Flaps Podcast 7: June 2011

In this edition, we pay a visit to the fantastic museum at RAF Cosford. If you’ve never been and are interested in aviation, then add it to your list of things to do. We were lucky enough to be shown around by the museum’s knowledgable curator Al McLean.

Celebrity Pilot is former Wolverhampton Wanderers goalkeeper Marcus Hahnemann. When he’s not flying between the goalposts, he’s flying in the skies above Britain. Maybe obtaining a PPL was inevitable: he’s from Seattle and his dad worked at Boeing. (Incidentally, here’s a great article about Marcus from the Guardian.)

In recent months a great new piece of flight planning gear has been getting the forums buzzing: mainly because it’s very good and it’s free. It’s called SkyDemon Light. If you fly and have never used it you really should take a look. We speak to its developer Tim Dawson – who developed its bigger and more capable brother Sky Demon – along with Jonathan Smith from NATS, who give it their backing. In 2009 there were over 1000 airspace infringements, so the thinking goes that with better planning, we’ll have fewer infringements.

And, inspired by our visit to Cosford, Pablo Mason talks about his Cold War memories.

0.00 Introduction
1.56 Wolves goalie Marcus Hahnemann tells us why he learned to fly, his plans for the future, and playing soccer in England.
12.24 RAF Museum Cosford’s curator Al McLean takes us around his museum.
23.18 Pablo Mason shares some memories of being a Cold War airman.
27.33 SkyDemon light creator Tim Dawson and Jonathan Smith from NATS tell us what SkyDemon Light is and why it came about.
36.35 Wrap up.

Duration: 37.39

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