The Fighter Pilot Podcast explores the fascinating world of air combat: the aircraft, the weapons systems, and most importantly—the people. Each episode features a guest who helps explain the topic at hand such as how ejection seats work or what it's like to fly on and off nuclear-powered aircraft carriers. Strap in and hang on for this incredible show! If you love the roar of a high-speed flyby or are enamored by the poise and confidence of the brave men and women who pilot these aircraft, ...
Release date: 2023-02-27
1. Amazing - I am really looking forward to listening to more podcasts! I want to become a fighter pilot, and go into the navy! I also realized that my dream can come true, because I want to apply to the ROTC program, and go to UCLA!!! I also want to be so good, the top % and go to TOPGUN! You made me realize that I can achieve my dream! Even as a girl! Thank you!
2. Amazing Podcast! - Just wanted to say that I really love listening to your podcast and it's really incredible what you do. All the stories that are shared are so intriguing, even though I still have a lot more episodes to listen to! I'm hoping to become a naval aviator myself one day, and you're a huge inspiration to me. I'd like to thank you for that. Hope you are doing amazing Sir :)
3. Inspiring, Interesting, and Recommended! - My passion to become a Navy Fighter Pilot was inspired and as I listened to each episode my passion grew as well as my aviation knowledge. Thank you so much for something to listen to every morning and night. I know it was a long journey to get to this point, but it paid off. Thank You, Jell-o!
4. An Aviation Enthusiasts Dream Channel - Anyone with a small interest in aviation and the stories of veterans needs to check this out. I first came upon this after the excitement of Top Gun. Which were fantastic insights. Then, I saw that they had some of my favorite warbirds. I’ve come to learn about a ton of other planes. The hosts have a great format, discussing the history and current impact of the platform. Then they chat about specific personal stories and even how they received their call signs. My favorites: B-
MIG- (Need more foreign birds!)
P- & P- (They made a interesting!)
5. Lots of better ones than this. - I keep going back to this podcast and being disappointed. For example they spent hour on the Falklands War with a Sea Harrier pilot, hardly any detail and just no depth. It’s like they’re in a rush to quit. % True is way better, Movers channel is way better, even Aircrew Interview is better than this.
6. Thank you! - I’m alive today and have a family because of CAS. I was ‘the year old with a gun’, well, early ’s but still a kid. Everything changed after combat and I’m still working through stuff. FPP is a great distraction to put my mind in a different place. Two decades later it’s still CAS but in a different way.
7. Brilliant - Thank you so much for this podcast. The show is very well put together with a variety of content and guests. I am not a pilot but I have always loved military aircraft and enjoy a lot of the technical descriptions as well as the flight tactics. Potential interesting ideas for shows( I am sure you aren’t short on content): What will the th gen fighters look like for each branch of the service? What is space force? What does the next gen bomber look like? Is there a super a- in the works? What does that look like? Why did the super tomcat never come out- it had supercruise and thrust vectoring. What happened? Carrier landing gear versus regular gear Differences in light carriers and super carriers?
- how does their mission differ? How are the aircraft different Defenses of a super carrier Next gen Battleships to defend carriers? Is that a thing, I keep reading about it here and there. These are just some of the things that may be interesting. I have more but you do such a great job. The show is so interesting and so much appreciated. Please send me some sponsorship information so I can see how that works. Also I echo the listener that said we appreciate you, your guests and the integrity of the content of this show. Please release them at your own pace. While it is fascinating it isn’t your day job and we are all happy to have you ( and sunshine, if he’s available) doing it. Thank you again. Best, Matt
8. This is extremely disappointing - Really like the show. Considering you’ve all defended our great country and actually believe that this fool was fairly elected is dumbfounding. This is easily evidenced but Jello using the term “Trumpers” as a clearly pejorative comment. Incredibly disappointing.
9. FB- Episode - Ken did a great job with this interview. His knowledge of the subject and willingness to get more technical and let the guest share some stories made for a great episode. Most every episode is interesting but sometimes the hosts timeline seems more important than the stories the guest may have. It’s nice to dive deeper than how fast, how high and what is it for when that information is pretty readily available. I want to hear about the good the bad and the ugly. The things ‘you may not know’ for people who have a little knowledge already.
10. Decent podcast, annoying host, good guests. - I’ll let Jell-O himself review his podcast, in two easy quotes: “we don’t do the research” and “we want to leave people wanting more”. Well Jell-O, you succeed in both. People are wanting more because the fighter pilot podcast is extremely shallow, if at times entertaining. I have learned some, especially when Jell-O lets the guests actually speak between his rambling questions. Enjoyable as easy pub fare, but there are a lot of other much better podcasts out there covering military aviation.
11. Finally! - A military aviation podcast that ) has an expert host who can actually speak clearly and in a relaxed tone, ) he tells interesting tales, and ) he has interesting guests. Yes - you can pick all four of those four! Personally, I love the tack we’ve been on, covering all aspects of modern military aviation, focusing especially on fighters, but I can see this podcast ‘growing’ perhaps digging a bit more into aspects of the history of fighter aviation, much like the interviews already done so far with Willie Driscoll, Pete Pettigrew, and a couple of other very interesting guests Maybe having credible authors/historians as guests to discuss pilots, battles, and tactics of past wars, with emphasis on the more detailed aspects as we’ve been doing with the modern subjects. Keep it up - I binged, now I’m out of episodes!! (cry).
RH and AG are two experienced air traffic controllers and pilots that host a weekly show answering listener questions, breaking down complex aviation topics, and relating their experiences to everyday occurrences in the national airspace system. The hosts and guests do not represent the FAA or NATCA and express their own views and opinions.
Release date: 2023-02-27
1. Navigating the Skies with Alpha Golf and Romeo Hotel - Looking for a high-flying podcast that will really take your aviation knowledge to new heights? Look no further than Opposing Bases Air Traffic Talk! This show, hosted by the dynamic duo of Alpha Golf and Romeo Hotel, is an absolute blast to listen to. They cover everything from IFR to ATC, and they do it all with a sense of humor that will have you laughing out loud (just make sure you're not flying a plane at the time!). Alpha Golf and Romeo Hotel are the perfect pair - their banter is as smooth as a well-executed landing, and their chemistry is as clear as the skies on a beautiful day. They're clearly passionate about what they do, and their enthusiasm is infectious. One thing I really appreciate about this podcast is that it's not just for pilots. Even if you've never set foot in a cockpit, you'll find the discussions fascinating and informative. And if you're anything like me, you'll be hooked after just one episode. Overall, Opposing Bases Air Traffic Talk is a must-listen for anyone with an interest in flying or air traffic control. So sit back, relax, and let Alpha Golf and Romeo Hotel take you on a journey that will have you soaring through the clouds in no time!
2. Fantastic aviation podcast, great humor, love it! - I’ve been listening to RH and AG for a few months, and make sure to catch every week. I’m about to start my IR Training (written already passed) and this is definitely a huge help. My girlfriend, while she thinks the show is astoundingly boring… has come to admit it’s tolerable and sometimes understands what is being mentioned. (Although, penguins and icebergs confuse her..) Filled with humor surely only pilots will even understand, and great advice from current controllers… you’d be doing yourself a disservice if you didn’t listen to these guys. Keep it up, excited to see what’s to come. Thanks, - LS
3. AG Needs TSA PreCheck in His Life - What can I say? RH and AG (or is it RG and AH?) are truly great dudes in make believe and reality. I’ve met them in a person a few times (or have I?) at that great place that is Oshkosh. They are very passionate about what they do and we are lucky to have them pass their expertise down to us! AG… I do have to say though, get PreCheck and your travel experience will be forever changed when you don’t have to resort to plastic belts and shoes! LSL from one of the frozen Dakotas
4. Must, Go, Five Star - Want to learn about aviation? Want to laugh and enjoy learning? This is the place to be. RH and AG give you an inside look of air traffic control and the perspective of being the person giving orders to aircraft so they don’t touch. As a student pilot I have learned a lot from these two. For example restoring a car takes FOREVER, and remodeling a bathroom is a lot of work. Beyond real life knowledge, I have learned a ton about aviation, also penguins must have ADD to the point the will jump into shark infested waters out of boredom. Every wannabe and official pilot buys the infamous FAR/AIM. RH and AG make it obvious that the FAR/AIM, even being about inches thick, is not black and white. RH and AG go into the nuances of different situations you may be faced as a pilot and how you may deal with it, what ATC is looking for for, how ATC can assist you, and that ATC wants to help you, not find a way to revoke your pilots certificate. Their experience of being pilots themselves allows them to communicate in a way that other pilots understand. For me the best part is the random appearance of RH’s cat giving a meow in the background. As a fellow cat owner, it gives me a smile every time. From a small airfield South East of the Native Tribe Tripping Delta in small laughs county. Delta Golf Delta
5. NOTAM: Why are you not listening to this podcast? - As long as the NOTAM system stays up… “Attention all pilots, why are you not listening to this podcast?” If you are not, I need you to copy down this number…. All kidding aside, I am a long-time private pilot working on my instrument rating and this has been the best podcasts for me. It is interesting, informative, amusing and helps to keep my head in the aviation game between flying and the rest of life! It does sometimes stress out my “Waddle” of penguins, but hey - I’d rather the ice burg be filled with NAS penguins than all those useless ones from high school classes. Into the sea with with them! Five stars all the way, Bravo Gulf - from just under the Burning River Bravo.
6. Your pilot friends may burn you at the stake - Just picture it now...there you are, reliving your airborne adventures to your pilot buddies in the FBO pilot lounge: "So then I asked Sleepy Hollow Approach for MSAW processing, you know, Multifunction V Slew..." Before you can finish your triumphant story, one of the new CFIs points at you and shouts at the top of his lungs, "A WITCH!!!" and you are (metaphorically) burnt at the stake, joining the ranks of Voltaire, Joan of Arc, and many other not-so-living legends. It'll be great! But heresy aside, this show will give you a great insight into the secret penguin sauce that is ATC. Who knew they were people too?!? Maybe the warm glow of the burning stake will attract some of your prodigal penguins back to the roost.
7. Only Podcast for Me - Podcasts can sometimes really drag out with drawn out personal stories, random animal distractions, and commercial breaks that can really take away from the content. Luckily, this podcast doesn’t have commercials, so you’re in for a treat! As a newly minted private pilot and working towards my instrument and commercial ratings, I constantly listen to this podcast while driving or at the gym. I’m flying out of the football Delta where Lucy will pull it away from NFL kickers trying to kick extra points in the playoffs under the Jerry Jones Bravo. The best audio so far has to be the Cougar in the Cockpit audio from OB . I got to name our dog Ricky Bobby, but the wife pumped the brakes on naming our boys Walker and Texas Ranger. Truly incredibly helpful information and you guys should be very proud of your following and the help you provide. Thanks so much. JB
8. The Worst Podcast - I am not an early adopter. I didn’t own any Small Fruit products until I got my PPL in . I didn’t get an autopilot in my elderly airplane until just last year. I had never listened to a podcast until one of my instrument students described penguins sliding off his iceberg a few months ago. Now I make a living flying small airplanes in nearby airspace (Duke, Home of the Wolfpack), and have plenty of drive time to devote daily. I have become a big fan of the show and have been slowly catching up on back episodes. It’s entertaining, educational, and always avoids annoying alliteration. This is honestly the worst podcast I have ever listened to. Sincerely, GSR
9. Masters of the Multifunction - Join the heroes of the NAS as they battle such deplorable denizens of the ATC underworld as untagged VFR pilots, Duke controllers, or anyone claiming to “work” at a center. Marvel as they recount their memories of miscellaneous modern conveniences like the cassette tape, phone book, and non-directional beacon. Each week you’ll be transported to a new world where words like splat, bippy and Zippy are as familiar as the airports of legend at coat factory, race track, and cigarette. All are welcome in this anonymous magical realm, even those with atrocious settings, so buckle up and give it a try. This show provides something rarer than a trainee with a plan - deep dives into the dusty corners of aviation knowledge that entertain rather than anesthetize. / stars. -J.R.T.
10. Pulls back the curtain on the ATC playbook - Prior to listening to Opposing Bases, flying IFR in the NAS felt a little like being plucked off the stands to join a (mostly) pro basketball team. While you know everyone is working to get the ball in the hoop without fouling the other players, your teammates are obviously operating from a ,-page playbook that no one thought to share with you. So you spend a lot of your flying time trying to reverse engineer what and why things are happening. After listening to the show, I feel like I've read, if not the playbook, at least the executive summary. I now now predict ATC calls. Also, the professionalism that results has to lower everyone's blood pressure. This may be especially the case for me, because I fly a SETP and get the feeling controllers are mostly willing to treat pilots of our type like airline pilots, but they seem often to have their fingers crossed doing so -- at least until you demonstrate you're a pro. I strongly encourage you to listen to and to support the show.
11. Somehow My Favorite - I am absolutely addicted to this podcast and cannot wait until the next episode drops. What I can't figure out is WHY? RH and AG must have some kind of voodoo, hypnotic, magic going to have suckered me into listening to (and ultimately enjoying) each episode. The way they laugh at each other's inside jokes makes me wonder which one is Beavis and which one is Butthead. I almost gave up midway through my first episode due to the sophomoric humor and lengthy verbiage about refrigerator repair, garage remodeling, etc. BUT...... if you are an OB noob and are thinking of checking out after the first minutes... DON'T. There are tremendous nuggets of information which are super helpful to VFR and IFR pilots. The more I listen, the more I begin to understand them, and the more great information I garner from the show. It is now one of my favorite aviation podcasts, and will be yours too if you give it a chance. Now if I can just figure out what the heck penguins are... guess I need to keep listening. Thanks RH and AG for keeping me entertained on my daily drive to work. Regards, A.S. from the original Air Capital of the World smack dab in the center of the USA.
12. The Best Podcast. I Checked. - As a longtime subscriber of many podcasts, I thought I had a good grasp of what makes an excellent podcast, curating a list of what were, in my eyes, five-star heavyweights. Imagine my surprise, then, hearing these two random ATC-ers as guests on another podcast: “An ATC podcast, seriously?” Having now listened to every episode—and yes, there are more than the six to nine you would think would be sufficient to cover everything anyone would need to know about ATC—I can confirm each and every one is five-star material. Not only that, but AG and RH have reset the bar for what makes a five-star podcast: competent and in-depth discussion of useful topics, entertaining banter and giggling, cookies, code names, and penguins. One unfortunate side-effect: my podcast playlist’s average star rating has now plummeted below five. Thanks a lot. Tango Alpha Charlie from under the Golden Dome Charlie
13. Best Podcast for People who Fly in the system - Okay RH and AG you win, I’ll leave a review! As requested stars. This show will help you understand the capabilities and limitations of what the person on the other side of the button click can or can’t do for you. Experts of getting you off the scope as quickly as possible, one well timed IFR cancellation received at a time. Don’t be fooled by the friendly hints and code names, they really don’t care if you want the ILS, GPS, VOR, or LPV approach but for all that is holy say your approach request. Otherwise squawk VFR….goodbye. All jokes aside best podcast, (not just the best AVIATION podcast). Always learn something new or refresh’s my memory on those not so common procedures we don’t always see.
14. Provocative, Playful, and Penguin-filled - Have you been searching for the best aviation podcast in which the two most eligible ATC bachelors speak to you in sultry tones, luring you to fall into a deep pleasant sleep? Me too. But until we find that, may I introduce you to opposing bases. If you are interested in aviation in any form, their podcast is a great listen! And if you aren’t interested in aviation, I would be willing to bet you will still enjoy learning about flying from these two. The podcast gives me the tools to provide the captains next to me valuable insight. If nothing else, I now have a bucket of interesting factoids to pull out when the captain begins his left seat diatribe. OB is a wonderful listen as we wait for our knights or knightesses of NAS kingdom to bless us with their angelic voices.
15. Not so scared anymore - As a new private pilot flying in the middle of no where, I stick to the non-towered airports as I’m pretty intimated talking to ATC. I imagine a grumpy older gentleman sitting in a tower eating peanuts and sipping coffee judging my every move as well as getting impatient with my inaudible mumbling about my location, altitude, and intentions. I guess what I’m getting at is after listening to the show, I’m less intimidated by ATC. I now know that you guys are just like the rest of us, just trying to do as little work as possible until we get to go home for the day! All jokes aside thanks for all that you do. I’m an avid lister now grinding toward my instrument rating.
16. Good but not great (yet) - Love the site when it sticks to the advertised subject matter (ATC). Little disappointed in the amount of personal talk about window repairs, back pain, etc. i think i speak for all GA pilots when I say this is a very valuable insight to what happens on the other side of the call. Thank you!!
17. Came for the knowledge, stayed for the car naps - Love the show and really enjoy hearing the ATC perspective on daily life in the NAS. As an active CFI and “Acme” captain, I find this show to be informative and entertaining. My three-year-old son refers to AG and RH as “those boring guys” and my goodness does he nap well when listening to this show! “LD”
18. My only Podcast subscription - I am another none pod cast listener who is now religiously listening to Opposing Bases Podcast (@ xspeed IOT enjoy it like a fine wine). Although I have tried many and enjoyed a few this is the first podcast (of any genre) that I have stuck with for episodes. Patron EW introduced me, when I bumped into him at the Taco Truck th episode event (I was at the main terminal, not the event, so I am yet to meet the hosts). I have since verbally and via text shared my enjoyment with other R/W and F/W pilots; this is a well overdue star review. Give this podcast a try and you too will .Be addicted . Childishly giggle along with AG and RH, the hosts. . Gain new confidence (regardless of hour level, I am R/W and newly minted hr ASEL instrument) to tell ATC what is going on in your cockpit and where you wish to be in the future. -JPM from the Golf Golf Southeast of the mythic Triad.
19. If you’re not listening you should - I tried to give this review a star rating but the podcast player would not let me. Maybe they do actually have it set to only allow star ratings. Welcome to the land of the mythical Triad where penguins are shoved off icebergs to get you some cookies if you you can actually manage to push one off. These guys, through all the dad jokes and snarky remarks actually know a thing or two because they’ve seen a thing or two with their combined experience of flying and controlling. I swear I’ve learned more by listening to them than my instructor ever taught me during my Instrument Rating. Thank you for your show, keep up the good work from AD just outside the not a Canadian City Charlie.
20. The best aviation podcast since Lindbergh’s! - Information as vast as a center’s airspace…knowledge as deep as the sleep of a center controller…humor as dry as a Carolina basement…and a vocabulary as…well, as limited as a sixth-grade dropout’s. RH and AG use their experience as controllers and pilots as well as their natural chemistry to answer questions and help us be better citizens of the national airspace system and life in general. Appealing to pilots and non pilots alike, it’s worth listening to a few newer episodes to get into the rhythm, and then you will be hooked. I don’t think Lindbergh actually had a podcast, but this is literally what I look forward to on a Monday.
21. What’s not to like? - Not only do RH & AG provide a great POV from the other side of the mike, they instill some humor into Air Traffic Talk. They touch a lot of topics that are known/unknown to pilots (and non pilots alike!) and provide great insight and clarity without making anyone feel dumb. I love their remarks they have about their colleagues (center controllers, am I right? ) and the information they provide to us. / this is a great podcast
22. The “Dad Jokes” of Aviation Podcasts - From the th President Executive underneath the Metroplex Bravo… While there are plenty of great educational aviation podcasters out there, there are no other hosts I know that have the wit and satire to bring hundreds (maybe thousands??) of listeners on the inside of their inside controller-land humor. When I listen in the car with my teenage kids, and I start chuckling at the mention of penguins and icebergs…the kids just shake their heads, groan, and mutter something unintelligible under their breaths. As all of us middle aged fathers know, this is the same reaction we get from a perfectly executed “Dad joke”! Thanks AG and RH for the weekly dose of aviation dad jokes…keep ‘em coming!
23. Lifting the veil of ignorance for this terrified student pilot - My CFI looked at me and said, OK, call up the tower… I’m sure they said more, but my brain had already stopped processing. Stage fright. A completely blank mental script. What do I say? followed quickly be the panic attack of “What if I get it WRONG”? It felt like an hour for my mouth to start blabbering the phrases I’d jotted down on my kneeboard, but I made it through the call: press transmit button NoAvGasHere Tower, pause to find the placard Cessna N at pause to find the taxiway sign Alpha, Ready for departure, pause glance at the airport diagram R. pause... Oh, yeah! Release button! I had no idea what activities those words would trigger, other than that I needed to be ready to scribble down a response that would be fast, scratchy, indistinct and garbled for me, but one that everyone else would somehow understand. Cue this podcast. After only a few episodes I now have a (warped?) mental model of what happens on the other end of that radio call, the flow of activities that I and my airplane fit into, what is normal, what is expected, and what throws a monkey wrench into the gears of smooth operation. To all the RH’s and AG’s out there, I proactively appologize for all those -second pauses, that eternity delayed “… with Echo” and forgotten “at altitude”s. Knowing how my words will be consumed, and the actions and decisions that follow really helps me to collect and organize my chaotic thoughts into a concise and structured “say intentions” radio call. In a world of content-free clickbait posts, videos and podcasts, this podcast stands out by being consistently entertaining, engaging and educational. It has aged well - the first episode (from what, years ago?) is just as on-point as the current , each one feels like I'm meeting up with a couple of old friends talking about the things that they love. From that unleaded Delta crammed up against the Wannabee a Big City Charlie under the Sourdough Bravo, Thanks to your great podcast, I'm not scared of that radio thing anymore! JP (PPL student)
24. Fantastic show. - First off, my bad. I accidentally hit Star at first then amended it to the true vale, / starts. Thanks for putting together a fun, informative and delightful podcast about aviation. I stumbled upon you by accident and listened to the last couple most recent shows. Slight mistake because of all the referencing to previous conversations. Jumped back shows and then understood the conversations and jokes. Now I’m headed back to the beginning to binge listen from the beginning. You guys make the the hours of driving i do a day a lot more entertaining.
25. Best Ground School that isn’t a Ground School - These are the best aviation content producers in the world. I started listening to OB at the end of last summer, and had been recommended their podcast since the summer of . If your podcast streaming provider is trying their hardest to make you listen to this podcast, just give in because it will be one of the greatest decisions you’ll do for your aviation career or the lil aviation bug that bit you. You will always learn something new, or even more on a topic you think you already know about. I never thought I would be waiting for Mondays, especially for a podcast, but here I am. Thanks guys keep up the good work. LGT from the Lobsta Tea Party Bravo
26. Delightful chuckles and info - From the gal in the FlyingFarmTruck … thanks for unpacking so many of the questions I had about ATC. After years of staying “under the radar” in class G I’m going legit and chasing instrument, commercial, CFI, etc etc. Your podcast has brought fun, purpose, and value into a part of flying that always intimidated me. And… perhaps… in doing so you’ve made life a bit easier for your counterparts at the Smurf Turf Charlie. They owe you one!
27. The best podcast I’ve listened to yet - After hearing about it on so many other podcast’s, I figured I had to give it a try, and boy do I wish I had sooner. These Cat and Penguin obsessed controller’s explain and demystify the NAS like nobody else, and I just can’t get enough, so much so that I now look forward to mondays instead of dread them! They keep me excellent company on my commute to school underneath the Chicken Wing Charlie, south of the Lots of Water Falling Over a Big Cliff Delta. The Oshkosh episodes were very helpful as a first timer flying in. I’m just upset I missed the live show, but that’s on me. Keep up the great work! -MRB
28. nd Best thing next to flying. - This podcast mystically transports me to a virtual cockpit when I am on the ground wishing I was in a real one. Even RH’s cat got air sick in the experience was so real. Getting advice from this cat, or your own on how to endure the long wait between episodes is recommended. I have filled this long wait by starting all episodes over for a third time. The content never gets old. I can now understand those fast talking controllers in the air, even though I listen to this podcast at / speed to get hours of virtual flying while on the ground. The . speed thing just left me sad and extra time not filled with OB entertainment. JE
29. A cornucopia of guffaws, chuckles and great advice - Listening to AG and RH is reminiscent of Car Talk with Click and Clack, the tappet brothers. They both knew their stuff so well they were able to interject humor into accurate responses to listeners’ questions and these two do the same. Cameos from Zippy and the infamous cat bring extra hilarity and familiarity. Their extemporaneous witticisms and innumerable stories of when they were flying or when they were controlling traffic exemplify their intelligence and gentlemanly nature. I have learnt a lot from them and some of it even applied when flying and going for my private and instrument ratings! Thanks, guys, and keep up the good work. Contacting tower! MIK
30. Favorite podcast - Who knew learning could be so much fun. While driving to one of the major Delta airports in the Big Apple, where I park my Cardinal, AG and RH keep me company. It is fun, and most importantly informative just having these voices during the trip. Keep the penguins on the ice and keep up the great work. SL
31. Best Aviation Podcast!!! - Started listening while training for my PPL, found it after Capt. Nick made disparaging remarks on another podcast. I don’t listen to that one anymore, I guess it has something to do with penguins. :) Slowly working on my instrument rating and tailwheel endorsement. The info is presented in helpful and entertaining manner. Finally caught up with all the episodes so now I have to wait each week to listen while walking the dog, though he does look at me funny when I burst out laughing.
32. The Aviation Podcast of My Dreams - While working on my instrument rating in the "espresso Delta", a CFII turned me on to the wonderful Opposing Bases podcast from AG and RH, who live in a mythical land where ATC hands out cookies and pilots always use flight following. I have been listening from episode one to catch up, jumping back to current episodes each Monday, and find each one interesting and informative. I can honestly say that this is the podcast of my dreams, as in my dream last night I was driving around with my partner listening to Opposing Bases, and woke up realizing I needed to finally give them the five-star review they deserve. Now, if only they could help me find a way to make the non-dream version of my partner actually want to listen to OB, but I haven't quite gotten there yet. -DS
33. Stars - I started listening to OB part way through my PPL training after hearing AG and RH interviewed on another aviation podcast (I don’t remember which one). years later My wife and I look forward to a happy Monday each week. Thoroughly informative and delightfully entertaining. My wife won’t let me fly without flight following. This show deserves / stars. Look forward to another review with that extra star.
34. I don’t listen to podcasts but I listen to OB - Podcasts have never been my thing but Opposing Bases was recommended to me at the start of my private pilot training and I listen every week (and maybe soon watch as new patreon supporter). From the entertaining banter to the educational discusion of so many pertinent topics, RH, AG, and the participating listeners make a captivating show. Their topics always seem timely as well. A controller seemed to imply an implicit bravo clearance had been given…a show topic on that shows up the next week. I wanted to know more about temporary loss of comms during VFR flight following, same thing. These are recent examples only but the list is endless. I’m more comfortable and better prepared flying in the NAS because of this show. -JRW
35. The best aviation podcast on the planet - I have listened to OB since the beginning. As a long dormant pilot, I use this podcast to relive my glory days when I was free to roam the skies without the burden of children and huge monthly bills to bring me flailing back to earth. AG and RH provide an indispensable service to the aviation community and this podcast is a must listen. It is -star material each and every week. And to whomever leaves less than -star ratings and moronic posts about “the future”, or taking out your frustrations about CPDLC on two controllers who have NO ability to change that…this review hopefully helps to offset your insipid opinion…no one cares.
Welcome to the Part Time Pilot Audio Ground School Podcast! This podcast is going to be all about providing student pilots with ANOTHER way that they can consume the Private Pilot curriculum. Each episode is myself, Nick Smith, going through the lessons of our Online Ground School but adding more detail, stories and metaphors to make it consumable in the audio format. The #1 reason student pilots never end up becoming a private pilot is NOT due to money. The real reason is actually deeper tha...
Release date: 2023-02-27
1. Incredibly helpful! - I took ground school in-person about a year ago at my local flight school. It was the most challenging thing I’ve ever done, and my knowledge of everything at the end was patchy at best. I have spent the last year trying to refresh my memory of things through reading, looking at pictures, and watching videos. I have also have flying lessons under my belt. At this point, however, everything felt familiar but most of it wasn’t meaningful…and I felt stuck. So glad I found this podcast when I did. Nick is finally filling in all the holes for me, and making my aviation education so much more meaningful! What an amazing supplement to fortify my foundational knowledge. I feel like the knowledge is finally sticking, and I already feel like a safer and more confident student pilot just after a couple episodes.
2. Best online ground school out there! - This podcast is amazing to listen too while looking at the lesson in the ground school. Nick works very very hard to make sure his online ground school is the best. He puts in a lot of time to make sure everyone understands the information and he doesn’t charge you for unnecessary things like I’ve heard other ground schools doing. If you want a career In flying or just want to fly for fun, this ground school is the way to go!
General Aviation news, pilot tips for beginners & experts, interviews, listener questions answered, technical details on G1000 & Perspective glass cockpits & flying GPS approaches. 40 yrs experience flying general aviation aircraft. As an active flight instructor, I bring my daily experiences in the air to this show to help teach pilots and future pilots to fly safely. I'm a Platinum Cirrus CSIP instructor and work with people who are thinking about buying a new or used SR20 or SR22. Go to Aviat...
Release date: 2023-02-24
1. Maximum Thanks Max - Max, first I’d like to thank you for your devotion to the promotion of General Aviation and Aviation in general. You’re clearly passionate about this pursuit and that enthusiasm is reflected in every episode of the podcast. I found the podcast at a critical phase of my flight training, while working towards my IFR ticket and eventually Cirrus Transition Training, all successfully completed. I’m in South Florida, earned my private in ‘ and have logged over , hours VFR, mostly Cross Country flying all over the Southeast in a C-K. The instrument training really tested some deeply engrained mussel memory and I was struggling early in the process. I used your library of podcast to keep my mind immersed in Aviation facts and speak, like a literal hanger rat in the corner soaking up every word. The total transition was as much about a culture of Professionalism and Safety as it was about actual task and standards. It worked and I appreciate your help. Now I get to fly a rented SR GTS several times a month with about hours Solo PIC so far. The Cirrus is a fabulous example of attention to detail by talented engineers and designers. Anyway, I hope I’m not getting your fingers sticky with all the syrupy praise, but I sincerely appreciate your contribution. Safe Sky’s.
2. So much good info! Thank you! - As a student/low-time pilot, I have been listening to Max’s podcast since the beginning of my training journey and have learned SO much. He is clearly a great CFI with a wealth of knowledge to share, and the same can be said for all of his guests. The topics are wide ranging and usually apply to pilots of all skill levels and experience. The news and updates are always pretty interesting as well, especially the breakdowns/analysis of various accidents. Max always tries to provide some key takeaways from those unfortunate events that really turn them into teachable moments.
3. An aviation podcast must-have - Max does a fantastic job reporting timely aviation news, issues, trends and safety information. His guests bring excellent viewpoints and experience to the table as well. I very much look forward to each new episode, thanks for all you do to promote safer aviation Max!
4. A true aviation gem - I have been reading Max’s books since training in a Diamond DA decades ago. I have been impressed by his down to earth demeanor and ease of following along. I still have a CD of the G- software somewhere in my box if things. Listening to him on the geeks podcast was always a treat, since he was the only one directly speaking to us , GA pilots in small single engine piston aircraft.
That’s the sensibility he brings to this podcast. If you fly a Cirrus, even better. Every episode highlights an issue that we in the GA pilot community should be talking about. The methodical manner in which he handles these topics is truly masterful.
Thank you so much Max I Look forward to each episode eagerly.
5. CJ Pilot - I am an owner operator of a CJ. I found this podcast forwarded by a fellow jet driver. Max does a fantastic job reminding me of tips and rules of the road. In my annual training in the sims, we never go back over the basics. I listen daily on the elliptical and it makes the time fly. I have been catching up listening to the older casts when new ones are not available. It is like a time capsule for current events but always has great timeless tidbits.
6. Absolutely the best GA podcast you will find! - As a general aviation pilot, I truly value the insights I gain from listening to this podcast. The content is relevant, well put together, and very educational. I look forward to episodes each week and truly believe the information I receive will make me a better pilot.
7. Correction to My Name for Previous Post - As someone with a lifelong goal of flying who obtained his certificate about a year ago and is now at about hours, I can tell you Aviation NewsTalk has been a terrific learning tool. Aviation NewsTalk has allowed me to listen and learn while doing other things around the house and/or during travel. I find nearly every episiode has something valuable for me as a new pilot. One thing I will definitely commend Max for is his willingness to share his mistakes, near misses, and less than optimal decisions over his flying career. Not only are these examples educational, but also allow me to forgive my own mistakes or oversites and focus on the learning aspect as opposed to beating myself up and/or losing confidence. I made the decision early on to learn to fly in a Cirrus and have also purchased my own Cirrus SRT. I discovered Aviation NewsTalk after deciding upon Cirrus. Max's support of Cirrus is reassuring, of course, but he balances his preference for Cirrus with his education on general aviation overall and his obvious knowledge of non-Cirrus aircraft as well. Max, thank you for the high quality of your podcasts and for the time you commit to providing quality insights and education. Your genuine enthusiasm for aviation is welcome, as is your commitment to helping others learn to fly safely. You are a credit to your profession and your overall professionalism is much appreciated.
8. Best Aviation Podcast Period! - I subscribe to just about every aviation (as well as other subject matter) podcast out there and Aviation News Talk is by far the best! Max is a seasoned pilot and is excellent at explaining very complicated aviation subjects in simple terms. He has a very heavy foucus on safety concerns with no nonsense in between. He is quite knowledgeable in all things GA, and particularly in Garmin G tech, Cirrus Aircraft as well as Cirrus Perspective and Perspective avionics. Max has obviously vonunteered a great deal of time to produce this show and share his years of experience with anyone willing to listen. It is for this reason that his show was the first one I decided to contribute to finacially via his Patreon page. You can't go wrong with this one!
9. Great Podcast! - I have listened since the beginning and have found it educational and Max so easy to listen to. I am a sport pilot and own an LSA so the IFR information I will never be able to use but I find it interesting all the same. The information on CO poisoning was an eye opener. Thank you for your great work. From an avid listener!
10. Radio Quality - The production value of this podcast is phenomenal. It’s tightly produced, has the smooth flow of a professional radio broadcast and doesn’t meander around with inside jokes or rambling like many other aviation shows. The news is sharp, relevant and the host doesn’t make you feel out of place even if you are a new pilot. This is the very best podcast available for aviation: timely yet even the “old” shows have timeless content. First rate.
11. Top Notch Aviation Podcast - Max, your podcast is “plane” fantastic. For all the review readers it’s worth subscribing too. It’s loaded with great information everyone can learn from. I’m just starting to get involved deeper in aviation and working to get my private. This podcast has helped me realize the reality of all the situations pilots can get into, great tips on how to avoid the pitfalls and fantastic conversations with guests focused on making safer pilots. Thank you for the great podcast!
12. Catching up - As someone who flies glider planes, tow planes, a SR and a variety of power planes for CAP, I wanted to add to your episode on short field landing tips. The most helpful piece of advice I have received was found in Jim Dulin's "contact flying" book. He describes the "brisk walk" approach on short final where one adjusts the power to maintain the visual illusion of the aiming point approaching at a constant rate of a brisk walk, all the way to touchdown. I have found that keeping this idea in mind as I Iand has made my landings VERY consistent and stable in all makes of aircraft that I fly. If you have a chance,I think that interviewing Jim Dulin would provide some very helpful insights to the listeners of this podcast. He has , hours as an ag pilot and has successfully made over engine-out landings.
13. Finally, an aviation Podcast with wings - Max, I thoroughly enjoy the format and structure of your general aviation podcast. It has structure and substance relating to current aviation news, aviation industry operations & procedures, and industry science & politics. It is a rich and rather informative, but not too cerebral, source of relevant general aviation news. General aviation has been my source of enjoyment and income for my adult life. I've felt like there was still much to be learned and discussed. This podcast has continued the relevant discussion of ideas and information in the general aviation community. This podcast format is appropriate for beginners all the way up to seasoned professionals within the various sectors of general aviation. This is now in my daily rotation of podcast, and it's my only aviation podcast. I've used your study materials in the past and I have been following you on Facebook; this is an excellent supplement to all of that which you offer. Keep up the good work, and keep it coming!
14. Favorite Podcast! - Max, These podcast are some the best I have listened to. I love how you are able to include GA operation and have a segment about accidents, that you break down. I listen to these every day on my way to work! As a new CFI I have learned a great deal from listening to your podcast.
15. Great for student pilots - Im a low hour student pilot and find your podcast extremely helpful. You educate above my experience level and inspire me to learn from your high degree of real world flying. Then I do the necessary research to improve my proficiency. THAT leads to note taking and practical application in my plane. Great info now I listen to each edition.
16. A Must Have podcast for the General Aviation crowd! - I have been following Max’s Aviation NewsTalk podcast since its beginning and continue to look forward to each week’s episode. He is well connected and keeps up with the latest in technology and technique. If you are a pilot, or just an aviation enthusiast, give a listen — I don’t think you will be disappointed.
17. Reigniting the passion - I fly professionally in Alaska, I listen to this podcast to reignite the passion of aviation. The spark of love in flying has its greatest root in general aviation. Many people that I fly with have lost sight of their original passion, this podcast keeps the joy of flying alive and well. As a check airman for my company, I even find myself analyzing a flight like Max does, he is a gifted instructor.
18. Awesome GA Podcast! - From newbie to veteran aviators this podcast has something for everyone! Max covers topics that are relevant, timely, interesting, informative and entertaining. You can listen to the same podcast multiple times and each time learn something new! As a low time pilot I’m always looking for ways to expand my skills and knowledge base and this podcast does a fantastic job of doing just that. Don’t pass this one up and add it to your regular subscriptions!
19. A MUST for anyone interested in GA - I started listening to this podcast as an aspiring CFI to bring myself back up to speed in the aviation world. If you’re looking to do the same or stay up-to-date, this podcast is a MUST! I’ve been a broadcaster for years and can honestly say Max Trescott has great production values and does a great job organizing content and providing a variety of content in his episodes.
20. Highly Recommend - I highly recommend this podcast. As a mechanic for a major airline and a new pilot, I am always looking for a good resource to continue to learn and grow my knowledge in aviation. This podcast is an excellent resource. Max does such an incredible job breaking down and analyzing current events in aviation, and then uses his knowledge/experience to help his listeners learn from others mistakes. I feel as if I have gained an incredible amount of knowledge just in the past few months since I started listening. Thank you for sharing your knowledge and passion for aviation with us, Max. Keep up the great work.
The Pilot to Pilot podcast is a place for aviators to come for inspiration and encouragement. We aim to help all types of aviators to continue pursuing their aviation dreams, whether that be flying commercially or flying for fun.
Release date: 2023-02-21
1. Knocking it out of the park. - After months I have officially listened to every podcast you produced. I thoroughly enjoyed each and everyone of them. You have continued to improve and refine how you interview and it is appreciated more than I can express. As I go down this path in aviation I find myself losing focus and listening to others stories have helped me regain traction. Thank you! I recommend and talk about your podcast to anyone who will listen. Keep up the good work and thank you again!
2. Best aviation podcast! - I have grown up with epilepsy and a love for aviation. This podcast is my way to connect with the one thing I always knew I wanted to do but learned I couldn’t do. Love all the guests and listening to all the stories and learning something new every week! Justin is amazing!
3. My favorite podcast - As a year-old aspiring pilot, I can say many great things about this podcast. I listen it every night, and listening to each episode brings more passion towards me getting into the aviation community as soon as I can. It’s so interesting hearing the stories of pilots and how they achieved their dreams of becoming a pilot, whether it just be staying in general aviation or going to the airlines. Nothing has ever peaked my interests like aviation has, and I just can’t shake the bug. As I’m sure anybody who listens to this great podcast can agree that when the bug calls, it’s hard to ignore.
4. Favorite podcast - I’ve said it before but here it is again to help spread the word. This podcast is always inspiring and I enjoy hearing everyone’s stories, words of encouragement, and success. They really help to keep my going in chasing this dream. Thanks for a great show. Congratulations on the baby too
5. Easily My Favorite Podcast - I love this show a ton, for many reasons, but mostly because as aviators we love to talk about flying and share stories and nerd out about planes and you get a little bit of all of that with PP. Justin, thanks for doing what you do - I started listening during my training and have tuned in every week since. Aviators, welcome to your new favorite podcast!
6. Love the show - As someone who is randomly interested in aviation and not a pilot to any degree, I find Justin’s interviews super intriguing, educational, and well planned. I hope to use the knowledge from him and his guests to help me some day secure my own private pilot license. Keep up the solid work!
7. This is the standard. - Justin sets the standard for interviewers in the podcast world. Each episode takes you on a fascinating journey of so many different personalities, backgrounds and professions within the aviation community. Every pilot has a story, and Justin is an expert at guiding his subject to explain their own literal ups and downs as they become airborne. If you have any interest in aviation, this podcast is an absolute essential download. Great stuff.
8. Awesome Podcast! - I just listened to his latest podcast with Max Weldon (AKA Citation Max) and it was really good! I really enjoyed listening to Max’s story and get his perspective on flying. I hope to hear one of my other favorite pilot you tubers Premier Driver, Greg Mink. Keep up the great work!
9. Started with You Tube... - As an aviation nut I was searching for some podcasts to accompany me on my long walks. I stumbled on this one and discovered right away a couple of the You Tube pilots I follow and started listening. Very enjoyable, very easy to listen to. It’s just a couple people having a conversation. STARS! Update: all caught up and just listened to the CitationMax episode. I follow Max on YouTube. He is as professional as they come yet very humble and very grateful for everything in life. Well done Justin! Still STARS!
10. Excellent podcast - Thank you Justin for always finding the right people in the industry, to bring us such a variety of information and knowledge from the aviation industry.
The diversity of people you bring on the show, really makes it interesting and something to look forward everytime. Keep up the good work, Deon Mitton
11. Stories are everything! - Justin puts together a great podcast that is enjoyable and informative to listen to. I’m an aviation enthusiast who is considering a career flying planes, and as an outsider to the world of aviation I have found this to be an amazing resource. The format of interviewing fellow aviators and hearing their stories is such an impactful way to reach the multitudes. No matter who you are, there is something for you on this podcast and the stories you will hear will inspire you. Keep up the great work Justin, and of course, GO BUCKS!!
12. Inspirational and informative - I’ve been out of flying for a few years but have been hungry to reignite my flying career. Pilot to pilot has exposed me to so many areas in the flying world and educated me to a huge variety of possibilities as an aviator. This podcast has nearly single-handedly rekindled my passion for flying and shown me that my aspirations are possible. This is the perfect podcast for any aspiring/hour-building pilots at any stage or avgeeks.
13. It's About the Journey, Not Just the Destination - You can't google everything about flying as a career, sometimes you have to sit down and chat with someone who's been there and done that. Justin does exactly this in his interviews. As a CFI who hopes to contiunue a lifetime of flying professionally, this podcast gives me hope in a career that can sometimes be uncertain. Justin and his guests remind us that while there is no perfect path in aviation, the journey is well worth sticking to it. Keep up the good work Justin!
14. Episode , Type Diabetics get their wings - I’ve been listening to Pilot to Pilot for the past months or so, after my son committed to becoming a professional pilot. I want to learn all I can to help him in anyway possible. He’s a senior in high school and was accepted into the aviation program at South Eastern Oklahoma State University in the fall of . This episode hit me in the feels hard! I was diagnosed as a type diabetic as a year old in and MY dream of becoming a pilot died that day. So to hear that people like Pietro and other td’s now have a path to that elusive left seat definitely brought tears of joy. Thanks and keep up the great podcast.
15. I’ve Listened to Every Episode... - Pilot to Pilot is one of my favorite podcasts and one of the top-tier aviation media networks. Justin does an incredible job of picking and having conversation with aviators from all parts of the sky. Politics are set aside and your left with a light, enjoyable, informative and usually funny story of the podcast guests journey through the world of aviation.
16. Fantastic Podcast For Anyone - I believe this is a podcast for anyone looking for a good story weather you are interested in aviation or not. I started listening to this podcast before I started flight school and I continue to tune in weekly as a student. A lot of the stories and experiences shared in this podcast are things most aviators can relate to, and it feels good to know you are not alone. It just goes to show anyone can fly a plane if you really have the drive and passion. Fantastic work! Keep it up.
An aviation podcast by aviation geeks for anyone who looks up when they hear an airplane fly overhead. Listen in as Ian Petchenik and Jason Rabinowitz bring you aviation news, views, and special guests every Friday. If you're a new avgeek or just can't get enough aviation in your life, get your avgeek fix with us.
Release date: 2023-02-24
1. Great for the casual flyer to those who can identify an aircraft ‘by ear’ - I have been listening to this podcast since the early days. I have a friend who is an A captain. He told me one time “You know more about this industry than most of my First Officers!” AvTalk is my source for quality, trusted aircraft industry news (sometimes mixed with a little fit of fun/rumor). Keep it up Ian and Jason!
2. Catch the early episodes! - Waking up from the time change this morning, I decided to listen to Episode from July , . It’s quite an eye-opener to revisit where we were years ago, and where we are today in the airline industry. I heard names of airlines I haven’t heard in a long time (remember Ted???), and the report on the (then) new - MAX delivery to Norwegian. I highly recommend that people go back and listen to these, and you’ll have a new perspective on today’s state of aviation. Keep up the great work!
3. Great podcast, but where’s Ken?!?! - I love listening to this podcast. AvTalk quite literally helps me get to sleep. For about six months now, I have listened to this podcast. I have listened all the episodes multiple times and have almost never been disappointed. Easily one of the best (and my personal favorite) aviation podcast. Every one of the guests has been great, especially Ken and his glossary terms. What happened to those?! They were a personal favorite of mine. Fun and informative. Keep making the great show!
4. The Best Aviation Centric Podcast - The AvTalk podcast is best aviation centric podcast period. The focus is mostly in the transport / airline category with an occasional detour to private aviation. The reason I like it so much is the conversational style of the two hosts versus some podcasts with a single host talking forever.
5. It’s better - As long as the topic isn’t about a controversial topic (covid) it’s the best aviation podcast out there. Ian and Jason are hands down, the best aviation podcasters out there. From how the industry is changing. To, Boeing’s stupid moves. You are most likely to hear and be updated about the lates aviation news.
6. A step above Simple Flying - I’ve been listening for over episodes by now, and I have to give a very honest review. Ian is very well informed and does a great job on the podcast. But Jason is a big letdown. He constantly seems ill-informed, unprepared, and just downright negative. It’s unfortunate, but hopefully Ian can turn it around.
7. Fun and Educational - I always look forward to listening to this podcast every Friday. The hosts are amusing, knowledgeable, passionate about aviation, and humble enough to say when they get things wrong. They do a wonderful job of getting knowledgeable and interesting guests that always bring something unique to the table. Also, they don’t use super industry heavy language so people getting into aviation can understand what’s going on. Truly recommend!
8. Time to Change the Name - I have previously given AvTalk good reviews because the content was good and informative, but here of late the show has turned into more of a whining complain fest from Ian and Jason. I’ve tried very hard to continue listening, but when the majority of the content is Jason complaining about this thing or that, I’m starting to lose interest. Perhaps it’s time to change the title of the show to something a little more accurate; AvComplain perhaps. So sad to see a good podcast go down.
9. Eff you Jason. - Let’s just start strapping everyone down against their will, and start injecting them. What kind of dictatorial world do you want to live in? Where do you draw the line? Who do you blame when you get the flu? You get the vaccine to protect yourself knowing you can’t eliminate complete possibility of exposure.
10. Interesting airlines news and analysis - I look forward to listening to this posdcast every weeks when it’s released. Ian and Jason provide fascinating insights into current events in the airline industry. I appreciate their knowledge of the industry and their analysis of the events as they unfold. I highly recommend the podcast for anyone with an interest in the biz of airlines.
11. Fair, info-laden and to the point - Among aviation podcasts, this one is a shining star: it features interviews with very interesting people in “the biz”, intelligent humor, professionalism and no posturing. It’s much more like reportage - a seemingly forgotten form of production - than a talk show. Excellent work!
12. One of my favorites! Avgeeks - Ian and Jason bring us the latest aviation news every weeks, focused mainly on airlines. They have great banter between them. Additionally, they often have guests like Jon Ostrower or Jeremy Dwyer-Lindgren who have high level credentials in the world of aviation journalism and photography. An entertaining podcast for any Avgeek and just the right length.
13. Great aviation podcast! - This is a very informative AND entertaining podcast if you are even remotely into aviation. Ian and Jason work well off of each other to make for a very pleasant listen. In addition to their own expertise and enthusiasm, they get great guests that are always very interesting. I look forward to a new one every other Friday!
14. AVGEEK spectacular - Hands-down my favorite podcast. The hosts really know what they’re talking about and the banter is always fun and av-geeky. Been listening since the first episode and haven’t missed one yet! Love it!!! Thank you guys, please keep them coming!!! Your guests hosts are always interesting.
15. The best AvGeeks podcast bar none - Excellent presentation and both informative & entertaining. Great dynamic between Ian & Jason. The production quality is superior to competing podcasts. Also, it's good that they come up with new episodes every weeks even during this pandemic. One word of advice: do an optional postamble on podcast release date to cover news that almost always breaks after an episode is wrapped up.
16. AvTalk! - I found a new podcast recently, an aviation podcast, that I really enjoy - no surprise there. It’s called AvTalk. The hosts, Ian and Jason, are both in the aviation industry. The podcast deals mostly with commercial aviation but occasionally drifts off into other transportation sectors. Guests are relevant and interesting. When I first began listening it was early May and I started from episode from a few years back. I’m all caught up and now listening to . It was interesting to binge all episodes, knowing what I know simply because I was in their “future”. Episodes are usually no longer than minutes. Aviation enthusiast, geek or whatever you call yourself - I highly recommend it!
17. Great podcast for aviation geeks - The banter between Jason and Ian is great and the conversations they have are humorous and entertaining. It’s a great way to learn a summary of the global aviation industry on a biweekly basis. One area of improvement would be to delve into the aircraft engineering side of the industry more as it is rarely covered.
18. Great Aviation Podcast - I’ve been listening since the beginning and Jason and Ian do a great job covering all the latest and greatest news in the commercial aviation industry. With a good balance of humor and insightful breakdown of the industry. With regular subject matter experts joining in on the conversation, I just wish they had weekly episodes.
19. If you like planes and jokes, you won’t be disappointed - I have been listening to AvTalk from Ep. and cracks me up every time, while keeping up with the aviation industry (not that I actually would have to, I just like planes). I love it how Jason and Ian are unapologetic avgeeks who admit that most things they discuss are purely relevant because they enjoy counting planes (so do I), but still you learn about how each airline and manufacturer is doing, about tiny packets of ketchup filling up a cargo plane, lawnmowers with ADS-B, and so on.
20. My favorite aviation podcast - There is no doubt Jason and Ian have the best aviation podcast that is available. As an aviation student, I know I can always keep up to date with the most important events and information while listening. I always listen to AvTalk on my drive to KORD for work, and back home. An informative, funny, and always intriguing podcast that only gives out factual and accurate information. I have been listening for about two years now, thank you for the great work!
Tune in for the rest of the story—with exclusive interviews with pilots who have shared their emergencies, crises, and mistakes over 950-plus installments of Flying's iconic series, "I Learned About Flying From That." Host Rob Reider relates the tale as told by the author, then catches up with that pilot to ask the questions we know have been on your mind.
Release date: 2023-02-07
1. Informative, but grating to listen to - I do like this podcast, and wholeheartedly believe in its mission to share real-world lessons that all pilots can benefit from. Far from being read-to by the host as in another “it happened to me” podcast I can think of, ILAFFT (groan) offers the bonus of hearing added commentary from some of the actual pilots who contributed their original printed accounts over the years in Flying Magazine. Cool! My constructively-meant criticism is with host, Rob Reider’s, robotic, “Mr. Rogersy” interview style. Combined with his irritating habit of constantly interrupting his guests with questions, comments, or quips, each episode is an exercise in hair-pulling and eye-rolling. These interruptions often come at a moment when the guest is just starting to get into the grit of their story, or as they’re sharing some epiphany they had. I get that Reider is perhaps trying to fill what he perceives as gaps in understanding a listener might have, but if he’d just allow the guest to finish their thought (or sentence), a listener could readily absorb the context of the account. Reider could THEN ask clarifying questions or make observations where he felt a need to in the guest’s account. Lastly, I’d beg Rob to stop referring to the series as “ILAFFT” (“I laughed”). Each time he says it, he makes it sound like it’s the first time he realized the cleverness of the acronym, never mind that it hardly complements the somber lessons conveyed in the podcast, and nobody I’ve known in my flying circles has ever called the section that. Overall, solid and relative content, albeit presented in a mushy and unrelatable way.
2. One of the BEST aviation podcasts you can listen to! - "I Learned About Flying From That" is exceptional content for anyone interested in aviation, especially if you participate as a pilot or crew member. In short, why make mistakes yourself when you can learn from others' mistakes and how they flew out of them. Rob Reider does a phenominal job of setting up the story of each pilot's recount of what happened and the lessons they learned. What you hear on this podcast could save your life and those of your passengers.
30 minutes, 1 pilot. Pilot's Discretion brings you authentic conversations with some of aviation's most interesting people. From honest discussions about flight training to fascinating stories from world famous airshow pilots, this podcast is for anyone who loves to fly. Stay tuned for our rapid-fire "ready to copy" segment at the end of every episode. Brought to you by Sporty's Pilot Shop, training and equipping pilots worldwide since 1961. Have a comment? Email us: email@example.com
Release date: 2023-02-28
1. Great podcast - I am a relatively new private pilot hew really loves aviation, I I think that the topics and people that are brought in are really great, and the host and questions are right on,
Just a recommendation for the podcast is maybe to bring in avatars from more exotic country’s for example Israel(I am israeli and everything from GA aviation to military aviation is different) or maybe someone from China, it may interest the listeners to hear how aviation is doing in different country’s in the world, and not just in very western country’s like USA and Canada.
2. Working towards my private pilot license - Sporty’s has been great so far and I’m working toward my ppl and would like to work my way up to a multi engine aircraft. Would love to have a one day to be able to fly my family around. This podcast is a great and easy listen and is always around minutes.
3. New convert, loving current events relevance - New listener and a student pilot: I came for the interview with Katie Mack and loved it so much, I started listening to the rest of the show. Great tips sprinkled throughout, lots on the impact of culture/tech on the industry. Keep interviewing impactful women, journalists, technologists, and non-traditional pilots! (Contradicting the negative bro-review before me)
The View from Our Side of the Cockpit Door
Release date: 2023-02-27
1. Great content mired by poor production - APG is a brilliant podcast with amazingly talented and experienced hosts. However, in the podcast version of the show the producer’s audio is included in the recording. The end result for the listener is that the producer is constantly talking over the other hosts with information that does not add anything relevant to the show. Only the show’s main host can hear the producer, and often times the producer is making snide remarks and irrelevant corrections to the host. I find that the inclusion of the producer’s audio makes this show most often unlistenable.
2. Fun, Knowledgable, and Entertaining - As a very long time subscriber going back to the first Catholic Pilot episode, I can saw that Capt. Jeff and the crew he has assembled over the years have educated me on aircraft and airlines in a fun and entertaining way. I particular love the deep dives into technical issues when the Capt. M Rick is cohosting. The podcast has provided lots of company while commuting and/or exercising. I look forward to each episode.
3. Great Podcast even for people not in the flying business - I'm a lay person, I've never flown an airplane but Captain Jeff's podcast is always very interesting. He talks about a life of a commercial airline pilot and he let's us know all the details and things that happen in the cockpit that I've always wondered about. He is not shy about expressing his opinions.
4. Listener since catholic pilot guy - I started listed to the show around episode of catholic pilot. Been hooked ever since. The hosts have a great rapport with one another and fantastic sense of humor, even the ol’ Brit. (I’m joking, Capt. Nick)(it’s allowed since we won the war). Great show and highly recommend to anyone with even the slightest bit of interest in aviation, and to those not interested at all in aviation. At the very least, Jeff’s voice is great to listen to when going to sleep…(Joking again, Capt. Jeff). Seriously though, you should give these folks a try.
5. I love this podcast!! I subscribed a couple of weeks ago. - I’m a private pilot with an instrument rating and a high performance/retractable gear endorsement. I especially like your segment regarding incidents since we all should study them with great interest. I also like your technical discussions (engines, airframes etc). I was a gas turbine mechanic in the Navy for twelve years and can’t get enough technical information!! Anyway, fantastic podcast and thank you for doing it.
6. Perfect combo of technical info, personality and humor - I love this podcast! I’ve listened to every minute of every single -hour episode since late (episode ). The only thing stopping me from diving into the archives is time, otherwise I totally would! The intriguing crew have the right combination of rapport, technical knowledge, and good humor to make three hours seem like a breeze. They don’t just discuss aviation, but that’s what makes it personalized and interesting. Thanks APG crew!
7. Best Aviation Podcast - I look forward every week to hearing your podcast and humor. I travel often for work on Delta airlines and find it very fascinating to hear the inside scoop from actual airline pilots and an actual doctor! Great stuff! I’m a private pilot in Louisville Kentucky and your show keeps my ADM in its toes! Thanks crew, and keep up the good work!
8. Just plane awesome - Hello APG crew! I love listening to the podcast and hearing all of the topics. I got my private certificate a few weeks ago in the rare Piper Tomahawk (Registration NX). I will be attending a four year aviation program at Bowling Green State University. I hope to either fly with you guys on a flight or meet all of you in person! Keep up the great work!
9. Three hours a week of greatness! - Any great ensemble needs opposites to play off of each other. Capt. Jeff is the smooth, straight-laced guy with a slightly twisted undertone. Capt. Nick is story-telling “Old Curmudgeon” who would take an Airbus over a Boeing, even if the Airbus was on fire. Capt. Dana is often the foil to Capt. Nick, and an ocean of knowledge regarding what it takes to make it in the world of commercial aviation. And saving the best for last, Dr. Steph is the sensible one of the bunch who offers the perspective of the GA pilot and a commercial passenger. Together they allow an AvFan to look deep into the world, and life, of commercial aviation, as well as motivating amateur aviators to pursue their dreams of surfing those clouds.
10. It’s great, when it talks about airplanes or flying - APG is an interesting podcast, when it talks about airplanes, airlines or flying, but that only happens about % of the time, I’d say. The majority of the time is spent introducing Captain Jeff’s friends, discussing what everyone had for lunch and dinner, and a great deal of time discussing beer.
These are all interesting topics... to someone, and these are all good people, but if you want to learn more about airplanes, airlines or flying, tune into the Aviationweek podcast. No discussion of beer over there!
11. Great Podcast - This is as great podcast. I have been listening for just over a year, working on catching up with the older episodes and still look forward to every episode. Its a great way to get a view on their side of the cockpit door. If your a new listener, proceed with caution, this podcast can be addicting.
12. APG Syndrome Is Real! - Whatever you do, DO NOT start listening to this podcast. You will want more, more often, until it's all you can think about. But seriously, Captain Jeff, Almost-Captain Dan, Captain Nick and Dr. Steph, pilots all, dissect aviation news, happenings, events and incidents with deep knowledge and understanding from an easy to understand persepctive - even for non-pilots like myself. Highly recommend giving this a listen. You've been warned! LOL
13. For avgeeks and the just-plain-curious alike! - This is without a doubt the thing I have listened to most in the last months. I’ve listened to about episodes and watched some of the live broadcasts. I am constantly learning more than I thought possible from a podcast, about a subject that is just fascinating. I work for a major US airline, but not directly with the flight line, so hearing the crew’s perspectives has given me insight into what pilots may be going through at my airline. Simply put, if you have even a fleeting interest or familiarity with aviation, commercial or military or even general, pick a show and give it a listen! The collective knowledge of the hosts is a gift to be shared, and they do it very well. Cheers and beers, APG!
14. Alcoholic Pilot Guy.... - If you aspire to fly for the majors, or like to diss MDC (ahem) and Boeing (cough) products, this show's for you. Plane Tails is fantastic - in a league of it's own. And the rest is all in good sport, right? So maybe change the name, rebrand the coffee fund to the IPA fund, and you'll be styling.
() unless you're destined for a -step program, then not so much.
15. Leading the pack! - The APG show is at the top of the Aviation podcasting scene for a reason! Capt. Jeff and Crew always provide entertaining insights and commentary about the world of commercial aviation. Captain Nick’s Plane Tales segment is pure gold. Great content, great people, great podcast. Subscribe now! But beware of APG syndrome...
16. Slow Paced, Not Very Technical - If you are an aviation fan, this is probably a good listen if you have a few hours to kill. Quality production. Too slow, light and long for me w/ten minutes of introduction, howdie doodie and cookie recipies (just kidding about the cookies). War stories (there I was driving a Cessna for the CHP watching Napa burn down), light chit chat, etc. Obviously people like the show, but I think it could be half as long.
17. Retired CFI and former Air Traffic Controller - For those who want a career in aviation, had a career in aviation, or simply love aviation, this is the podcast for you! Although I never made airline pilot status, this is the way I vicariously continue to fly. Peppered with humor and jesting, this informative podcast will also keep you laughing. Be careful, it's very addicting (known as APG Syndrome).
There I was…, presented by the AOPA Air Safety Institute, invites you into the cockpit with pilots across the aviation community. We fly with them as they encounter unpredictable scenarios and we learn from the knowledge and skills they utilize to fly safely out of them. This podcast honors the tradition and heritage in aviation to leverage “hangar flying” as an avenue to pass along knowledge and experience.
Release date: 2023-01-12
1. Highly informative and potentially life saving - I enjoyed “There I was…” before I even became a pilot, and as a student pilot, I find something in almost every episode to discuss with my CFI. Whether you’re a student or an ATP, there’s no substitute for hearing from peers who have flown into demanding situations and come out wiser on the other side. This is one of AOPA’s finest efforts!
2. Favorite Aviation Podcast! - I’m a long time airplane geek who hasn’t yet pursued a pilots license, but this is just a fantastic platform to learn from and be exhilarated by learning experiences in aviation. These stories, while they do pertain to aviation I feel teach us a lot about life and wisdom in general, perhaps that’s why in my book it’s so fantastic. Keep up the good work!
3. AOPA There I Was podcast Episode - Richard et al, What an exvellent podcast, especially this episode. As a helicopter pilot, I know it is tempting to assume that since a helicopter can do so many things, that it can do more than it (or you/me/we) actually can or should. Land and live is a great mantra. Do we really have to ‘get there’ now, fast, etc? Probably not. Thank you for this excellent podcast and keep them coming. Kris
4. Learn from the lessons of others - Seems like such a simple format, one person talking to another about an aviation episode they were lucky enough to learn from. But it is so brilliantly executed with quality audio, clearly prepared presenters, and good lessons to learn from. Thank you for making it.
5. Great podcast and educational! - Thank you for putting on this podcast and for doing such a great job, all around. I am a student pilot, and I did not grow up in an ‘aviation family.’ This podcast has opened my eyes to so many things and the reality of accidents, not every one dies. It has taught me how important safety and training are to aviation. I look forward to each one of these podcasts. Keep up the great work Richard and those that make this possible!
6. Entertaining and Informative - This is a phenomenal show for any pilot who is interested in learning more about aviation. Well written and produced this podcast creates a perfect evidence based approach on applicable emergency procedures while creating an atmosphere of this can happen to anyone...so be prepared. Thank you for this quality podcast.
7. Coast Guard rescues downed Cirrus pilot & friend - WOW! Best podcast ever! I heard about this podcast on my weekly listen to AOPA Live. In a way it’s an audio version of “I Learned About Flying From That” which I used to read as a “Flying” magazine subscriber years ago. A suggestion might be to add a “show notes” page with links to info on relevant topics to the podcast. Examples might be bios of the participants, a link to HC- aircraft, Cirrus, the Coast Guard mission, videos/photos referenced in the interview, etc. I was really touched by Ed’s personal recollection. You could hear his voice crack when expressing his gratitude to Jillian & her crew. I really enjoyed the interviewer’s style. Great job!
8. The guests have amazing stories! - I love the wonderful stories the guests have told on this podcast! Very captivating! Whenever the co-host, Kristin, asks questions or makes comments though, I have to turn the volume way down because I can't stand listening to her! Between the "umm's" and the "uhh's" and the annoying voice she has, it makes it very diffucult to enjoy this podcast to the fullest. In a heartbeat, I'd give the podcast stars if she wasn't on the show. But since she annoys the crap out of me, it gets stars. I like the idea of having a woman on the podcast to represent women in aviation, but I wish they would have found a woman who didn't sound so nervous/tense and had a better voice for radio.
Our aim to educate and inform you, explore and develop your passion for aviation, and entertain you a little along the way.
Release date: 2023-02-22
1. Twitter comments are disappointing - I’ve listened for years and will likely continue to do so. Recent comments about Twitter are disappointing. The show has always been very neutral politically - as it should be. Their disappointment about Twitter and questioning if it will be around reflect a nauseatingly arrogant viewpoint that seems to indicate that they have lost touch with the audience. Common guys, lets be grown up and show some tolerance for other viewpoints.
2. Pleasant well rounded podcast - It’s a podcast that has gotten me deeper into airplanes and aviation history I really like how they are serious and not just in blah blah blah they are actually deeply concentrated in the discussion. It’s something that has kept me alive in these cheap times of sorrow a.k.a. Covid something that can help you, heal you, and love you,Which is why it’s not my favorite podcast!
3. Used to be great. - All good things must come to an end…. I guess?? Really disappointed in all the political innuendo. Podcast has good aviation topics and data but some can’t seem to not let their polar political views shine through. Specifically Max West continue’d disparaging comments about Florida or even parroting that inflation will help the aviation industry because people will not be able to afford it. Most folks outside of California or the Northeast may not share his views. It our job as pilots and CFIs to be voracious advocates for all things Aviation, there is a full slate of impediments, and we don’t need to add more. Unfortunately it’s comments like this that ruin the time spent with what used to be one of my top aviation podcasts. Wishing Rob a speedy recovery from surgery his humor makes the podcast light and enjoyable!!! Love the Aus desk!!! Finally I will say I do understand the work it takes to even green social content and produce a show and do thank those involved in the production.
4. Sorry for your loss - This podcast was not what I was expecting. I know none of you personally. I listen to your podcast every week and you all have become somewhat like family. Your in our homes, in our cars and I take you on my evening walk. Sometimes I listen to your podcast while in my office. I look forward to hearing what all of you have to say eagerly and get excited to hear the new podcast like today when I got home from work. I am deeply saddened to hear the news of Launchpad. The podcast was hard to listen too without tearing up. I am praying for all of you and will pray for Launchpads family. Stay strong and celebrate his life. I wish you all the best. John
5. Love this Podcast but… - What was with that “green energy is actually worse than fossil fuels” (I’m paraphrasing) segment? So out of place for the show. Besides playing loose with the facts, it would have failed as a debate class assignment with the logic errors and false arguments. I tried to get through it at but bailed with several minutes left in the episode. Time would have been better spent talking about the Max or KC-.
6. Same problem as most podcasts - I’ve listened to three different podcast interviews with someone from the Aeroshell Aerobatics Team and all three were minutes long and basically the same interview. If you’ve never met someone and you talk to them for minutes you’re just going to get through the introductions that’s it I got introduced to the guy that was talking and learned absolutely nothing.
7. Go-to for all things aviation - Great podcast for all things aviation; commercial, defense and related industries from WW airshows to the latest from Cirrus. Professionally produced and well organized, they added chapters last year so if it’s too long you can skip to the parts you like. Or just listen and you might learn something. This podcast is really just a part of, and the center of, a much bigger community that has developed around it.
8. Good but too long - Good information, but it is an hour longer than it should be. They talk too slow and I have to put it on .X speed just to keep it at a normal pace. I also think they’re somewhat self-indulgent with their musings and ramblings. Without much respect to the listeners time constraints. My commute is between minutes to an hour, and I want information quick, to the point, clear, concise. Sorry but going on and on and on and on about snakes on a plane it’s just a waste of my time. Otherwise; good information, high quality of guests and high caliber content for aviation professionals and serious enthusiasts.
9. Stay up to date with a minimal time investment - With so many avaiation podcasts out there it is hard to pick one that will keep you generally informed on what is going on in the aviation world without a huge investemtn in time. I find that Airplane Geeks does this with their weekly, about-an-hour episodes, while providing some in depth learning on one topic.
10. Has promise, but do painful and slow - This is so painful to listen to. Such long waffle. Chit chat about the news. Just get to the point. Some of the interview questions are just clueless. This show needs to remove the low-value non-pilot contributors and get more focused on intelligent interviews of high quality experts
11. Marvelous contribution to aviation - I have enjoyed this podcast for years. Max and the team are awesome. They are totally committed to bringing us relevant and up to date news from all around the globe. The quality of guests and topics is second to none. As an active private pilot, aircraft owner and overall lover of all things aviation, I can’t recommend this podcast enough. This review was written after listening to Brian Coleman’s farewell from the podcast and hearing about his courageous struggles. What a remarkable team. Thank you!
12. Great Aviation Content - A really great aviation podcast. Enjoy the content. Very informative. Love the way you have your guests step back to their first flights and share their journey through aviation to where they are today. Keep up the good work. Look forward to every cast. I have a daughter who lives in Fairbanks so enjoy hearing share about Alaska.
13. Airplane Geeks Are Us! - If you're an Airplane Geek, if you love all things aviation, if you like your humor with a hint of picante' - this Podcast is for you. Industry knowledgeable hosts take you through the news and history of aviation, commercial, General Aviation and military. There is a very funny sarcastic streak running along throughout - right up my ally - from the hosts, who obviously have deep respect for each other. I'm a weekly listener and can't wait for the next episode.
14. The go to - I have a few shows I listen to, all are great, but I find myself really excited when a new episode pops up from y’all. It’s a great mix of everything aviation. I love the interaction between everyone. The show would not be the same without it. Hope to meet everyone at an airshow sometime.
15. One of the originals:) - I've listened to this podcast for years and it was one of the first podcasts that I discovered. This is a reliable podcast that has a great mix of news and features about aviation. They usually have one main guest per week and their topics and expertise vary which can bring about nice treats when a guest discussed a favored area or something new that you've never considered before. The interchange between the hosts is witty yet professional.
16. This is the one you're looking for!!! - Well done podcast that is informative and entertaining; a wide range of segments within the podcast focus on Europe, Austrailia, and emerging issues. Guests range from a variety of industry perspectives and are generally informative and not too commercial. All hosts are knowledgable and express the love of aviation in a genuine fashion.
17. Informative and entertaining - The Geeks at the Airplane Geeks podcast love to talk about all things aviation. What I enjoy most is the variety of topics they discuss. I am a general aviation pilot and so I look forward to stories about this segment. But I also get a lot out of the stories they talk about in the commercial, military, drone, and foreign aviation segments.
18. Just another av geek! - Ive been listening to this podcast for several years now and cant say enough good about it. I thouroughly enjoy each of the podcast members takes on current events, Davids historical section, Rob's grump a minute (tongue in cheek) editorials, Max's thoughtful questioning of guests and his steady hand on the regular cast of misfits, Peters segment on across the pond, and of course the dazzling digeridoo duo from Australia. You guys rock! Thanks a ton for all the work you all do and i look forward to many, many more episodes.
19. I - The guys do an amazing job of presenting the world of aviation to their listeners. They handle civil, commercial, and military aviation as well as getting weekly reports from abroad in the UK and Australia. They speak with the knowledge of experts but explain everything in a way that the lay person can understand. Another amazing aspect of this show...its funny! Everyone on the show has a great sense of humor. This show is well worth your listening time. Of the podcasts I listen to regularly this is always the first I go to on download day.