25 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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    • 4.7 • 111 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 25: Loren Kopseng

    Episode 25: Loren Kopseng

    In this episode, we chat with longtime GA pilot Loren Kopseng. Loren experienced an alarming bird strike at night while flying his Aviat Husky out of North Dakota, and he joins us to tell the story.
    To see photos from Loren's incident, click here.

    • 27 min
    Episode 24: Jon Gandy

    Episode 24: Jon Gandy

    If you've called AOPA’s Pilot Information Center, you’ll recognize this episode's guest: pilot and AOPA employee Jon Gandy. As an Aviation Technical Specialist from the PIC, Jon brings a wealth of knowledge, and shares a story in which he experienced a partial engine failure in a PA-31 Piper Navajo, which created a distraction and caused an inadvertent gear-up landing.

    • 47 min
    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

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
111 Ratings

111 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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