The Fearless Flyer

The Fearless Flyer

For people who have a fear of flying or, an anxiety associated with being in an aircraft. 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.

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August 31, 2022 40 min

James and Grant are joined by guest host Dave for this episode where we talk all about crew resource management, CRM for short. CRM has had a huge influence on the aviation industry and has significantly contributed to a major reduction in aircraft accidents. Dave is a CRM instructor as well as a Captain on the Airbus A380, we therefore couldn't have had anyone better to join us for this episode.

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In this episode James and Grant discuss accident statistics, then they go on to have a look at the evolution of aircraft and how this has significantly contributed to a decline in aircraft accidents. We then finish up talking about a few "what if this happens" scenarios.
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In this episode we discuss the on-going ground training that pilots must go though such as ground school, medicals, simulator checks and line checks.

As per usual, you can contact us on email or social media at:
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May 31, 2022 33 min

In this episode we have an interview with Kate who was a member of the cabin crew crew then went on to become a cabin crew trainer. We also talk to Greg, a very experienced Purser who shares his experiences and knowledge for those of you with an anxiety about flying.

Kate has a podcast called Life is Messy - Kate Schroeter. Kate's instagram  is: @coach.me.kate 

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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.
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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.
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March 14, 2022 20 min

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.
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March 1, 2022 18 min

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.
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February 15, 2022 20 min

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.
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February 1, 2022 74 min

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 thr...

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December 15, 2021 20 min

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%. 
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December 1, 2021 27 min

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
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November 15, 2021 14 min

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.
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October 31, 2021 20 min

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.

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October 14, 2021 16 min

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.
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September 30, 2021 22 min

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. 
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September 14, 2021 16 min

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.
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August 31, 2021 23 min

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.
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August 14, 2021 28 min

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.
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August 1, 2021 35 min

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!
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