Episode 215 – Tom Haines, AOPA Pilot

Flagship Detroit DC-3

Guest Tom Haines is Editor-in-Chief and Sr. Vice President, Media for the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association. He’s a pilot who has covered General Aviation for many years.

We talk about Tom’s fantastic Self-Fly Safari in Africa through Hanks Aero Adventures in Cessna 182’s. Tom wrote about this trip in the August 2012 issue of AOPA Pilot magazine. [PDF]

The AOPA Aviation Summit is in Palm Springs, California this year October 11-13 and we talk about that, including the parade of planes which you can see at AOPA Live This Week. The Summit features 100 hours of seminars and 400 exhibitors.

Tom also describes AOPA activity in response to the dwindling number of pilots. They’ve hired Adam Smith to run a new center at AOPA, and they are creating resources to help make GA more attractive and the flight training experience more successful. To help reduce the drop out rate, AOPA is introducing field guides: one for student pilots, one for flight schools, one for flight instructors.

Follow Tom on Twitter as @tomhaines29.

The week’s aviation news:

In this week’s Across the Pond segment:

This week on Across The Pond, we have a really exciting opportunity to talk to one of the main players in public relations in the aerospace industry. Stephanie Schierholz is Social Media Manager at @Raytheon and President at Women in Aerospace. Prior to this she was Social Media Manager at NASA, Public Affairs Specialist at NASA, and Director of Communications at Space Foundation. Stephanie tells us what its like to be the public face of these amazing aerospace organisations and what those Astronauts are really like to work with.

Stephanie can be found on Twitter as @Schierholz. Find Pieter on Twitter as @Nascothornet, on his blog Alpha Tango Papa, on Facebook at XTPMedia, and at the Aviation Xtended podcast.


Post photos by listener Neil: The Flagship Detroit, a 1937 fully restored DC-3 flown all over the U.S. raising money so people can share the history of this magnificent aircraft.

Neil not holding heading on the DC-3 as well as he would like.

Opening and closing music courtesy Brother Love from the Album Of The Year CD. You can find his great music at www.brotherloverocks.com.

2 thoughts on “Episode 215 – Tom Haines, AOPA Pilot

  1. Mark Newton

    Close calls:
    Regarding your comments about the hazards of formation flying, and how it isn’t as simple as just getting up close to someone else…

    In 1971, Australian airline “Ansett” wanted to shoot some publicity footage of a Fokker F-27 “Friendship.”

    So the camera crew went aloft in a Piper Navajo, and they met up with the Fokker, and this happened:
    If you look closely, you can see the Navajo’s wingtip vibrate in the Fokker’s prop slipstream.

    (addendum for David: My earliest aero memory is standing on the ramp at my small hometown’s country airport when an Ansett Fokker Friendship arrived. I still think the whining scream of those Rolls Royce turboprops is the single best noise in the entire history of aviation. More here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aJIP1PqZwes)

    – mark

  2. Alex

    Mark these Guys flying the planes in 1971 were probably ex RAAF pilots with a lot of experience in formation etc.. The people in Holland who contacted each other seemed to me to be amateurs, skylarking and just flying in an unprofessional manner. Why? too many computer games!?? maybe?

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