Aviation

80: Cross Country Sports Class & Stratospheric Wave

On this episode of the podcast we first talk with Pete Appleby, Pete is a soaring pilot with the Merlin Soaring Association club in Virginia. He has been flying gliders since 2012 and discovered sailplanes through building and flying R/C model planes. He…

Read More

79: Veterans Soar

On this special Veterans episode we first speak with Julie Bennett of the soaring academy in Los Angeles County about their Warriors Soar program and getting Veterans in the cockpit of the glider. We will hear from some of those Veterans about their expe…

Read More

78: Soaring In Sweden & Critical Phases Of Flight

On this episode of the podcast we first head to the west coast of Sweden to find glider pilot David Holmen soaring at the Gothenburg Soaring Club. David got his enthusiasm for aviation from his fighter pilot father, after seeing his Dad in the cockpit he…

Read More

77: Water Ballast Wave & Cloud Streets

This episode is packed full of great soaring content with five guest pilots! First we will be checking in on some of our previous guest pilots and find out what they have been up to and what they are doing at their club. (3:25) Wendy Carson a school teac…

Read More

76:Mountains Mishaps & Milestones

Our guest pilot today, Mitch Thomson, started his soaring journey 15 years ago picking up RC gliders after years of flying powered RC planes and building scale airplane models, he realized quickly that he wanted to scale up from RC into his own glider wh…

Read More

Episode 75: Badges Diplomas And Finding Your Own Cross Country Adventure: Kempton Izuno

Kempton Izuno has been soaring since he was 14. With 45 years of soaring gliders he has a lot to share. Today he shares his story and also how he is contributing to this great sport. Included below are some links he shared of some great soaring content h…

Read More

74: A Tale Of Two Air Masses & Gliding In Australia: Daniel Sazhin & Todd Chapman

Today on the podcast we first chat with Daniel Sazhin about his blog, The Soaring Economist. Daniel talks about his most recent flight soaring in two air masses and what he learned from it. (2:22) Then it’s our Soaring Safety segment with Enis Englehardt…

Read More

73: Downwind Dashes & Grand Prix: Tony Condon 13.5 meter World Championship Competition Glider Pilot

Our guest pilot on this episode of the podcast is Tony Condon. Tony learned to soar in central Iowa while attending Iowa State University. He is the President of the Kansas Soaring Association and lives in Wichita, KS with his wife Leah. He works as a ch…

Read More

72: Dirty Looks From A Bald Eagle: Rob Cluxton 777 Pilot and Cross Country Glider Pilot

Rob Cluxton currently flies a triple seven with the Airlines but his adventure started at the age of 19 at Caesar Creek Soaring Club. Rob will share his adventures not only soaring in the United States but other spectacular places as well. Rob has flown …

Read More

71: From The Appalachians To The Alps : JP Stewart 2021 U.S Club Class World Team Member

JP Stewart 2021 U.S Club Class World Team Member and SSA chairman of the Youth/Junior Committee loves soaring sailplanes and just about anything that flies. At an early age he flew RC but soon discovered gliders. This year alone he has flown two 1000km, …

Read More