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The Student Pilot Cast (mp3)

Summary: Learning to fly…in front of the world. A Podcast about flight training. Follow Bill as he progresses through his flight training. This is the audio only feed. The audio podcasts are NOT the same content as the video podcasts, so if you want all the content, please subscribe to both. The audio feed is more tied to the student experience, in cockpit training, with a few features and special events. The video feed includes in-cockpit video sometimes, but is more feature oriented and does not typically coincide as closely with the training.

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 SPC #41 – The Anonymous CFI | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 19:28

Hello, everyone. This is episode 40 of the Student Pilot Cast, The Anonymous CFI. This is a bit more brief than most episodes because I never got permission from the CFI I flew with this day to publish the content, so I’m sorry to say that any cockpit audio with the CFIs voice or instruction is not included in the episode…and of course I don’t say who it is. It’s the anonymous CFI episode, of course. Not to worry, though…this is the only time I flew with this particular instructor, so should be the only time this happens. In the future, for any future training I do, I will try to get permission. Apologies. That said, in this episode I get to do some practice maneuvers, including shorts and softs, steep turns, hood work, minimum controllable airspeed, and both power on and off stalls. It was a lot of fun, and I learned a lot. I’ve said before that I liked flying with different instructors because it kept me on my toes, as well as always taught me something since everyone has a different style. I hope you enjoy this one. As always, don’t hesitate to contact me and let me know what you’re doing in aviation.

 SPC #40 – Long Solo Cross Country, Part II (The Two Hander) [Updated] | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 40:58

Look! Less than a week and another episode!  This is my return flight on my long solo cross country flight from Prescott (KPRC) to Chandler (KCHD) via Wickenburg (E25).  I transition a bit of the southern portion of the PHX Class B airspace as well. This was a great flight.  I made a few mistakes that were good learning experiences, but most of all I was happy to be back in the cockpit alone to enjoy some real flying.  I got to fly in both busy airspace as well as pretty remote, uncrowded airspace. For the first leg of this flight, see Episode #39 of the podcast. Thanks for listening.  Don't forget to let me know what you're doing in aviation, what you're learning, and of course give me feedback on the podcast.  You can send me email, use the contact link on the website (, or find me on Twitter at @billwil.  Thanks for listening, everyone. I hope to hear from you, and I hope you're enjoying the podcast. This is the corrected link to the media file (the original publication had the wrong media file linked-it was linked to an older episode).

 SPC #39 – Long Solo Cross Country, Part I (Say Request…Denied) | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 56:39

I’m back releasing podcast after my much too long hiatus.  Sorry for the delay, everyone. This is the first part of my long solo cross country flight which followed my stage III check.  I fly from Chandler (KCHD) west and north through the PHX class B airspace, and then on to the busy Prescott (KPRC) airport, which is home of Embry Riddle Aeronautical University. Remember, you can follow me on Twitter at I hope you enjoy the episode.  Please send feedback.

 SPC #038 – Thank You Sir, May I Have Another | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 40:36

Welcome back, SPC listeners.  I’m glad to be back with you for another experience on my road to becoming a private pilot.  Today you’ll be coming along as I complete my 3rd stage check out of four.  As you know from my previous few episodes, I’d been preparing for this.  As I also have mentioned before, I had spent the previous 4 days training for this stage check, including a makeup solo the morning of this check which you can hear all about in episode 37.  So finally here we are, ready to get passed off to one of the chief pilots to make sure I’m ready to enter the fourth and final stage of my training.

 SPC #037-Windy Solo Makeup Flight | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: Unknown

This is episode 37 of the Student Pilot Cast. Join me as I take a solo makup flight in some windy conditions the morning of my Stage III Check. In this flight I stay in the pattern and practice performance landings and takeoffs. As the flight went on, the wind kept getting worse and worse to the point that I ended up landing in a crosswind that was close to the max demonstrated crosswind component of the aircraft. Fun stuff.  Don’t forget to check out Air Freddy’s Learning to Fly Guide. Air Freddy is a very experienced CFI who has writtend a great guide to getting started in the flight training game. I’ve read the book and wished that I would have known about it before I started…so I’m passing it along to you if you’re interested. By using the link I’m providing here the Student Pilot Cast will get the referral credit, so please do use this link.

 SPC #036-Podapalooza 2010 from Oshkosh | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1:58:56

It's that time that we're home from Oshkosh, it's time to share this year's edition of Podapalooza. This was recorded live on EAA Radio on Friday, July 30th, 2010. Enjoy.

 SPC #035-Stage III Check Prep, Hijacked! | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 40:34

Welcome to episode 35, finally, of the Student Pilot Cast, “Stage III Check Prep, Hijacked”.  I’m Bill Williams, and I’m learning to fly in front of the world. Come join me as I prepare for my Stage III Check with a different instructor.  This has been updated to point to the proper media file.

 SPC #034-Solo, Shorts, Softs, and FOD | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 32:44

Hello again SPC listeners.  Today’s episode takes us on a solo training flight on a very busy day to practice performance landings and takeoffs (shorts and softs).  We have everything from FOD to go-arounds in this episode, so enjoy. I was nearing the end of stage III in my training, so I was almost in the home stretch.  I also explain in this episode the cramming of flights I had to do over just a few days to finish stage III.  This flight was the first of them. As mentioned, If you are thinking about learning to fly, check out Air Freddy’s Learning to Fly Guide, an e-book that will answer many of your questions beforehand, and do it in an entertaining way. Lastly, don’t forget to go check out the newly released (out of beta) myTransponder.  This aviation oriented social networking site is great.  To commemorate the recent full release and the fact that it is now open to anyone to join, I’ve created a group on myTransponder called, “Fans of the Student Pilot Cast.”  Please head over to the site and sign up if you haven’t already, and by all means, join my new group! Thanks again for listening, and enjoy the episode.  Then, get out and fly!

 SPC #033-Into the Night, Part II | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 29:58

This is part II of my night dual cross country flight.  This part takes us from Marana Airport in the far northern part of Tucson back to Chandler. [KAVQ-KCHD] I mentioned the Remos GX LSA flight from Oshkosh in this episode.  Here is the link to the Airspeed episode that covered this.  My flight video from this will be coming in the future. Also, feel free to follow me on Twitter for the latest news from Student Pilot Cast land at If you are thinking about learning to fly, check out Air Freddy’s Learning to Fly Guide, an e-book that will answer many of your questions beforehand, and do it in an entertaining way. I hope you all enjoy the episode.  Please send comments and feedback.

 SPC #032-Podapalooza 2009, Part II | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 36:58

This is part II of Podapalooza 2009, the part of the show that was not broadcast live on EAA Radio.  This took place at Oshkosh, July 31st, 2009. If you are thinking about learning to fly, check out Air Freddy’s Learning to Fly Guide, an e-book that will answer many of your questions beforehand, and do it in an entertaining way.  Enjoy the episode.

 SPC #031-Podapalooza 2009, Part I | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 43:29

Hello, everyone! Here is the first part of the audio from Podapalooza 2009 from Airventure in Oshkosh, July 31st, 2009.  This part contains the audio from the show that was broadcast live on EAA Radio.  After the radio station had to cut away, we continued Podapalooza and I will bring you that audio in the next episode.  By then, I’m hoping to have my Remos flight video completed, and I will release that shortly thereafter.  Here are a couple of photos from this years show. Getting ready to start The Pavillion filling up as we get started Stu talks about his first impressions of Oshkosh Stephen Force cracks wise, I’m sure Jack getting a comment from Rod Threw in a pic of the Terrafugia for good measure

 SPC #030-Nexair Saratogo NX | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 12:14

We continue my coverage of EAA Airventure with episode 30.  Today I present an interview with David Fetherston of Nexair Avionics about their new airplane, the Saratoga NX.  The NX is a rebuild from spinner to tail of Piper’s Saratoga, but with all new avionics, speed mods, etc.  It’s a very interesting value in a travelling six-seater mini-van. Along with the interview, I want to share several pictures with you of their first product of this program, a 1982 fixed gear Saratoga.  Enjoy. The Saratoga NX The Rear and Baggage Door Panel from the Rear Seats The New Interior Weight-Saving LED Light The Panel from the Pilots Door Avidyne’s R9 PFD   The FMS Display and Keyboard The Whole Panel The New Switches I hope you enjoy the interview, and I want to once again thank the folks at Nexair.  I’m impressed with what they’ve done.  I’d love to hear from you on what you think.

 SPC #029-It’s About the People | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 9:08

Airventure 2009 is over, but I’ve got a bit of good material from Oshkosh that I’ll be publishing.  This is the first of it.  In this episode, I confirm why everyone loves Oshkosh so much with a quick discussion with John and Christine Halbrook around the campsite one evening. Obviously, this is a small break from the normal episodes of my training, but I think you’ll find these quick podcasts interesting and worthwhile…at least I hope you do.  Please let me know what you think.  As usual, I’d love to hear from you. I have a few more things to share from Oshkosh, as well as a short video about recording cockpit audio that is ready to go, and will be published in the next couple of days.  After that, we’ll resume normal programming and finish up my training.  Enjoy.

 SPC #028-Into the Night, Part I | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 43:58

Hello SPC listeners! Today we will follow my outbound leg of my dual night cross country.  I had to take a couple of weeks off because of extensive travel, including some family vacations.  I’m back now, though, but headed to Oshkosh this week.  This means lots of content coming up hopefully.  For most of it, follow me on Twitter at, and I’ll keep you updated. In this episode, we did a dual night cross country from KCHD (Chandler) to KAVQ (Marana) which is in north Tucson. KCHD-KAVQ (around Eloy) Thanks again for listening, everyone.  I hope to see you at OSH!

 SPC #027-Out of the Nest, Part II | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 46:38

This episode chronicles my return flight to Chandler from Tucson international, and is the second part of my first solo cross-country flight during my training.  There’s some interesting things that happen, and another bonehead move on my part with the radio.  Please enjoy this flight as I learn to fly in front of the world. The route home was only slightly different than when I went to Tucson.  I needed to do a touch and go at Ryan Field down in Tucson, so that changed the route slightly.  Here is the return. NavMonster, KTUS-KRYN-TOTEC-KCHD Remember, If you are thinking of learning to fly, find out everything you need to know to get started and what to expect during your training with Air Freddy’s Learning to Fly Guide.  You help support this podcast by using my link here, so if you consider purchasing this e-book, please click above.


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