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For people who have a fear of flying. Our podcast will take you from the basics about how an aircraft works with an insight as to what is happening and why during a flight to the stuff you don't see behind the scenes. We aim to remove the myth of flying and arm you with the knowledge to make you into a Fearless Flyer. Your Hosts are James and Grant. James is a student at a New Zealand University studying Aviation Management. Grant is a Boeing 777 Captain with a major airline in the Middle East, he spent the first 8 years of his career as an Aircraft Engineer before taking up flying full time. Previous aircraft Grant flew were the Boeing 757, 767 and 737, he currently has over 18,000 hours of flying time.

For people who have a fear of flying. Our podcast will take you from the basics about how an aircraft works with an insight as to what is happening and why during a flight to the stuff you don't see behind the scenes. We aim to remove the myth of flying and arm you with the knowledge to make you into a Fearless Flyer. Your Hosts are James and Grant. James is a student at a New Zealand University studying Aviation Management. Grant is a Boeing 777 Captain with a major airline in the Middle East, he spent the first 8 years of his career as an Aircraft Engineer before taking up flying full time. Previous aircraft Grant flew were the Boeing 757, 767 and 737, he currently has over 18,000 hours of flying time.

Location:

New Zealand

Description:

For people who have a fear of flying. Our podcast will take you from the basics about how an aircraft works with an insight as to what is happening and why during a flight to the stuff you don't see behind the scenes. We aim to remove the myth of flying and arm you with the knowledge to make you into a Fearless Flyer. Your Hosts are James and Grant. James is a student at a New Zealand University studying Aviation Management. Grant is a Boeing 777 Captain with a major airline in the Middle East, he spent the first 8 years of his career as an Aircraft Engineer before taking up flying full time. Previous aircraft Grant flew were the Boeing 757, 767 and 737, he currently has over 18,000 hours of flying time.

Language:

English


Episodes

E28 ATC, communications and aircraft tracking

4/30/2022
James and Grant discuss Air Traffic Control (ATC), talk about the different types of communications between ATC and aircraft and finish up on tracking of aircraft. You can contact us on email or social media at: Email: contactus@thefearlessflyer.net Twitter: @FearlessFlyPod Facebook: The Fearless Flyer Instagram: FearlessFlyPod

Duration:00:20:40

E27 Flight planning, ETOPS & straight lines

3/31/2022
In this episode James and Grant discuss the factors in planning a flight route, the term ETOPS and how it relates to twin engine aircraft, we talk about why the shortest distance between your departure and destination airports is depicted as a curve on those back seat screen maps instead of a straight line. We then talked about some of the top 10 airports in the world. You can contact us on email or social media at: Email: contactus@thefearlessflyer.net Twitter: @FearlessFlyPod Facebook:...

Duration:00:19:24

E26 Avoiding terrain & other aircraft

3/14/2022
In this episode James and Grant discuss the Enhanced Ground Proximity Warning System (EGPWS) that has significantly reduced the number of collisions with terrain. We also discuss the Traffic Collision Avoidance System (TCAS) which has also significantly reduced airborne collisions. You can contact us on email or social media at: Email: contactus@thefearlessflyer.net Twitter: @FearlessFlyPod Facebook: The Fearless Flyer Instagram: FearlessFlyPod

Duration:00:20:57

E25 Fuel & Fuel Policy

2/28/2022
In this episode we chat about the two main aviation fuel types then discuss how we use an airlines fuel policy to operate a safe and legal flight. You can contact us on email or social media at: Email: contactus@thefearlessflyer.net Twitter: @FearlessFlyPod Facebook: The Fearless Flyer Instagram: FearlessFlyPod

Duration:00:18:06

E24 Aircraft Performance & Limitations

2/14/2022
In this episode James and Grant discuss the takeoff, landing and en-route performance of an aircraft in order to ensure every flight is conducted in a safe and legal manner. We then finish up talking about some of the aircraft limitations. You can contact us on email or social media at: Email: contactus@thefearlessflyer.net Twitter: @FearlessFlyPod Facebook: The Fearless Flyer Instagram: FearlessFlyPod

Duration:00:20:05

E23 Pilot Training

1/31/2022
In this episode we discuss pilot training from the very beginning, we talk about what is involved in the interview process for joining an airline and finish up with a brief discussion on what is involved in the training when you start at an airline. If you are only interested in certain elements of this episode, here is a time scale: 6:40 An interview with George about his experience from beginning basic flight training and going through an integrated flying training course. 49:00 An...

Duration:01:14:26

E22 System Redundancy

12/14/2021
In this episode we discuss system redundancy, another more common term would be system backup. We also chat about the door slides, the potable water tanks, the toilet system and finish with a discussion on the MEL, which enables us to operate a flight when a system is not functioning 100%. You can contact us on email or social media at: Email: contactus@thefearlessflyer.net Twitter: @FearlessFlyPod Facebook: The Fearless Flyer Instagram: FearlessFlyPod

Duration:00:20:47

E21 Instrumentation & Autopilot

12/1/2021
In this episode we discuss the evolution of the flight deck, the Instrumentation and finish up talking about the Instrument Landing System which enables us to land in fog. Click here for the short video to the Flight Engineers Lament You can contact us on email or social media at: Email: contactus@thefearlessflyer.net Twitter: @FearlessFlyPod Facebook: The Fearless Flyer Instagram: FearlessFlyPod

Duration:00:27:12

E20 APU, Ground Support & Engine Starting

11/14/2021
In this episode we discuss the aircraft Auxiliary power unit (APU), some other ground support equipment equipment and talk a bit about engine starting. Click here to the video link showing a buddy start on a C130 Hercules, forward to around 3:30 in the video. You can contact us on email or social media at: Email: contactus@thefearlessflyer.net Twitter: @FearlessFlyPod Facebook: The Fearless Flyer Instagram: FearlessFlyPod

Duration:00:14:57

E19 The lifeblood of an aircraft

10/31/2021
In this episode James and Grant discuss the hydraulics, electrics and pneumatics that are the life blood of an aircraft, these systems drive all the components on an aircraft. As you'll hear, the design of these systems is well thought out with a view to system redundancy (backups) and safety. You can contact us on email or social media at: Email: contactus@thefearlessflyer.net Twitter: @FearlessFlyPod Facebook: The Fearless Flyer Instagram: FearlessFlyPod

Duration:00:20:02

E18 FIRE and fire suppression

10/14/2021
Fire on an aircraft and subsequently how to deal with it has been well thought on today's modern jet aircraft. Lets take a journey and understand how crew deal with all the scenario's you could think of. You can contact us on email or social media at: Email: contactus@thefearlessflyer.net Twitter: @FearlessFlyPod Facebook: The Fearless Flyer Instagram: FearlessFlyPod

Duration:00:16:37

E17 Pressurisation- drop down those masks

9/30/2021
In this episode we discuss why we need to pressurise the cabin. We all hear that PA by the cabin crew before takeoff, "that in the unlikely event of a cabin depressurisation oxygen masks will appear..... etc, etc" so we'll talk about that, why it may have happened and what happens during a depressurisation. You can contact us on email or social media at: Email: contactus@thefearlessflyer.net Twitter: @FearlessFlyPod Facebook: The Fearless Flyer Instagram: FearlessFlyPod

Duration:00:22:58

E16 Aircon and air filtration

9/14/2021
Here we discuss the airconditioned air and how some of it is recycled through special filters called HEPA filters, which actually saves on fuel burn. We also briefly touch upon the pressurisation system. You can contact us on email or social media at: Email: contactus@thefearlessflyer.net Twitter: @FearlessFlyPod Facebook: The Fearless Flyer Instagram: FearlessFlyPod

Duration:00:16:24

E15 Wind and Crosswinds

8/31/2021
James and Grant discuss why we takeoff and land into wind, we look at what we do on those windy days with gusts and finish by discussing winds blowing across the runway which are called crosswinds. You can contact us on email or social media at: Email: contactus@thefearlessflyer.net Twitter: @FearlessFlyPod Facebook: The Fearless Flyer Instagram: FearlessFlyPod

Duration:00:23:55

E14 Air and Ground braking

8/14/2021
We discuss slowing down in the air and other systems that contribute to ground braking in addition to the wheel brakes. Click here to watch a B757 perform a 3 point turn. You can contact us on email or social media at: Email: contactus@thefearlessflyer.net Twitter: @FearlessFlyPod Facebook: The Fearless Flyer Instagram: FearlessFlyPod

Duration:00:28:52

E13 Wheels and Brakes

8/1/2021
In this episode we discuss the undercarriage and have a bit more of a chat about the wheels and brakes. Click here to see an interesting 4 minute video of the testing of the brakes as part of the B777 certification process. Its is a rejected takeoff at maximum takeoff mass using maximum braking. Warning: things get very hot! You can contact us on email or social media at: Email: contactus@thefearlessflyer.net Twitter: @FearlessFlyPod Facebook: The Fearless Flyer Instagram:...

Duration:00:35:34

E12 Engines

7/14/2021
We discuss engines and have a a discussion about the difference between the piston and jet engines, then go into a bit more detail about the workings of a typical jet engine, we then finish with those vapour trails in the sky. Click here for a link showing a cross section picture of a typical jet engine. Can anyone guess the engine type or aircraft type at the start of this episode? You can contact us on email or social media at: Email: contactus@thefearlessflyer.net Twitter:...

Duration:00:33:59

E11 Flaps and Slats

6/30/2021
In this episode we discuss the flaps and slats that are on the wing. Then the last 8 minutes of the show we get to know James. Click here to see a picture of them. You can contact us on email or social media at: Email: contactus@thefearlessflyer.net Twitter: @FearlessFlyPod Facebook: The Fearless Flyer Instagram: FearlessFlyPod

Duration:00:35:50

E10 Why we fly so high

6/14/2021
There are a number of reasons why we fly so high, in this episode James and Grant discuss them, enjoy. You can contact us on email or social media at: Email: contactus@thefearlessflyer.net Twitter: @FearlessFlyPod Facebook: The Fearless Flyer Instagram: FearlessFlyPod

Duration:00:23:38

E9 Weather: Severe weather

5/31/2021
The final episode on weather where we discuss strong winds, windshear, rain, hail, snow, lightening and space weather. Some links that might be of interest to you as discussed in this episode are; A pdf file file with some pictures of windshear, click here A 2 minute video of testing a new engine type click here A great diagram of the space level weather click here In this link at the top are the three different charts we use; geomagnetic storms, solar radiation storms and radio...

Duration:00:33:14