both physically and spiritually. That’s what today’s episode is about.
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    • 15 min
    Vertigo!

    Vertigo!

    Some Lessons a Pilot Never Forgets

    "So this must be vertigo." I thought. Nausea circled my gut like the snowflakes orbiting my propeller. I peered out the windshield for landmarks, but snow obscured all but a tiny spot of  ground beneath me, even at an altitude of only a thousand feet. 

    To make matters worse, my navigational radio had obviously failed. How could I possibly have drifted so far off course as it suggested, on a flight of only 40 miles? 

    It was almost Christmas, and I was a young University of Illinois student transporting precious parts for my motorcycle, home to Champaign... 
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    • 15 min
    Red Sports Car for a Day

    Red Sports Car for a Day

    Ride along on Greg's youthful adventures in airplanes and automobiles!
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    • 14 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
13 Ratings

13 Ratings

Live-to-fly ,

Not your average aviation podcast

A delightful and worthwhile change from the dozens of other “how to” and “what not to do” aviation podcasts. Greg Brown has a knack for telling a good story- the common and uncommon ones that go beyond a few hash marks in a logbook. His true-life pilot stories are relatable to all of us that fly as well as those that aspire to become pilots.

LongTail Chris ,

Flying with Greg

It’s a gift to fly with Greg Brown, one of this generation’s best pilot storytellers, via his Flying Carpet podcast. His adventures come to life and pop with realism as Greg narrates with his distinctive energy and enthusiasm. Thanks for saving us a seat in the cockpit of the Flying Carpet!

sballdad ,

Wonderful podcast!

Greg takes his wonderful skill as a writer and transforms it into a wonderful podcast! Stories are entertaining for both the aviator and non pilots as well.

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