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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

    • Leisure
    • 4.9 • 58 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.

    Mayday, Mayday, Mayday, Engine Out 5/31/22 (S10E3)

    Mayday, Mayday, Mayday, Engine Out 5/31/22 (S10E3)

    Yes, SimpleFlight Radio is still here.  We took an extended break, but not without missing all of you.  Some of you have found me with my YouTube channel, PF Flying.  If you checked it out, you saw that I had a catastrophic engine failure at about 1500 ft AGL.  When it happened, I was completely caught off guard, but the surprises didn't stop there.

    With over 2300 hours, I always feared an engine out.  I didn't think about it often, but if someone was to ask, it would've been in my top 3 list of things I didn't want to experience.  I wondered how I would handle it.  Would I be frozen by fear and panic?  That's when surprise #2 hit me.  I felt no fear, I had no indecision, and I had complete confidence I was going to be OK.

    So join us in our first episode for 2022,  with Brandon and myself doing a completely unscripted hangar talk session about what happened, how it happened, and what came after the dead stick landing.  I learned a lot about myself and more specifically, how my brain was the key to a successful outcome.  I believe the same can happen for you, so encourage you to listen and learn about how to increase your chances for success when facing an emergency.

    ​We'd love to hear your thoughts and questions.  Please share them with the rest of the SimpleFlight Facebook and Instagram community @simpleflightradio

    • 1 hr 10 min
    Aviation Journey's (Part 2), Bob Reynolds, 12/29/21 (S10E2)

    Aviation Journey's (Part 2), Bob Reynolds, 12/29/21 (S10E2)

    As 2021 comes to a close, it's a good time to reflect on the year that was.  As we made progress against Covid, the battle rages on.  Still, 2021 was a great year for General Aviation.  Many people have decided now is the time to start their aviation journey.  Flight Schools are extremely active and plane inventory & availability is tight as people start to check off bucket list items at a fast pace.  That not only goes for new pilots, but existing ones that are reaching new heights.
    That is the case for Bob Reynolds.  As you may recall, Bob joined us in the summer of 2020 after taking advantage of the airline slowdown by landing at every Bravo airport in the lower 48 (except Regan).  And he didn't stop there.  Since then, Bob earned his Cirrus Vision Jet type rating and has been building time via some great adventures.  

    Join us on this week's episode as Bob talks about his new aviation journey, including the costs, challenges, and the joy of following his dream.  Our dreams may be a bit different, but Bob sets the standard by which all of us can measure ourselves regardless of the destination.

    We'd love to hear your thoughts and questions.  Please share them with the rest of the SimpleFlight Facebook and Instagram community @simpleflightradio

    • 1 hr 8 min
    Navigating Insurance, Wendy Wenk, 9/15/21 (S10E1)

    Navigating Insurance, Wendy Wenk, 9/15/21 (S10E1)

    As Oshkosh came and went in 2021, the Simpleflight Crew celebrated the completion of our 9th year.  During the time of Covid, we didn't get a complete season out, but are very excited for our 10th season.  So we wanted to start this season with something we've not talked about previously and that is a hot topic.  After all our shows, we thought it would be an impossible task.  And yet, it was right there in front of us.  Aviation Insurance.

    Join us on this week's episode as we are joined by Wendy Wenk, President of Wenk Aviation Insurance (www.wenkaviation.com). With almost 40 years in the business, Wendy and her staff help aviators navigate the often confusing landscape facing pilots and organizations.  Especially since the dynamics have been turned upside down over the last few years.  Brandon and Marc sought to understand the world of coverage, premiums, dynamics and best practices.  Wendy's long term perspective was eye opening and informative.  We hope you enjoy the conversation as much as we did.   

    We'd love to hear your thoughts and questions.  Please share them with the rest of the SimpleFlight Facebook and Instagram community @simpleflightradio

    • 1 hr 11 min
    Aviation Dreams Can Still Happen. June 6,2021 (S9E10)

    Aviation Dreams Can Still Happen. June 6,2021 (S9E10)

    Once bitten by the Aviation "Bug", pilots dream about flying experiences to come.  It may be a particular mission or a specific make and model of aircraft that the pilot wants to fly.  Dreams come in all shapes and sizes.

    As a pilot gets a cadence going and becomes comfortable with their aviation life, a sense of contentment leads to a mental happy place and a zen-like experience.  Interestingly, new aviation experiences add to that feeling, but always seem centered on the same foundation of a love of aviation.  But then, when you least expect it, a new experience can come along that shatters the calm and replaces it with a high energy realization that there is more to achieve and now is the time to do something about it.
    That's what happened to Marc after getting a chance to sit up front in a M-600 with a flying buddy.  Marc has flown other "next level" aircraft, but for some reason, this time resulted in a life changing moment.  The feeling, the sound, the decisions, the experience felt like a new world that was calling to him.  So listen in as Marc talks about it with Brandon and tries to understand what just happened.  The discussion also led down a path focused on different flying experiences and how aviation gives back based on what you put in.  It was a fun conversation.  We hope you agree.

    We'd love to hear about your aviation dreams and any "life changing" moments that happened along the way.  Please share them with the rest of the SimpleFlight Facebook and Instagram community @simpleflightradio

    • 52 min
    Around The World - GA Style, Alex Gronberger, May 16, 2021 (S9E9)

    Around The World - GA Style, Alex Gronberger, May 16, 2021 (S9E9)

    For many GA pilots, a cross country trip usually means several hundred miles, a hotel room, and a return trip.  But for a few people, a bigger calling exists.  

    Join us on this week's episode as we are joined by Alex Gronberger, who is about to join his wife and embark on an around the world trip in his 2009 Cirrus SR22.  His trip has already started, as he departed Buenos Aires, Argentina on March 4th, stopping in the Midwest to have his plane fitted with a brand new engine.  

    Just planning for a new engine provides a hint of the amount of preparation required to make the trip a reality.  Selling all of his belongings (including his house), having his wife earn her private ticket, asking for a one year sabbatical from his employer, and we can all start to feel the commitment and dedication that drove Alex to make this decision.  We may not be able to join Alex on his trip (checkout Earthrounders.com), but listen in and share in his excitement for this adventure of a lifetime.  

    We'd love to hear about your aviation dream and the journey you took to achieve it.  Please share them with the rest of the SimpleFlight Facebook and Instagram community @simpleflightradio

    • 1 hr 4 min
    Oshkosh! Our Community's Common Unity, with Dick Knapinski

    Oshkosh! Our Community's Common Unity, with Dick Knapinski

    The word Community is made up of two root words... Common Unity.  That one thing that bonds people together.  To an Avgeek, we share a love of aviation... and it is EAA's Airventure that unites us all in a special way.  One of the signals of Airventure, is the release of the annual NOTAM.  As April came to a close, the NOTAM arrived making last year's disappointment a distant memory. 
    https://www.eaa.org/-/media/Files/AirVenture/FlyingIn/NOTAM/2021/2021-NOTAM.ashx
    For attendees, Airventure is an awesome event which brings excitement and smiles to all that participate.  Have you thought about what it takes to put an event together that hosts hundreds of thousands of people?  Add to that the unknowns (e.g. weather, etc.) and an extremely dynamic logistical puzzle that impacts thousands of stakeholders.  It is then you start to realize the requirements for multi-faceted planning, strong leadership, and excellent communication skills.

    Enter, Dick Knapinski, Director of Communications for EAA.  As a 29 year veteran of the organization, Dick leads a team of people all focused on making Airventure something special for all of us, regardless of our connection.  Join Brandon and Marc as they sit down with Dick to hear how EAA pulls the event off, with nary a hitch.  We also get into a few behind the scenes stories that will leave you wanting for more.  Can't wait to share those stories at KOSH!

    We'd love to hear about your favorite Airventure story.  Please share them with the rest of the SimpleFlight Facebook and Instagram community @simpleflightradio

    • 1 hr 14 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
58 Ratings

58 Ratings

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Entertaining, Informative, Interesting, Fun, & Great

I had been looking for an aviation show that was both informative and enjoyable. Many have good info, but aren’t engaging at all. Simple Flight Radio is both, and it’s humble every-pilot sensibilities make the hosts endearing.

This show helps me be a better pilot by keeping me thinking of new things, showing me perspectives I hadn’t considered, and often reminds me of finer fundamental details that are easy to forget over the years.

Want a good listening experience? Want to keep fresh on Aviation topics? Want to laugh? Want to be a better pilot?
Then Simple Flight Radio is for you.

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Great insights from the real world of flying

Your podcast provides insights from real pilots from all aspects of aviation. It’s a refreshing change from all the the “pass your check ride” oriented podcasts and media out there. Keep it up!

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Real hangar flying

Just found this podcast a couple of weeks ago and it is probably my favorite in the aviation genre now. I enjoy some of the instructional podcasts I listen to but what makes this one great is that it is real hangar flying with lots of tips, tricks and real life experiences. Some of the more popular aviation podcasts are far more about what is in the news and talking about the companies making planes and those are great for that purpose, but if you fly or think you would like to, this might be the best podcast out there today for keeping mentally engaged in the skills required to do it safely competently.

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