23 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 • 12 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!

    Talking Spirits

    Talking Spirits

    Piloting is a sophisticated activity that requires a good deal of training, hand-eye coordination, planning, and application of judgment.


    But today’s episode focuses more on spiritual aspects of flying--that is, why we do it, rather than how we do it, and it's topped off by a crazy destination.  This story is one of my personal favorites, and I hope you’ll enjoy it.


    Okay, everyone, hop aboard my Flying Carpet, snug up your seatbelts, and prepare for takeoff on today’s adventure, “Talking Spirits!”


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    • 16 min
    Captain Midnight

    Captain Midnight

    As you’ve likely heard, the final Learjet was recently delivered following almost 60 years of production. I was a kid when the Lear 23 was first introduced in 1964. 

    Although a few other corporate jets were flying by then, most companies still motored around in relatively slow, unpressurized piston airplanes, many of them repurposed WWII-era bombers and freighters. 

    The Lear was so sleek, sexy, and fast in comparison that it seemingly arrived from the future, revolutionizing air travel as evidenced by some 3,000 aircraft delivered over so many years.
    Today’s episode is a tribute to the Learjet via "Captain Midnight," one of the model’s early captains and the most dashing pilot I've ever met, who along the way inspired me and other enthusiastic kids to earn their wings in his footsteps.
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    • 15 min
    Backstory: Flight Instructor Hall of Fame

    Backstory: Flight Instructor Hall of Fame

    Every aviator develops mutually rewarding relationships with the flight instructors delivering his or her wings.

    Well, here’s the backstory of one of those relationships, that over 22 years led to the Flight Instructor Hall of Fame. It’s a story every pilot will appreciate.

    Read my 1999 NAFI Mentor column referenced in the Podcast. 
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    • 14 min
    Share Your Gift of Flight!

    Share Your Gift of Flight!

    Tips and tricks for introducing family and friends to general aviation flying, including some hysterical stories about how NOT to do it!

    Learn how to treat family and friends to their critical first airplane rides, to ensure that they enjoy themselves and want to fly with you again. 
    Heads up that this is a live recording of a talk given several years ago, meaning audio quality is somewhat variable. But if you’ll stick with me I promise some great tips, along with some fun stories pilots at every experience level will appreciate.
    Okay, everyone, hop aboard my Flying Carpet, snug up your seatbelts, and prepare for takeoff on today’s adventure, “Share your Gift of Flight!”
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    • 47 min
    Pilgrimage to Oshkosh!

    Pilgrimage to Oshkosh!

    Everyone knows this is Oshkosh AirVenture Fly-in week, right?  Well, grab your logbook, 'cause it's time for "Pilgrimage to Oshkosh," Greg Brown's Flying Carpet Podcast #18. 

    Whether you're at AirVenture now or just wish you were, I promise you cross-country time, some laughs, and a fresh perspective!

    So hop in the Flying Carpet with me, and we’ll go check it out!
    Greg

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    • 23 min
    "Parlez-vous Anglais?"

    "Parlez-vous Anglais?"

    Ever wonder what it would be like, flying yourself into a foreign country where pilot communications are transmitted in an unknown-to-you language? Well, here's your opportunity to find out!

    This episode marks fifty years of a treasured friendship, arising under unusual circumstances from a long-ago foreign adventure, and continued over the years through Flying Carpet adventures like this one! 
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    • 20 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
12 Ratings

12 Ratings

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.

FlywithJim.com ,

Captivating!

There is no other aviation podcast like this. Greg uses his superb story-telling skills to entertain and educate. Every adventure comes to life in a unique and special way.

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