Gettin’ the Gouge on AirVenture

Published on June 15, 2016 by in Events, Podcast

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Last year we promised to get the inside scoop on this year’s AirVenture, the biggest aviation event in the United States, and arguably the world. It’s a must-attend for the oddball pilot, so we talked to the folks at EAA, and here’s what you can expect.

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It’s been five years. Brad Fitzler and Rob Mitchell, pilots with the NOAA Corps, rejoin Oddball Pilot to catch up about their careers, flying with NOAA, and what it’s like to fly into a hurricane … on purpose.

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Check-in: 2015 Reno Air Races

Published on January 27, 2016 by in Podcast

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What happens in Reno rarely stays in Reno! Bryan and Marty swap stories and tips from the recent Reno Championship Air Races, and from years gone by at the fastest motor sport in the world.

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In part 2 of our conversation with Jim “JD” Dale, we hear more about his 30-year career flying, restoring, and maintaining warbirds. But wait … there’s more here than just warbirds! JD tells us how working with older civilian airplanes can be just as interesting (and beneficial) to oddball pilots.

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Holiday Helicopters at Work

Published on December 14, 2015 by in Misc.

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With the holidays fast-approaching, we thought you’d appreciate seeing the oddball pilot’s contribution to the Christmas tree industry. Regardless of your personal holiday preferences, you have to admire the skill these Oregon helicopter pilots demonstrate.

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“Wanted: Pilot/Mechanic to restore and fly warbirds.” You just don’t see that in the want-ads. But can anyone be successful in a long-term career with warbirds? Yes, they can. Meet Jim Dale, and hear about his 30-year career flying, restoring, and maintaining warbirds.

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Delivering the Goods

Published on December 2, 2015 by in Misc.

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“Air Mail Pilot.” It’s not a title we see any longer. But it once described aviators with a single mission … to fly the mail. They were oddball pilots indeed. Looking back and hearing from those who actually did it might help give us some perspective about new ways on the horizon for flying the mail.

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“Professional Air Race Pilot” is a rather unique job title. Thom Richard always knew he wanted it. In this conversation, you’ll hear how he worked his way up through flying and wrenching to eventually racing (and winning) at the Reno Air Races and the Air Race One World Cup.

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Networking at EAA’s AirVenture

Published on September 13, 2015 by in Events

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EAA’s AirVenture Oshkosh is not only the biggest aviation event in the United States (and the most fun), it’s also a great place for oddball pilots to network and find potential employers. Marty Blaker spent his time there this year doing some recon on your behalf. Here’s what he discovered.

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Marty had been intrigued by the Pilatus Porter PC-6 STOL for years, but had never actually seen one in person. But when he walked through the gates at AirVenture 2015 in Oshkosh a few days ago, there it was. Inspired, he couldn’t help doing some research. If you’ve ever dreamed of flying a PC-6, this overview will point you in the right direction.

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