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GA Accidents down!

Hi all!

Good news across the board for us GA Pilots! It seems that, according to the AOPA, that GA Accidents reached a 40 year low in 2007. This information, compiled from the NTSB also informs us that there was a decrease in GA related accidents of 30% in the past year.

This brings up the AOPA's Air Safety Foundation. They offer these cool online courses, and even live ones, and many are good for Wings Credit. I highly recommend them. 16 of the 22 courses qualify for both the AOPA Accident Forgiveness Program and the FAA Wings Program.

Keep flying!
-Martin A. Lessem, JD
PP-ASEL, HP, CXL
AOPA Project Pilot Mentor
Passed 100 hrs!!! (116.1 at the moment)
2008-05-02
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Just to pass the time

What military aircraft are you?

F-15 Eagle

You are an F-15. Your record in combat is spotless; you've never been defeated. You possess good looks, but are not flashy about it. You prefer to let your reputation do the talking. You are fast, agile, and loud, but reaching the end of your stardom.

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2008-04-29
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My Recent Flight, Thoughts on Flight Training and my Next Podcast!

Hello all!

So recently I told you I was taking a flight and didn't really know where. I will now let you in on *why* I didn't know where. Part of the problem on the 19th of May was that I was hoping my father would join me. If he had, I would have tried a bit harder to fly out to the Hudson VFR Cooridor. However, the other problem that day was that the Pope was in NYC, and they had moving TFR's all over the place. Now, none of them were over the Hudson, but some of them came close. So, as I was alone, I went to Lancaster instead and visited the pilot shop (One of the best in the Philly area in my opinion) and also to have lunch. While I was there, a plane came in which was going to carry Senator Clinton to her next Campaign stop in Pittsburgh.

All in all, it was a good flight. It was relaxing, it was fun and I managed to get some good swag from the store.

As I was flying home, I realized how lucky I am. I can fly airplanes. Now I realize this may not be a major revelation, but I learned how to fly. And then I remembered an interview I had heard with the actor John Travolta. In that interview, he claimed that he would never have learned how to fly if not for Scientology. To that I tell him, and anyone reading this, horse hockey! (To quote Col. Potter of M*A*S*H fame) Learning to fly is a combination of five factors.

1) Money
2) Time
3) Dedication
4) A sense of adventure
5) Money

Yes, money is listed twice, and I will explain why.

1) Money - You need to be able to pay for the lesson, the plane rental, the instructor, the insurance and the gear. It isn't cheap.
2) Time - You need to have the time to learn. This cannot be done in a day. The FAA alone mandates 40 hours minimum before you can take your Exam, so that precludes this from happening in a day no matter what you do.
3) Dedication - If you don't want to learn, you won't. It is, in a sense, part of time as dedication takes time.
4) A sense of adventure - Let's be serious for a moment. We who fly do it for the adventure. We do it to call up primordial memories of the Wright Brothers, of Leonardo Da Vinci's early designs or even just the Greek Myth of Icarus.
5) Money - Yes. You need money. Once you have your private pilot certificate, the money doesn't stop flowing. As a matter of fact, it may flow more, especially if you buy a plane. Think of the maintenance involved in that.

So, can you learn to fly by Religion (Any religion, not just Scientology)? The answer is simply no. No religion can teach you to fly or make you better at it. Sure Scientology may have study techniques, but I'll bet you good money that if John Travolta had been a poor schmo making $40,000 a year, being a Scientologist wouldn't have helped him get his pilot's certification at all. Without the money to afford the lessons, the time to take them, the dedication to see it through and the internal sense of adventure, John Travolta would have been a pedestrian. John, I respect you as a pilot. Please wake up as a person and get out of that greedy cult.

And now, my next Podcast! Assuming weather permits, I will do my next Podcast from Niagara, NY!! Right at the famous Falls!! Keep your ears open, it should be up sometime in mid May. Also I will be talking about some usefull things you should keep in your flight bag and trying to get an Interview with someone at my local FSDO so stay tuned!!

Keep flying!
-Martin A. Lessem, JD
PP-ASEL, HP, CXL
AOPA Project Pilot Mentor
Passed 100 hrs!!! (116.1 at the moment)
2008-04-29
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General thoughs and upcoming Flight

Hello all,

So these are some general thoughts on planes and flying.

On of the things you always want to do, especially if you fly mainly for business or transportation, is to remember to get up there and just fly for fun. Rent a plane, or take your own, and just hop in and fly. No destination. No plan. Just fly. Remember why we do this. For each of you it is different, but I do it for fun. I love to fly. Love it.

On the 19th of this month I have a plane scheduled. I have zero plans as to where I am flying. I am just going up. If I am joined by my father I may take him to the Hudson VFR Corridor, or I may not. There are so many possibilities in this area that almost any flight will be fun.

Anyway, just flet like I had to blather on a bit :)

Keep flying!

-Martin A. Lessem, JD
PP-ASEL, HP, CXL
AOPA Project Pilot Mentor
Passed 100 hrs!!! (113.3 at the moment)
2008-04-04
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Episode 7!! - Finally here!

Hi again to my loyal and devoted listeners,

It is fially here! The newest episode of the The Private Pilot!

In this episode I go into some information you should think about with IFR Cross Countries. Especially how they can change and what you can do to plan for them. Also I cover some things to consider when buying an airplane and finally checklists.

Here is the link:
http://ia341039.us.archive.org/2/items/MartinA.Lessem_JDThePrivatePilotEpisode7/PilotPod7.mp3

Please enjoy and as always, feel free to comment!

Keep flying! And stay safe in the skies

-Martin A. Lessem, JD
PP-ASEL, HP, CXL
AOPA Project Pilot Mentor
Passed 100 hrs!!! (113.3 at the moment)
2008-03-23
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An Update!!

Hi to all my devoted readers/listeners!!

Ok, I have been ad, and haven't been updating this as often as I should. This weekend, I wil be recording a new show, and assuming the uploads methods still work, I will have it up on Sunday.

I wil tell you about my IFR Cross-Country Flight I did, I will talk some more about night flying an I will talk about currency.

Soon I will have an interview up with a former Airline Pilot with International experience.

Keep flying! And stay safe in the skies

-Martin A. Lessem, JD
PP-ASEL, HP, CXL
AOPA Project Pilot Mentor
Passed 100 hrs!!! (113.3 at the moment)
2008-03-14
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Episode 6 of The Private Pilot Podcast

Hi All!

Well, this is episode #6, so we're doing well. Before I go into the episode though I would like to say a hello to Len of the Flying Pilot Podcast. He has posted his latest one and I recommend you check it out!

So on to this episode.

Lots of things going on. I tell you a bit about night flyin, then some about an airport called Grove City, and then you get to meet Emmett Plant, who joined me on my recent Night Recurrency flight, and you get to hear the cockpit recording from that flight. http://ia300009.us.archive.org/1/items/MartinL.ThePrivatePilotEpisode_6/PilotPod6.mp3 In the Next Episode we will talk about Airbus,and possibly I will give you a view on flying as a passenger as I fly back from Sweden. Until then, keep flying!
2007-07-06
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The 5th Podcast with special interview!



Hello to my loyal listeners!





Ok, so this is the one you have been waiting for! I had the opportunity to attend the AOPA's Fly-In on June 2nd in Frederick, Maryland. While there I was fortunate enough to get to conduct a very special interview and it is my pleasure to bring it to you here as part of this podcast.



The person you see in the picture standing next to me (I'm the one with the hat) is Erik Lindbergh. He is the grandson of Charles Lindbergh and the spokesperson for the AOPA's Project Pilot.

http://ia340907.us.archive.org/2/items/MartinLThePrivatePilotPodcast_0/PilotPod5.mp3

I hope you enjoy this episode and look for the next podcast, where we're going to test our in the air recorder!!

Safe flying!
2007-06-08
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Next Podcast ony 24 hours away!

HI all,

Tomorrow I will be uploading my next podcast. As mentioned I had the opportunity to interview Erik Lindbergh, the grandson of Charles Lindbergh. I hope you enjoy it, and keep flying!

-Martin
2007-06-07
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The Latest Podcast!

Hi All!

Ok, here is a podcast that I finished editing on today.

The next one will follow quickly on the heels of this one, and likely be up later this week.
This episode I discuss the Fokker Aircraft Company and interview airline pilot who is also a CFI.

For my next Episode I will be letting you all take a peek into the AOPA Expo. Got two short interviews, and therefore I will taylor my History portion toward the second one. I will give you a History of "The Spirit of St. Louis". That's right ;) You guessed it! I got an interview with Erik Lindbergh! Check back in a few days. Until then, here is the latest episode!

http://ia350618.us.archive.org/1/items/MartinLThePrivatePilotPodcast/PilotPod4.mp3

Safe Flying!
2007-06-03
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Sorry for the delay, just two more days.

Ok....wow....It's been a while. I do have an update. Due to a flight not happening, the really cool program I though I would get up won't happen yet, but rather toward the end of Summer. Instead, I will upload what I do have tomorrow and follow it by another one shortly there after.

The next pocast will be a brief history of the Fokker Company and an interview with Dave A., who is a CFI, CFII, MEI and ATP and currently flies for an Airline as a First Officer. He is a graduate of Embry-Riddel and a good pilot.

The Podcast after that will likely be from the AOPA Expo in Frederick, MD which is coming up this weekend, assuming nothing changes in my plans.

Happy flying!
2007-05-31
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New Podcast coming up soon!

Hi all!

Well, a new podcast will be coming up soon. Very likely this weekend. I will have Dave on as my Special Guest. Dave is another friend who is a CFI, CFII and MEI as well as a First Officer for an Airline. He will join me and giv you all a report on my flying as he will take his second flight with me on Saturday. In addition we will speak some about getting a job with the airlines for those of you who want to and what you need and have to do to move in that direction.

I will also include another history segment. This time I will look at the Fokker Aircraft Company. This is one of those that has stood the test of time and is still around today. Some of you may have flown on the Fokker F-27, a turbo-prop aircraft used by many airlines on commuter flights.

I would like to do a shout out to Smartie, my new friend from Australia and wish her luck in geting her medical issues solved so she can start flying as well :)

Keep flying the dream!
-Martin L.
2007-04-16
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A New Website - Zephyr Air Charter

Hi All!

As some of you may know, I am in the process of seting up, together with two friends and Air Charter Company. I will talk some about Part 135 (So go look that up in your FAR) in my next Podcast. As of right now though, what we have is a website, although temporary in nature, which will act as a news portal. It does link straight to this Podcast to, so hopefully it will draw a listener or two.

The link for those of you who wish to check it out is:

http://www.zephyr-air-charter.com

So go, check it out and have fun!

Happy Flying!

-Martin
2007-04-16
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Third Podcast! With Special Guest

Hi again all!

In this episode I give you some history. Specifically on Nieuport Aircraft. These were well known fighters of World War One. Also I have a special guest. My CFI has decided to join me and will be sharing somw of his wisdom with us. I hope you enjoy this show. I think it is deffinately a good one. Also figuring out a good format for the shows in general :)

http://ia340940.us.archive.org/0/items/MartinL.ThePrivatePilotPodcast_2/PilotPod3.mp3

Feel free to give me feed back :) Always looking for ways to improve the show!

Happy Flying!
2007-03-26
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Podcast #2

Hi again all!

Well, this is my second podcast. I am still tweaking the format for my intro as you can tell. This one is kind of corney, but moving in the right direction. If any one you have some ideas for incedental music I can use, let me know. Always open to suggestions.

Anyway, so here is the link to the podcast:

http://ia340905.us.archive.org/0/items/MartinL.ThePrivatePilotPodcast_1/PilotPod2.mp3

Hope you all enjoy :)
2007-03-14
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First Podcast!!

Ok, so this will be the first Podcast....Len, if you're reading this, I modified your opening....I will play with it for the next one, but for the first one, I liked yours....Hope ya don't mind.

http://ia311517.us.archive.org/2/items/MartinL.ThePrivatePilotPodcast/PilotPod1.mp3

Enjoy (I hope)

Feedback is always appreciated!
2007-02-23
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The First Post

Ok....So I am a Private Pilot. I love it. This is actually going to be a medium for me to post Podcasts, as well as blog about flying ;) Enjoy!
2007-02-23
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