Saturday, April 16, 2016

Balloon Chase in an MTOsport Gyro

Wow! Time flies and life has been so hectic that I have not taken to the air. I've missed it, I've craved it! Well, last night that thirst for flight was finally quenched in none other than an MTOsport Gyro! I always love the "real flying" experience with the wind passing by and the MTOsport provided just that. It belonged to my friend Frank and he's now going down the list (as all of us pilots do) of people he had promised rides to. I was happy to be towards the top of that long list!

Friday, April 15, 2016

SMAC118 Live from Sun N Fun 2016

Pre-Flight Checklist:
This is a special, LIVE episode of Stuck Mic from the Sun N Fun Air Show! Carl is joined by special c0-hosts Russ Roslewski, Larry Overstreet, Robert Cigliano, Tom Frick, Eric Crump, and Derek Lagasse.
  • Carl is meeting Russ Roslewski in person for the first time. Russ has his own CFI blog and accepts user submissions.
  • Eric Crump announced that he missed announcing some people in his initial welcome to Sun N Fun including his wife and kids, Dad, and his Mom.
Cruise Flight:
  • Polk State College asked Carl to be the coach of the flight team this year, and it has been a great year. The team captain also joined them on the deck. M0A donated so they could have a plane to use. Kevin Lacey of Airplane Repo promoted the organization. A number of others donated and assisted including ASA and the local FBO. You can donate to the team as well.
  • The captain of the flight team this year is now a working pilot flying around the Caribbean and will be Assistant Coach next year.
  • Rod of Open Airplane stopped by the deck to talk about the way they rent airplanes the same way people rent cars.
  • AOPA is advocating starting a flight club, and is giving away an airplane to support it. Check out their site for details.
  • Ken Cage of Airplane Repo discusses their show and how it promotes aviation.
  • Rob Williams, Executive Director for the Aerospace Center for Excellence
  • Victoria and Turbo the Flying of Dog joined by Skype
  • Listener mail about accidents or incidents, which led to a discussion about talking about your mistakes and learning from them.
  • Inspiring future aviators
After Landing Checklist:
~Picks of the Week~
No picks of the week as this is a live interview show.
Photo Credit @pilotmandi on Instagram
This episode is sponsored by Aviation Careers Podcast and the Aerospace Scholarships Guide
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Monday, April 4, 2016

SMAC117 Crosswind Landings – What Is Your Limit?

Welcome aviators and airplane geeks to the show where we talk about learning to fly, living to fly, and loving to fly. Spring is upon us and for many this is the season where we start flying again from a winter break. It also is the season of dynamic changes in weather and strong winds. Tonight we are going to discuss one of the most important topics and one that can prevent most landing accidents; crosswind landings and how to set our personal limits.

Joining us this evening we have with us aviators from a variety of backgrounds including flight instructors, new pilots, and airline pilots. This should be an interesting discussion and most importantly I hope you will learn something about setting your own personal crosswind limits.

Thursday, March 17, 2016

$500 Aviation Scholarship Opportunity

A $500 aviation scholarship is being offered for student pilots and pilots to help further their training. Sponsored by Frederick based aviation insurance broker, Aviation Insurance Resources (AIR), the Get into the Air scholarship can be used towards any phase of flight training, a flight review, written exam, instrument proficiency check or a check ride.

AIR is seeking an applicant whose essay and recommendation letter best describes their goals, drive and involvement in the aviation industry. The scholarship winner will be announced at the 2016 EAA AirVenture in Oshkosh, WI. The deadline to enter is June 15th. Scholarship applications are available for download at

About Aviation Insurance Resources (AIR)
Since 1999, AIR has remained closely connected to the industry they serve, many of their customers are friends and some are even family. This is because all of the agents at AIR are pilots and understand the needs and challenges in owning or renting an aircraft and aviation related businesses. No matter your involvement in aviation, AIR can provide a comprehensive yet economical solution for your needs. For scholarship questions or an aircraft insurance quote call 877-247-7767 or fill out a quote request online today!

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

SMAC113 NTSB Most Wanted List

Pre-Flight Checklist:
We have a special show tonight with a big cast of characters: Rick Felty, Victoria Zajko, Tom Frick, Larry Overstreet and Sean Moody. Paul Grieco also joins us tonight as a special guest.

Monday, January 18, 2016

SMAC112 Cold Weather Flying

Carl, Eric, Larry, Tom and Russ are here for this episode to warm your heart for aviation in this cold weather. Eric is currently in Washington, D.C. working on the new Airman Certification Standards with an FAA working group, and he’s not used to it being this cold! Larry is even colder weather where it is 1 degree!

Sunday, January 17, 2016

Flying - A Dog's POV of an IFR Flight Lesson

Yesterday around noon, Turbo and I hopped in the plane along with my CFI for a practice IFR flight. As many pilots do, I wanted to record the flight, however, I added a twist. I wanted to show Turbo the Flying Dog's fans what it is like from his point of view. Much to his disdain, Turbo was loaded into the back of the plane with his doggie GoPro harness on! 

Saturday, January 2, 2016

First Flight of the New Year

What better way to break in the new year than with a flight? Unbelievably, it had been since August that I had flown with JJ to get instrument current and I decided no more slacking, it's time to get 'er done! The universe tried to delay me again, however, as I woke up with stuffed sinuses. But I would not let that stop me and head to the airport regardless of how I felt. I was excited, too, because the panel in the Cessna was updated to include a mounted Garmin 796 complete with ADSB weather and traffic. 

Thursday, December 31, 2015

Favorite Flying Moments of 2015

As with 2014, 2015 saw me flying less as well. However, I now have scholarship money under my belt and have been very wise as to how much I can take on at a time. I've grown a lot in 2015 and am determined to keep flying fun, not just a to-do list of currency and new ratings. Here are my favorite flying moments of 2015:

Sunday, December 20, 2015

Ladies Cirrus Takeover

Yesterday, the Sugarloaf 99s were invited by our newest member and Cirrus rep, Sarah, for a Cirrus demo flight. My last Cirrus flight was almost five years ago, so I jumped at the chance to get in the air again. We all met at Airways Restaurant at the airport for breakfast, however, they had a surprising 40 minute wait. So we carpooled over to a local diner instead and (ate way too much) then came back to Frederick to fly. 

Jill and Caylee joined Sarah for the first flight, so Lin, Suzanne and I joined the other Cirrus representatives in their office to get some Cirrus swag and talk aviation. They showed us the newest video on the Cirrus Vision Jet and after drooling over that we discussed different things we liked about Cirrus and what we'd love to see them add.

Finally, it was our turn. We were such a nice group of ladies that we didn't fight over who got to sit up front with Sarah. We determined Suzanne should since she went the longest since last being behind the controls. So of course, we made fun of her the whole time out of jealousy. Sarah walked us through the latest avionics and then it was time to taxi and take off. Once in the air she demonstrated the "easy button" that brings you back level when you get yourself in an unusual attitude and some other great features. After that, we turned on some music and enjoyed circling around the Frederick area. 

Even from the backseat, I had a great time! Sarah was excellent at demonstrating the aircraft and handled the gusty winds with ease. Nothing beats sharing your passion with fellow female aviators and being able to laugh and smile the whole way up and back down to reality again.