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The Two Thousand Feet Aviation Podcast

The Two Thousand Feet Aviation Podcast

A bi-weekly show about light aviation and private flying. Artyom Liss, a journalist and pilot, shares flying-related tips, news and reviews; and introduces listeners to fascinating people you meet around airfields.

A Day With Aerial Cyclists; What Men Don't Understand About Microlighting 2019/07/26, 10:00
A Day With Aerial Cyclists; What Men Don't Understand About Microlighting

<p>I get up in the middle of the night to see some flying bicycles; and Nushin&#160;Elahi explains why women sometimes feel uncomfortable in the macho, spanner-wielding world of microlight flying.&#160;</p>

Behind the Scenes at an Airshow; The Thruster Post-Mortem: What Killed a Microlight Brand 2019/07/12, 11:00
Behind the Scenes at an Airshow; The Thruster Post-Mortem: What Killed a Microlight Brand

<p>We go behind the scenes at the Battle of Britain airshow. How do you run an event like this? What goes into preparing to fly formation? How do you commentate? What happens behind the closed doors at the pilots' briefing?<br>And if you wanted to set up an airshow, how would you do that?<br>I also talk to Mark Garner, who bought the Thruster brand, but then closed the doors on it. What went wrong? And what does his experience tell us about the future of microlighting? <br>The British Microliight Aircraft Association offered a <a rel="nofollow" href="https://medium.com/@agfoxx/bmaa-statement-about-airworthiness-and-certification-6d6f41c132e4">response</a>.</p>

Learning To Fly Professionally; A Museum of Petrol Pumps 2019/06/28, 11:00
Learning To Fly Professionally; A Museum of Petrol Pumps

<p>In this episode, we talk to two pilots and one collector. The pilots are Anita, a student of one of the airline schools, and Craig, who flies for an airline in Asia. What's it like to fly commercially in the current booming market? What is the day-to-day life like for an airliner pilot? And why is airline theory so hard? Do you have to be an Einstein to pass those fourteen ATPL theory tests?<br>We also meet Trevor Hoare, who runs one of the weirdest airfield museums in the UK: he collects, and displays, petrol pumps. Trevor explains why you'd put a petrol pump into your conservatory, and why a garage is so much more than just a place to buy petrol.</p>

Crosscontinental Special: From Western Ireland to Alaska 2019/06/17, 21:00
Crosscontinental Special: From Western Ireland to Alaska

<p>To celebrate the 100th anniversary of the first non-stop Transatlantic flight, I go to Ireland to look at flying boats and to fly a 737 simulator.<br>And I talk to James Ketchell, who is flying his gyrocopter around the world. He describes flying in Russia (a flight plan just for doing circuits, anybody?) and counting whales in the Bering sea. &#160;<br>To support this podcast, please go to patreon.com/2kft - any donation, big or small, very appreciated. All money will go towards making more aviation-related content. Thank you.&#160;</p>

Vintage Aircraft: from the Beagle Pup to the Spitfire 2019/05/31, 11:00
Vintage Aircraft: from the Beagle Pup to the Spitfire

<p>In this episode, we meet people who restore and fly vintage aircaft. What does it take to put the protorype Beagle Pup back in the air after 50 years at the back of a hangar? And how do you run a business based on Spitfires and Tiger Moths?</p>

Worst Place for an Engine Failure: a Forever Jodel 2019/05/17, 10:00
Worst Place for an Engine Failure: a Forever Jodel

<p>What to do when your engine fails, and you have nowhere to go apart from a steelworks spewing out flames?&#160;<br>And how do you combine aviation and art?&#160;<br>Artyom Liss talks to a pilot who got out of a very tricky situation, and to a sculptor who used light aircraft as part of an artistic statement.&#160;</p>

Episode Five: A Tale of Two Airshows 2019/05/05, 00:00
Episode Five: A Tale of Two Airshows

<p>In this special episode, I visit the General Aviation Safety Event at Duxford and the Microlight Trade Fair at Popham. What's the future of general aviation? How do you fly around the world if you're 80 years old? Why aren't there more female pilots? And where are all the microlights gone?</p>

Cheaper Flying, Cheaper Runways; Piloting for the Disabled People 2019/04/19, 17:00
Cheaper Flying, Cheaper Runways; Piloting for the Disabled People

<p>In this episode, I do the sums and arrive at the conclusion that group A is now cheaper than microlighting; we discuss Dan Subhani's unique astroturf runway; and Mike MIller-Smith and Harvey Matthewson explain how disabled people can learn to fly.</p>

Spring As Seen By An Engineer; Microlighting Around Mt. Everest 2019/04/05, 04:00
Spring As Seen By An Engineer; Microlighting Around Mt. Everest

<p>In Episode Three of the Two Thousand Feet Aviation Podcast, an LAA engineer explains how to prepare an aircraft for the season's flying after a winter break; and Richard Meredith-Hardy remembers his flight around Mt. Everest in a flexwing microlight.&#160;</p>

Learning Abroad and Inventing New Words 2019/03/22, 02:00
Learning Abroad and Inventing New Words

<p>In this episode, we meet Gerry Breen, - the man who invented the word "microlight". He talks abour his flying career, - which included hang-gliding from the world's highest waterfall and barely surviving a white-out in Iceland, - and explains why there is no reason to upset about the demise of the flexwing.<br>We also talk about learning to fly abroad: does it really prepare you for piloting your aircraft in the UK airspace?&#160;</p>