Chances are, you’ve at least heard of podcasts. This fun and educational information medium are sweeping the nation.
There are over 700,000 active podcasts and over 29 million episodes right now.
Why are podcasts so popular? Because there is something for everyone.
Did you know they even have pilot podcasts? If you’re an aviation enthusiast, a pilot in training, flight student, or an industry pro, there’s a podcast out there for you.
There’s always more to learn, and podcasts are a great way to gets news and information from industry experts with unique takes. Keep reading to learn more about podcasts for pilots and the top shows to check out.
Why Listen to Pilot Podcasts?
If you’re new to the world of podcasting, we’ll take a moment to cover the basics. Podcasts are a series of audio files that you download off the internet.
You can listen online, on your computer, or your phone or mobile device. Podcasts are like radio shows with the benefit that you can choose the topics and hosts you like and listen wherever you want.
You can use an app like iTunes to subscribe to the podcasts that interest you and create playlists to keep track of your favorites. Listening to podcasts is an easy and free way to increase your knowledge in just about every subject out there.
Podcasts are especially useful to listen to during time spent commuting. Whether you take a bus, train, or car to school or work, chances are you spend a decent chunk of time just sitting there. Tuning into a podcast about aviation or any other educational subject can be a valuable use of the time; for example, I love listening to a podcast while I run or work out.
You can listen to podcasts while cooking, working out, or doing anything that doesn’t require significant focus. Podcasts give you access to exciting talks featuring industry experts. Sometimes they’re funny, too.
The Top Pilot Podcasts
Whether you’re new to podcasts or already have a list of favorites, we’d like to share some of our top suggestions with you.
Aviation podcasts range in subject from information for students and aspiring pilots to content for airline captains. Now, let’s take a look at some of the pilot podcasts we are hooked on.
Stuck Mic AvCast
This podcast describes itself as “the show about learning to fly, living to fly, and loving to fly.” With a motto like that, any aviation enthusiast is sure to enjoy this show.
The hosts of this show include Carl Valeri, Sean Moody, Eric Crump, Rick Felty, Victoria Neuville, and Larry Overstreet. They talk about anything and everything related to the pure joy of flying.
Topics of previous episodes include flying clubs, being a flight instructor, flying in the Maldives, UAVs, and training. Any pilot or pilot in training will find value in listening to this podcast.
New episodes come out online every 1st and 15th of the month. Episodes vary in length but average about an hour.
Aviation Careers Podcast
If you’re not yet a professional pilot but want to be, this is the podcast for you. If you’re interested in starting a career in aviation, we recommend checking this one out.
This podcast features hosts Eric Crump and Carl Valeri (who also hosts the podcast mentioned above) as well as Tom Wachowski.
The show covers every topic related to having a career in aviation. This includes becoming an agriculture pilot, a flight instructor, and even flying corporate jets. These hosts bring a unique combination of experience and expertise to the table that can teach you a lot about the industry.
Airline Pilot Guy
In this podcast, Eric Jeff Nielsen, an airline captain, shares his opinions and perspectives on events and topics in the aviation world. His experience as a commercial airline pilot makes his take on current events exciting to aviation enthusiasts.
Nielsen was also an air force pilot. He went to an aircraft accident investigation school and had been flying for one of the major commercial airlines for over 20 years. This guy knows his stuff and has years of unique experiences to share with his listeners.
The Finer Points of Flying
Jason Miller, a commercial pilot, and CFI, shares his over 18 years of experience in this short podcast. This podcast comes out weekly as is only 5-10 minutes long, so there’s no excuse not to listen.
Both entertaining and educational, this podcast features training techniques, tips, and insights into common flight training woes experienced by pilots. Miller also interviews industry professionals ranging from mechanics and aerobatic pilots to air traffic controllers.
If you’re going through flight training, you have to check out this podcast.
Private Jet Podcast
If you’re interested in learning more about aircraft ownership, this one is for you. This podcast goes behind the scenes about topics related to owning an operating an aircraft, whether private or corporate.
Tom Wachowski hosts this one. Wachowski is a Falcon 2000 pilot who has over 20 years of experience with an airline, corporate, and charter aviation.
Featured topics include buying and selling aircraft, hiring staff, purchasing insurance, training, operations, and more. Wachowski sometimes hosts alone and sometimes interviews industry experts.
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