MPC-013 Matt Guthmiller: Youngest person to fly solo around the world.

MPC Podcast Epsiode #13

  • Garrett talks about the new job.
  • Aaron and his Tail Wheel Snafu!
  • Sun-n-Fun:  Its all happening now.
  • Oshkosh: 3 months and counting!
  • Special Guest – Matt Guthmiller: Circumnavigating the Globe at age 19

 

Lions and Tigers and Bears… OH NO!!!……….. Adventure!   We all have our definitions of what that word means.  To Matt Guthmiller, adventure turned out to be just a little trip around the world.   Oh….and he did it at the age of 19 making him the youngest person in history to accomplish this incredible feat.  In this episode, Matt joins us to talk about how he came up with the idea and made this dream a reality.   People fly around the world all the time in the airline industry.   It’s nothing for a 787 to cross the ocean from continent to continent.  Try it in a small single engine airplane with 200 gallons of extra fuel on board, 25% over gross weight,  dodging thunderstorms, drinking coke and eating oreos, all while catching up on the latest Game of Thrones from your buddies on a satellite phone.  Matt sure had a great time and his story is simply amazing.   Perfect example of…….Dream It – Plan It – DO IT!!!   Congrats Matt on an accomplishment of a lifetime!

Matt and his A36 Bonanza

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Route of Matt’s trip. 

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Yup…an entire family on a motorcycle.  One of the many sights Matt encountered.

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MPC-012 Russell Armstrong and his 1950 DHC-2 de Havilland Beaver

MPC Podcast Epsiode #12

  • Oldest Flying Jet F86A Sabre
  • Oshkosh 2015 and our Challenge to you.
  • Lonestar Maule Round Up Fly-in
  • Special Guest – Russell Armstrong and his 1950 DHC-2 Dehavilland Beaver

 

When you think of nostalgic aircraft and the history of aviation, there are a few aircraft that top the list.  Typically aircraft are designed and produced with a specific goal and task in mind.  In 1947 the aviation industry gave birth to one of the most iconic aircraft ever produced.  The DHC-2 de Havilland Beaver.  The Beaver was only in production for a short time period lasting from 1947 to 1967 of which over 1600 Beavers were made.  Many of these are still flying and working today.   The Beaver changed the way people live and work in the bush country of Alaska and Canada.

In this episode of My Pilot Chronicles, we caught up with Mr. Russell Armstrong who recently acquired a 1950 Beaver with a Serial number of 86.  This is a rare find and it practically looks brand new.   Mr. Armstrong, who is a native of Commerce Texas found his dream plane up in the Victoria B.C. area.  Finding the plane was the easy part, bringing back to Texas……….well, that’s a whole other story.   Join us as Russell describes how he found this beautiful Beaver and the adventure he experienced bringing it home.

Scroll down to see several photos and the past life of this beautiful aircraft.

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Map from Victoria B.C. to Commerce, Texas
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Before Russell acquired SN#86 – She performed many other rolls.
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Ride Along with Russell in one of his latest videos

 

The F86 Sabre Jet – Look for it at Oshkosh 2015
 

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MPC-011 How Air Traffic Control and Pilots can work together.

MPC Podcast Epsiode #11

  • TransAsia ATR Crash Update / Pilot Training
  • A little tail wheel talking
  • Special Guest – Philip Perez / Nicole Webb from Ft. Worth ARTCC

 

Are you afraid to talk to ATC?  Ever been on the verge of what you might think was an emergency and needed help?  Join us in this episode of MPC as special guest Philip Perez and Nicole Webb from the Fort Worth ARTCC (Center) discuss the role of ATC and the services they have to offer pilots.  ATC is a great resource to be able to tap into when needed.  They are trained for many years before they are allowed to handle the skies solo.   We as pilots probably do not know the amount of training and dedication that these controllers have to their jobs.   A few months ago, I was lucky enough to tour Ft. Worth Center and see the operation first hand.   Simply put, it was AMAZING!
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Think of ATC as a life line when you need it.   These people are dedicated to make the skies safe for all of us.   If you think pilots have it hard, imagine memorizing a sectional and all the data, symbols, frequencies, colors, etc…….and then having to recreate that map and draw it by memory.  This is what the training is like for an air traffic controller and usually takes several years to develop the mental image.   ATC are people just like me and you.  They put their pants on the same way we do.   As I strolled through the ATC building, it was amazing to see the dance that was happening.   As a pilot, I had no clue the workload and the stress that a controller had.  ATC is there to help you have a safe flight.  Weather avoidance, traffic avoidance and sequencing, emergency situations, or just a friendly voice to talk to…..ATC serve many roles in our aviation world.   My recommendation is that if you are new, or maybe afraid to talk to ATC, then contact your local Center and setup a tour.  You will be surprised at what you learn and will help you as a pilot understand the system and the services they provide to us.   The one thing that I myself did as a young pilot was to request VFR flight following everywhere that I went.    This gets you in the system and lets you ease into a working interaction.  Bored on a flight? Call up ATC and ask how their day is going.  You will be amazed how easy it is to bust the dreaded fear of talking to ATC.   Go ahead, give it a try!

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MPC-010 ShareAviation and AOPA Team Up

MPC Podcast Epsiode #10

  • Cirrus Deploys Parachute en route to Hawaii
  • Airshow Season is just around the corner
  • Special Guest – Matt Steward / Josh Flowers  Co-Founder of ShareAviation

Well the guys over at ShareAviation have done it again.   As you recall in episode #8, we interviewed Mr. Matt Steward as he explained the exciting world of what ShareAviation is.   The site and attention over the last year has grown exponentially grabbing the attention of people world wide.   It makes sense that the largest pilot based organization would take notice as well.  So here we are just over one year from the launch of ShareAviation.  In this episode, we talk with Matt and Mr. Josh Flowers, one of the other co-founders of ShareAviation, about the partnership with AOPA.

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Watch below the new video on the ShareAviation and AOPA Partnership

 

 

 

 

Coast Guard video of Cirrus deploying Parachute system off the coast of Hawaii

 

 

 

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