I've got a fairly long commute to my new job, and what's the one thing that saves me? AVIATION PODCASTS. They make the minutes fly by, and I get to bone up on my aviation knowledge with almost no effort at all. I've tried dozens, and here I've listed seven of my favorites that I'm currently listening to. Enjoy!
His discussions of checklists, and the philosophy behind them. He really makes you think about why and how checklists are used, and how the safety culture of airline operations can be translated to GA.
The Finer Points
THE best per-minute value in aviation podcasting. Hosted by the incredible Jason Miller, these short (average 6 to 7 minutes) podcasts are packed with valuable information based on his 20 years of working as a flight instructor. I try to make sure I listen to these at a time when I have no other distraction; so that I fully absorb every single nugget of knowledge he has to offer.
All three podcasts so far!
Also, the look that was probably on my face while riding the subway and listening to Sean D. Tucker's story of losing elevator control at 200mph.
There I Was...
Produced by AOPA's Air Safety Institute, this new podcast has only three episodes so far, but boy, are they worth listening to. Tune in as HUGE names in aviation (Patty Wagstaff, Sean Tucker, Lee Lauderback, to start) recount an emergency situation they've experienced during their flying career, leading to a detailed discussion with the podcast hosts on how to prevent, recognize, and recover from emergency situations in the air. Some of the stories are so intense, I've caught myself inadvertently holding my breath throughout.
Episodes that focus on uncontrolled airports, where Jeff covers what's required vs. what's suggested, and hashes out some of the common misconceptions and debates about flying into these smaller airports.
Scared of the radio? Fear no more! Produced by Jeff Kanarish, who has books and and a website (ATCcommunication.com) focused on improving pilots' radio communication, this podcast hasn't been updated for almost a year, but the archive is solid gold as far as beefing up your ATC skills.
Jason's unfortunate 15 minutes of fame - when he gave a news interview via Skype from his bedroom, and got made fun of on The Daily Show for having an unmade bed
AvTalk from FlightRadar24
For those more interested in commercial aviation, this podcast from the folks at FlightRadar24 (my favorite flight tracking website) covers all things airlines. Hosts and lifelong avgeeks Ian Petchenik and Jason Rabinowitz discuss airplane orders, deliveries, airline bankruptcies, route changes, and all things passenger experience (#paxex for those in the know), down to the size and shape of the seats in Economy Class.
Interviews with the likes of PilotWorkshops.com founder Mark Robidoux, B-29 "Fifi" Flight Engineer Shad Morris and Master CFI Gary Reeves can open your eyes to aspects of the world of aviation you never knew existed
This internet radio show (LIVE on Sunday at 8 PM Central Time) has an archive that can be accessed as a podcast. Longtime host Marc has been joined by a new co-host Rhonda, who helps keep his nerdy asides in check as they interview an array of incredible guests from career pilots to aviation YouTube stars and Air Traffic Controllers.
Chris' honest confessions of the difficulty he faced getting his Commercial license was refreshing, and a great reminder that achieving excellence in aviation is not easy.
The host of this podcast, Chris, lives in Homer, AK and recently became a Certified Flight Instructor. The rate of podcast posts slowed down while he was working on his Commercial License and CFI, AND working on releasing a new YouTube show based on his Alaskan adventures. The 100+ episode archive, however, is chock full of interviews with aviation luminaries and crazy Alaskan adventures.
Interviews with everyone from John and Martha King to Hurricane Hunters, Reno Air Race champs, airline pilots, astronauts, and BasicMed experts.
Hangar Talk from AOPA
Want to keep current on general aviation industry news and happenings? Look no further than this podcast from the foremost pilot/owner advocacy organization. The hosts do a great job of making potentially dry information exciting and interesting, doing their best to keep pilots and owners informed of industry breakthroughs, new equipment, and regulatory changes, while interviewing some of the most interesting people in aviation.