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Our guest this episode is Igor Sikorsky III, grandson of the man many consider to be the father of the helicopter industry. Igor flys a float plane and, along with his wife Karen, operates The Bradford Camps in the North Maine Woods. Besides providing fishing, hunting, and family vacations in a beautiful setting, Igor offers the annual, three day Sikorsky Weekend, an immersive experience in Sikorsky history.
Guest co-host Chris Manno is an airline captain who blogs at JetHead and cartoons at Flightcrew Zoo.
The week’s aviation news:
- JFK runway collision: Who’s to blame?
- FAA official resigns over sleeping controllers
- FAA & Controllers Need to Wake Up
- U.S. has kept up Libya airstrikes
- Frontier Airlines reduces fees
Steve Visscher and Grant McHerron from the Plane Crazy Down Under podcast have another great Australia Desk Report.
In his Across the Pond segment Pieter Johnson talks with Tim Robinson, Editor of the Royal Aeronautical Society’s magazine Aerospace International about the UK Military Helicopter fleet and how it has been affected by the spending review. We also hear what its like to participate in a live helicopter training exrecise with the Royal Marines, Royal Navy and the Army called Pastan Jaguar. Follow Tim on Twitter at @RAeSTimR, and Pieter at @Nascothornet.
- Air Transport Association
- Regional Airline Association
- American Association of Airline Executives
- Air Line Pilots Association
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Opening and closing music is provided by Brother Love from the Album Of The Year CD. You can find his great music at http://www.brotherloverocks.com/.
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Is the weather a bit rough over there?
Alex from China
Wonderful interview with Igor Sikorski III. He said that you could hear a pin drop when his grandfather spoke. His grandfather would be proud of how the stories of old still command rapt attention. I was walking the dog while listening to the cast and wanted to yell at the traffic to be quiet so the atmosphere would not be ruined.
I could listen to Igor III all day. It would be a treat to spend a few days at his retreat and revel in that history and storytelling.
I also really appreciated the explanation of why a helicopter is flown from the right seat. I recently heard a veteram military maintainer swear that it was to give the pilot better visibiity if the tailrotor died (which would send most helicopters swinging clockwise.)
Keep up the great work.
Steve from Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.
(just 13 hours drive from Ice Pilots NWT base)
What an awesome interview in Episode 144 with Igor Sikorsky! Big thanks to all of The Geeks for making time to bring us such quality material week after week, and my appreciation to Igor for sharing such captivating stories with us! You guys rock!
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