My Student Pilot Cast Audio Cast
I don’t think I’ve mentioned this here yet, but I wanted to make anyone following this blog aware of one of my other endeavors. I’m currently learning to fly (getting a private pilot license), and before starting, I decided to produce an podcast about that endeavor called the Student Pilot Cast. It has been pretty fun producing this, although it can be a bit time consuming. It’s also interesting to put all of my training out there for the world to see, the good and the bad.
I have several reasons for wanting to podcast my training
- I’ve been inspired and entertained by all of the aviation podcasts that I’ve been listening to, and wanted to add to this content by “giving back” some of what I have gained from all of these peoples hard work. I felt like I could do that by podcasting myself (see reason ‘b’ below). Some of these other podcasts that inspired me to do this include:
- The Finer Points
- Uncontrolled Airspace
- The PilotCast
- The Pilot Flight Pod Log and the related Student Pilot Flight Pod Log, both by Will Hawkins
- And several others.
- As a budding pilot (and a long time wannabe :)) I felt very strongly that it would be interesting to be involved in the chronicle of someone getting their private pilot license. I know this because I would have loved this content (and did with Will Hawkins first podcast, and others), so that helped me understand that for those of us who have the flying bug badly, this content would be interesting.
- Making this content available might just help to inspire a few people to get involved in aviation, finally take the plunge themselves, or just improve the perception of general aviation for someone. I know this sounds a bit self-absorbed, but trust me, it is more about the realization that the content out there helped me, so I realize that every little bit might help someone else…and if that’s true, assisting in the popularity or perception of General Aviation is good for those of us who realize how important it is. I’m actually still amazed that anybody listens…but if I think about how voracious I am with aviation content, I shouldn’t be surprised.
- Keeping a good, rich, record of accomplishing this important thing to me will be something I personally will love having. As I mentioned in episode 0, it is like keeping a media rich scrapbook and the body of content that I have when I’m finished will be priceless to me personally. By having listeners wanting more episodes insures the external motivation necessary to help me to not slack off. J
- It’s fun! And since I’m a technologist professionally, and an amateur audio/video/photography enthusiast…why not combine some of these passions (including aviation) into something that benefits others…and we all win. Believe it or not, I’m a social, but very private person…but I’m in awe of my colleagues and friends (like Tim Heuer , and many others…its very common in my industry) who continually put themselves out there in the public eye for the benefit of everyone. I think the generation after me (I’m 36 years old) has grown up with technology based social networking, and are comfortable wearing their lives on their sleeves (see things like myspace, facebook, twitter, etc.), and so to keep with the times, I need to teach myself to be more open, and what better way than to learn to fly in front of the world? I think there is a societal benefit to sharing experience (there are downsides, too, but that’s another topic), and I am having fun learning to participate in this on a more grandiose scale by leveraging technology. I know this is a bit philosophical, but I hope I’m getting my thoughts across.
Anyway…if you are so inclined, please check out my podcast at www.studentpilotcast.com. I’ve released now something like nine episodes, and its speeding up. Let me know what you think.