You Don’t Know Jack: Airspeed Completes the UCAP Trifecta – Audio Episode Show Notes

These are the show notes to an audio episode. You can listen to the show audio by clicking here:  Better yet, subscribe to Airspeed through iTunes or your other favorite podcatcher. It’s all free!

Even if your favorite show isn’t the Uncontrolled Airspace podcast, you probably subscribe and listen regularly.   In any case, most Airspeed subscribers also listen to UCAP.  I sure do.

We’ve had UCAP co-host Jeb Burnside talking about safety and Dave Higdon talking about aerial photography.  But it remained to have pilot, author, and UCAP producer and co-host Jack Hodgson on the show.

On UCAP, Jack spends much of his time eliciting reactions from co-hosts Jeb Burnside and Dave Higdon and directing the conversation.  I had always wondered what it might be like to give Jack a free hand to talk about stuff as a featured guest.  It’s not that Jeb or Dave crimp his style by any means.  They don’t.  But solo solo Jack is a different thing from UCAP Jack and I wanted to explore that.  So I called him up earlier this year and he agreed to jump on Skype and hold forth for an hour or two.

During the conversation, we talked about Jack’s flight training, airports, the pilot population, the aviation podsphere, and lots of other topics.  There’s something in this episode for everyone.

The episode crowds the two-hour mark, but that’s what the “pause” button on your media player is for.  Yeah, I could milk it for two episodes’ worth of download stats, but it’s better to have the whole thing right there, all in one place.

Please note that we recorded this in 24 May 2012 and it’s a little dated.  Several opportunities intervened this summer that caused me to delay production of several episodes of the show.  But better late than never.  Especially after you hear the episodes that result from the stuff that diverted my attention this summer.

Think you know Jack?  Listen in!


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Making a Run at TED2013

I’ve admired the TED Conference since I discovered videos of TED talks online five or six years ago.  Each presenter gets 18 minutes to express his or her “ideas worth spreading” in the most engaging way possible.  A genuine “stand up, make sense, and sit down” presentation format that does away with the stuff that doesn’t matter and puts the important stuff out front.  I think that my favorites thus far have been Jill Tarter and Mike Rowe.  I’ve become aware through TED of people who have since become heroes of sorts.  And I’ve come across ideas that I’d like to think that I’ve internalized and used to fuel much of what I’ve done, whether professionally or avocationally.

The TED approach has had a lot to do with the way in which I’ve approached Airspeed over the last six years.  After all, what else could be to blame for a suburban schlub who’s talked his way into military aircraft, flown with some of the best airshow performers out there, and become a competitive aerobatic pilot himself?

So you can imagine how exciting it was when I saw the announcement for TED2013.  At least half of the program will be crowdsourced.  Auditions will take place in 14 cities around the world.  Applications open for the New York auditions on March 30, they close on April 19m and the auditions are on June 7.  The application allows the applicant to submit a video. [Read more...]

Airspeed Releases White Paper at ICAS – Flying New Media and Social Media Riders

Download a free copy of the white paper by clicking HERE .

In connection with my appearance on the new-media panel at the ICAS convention, I launched a white paper.

As you know, I’m all about new-media types getting media ride seats at airshows and otherwise. If you’re an Airspeed listener/viewer, you know what new media and social media can do with audio, video, and other content generated from these rides. You know how this medium can go places and achieve depth of storytelling that traditional media hasn’t even heard of. For you and me, it’s a no-brainer to put a new-media rider up in the aircraft. But it doesn’t help to preach to the choir.

There are airshow performers, organizers, and sponsors who need good info about what new media and social media are in the first place. And then they need a concise statement of the benefit of flying new-media personalities. What it can and can’t do. And how to vet a potential new-media rider.

So I wrote up this little white paper. I brought 35 copies of the white paper to the presentation (all I could put together in the time I had) and they went like hotcakes. I’m very pleased about that.

For those who wanted a copy but didn’t get one, please click on the link above and download the document.

And for those who find it helpful, stay subscribed. It’s probably going to go through several more iterations as I come up with new or better thoughts and revise it. And, if you have suggestions or want specific topics covered that aren’t in the document now, please leave comments on this post and I’ll take them into consideration as I update the document.