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May 26, 2009

Earl Lawrence, Experimental Aircraft Association
The FAA has a new Administrator, J. Randolph Babbitt. He was just confirmed last week and this week we chat with Earl Lawrence about the new Administrator and what this means to both the FAA and for some of the initiatives we haven't heard much about for awhile. Experimental Aircraft Association (5/26/09)

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Thomas Janetzke, ZKE Films
Tom Janetzke joins us to talk about the Homefield television project which features all kinds of sport flying. We also get an update on how one of the show's stars, Scott Hughes, is doing with his lung transplant. ZKE Films (5/26/09)

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Jim Sweeney, SweeneyCorp
A lot of students have more of a fear of the aviation radio than they do of almost any other flying task. Jim Sweeney explains why there shouldn't be any fear and how to approach radio transmissions. After you begin using a radio, you won't want to fly without one, especially around busy airspace or airports. SweeneyCorp (5/26/09)

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Carol Carpenter, Rainbow Aviation Services
Just as a flight really doesn't count unless it's logged, maintenance and inspections performed on your aircraft don't count unless they are logged. Carol Carpenter reminds us of what needs to be logged, who is responsible for doing it, and what you need to do to get your aircraft ready for flight. Rainbow Aviation Services (5/26/09)

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William Dean, Sport Pilot
Bill Dean began his pursuit of aviation just a few years ago by learning to fly powered parachutes. He is now also learning to fly airplanes and talks about that transition and what the different kinds of flight mean to him. He also shares a story of a special flight he was able to share with a member of his community which will help us all remember what a special gift we have in the ability to take to the sky. (5/26/09)

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May 19, 2009

Jason Blair, National Association of Flight Instructors
Jason Blair joins us to talk about the value of flight instruction. Compared to most professions including medical, legal, engineering and plumbing, flight instructors work for very little. That becomes a value for those who desire to become pilots. National Association of Flight Instructors (5/19/09)

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Bill Fortney, America From 500 Feet II
What many pilots lose appreciation for after some time is the truly unique view they have of the world. Capturing that point of view with a camera and entering it in photo contests is a fun way to promote aviation. With the high number of photo contests with different categories to enter into in local communities, there is no reason that you can't become an award-winning photographer. America From 500 Feet II (5/19/09)

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Jim Sweeney, SweeneyCorp
With summer coming, airports are going to become busy places. Often the people visiting airports are there for their first exposure to private and sport aviation and may not be familiar with the dangers that pilots are already aware of. It is our job to keep our guests safe during their visits and Jim Sweeney tells us how. SweeneyCorp (5/19/09)

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Ronnie Smith, South Mississippi Light Aircraft
Ronnie Smith has been a Rotax Service Center for years now. However, he is now transitioning to a repair center. That's a bonus for those who are still looking for one of the best places to have a Rotax engine overhauled or repaired. South Mississippi Light Aircraft (5/19/09)

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Sebastian Heintz, Zenith Aircraft Company
Needless to say, a lot has been going on at the Zenith factory. We talk with Sebastian Heintz of Zenith about the good news and the not so great. We focus on the new Zenith CH750 airplane as well as the report from the NTSB and what it means to customers. Zenith Aircraft Company (5/19/09)

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DeWitt Whittington, Virginia Regional Festival Of Flight
We visit with Dee Whittington to talk about the upcoming Virginia Regional Festival of Flight. We talk about what is planned for this year for those who are able to make it. Virginia Regional Festival Of Flight (5/19/09)

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May 12, 2009

Earl Lawrence, Experimental Aircraft Association
You can tell that it's May because the list of flying events is as long as it gets. Memorial Day is when the aviation fly-in season in most parts of the country really gets cranking. Earl and Roy talk about getting out and participating at fly-ins. Experimental Aircraft Association (5/12/09)

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Jonathan Trappe, Cluster Balloonist For Disney/Pixar's "UP"
Disney/Pixar has created a movie called "UP" which features heroes who pilot a house that flies using cluster balloons. As most listeners to this show know, that is a real (if tiny) niche in the ballooning world. We talk with Jonathan Trappe, who is traveling the country and giving people the opportunity to fly a cluster balloon rig to promote the movie. We talk about what is a dream job for a cluster balloonist. Cluster Balloonist For Disney/Pixar's UP (5/12/09)

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Bud Cushing, Cushing Field
Bud Cushing has spent a career in aviation and is now spending time introducing sport aviation to potential pilots one flight at a time at Cushing Field in the Chicagoland area. We talk about how he gets people to do more that just go for an airplane ride when they go flying with him. Cushing Field (5/12/09)

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Bever Borne, Air-Tech, Inc.
With the current economy, many people are scaling back their dreams of flight. That doesn't mean they aren't flying; instead they may be buying used aircraft or keeping older planes flying. Bever talks about how to keep these mature planes airworthy. Air-Tech, Inc. (5/12/09)

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Mike Lersbak, Six Chuter West
The Memorial Day Rally in Washington State has been one of the longest-running events in the powered parachuting sport. It's been called several things over the years, but it has always been a fun gathering of powered parachute pilots and others. Mike Lersbak tells us about what may potentially be the best rally yet. Six Chuter West (5/12/09)

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Felice Apodaca, Brian Ranch Airport
We catch up with Felice Apodaca of Brian's Ranch Airport to talk about their annual "World's Smallest Airshow." This is an event that is more than just a fly-in since it also has activities for the surrounding community, particularly kids. Brian Ranch Airport (5/12/09)

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May 5, 2009

Earl Lawrence, Experimental Aircraft Association
There is still confusion in the marketplace about what kind of aircraft certification is best for owners. Earl Lawrence talks about Special Light Sport Aircraft (S-LSA) vs. Experimental Light Sport Aircraft (E-LSA) vs. Experimental Amateur Built (E-AB). How an aircraft is certificated impacts maintenance costs, inspection costs, & operations as well as resale value. Experimental Aircraft Association (5/5/09)

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Jeff Goin, FootFlyer.com
Jeff Goin talks about flying different categories of aircraft. This past weekend Jeff took his first flight in a powered parachute and Roy took some initial lessons in a couple of light sport airplanes; they compare experiences. Jeff also talks about the upcoming World Air Games and his efforts at animating a video about powered paraglider training. FootFlyer.com (5/5/09)

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Jim Sweeney, SweeneyCorp
Jim Sweeney talks about the politics of grass strips. Grass runways have special considerations when flying off of them. You need to take into account recent rainfall, drainage and the fact that they often don't have separate taxiways. Jim clues us in on the etiquette of grass. SweeneyCorp (5/5/09)

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Mike Stratman, California Power Systems, Inc.
If you do your own oil change you know that just draining the oil reservoir doesn't get all the dirty oil out of the engine. The oil cooler and lines can hold as much as a quart of dirty oil. You can get a fresh start by purging all dirty oil by force priming the entire system. Mike Stratman talks about that and some 2-stroke oil developments. California Power Systems, Inc. (5/5/09)

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Dan Johnson, ByDanJohnson.com
Dan Johnson gives us a wrap-up on Sun 'n Fun. Being right at the front of the show and being in contact with sport aircraft vendors gives him a unique perspective on the show. We talk about that as well as the location of a new light sport area for AirVenture this year. ByDanJohnson.com (5/5/09)

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