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Why We Fly

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Why We Fly is a General Aviation podcast sharing pilot stories that illustrate the reasons behind why we choose to fly airplanes. We hope to share the adventure, excitement, and incredible experiences of flying. The goal is to entertain pilots and more importantly to inspire potential pilots to lear… read more

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075 SNF21 Debrief with Michael Ladd

June 5th, 2021

1:26:28

Sun 'n Fun 2021 was a great success, and I had a excellent trip! To recap the experience, my buddy Michael Ladd and I caught up for a debrief and conversation about our highlights from this year's Sun 'n Fun.

 

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074 2020 - Whiskey Tango Foxtrot?

January 20th, 2021

52:10

An update on many items since the last published episode, including what I have been up to both personally and in Aviation during the crazy year that was 2020.

 

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073 My 2019 Aviation Adventures

February 18th, 2020

1:07:51

Talking through flight by flight of my aviation adventures in 2019. It was a great year of flying with plenty of good stories to share!

 

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072 OSH19 - WWII P-51 Mustang Triple Ace Bud Anderson

October 8th, 2019

1:11:26

Recorded at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2019.  This is a panel discussion featuring the P-51 Mustang and WWII Triple Ace Bud Anderson.  It is fascinating …

071 Flight Schools

July 17th, 2019

54:26

What makes a good flight school? What questions should a student be asking as they start their flight training? This is a great discussion with Isaac …

070 SNF19 Debrief

June 6th, 2019

47:42

Sun 'n Fun 2019 was a great time!  In this episode I'm sitting under the wing at the airfield chatting with fellow pilots Paul Reding and Mike Brown …

069 SNF19 - One Plane Jane

May 23rd, 2019

25:14

Interview from Sun 'n Fun 2019 from the porch of the Ninety-Nines Clubhouse with female pilots Christine Hannon from One Plane Jane and Allyssa Vanmeter.

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068 SNF19 - Open Pod Night on SnF Radio

April 21st, 2019

40:34

At Sun 'n Fun 2019 there was a live broadcast "Open Pod Night" on Sun 'n Fun Radio with many different Aviation podcasters talking about their podcasts. I participated, and here is the recording from SnF Radio of the …

067 Diamond Aircraft

March 24th, 2019

42:42

I went on a great flight in a brand new Diamond DA40 NG and recorded this interview with Sam from Lifestyle Aviation about the DA40 NG and other Diamond airplanes.

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066 Logbook Memories 2018

March 4th, 2019

1:14:45

I had a great year of flying the Tri Pacer in 2018! This episode reviews the flights and adventures that I had last year.

 

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065 Rusty Pilots to IFR Ratings with Cannon Dustin

January 19th, 2019

54:36

Interview with local Tennessee pilots Cannon & Dustin.  They met at an AOPA Rusty Pilots seminar and in a short time became very active pilots with very entertaining stories and perspectives to share.

 

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064 Private Pilot Vicky

December 5th, 2018

25:29

Interview with Vicky who had a non-flying Air Force career which led her to discover a passion for flying. Now she is an Instrument Rated Private Pilot and Cessna 172 owner with plenty of exciting aviation plans for the …

063 Tiltrotor Test Pilot Dan Wells

October 13th, 2018

41:47

Interview with Dan Wells of Leonardo Helicopters.  Dan is a test pilot on the AW609 project, which aims to achieve FAA certification in 2019 as the first ever civilian tiltrotor aircraft.  Dan was recently named a …

062 Allyssa VanMeter

September 23rd, 2018

57:15

Interview with Allyssa VanMeter, a fairly new pilot and airplane owner.  Allyssa has a ton of passion for flying, and has already had some great experiences including flying her newly purchased plane to Oshkosh and …

061 Sean Chuplis - Tanker Pilot Crewdog Electronics

September 11th, 2018

38:48

Interview with Sean Chuplis, a very active pilot with military, airlines, and General Aviation background.  We talk about his flying including some very interesting stories about flying in Hawaii, as well as his company …

060 Air Race Classic Winner Mariah Ferber

September 4th, 2018

30:02

Interview with Mariah Ferber, professional pilot and recent winner of the Air Race Classic.  Mariah along with her teammate Paige represented Nashville Flight Training in the women-only Air Race Classic, and they won …

059 OSH18 - Wrap-up

August 18th, 2018

46:48

First we catch up with friend of the podcast Brandon Martini. Then I have a recap of my highlights from the week, recorded Saturday night at the end of EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2018.

 

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058 OSH18 - Warbirds

August 16th, 2018

31:34

More coverage from EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2018! This episode focuses on warbirds. I was fortunate enough to get a ride on a DC-3 owned by Golden Age …

057 OSH18 - Need for Speed

August 15th, 2018

40:32

Interviews from EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2018. First we talk to F-16 pilot Major John "Rain" Waters with the Air Force Viper Demo Team. Then we hear from Thrustmasters at their booth which was setup for kids to fly an …

056 OSH18 - Arrival

August 7th, 2018

34:00

EAA Airventure Oshkosh 2018! This episodes talks about my flight up in the Tri Pacer and arrival into Oshkosh, as well as the GREAT camping spot I was lucky enough to get in Vintage Camping.

 

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055 EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2018 Preview

July 15th, 2018

52:46

Announcement with my agenda for Oshkosh including several meetups where I hope to see some listeners. If you are going to be at Oshkosh, please try to make it to one of these or reach out to me to meetup another time …

054 SnF 2018 - Aaron Tippin, AOPA Jamie Beckett, Camp RadioActive

May 25th, 2018

35:00

These are the remaining interviews from Sun 'n Fun 2018. I sat down with country singer Aaron Tippin to discuss his extensive experience in Aviation. Then AOPA Ambassador Jamie Beckett shares his passion for flying. …

053 SnF 2018 - Bahamas Float Flying Alaska to Russia

April 24th, 2018

30:22

Interviews for Sun 'n Fun Radio from SnF 2018. New Commercial Pilot Deon Mitton talks about professional floatplane flying in the Bahamas. Then two Alaska Airmen discuss flying a Cessna 172 from Alaska to Russia!

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052 Tim - Flying Club President

April 13th, 2018

25:19

Interview with Tim Ostrom, the president of Old Hickory Flyers. I was a member of OHF flying their 180hp Cessna 172 - Tweety Bird - before purchasing my Tri Pacer. Tim and I have a discussion about his flying …

051 Product Review - Bose A20 Headset

April 4th, 2018

16:01

Product review and my feedback on using the Bose A20 Aviation Headset.

 

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050 Why We Fly - Best of First 2 Years

April 4th, 2018

1:30:44

This is a "best of" episode with highlights from the first 2 years of the Why We Fly podcast. We hope you enjoy it! Please share this episode to help spread the word!

 

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049 Aviation My Career

February 25th, 2018

31:00

I don't work in aviation, but in my career I have had some interesting experiences that tie into aviation. These have had a significant impact on my aviation life, so I wanted to share those stories. I hope you enjoy …

048 Logbook Memories 2017

January 31st, 2018

32:58

Recapping a great year of flying my Tri Pacer. I give an overview of my 2017 flying and highlight some of the best trips from last year.

 

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047 Carl Valeri

December 14th, 2017

50:10

Interview with my friend Carl Valeri - airline pilot, flight coach, and aviation podcast host. Carl is super involved in aviation and has some great …

046 Ken VeArd - Pilot Partner

November 10th, 2017

1:00:42

Interview with Ken VeArd with Pilot Partner. We discuss the pilot lifestyle, his Bonanza flying, flying clubs, and his electronic logbook Pilot Partner.

 

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045 Paul - Rusty Pilot to Airplane Owner

October 18th, 2017

30:05

My buddy Paul made his way back to flying after a long hiatus. Since returning to flying he has expanded his experience flying gliders and tailwheel, …

044 High School Aviation

October 8th, 2017

1:14:56

Talking with my buddy Derek Rowe who is an Aviation teacher in a local high school. That's right - Aviation as a high school subject! We discuss what …

043 USAF Maj Gen Carl Schneider

September 16th, 2017

36:17

Interview with Major General Carl Schneider, USAF (Retired) and author of "Jet Pioneer: A Fighter Pilot's Memoir."

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042 John White - Pilot Internet Entrepreneur

September 6th, 2017

38:32

Interview with John White who has had a long career in aviation including as a corporate pilot flying a DC-3. Today in retirement John runs two aviation websites: www.aviator-sunglasses.net &

041 Total Eclipse by Airplane

August 25th, 2017

51:59

My buddy Brett Leslie put an airplane to good use to go see the total solar eclipse. Hear his total eclipse story as well as some other highlights …

040 NASA Space Shuttle Pilot Oshkosh Highlights

July 29th, 2017

33:40

Talking about the highlights so far from my first Oshkosh as of Friday evening. Also an interview with an astronaut!  I was fortunate enough to catch …

039 Oshkosh 2017 Arrival B-29 Doc

July 24th, 2017

25:54

My first Oshkosh!  This episode covers my flight and arrival into EAA Airventure - Oshkosh and my first night on the grounds looking at the B-29 Doc and Blue Origin rocket.  Also included is an interview with B-29 Doc's …

038 Jason Schappert - MzeroA.com

July 15th, 2017

31:50

Interview with flight instructor Jason Schappert of MzeroA.com sharing his enthusiasm and unique perspective on aviation and flight training.

 

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037 John Lites Leenhouts - SnF President

June 28th, 2017

43:45

Interview with John "Lites" Leenhouts, President & CEO of Sun 'n Fun.  Lites has an incredible aviation background and is leading Sun 'n Fun into a new era for the event itself and their mission of enhancing the …

036 Air Race Classic

June 17th, 2017

32:28

An exciting announcement from podcast sponsor Nashville Flight Training, then a discussion about the Air Race Classic with the Dakota Fly Girls, …

035 Beach Trip by Airplane

June 10th, 2017

23:03

We recently took a family vacation trip to the beach in my Piper Tri Pacer.  It was a GREAT trip and a story I hope you will enjoy!

 

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034 Driving vs. Flying vs. Airlines

May 15th, 2017

29:58

A very common question I get from people who don't know much about General Aviation is how long does it take to get places and how much it costs.  So on this episode I take several trip scenarios and compare the time …

033 Boy Scouts Aviation Merit Badge

May 1st, 2017

12:21

A local Boy Scout troop recently spent the day at the airport learning about airplanes and taking their first flights, while earning an Aviation …

032 Janine Shepherd - Aerobatic Pilot, Author, Speaker

April 15th, 2017

26:06

Interview with Janine Shepherd - aerobatic pilot, speaker, and author of "Defiant."  Janine has the most incredible and inspiring life story, and …

031 Sun 'n Fun 2017 Wrap-Up

April 11th, 2017

25:29

Final Sun 'n Fun 2017 episode.  Features interviews with AOPA Live anchor Tom Haines, Piper, AirCam, & CubCrafters.

 

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030 Blue Angels French National Jet Team-SnF 2017

April 8th, 2017

17:16

Interviews from Sun 'n Fun 2017 with Blue Angels #4 pilot Lt. Lance Benson, Blue Angels maintenance tech Drew Verble, and French National Jet Team pilot.

 

 

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029 Sun 'n Fun 2017 Arrival

April 8th, 2017

10:15

Welcome to Sun 'n Fun 2017!  Talking about the flight down in my Tri Pacer and getting setup in Vintage Camping.

 

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028 Phillips 66 Aerostars Pilot - Sun 'n Fun 2017

April 1st, 2017

41:28

Interview with Paul Hornick, pilot with the Phillips 66 Aerostars Precision Aerobatic Team.  The Aerostars team will be performing next week April …

027 AOPA Senior VP Katie Pribyl

March 15th, 2017

34:22

Interview with Katie Pribyl, AOPA Senior Vice President - Aviation Strategy & Programs. We discuss AOPA's You Can Fly programs designed to address the various challenges of building the pilot community. We also talk …

026 Announcements What You Can Do with a Pilot's License

March 1st, 2017

26:07

Several announcements of developments with the podcast as we start our second year.  Also a discussion of some of the things you can do with a pilot's license that in my experience are surprising to people who are not …

025 My Discovery Flight

February 15th, 2017

22:48

I'm always encouraging potential pilots to go take a discovery flight, so this episode I tell the story of how I got interested in flying and my discovery flight, which was my first time in a small airplane.

 

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024 LightSport Man

February 1st, 2017

24:42

Interview with Johnathan Smith (aka LightSport Man), a LightSport pilot & instructor in Arizona.  Johnathan has been featured in numerous print & televised news stories across the country.  He shares the story …

023 100th Hour

December 24th, 2016

20:32

Recapping an awesome day of flying that marked 1 year of flying the Tri Pacer since buying it.

 

 

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022 My Brother Mark

December 14th, 2016

23:11

My brother Mark and I had a great time talking about a recent flight.  I hope you enjoy!

 

 

Check out my "Why I Fly" video at https://youtu.be/63Lmrqg-9xs

 

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021 Night Flight

December 1st, 2016

12:44

Recording from the cockpit of my Tri Pacer just after landing and shutting down.  Talking about the great night flight I had just finished.

 

 

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020 Deon's AK to FL Floatplane Trip

November 16th, 2016

1:00:20

Deon's incredible story of flying in a floatplane from Alaska to Florida, complete with glacier fly-bys and scenic lake landings.

 

 

Check out my "Why I Fly" video at https://youtu.be/63Lmrqg-9xs

 

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019 Deon Mitton - CA

October 13th, 2016

35:53

Talking with Deon Mitton who I met at Sun 'n Fun about his various aviation adventures.

 

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018 Brandon - Oshkosh Recap

August 10th, 2016

10:06

Brandon Martini guests hosts again to recap his final days at Oshkosh 2016 and his journey home.

 

 

Check out my "Why I Fly" video at https://youtu.be/63Lmrqg-9xs

 

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017 Brandon - EAA AirVenture 2016

July 29th, 2016

10:43

Brandon Martini visits the seaplane base at Oshkosh and checks out aerobatic powered parachutes.  He also gives a great description of the night airshow and his other activities so far.  It sounds like Brandon & his …

016 Brandon - Oshkosh 2016 Arrival

July 26th, 2016

9:45

Guest Host Brandon Martini reports on his trip to EAA AirVenture - Oshkosh 2016 in a Cessna 172 with his family from California to Wisconsin.  Brandon also talks about his arrival and initial impressions of Oshkosh …

015 Cora's First Flight

July 10th, 2016

10:25

Talking with Cora right after her first flight in a General Aviation airplane.

 

Check out my "Why I Fly" video at https://youtu.be/63Lmrqg-9xs

 

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014 Sean D. Tucker - Great TN Airshow

June 4th, 2016

5:22

I caught up with air show performer Sean D. Tucker in advance of the Great Tennessee Air Show 2016 just outside of Nashville in Smyrna, TN.

 

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013 Jim Record - Geico Skytypers

June 4th, 2016

11:37

Chatting with Jim Record of the Geico Skytypers in advance of the Great Tennessee Air Show 2016 just outside Nashville in Smyrna, TN.

 

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012 My First Sun 'n Fun

June 1st, 2016

39:01

My experience at Sun 'n Fun 2016.  I had a GREAT time at my first Sun 'n Fun!

 

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011 Sun 'n Fun 2016 Arrival

April 22nd, 2016

17:17

Talking about my flight down and arrival to Lakeland, FL for Sun 'n Fun 2016.

 

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010 Paul - South Dakota

April 6th, 2016

8:34

Paul sent in a recording of his perspective on flying - great reasons to fly, enjoying the electronics, and for him the need to wait until later in …

009 Andy - U.K.

April 1st, 2016

10:19

The podcast goes international!  Andy does a great job giving us his perspective on flying in the U.K.

 

Check out my "Why I Fly" video at https://youtu.be/63Lmrqg-9xs

 

Keywords: Aviation, General Aviation, Plane, …

008 Chuck

March 26th, 2016

16:06

Sitting in the hangar under the wing of a beautiful Stinson and talking with Chuck about vintage airplanes, how he got into flying, connecting with …

007 Flying with Dad

March 13th, 2016

19:12

An awesome weekend of flying with my Dad and my son.  Dad is the guest on this episode, and does a great job telling the story.

 

 

 

Keywords: Aviation, General Aviation, Plane, Planes, Airplane, Airplanes, Fly, …

006 First Flights

February 22nd, 2016

9:14

006 First Flights 9:14 A flight path over dowtown Nashville that I've taken a couple of friends on for their first flight.

 

Keywords: Aviation, General Aviation, Plane, Planes, Airplane, Airplanes, Fly, Flying, Flight, …

005 Social Side of Being a Pilot

February 3rd, 2016

7:36

The surprisingly social aspects of being a pilot.  Clubs, chapters, flying to breakfast, etc.

 

Keywords: Aviation, General Aviation, Plane, Planes, Airplane, Airplanes, Fly, Flying, Flight, Pilot, Pilots

 

004 My Son's First Flight

January 21st, 2016

8:11

The story of taking my son on his first flight when he was 2 1/2 weeks old.

 

Keywords: Aviation, General Aviation, Plane, Planes, Airplane, …

003 Travel Convenience

January 21st, 2016

8:42

Talking about the practical side of flying for personal travel.

 

Keywords: Aviation, General Aviation, Plane, Planes, Airplane, Airplanes, Fly, Flying, Flight, Pilot, Pilots

002 Air, Land, Sea

January 21st, 2016

8:16

Story of a recent flight in my Piper Tri Pacer to see family.

 

Keywords: Aviation, General Aviation, Plane, Planes, Airplane, Airplanes, Fly, Flying, Flight, Pilot, Pilots

001 Intro

January 20th, 2016

9:45

First episode and introduction to the new Why We Fly podcast and host, Mike Harris.

 

Keywords: Aviation, General Aviation, Plane, Planes, Airplane, Airplanes, Fly, Flying, Flight, Pilot, Pilots

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