23 episodes

There I was…, presented by the AOPA Air Safety Institute, invites you into the cockpit with pilots across the aviation community. We fly with them as they encounter unpredictable scenarios and we learn from the knowledge and skills they utilize to fly safely out of them. This podcast honors the tradition and heritage in aviation to leverage “hangar flying” as an avenue to pass along knowledge and experience.

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    • 4.8, 104 Ratings

There I was…, presented by the AOPA Air Safety Institute, invites you into the cockpit with pilots across the aviation community. We fly with them as they encounter unpredictable scenarios and we learn from the knowledge and skills they utilize to fly safely out of them. This podcast honors the tradition and heritage in aviation to leverage “hangar flying” as an avenue to pass along knowledge and experience.

    Episode 23: Robert Clark

    Episode 23: Robert Clark

    VFR into IMC continues to be a leading cause of fatal accidents in general aviation. In this episode, we talk to a pilot who was fortunate enough to escape from this highly dangerous scenario. Robert Clark recounts the story of flying his Dyke Delta aircraft through unexpected instrument conditions - at night, during an electrical failure.

    • 43 min
    Episode 22: Mark Murphy

    Episode 22: Mark Murphy

    Over the past 33 years of flying - including aerobatics in the P-51 Mustang, T-6 Texan, Japanese Zero, and F4U Corsair - pilot Mark Murphy has accumulated his share of stories. He joins us to talk about one such story - an unexpected flat spin in a Christen Eagle.

    • 32 min
    Episode 21: Thomas Middleditch

    Episode 21: Thomas Middleditch

    Join us for a special episode as we chat with actor, comedian, screenwriter and general aviation pilot Thomas Middleditch about his flying adventures, including a time where a trip to Monument Valley (UT25) didn’t go as planned.
    To see the video version of this podcast, click here.

    • 36 min
    Episode 20: Gabrielle Palmas

    Episode 20: Gabrielle Palmas

    Not many pilots have survived a midair collision. Gabrielle Palmas experienced one in 2012, while working on her instrument rating. Now, years later, as second-in-command on a Lear 60, she joins us to tell her story.

    • 34 min
    Episode 19: Jeff King

    Episode 19: Jeff King

    GA pilot Jeff King shares the story of a 2009 incident in which he experienced an engine failure in his Cherokee Six, and made a forced landing in a nearby Walmart parking lot.
    To see video and photos from Jeff's incident, click here.

    • 27 min
    Episode 18: Chuck Cook

    Episode 18: Chuck Cook

    In this episode, we hear an incredible survival story from Chuck Cook, T-28 warbird pilot. In the summer of 2018, shortly after a warning light in the cockpit caused him to separate from a formation flight and head back to his home airport, Chuck experienced thick billowing smoke and a fire in the cockpit of his T-28. Chuck crash-landed the airplane near the runway threshold and managed to escape from the burning wreckage with his life.
    Warning: This episode contains graphic descriptions of burn injuries. Listener discretion is advised.

    • 27 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
104 Ratings

104 Ratings

flyingfishsticks ,

Love this series!

Thanks for what you do! I’m listening to these with my daughter and we both cringe a little with the “s” sounds in playback. Can you adjust production to help tone down that sound? Minor critique for this amazing show!!! Thanks for your work!!

Jkent27 ,

Super interesting podcast

Great podcast...Keep up the good work!

DL_2402 ,

Great show and super informative

Thank you!

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