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SMAC133 Winter Flying, Stabilized Approaches, and Flying Sick

Eric, Rick, Victoria, Larry, Russ and Carl are all here to discuss winter flying, stabilized approaches, and flying when sick.

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Flying Sick – Tis the Season for Colds

SMAC132 Developing Good Aviation Habits

Carl is joined by Rick, Larry, Russ, Tom, and Victoria to discuss developing good aviation safety habits.

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Ten Reasons You Should NOT Become An Airline Pilot. Career Questions Answered with Tom Wachowski.

When I speak with those who have been in the industry a long time I usually hear “I hope you are telling pilots to get out of aviation and do something that makes money”. When I speak with newer pilots excited about their new career I get a completely opposite reaction.

Most new pilots are “interested in hearing what we have to say on this podcast because they can’t wait to move their careers forward”. I can’t blame these “newbies” in the industry with all the negative feedback they get from their boss and the other older pilots working at the airport, I too would want to move on.

Bird Dog Cessna L-19 Landing Katama August 2012

In August of 2012 I got to ride along on a fun trip from Katama 1B2, a grass strip on Martha's Vineyard to Cranland in southeastern Massachusetts.  This trip was in a Bird Dog, Cessna L-19 with my friend Paul Santopietro, a CFII who specializes in teaching tail wheel flying.  There will be many videos generated from that trip, but this one is simply the landing back at Katama.  I say simply, but you'll see a pretty tight dramatic turn through base to final onto Runway 3.  The whirring sounds you hear are the motors adjusting the flaps in the Bird Dog.  Paul really knows this plane and it's fun to experience flying in it first hand.  There are three HD cameras and communications audio in this short approach and landing video.  Enjoy.