Ground Effect is a podcast about the thrill of learning to fly. We discuss all things general aviation: what inspired pilots to first take up flying, the challenges of flight training, pilot stories, visual flying in Europe (and elsewhere), safety, light aircraft and life as a licensed pilot. Along the way, I'll be sharing my own progress as a student pilot in Paris, France.
In episode 5, we go back to the European general aviation and speak with Tom, a newly-certificated private pilot in the Arcachon region around Bordeaux. This episode was recorded in late August, the same month Tom completed his checkride.
We talk about:
- How taking to pilots at a local bar sparked his interest in aviation
- How he discovered piloting after a scenic aerial tour of the bassin d'Arcachon
- Why made aviation different from what he was studying at the time
- The rather unique way they celebrate a first solo at his aéroclub
- What his training and his PPL checkrire were like and what he found most challenging
- Why you shouldn't hold the nose up too long on a Robin DR-400 after touchdown
- What his plans are, now that he's officially a pilot
- His message to student pilots and those aspiring to take up flying
Links to some things we mention in this episode:
We hope you enjoy the episode and wish Tom all the best in his journey to join the big guys! If you have any thoughts, ideas or suggestions for us, or you want to be a guest in the podcast, we'd love to hear from you! You can get in touch with us either by email (groundeffect[@]neustadt[.]fr), via Twitter (@thegroundeffect) or Instagram (groundeffectpodcast).
Host: Parimal Satyal
Support and Original Artwork: Maggie Oran
Podcast Music: Getting It All Together by RockitMaxx
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