75 episodes

Pilot's Discretion brings you authentic conversations with some of aviation's most interesting people. From honest discussions about flight training to fascinating stories from 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, where we go beyond the cliches to find out what each guest really thinks. Brought to you by Sporty's Pilot Shop, training and equipping pilots worldwide since 1961. Have a comment? Email us: podcast@sportys.com

Pilot's Discretion from Sporty's Sporty's Pilot Shop

    • Leisure
    • 4.9 • 102 Ratings

Pilot's Discretion brings you authentic conversations with some of aviation's most interesting people. From honest discussions about flight training to fascinating stories from 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, where we go beyond the cliches to find out what each guest really thinks. Brought to you by Sporty's Pilot Shop, training and equipping pilots worldwide since 1961. Have a comment? Email us: podcast@sportys.com

    75. Bush flying in Alaska, with Patrick Carter

    75. Bush flying in Alaska, with Patrick Carter

    Having flown everything from aerobatic airplanes to airliners to seaplanes, Patrick Carter loves to apply the lessons from one part of aviation to another. In this episode, he takes us inside the world of Alaskan bush pilots to explain the skills they need to stay safe, how to evaluate off-airport landing sites, and how to manage changing weather. Patrick also talks about handling emergencies far from airports, as he learned first hand on a recent flight in a Super Cub. Patrick is an advocate for flying with video cameras, so he shares practical advice for mounting cameras externally and capturing audio. In the Ready to Copy segment, Patrick shares a helpful airline travel tip, his favorite aerobatic maneuver, and what he looks for on test flights after maintenance.

    LINKS:


    Patrick’s article on Air Facts: https://airfactsjournal.com/2024/04/quick-land-to-quicksand/
    NFlight camera gear: https://www.nflightcam.com
    Pilot Training+ membership: https://www.sportys.com/sportys-pilot-training-plus.html

    • 32 min
    74. Electric airplanes, drone delivery, and personal jets, with Ben Marcus

    74. Electric airplanes, drone delivery, and personal jets, with Ben Marcus

    New aerospace businesses seem to be launching every month, including electric ultralights, eVTOL air taxis, drone delivery services, and private space flight. As a longtime pilot and venture capitalist, Ben Marcus is the perfect person to sort through the hype. He explains which business models will work first, why Walmart is finding success with drone delivery, and what benefits GA pilots might see as a result of this investment boom. Ben also founded JetAviva, a popular airplane broker, so he talks about the light jet boom of the last 25 years and what it takes to transition from a piston airplane to a single pilot turbine. In the Ready to Copy segment, you’ll hear about common charging standards for eVTOLs, the best light jet on the market, and Ben’s favorite backcountry strip in Arkansas.

    SHOW LINKS:


    The Moving World Report: https://up.partners/movingworld/
    The GameBird: https://youtu.be/pnFFyjkvDEg
    Pilot Training+ membership: https://www.sportys.com/sportys-pilot-training-plus.html

    • 37 min
    73. Flying a vintage airplane across the country, with David Tulis

    73. Flying a vintage airplane across the country, with David Tulis

    A spur-of-the-moment airplane purchase presented David Tulis with the adventure of a lifetime: flying a 1953 Tri-Pacer across the country. He tells the story of this fun and challenging trip in this episode, including what it was like to cross the Rockies with a 135-horsepower engine, the value of mentors, and the appeal of vintage airplanes. David is also a highly accomplished photographer, so he explains why photos still matter in a world of videos and offers some practical tips for taking better in-flight photos. In the Ready to Copy segment, David tells us his favorite photo of all time, his best best tip for podcasters, and his opinion about famous Atlanta drinks.

    SHOW LINKS:


    Tri-Pacer story
    Flying with reluctant passengers
    Pilot Training+ membership

    • 50 min
    72. Why most airports are poorly managed, with Mike Jones

    72. Why most airports are poorly managed, with Mike Jones

    Airports are missing out on $35 billion in economic impact because they're not well run - that's according to pilot and airport management expert Michael Jones. He explains the cause of this underperformance and why the structure of an airport management team is so important. Mike is also a longtime Cessna 210 owner, so he shares stories about this do-everything piston single, including the time he took one to 27,000 feet. In the Ready to Copy segment you'll hear tips for successful Young Eagles flights, what skills Mike learned as an air traffic controller in Vietnam, and the best golf course in the Carolinas.

    SHOW LINKS:

    - Mike's article at Air Facts: https://airfactsjournal.com/2023/12/g-a-airports-suffer-from-costly-mismanagement/

    - PilotWorkshops at Sporty's: https://sportys.com/pilotworkshops

    • 37 min
    71. IFR proficiency and remote flight instruction, with Ryan Koch

    71. IFR proficiency and remote flight instruction, with Ryan Koch

    Earning an instrument rating can unlock new flying adventures, but only if you keep your skills sharp. In this episode, CFII Ryan Koch offers some tips for doing that, including: staying mentally engaged when you can’t fly, using scenarios instead of maneuvers, and simple techniques for improving your instrument scan. Ryan also talks about delivering remote flight instruction with flight simulators, including for avionics training and high school classes. In the Ready to Copy segment, you’ll hear how Ryan uses checklists during IFR flight, what he likes best about the Stearman, and his favorite guitarist. 



    SHOW LINKS:

    - IFR Procedures Manual: https://www.sportys.com/pilot-workshops-ifr-procedures-manual-digital-copy.html

    - PilotWorkshops IFR Mastery Membership: https://pilotworkshop.com/products/ifr-mastery/?disc=36

    • 36 min
    70. How musicians and pilots are similar, with Randy Waldman

    70. How musicians and pilots are similar, with Randy Waldman

    When you go on tour with Frank Sinatra at age 21, it’s hard to be intimidated—so it’s no surprise Randy Waldman jumped into the exciting world of helicopters with both feet. In this episode he shares his unique aviation journey, from model airplanes to owning a Mooney to setting a speed record in a Bell OH-58. As one of LA’s most experienced studio musicians and an active helicopter CFI, Randy talks about the similarities between music and flying, including how pilots can develop feel, whether having a career plan B makes sense, and how to use all your senses. In the Ready to Copy segment, Randy shares the most challenging part of flying in LA, his favorite turbine helicopter, and the most underrated jazz musician.

    SHOW LINKS:

    - Randy’s website: https://www.jazzpilot.com

    - Randy playing live: https://youtu.be/CrQStTecDk4

    - Sporty’s Pilot Training+ membership: https://www.sportys.com/sportys-pilot-training-plus.html

    • 32 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
102 Ratings

102 Ratings

frewdyby ,

Best podcast!

This is my favorite podcast!

Timdeck ,

Episode 66

Great interview with lots of good information and safety advice. Keep up the good work.

Brad4467 ,

Great show for pilots and non-pilots

Just listened to Ep 24 with Richard McSpadden episode (you will be missed Richard) and it is quite chilling. Even the best, most experienced pilots can fall prey to the impossible turn, something Richard and John have talked much about. This podcast got me, a non pilot, to sign up for an introduction flight at Sporty’s and am so looking forward to it.

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