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Greg Brown: Cockpit Adventures from the Flying Carpet

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Ride along with renowned aviator, writer, and photographer Greg Brown in his light airplane, the "Flying Carpet," as he searches behind clouds for the real America, experiencing countless aerial adventures along the way. A former National Flight Instructor of the Year, Greg is author of five books, a former Barnes & Noble Arizona Author of the Month, and recently completed twenty years as aviation adventure columnist for AOPA Flight Training magazine. Some reviewers have compared his book, "Flying Carpet: The Soul of an Airplane," to sixties road-trip classics like "On the Road," and "Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance." Says aviation author and humorist Rod Machado: “Greg thinks with the mind of a pilot, questions with the curiosity of a philosopher, and sees with the eyes of a poet.” Observes Nina Bell Allen, former “Readers Digest” Asst. Managing Editor, "You don't have to be a pilot, or even a frequent flyer, to soar with Greg Brown in [his] Flying Carpet." So buckle in and join Greg for the ride!

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United States

Description:

Ride along with renowned aviator, writer, and photographer Greg Brown in his light airplane, the "Flying Carpet," as he searches behind clouds for the real America, experiencing countless aerial adventures along the way. A former National Flight Instructor of the Year, Greg is author of five books, a former Barnes & Noble Arizona Author of the Month, and recently completed twenty years as aviation adventure columnist for AOPA Flight Training magazine. Some reviewers have compared his book, "Flying Carpet: The Soul of an Airplane," to sixties road-trip classics like "On the Road," and "Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance." Says aviation author and humorist Rod Machado: “Greg thinks with the mind of a pilot, questions with the curiosity of a philosopher, and sees with the eyes of a poet.” Observes Nina Bell Allen, former “Readers Digest” Asst. Managing Editor, "You don't have to be a pilot, or even a frequent flyer, to soar with Greg Brown in [his] Flying Carpet." So buckle in and join Greg for the ride!

Language:

English

Contact:

928-525-9446


Episodes

Lobe Plays Sedona; Skies Filled with Music

3/18/2023
“Lobe Plays Sedona; Skies filled with music.” Along with cockpit thrills and challenges, plenty of piloting adventure arises from where flying can deliver us, both physically and spiritually. That’s what today’s episode is about. Support the showhttps://gregbrownflyingcarpet.com/podcast/ https://www.facebook.com/GregBrownFlyingCarpet/ https://www.instagram.com/gregbrownflyingcarpet/

Duration:00:15:52

Vertigo!

12/10/2022
Some Lessons a Pilot Never Forgets "So this must be vertigo." I thought. Nausea circled my gut like the snowflakes orbiting my propeller. I peered out the windshield for landmarks, but snow obscured all but a tiny spot of ground beneath me, even at an altitude of only a thousand feet. To make matters worse, my navigational radio had obviously failed. How could I possibly have drifted so far off course as it suggested, on a flight of only 40 miles? It was almost Christmas, and I was a...

Duration:00:15:46

Red Sports Car for a Day

11/18/2022
Ride along on Greg's youthful adventures in airplanes and automobiles! Support the showhttps://gregbrownflyingcarpet.com/podcast/ https://www.facebook.com/GregBrownFlyingCarpet/ https://www.instagram.com/gregbrownflyingcarpet/

Duration:00:15:07

Fifty Years Aloft

10/5/2022
I was recently awarded the FAA’s Wright Brothers Master Pilot Award, for 50 years of safe piloting. It’s mind-boggling to consider how short the history of aviation is, that I should have personally flown for over 40% of the entire history of powered flight! In this episode I reflect on how general aviation flying has changed since I took to the skies in 1972. What’s more, today’s story kicks off a whole series of future episodes sharing many more cockpit adventures from those five...

Duration:00:22:36

Talking Spirits

8/16/2022
Piloting is a sophisticated activity that requires a good deal of training, hand-eye coordination, planning, and application of judgment. But today’s episode focuses more on spiritual aspects of flying--that is, why we do it, rather than how we do it, and it's topped off by a crazy destination. This story is one of my personal favorites, and I hope you’ll enjoy it. Okay, everyone, hop aboard my Flying Carpet, snug up your seatbelts, and prepare for takeoff on today’s adventure, “Talking...

Duration:00:16:09

Captain Midnight

4/16/2022
As you’ve likely heard, the final Learjet was recently delivered following almost 60 years of production. I was a kid when the Lear 23 was first introduced in 1964. Although a few other corporate jets were flying by then, most companies still motored around in relatively slow, unpressurized piston airplanes, many of them repurposed WWII-era bombers and freighters. The Lear was so sleek, sexy, and fast in comparison that it seemingly arrived from the future, revolutionizing air travel as...

Duration:00:15:41

Backstory: Flight Instructor Hall of Fame

4/4/2022
Every aviator develops mutually rewarding relationships with the flight instructors delivering his or her wings. Well, here’s the backstory of one of those relationships, that over 22 years led to the Flight Instructor Hall of Fame. It’s a story every pilot will appreciate. Read my 1999 NAFI Mentor column referenced in the Podcast. Support the showhttps://gregbrownflyingcarpet.com/podcast/ https://www.facebook.com/GregBrownFlyingCarpet/ https://www.instagram.com/gregbrownflyingcarpet/

Duration:00:15:17

Share Your Gift of Flight!

10/31/2021
Tips and tricks for introducing family and friends to general aviation flying, including some hysterical stories about how NOT to do it! Learn how to treat family and friends to their critical first airplane rides, to ensure that they enjoy themselves and want to fly with you again. Heads up that this is a live recording of a talk given several years ago, meaning audio quality is somewhat variable. But if you’ll stick with me I promise some great tips, along with some fun stories pilots at...

Duration:00:46:30

Pilgrimage to Oshkosh!

7/27/2021
Everyone knows this is Oshkosh AirVenture Fly-in week, right? Well, grab your logbook, 'cause it's time for "Pilgrimage to Oshkosh," Greg Brown's Flying Carpet Podcast #18. Whether you're at AirVenture now or just wish you were, I promise you cross-country time, some laughs, and a fresh perspective! So hop in the Flying Carpet with me, and we’ll go check it out! Greg PS: If you enjoy this podcast, please share with friends! Support the...

Duration:00:23:41

"Parlez-vous Anglais?"

6/20/2021
Ever wonder what it would be like, flying yourself into a foreign country where pilot communications are transmitted in an unknown-to-you language? Well, here's your opportunity to find out! This episode marks fifty years of a treasured friendship, arising under unusual circumstances from a long-ago foreign adventure, and continued over the years through Flying Carpet adventures like this one! Support the...

Duration:00:20:17

World War I in the Air!

5/18/2021
Ever wonder what it was like to fly primitive airplanes into battle in World War I? Well, here’s your opportunity to find out! “The engine is the heart of an airplane, but the pilot is its soul,” ⸺Sir Walter Raleigh, The War in the Air, 1922 (Music by Hannis Brown) Support the showhttps://gregbrownflyingcarpet.com/podcast/ https://www.facebook.com/GregBrownFlyingCarpet/ https://www.instagram.com/gregbrownflyingcarpet/

Duration:00:32:23

Birthday Flowers

3/13/2021
When celebrating birthdays with zeros in them, flowers alone won’t do it. So when Jean marked a new decade I sought somewhere special we could fly to celebrate. “But it seems weird celebrating a big birthday in Death Valley,” she said... Check out the photos at GregBrownFlyingCarpet.com ! (Music by Hannis Brown) Support the showhttps://gregbrownflyingcarpet.com/podcast/ https://www.facebook.com/GregBrownFlyingCarpet/ https://www.instagram.com/gregbrownflyingcarpet/

Duration:00:15:58

Realm of the Ancients

2/6/2021
Experience archaeology by Flying Carpet: Earning your wings is more than piloting an airplane; it's about where flying can take you! Don't miss this episode's photos at GregBrownFlyingCarpet.com ! (Music by Hannis Brown) Support the showhttps://gregbrownflyingcarpet.com/podcast/ https://www.facebook.com/GregBrownFlyingCarpet/ https://www.instagram.com/gregbrownflyingcarpet/

Duration:00:16:19

Mayhem Beneath Our Wings

1/7/2021
“Look!” said my wife with horror. “There’s been a terrible crash!” Glancing downward, there was just time for me to glimpse carnage on Highway 202, the Red Mountain Freeway east of Phoenix. A few hundred feet beneath us, flames and blackened vehicles littered the roadway as we crossed low on final approach to land at Falcon Field. See photos at episode website. (Music by Hannis Brown) Support the...

Duration:00:12:46

Ghost of Christmas Flights Past

12/24/2020
Here's an audio holiday card to you and your family, direct from the cockpit of the Flying Carpet! It's been a mighty tough year, between pandemic, politics, and world problems, so from our family to yours, we hope this little audio card will brighten your holiday season, whatever your heritage or faith. May 2021 mark happier times for all of us! Support the...

Duration:00:07:57

Inches of Runway

12/19/2020
Grab your logbook, ‘cause it’s time for Flying Carpet Podcast Flight #12, “Inches of Runway!” Because wind is invisible, it rarely seems as threatening as other weather when you’re flight planning, especially under clear skies. But as every pilot learns, wind is real; like other weather features it can be helpful or hazardous. Consider, for example, a 65-knot (75mph) headwind…! See photos at the episode website. Music by Hannis Brown Support the...

Duration:00:17:48

Vulture's Prey

11/29/2020
The saga of the Lobe Band Bus, rescued by Flying Carpet. "You could always circle it on the way back, like a vulture!" See photos at the episode website! Music by Hannis Brown. Support the showhttps://gregbrownflyingcarpet.com/podcast/ https://www.facebook.com/GregBrownFlyingCarpet/ https://www.instagram.com/gregbrownflyingcarpet/

Duration:00:17:47

Long Journey North

11/12/2020
Grab your logbook, ‘cause it’s time for Flying Carpet Podcast Flight #10, “Long Journey North.” Jean and I are often asked, “Is there one aerial journey that stands out above the rest, in all your decades of flying?” Well yes there is, and this is it -- an extended Flying Carpet trek from Arizona to Northern Minnesota, to attend a funeral. There’s no single event that made it memorable, but rather a long cross-the-country adventure filled with all sorts of challenging and wacky and...

Duration:00:43:09

Flying the Mists of Time

10/24/2020
Ever heard of anyone sowing terror from a tiny 2-seat Cessna 150 trainer? Well, grab your logbook ‘cause it’s time for Flying Carpet Podcast Flight #9, “Flying the Mists of Time,” about a little-known aviation event leading up to one of the US's most heinous terrorist acts. Support the showhttps://gregbrownflyingcarpet.com/podcast/ https://www.facebook.com/GregBrownFlyingCarpet/ https://www.instagram.com/gregbrownflyingcarpet/

Duration:00:14:29

Painted into a Corner

10/8/2020
Grab your logbook ‘cause it’s time for Greg Brown's Flying Carpet Podcast Flight #8, “Painted into a Corner,” about a scary flight, facing down thunderstorms in dark of night! Support the showhttps://gregbrownflyingcarpet.com/podcast/ https://www.facebook.com/GregBrownFlyingCarpet/ https://www.instagram.com/gregbrownflyingcarpet/

Duration:00:14:32