18 – Culver Props – The Story Behind Their Wooden Propellers

Have you ever wondered how a wooden propeller is made? Alaina Lewis from Culver Props will show you how she does it on Facebook and Instagram. In detail. And it’s fascinating.

Alaina is a third generation maker of beautiful wooden propellers for experimental aircraft.

Once you hear this podcast, hear about her family’s aviation history, and see her talented work via her prop-making pictures and videos, I bet you’ll fast become a fan.

And if you’re a fan (and how can you not be), we’ve got Culver Props t-shirts at PreferredAltitude.com!

Interview recorded July 2018 at Airventure Oshkosh.

Links:

Culver Props Instagram
https://www.instagram.com/culver_props/

Culver Props Facebook
https://www.facebook.com/CulverProps/

Culver Props YouTube
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCctqGj6dp3BBi0NBVuHiWwQ

Culver Props Website
http://www.culverprops.com/

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The Preferred Altitude Podcast is an aviation podcast that strives to share some of the many fascinating stories about unique and timeless aviation. More aviation podcast episodes are available at: Podcast.PreferredAltitude.com

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Website: https://www.preferredaltitude.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/preferredaltitude
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/preferredaltitude/

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Music on the podcast is “Arcade Montage”, by Lee Rosevere. http://happypuppyrecords.ca
(music used under license)

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Please remember that this podcast should not be considered flight instruction.

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17 – WWI Replicas to the F-15

An extraordinary range of experiences in aviation!

This is a visit from Sun ‘n Fun 2018 with Retired United States Air Force Colonels Blake and Sandy Thomas. This husband and wife team have built not one, but two replica WWI aircraft together…along with a 200 MPH RV-7.

Amazing, right?

Well, there’s even more.

You’ll also hear how the WWI replica aircraft they’ve built have given them a great appreciation for the sacrifices that have been made for our freedoms, how far we’ve come in aviation, and how they provide a great educational service allowing people to see these unique aircraft as living history.

You’ll also hear about Colonel Blake Thomas’ aviation experiences that have allowed him to fly aircraft from WWI, WWII, Korean, Vietnam, and Gulf War eras. He is one of a handful of people who has flown both the F-86 and the MiG-15.

Interview recorded April 2018

Links:

Airdrome Aeroplanes
http://www.airdromeaeroplanes.com/

Culver Props
http://www.culverprops.com/

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Website: https://www.preferredaltitude.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/preferredaltitude
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/preferredaltitude/

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Music on the podcast is “Arcade Montage”, by Lee Rosevere. http://happypuppyrecords.ca
(music used under license)

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Please remember that this podcast should not be considered flight instruction.

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Thank you for listening!

16 – Aerial Application, Cessna 185, Warbirds and More!

You’re about to hear a conversation with Matt Brignac who talks about some very interesting and unique areas of aviation. Matt’s an Aerial Applicator from Mississippi who also has, as a traveling airplane for him and his family, a Cessna 185 with a belly pod.

We’ll learn about number of things: what people used to call “Crop Dusting” that evolved into Aerial Application, how much Matt and his family can pack into their Cessna 185, and some of Matt’s rewarding Warbirds experiences.

Matt and I spoke during Sun ‘n Fun 2018 under the wing of his 185, and as you might imagine, sometimes the airplane sounds get a bit loud, but please stick with it because Matt’s got some great stories and some great information to share.

Interview recorded April 2018.

Links:

National Agricultural Aviation Association (NAAA)
https://www.agaviation.org

Ageless Aviation Dreams Foundation
http://agelessaviationdreams.org

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The Preferred Altitude Podcast is an aviation podcast that strives to share some of the many fascinating stories about unique and timeless aviation. More aviation podcast episodes are available at: Podcast.PreferredAltitude.com

Please consider leaving a review of the Preferred Altitude Podcast on iTunes because it will help get the word out about this aviation podcast to even more people who love unique and timeless aviation. Thank you!

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Website: https://www.preferredaltitude.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/preferredaltitude
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/preferredaltitude/

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Music on the podcast is “Arcade Montage”, by Lee Rosevere. http://happypuppyrecords.ca
(music used under license)

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Please remember that this podcast should not be considered flight instruction.

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15 – Why We Fly

We talk with Mike Harris of the “Why We Fly” podcast, and we talk about that exact topic. Why do we fly?

We talk about how we can help people, who don’t have much exposure to general aviation, understand how fantastic general aviation is.

This episode was recorded at Sun ‘n Fun 2018 under the wing of Mike’s vintage Piper Tri-Pacer. What you’ll also hear in this episode is a fighter jet, with full afterburners, during the air show, periodically interrupting our conversation.

Sorry about those interruptions, but if you’re listening to an aviation podcast, you’re probably not going to be too upset about that.

Link:

Why We Fly Podcast
http://whywefly.org/

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The Preferred Altitude Podcast is an aviation podcast that strives to share some of the many fascinating stories about unique and timeless aviation. More aviation podcast episodes are available at: Podcast.PreferredAltitude.com

Please consider leaving a review of the Preferred Altitude Podcast on iTunes because it will help get the word out about this aviation podcast to even more people who love unique and timeless aviation. Thank you!

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Website: https://www.preferredaltitude.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/preferredaltitude
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/preferredaltitude/

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Music on the podcast is “Arcade Montage”, by Lee Rosevere. http://happypuppyrecords.ca
(music used under license)

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Please remember that this podcast should not be considered flight instruction.

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Thank you for listening!

14 – Mutt Muffs

If you’re a pilot, and if you have a dog (even if you don’t take your dog flying), you’ve probably noticed a unique product in the aviation world called “Mutt Muffs”. Mutt Muffs are hearing protection for dogs (and cats).

On this episode we visit with Shelly McGuire, the founder of Mutt Muffs. You’ll hear the cool story of how Mutt Muffs came to be in aviation, and the unique products that now go beyond Mutt Muffs.

This interview was recorded at Sun ‘n Fun 2018 in the campground, and to stress the word “fun” in Sun ‘n Fun, you’ll also hear about Shelly’s very unique campsite.

Interview recorded April 2018.

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Please consider leaving a review of the Preferred Altitude Podcast on iTunes because it will help get the word out about this aviation podcast to even more people who love unique and timeless aviation. Thank you!

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Website: https://www.preferredaltitude.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/preferredaltitude
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/preferredaltitude/

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Music on the podcast is “Arcade Montage”, by Lee Rosevere. http://happypuppyrecords.ca
(music used under license)

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Please remember that this podcast should not be considered flight instruction.

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Thank you for listening!


13 – Piper-Stinson

You’ve probably heard of Stinson aircraft before, and you’ve probably heard of Piper aircraft before, but have you ever heard of a Piper-Stinson?

Most people haven’t heard of a Piper-Stinson airplane, and I think you’re going to enjoy learning more about this unique aircraft, and the story behind Mike and Sasha White, the husband and wife who own this special Piper-Stinson.

This episode was recorded at Sun ‘n Fun 2018 in the Vintage Aircraft Camping area, so you’ll hear some fun airplane interruptions too!

And if you’re a Stinson fan, Preferred Altitude, LLC has got great Stinson apparel and gear. Check it out at PreferredAltitude.com!

Interview recorded April 2018 at Sun ‘n Fun.

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The Preferred Altitude Podcast is an aviation podcast that strives to share some of the many fascinating stories about unique and timeless aviation. More aviation podcast episodes are available at: Podcast.PreferredAltitude.com

Please consider leaving a review of the Preferred Altitude Podcast on iTunes because it will help get the word out about this aviation podcast to even more people who love unique and timeless aviation. Thank you!

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Website: https://www.preferredaltitude.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/preferredaltitude
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/preferredaltitude/

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Music on the podcast is “Arcade Montage”, by Lee Rosevere. http://happypuppyrecords.ca
(music used under license)

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Please remember that this podcast should not be considered flight instruction.

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Thank you for listening!

12 – Aerobatics and US National Aerobatic Competition with Aaron McCartan

There are so many unique stories in our amazing world of aviation, and this episode highlights one of those stories.

I had the opportunity to sit down with Aaron McCartan, a pilot who really enjoys aerobatics.

This interview was recorded in October of 2017, shortly after Aaron had competed in the United States National Aerobatic Championships. The results of that competition become timely now for the 2018 aerobatic season with Aaron’s special role as the US Advanced Aerobatic Team Captain.

You’ll also hear about Aaron’s really interesting aviation background, what he finds special about aerobatics, and about his very unique aerobatic airplane.

I think you’re also going to get something else out of this episode though.

I’ve always thought that aviation is such a unique community, and what I continue to be amazed with is how many unique communities there are within aviation.

After you hear Aaron talk about aerobatics, you might very well be interested in finding out more about this special part of aviation.

Links:

US Advanced Aerobatic Team Facebook Page:
https://www.facebook.com/usaadvancedaerobaticteam/

GoFundMe website for Aaron McCartan and the US Advanced Aerobatics Team:
https://www.gofundme.com/world-championship-pursuit

World Advanced Aerobatic Championship website:
https://waac2018.ro/

Aaron McCartan’s website:
http://www.northernplanesaerosport.com/About-Us.html

Interview recorded October 2017.

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Please consider leaving a review of the Preferred Altitude Podcast on iTunes because it will help get the word out about this aviation podcast to even more people who love unique and timeless aviation. Thank you!

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Music on the podcast is “Arcade Montage”, by Lee Rosevere. http://happypuppyrecords.ca
(music used under license)

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The Preferred Altitude Podcast is an aviation podcast produced by PreferredAltitude.com – Preferred Altitude, LLC – where you can find great apparel and gear for unique and timeless aviation brands!

Website: https://www.preferredaltitude.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/preferredaltitude
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/preferredaltitude/

11 – Nicholas-Beazley Airplane Company

Have you ever heard of the Nicholas-Beazley Airplane Company before?

Until recently, neither had I, and it may be the most fascinating aviation story I had never heard of.

It’s a very unique aviation story about a small town in Missouri that, for a period of time, was an incredible intersection of aviation involving well known aviation people that created some airplanes that unfortunately ended up being not so well known. Perhaps it was because they were just ahead of their time.

This is a story of not only historic airplanes, but an amazing airplane parts business, a huge flight school for its day, and a community that in recent years came together and created a modern museum to share this surprising chapter in aviation history.

This episode is about the Nicholas-Beazley Airplane Company of Marshall Missouri.

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The Preferred Altitude Podcast is an aviation podcast that strives to share some of the many fascinating stories about unique and timeless aviation. More podcast episodes are available at: Podcast.PreferredAltitude.com

Please consider leaving a review of the Preferred Altitude Podcast on iTunes because it will help get the word out about this aviation podcast to even more people who love unique and timeless aviation. Thank you!

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Link to the Nicholas-Beazley Aviation Museum website:
http://nicholasbeazley.org/

Interview recorded August 2017.

Music on the podcast is “Arcade Montage”, by Lee Rosevere. http://happypuppyrecords.ca
(music used under license)

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The Preferred Altitude Podcast is an aviation podcast produced by PreferredAltitude.com – Preferred Altitude, LLC – where you can find great apparel and gear for unique and timeless aviation brands!

Website: https://www.preferredaltitude.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/preferredaltitude
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/preferredaltitude/

10 – Brodhead Airport’s Kelch Aviation Museum

If you’re into timeless grassroots aviation, you might have heard of a little airport in a small town in southern Wisconsin. Brodhead, Wisconsin.

And if you haven’t heard of Brodhead, Wisconsin, I think you’ll want to listen to this podcast and find out more.

This small airport in this small Wisconsin town could be described as the epicenter for those who love the “golden age” of aviation. It’s considered a home for grass-roots aviation. It’s a place that if you love aviation, once you visit, I think you’ll want to visit again and again.

And like most things in aviation, the people are even more important than the airplanes. In this episode you’ll hear about a couple of Brodhead airport people, a husband and wife, who years ago started acquiring some very unique “golden age” airplanes, and now there is a budding museum in their honor. The Kelch Aviation Museum.

Antique airplanes, vintage airplanes, unique airplanes, airplane restoration, a chili (and ski plane) fly-in, a big pancake breakfast, a fly-in for Pietenpol and Hatz airplane enthusiasts, a fly-in for the Midwest Antique Airplane Club, three grass runways, over 50 hangars, and the Kelch Aviation Museum. All of this unique and timeless aviation in a town of less than 3500 people.

This episode is about the Kelch Aviation Museum and the Brodhead Airport.

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Link to the Kelch Aviation Museum website:
http://www.kelchmuseum.org

Interview recorded August 2017.

The podcast is produced by PreferredAltitude.com – Preferred Altitude, LLC.

Music on the podcast is “Arcade Montage”, by Lee Rosevere. http://happypuppyrecords.ca
(music used under license)

09 – Unique and Special Airport in Dickson County Tennessee

In aviation there are so many unique and special airports, and so many unique and special people.

The airport you’ll hear about in this episode is more than airplanes, it’s about building relationships with people.

Walter Ferguson is the Deputy Director of Operations at the Dickson County Municipal Airport in Tennessee. He’s one of the numerous friendly faces that work and fly at this airport that really reinforced with me how there are so many things in aviation and so many people in aviation that are extra special.

Oh, and at the end of this podcast, you are going to hear a VERY unique and special treat…

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Interview recorded July 2017.

The podcast is produced by PreferredAltitude.com – Preferred Altitude, LLC.

Intro and closing music on the podcast is “Arcade Montage”, by Lee Rosevere. http://happypuppyrecords.ca
(music used under license)