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Why We Fly

Why We Fly is a General Aviation podcast sharing pilot stories that illustrate the reasons behind why we choose to fly airplanes. We hope to share the adventure, excitement, and incredible experiences of flying. The goal is to entertain pilots and more importantly to inspire potential pilots to learn more about flying and hopefully one day become pilots themselves. Almost anyone can fly. We are here to share the Why.
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Why We Fly is a General Aviation podcast sharing pilot stories that illustrate the reasons behind why we choose to fly airplanes. We hope to share the adventure, excitement, and incredible experiences of flying.  By sharing our passion for flight, we aim to entertain pilots and encourage them to stay engaged with aviation.  But just as important, we endeavor to inspire potential pilots to learn more about flying and hopefully become pilots themselves.  

With that in mind, we encourage everyone to share some episodes of the podcast with potential pilots in your lives.  Find a friend, family member, colleague, etc. who may not know much about flying but would enjoy hearing the stories behind Why We Fly.  You can play a vital role in growing General Aviation and creating a future pilot.

Almost anyone can fly. We are here to share the Why.

 

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Feb 15, 2017
025 My Discovery Flight

I'm always encouraging potential pilots to go take a discovery flight, so this episode I tell the story of how I got interested in flying and my discovery flight, which was my first time in a small airplane.

 

T-shirts & other merchandise available in the Store at whywefly.org.  We REALLY appreciate your support of the podcast!  Custom items available by request (picture of your plane, N number, or other custom items).  

 

Check out my "Why I Fly" video at https://youtu.be/63Lmrqg-9xs

 

Keywords: Aviation, General Aviation, Plane, Planes, Airplane, Airplanes, Fly, Flying, Flight, Pilot, Pilots

Feb 1, 2017
024 LightSport Man

Interview with Johnathan Smith (aka LightSport Man), a LightSport pilot & instructor in Arizona.  Johnathan has been featured in numerous print & televised news stories across the country.  He shares the story of how he overcame a problem with stuttering to become a pilot, even though he was told that having a stutter meant that he could never learn to fly.  

 

Check out my "Why I Fly" video at https://youtu.be/63Lmrqg-9xs

 

Keywords: Aviation, General Aviation, Plane, Planes, Airplane, Airplanes, Fly, Flying, Flight, Pilot, Pilots

Dec 24, 2016
023 100th Hour

Recapping an awesome day of flying that marked 1 year of flying the Tri Pacer since buying it.

 

 

Check out my "Why I Fly" video at https://youtu.be/63Lmrqg-9xs

 

Keywords: Aviation, General Aviation, Plane, Planes, Airplane, Airplanes, Fly, Flying, Flight, Pilot, Pilots

Dec 14, 2016
022 My Brother Mark

My brother Mark and I had a great time talking about a recent flight.  I hope you enjoy!

 

 

Check out my "Why I Fly" video at https://youtu.be/63Lmrqg-9xs

 

Keywords: Aviation, General Aviation, Plane, Planes, Airplane, Airplanes, Fly, Flying, Flight, Pilot, Pilots

Dec 1, 2016
021 Night Flight

Recording from the cockpit of my Tri Pacer just after landing and shutting down.  Talking about the great night flight I had just finished.

 

 

Check out my "Why I Fly" video at https://youtu.be/63Lmrqg-9xs

 

Keywords: Aviation, General Aviation, Plane, Planes, Airplane, Airplanes, Fly, Flying, Flight, Pilot, Pilots

Nov 16, 2016
020 Deon's AK to FL Floatplane Trip

Deon's incredible story of flying in a floatplane from Alaska to Florida, complete with glacier fly-bys and scenic lake landings.

 

 

Check out my "Why I Fly" video at https://youtu.be/63Lmrqg-9xs

 

Keywords: Aviation, General Aviation, Plane, Planes, Airplane, Airplanes, Fly, Flying, Flight, Pilot, Pilot

Oct 13, 2016
019 Deon Mitton - CA

Talking with Deon Mitton who I met at Sun 'n Fun about his various aviation adventures.

 

Check out my "Why I Fly" video at https://youtu.be/63Lmrqg-9xs

 

Keywords: Aviation, General Aviation, Plane, Planes, Airplane, Airplanes, Fly, Flying, Flight, Pilot, Pilots

Aug 10, 2016
018 Brandon - Oshkosh Recap

Brandon Martini guests hosts again to recap his final days at Oshkosh 2016 and his journey home.

 

 

Check out my "Why I Fly" video at https://youtu.be/63Lmrqg-9xs

 

Keywords: Aviation, General Aviation, Plane, Planes, Airplane, Airplanes, Fly, Flying, Flight, Pilot, Pilot

Jul 29, 2016
017 Brandon - EAA AirVenture 2016

Brandon Martini visits the seaplane base at Oshkosh and checks out aerobatic powered parachutes.  He also gives a great description of the night airshow and his other activities so far.  It sounds like Brandon & his family are having a GREAT time at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2016!  Complete with F-16 flybys!

 

Check out my "Why I Fly" video at https://youtu.be/63Lmrqg-9xs

 

Keywords: Aviation, General Aviation, Plane, Planes, Airplane, Airplanes, Fly, Flying, Flight, Pilot, Pilot

 

Tri Pacer on Floats

 

Jul 26, 2016
016 Brandon - Oshkosh 2016 Arrival

Guest Host Brandon Martini reports on his trip to EAA AirVenture - Oshkosh 2016 in a Cessna 172 with his family from California to Wisconsin.  Brandon also talks about his arrival and initial impressions of Oshkosh 2016.  

 

Thanks for sharing, Brandon!  I wish I was there!

 

 

Check out my "Why I Fly" video at https://youtu.be/63Lmrqg-9xs

 

Keywords: Aviation, General Aviation, Plane, Planes, Airplane, Airplanes, Fly, Flying, Flight, Pilot, Pilot

Jul 10, 2016
015 Cora's First Flight

Talking with Cora right after her first flight in a General Aviation airplane.

 

Check out my "Why I Fly" video at https://youtu.be/63Lmrqg-9xs

 

Keywords: Aviation, General Aviation, Plane, Planes, Airplane, Airplanes, Fly, Flying, Flight, Pilot, Pilots

Jun 4, 2016
014 Sean D. Tucker - Great TN Airshow

I caught up with air show performer Sean D. Tucker in advance of the Great Tennessee Air Show 2016 just outside of Nashville in Smyrna, TN.

 

Check out my "Why I Fly" video at https://youtu.be/63Lmrqg-9xs

 

Keywords: Aviation, General Aviation, Plane, Planes, Airplane, Airplanes, Fly, Flying, Flight, Pilot, Pilots

Jun 4, 2016
013 Jim Record - Geico Skytypers

Chatting with Jim Record of the Geico Skytypers in advance of the Great Tennessee Air Show 2016 just outside Nashville in Smyrna, TN.

 

Check out my "Why I Fly" video at https://youtu.be/63Lmrqg-9xs

 

Keywords: Aviation, General Aviation, Plane, Planes, Airplane, Airplanes, Fly, Flying, Flight, Pilot, Pilots

Jun 1, 2016
012 My First Sun 'n Fun

My experience at Sun 'n Fun 2016.  I had a GREAT time at my first Sun 'n Fun!

 

Check out my "Why I Fly" video at https://youtu.be/63Lmrqg-9xs

 

Keywords: Aviation, General Aviation, Plane, Planes, Airplane, Airplanes, Fly, Flying, Flight, Pilot, Pilots

Apr 22, 2016
011 Sun 'n Fun 2016 Arrival

Talking about my flight down and arrival to Lakeland, FL for Sun 'n Fun 2016.

 

Check out my "Why I Fly" video at https://youtu.be/63Lmrqg-9xs

 

Keywords: Aviation, General Aviation, Plane, Planes, Airplane, Airplanes, Fly, Flying, Flight, Pilot, Pilots

Apr 6, 2016
010 Paul - South Dakota

Paul sent in a recording of his perspective on flying - great reasons to fly, enjoying the electronics, and for him the need to wait until later in life to be able to pursue flying as a hobby.

 

Check out my "Why I Fly" video at https://youtu.be/63Lmrqg-9xs

 

Keywords: Aviation, General Aviation, Plane, Planes, Airplane, Airplanes, Fly, Flying, Flight, Pilot, Pilots

Apr 1, 2016
009 Andy - U.K.

The podcast goes international!  Andy does a great job giving us his perspective on flying in the U.K.

 

Check out my "Why I Fly" video at https://youtu.be/63Lmrqg-9xs

 

Keywords: Aviation, General Aviation, Plane, Planes, Airplane, Airplanes, Fly, Flying, Flight, Pilot, Pilots

Mar 26, 2016
008 Chuck

Sitting in the hangar under the wing of a beautiful Stinson and talking with Chuck about vintage airplanes, how he got into flying, connecting with fellow aviators, and his home airport.

 

Check out my "Why I Fly" video at https://youtu.be/63Lmrqg-9xs

 

Keywords: Aviation, General Aviation, Plane, Planes, Airplane, Airplanes, Fly, Flying, Flight, Pilot, Pilots

Mar 13, 2016
007 Flying with Dad

An awesome weekend of flying with my Dad and my son.  Dad is the guest on this episode, and does a great job telling the story.

 

 

 

Keywords: Aviation, General Aviation, Plane, Planes, Airplane, Airplanes, Fly, Flying, Flight, Pilot, Pilots

Feb 22, 2016
006 First Flights

006 First Flights 9:14 A flight path over dowtown Nashville that I've taken a couple of friends on for their first flight.

 

Keywords: Aviation, General Aviation, Plane, Planes, Airplane, Airplanes, Fly, Flying, Flight, Pilot, Pilots

Feb 3, 2016

The surprisingly social aspects of being a pilot.  Clubs, chapters, flying to breakfast, etc.

 

Keywords: Aviation, General Aviation, Plane, Planes, Airplane, Airplanes, Fly, Flying, Flight, Pilot, Pilots

 
Jan 21, 2016
004 My Son's First Flight

The story of taking my son on his first flight when he was 2 1/2 weeks old.

 

Keywords: Aviation, General Aviation, Plane, Planes, Airplane, Airplanes, Fly, Flying, Flight, Pilot, Pilots

Jan 21, 2016
003 Travel Convenience

Talking about the practical side of flying for personal travel.

 

Keywords: Aviation, General Aviation, Plane, Planes, Airplane, Airplanes, Fly, Flying, Flight, Pilot, Pilots

Jan 21, 2016
002 Air, Land, & Sea

Story of a recent flight in my Piper Tri Pacer to see family.

 

Keywords: Aviation, General Aviation, Plane, Planes, Airplane, Airplanes, Fly, Flying, Flight, Pilot, Pilots

Jan 20, 2016
001 Intro

First episode and introduction to the new Why We Fly podcast and host, Mike Harris.

 

Keywords: Aviation, General Aviation, Plane, Planes, Airplane, Airplanes, Fly, Flying, Flight, Pilot, Pilots

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