Hangar Talk - An Aviation Podcast

AOPA

Every other week the experts at AOPA bring you up to speed on all things flying

All Episodes

Chicago-based corporate pilot and 2020 NBAA “Top 40 Under 40” award winner Kim Kissh advocates for the next generation of aviators, hosts a scholarship tips series on LinkedIn, and is pursuing a passion for aerobatics. Plus, get caught up on the latest GA news.

Dec 6

52 min 7 sec

General aviation pilot and aircraft owner Reyné O'Shaughnessy is a former airline captain who advocates for aviation wellbeing, awareness, and safety. Plus, get caught up on the latest GA news.

Nov 22

46 min 1 sec

Pilot Zara Rutherford, 19, talks mid-trip about her around-the-world attempt in a Shark Aero ultralight, promotes STEM-related careers, and encourages young women to pursue their dreams. Plus, get caught up on the latest general aviation news.

Nov 8

34 min 56 sec

Autogyro pilot and serial adventurer James Ketchell explains the preparation, the funding, and the execution of an around-the-world flight in a two-place Magni M16; plus get caught up on the latest general aviation news.

Oct 25

58 min 6 sec

Latinas in Aviation author and light sport pilot Jacqueline Ruiz introduced 15 Hispanic female pioneers who shared their aviation stories of courage and determination during the inaugural Latinas in Aviation Global Festival in College Park, Maryland. Plus get caught up on the latest aviation news.

Oct 7

35 min 54 sec

Bearhawk Aircraft’s Mark Goldberg explains how the line of rugged kit-built short-takeoff-and-landing taildraggers with aluminum wings offer good performance and value; plus get caught up on the latest general aviation news.

Sep 27

42 min 30 sec

Learn how the downing of United Airlines Flight 93 on 9/11 turned tragedy into triumph with scholarships honoring first officer LeRoy Homer Jr., plus get caught up on the latest aviation news.

Sep 13

34 min 23 sec

NFlightCam founder, engineer, and pilot Patrick Carter offers action camera mount solutions, tips, and tricks; plus get caught up on the latest aviation news. Please take a short survey to tell us how we’re doing and what you’d like to hear on the show. Go to: https://aopa.az1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_cZSqTKSpaOTVjdI?Referral=HT

Aug 30

38 min 19 sec

Ride along with AeroShell Aerobatic Team slot pilot Jimmy Fordham; plus get a wrap-up up of the top AirVenture news stories including GAMI’s go-ahead for unleaded fuel, FAA’s Dickson on LODA as a ‘four-letter word,’ and why EAA’s Pelton dubs AirVenture a ‘huge, huge success.'

Aug 16

47 min 6 sec

Find out the latest from EAA AirVenture after thousands of pilots and aviation enthusiasts flocked to Oshkosh, Wisconsin; and learn more about the XPrize from cofounder Gregg Maryniak.

Aug 2

36 min 59 sec

Learn how Travis Ludlow, 18, recently completed a Guinness World Record flight as the youngest pilot to fly solo around the world; and get caught up on the latest aviation news.

Jul 19

41 min 48 sec

Student pilot, aviation maintenance apprentice, and scholarship recipient Meagan Huerta sold her motorcycle to pay for flight lessons and markets original artwork to continue funding her flying bug.

Jul 5

55 min 34 sec

Find out what it’s like flying 13 cats and a dog to their new home during an in-flight chat with Pilots to the Rescue founder Michael Schneider; and get caught up on the latest aviation news.

Jun 21

58 min 48 sec

Learn how New Yorker Paul Seibert relies on general aviation helicopters and fixed-wing aircraft for aerial photography missions that help make his beloved Manhattan skyline shine; and get caught up on the latest aviation news.

Jun 7

1 hr 3 min

Find out how Young Pilots USA founder Luc Zipkin, 16, plans to fly a Piper Cub across the country from Connecticut to California to increase aviation awareness for youth, plus get up to speed on the latest aviation news.

May 24

53 min 48 sec

Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum Aeronautics Curator Dorothy Cochrane provides insight about the popular museum’s new general aviation exhibit, plus get caught up on the latest aviation news.

May 10

43 min 13 sec

Former Boeing AH-64 Apache helicopter pilot and University of Georgia Aviation Club member Jason Hedrick talks about the transition from military helicopter pilot to fixed wing GA pilot and how to share flying with other aviators. Plus, hear the top aviation news of the week.

Apr 26

1 hr 2 min

Nearly every pilot dreams of flying his or her own jet. Accomplished mentor pilot Neil Singer gets to guide those who fulfill that dream. This episode Singer talks about what it takes to fly these incredible aircraft. Plus, hear the top news of the week.

Apr 12

45 min 45 sec

Airline captain Jenny Beatty has researched gender bias in the aviation community and shares ideas about diversity and inclusivity that could help grow the aviation industry.

Mar 29

57 min 42 sec

The discipline he learned as a pilot led adventurer, explorer, investor, and retired military intelligence officer Victor Vescovo to conquer both poles plus the top and bottom of the world.

Mar 15

40 min 21 sec

Nick Hoffman, a Minnesotan who grew up in and around aviation, explains how he became a Nashville country musician, a pilot, and the host of the adventure TV show, Nick’s Wild Ride.

Mar 1

33 min 58 sec

Freight-hauling pilot and Nashville recording artist "Big City" Brian Wright talks about cargo aviation careers, making music, and following your dreams.

Feb 16

1 hr 3 min

Talkeetna, Alaska-based aviator, artist, and 'AOPA Pilot' magazine contributor Katie Writer explores how general aviation pilots can play a role for scientists studying environmental and weather changes.

Feb 1

40 min 6 sec

Michigan high school senior, private pilot, and AOPA scholarship recipient Madison 'Maddy' Seymour shares tips that can make scholarship, college, and job applications shine.

Jan 18

47 min 55 sec

Join a special year-end discussion on the top aviation news stories of 2020 and predictions about what could affect pilots in 2021 and beyond. 

Jan 4

25 min 34 sec

Get to know former PGA tour competitor Andy Matthews, the brawn and the brains behind the iFlightPlanner for AOPA and learn what the flight planning software can do for you.

Dec 2020

58 min 30 sec

Running a flight school is hard work. Doing it in Alaska is even harder. Doing it as a woman in Alaska? That’s practically unheard of. But Jamie Patterson-Simes isn’t just running a school in Alaska, she’s crushing it. Patterson-Simes is the owner of SkyTrek Alaska, AOPA’s Best Flight School of 2017. AOPA Hangar Talk co-host David Tulis sat down with Patterson-Simes to discuss what it’s like to run a school, working at Wal-Mart to support herself when she first started instructing, and the challenges of being a woman running a business in a man’s world. This conversation is part of the Flight Time series from Hangar Talk, where we revisit some of the most popular interviews for the Flight Training audience.

Dec 2020

33 min 27 sec

Dean Greenblatt is a leader of Operation Good Cheer, an organization that uses general aviation aircraft to deliver tens of thousands of presents to children in the Michigan foster care system every year.

Dec 2020

43 min 5 sec

Learn how aviation can lead to a variety of career opportunities during a candid conversation with California Aeronautical University President Matt Johnston and JSfirm.com Executive Director Abbey Hutter.

Nov 2020

1 hr 16 min

Citizen of the World pilot Robert DeLaurentis shares the lessons he learned, the people he met, and the experiments he performed during a polar circumnavigation in a Gulfstream Twin Commander 900.

Nov 2020

1 hr 15 min

Sporty's Pilot Shop's John Zimmerman is at the forefront of aviation technology and products, and he has his pulse on the market. Hangar Talk sat down with Zimmerman to talk about Sporty’s, the best products on the horizon, and what Zimmerman wishes we had in our cockpits that isn’t yet available.      This conversation is part of the Flight Time series from Hangar Talk, where we revisit some of the most popular interviews for the Flight Training audience.

Nov 2020

37 min 13 sec

Mathematician, aerobatics instructor, and spin specialist Catherine Cavagnaro of Ace Aerobatic School talks about mentorship, spin awareness, wing vortices, performance charts, and more.

Oct 2020

1 hr 5 min

Future and Active Pilot Advisors founder and career coach Louis Smith has ridden the aviation industry's ups and downs and he advises career pilots to weather the storm and prepare for new flying opportunities when they become available.

Oct 2020

57 min 40 sec

Max Trescott is a highly accomplished flight instructor and author. As a previous FAA Flight Instructor of the Year, Trescott has shaped countless pilots through his work as a Cirrus Standardized Instructor Pilot in the SR20, SR22, and SF50 Vision Jet. Trescott is also the host of the Aviation News Talk podcast. This conversation is part of the Flight Time series from Hangar Talk, where we revisit some of the most popular interviews for the Flight Training audience.

Oct 2020

32 min 9 sec

Reno air race unlimited class champion Dennis Sanders describes how he flew the Hawker Sea Fury ‘Dreadnought’ to victory at an average speed of 403.274 mph during the 2019 Stihl National Championship Air Races.

Sep 2020

29 min 41 sec

If you’ve viewed a film featuring aviation scenes, then you’ve most likely witnessed Hollywood pilot J.W. “Corkey” Fornof performing flying stunts on camera.

Sep 2020

56 min 50 sec

What makes a great instructor? We ask the winner of AOPA's Best Flight Instructor of the Year, Zoan Harclerode. As a longtime flight instructor at a military flying club Harclerode discusses her love of night flying and the joys of instructing. This is one of a series of shows in the Flight Time series brought to you by Flight Training magazine. 

Sep 2020

30 min 39 sec

From the tattoos that share a story about his love of flying, to his passion for jumping out of airplanes, pilot Jerome Stanislaus is on a mission to share aviation with inner-city youth.

Aug 2020

45 min 17 sec

Bye Aerospace founder George Bye talks about the future of aviation and the efficiency of electric aircraft including the eFlyer line of aircraft in development for flight training and personal transportation roles.

Aug 2020

45 min 53 sec

Flight Instructor Jason Miller is a busy guy. Between his normal flight instructing work, Miller also teaches remotely through his company, The Finer Points of Flying. There's a website, instructional material, a podcast, and more. In this episode of Flight Time he sits down with AOPA Technical Editor Jill Tallman to discuss a mountain flying adventure. This is one of a series of shows in the Flight Time series brought to you by Flight Training magazine. 

Aug 2020

21 min 2 sec

Pilot and motivational speaker Jessica Cox, who was born without arms and uses her feet and toes in place of hands, talks about flying an Ercoupe across the U.S. to help celebrate the thirtieth anniversary of the American with Disabilities Act.

Jul 2020

48 min 17 sec

Fly8MA.com’s Jon Kotwicki talks about flying to all 50 states in an Avipro Bearhawk Patrol, and discusses his approach to flight training which includes a free ground school and an instructional spin awareness video.

Jul 2020

52 min 16 sec

AOPA President Mark Baker helps celebrate Hangar Talk Episode 100 with a candid conversation that includes insight on his favorite airplane, the state of aviation, and how to attract more people to the sky.

Jul 2020

48 min 53 sec

In this episode we revisit a chat with flight training legends John and Martha King about their beginnings, how they fly safely together, and Martha's status as an aviation pioneer. This is one of a series of shows in the Flight Time series brought to you by Flight Training magazine. 

Jul 2020

26 min 44 sec

Canadian pilot Dimitri Neonakis explains how he uses his Cirrus SR22 and GPS to create flight path images of causes that are close to his heart; and to introduce physically, mentally, and emotionally challenged young people to the joy of flight.

Jun 2020

45 min 8 sec

Maryland Air National Guard Capt. Nick “Rock” Sand describes the differences between flying a Fairchild Republic A-10 Thunderbolt II ‘Warthog’ close air attack jet, a commercial jetliner, and his aerobatic American Champion Super Decathlon; and offers tips for entering aviation.

Jun 2020

34 min 5 sec

Do you need to laugh while you learn? Instructor and funny man Rod Machado is your guy. Machado is a successful instructor who has made a career of making difficult concept easy to understand through humor. This is a show in the Flight Time series, brought to you by Flight Training magazine, where we revisit popular Hangar Talk interviews.

Jun 2020

50 min 3 sec

Garmin’s Bailey Scheel explains how the Autoland system recently approved Piper’s M600/SLS was primarily designed with non-aviators in mind for deployment during an emergency situation.

May 2020

35 min 26 sec

Airline Training Orientation Program founder Wayne Phillips says you don’t have to be a professional pilot to “test drive” a jet aircraft simulator for a weekend and the experience is bound to make you a better pilot.

May 2020

53 min 41 sec

Mechanic, air show announcer, and now airline pilot. Jeremy King didn't always want to be a professional pilot, but thanks to some well-timed introductions, the flying bug caught hold and King is now a successful pilot for a major airline. This is a show in the Flight Time series, brought to you by Flight Training magazine, where we revisit popular Hangar Talk interviews. 

May 2020

29 min 39 sec