115 Former FAA Deputy Administrator on NextGen and General Aviation – Interview Mike Whitaker

115 Former FAA Deputy Administrator on NextGen and General Aviation – Interview Mike Whitaker


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Summary
115 Max talks with Mike Whitaker, former FAA Deputy Administrator and Chief NextGen officer about NextGen and General Aviation. Mike talks about factors that led to the decline of GA after the 1970s, and his optimism for further growth due to demand for more pilots, the Part 23 rewrite, and new technologies like electric aircraft. He also talks about NextGen, ADS-B, and his prop strike.

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Mike Whitaker’s website
FAA’s Airplane Flying Handbook
FAA’s Pilot’s Handbook of Aeronautical Knowledge
FAA’s Aviation Weather
FAA’s Aviation Weather Services

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Emergency Landing: Controller Talks Down Student Pilot After Oil Covers Windshield


101 Emergency Landing: Controller Talks Down Student Pilot After Oil Covers Windshield

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Summary
101 On Sept 30, 2018, a student pilot with 4 hours solo time departed Potomac Airfield on a cross country flight. Within minutes after takeoff, she noticed oil starting to cover the windshield. She immediately requested a vector from Potomac Approach controller Casey Whittaker to return to the airport. Her first attempt to land had her skimming the treetops of the neighborhood next to the airfield. Her next plan was to ditch the aircraft in the Potomac River, to avoid any loss of life on the ground.

The pilot asked that her voice not be used. My thanks to pilot Tricia Belkin Vernola, whose voice you hear in this episode, for reading from the transcript of my interview with the pilot. Thanks also to controller Casey Whittaker and PCT NATCA FACREP Brandon Miller for sharing their stories. Finally, thanks to the student pilot for sharing her story.

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Link to Windshield video
Accident Pilot’s Instagram

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95 Crosswind Landing Tips for Private Pilots and Student Pilots + General Aviation News


95 Crosswind Landing Tips for Private Pilots and Student Pilots + GA News

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95 Max talks about the art of making crosswind landings. There are tradeoffs between the crab and low wing, also called side slip, methods of compensating for crosswinds. The crab method can handle larger crosswinds. The low wing method is harder to set up on final, but is simpler when transitioning to the flare.

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The Acronym Song by Captain Roger Victor
Captain Roger Victor, comedian puppeteer
Simple Flight Radio episode on ADS-B
Airplane Geeks #536 with Tom Haines
Eat at the Airport site lists airport restaurants
2019 Airport Challenge
Exiting the Hold: Reaching Your Life Goals February 21, KSBP
Citation X standing on it’s tail at Truckee Tahoe Airport
San Carlos Flight Center XWing 200 simulator
Opposing Bases Podcast
Avare EFB App for Android

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CloudAhoy video of Cirrus SF50 Vision Jet crosswind landing at Teterboro

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87 Night IFR Electrical Failure: ATC and a Cell Phone Save a Doctor – Interview with Controller Phil Enis


87 Night IFR Electrical Failure: ATC and a Cell Phone Save a Doctor – Interview with Controller Phil Enis

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Summary
On Super Bowl Sunday, Dr. Peter Edenhoffer was flying IFR at night in a Cessna Cardinal when he lost his electrical system. He’d already texted his son to say goodbye. Then he received a text message from Fort Worth Center which gave him hope for surviving when he realized he wasn’t alone. Max interviews NATCA’s Archie League Medal of Safety President’s Award winner controller Phil Enis about this save. Watch the NATCA video to hear more of the ATC radio transmissions and see more of the text messages from this save. It also includes a link where to where you can watch Dr. Peter Edenhoffer talk about what was going through his mind as he was alone in the dark.

Here are some ideas you should consider on future IFR flights including:
1. Include a cell phone or satellite phone number in the Remarks section of your IFR flight, so that controllers can attempt to reach you by phone or text, if they lose radio communications with you.
2. Bring a handheld radio when you fly. Set it up and test it ahead of time so that you know that it works. Handheld radios in metal airplanes receive OK, but often don’t transmit well because they’re essentially inside a shielded cage (the airplane!). Installing an external antenna on your airplane will greatly improve the transmit capability of a handheld radio.
3. If you have an electrical failure, use an EFB app like ForeFlight to navigate to an airport with better weather.
4. If you have cell phone service, consider calling 911 and have them pass along  your cellphone number to an air traffic controller.

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85 Private Pilot Secrets for Making Short-Field Landings, Red Bull Race Winner, Depression + General Aviation News


85 Private Pilot Secrets for Making Short-Field Landings, Red Bull Race Winner, Depression + GA News

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Short Field Landings
85 Max talks in detail about what it takes to make a good short-field landing. Calculating an appropriate airspeed and selecting an aiming point are both critical Results from the 2018 Red Bull Air Race World Championship. A listener suffering from clinical depression and anxiety who is on two medications to combat these chemical imbalances asks about the process for getting an FAA medical.

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Videos Mentioned in the Show:
DC-10 and 747 Supertankers Reloading to Fight California Fires
California Highway Patrol footage of Camp Fire

Mentioned in the Show
General Aviation Awards Program
Special Issuance Certification for Depression with Antidepressant usage
FAA On Landings – Part 1
FAA On Landings – Part 2
FAA On Landings – Part 3
Airplane Flying Handbook – Chpt 8 Approaches and Landings

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82 How to Increase Separation on Final without Dangerous S-Turns + General Aviation News


82 How to Increase Separation on Final without Dangerous S-Turns + GA News

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Increasing Spacing on Final without using S-Turns
Max talks about how to increase spacing on final without doing dangerous S-Turns on the final approach to landing. Two FAA Controllers wins Archie League Award for noticing a pilot with a problem. Listeners give feedback on things they wished they’d learned as student pilots. A listener ask where to fly the downwind when flying next to parallel runways, but cleared to land on runway on the far side.

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USS Alabama Battleship Memorial Park
EAA: Young Eagle Renee Brilhante now an Airline Pilot
Southwest Airlines Saves a Marriage!

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81 What You Need to Know about the Flight Review or BFR, NBAA Update + General Aviation News


81 What You Need to Know about the Flight Review or BFR, NBAA Update + GA News.

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NBAA Convention News & Flight Reviews (BFR)
81 Max talks about what you need to know about doing a flight review with emphasis on Part 91 rules that pilots need to know. Also a news update from the NBAA convention. Sean Tucker retiring from his solo air show act. A CFI has feedback on a better takeoff briefing. An FAA controller asks about whether piston pilots could use reverse high speed exits.

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AOPA Region Fly-In Gulf Shores, AL
Conducting an Effective Flight Review

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Max’s video of a procession of A-10 Warthogs
Max’s video skimming the clouds in a Cirrus SR22T
Volerian Flapping Wing demonstration

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47 The CFI Shortage – How it Happened and What You Can Do About It – Interview with Jason Blair


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Jason Blair is a FAA DPE, or Designated Pilot Examiner, who gives checkrides to pilots, and he’s also an active flight instructor. He got an early start in aviation, taking flying lessons at age 15, soloing at 16, and getting his private certificate at 17.

Jason talks about the shortage of the CFIs in the flight training industry, how that happened, what some companies are doing about it, and what you as a pilot can do about it. Here’s a link to his 25-page white paper on the subject.

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39 Private Pilot Checkride Prep – How to Fail a Checkride before it Even Starts – Interview with Jason Blair


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Jason Blair is a FAA DPE, or Designated Pilot Examiner, who gives checkrides to pilots, and he’s also an active flight instructor. He got an early start in aviation, taking flying lessons at age 15, soloing at 16, and getting his private certificate at 17.

Jason explains that there is a shortage of designated pilot examiners who give checkrides, which is affecting people’s ability to schedule a checkride. He also said that if someone feels that an examiner is not conducting checkrides in accordance with the ACS, they can send comments to this FAA Email address for DPE/Practical Test Concerns.

Then he talks about the important qualification process, which occurs at the beginning of a checkride. If a student doesn’t have all the documents, correct endorsements, or hasn’t met all of the experience requirements, he or she will be going home before the checkride even starts. He explains the most common oversights he sees during the qualification process, and encourages flight instructors to have a second CFI review a pilot’s logbook and endorsements, to ensure that the pilot is qualified for the checkride, and won’t be sent home early.

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FAA WINGS program, Marvel Comics, Non-towered airport pattern entry, More ADS-B products, Flight Design Sold + GA News


We talk about the benefits of participating in the FAA WINGS program in lieu of doing a Flight Review (formerly called a BFR), which pilots in the U.S. must do every two years. Instead of spending an hour on the ground reviewing Part 91 rules and regulations, the FAA WINGS program lets you can take free online courses instead, which may be a better use of your time, if you choose courses that help keep you safer when you fly.

We had lots of feedback on entering the traffic at non-Towered Airports. Not everyone likes the FAA preferred entry for crossing over the field at 500 feet above pattern altitude and then turning to enter on the 45. But we don’t get to pick which rules to follow and not follow, just because we don’t like them!

Plus an Air Canada flight 759 near miss update. Oddly, that aircraft was not visible on SFO’s surface radar for 12 seconds, and we explain why. Plus listener questions. An instrument pilots asks about how to activate an instrument approach on his Garmin GPS.

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