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Our podcast is for people who have a fear of flying or, an anxiety associated with being in an aircraft. In our first series (S1), we 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. The aim is to remove the myth of flying and arm you with the knowledge to make you into a Fearless Flyer. We then run an episode we call S2 "Going on a Flight," explaining the preparation you should consider before a flight and, talking you through the process and the noises etc you will hear on an actual flight. We then move onto series 3 (S3), an on-going series discussing historical aviation events, what we learnt from these events and how these lessons were implemented into the aviation industry in order prevent them happening again. These historical lessons have made a significant contribution as to why the aviation industry is now so regulated and, why flying is one of the safest forms of transport today. You Hosts are James and Grant. James studied Aviation Management at a New Zealand University and is now employed in a commercial role for a major airline. 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 19,000 hours of flying time.

Location:

New Zealand

Description:

Our podcast is for people who have a fear of flying or, an anxiety associated with being in an aircraft. In our first series (S1), we 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. The aim is to remove the myth of flying and arm you with the knowledge to make you into a Fearless Flyer. We then run an episode we call S2 "Going on a Flight," explaining the preparation you should consider before a flight and, talking you through the process and the noises etc you will hear on an actual flight. We then move onto series 3 (S3), an on-going series discussing historical aviation events, what we learnt from these events and how these lessons were implemented into the aviation industry in order prevent them happening again. These historical lessons have made a significant contribution as to why the aviation industry is now so regulated and, why flying is one of the safest forms of transport today. You Hosts are James and Grant. James studied Aviation Management at a New Zealand University and is now employed in a commercial role for a major airline. 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 19,000 hours of flying time.

Language:

English


Episodes
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S3 E11 Psycho Automation

6/30/2024
In this episode James and Grant discuss what happens when a computer takes control of an aeroplane. If you are enjoying our podcast, please leave a short review. If you are not enjoying it, then please also tell us. If you want us to talk about a particular aviation event, then please do not hesitate to contact us at any of the contact details below here. You can contact us on email or social media at: Email: contactus@thefearlessflyer.net Twitter: @FearlessFlyPod Facebook: The Fearless Flyer Instagram: FearlessFlyPod

Duration:00:31:25

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S1 E7A Turbulence Special Update

6/18/2024
Hi Fearless Flyer podcast listeners, following two recent turbulence events, I wanted to give you a special update to our original turbulence episode. In this special episode we cover what causes high level turbulence, what g forces are, discuss the preliminary report of SQ321 and a few other events, Grant's views on turbulence when you are not in your seat and some more turbulence statistics. I would also suggest you listen to S1 E7 Turbulence if you have not heard it before listening to this special episode. I hope this episode helps with your concerns or worries about the subject of turbulence and as per usual, feel free to contact us at the below contact points should you want to chat about any concerns or worries you have about turbulence or flying in general. Kind regards to all our listeners, Grant. You can contact us on email or social media at: Email: contactus@thefearlessflyer.net Twitter: @FearlessFlyPod Facebook: The Fearless Flyer Instagram: FearlessFlyPod

Duration:00:21:26

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S3 E10 Pull Down, Pull Down

4/30/2024
In this episode James and Grant have a guest host Adrian joining them to discuss an accident which was too similar to the previous episode on Air Fance 447. Some operators just didn't want to incorporate the lessons learnt from AF447, however we finish on another incident that had a positive outcome, indeed most operators had taken the lessons on board. If you are enjoying our podcast, please leave a short review. If you are not enjoying it, then please also tell us. If you want us to talk about a particular aviation event, then please do not hesitate to contact us at any of the contact details below here. You can contact us on email or social media at: Email: contactus@thefearlessflyer.net Twitter: @FearlessFlyPod Facebook: The Fearless Flyer Instagram: FearlessFlyPod

Duration:00:46:35

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S3 S9 Chaos.. confusion.. chaos Part 2

3/31/2024
James and Grant are your hosts along with Dave as our special guest host for part 2 of Air France flight 447. Investigators were very good at finding out what happened but with no witnesses and without the flight and cockpit recorders, there was no information about how the tragedy happened. Now with the flight data and cockpit voice recorders, we find out how the tradegy unfolded. If you are enjoying our podcast, please leave a short review. If you are not enjoying it, then please also tell us. If you want us to talk about a particular aviation event, then please do not hesitate to contact us at any of the contact details below here. You can contact us on email or social media at: Email: contactus@thefearlessflyer.net Twitter: @FearlessFlyPod Facebook: The Fearless Flyer Instagram: FearlessFlyPod

Duration:00:56:04

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S3 E8 Chaos.. confusion.. chaos Part 1

2/29/2024
James and Grant are your hosts along with Dave as our special guest host for the next two episodes. In this and the next episode we will be talking about Air France flight 447. Investigators were very good at finding out what happened but with no witnesses and without the flight and cockpit recorders, there was no information about how the tragedy happened. If you are enjoying our podcast, please leave a short review. If you are not enjoying it, then please also tell us. If you want us to talk about a particular aviation event, then please do not hesitate to contact us at any of the contact details below here. You can contact us on email or social media at: Email: contactus@thefearlessflyer.net Twitter: @FearlessFlyPod Facebook: The Fearless Flyer Instagram: FearlessFlyPod

Duration:00:32:28

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S3 E7 Random fuel motion

1/31/2024
James and Grant talk about the first time the flight data recorders were used in the United Kingdom, to help pinpoint the cause of an accident that had investigators initially quite baffled as to what had happened. Click here to watch an excellent black and white BBC North documentary from 1968 that runs 49 minutes regarding the Stockport crash and how the investigators carried out their analysis as to what happened. If you are enjoying our podcast, please leave a short review. If you are not enjoying it, then please also tell us. If you want us to talk about a particular aviation event, then please do not hesitate to contact us at any of the contact details below here. You can contact us on email or social media at: Email: contactus@thefearlessflyer.net Twitter: @FearlessFlyPod Facebook: The Fearless Flyer Instagram: FearlessFlyPod

Duration:00:32:01

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S3 E6 Vermilion Boxes

12/31/2023
Hello Folk, Our Series 3 Insights, happy 2024 is in order as it was launched on 1 January 2024. Here we chat about historical accidents or incidents, what we learnt from them and how this learning has made the aviation industry safer. If you are enjoying our podcast, please leave a short review. If you are not enjoying it, then please tell us. If you want us to talk about a particular aviation event, then please do not hesitate to contact us at any of the contact details below here. You can contact us on email or social media at: Email: contactus@thefearlessflyer.net Twitter: @FearlessFlyPod Facebook: The Fearless Flyer Instagram: FearlessFlyPod

Duration:00:31:07

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S3 E5 Unstable Gyro

11/30/2023
Hi Folk, we are back with our third series called Insight. We are going to be taking a look at historical accidents and incidents that shaped the aviation industry and, how these events changed the course of the industry leading to what is in essence, a very regulated and safe form of mass transport that we experience today. In this episode we will be discussing the "whirl mode effect," something no one knew anything about during the development of the L188 Electra. The lessons learnt would be implemented into aircraft designs of the future. We then finish our discussion on some bird news. If you want us to talk about a particular aviation event, then please do not hesitate to contact us at any of the contact details below here. You can contact us on email or social media at: Email: contactus@thefearlessflyer.net Twitter: @FearlessFlyPod Facebook: The Fearless Flyer Instagram: FearlessFlyPod

Duration:00:30:56

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S3 E4 Lightning strikes once

10/31/2023
Hi Folk, we are back with our third series called Insight. We are going to be taking a look at historical accidents and incidents that shaped the aviation industry and, how these events changed the course of the industry leading to what is in essence, a very regulated and safe form of mass transport that we experience today. In this episode we will be discussing the only recorded time lightning has been the sole culprit for an aircraft accident, then we will finish our discussion on some facts about lightning. If you want us to talk about a particular aviation event, then please do not hesitate to contact us at any of the contact details below here. You can contact us on email or social media at: Email: contactus@thefearlessflyer.net Twitter: @FearlessFlyPod Facebook: The Fearless Flyer Instagram: FearlessFlyPod

Duration:00:31:41

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S3 E3 Unseen metal fatigue

9/30/2023
Hi Folk, We are back with our third series called Insight. We are going to be taking a look at historical accidents and incidents that shaped the aviation industry and, how these events changed the course of the industry leading to what is in essence, a very regulated and safe form of mass transport that we experience today. In this episode we will be discussing a Boeing 707 accident that hardly any of you would have heard about. For had it not happened to this particular aircraft and the unfortunate crew, then it would definitely have happened to another aircraft with possible significant consequences for many more people. If you want us to talk about a particular aviation event, then please do not hesitate to contact us at any of the contact details below here. You can contact us on email or social media at: Email: contactus@thefearlessflyer.net Twitter: @FearlessFlyPod Facebook: The Fearless Flyer Instagram: FearlessFlyPod

Duration:00:32:51

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S3 E2 Comet part 2

8/31/2023
Hi Folk, We are back with our third series called Insight. We are going to be taking a look at historical accidents and incidents that shaped the aviation industry and, how these events changed the course of the industry leading to what is in essence, a very regulated and safe form of mass transport that we experience today. Part 2 of the Comet issues, we look at how these new pressurised cabins affected metal fatigue. James and Gant will once again be your hosts, we will also have some guest hosts along the way. If you want us to talk about a particular aviation event, then please do not hesitate to contact us at any of the contact details below here. You can contact us on email or social media at: Email: contactus@thefearlessflyer.net Twitter: @FearlessFlyPod Facebook: The Fearless Flyer Instagram: FearlessFlyPod

Duration:00:33:41

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S3 E1 Comet part 1

7/31/2023
Hi Folk, We are back with our third series called Insights. We are going to be taking a look at historical accidents and incidents that shaped the aviation industry and, how these events changed the course of the industry leading to what is in essence, a very regulated and safe form of mass transport that we experience today. In this episode we discuss the takeoff issues of the very first passenger jet aircraft ever produced. James and Gant will once again be your hosts, we will also have some guests along the way. If you want us to talk about a particular aviation event, then please do not hesitate to contact us at any of the contact details below here. You can contact us on email or social media at: Email: contactus@thefearlessflyer.net Twitter: @FearlessFlyPod Facebook: The Fearless Flyer Instagram: FearlessFlyPod

Duration:00:25:38

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S2 V2 Going on a flight

7/31/2023
Hi Guy's. Due to some great feedback, we've updated this episode of Going on a Flight, the main changes are the addition of some of the noises you will hear. The time markers have been amended accordingly. In this episode we take you on a flight, well more to the point we talk to you about the flight you are going to go on. We will explain our thoughts on the preparation in the days before, talk to you as your flight day progresses with what is going on and give you some top tips to think about. We have included 12 time chapter markers with the chapters here as well so you can easily go to the segment time in minutes and seconds of the episode that relates to where you are on your journey. 1:07 Preparation 3:12 Day before the flight 5:01 Day of the flight 8:00 Security & Passport control 10:01 Orientation from the boarding gate 11:47 Boarding time 17:00 Pusback 19:11 Takeoff 21:52 Cruising time 23:58 Descent 29:06 Landing 30:34 Hello bags You can contact us on email or social media at: Email: contactus@thefearlessflyer.net Twitter: @FearlessFlyPod Facebook: The Fearless Flyer Instagram: FearlessFlyPod

Duration:00:33:31

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S3 Insights

7/10/2023
James and Grant want to welcome you to Series 3 Insights from the Fearless Flyer. This is where we will be discussing historical accidents and incidents and, how these events changed the course of the aviation industry, thereby making it safer for the travelling public today. As per usual we welcome your feedback and ideas, you can get in touch with us at any of the media options below: You can contact us on email or social media at: Email: contactus@thefearlessflyer.net Twitter: @FearlessFlyPod Facebook: The Fearless Flyer Instagram: FearlessFlyPod

Duration:00:01:32

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S2 Going on a flight

6/11/2023
In this episode we take you on a flight, well more to the point we talk to you about the flight you are going to go on. We will explain our thoughts on the preparation in the days before, talk to you as your flight day progresses with what is going on and give you some top tips to think about. We have included 12 chapter markers with the chapters here as well so you can easily go to the segment time in minutes and seconds of the episode that relates to where you are on your journey. 0:38 Preparation 2:43 Day before the flight 4:32 Day of the flight 7:31 Security & Passport control 9:31 Orientation from the boarding gate 11:18 Boarding time 15:31 Pusback 17:03 Takeoff 19:21 Cruising time 21:26 Descent 25:34 Landing 26:55 Hello bags You can contact us on email or social media at: Email: contactus@thefearlessflyer.net Twitter: @FearlessFlyPod Facebook: The Fearless Flyer Instagram: FearlessFlyPod

Duration:00:29:53

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S1 E40 Summary of Series 1

4/30/2023
Hi Folk, We've come to the end of series one of the Fearless Flyer. In this episode James and Grant discuss some of the statistics of the most listened to episodes to date in this series, look at some of the issues going on in the industry at the moment and, we finish up with what our plans are for the next two series of our podcast. A big thanks to all our guest's and, you the listeners who have participated even by simply listening or sharing our podcast with other folk, it has been much appreciated. As per usual we welcome your feedback and ideas, you can get in touch with us at any of the media options below: You can contact us on email or social media at: Email: contactus@thefearlessflyer.net Twitter: @FearlessFlyPod Facebook: The Fearless Flyer Instagram: FearlessFlyPod

Duration:00:16:20

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S1 E39 Regulatory stuff and crazy measuring units

3/31/2023
We discuss The International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) and why it is more of a guide to aviation policy rather than policing aviation, IATA which is a group of aviation businesses involved in influencing aviation policy. We chat about all the different units of measurement used in aviation, talk about the airborne motorway system across the north Atlantic and finish talking briefly about airport design. You can contact us on email or social media at: Email: contactus@thefearlessflyer.net Twitter: @FearlessFlyPod Facebook: The Fearless Flyer Instagram: FearlessFlyPod

Duration:00:27:46

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S1 E38 Media Sensationalism

2/28/2023
In this episode James and Grant talk to Al and Dave about their experiences and views on the exaggeration and sensationalism that occurs in the media. The conversations led us "off-piste" on some interesting statistics and a great discussion ensued on why we sometimes have to break off the landing.... the go-around. You can contact us on email or social media at: Email: contactus@thefearlessflyer.net Twitter: @FearlessFlyPod Facebook: The Fearless Flyer Instagram: FearlessFlyPodt!

Duration:00:44:02

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S1 E37 Terrorism & Pesky passengers

2/3/2023
In this episode James & Grant discuss terrorism, pilot suicide and pesky passengers. As per usual feel free to contact us, if you are enjoying the podcast then please leave us a review. You can contact us on email or social media at: Email: contactus@thefearlessflyer.net Twitter: @FearlessFlyPod Facebook: The Fearless Flyer Instagram: FearlessFlyPod

Duration:00:18:03

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S1 E36 Maintaining My Aircraft

12/31/2022
In this episode we discuss aircraft maintenance, and we were fortunate enough to have Glenn join us who has many years experience as an Aircraft Engineer. You can contact us on email or social media at: Email: contactus@thefearlessflyer.net Twitter: @FearlessFlyPod Facebook: The Fearless Flyer Instagram: FearlessFlyPod

Duration:00:30:25