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Welcome to the SimpleFlight Radio show! We are here to help you define your personal aviation lifestyle. We've got the tips, pilot hacks and introductions to the people who give their aviation secrets.

SimpleFlight Radio Marc Epner, Al Waterloo

    • Aviation
    • 4.9 • 51 Ratings

Welcome to the SimpleFlight Radio show! We are here to help you define your personal aviation lifestyle. We've got the tips, pilot hacks and introductions to the people who give their aviation secrets.

    Ownership Part 3 - Leaseback, September 20, 2020 (S9E3)

    Ownership Part 3 - Leaseback, September 20, 2020 (S9E3)

    The last two shows have focused on airplane ownership from both a sole owner and a partnership perspective.  As we close out our trilogy, Brandon and Marc are joined by Steve Rogers, owner of a beautiful 2004 Glass Panel Archer.  Steve bought the plane off the manufacturing floor in 2005 after making the decision to pay for it by "leasing it back" to a flight school or flying club. 
    A lot has happened over the last 15 years with technology, the economy, costs, etc.  Yet through it all, the Archer continues to look and fly like a new airplane.  That is due to a flying club that treats it like they own it, and even more important, to an owner that is committed to the safety and pride factor of anyone that flies her.  Steve is often called the best leaseback owner that any flying organization could have.  He loves owning the plane and loves helping people achieve their aviation dreams in his plane. 
    We hope you enjoy the conversation as much as Brandon and Marc did.  Not only was it educational, but we enjoyed talking to someone that loves helping others in aviation.  Would you ever purchase and leaseback an airplane?  What kind of person does that?  Interested to hear your perspective.  As always, please share your views with the rest of the SimpleFlight Facebook and Instagram community @simpleflightradio
    Thanks for being a part of the SimpleFlight Family!!

    • 1 hr 4 min
    Plane Ownership - Part 2, Edward Forman, September 6, 2020 (S9E2)

    Plane Ownership - Part 2, Edward Forman, September 6, 2020 (S9E2)

    As a follow up to our last episode, the SimpleFlight crew reached out to Edward Forman, a pilot that embarked on a mission to find a plane and some partners to help him build proficiency and get more utility out of general aviation.  The big questions revolved around number of partners, type of partners, how much to spend, and what make and model of plane would best meet the mission.    
    While each purchase process stands on its own, the conversation with Edward highlights key factors that have to be considered, including the equipment, where to source the plane, where to hangar the plane, finding a maintenance shop, and discovering that a 9 year old plane won't be perfect.  If an unfamiliar model is purchased, the transition to a different platform also needs to be considered.
    All in all, Brandon and Marc touched on a lot of aspects of the plane purchase and ownership process.  But we're sure there are other perspectives.  And we'd like to hear yours.   As always, please share your views with the rest of the SimpleFlight Facebook and Instagram community @simpleflightradio
    Thanks for being a part of the SimpleFlight Family!!

    • 1 hr 2 min
    Stay The Course, Andy Thome, August 23, 2020 (S9E1)

    Stay The Course, Andy Thome, August 23, 2020 (S9E1)

    As SimpleFlight Radio starts its 9th season, we decided to sit down and revisit with Andy Thome, who was our guest twice in the last three months of 2019.  At that time, Andy was going through an airplane purchase process and shared his experience from start to finish.  His purchase of a 1959 Piper Comanche 180 in December, was not the end of the story.  Quite the opposite.  Similar to a TV newscast that warns its viewers that the following story could be quite disturbing, we must warn you the journey Andy has been on will probably make you cringe.  The good news is there is much to be learned from the story, including how Andy is dealing with the less than perfect experience he continues to face.  
    As a pilot, we are taught how to deal with adversity and stay focused on taking our journey to a safe and successful conclusion.  That is exactly what Andy has done for the last several months.  So sit back, relax, and listen and learn from Andy as he shares the story of his journey since buying his plane in December of 2019. 
    Brandon and Marc wonder if they would've navigated the process as well as Andy.  We're interested to have you join the discussion with your opinion and any questions you have of the SimpleFlight crew.  And at the same time, share your thoughts with the rest of the SimpleFlight Facebook and Instagram community @simpleflightradio
    Thanks for being a part of the SimpleFlight Family!!

    • 1 hr 6 min
    Bravo! Bravo! Bob Reynolds, July 12, 2020 (S8E18)

    Bravo! Bravo! Bob Reynolds, July 12, 2020 (S8E18)

    Covid-19 has impacted so many people across the globe in some physical or emotional way.  The specifics are tough to recount.  To say we need to find a way to "de-stress" is an understatement.  For many of us, we find our escape in flying.  And tonight's guest, takes that to an extreme. 
    Meet Bob Reynolds, a Chicago pilot that uses his SR22 to see the USA at safe, but low altitudes.  His last minute trips to points of interest from coast to coast will probably leave you green with envy.  Despite the distraction and impact of the Corona virus, Bob saw an opportunity to take his mission to the next level. 
    Bob heard about pilots taking advantage of the reduction in air carrier flights, by adding their local Bravo airport to their logbook.  That included many Chicago private pilots who landed at O'Hare.  Bob said, "why stay local?", as he set out to land at every Bravo airport in the US.  It's an incredible story and we're honored that Bob was willing to share it with all of us.  Please join us for a ride of a lifetime.
    We're interested to have you join the discussion with your opinion and any questions you have of the SimpleFlight crew.  And at the same time, share your thoughts with the rest of the SimpleFlight Facebook and Instagram community @simpleflightradio
    Thanks for being a part of the SimpleFlight Family!!

    • 1 hr 14 min
    An Electrifying Career, Wayne Temple, May 24, 2020 (S8E17)

    An Electrifying Career, Wayne Temple, May 24, 2020 (S8E17)

    There are a lot of paths to a job in aviation.  Some are unconventional.  And sometimes the job itself is unconventional.  Welcome to this week's episode of SimpleFlight radio.  Join us as Marc and Brandon spend time with Wayne Temple, a Helicopter Line Pilot and COO of Wake Aviation (wakeaviation.com).  His story about how he became the only active Journeyman Lineman/Wire pilot in the country is interesting by itself.  But to learn about what the job entails and what a day in the life is like, is compelling.   
    You might assume that a job flying helicopters carrying people and equipment that hang below the aircraft, while operating within feet of structures and high power lines is not a career that elicits comfort for most people.  Yet, you'll hear Wayne talk about how he essentially earned his license on the job and has accumulated 9,000 hours doing what he loves.  Of note is the fact that he has zero time flying fixed wing aircraft.  This is someone that found his dream job at an early age.  It's a great story and we hope you agree.
    We're interested to have you join the discussion with your opinion and any questions you have of the SimpleFlight crew.  And at the same time, share your thoughts with the rest of the SimpleFlight Facebook and Instagram community @simpleflightradio
    Thanks for being a part of the SimpleFlight Family!!!

    • 1 hr 4 min
    Ladies Love Taildraggers, May 10, 2020 (S8E16)

    Ladies Love Taildraggers, May 10, 2020 (S8E16)

    All pilots are passionate about aviation.  It's the one thing that creates a bond.  As Marc likes to say, it's our Common Unity.  And that's what makes us a COMMUNITY.  But it doesn't stop there.  There are families within the family.  Some are based on aircraft types (there are more than 100 aircraft type clubs), while others are pilot segmented groups (e.g. 99's, NAFI, AbleFlight).  And there are even a few organizations that bring both together.   
    And that brings us to Ladies Love Taildraggers (ladieslovetaildraggers.com).  Marc and Brandon talked with Judy Birchler and Kelly Jeffries, who started the organization in 2009 and now have over 2500 members.  Listen in and catch their contagious enthusiasm as they share not only what they put into the group, but what the members come away with.   Spoiler alert... it starts with FUN!
    We're interested to have you join the discussion with your opinion and any questions you have of the SimpleFlight crew.  And at the same time, share your thoughts with the rest of the SimpleFlight Facebook and Instagram community @simpleflightradio
    Thanks for being a part of the SimpleFlight Family!!!

    • 1 hr 8 min

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