Best of the Web: Some great aviation podcasts from AVweb

AVweb has a nice collection of aviation podcast interviews with various aviation personalities organized in a section of their homepage and some of the more recent podcasts worth noting would include the following:

The Man Behind HondaJet. After making a drawing on the back of a calendar, Mishimasa Fujino then had to convince Honda to pursue light jet development. He is now the president and CEO of Honda Aircraft Company. AVweb caught up with him at AirVenture 2013, where two of the first conforming HondaJets were publicly displayed.

More Planes in Cirrus’s Future. Cirrus COO Pat Waddick spoke with AVweb’s Russ Niles at AirVenture 2013. In addition, AVweb interviewed Pat along with CEO Dale Klapmeier back in March about their vision for dealing with the challenges and opportunities ahead. Pat was also interviewed in an April podcast at Aero Friedrichschafen where the company had an increased presence for this year’s event. - Transition Roadable AircraftTerrafugia’s Plans for the Transition Roadable Aircraft. At the end of July, AVweb interviewed Terrafugia’s CEO Carl Dietrich right before the company’s Transition roadable aircraft had its first public demonstration at EAA AirVenture. Carl was also interviewed in May about the company’s plans to develop a four-seat VTOL hybrid electric semi-autonomous flying car with a 500-mile range.

The Director of Disney’s Planes. The new Disney animated feature Planes got its first screening at AirVenture and AVweb spoke with the movie’s director, Klay Hall, about the movie and what it might mean for general aviation.

Balloons Across the Atlantic. At the end of June, pilot Jonathan Trappe, who has crossed the English Channel flying his unusual cluster of small helium balloons, was in Maine waiting for the right weather to launch across the sea. Trappe spoke with AVweb about his flight preparations, what challenges he was expecting and how we could track his progress after launch.

Ebay Auction for a Sea Harrier. Back in June, Canadian businessman Ian Cotton was selling his almost-flyable Sea Harrier on eBay. He spoke with AVweb about how the jump jet made it to his driveway in Red Deer, Alberta.

Flying Around the World Without Refueling. It’s been 27 years since Dick Rutan and Jeana Yeager flew around the world without refueling. Since then, technology has been introduced that would make it a much different trip today. Rutan spoke with AVweb after speaking to the Aircraft Electronics Association convention in Las Vegas back in March.

Aviation Legend Col. Joe Kittinger. In 1960, Col. Joe Kittinger flew to the edge of space in a balloon and jumped out to set a record that stood until Red Bull’s Felix Baumgartner finally broke it last year – help from Kittinger.  AVweb spoke with the colonel back in January about his unique and adventurous career in aviation.

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