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July 29, 2013 imc cLUB rADIO at airventure 2013
This trip had several missions:
I helped Airborne Sensor Inc. present The Eagle 360, their fantastically innovative GoPro camera mount system.
This device uses up to four GoPro cameras running simultaneously, mounted to the undercarriage of your aircraft, providing brilliantly clear unobstructed and “jello effect free” high def video. Without the windscreen or propeller to look through, airframe, wings or strut obstruction interference, and stabilized through the ingenious vibration absorbing system, the end result looks truly professional. AND IT’S LEGAL! They earned an STC for 50 of the most popular certificated aircraft. This means it’s safe, legal, and captures so much more video than by any other means available today.
Available for the first time this year at Airventure, the booth was jammed all week, with many new happy customers you should expect to see many fantastic videos soon. Check in with www.airbornesensor.com and see for yourself.
My other mission was producing field reporting audio segments for IMC Club Radio, and video coverage for IMC Clubs daily live meetings. Listen to the segments at http://imcclubs.org/0sh2013 or the entire program on http://imcclubs.org/imc-radio
This year the IMC Club was located on the flight line, dead-center field co-occupying with Hartzell Propeller at the IFR Proficiency Tent. My work was documenting discussions and interviews Radek Wyrzykowsky, President of IMC Club www/imcclubs.org, Joe Brown- President of Hartzell Propeller http://hartzellprop.com, Dave Pascoe of LiveATC http://www.liveatc.net/, and Michael Goulian- ATP and Airshow Pilot http://mikegoulian.com/.
A BIG SPECIAL THANK YOU to Sennheiser for the audio equipment and spiritual support. You guys rock! http://sennheiser-aviation.com/
I can tell you there is nothing more inspiring than talking with the people who make aviation what it is today. If you’re an IFR pilot, please visit www/imcclubs.org to find a chapter near you. And if you’ve never been to Airventure, don’t you think it’s time you did??? See you at Airventure 2014!
PS: Among the minions who were there to see the premiere of Disney’s “PLANES”- (although our view was not in 3D). I’m certain this movie will be responsible for inspiring a whole new generation of aviators. They know they’ve got a great franchise on their hands, so expect a vastly more detailed sequel in 2014!
June 6, 2013 IMC Club Radio
I met the boys from IMC Radio down at Sun 'n Fun and we soon found a bond in our interests in sharing the love of aviation. Add the fact that I've begun my IFR training, and that put me in their world of discussing the nuances of learning to fly in the clouds. They're opening chapters across the country, with monthly meetings of like minded aviators learning from each other. Check out the IMC Club web site here: http://imcclubs.org/imc-radio
The opportunity came for me to help with the radio show and was invited to be a guest by phone on the June 6th edition. You can listen to the show here- Feel free to enter your comments or suggestions: http://www.spreaker.com/user/imcradio/plane_talk_june_6_2013?utm_source=widget
April 9-14 2013 Sun 'n Fun International Fly-In & Expo
Must have made quite the impression on Dave Shallbetter when he interviewed me at Sebring, as I got the invite to co-host "The Sun 'n Fun Radio Morning Run Up" show with Dave Allen from Other Peoples Airplanes Podcast! Not only did I get to see the very best of what SnF had to offer, I interviewed great people, saw the most incredible events "up close and personal", and golf carted myself around campus from sun up to sun down for ten days straight. Wow, what a a time.
A complete surprise was working with Will Hawkins from A Pilots Story and Kat, his better half. It wasn't supposed to happen, but David Allen got called off campus for the first of our daily morning show, and no sooner did David announce his pending absence, that Will stepped up to the plate. What a great time! He makes a great host, has a voice for radio, and looks "Just Mahvalous" in his Wilco Films team shirt!
January 17-20 2013 Sebring U.S. Sport Aviation Expo
Back performing with The Flying Musicians, I had the opportunity to be featured at a number of happenings at the Sebring U.S. Sport Aviation Expo and Air Show in the Aeroshell tent throughout the event- Click HERE for my interview on Uncontrolled Airspace, the General Aviation Podcast. Check out: the Flying Musicians Association website for more info about the combined passions of music and aviation.
July 23-29, 2012 Airventure 2012
While attending Airventure 2012 I helped out Flying High Coffee: This is an amazing program capitalizing on our love of aviation, and willingness to drink high quality, competitively priced coffee. Do nothing but drink coffee like you always have, and help grow the future of GA. What's not to love?
Participated in a unique private industry round table of aviation industry leaders: Lead by Rod Hightower and Jeff Skiles, 30 presidents and CEO's of the aircraft you fly and electronics you use got together to brainstorm how best to capitalize on what the Young Eagle program has done, and build the next version "EAA Eagle Flights"- focusing on guiding adults into the left seat. It was an honor and privilege to share my views and experience with those I admire, and pray my contributions helped in some small fashion.
January 19-22, 20121 Sebring U.S. Sport Aviation Expo
There on behalf of The Flying Musicians, Inc. We'll be looking at discussing the future of Light Sport with manufacturers and those influencing the growth of that portion of the industry.
September 12, 2011- September, And The Kids Are Back At School
Scheduling problems, technical glitches, and our President's vacation all had an impact on our shooting schedule. The good news is that the weather cooperated and we got a lot of the fundamentals covered. All this activity has given us enough material for some AOPA and EAA promotional spots, some entertaining personal testimonials, and helped alter the scope of our project so we can begin again in the spring with aplomb.
September means the AOPA conference, and this year it's in Hartford CT. I'll be performing as a member of the Flying Musicians Association under the stage name of "Max Gross", and go on at 12:30 for my solo, but will be accompanying many other's throughout the weeks event. I'm hoping to get the AOPA Corporate Sponsorship Promotion introduced there as well. We'll keep you posted.
July 21, 2011- Half Way Through The Summer
The BIG surprise so far is the number of teenagers learning to fly at Katama this summer! At last count we had 6 and one had her First Solo yesterday! The weather has been good and the crowds at Right Fork Diner Diner, located directly in front of the biplane loading area, have been ample and steady.
A Fly-To-The-Beach event hosted by the regional Piper Tri-Pacer club drew a nice collection, and the beach parking lot has been filled just about every day.
We had a visit from a Nanchang CJ-6A, a Chinese aircraft with many similar systems as the Yakovlev Yak-18, who wowed the lucky visitors of Oak Bluffs and Edgartown with a flurry of tactical evasive maneuvers and stomach testing flying. Don't know how it looked from the beach, but I can tell you it's was a fantastic view from where I was sitting- in the back seat! (Watch for video to be posted soon).
Got my first hour in a Cessna Skycatcher earlier in the month. John Miles from Maine Aviation flew down for a customer demo. Unfortunately I had to meet them at KMVY as it's a demo airplane and didn't want to muddy the wheel pants. (He wasn't aware that 1B2 is hard pack and well drained... but does now). I can tell you it's more powerful than it looks, love the "stick" and feels much more stable than the 1320lbs. A rare aircraft, orders now expect delivery in a year. We'll keep you posted.
July 7 Shooting continues in earnest
We've been blessed with quite a bit of nice weather, there are a lot of people learning to fly, and the crowds have been better than expected. Stores have surfaced and the shenanigans continue at one of the countries most unique grass airfields in the country.
Already we've seen WW2 aircraft, the new Cessna Corvalis, a whole lot of home builts, a wide variety of antiques, and a brand new Waco that is the spitting (and shining new) image of the ones used for sight seeing rides here.
The best part is seeing just how many new student pilots are showing up, and MANY of them are young teenagers. We'll see what transpires throughout the season. Stick around, there's more to come from Katama Airfield USA.
We've Been Featured On My Favorite Podcast: www.UncontrolledAirspace.com!
If you're going to listen to any internet program, this is the one. Always informative, always challenging, always entertaining. Get them on iTunes or your favorite podcast provider!
They start talking about our project 50 minutes into the hour long program:
July 12, 2014 AOPA Regional Fly In: Plymouth MA. Performed as Flying Musicians Association Representative.
Ross Pilot shared the venue, and we played blues, bluegrasss, folk and country to the pleasure of the crowd. Beautiful day, large attendance and great reception. This was my own peronal fly-in, as I've been working hard to make N7909W my own and had to let the big show go on without me this year.