Become a Pilot Day

Recorded at the Smithsonian’s National Air & Space Museum, Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center during the 9th annual Become a Pilot Family Day and Aviation Display.

Rob and BenetRob and Benet

Interviews:

Adam Smith, Senior Vice President, Center to Advance the Pilot Community, AOPA.

Joel Westbrook, Executive Producer, Air Fare America. This TV series being developed about GA is based on interesting places you can go, what you can do there, and the restuarants to visit. A hangar rat looks at the hangars behind the hangars, and what you can find there. It’s food, adventure, and pickers. @AirFareAmerica.
Colin an 11 year old airplane geek from Alexandria, Virginia.

David on the new F100 Super Sabre exhibit and some of the aircraft being restored at the Udvay-Hazy Restoration Center: SB-2C Helldiver, Sikorsky JRS-1 Flying Boat, a flying wing.

Bill Knight, Smithsonian Docent and avgeek since he was four years old.

Dave “Bio” Baranek, author of Top Gun Days. Available online, in bookstores, and as an eBook. See topgunbio.com. Bio flew the F-14A Tomcat with several fighter squadrons and was a Tomcat Instructor.

Ryan Ewing from Airlinegeeks.com.

Benet and Rob chat about their interest in aviation, flight attendants, bad mannered passengers, and the Enolla Gay.

John R. “Jack” Dailey, a retired U.S. Marine Corps four-star general and pilot. He’s Director of the National Air & Space Museum.

Marcy Heacker, Program Specialist, Smithsonian Natural History Museum, Feather Identification Lab. See wildlife.faa.gov.

William Edwards, University of Maryland Project Manager of the Gamera human powered helicopter project.

Ryan EwingRyan Ewing

Dave "Bio" BaranekDavid talks with Dave “Bio” Baranek

Smithsonian docent Bill KnightSmithsonian docent Bill Knight

Sikorsky Flying BoatSikorsky Flying Boat

Solar Impulse

The day after the event, the Solar Impulse arrived on it’s flight across the U.S.

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

4 Responses to “Episode 253 – Become a Pilot Day 2013”

  1. You forgot to mentioned that Dave BIO Baranek flew the MIG-28 aka F5-F in the movie Top Gun.

    June 20th, 2013 | 4:38 pm
  2. Great to meet All the geeks at Become a Pilot Day. You are a fun and knowledgeable group. Thanks for promoting, educating, and entertaining your listeners. Thanks also for the several buttons I swiped from your table.

    June 21st, 2013 | 6:03 pm
  3. [...] a shot I took of Geek Rob Mark, who, despite his age, is still enamored with aviation. And you can listen to the show, which I got to co-host, here. [...]

    June 27th, 2013 | 3:26 am
  4. […] a shot I took of Geek Rob Mark, who, despite his age, is still enamored with aviation. And you can listen to the show, which I got to co-host, here. […]

    January 2nd, 2014 | 4:48 am
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