43 episodes

30 minutes, 1 pilot. 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 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

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

    • Leisure
    • 4.9 • 62 Ratings

30 minutes, 1 pilot. 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 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

    43. Weather flying tips and debating Boeing vs. Airbus, with Captain Doug Morris

    43. Weather flying tips and debating Boeing vs. Airbus, with Captain Doug Morris

    As a former meteorologist and a 25,000-hour airline captain, Doug Morris loves to talk about weather—but he's worried most other pilots don't share his love. He talks about the most misunderstood weather concept, whether forecasts are getting better, and why pilots might actually have too many weather tools. He also shares stories from his days flying in Atlantic Canada's famously bad weather, and weighs in on the Boeing vs. Airbus debate (he has logged a lot of time in both). In the "Ready to Copy" segment, Doug talks about the most underrated weather tool, the most interesting airport in Canada, and what it's like to see the Northern Lights from an airplane.

    SHOW LINKS:

    Doug's weather book: https://www.pilotweatherbook.com/product-page/pilot-weather

    This Is Your Captain Speaking: https://www.amazon.com/This-Your-Captain-Speaking-Stories/dp/1770415858

    Sporty's Pilot Training app: http://sportys.com/discover

    • 24 min
    42. Why GA is experiencing a renaissance, with Flying magazine's Craig Fuller

    42. Why GA is experiencing a renaissance, with Flying magazine's Craig Fuller

    GA is booming, and new Flying magazine owner Craig Fuller says this isn't just a passing fad. He explains why he believes the industry is experiencing a renaissance right now, with a new generation of pilots attracted by YouTube and a new generation of aviation businesses funded by venture capital. He also shares why he's such a believer in print magazines, what the new business model is for media companies, and how a fly-in community is part of his strategy. In the Ready to Copy segment, Craig talks about Top Gun, a potential eVTOL bust, and the lessons aviation can learn from the trucker shortage.

    Show Links

    Flying magazine: https://www.flyingmag.com

    The Fields fly-in community: https://www.flythefields.com

    Sporty's Pilot Training app: http://sportys.com/discover

    • 40 min
    41. What's killing pilots and how to stay safe, with the NTSB's Bruce Landsberg

    41. What's killing pilots and how to stay safe, with the NTSB's Bruce Landsberg

    There are four major causes of general aviation accidents, according to NTSB Vice Chairman Bruce Landsberg. He reviews the latest safety trends, from VFR-into-IMC accidents to engine failures, and offers his tips for staying safe. He also shares some surprising statistics about the possible role of ADS-B traffic in reducing midair collisions, and explains why flight data monitoring should be adopted by far more GA pilots. In the Ready to Copy segment, Bruce talks about angle of attack indicators, whole airplane parachute systems, flight simulators, and even his time as a missile launch officer in the US Air Force.

    Show links:

    NTSB safety alerts: https://www.ntsb.gov/advocacy/safety-alerts/Pages/safetyalerts.aspx

    NTSB on flight data monitoring: https://www.ntsb.gov/Advocacy/mwl/Pages/mwl-21-22/mwl-as-02.aspx

    Sporty's Pilot Training app: https://sportys.com/discover

    • 45 min
    40. From YouTube astronomer to Cirrus pilot, with Scott Manley

    40. From YouTube astronomer to Cirrus pilot, with Scott Manley

    Scott Manley has been described as a scientist, a gamer, an astrophysicist, a software engineer, a DJ, and a YouTube star. He brings all of those unique skills to his latest adventure: learning to fly. He explains what drew him to aviation, why the written test was easy for a physicist, and what it's like to train in an SR20. He also offers some tips for using flight simulators during flight training and shares which programs are his favorite. In the Ready to Copy segment, Scott talks about riding the zero-G "vomit comet," what he thinks about Navy videos of possible UFOs, and whether you can see a laser pointer from the International Space Station.

    Scott's YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCxzC4EngIsMrPmbm6Nxvb-A

    Riding the vomit comet: https://youtu.be/M67YP-f-LyI

    Sporty's PJ2+ COM Radio: https://www.sportys.com/pj2-plus-com-radio.html

    • 32 min
    39. Exploring the world in a Boeing 787, with author Mark Vanhoenacker

    39. Exploring the world in a Boeing 787, with author Mark Vanhoenacker

    As a London-based airline pilot, Mark Vanhoenacker has traveled the world—and along the way he became a bestselling author. He explains how he stays curious as he travels, what "airplane mode" means for your brain, and why long-haul flying can be a lonely experience. He also describes the unique personalities of the Boeing 747 and 787, including what it's like to sit two stories above the runway and why he loves flying with a HUD. In the Ready to Copy segment, Mark shares the best overnight destination for an airline pilot, why "wilco" is useful in everyday life, and what he thinks of Moby Dick.

    Imagine a City: https://www.amazon.com/Imagine-City-Pilots-Journey-Across/dp/0525657509/

    Skyfaring: https://www.amazon.com/Skyfaring-Journey-Pilot-Mark-Vanhoenacker/dp/038535181X/

    Mark's website: http://markvanhoenacker.com

    Sporty's Pilot Training app: https://www.sportys.com/sporty-s-pilot-training-app.html

    • 37 min
    38. Flying helicopters and climbing mountains, with Jessica Meiris

    38. Flying helicopters and climbing mountains, with Jessica Meiris

    What do helicopter flying and mountain climbing have in common? Jessica Meiris is both a professional helicopter pilot and a record-setting rock climber—she says it's all about thinking ahead and working as a team. She shares the incredible story of how she got into aviation, the latest trends in helicopter safety, and tips for overcoming challenges with the FAA medical. She also explains what "energy management" means for pilots and the lessons she's learned about mountain weather. In the Ready to Copy segment, Jessica picks her favorite helicopter, tells airplane pilots how to avoid rotor wash from nearby helicopters, and explains what her favorite place to climb is.

    US Helicopter Safety Team: https://ushst.org

    Jessica's award: https://rotormedia.com/jessica_meiris_hai_michelle_north_scholarship_for-safety/

    Sporty's Pilot Training Courses: http://sportys.com/discover

    • 34 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
62 Ratings

62 Ratings

flyingdoctor111cj ,

A hidden gem

Over the last year or so this podcast has become one of my favorites. Interesting guests, challenging and insightful questions, great discussion. Along with opposing bases this is one of my absolute must listen to podcasts.

MartyK2144 ,

Working towards my private pilot license

Sporty’s has been great so far and I’m working toward my ppl and would like to work my way up to a multi engine aircraft. Would love to have a 401 one day to be able to fly my family around. This podcast is a great and easy listen and is always around 30 minutes.

hhMaine ,

New convert, loving current events relevance

New listener and a student pilot: I came for the interview with Katie Mack and loved it so much, I started listening to the rest of the show. Great tips sprinkled throughout, lots on the impact of culture/tech on the industry. Keep interviewing impactful women, journalists, technologists, and non-traditional pilots! (Contradicting the negative bro-review before me)

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