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Greg Brown: Cockpit Adventures from the Flying Carpet
32 minutes | May 18, 2021
World War I in the Air!
Ever wonder what it was like to fly primitive airplanes into battle in World War I? Well, here’s your opportunity to find out!“The engine is the heart of an airplane, but the pilot is its soul,” ⸺Sir Walter Raleigh, The War in the Air, 1922(Music by Hannis Brown)
16 minutes | Mar 13, 2021
When celebrating birthdays with zeros in them, flowers alone won’t do it. So when Jean marked a new decade I sought somewhere special we could fly to celebrate. “But it seems weird celebrating a big birthday in Death Valley,” she said...Check out the photos at GregBrownFlyingCarpet.com !(Music by Hannis Brown)
16 minutes | Feb 7, 2021
Realm of the Ancients
Experience archaeology by Flying Carpet: Earning your wings is more than piloting an airplane; it's about where flying can take you!Don't miss this episode's photos at GregBrownFlyingCarpet.com !(Music by Hannis Brown)
13 minutes | Jan 7, 2021
Mayhem Beneath Our Wings
“Look!” said my wife with horror. “There’s been a horrible crash!” Glancing downward, there was just time for me to glimpse carnage on Highway 202, the Red Mountain Freeway east of Phoenix. A few hundred feet beneath us, flames and blackened vehicles littered the roadway as we crossed low on final approach to land at Falcon Field.
8 minutes | Dec 24, 2020
Ghost of Christmas Flights Past
An audio holiday card to you and your family, direct from the cockpit of the Flying Carpet!
18 minutes | Dec 19, 2020
Inches of Runway
Grab your logbook, ‘cause it’s time for Flying Carpet Podcast Flight #12, “Inches of Runway!” Because wind is invisible, it rarely seems as threatening as other weather when you’re flight planning, especially under clear skies. But as every pilot learns, wind is real; like other weather features it can be helpful or hazardous. Consider, for example, a 65-knot (75mph) headwind…!See photos at the episode website.Music by Hannis Brown
18 minutes | Nov 29, 2020
The saga of the Lobe Band Bus, rescued by Flying Carpet. "You could always circle it on the way back, like a vulture!"See photos at the episode website!Music by Hannis Brown.
43 minutes | Nov 12, 2020
Long Journey North
Grab your logbook, ‘cause it’s time for Flying Carpet Podcast Flight #10, “Long Journey North.” Jean and I are often asked, “Is there one aerial journey that stands out above the rest, in all your decades of flying?” Well yes there is, and this is it -- an extended Flying Carpet trek from Arizona to Northern Minnesota, to attend a funeral.There’s no single event that made it memorable, but rather a long cross-the-country adventure filled with all sorts of challenging and wacky and beautiful and crazy experiences, and yes a few scary ones, all glued together into one big journey. Oh, and the best airport car ever!
14 minutes | Oct 24, 2020
Flying the Mists of Time
Ever heard of anyone sowing terror from a tiny 2-seat Cessna 150 trainer? Well, grab your logbook ‘cause it’s time for Flying Carpet Podcast Flight #9, “Flying the Mists of Time,” about a little-known aviation event leading up to one of the US's most heinous terrorist acts.
15 minutes | Oct 8, 2020
Painted into a Corner
Grab your logbook ‘cause it’s time for Greg Brown's Flying Carpet Podcast Flight #8, “Painted into a Corner,” about a scary flight, facing down thunderstorms in dark of night!
14 minutes | Sep 26, 2020
Grab your logbook, ‘cause it’s time for Flying Carpet Podcast Flight #7, “Snipe Hunt!” Those who savor old cars, grass strips, and the aroma of rotisserie chicken, will love this episode. And don't miss the photos at GregBrownFlyingCarpet.com, including "the wolf in sheep's clothing!"
14 minutes | Sep 7, 2020
Wildfire! How an Airport Helped Save a Town
This account of how one airport helped save a town from wildfires, is presented as a tribute to the countless Wildland Firefighters, in the air and on the ground, and the teams and airports supporting them, currently battling record wildfires across California and the US Mountain West.
15 minutes | Aug 21, 2020
Ode to Night Currency
Even after decades of piloting, night landings remain tough, beautiful, a little scary, and immensely rewarding. But just 30 minutes aloft displace all the preflight fears and apprehensions with just a single thought: CAN YOU BELIEVE WE GET TO DO THIS?!
17 minutes | Aug 8, 2020
Sky King & the Old Apache
“The roaring powerplant and squealing tires soon brought my instructor scrambling from the office.” Rancher-pilot Sky King of the legendary 1950s TV program intersects with the wackiest checkride of Greg's piloting career.Music by Hannis Brown
14 minutes | Jul 23, 2020
Old Pals and N-Numbers
Like fond memories of long-ago lovers, beloved airplanes resurface occasionally from quiet corners of a pilot’s mind. We hear the last three digits of some familiar N-number and are flooded with reminiscences. But rarely do the abbreviated call signs used in routine communications fully match the numbers of actual steeds we once flew — especially when 1500 miles and thirty years have passed under the wings. Along the way, you'll learn how Greg's airplane, the Flying Carpet, earned her name.Podcast photo: Greg with college friends at Marsh Harbour International Airport, Great Abaco Island, Bahamas, 1976.Music by Hannis Brown.
17 minutes | Jul 11, 2020
"I much prefer aircraft accidents to being bucked by a horse!" Meet Greg's colorful cowboy-pilot buddy, Baldy, in the northern Arizona ranching town of Seligman. Good times guaranteed! (See associated photos at GregBrownFlyingCarpet.com) Music by Hannis Brown
14 minutes | Jun 23, 2020
New Beginnings; Return to Flight
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many of us aviators have been sitting around the past few months wishing we were in the air, rather than launching skyward where we'd much prefer to be. So I'm kicking off my podcast series with a story relating to that. New Beginnings; Return to Flight, actually originated when all US civilian aircraft were grounded following the 9/11 terrorism tragedy. Back then, as now, pilots were suddenly grounded with no idea of when, if ever, they might return to the sky. But eventually that special day did arrive when aviators were returned to flight. That's what this story is about. I think you'll find it relevant to both the pain we pilots have endured through the pandemic, and the joy of once again being cleared for takeoff. Greg
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