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/
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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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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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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)

08 – Hummel Aircraft

If you’re familiar with homebuilt and experimental aircraft you’ve probably heard of the Hummel Bird. It’s definitely a unique aircraft in the history of aviation.

While the Hummel Bird has been around for some time now, Hummel Aviation today actually has a number of aircraft available.

And like so much of aviation, there’s some great stories on how it all came about.

This episode is about Hummel aircraft and Hummel Aviation.

Hummel Aviation apparel is now available at PreferredAltitude.com!

Link to the Hummel Aviation website:
http://flyhummel.com/

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)

07 – Rotorcraft and the Popular Rotorcraft Association

What’s a gyroplane? How does it relate to Mentone, Indiana? What does PRA stand for?

All of this is yet another depth to unique and timeless aviation, it’s yet another community within aviation, and yet another aviation story that I think you’ll find interesting.

This episode is about rotorcraft and the Popular Rotorcraft Association.

Link to the Popular Rotorcraft Association website:
http://pra.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)

06 – Commemorative Air Force Minnesota Wing

A B-25 bomber you can actually climb into and get a ride in, an L-17 under restoration, a motorpool of historic military vehicles, a museum of fascinating military artifacts…and more historic airplanes!

On this episode we learn about the Commemorative Air Force Minnesota Wing, based in South St. Paul at the Fleming Field airport. It’s one of the many local organizations that make up the CAF.

One very important note:

During this episode you’re hear reference to Dick Cole. That’s Lt. Colonel Dick Cole, a veteran of WWII, and a veteran of an incredible chapter of WWII.

He served as one of the “Doolittle Raiders” that carried out the first United States bombing attack on Japan after Pearl Harbor.

The crews that carried out this stunning mission did so with B-25 bombers, like the one in the Minnesota Wing of the CAF.

Take a listen to some of great things that the Commemorative Air Force Minnesota Wing does to preserve US military aviation history.

Link to the Commemorative Air Force Minnesota Wing website:
http://www.cafmn.org/

Interview recorded September 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)

05 – The Swift

In aviation, type clubs are a fairly common thing, but to have a type club own the type certificate for the aircraft and build a new museum to honor the legacy of that aircraft, is frankly extraordinary. It is a story very much worth sharing.

This episode is about “The Swift”.

Link to the Swift Museum Foundation:
http://swiftmuseumfoundation.org/

Interview recorded June 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)

04 – Ercoupe Racing

When most aviation people hear the phrase “Ercoupe Racing”, they may pause, they may chuckle a bit, and they’re usually quite intrigued and want to know more.

William Dubois pilots “Race 53”, the Ercoupe in “Ercoupe Racing”, and he races that Ercoupe in the Sport Air Racing League.

What I think you’re going to find with William’s story is what I find with many aviation stories, that it’s even more interesting than you might initially imagine…

More information about William Dubois and Race 53:

http://generalaviationnews.com/author/dubois/
http://www.planetales.net/

Race 53 apparel and gear is available from PreferredAltitude.com:
https://www.preferredaltitude.com/collections/race-53-collection

Interview recorded July 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)