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Why We Fly by Forge Flightworks 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.


Forge Flightworks, formerly known as Carpenter Avionics, the largest avionics service center in the MidSouth, is an award-winning FAA Authorized Repair Station that sells, installs, maintains and repairs avionics, aircraft interiors and airframe systems for business jets, turboprops, piston engine airplanes and helicopters of all ages. We offer a complete product line-up authorized by every major brand. We are exceptionally capable. We have an unwavering, high-integrity commitment to customer satisfaction.


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Thank you very much for listening & supporting the podcast and General Aviation!

Mike Harris

Why We Fly - Chief Pilot & Host

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Jun 14, 2023

Talking with Matt Wilkins, President at Forge Flightworks, about his aviation background, his first Sun 'n Fun, and our new venture to help support the pilot lifestyle, Runway 2 RV.

THANKS to our sponsors!

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Mar 22, 2023

Talking about all my flights for the last few years, including some really epic trips to Key West, several other Florida trips, and all the way to California!

THANKS to our sponsors!

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Feb 23, 2023

Updates on my aviation, professional, and personal life after a long time without a new episode. Re-branding the podcast with many exciting things to come!

THANKS to our sponsors!

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Jul 23, 2021

Sitting down with the owners of Kilo Charlie Aviation, a flight school near Kansas City, after the Kansas City Airshow. We discuss the awesome airshow that featured both the Blue Angels & Thunderbirds, and we talked about their flying backgrounds and the flight training industry.


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Jun 5, 2021

Sun 'n Fun 2021 was a great success, and I had a excellent trip! To recap the experience, my buddy Michael Ladd and I caught up for a debrief and conversation about our highlights from this year's Sun 'n Fun.


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