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Episode 29: Dennis Martin

"There I was..." An Aviation Podcast

Release Date: 01/20/2021

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"There I was..." An Aviation Podcast

In this episode, we talk to pilots Lynn McNorton and Genesah Duffy, who had a chance encounter in Tampa Bay just south of Peter O. Knight Airport. After experiencing engine trouble in his Mooney M20M, McNorton was forced to ditch the airplane in the bay just short of Runway 4. Duffy was nearby in an Icon A5 and was able to land in the water to render assistance.

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Episode 41: Dario Costa show art Episode 41: Dario Costa

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In this special edition of “There I was…”, host Richard McSpadden and AOPA’s Cayla McLeod interview Red Bull Air Race competitor Dario Costa, who debriefs his 44-second flight inside two Turkish highway tunnels, and the painstaking planning and preparation that got him safely through.

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Episode 40: Henry Coffeen show art Episode 40: Henry Coffeen

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On a November afternoon a few days before Thanksgiving, GA pilot Henry Coffeen was practicing aerobatic maneuvers when he experienced a fire in the cockpit of his Edge 540.

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Episode 39: David Bradley show art Episode 39: David Bradley

"There I was..." An Aviation Podcast

David Bradley joins us to talk about ferrying a flight of UH-1 “Huey” helicopters from Jefferson City, Missouri down to Ellington Air Force Base during Operation Desert Storm.

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Episode 38: Jon Humberd show art Episode 38: Jon Humberd

"There I was..." An Aviation Podcast

While flying his experimental Zenith 701 out of his grass airstrip in Tennessee, pilot Jon Humberd has a close call with a quickly approaching storm. To see Jon’s YouTube video of the incident, .

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Episode 37: Brian Lloyd show art Episode 37: Brian Lloyd

"There I was..." An Aviation Podcast

In the summer of 2017, aviator Brian Lloyd began a solo round-the-world flight in his Mooney to commemorate Amelia Earhart’s famous equatorial route 80 years prior. While on a flight leg from New Zealand to American Samoa, Brian experienced an engine failure over the Pacific Ocean.

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Episode 36: Thomas Marrow show art Episode 36: Thomas Marrow

"There I was..." An Aviation Podcast

While flying out of a backcountry airstrip near Johannesburg in South Africa, pilot and YouTube personality Thomas Marrow experienced a prop strike in his Safari Kitplane.

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Episode 35: John Lancaster show art Episode 35: John Lancaster

"There I was..." An Aviation Podcast

Former Washington Post reporter John Lancaster shares the story of flying across the U.S. in his Flight Design CTLSi light-sport aircraft, for a book he is writing about the 1919 Transcontinental Air Race. While tracing the route flown by pilots in the Air Race 100 years ago, John faced challenges with weather, congested airspace, mountainous terrain, and more. Look for the release of John's book in the next year or two! Note: This interview was recorded in August 2019.

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Episode 34: Craig Beles and Truman O'Brien show art Episode 34: Craig Beles and Truman O'Brien

"There I was..." An Aviation Podcast

On an IFR flight from Bend, Oregon to Vashon Island, WA, Craig Beles and his friend and CFI Truman O’Brien experienced an engine failure in their PA-28 Cherokee 140. Over vast wilderness with no ideal landing options, the pair are forced to put the aircraft down in the treetops near Mt. St. Helens.

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Warbird pilot and former aircraft racer John “Pappy” Mazza shares an engine failure experience while flying a Grumman FM-2 Wildcat.

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