As we were leaving Air Venture Oshkosh 2011, Steve took a flight with Milford down to Arkansas to spend some time with his friends Bill & Earlene Hankins. Steve used to live with Bill & Earlene at first as an exchange student and then later when he returned to the USA to get his pilots’ license.
Titan 2 Command Centre
In this episode, Steve chats with Bill about his time in Strategic Air Command as a Titan 2 Combat Missile Crew Commander in one of the many silos located around the Arkansas landscape. Bill talks about the design of the silo and the process to launch a missile then Earlene talks about being an Air Force wife and coping with the strain of Bill’s role. They both then talk a bit about flying with Steve in their Cessna 172 as he was completing his commercial & instrument ratings.
The aircraft was made in Romania in 2004, first flew in 2006 and arrived in Australia with 19 hours on the clock in 2007. It’s got a lot of grunt and loves to spend a lot of time upside down which Andrew certainly takes advantage of.
Andrew talks to us about the sequence he flew in his demonstration at the airfield along with the impact of low cloud and a 30 knot cross wind. The crowd certainly appreciated his efforts although with the noise of the radial & the focus on his work, it’s hard for him to know that :)
Obviously inheriting the aviation bug from his Dad, a B24 pilot during WWII, Andrew started flying at 18 and got into aerobatics to conquer his fear of the unknown around stalls & spins. Learning basic aerobatics improved his knowledge & feel for flying aircraft and soon lead to expansion into more complex manoeuvres.
With a natural drive towards perfection, Andrew was able to win a few state & national aerobatics competitions although these days he’s mostly flying at airshows as he doesn’t have the time required to practice as frequently as competitions demand.
We’re joined by Ben Morgan from Aviation Advertiser to chat with Gary Sargeant about the new EQ1 wireless headset he’s developed. Featuring frequency hopping encrypted communications along with active & passive noise reduction, the EQ1 is an amazing new development being used by pilots around the world.
During the RA-Aus NatFly 2011 event we recorded an interview with Paul Goward of Brumby Aircraft, a family owned Australian LSA aircraft manufacturer. We discuss how their company came to be as well as the two aircraft they make: The R600 low wing and the new R610 high wing. We also ask the big question: Why did they make a high wing when their low wing has been so successful.
Brumby R610 Prototype
Paul also talks to us about the design decisions and the effort involved in producing & certifying the Brumby aircraft. They offer a range of options including engines, instruments and paint schemes allowing people to purchase a very capable aircraft while also supporting local industry.
We caught up with Doug Hamilton during the RAAF Pilgrimage event at RAAF Pt Cook where he was flying the Temora Aviation Museum‘s Spitfire Mk VIII. He also flies their Spitfire Mk XVI and their Lockheed Hudson as well as his own T6 Harvard (aka T6 Texan) and Lockheed 12.
During our chat we compare a number of aircraft including the Lockheed Hudson, Lockheed 12, Spitfire Mk VIII, Spitfire Mk XVI, P40, Harvard and P51. He also lets us in on the secret of how they figure out who gets to fly the Hudson vs the Spitfire.