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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 • 55 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.

    Air Zoo @ KAZO, Fun To Say, Fun To See, March 7, 2021 (S9E7)

    Air Zoo @ KAZO, Fun To Say, Fun To See, March 7, 2021 (S9E7)

    As the world starts thinking about getting back to normal, the question comes up, "What is normal?"  For each of us, it's a different answer.  Among the community of avgeeks, it generally means joining with other pilots in getting back in the airplane and finding destinations.
    For many, an aviation museum is a special place, as it connects us with aviation across the generations.  There are many places of note across the United States, but one gem is found at the Kalamazoo Michigan airport (KAZO).  Never heard about it?  This is your chance to get up close and personal with what makes the AirZoo at KAZO (airzoo.org) a perfect destination for all those that love aviation and their friends and families. 
    Join Brandon and Marc as they sit down with President and CEO, Troy Thrash and the AirZoo's Restoration Manager, Greg Ward.  It's obvious both these gentlemen love what they do and take pride in being part of a special team.  You'll learn what makes the museum tick, how it operates, and how the team includes the customer as part of the family.
    Maybe a SimpleFlight meet-up @ KAZO is something that can happen in 2021.  Now that's a new normal we can all live with.
    We'd love to hear about your favorite Aviation Museums and recommended destinations.  Please share them with the rest of the SimpleFlight Facebook and Instagram community @simpleflightradio
    Thanks for being a part of the SimpleFlight Family!!

    • 1 hr 12 min
    Taking Off In A New Direction, Jerry Meyer, January 31, 2021 (S9E6)

    Taking Off In A New Direction, Jerry Meyer, January 31, 2021 (S9E6)

    With 2020 behind us and with high hopes for a great 2021, what better way to change our mindset, than sitting down and talking aviation.  During our last 9 seasons, the SimpleFlight crew has had the pleasure of hosting north of 200 guests., with a focus on finding amazing people doing amazing things in aviation.   And this week's show is no different. 
    In some people's opinion, the LSA market has not lived up to its expectations, but there are companies that saw the LSA as an opportunity to reach out to new customers and deliver on new missions.  One such company is Icon Aircraft (https://www.iconaircraft.com/). 
    With Brandon running into technical challenges, Marc went solo in talking with Jerry Meyer, Director of Marketing for Icon.  While not a household name to many of us in GA, Jerry brings a strong background in aviation (naval pilot) and brand management to his role at Icon.  There were a lot of questions for Jerry and we invite you to listen in and learn about Icon's aircraft, it's culture, its go to market strategy, and what makes the company so special.  
    We're wondering if any of you are flying the Icon A5 or other Amphib.  We'd love to hear your experience and have you enlighten the rest of us landlubbers about the joys of landing on a "wet" runway.  Please share them with the rest of the SimpleFlight Facebook and Instagram community @simpleflightradio
    Thanks for being a part of the SimpleFlight Family!!

    • 1 hr 10 min
    Year End Hangar Talk, December 13, 2020 (S9E5)

    Year End Hangar Talk, December 13, 2020 (S9E5)

    2020 has been a notable year.  How is that for an understatement.  For many of us, aviation serves as an escape from the pressures of daily life.  It can be relaxing, energizing, and fulfilling, with an added benefit of providing an attitude reset.  How ironic that various "shelter-in-place" or other constraints, served to limit aviation's accessibility just when it was needed most.
    But with all that, there was plenty of positives and aviation did contribute many happy moments.  This week's episode gives Marc and Brandon an opportunity to look back and take note of the ups and downs that characterize 2020.
    Like a relaxing Sunday flight, the guys just let the topics come to them and let the stress of 2020 melt away.  The conversation spanned a lot of topics, including training, maintenance, aircraft systems, pilot attitudes, etc.  We're interested in hearing how you spent the year of Covid, and if you found positive moments you can hold on to.  Please share them with the rest of the SimpleFlight Facebook and Instagram community @simpleflightradio
    In 2021, we plan to get back to weekly shows and tighten the relationship with our listeners.  Most important, the three of us wish you a new year filled with good health, happiness and lots of aviation.  Thanks for being a part of the SimpleFlight Family!!

    • 58 min
    Pacific On The Right, Curtis Pierce, Nov 1, 2020 (S9E4)

    Pacific On The Right, Curtis Pierce, Nov 1, 2020 (S9E4)

    After the last three shows on airplane ownership, it's only natural to talk about what comes next.  And of course the answer is, TAKE A TRIP.  But where?  I suspect if I asked all of you, the answer wouldn't be to take a 5,000 mile, 63 hour international flight over 2 1/2 weeks.    
    But that's exactly what tonight's guest did.  Join us as we "sit down" with Curtis Pierce, a Phoenix-based airline pilot, proud Mooney owner, and now an author.  His memoir, "Pacific On The Right", takes us back 20 years as a young CFI, Curtis joined with a freshly minted private pilot, who bought a new 172 and decided to reposition it to Santiago, Chile.  
    Listen as Brandon and Marc discuss, the planning, the language and culture challenges, weather, and even landing at an airport that hadn't seen an airplane in over 5 years.  Talk about a challenging first flight!!!  How about you?  What was your longest flight?  Anything international?  What did you put in the log book.  We'd love to hear your story.  Please share it with the rest of the SimpleFlight Facebook and Instagram community @simpleflightradio
    Thanks for being a part of the SimpleFlight Family!!

    • 1 hr 6 min
    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

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