This story was originally published almost 4 years ago, in May 2016.. Oh, how time flies! As it is still very frequently read, I decided to update it at the end of 2019 with an updated list of podcasts worth subscribing to.
Happy listening (and learning)!
Do you listen to podcasts? If not, you definitely should.
Let me explain why.
For those completely new to podcasting, a podcast is a series of audio files you can download online and listen to on your PC or mobile devices. It's like having a radio show you can listen to wherever and whenever you want and choose the subjects and people you like. You just subscribe to a podcast in Itunes, Stitcher or other apps and create playlists with your favorite shows and episodes.
Podcasts have become increasingly more popular and it's not hard to see why.
From my personal experience, I can only recommend listening to podcasts. You can do it while driving, running, working out or when commuting from or to work/school. The amount of (free) knowledge that's available out there on almost every topic you can possibly think of is incredible and you are missing out on a lot of interesting and useful stuff if you're not doing it.
When I was still in school, I spent a lot of time on the train and bus while commuting to and from my campus. While that time was usually just lost, being able to listen to experts in different areas like aviation or business while getting to school has been extremely interesting and valuable. When doing sports, just relaxing during the evening or doing anything else that doesn't require too much focus, listening to podcasts is great. Even in the car, I prefer to listen to interesting talks, rather than the same old chatter on the radio shows about what this or that celebrity did to her ex.
If you are just getting started, here's a list of the aviation podcasts you should definitely start following, updated for 2020. If you're already listening to a few shows you might get some extra interesting suggestions you didn't know about yet. From someone who wants to get started in aviation to the most experienced airline captains, there's a podcast for you that you'll find interesting.
Let's start off with my favorite pilot podcast at the moment, the Pilot to Pilot podcast. When I first wrote this article, it was still a good 1,5 years from launching in 2017. Good thing I decided to update this story, otherwise most of you would have missed out on one of the best podcasts out there today!
The Pilot to Pilot podcast is hosted by ATP rated corporate pilot Justin Siems, who flies a Citation Latitude ('Latty') around the US. He welcomes other pilots on his podcast (hence Pilot to Pilot) and talks about their aviation stories, how they got started, what type of flying they do and lots more. Episodes are about an hour and Justin does a fantastic job of keeping the conversation going and exploring his guests' stories.
Second one on the list is the Stuck Mic Avcast (SMAC).
Hosts Carl Valeri, Eric Crump, Sean Moody, Victoria Neuville, Rick Felty and Larry Overstreet discuss everything related to the joy of flying. With shows ranging from discussing the Oshkosh highlights, flying clubs, recurrent training and UAVs to flying in the Maldives and being a flight instructor. I only recently learned about it after listening to another podcast by one of the hosts, but I've already listened to a lot of their episodes. A podcast full of value for every pilot, highly recommended!
A new episode comes online every 1st and 15th of the month and averages about an hour, with some episodes of 20 minutes and some even over 1h20.
Stuck Mic Avcast is available on iTunes.
For those wanting to start a career in aviation, the Aviation Careers Podcast is the podcast for you. Hosted by Carl Valeri and Eric Crump, who also host SMAC, and Tom Wachowski, this podcast covers everything related to a career in aviation, from being an agriculture pilot or flight instructor to flying corporate jets. With their combined expertise, you'll definitely learn a lot from these guys.
So definitely a must-listen if you want to get started as a professional pilot!
Interested in what goes on behind the scenes of owning and operating a corporate or private aircraft? Private Jet Podcast host Tom Wachowski is a Falcon 2000 pilot with over 20 years of experience in airline, charter and corporate aviation. In this podcast, he discusses solo or interviews industry leaders on different topics regarding acquiring or reselling aircraft, hiring staff, training, insurance, operations and much more.
You can listen to the Private Jet Podcast on Itunes.
In the Airline Pilot Guy podcast, captain Eric Jeff Nielsen shares his opinion and perspective on topics and events in the aviation world as a pilot in the commercial airline industry. He is a former Air Force pilot who also went to the aircraft accident investigation school and has been flying for a major airline for more than 20 years now. It's interesting to hear his take on aviation news and accidents.
A podcast about flight training by host Jason Miller, a commercial pilot and CFI sharing his 18 years of experience in aviation in interesting episodes. The Finer Points is a weekly show of about 5-10 minutes long (there goes your excuse of not listening because you don't have time for podcasts) that's both entertaining and educational. Jason shares tips and training techniques and his insights into flight training problems pilots may experience. He also interviews professionals from aerobatic pilots, mechanics and air traffic controllers.
Absolutely a must for those pilots currently going through flight training.
The Finer Points is available on iTunes.
Another podcast about flight training, but this time from another point of view.
In The Student Pilot Cast, student pilot Bill Williams shares his flight training journey to his private pilot certificate. Bill covers every aspect of his flight training talking about his first flights, first solo, cross country flights, short and soft field takeoffs and much more interesting stuff. If you're interested in learning more about flight training and want to follow a student pilot on his journey, I can only recommend this podcast.
Unfortunately, no new podcast episodes have been published since March 2016 :( Still worth listening to though!
You can listen to The Student Pilot Cast on iTunes.
In Uncontrolled Airspace, every week the hosts talk about news and conversations about the world of General Aviation flying. Definitely an interesting podcast for those into General Aviation! Hosts are Jeb Burnside, Dave Higdon, Jack Hodgson, James Wynbrandt and Amy Laboda.
The show has been running for over 13 years (!) and a new episode airs every two weeks. Their dedication is certainly another reason to subscribe!
This podcast is available on iTunes.
A podcast about flight training, flight simulation, hangar talk and interesting interviews. Host Chris Palmer, who some of you might know from his popular Instagram account Angle of Attack, is an awesome and enthusiastic guy sharing his passion for aviation with his guests, discussing topics like flight simulator software and hardware, aircraft, airshows, and much more.
An interesting podcast for pilots, flight sim enthusiasts and aviation lovers!
You can listen to the above podcasts via Itunes, Stitcher on any other podcasting app. Just type in the podcast name and you should be set!
What about you, do you listen to podcasts? And which ones do you like the most? Let us know!