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Ride along with renowned aviator, writer, and photographer Greg Brown in his light airplane, the "Flying Carpet," as he searches behind clouds for the real America, experiencing countless aerial adventures along the way. A former National Flight Instructor of the Year, Greg is author of five books, a former Barnes & Noble Arizona Author of the Month, and recently completed twenty years as aviation adventure columnist for AOPA Flight Training magazine. Some reviewers have compared his book, " ...
 
With over 30 years and 30,000 hours in aviation, Michael "Rocket" Blackstone has worked his way to the top of the aviation world currently a captain for a major airline and the owner of 2 successful aviation businesses. Michael shares his passion for the flying business as he encourages you to dive in today, to begin learning to fly, to start an aviation business, to join the military, to get hired by the airlines and to start making your dreams of flying come true!
 
Learning to fly…in front of the world. A Podcast about flight training. Follow Bill as he progresses through his flight training. This is the audio only feed. The audio podcasts are NOT the same content as the video podcasts, so if you want all the content, please subscribe to both. The audio feed is more tied to the student experience, in cockpit training, with a few features and special events. The video feed includes in-cockpit video sometimes, but is more feature oriented and does not ty ...
 
A Chief of Police hosts a dinner party for an American millionaire wishing to will his entire fortune to the Church of France. Jewels that have been stolen and recovered so many times that they're known colloquially by thieves as The Flying Stars. A murder committed by an invisible man. These and many others are the mysteries that are presented to the lovable, bumbling, stumpy Man of God, Father Brown. The Innocence of Father Brown, by G.K. Chesterton is a collection of eleven stories which ...
 
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Ever wonder what it would be like, flying yourself into a foreign country where pilot communications are transmitted in an unknown-to-you language? Well, here's your opportunity to find out! This episode marks fifty years of a treasured friendship, arising under unusual circumstances from a long-ago foreign adventure, and continued over the years t…
 
In this episode, three seasoned aviation professionals have a very real conversation about what life is like after their plans changed both by choice and circumstance. Metaphorically speaking, even the best flight plan using the preferred routes is subject to a reroute. It is what we do with that reroute that will determine if we get to our destina…
 
In this episode I end up in the hot seat as Steve and Gord take the reins and interview me about my past both personally and professionally as a Pilot and Air Traffic Controller. I had no idea what was coming and since I trust both these gentlemen, I share a little more than I had planned. If you enjoy the Audio Briefings then this episode may lend…
 
When celebrating birthdays with zeros in them, flowers alone won’t do it. So when Jean marked a new decade I sought somewhere special we could fly to celebrate. “But it seems weird celebrating a big birthday in Death Valley,” she said... Check out the photos at GregBrownFlyingCarpet.com ! (Music by Hannis Brown)…
 
Happy Anniversary! His episodes marks one year since we started the Audio Briefings. In this episode we get back to our roots with a short segment with a few tips and tricks on how to simplify your workflow and work smart when you're flying without working harder than you need to. They is specifically geared towards IFR flying. Thank you all for be…
 
Multiple failures? Those never happen! In this episode we debrief with Private Pilot, TBM Owner and Cardinal Aviation Client Jamie Linden. A few weeks ago Jamie and Audio Briefings Host Ryan were flying together in a TBM850 when they experienced a cabin depressurization at FL310. They talk about what happened, what went right and some things that m…
 
In this episode we to chat with Chris Palmer from Angle of Attack Aviation (@angleofattack) about some of the risks and planning considerations for his upcoming late February flight in a C172 from Homer Alaska to Oshkosh Wisconsin including special considerations for American pilots flying in Canada. We talk mountains, survival and weather consider…
 
In this episode we start off by talking about slowing down in the airplane and have an interesting conversation about how COVID has forced us to slow down and re-evaluate how we approach life whether we like it or not. We touch on how communication has changed and share some personal stories. This is an aviation podcast but aviators are also humans…
 
This week we talk about how amazing the aviation community is, why it is important to join your National aviation advocacy organization, getting back into the helicopter, my first engine failure that happened last week and a few other things that have been occupying my mine. Really, I recorded this episode so that nobody else would have to be the g…
 
For this episode we could have gone with some flashy title like "U2 Pilot, Fighter Pilot, Reno Air Racer or Skydiver" but as we know from past episodes, those are all things that someone does, not what they are. In this episode we talk to the legendary Matt "Nova" Beaubien who does all those things but IS so much more. We talk about risk management…
 
Dayle Fontaine grew up on a small island and always wanted to fly helicopters. Twenty-Five years and a lot of obstacles later she finally risked everything to follow her dream and earn her commercial helicopter license. Interesting fact: Dayle is the newest member of the only 120 female commercial helicopter pilots in Canada and hopes that others w…
 
Steve grew up as the son of an airline pilot. He spent his childhood in the jumpseat but was always afraid to fly. After spending over 50 years as a white knuckle flyer he decided to face his fear head on and at the age of 59 earned his pilot's license. I talk to Steve and learn about how he conquered his life long flying demon to take control.…
 
In this episode we chat with Cardinal Aviation client Steve Fekete. Steve got his private pilot's license in 2017, bought his Piper Arrow in 2018 and his instrument rating in 2019. As the ink was drying on his new IFR rating he set out to cross off a bucket list trip flying his Piper Arrow over 1600nm IFR trip from Alberta to Texas to visit his fam…
 
“Look!” said my wife with horror. “There’s been a terrible crash!” Glancing downward, there was just time for me to glimpse carnage on Highway 202, the Red Mountain Freeway east of Phoenix. A few hundred feet beneath us, flames and blackened vehicles littered the roadway as we crossed low on final approach to land at Falcon Field. See photos at epi…
 
In this episode, Gord and I have an unplanned and unscripted conversation that explores the deep dark corners of obsessive weather checking, real-world pilot decisions and the art of being vs. doing. If you find yourself obsessing over things that you cant control and wondering what you can do about the things that you can control then this episode…
 
Here's an audio holiday card to you and your family, direct from the cockpit of the Flying Carpet! It's been a mighty tough year, between pandemic, politics, and world problems, so from our family to yours, we hope this little audio card will brighten your holiday season, whatever your heritage or faith. May 2021 mark happier times for all of us!…
 
In this episode, Michael takes you up in the Cirrus SR22 for a night flight to practice instrument approaches with the G-1000 and to witness the Christmas Star over the Pacific Ocean! Michael attempts to explain in layman's terms what this incredibly rare event is for those of you who have any interest in the science of astronomy. This event is cal…
 
What do you do when you've lost your job as an airline captain and consumed way too much bad airline coffee? In this episode with chat with Steve and Adam from Lost Aviator Coffee Company to learn about how they went from drinking espresso on layovers in Rome to roasting their own signature blends in Guelph. We learn how running a small business ta…
 
Grab your logbook, ‘cause it’s time for Flying Carpet Podcast Flight #12, “Inches of Runway!” Because wind is invisible, it rarely seems as threatening as other weather when you’re flight planning, especially under clear skies. But as every pilot learns, wind is real; like other weather features it can be helpful or hazardous. Consider, for example…
 
In this episode, Michael takes his first flight in an SR22! Experience the most successful most modern, most capable single engine piston aircraft on the planet as Michael takes his first lesson in the SR22. The incredibly designed 'Cirrus Perspective' Avionics package using the Garmin G1000 navigation is revolutionary and represents the direction …
 
Michael talks with his friend Art Koral about his recent purchase and delivery of his 1981 Pitts S-2A. Michael recalls taking his first flight in his dad's 1981 Pitts S-2A at age 8, which triggered him to buy his own 1998 Pitts S-2C when he was 26. These amazing aerobatic biplanes are legendary in the aerobatic world but both have significant chall…
 
In this episode, Michael takes you flying in the Saab 340 from his Business Express days between February 26, 1998 - January 1999. During his time at 'Biz Ex', Michael flew as a co-pilot on the Saab 340A/B accumulating over 700 hours of turbine time. He was based out of Portland, Maine, and then Boston Massachusetts. Michael loved flying this amazi…
 
If you could spend an hour with anyone who would it be? In this episode, I had the privilege to learn about Bob's illustrious career. From fighter jets to airliners to the J3 Cub that has been in his family for over 60 years. Stories from a gentleman who is not just a pilot but an Aviator in its truest form. For photos associated with this episode …
 
In this episode, Michael takes you back to his first solo flights at American Airlines as a new hire in 1999. Michael started his career at age 25 as a Flight Engineer on the Boeing 727, then transitioned to the Boeing 757/767 fleet where he became a First Officer and flew his first 'solo' with his father as the Captain of his first trip on the lin…
 
In this episode, Michael takes you back to 1990, when his father soloed him at at the Chino Airport on April 15, at age 17, in the Marchetti SF-260C. On this spring day, Michael and his dad shared an experience that very few lucky pilots get to share together. This historic moment marks when Michael's father passes the torch of flying from one gene…
 
This week we are joined by Gord Stevens for part 2 of our mindfulness series. This series takes on many of the topics that have not been traditionally acceptable to talk about in an effort to shine a light on the human side of aviation. After all, airplanes don't fly themselves, people do. We discuss the power of believing that everyone is doing th…
 
In this episode, Michael takes you back to 1986, the year of TopGun and shares how Air Combat USA was created. From the time Michael was a child, he and his father loved fighter aircraft. Michael's passion for Basic Fighter Maneuvers (BFM) comes out, as he shares what it was like to teach aerial combat for over 4,000 hours in the Marchetti SF-260! …
 
In this episode, Michael introduces you to the art of flying fighters. If you have always wondered what flying a WWII fighter is like and how to get the most performance from your flying machine, this episode is for you. Michael walks you through what Angle-of-Attack (AOA) is and how it works, the difference between Rate vs. Radius and what the Lif…
 
In this episode, Michael takes you on an epic 1,090 mile journey from Orange County, CA to Sherman, Texas in his open cockpit Waco biplane. Michael and his friends son, Danny, who is learning to fly, gets the experience of a lifetime flying with Michael in his beautiful open cockpit Waco biplane for 12.5 hours of stick and rudder time. Experience w…
 
In this episode, Michael talks about what the most exciting areas in aviation are. From the time Michael experienced flight for the first time, aerobatics has been the most influential on his decision to make flying his life. Formation flying, and aerial combat in his father's company Air Combat USA in the Marchetti SF-260s sealed the deal. If you …
 
In this episode, we answer a follow-up insurance question and chat with Commercial Pilot and soon-to-be Flight Instructor Russell Graham about a flight that he had that really gave him some perspective on how he sees and manages risk and decisions in flying. This episode is brought o you by show supporter: Abishek Nair…
 
In this episode, Michael highlights the optimal traits and personality characteristics of the best pilots he has had the pleasure of flying with over the last 30 years. There are many similarities between all pilots when it comes to following Standard Operating Procedures (SOP), following the checklist, attention to detail, discipline, and honing o…
 
In this episode, Michael reflects back on thousands of flights he took with his father. From the very beginning, starting in his dad's Pitts, Michael learned from one of the best aviators in the business how to safely handle emergencies inflight, on the ground and before they happen. These are 9 of the most useful tips Michael's father taught him o…
 
In this episode, Michael takes you along as he flies his 'Twin Beech' for the last time on a 1,911 nm transcon from the West Coast to the East Coast on his final flight as the Captain of his own 1957 Beech E18S - 9600, one of the first true airliners of the 1940s-50s. This flight represents the end of an era for Michael, as he hands the keys to his…
 
In this episode, Michael shares with you what his first steps were to getting his Private Pilot License, and how much fun it was to achieve this at age 17, when it was more difficult than it is today to locate and learn the required information. Michael then lays out for you what steps you should take right now to start your adventure of earning yo…
 
In this episode, Michael walks you through the intricate details of operating his Pitts S-2C. You will learn the major differences between the Pitts models and why Michael chose the Pitts S-2C as his first aircraft to share his love of aviation with the world in. Get ready learn how to fly aerobatics in a Pitts S-2C. Learn how Michael became 'one w…
 
In this episode, you will hear how Michael "Rocket" Blackstone bought his first aircraft, the 1998 Pitts S-2C, and created SkyThrills! from scratch with almost no money saved and no one helping him financially. "Rocket" was a 26 year old professional aerobatic pilot flying 10 days per month for the airlines, with around 3,500 hours total time and a…
 
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