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 4, we speak with Neha Puri, who recently transitioned from flying the twin-engine Jetstream 41 on domestic routes in Nepal to flying the A320 to international destinations. This is the second of two interviews recorded in the summer of 2018 in Nepal, which I took forever to edit and put out (sorry Neha and my listeners!). But here it is, it's a really fun episode and we hope the wait will have been worth it!
We talk to Neha about:
- Her primarily flight training in Cebu, in the Philippines
- How she transitioned to flying the BAe Jetstream 41 twin-engine turboprop, of which only 100 were ever built, in Nepal
- What it was like to be trained by a family member (who also happens to be our guest in the previous episode of this podcast)
- What it’s like to be a female pilot in what is still a male-dominated industry
- The international organisation of women pilots spearheaded by Amelia Earhart called the Ninety-Nines that financed her A320 type rating
- What it’s like transitioning from flying domestic routes on a twin prop to international ones on a sophisticated, modern Airbus jet with a lot more automation
Ground Effect is a farily new podcast with a lot to learn so we enthusiastically welcome your thoughts, comments and suggestions either by email (groundeffect[@]neustadt[.]fr) or via Twitter (@thegroundeffect).
Host: Parimal Satyal
Support and Original Artwork: Maggie Oran
Podcast Music: Getting It All Together by RockitMaxx
Holiday mountain flying special! In episode 3, we speak to senior Nepalese mountain flying captain Binod Puri right after he flies me to Lukla, the "world's most dangerous airport". Tenzing-Hillary airport is an exceptional altiport: a one-way 1.729ft (527m) sloped runway at an altitude of 9.2000ft (2800m) with an 11.7% gradient, a cliff on one end and a stone wall on the other, towering mountains on all sides and unpredictable, fast-changing weather.
In our second episode, we speak to my flight instructor Frédéric. I've been flying with Frédéric for a couple of months now and this episode was a chance to learn more about what made him want to change careers and become a pilot relatively late in life, what it's like to teach someone else how to fly and what his own goals are as a pilot. If you're considering flight training but aren't sure where to start, Frédéric has some tips for you.
In our first episiode, we speak to Antoine, an A320 pilot, a French-language aviation podcast host and previously an air traffic controller in Switzerland. We talk about pilot training in Europe, his own journey from air traffic controller to pilot, the notion of personal minimums, the differences of private flying in the US vs Europe and his desire to share his passion for aviation.