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In this episode of the Flying Midwest Podcast, we are thrilled to have a special guest, Caroline "Blaze" Jensen, former US Air Force Thunderbird #3. Blaze shares insights into her multifaceted career, spanning her time at the Air Force Academy to her illustrious military career, and her experiences as one of the elite pilots on the Thunderbirds. Beyond her achievements in the sky, Blaze delves into her latest venture - a captivating children's book titled "Thundermouse," offering a unique perspective of her time as a thunderbird and mother. Blaze Jensen - Buy Thundermouse - Jim, Madi, and Badger Pilot, bring listeners up to speed on the latest in the aviation world, sharing their anecdotes and experiences. Additionally, the episode introduces a new segment, the Sectional Showdown, proudly sponsored by Pilot Quarters. This exciting addition puts our sectional knowledge to the test. You can play along on our post on our social media accounts. Don't forget to stay connected with us and show your support by following us on our social media channels. You can find us on ⁠⁠Facebook⁠⁠ and check out our Linktree at ⁠⁠⁠⁠. If you have any questions, feedback, or suggestions, please feel free to reach out to us via email at ⁠⁠⁠⁠. We're thrilled to announce our new sponsor, Pilot Quarters, a Michigan-based family business specializing in aviation-themed clothing, including aviation chart shirts, sundresses, and polos. Explore their fantastic products at ⁠⁠⁠⁠. Creating this podcast involves various monthly costs, and your support means the world to us. If you'd like to contribute, you can do so by purchasing merchandise from our store at ⁠⁠⁠⁠ or by checking out some great gear from Lightspeed and Flying Eyes through our affiliate links. You can also become a member of our Patreon community, where we offer exclusive interview content, Jim's CFI Quest blog, and a look at Madi's early aviation blog. We truly appreciate your support and hope you'll consider becoming a patron. Join our Patreon community at ⁠⁠⁠⁠. If you're interested in top-of-the-line ANR headsets, check out Lightspeed Headsets on our affiliate page ⁠⁠here⁠⁠. Explore our exclusive merch store at ⁠⁠⁠⁠. Discover Flying Eyes Optics, a brand that designs sunglasses and eyewear specifically for pilots, by pilots. Visit our affiliate page ⁠⁠here⁠⁠ and use the coupon code "FlyingMidwest10" to get a 10% discount on your purchase. Thanks for joining us on the Flying Midwest Podcast, and we can't wait to dive into today's aviation adventures!
Are you ready for Airventure! We are joined by EAA's Director of Communication, Dick Knapinski to preview this year's show. We talk about how they will celebrate the 70 years of EAA, changes to the event, some featured attractions, and much more. We also talk about the unique aviation family reunion feel and community that comes with the annual pilgrimage to Oshkosh. It's the perfect pre-game for this year's big event! Free content isn't always free. Each month, we have various costs associated with brining you the podcast. If you would like to help us financially, you can purchase our Merch, check out some great gear from Lightspeed and Flying Eyes at our affiliate links, or become a member of our Patreon community. We have a ton of great merch in our merch store just in time for summer. On our Patreon we will have exclusive interview content, This Week in Aviation History, Jim's attempt at blogging with his CFI Quest, and a look at Madi's old blog from her early days in aviation. We hope you consider supporting us and becoming a patron. Check out our Patreon Community: ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠ Check them Lightspeed Headsets at our affiliate page. ⁠⁠⁠Lightspeed Affiliate Link⁠⁠ Merch: ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠ We are thrilled to announce another partnership with Flying Eyes Optics. They design sunglasses and eyewear for pilots, by pilots. Go check out all of their great line of products at out affiliate page. If you like what you see, use coupon code "FlyingMidwest10" and get 10% off your purchase. Flying Eyes - ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠ Be sure to follow us and subscribe on social media, and leave us a review wherever you find our podcast. Website: ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠ Facebook: ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠ Linktree: ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠ Email: ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠ NEWS - Minnesota - ⁠⁠ Ohio - ⁠⁠ Missouri - ⁠⁠ Kansas - ⁠⁠ North Dakota- EVENTS: Thank you Patrons: Badger Pilot (Patron #1) The Burns Bug Blender
We welcome Airshow Announcer, the face and voice of Sporty's pilot training videos, and host of the "I Learned About Flying From That" podcast, Rob Reider. An Aviation Renaissance Man who has lent his talents to the aviation community for years.  Rob Reider has spent decades as a highly sought airshows announcer, announcing shows all across the nation. He has built many friendships and professional relationships over the years, to include the Blue Angels and the Thunderbirds. He is a member of the International Council of Airshows, and recipeint of the Sword of excellence.  Many of us know Rob from his appearances in the Sporty's Pilot Shop pilot training videos. He has been in the spotlight and behind the mic to help create the wildly popular series of videos for the Private, Instrument, and Commercial ratings. He constantly works with the team at Sporty's to keep content updated.   Rob is also the Host of the I Learned About Flying From That Podcast. He talks to guests about their close calls and shares lessons learned with others.  You can visit Rob's website at Rob's Facebook: Thumbnail photo courtesy of Rob Reider’s Facebook page. Be sure to join us Friday, December 30th at 8:00 PM Central for our One Year Anniversary Livestream. Help us celebrate our first year, join in on the conversation, and help us ring in 2023 and our second year of the podcast!
In this episode, Jim, Madi and Trevor chat about check rides. If you are a student at any level and prepping for your check ride, you won’t want to miss this one. We will discuss tips passed along to us, how we prepared, resources we used, and much more. Plus, we check in with the crew on their aviation adventures and have some fun hangar talk. You can check out the links below for all the things we talked about. Seth Lake Content - MzeroA Commercial - Jeppesen - Check out our Merch - NEWS Iowa - Wisconsin - Nebraska - Federal Funding - ________________________________________________________ EVENTS Holiday Tree of Hope - Dec 3rd.
We are back from our Fall break! In this episode, we sit down with Russ Keith and  learn more about the Facebook Community “Airplanes & Coffee.” Russ is the President of the Board for Airplanes & Coffee. Now boasting over 120K members, this rapidly growing community is looking to continue to expand. They have big dreams and we get to hear all about it. Plus, Jim earns his Commercial rating, and Trevor purchases a new to him Cessna 150. Merch: News Minnesota- Laser Pointing North Dakota- Veteran Program Kansas - Textron Expansion Michigan - AOPA advocates against aviation bill Ohio - New Aircraft / Drone tracking program Events Tree of Hope - December 3rd 8:00am-Noon @ St. Cloud Regional Airport Brodhead Airport Chili Fly-in - Nov 5th Hosted by EAA Chapter 431 West Bend Airport Breakfast with Santa - Dec 10th 07:00 am- 11:00 am
In this episode, we bring your a content creation cross-over of epic proportions. We are joined by Ryan Dembroski of SuperAero. Ryan joins us in the podcast, as we join him on SuperAero Live! It is an event that nobody asked for, that you didn't realize you needed. Join us as we interview Ryan about his YouTube content creation and community, the opportunities he has had in aviation, and an overall fun conversation. Message from the FMP Crew: The FMP Crew all have really busy schedules over the next several weeks. We will be taking a quick break from podcast production, but we will be back with new guests, fresh content, and some fun new opportunities in early November. If you have missed our News and Events segments, they will return in November. Watch the Interview on SuperAero Live : Checkout Ryan's Social Media: YouTube: TikTok: Facebook: Instagram: Be sure to follow us and subscribe on social media, and leave us a review wherever you find our podcast. Website: Merch: Facebook: Linktree: Email:
In this bonus episode, we return with part two of our interview with airshow performer Kyle Franklin. Kyle is well known for his "Drunk Pilot" comedy act, his Dracula act, and his previous act Pirated Skies. In this part of the interview, Kyle talks more about his performances, what goes into making a routine, what performing means to him, and much more.  Kyle Franklin: Episode Thumbnail Photo Courtesy of Jeremy D. Dando: We will also chat about The latest video from Just Plane Silly, featuring Bryan Turner's Interview with Jim.  You can check out that video right here: Be sure to follow us and subscribe on social media, and leave us a review wherever you find our podcast. Website: Merch: Facebook: Linktree: Email:
In this episode, we are thrilled to bring you part one of our interview with airshow performer Kyle Franklin. Kyle is well known for his "Drunk Pilot" comedy act, his Dracula act, and his previous act Pirated Skies. Kyle talks about his family history in aviation, and how he got into the airshow business. We will bring you part two of our interview in our next episode! Kyle Franklin: Episode Thumbnail Photo Courtesy of Jeremy D. Dando: We will also chat about what the crew has been up to in the past two weeks, including Jim’s adventure to Sidnaw, Michigan for the 6Y9 fly-in. Sidnaw Airport: Be sure to follow us on social media, subscribe to our social media, and leave us a review wherever you find our podcast. Website: Merch: Facebook: Linktree: Email: News G100UL Mississippi King Air Iowa Illinois Events: EAA Chapter 838 Flyout:[%7B%22surface%22%3A%22group%22%7D]%7D Girls in Aviation Day: McConnel Air Force Base Airshow:
On this episode, we are thrilled to speak with the folks with Angel Flight Central. This organization is a 501 (c) 3 providing charitable flights to those in need of healthcare through a cadre of over 350 Midwestern aviators. We speak with Angel Flight Central's Executive Director Brendan Sneegas and volunteer pilot Greg Stack about the mission, the rewards, and how you can get involved. If you are interested in Angel Flight or can help spread the word about this amazing group, visit their website or social media to get started. or Our Merchandise site is not online. If you are interested in clothing, mugs, or other Flying Midwest Podcast merchandise, check out the link below. NEWS Minnesota Wisconsin North Dakota South Dakota Kansas EVENTS Northwest Illinois Airshow (Freeport). Tix $10 online, $15 at gate, kids 10 + under are free. Food trucks tix @  Cleveland National AIrshow - Sept 3, 4, and 5th. - Garmin KC Airshow -
On this episode, we are excited to welcome Air Traffic Controller Cole FInley, and Columbia Jet Center’s Brittany Griffin to talk to us about their recent charitable fly-ins. They have hosted two successful events so far this year, with a third on the horizon. Hear how they came up with the events, their goal, and their big plans for the future. Plus, Maid recounts her trip to Airventure 22’. She tells us some of the highlights of the event, talks about meeting some fans and popular aviation personalities. Plus news, events, and so much more. News Wisconsin Kansas Mo Illinois
On this episode, we are so thrilled to host our first call-in/zoom-in special. We are joined by several guests and fans of the podcast, talking all things Airventure. You won't want to miss the end of this episode, as Bryan Turner and Tomas Icenogle defend their honor and unpopular aviation opinion for you, the FMP faithful.   We had such a great time connecting with our listeners in this episode. A huge thank you to all of them for playing along with our crazy podcasting crew.  1. Hannah - Oregon based A&P apprentice and friend of Madi 2. Eric Strom - MN based pilot and instagramer. Check out his profile. 3. Ed and Caitlin - A Wisconsin based couple on a tour around the airports of Wisconsin. Check out their journey on youtube - 4. Bryan Turner - An honorary Midwesterner, commonly name dropped former guest and Youtube sensation. In the off chance you don't know how to find him...  5. Tomas and Nicole Icenogle - Former guests and aviation loving couple who share their adventures on social media. Check out their instagram here - If you have a suggestion for a future episode, would like to be a guest, or just want to give us some feedback, we'd love to hear from you. Reach out at or at any of the links below.
On this episode, we are joined by Kevin Meyers from Pilotedge. We will talk about their virtual Oshkosh event, Simventure. Sim pilots can fly into the virtual show using the Pilotedge ATC service, provided by real Airventure controllers. He also talks about what Pilotedge is and how it can enhance your flight simulator experience. Check out Pilotedge at the links below If you have a suggestion for a future episode, would like to be a guest, or just want to give us some feedback, we'd love to hear from you. Reach out at or at any of the links below. News MI- Shockwave Crash MN- Young Eagles IL- Pilot lands without fuel Events Duluth Airshow Wings over Whiteside Wings of the North  Milwaukee Air and Water Show
On this episode, we are joined by AOPA’s 2021 National CFI of the Year, Ambyr Peterson. She will talk with us about her award, her thoughts on flight instruction, and some tips and tricks for new students and CFIs.  You can find Ambyr at:  You can Find Ambyr's Event at:  You can find us here:  NEWS  EVENTS  The Starbuck Area Chamber of Commerce is excited to be hosting the Annual Fly-In Breakfast at the Starbuck Airport on July 2, 2022. Chris Cakes will be serving all you can eat pancakes with sausage and a beverage from 7:00 am to 12:00 noon. PICs and kids 10 and under eat free. Stay for the day and participate in Heritage Days festivities in nearby downtown Starbuck, including a fun run, craft fair, car show, kid's games, a parade, coronation, and fireworks at dusk. For questions, contact Don LIlienthal at 320-760-3033 or Tom Beuckens at 612-715-1995.
On this episode, we have a little story time with Jim, Madi and Trevor. That first solo flight, the most quintessential moment of every pilots early days of flight, we can't wait to share our experience. We're also joined by returning guest and newly minted Private Pilot Elle Taylor, as we congratulate her and Madi on some new ratings. If you want us to share your solo story in a future episode, reach out to us at, or any of our social media.  We've got a new logo! Be sure to check it out on our website and social media pages. If you would be interested in future merch, like shirts or stickers, drop us a line.  If you have a suggestion for a future episode, would like to be a guest, or just want to give us some feedback, we'd love to hear from you. Reach out at or at any of the links below. You can follow Elle Taylor on her Instagram at News KC TRACON Groundstop A-10s in Michigan KGFK Summer Construction Minneapolis Mock Cabin Events Cornicopia Airport Solstice Flyin June 17th 
On this episode, we are thrilled to be joined by fans of the podcast Tomas and Nicole Icenogle, from the Instagram channel Flying Tandem. They chronicle their adventures around the county on their Instagram page of over 15,000 followers. They discuss their origins, highs and lows in aviation and content creation, and the future of their channel. Do you have show ideas or just want to reach out. Contact us at or check us out on any of your social media by visiting the links in our Linktree  News Minnesota Trooper hits duck C130 upgrades in Minneapolis Competitor killed at Nebraska Stol Competition Amelia Earhart Muesum
On this episode of the Flying Midwest Podcast, we talk with Air Traffic Controller Jack Parkin. We may have bestowed the nickname “Waterloo Jack” upon him, in the same vein as Kennedy Steve and Boston John. Jack talks to us about his path into controlling, the training involved, and upcoming FAA hiring opportunities. He will also answer some fan-submitted questions. We also put Jack to the test with our newest guest segment, “The Alert Five.” We give our guest five rapid fire questions to see how quick they are on their feet with our random aviation/podcast related questions. Curious about ATC Jobs? June 24th-June 27th  or News Record Kc-46 Flight out of Kansas- First Production T-7 RedHawk rolls out in Missouri- B-25 Miss Mitchell out for Raid 22’- Boeing Headquarters Moving from Chicago- Passenger Exits Moving Plane at O’Hare (Perhaps he was sucked out an open door?)- Another Charitable FLy-In hosted at Columbia Regional AIrport in Missouri- Events Spirit of St. Louis Airshow- Chippewa Valley Airshow- Nebraska Aviation Council Fly-in- Fort Wayne Airshow-
In this episode, we bring you the second part of our conversation with Meteorologist, Lt. Col. Nicole Mitchell. She talks to us about her time with the USAF Hurricane Hunters, what the role of a weather officer is on a C130 crew, and how the crew goes about investigating and analyzing a storm.  We also give our take on Trevor Jacob’s certificate revocation and the Red Bull “Plane Swap.” News Wildfires and Drones Oshkosh Hiring for Airventure Bombardier’s new US Defense Headquarters / Ohio State Highway Patrol’s New Aircraft Tech Redbull Paper Airplane Finals Events Check out the links below for a variety of events.  5/7 eaa Chapter 22 - Pancake Breakfast, 7am to 11am at Cottonwood Airport (1C8) 5/8 - Eaa Chapter 1414 - Pancake Breakfast 7-11, YE Rally 8 -12, Poplar Grove (C77)
In this episode, we’re joined by Meteorologist Nicole Mitchell. Nicole is a USAF Air Guard Lt. Col. in command of a weather squadron in Wisconsin, a former TV meteorologist, and served with the famous Hurricane Hunters. In part one of a two episode series, she joins us to talk about warm weather flight hazards. Madi also brings us a CFI Minute covering summer weather as well. Plus news and events from around the region.  NEWS MN man starts his own airpark New Piper Brand Ambassadors at UND UND partners with local high school for college credit aviation program New Pilot Training Program in Sioux City Fly in Food Drive in Missouri Wright Factory to be preserved National Aviation Hall of Fame Programs Textron News EVENTS GMAG Minnesota aviation celebration! Friday, May 21st (9-5) and Saturday, May 22nd (0830-4) (Buffalo) There will be over 40 exhibitors, a Rusty Pilot seminar put on by AOPA, FAAST seminars, and other forums! 10 dollars per person per day. Free to MNPA members and those under the age of 18. or CWI, SFY, MXO, C17, 8C4 (IA), Saturday, May 7 (8a-12p) Second Annual Poker Run & Scavenger Hunt. Registration is 25 dollars. Free-will donation lunch starts at 11. Register with P7N Flight and Charter by May 5 by calling 563-244-4770 or emailing Pride of the Pacific Ray Fagen Memorial Airshow (June 18, rain date 19) at Lenzen-Roe-Fagen Memorial Airport (MN). Admission 25 dollars online & 30 in person, military 15 for both, 10-17 15 for both, 9 and under free. Tickets non-refundable. Tickets online (will include link in show notes) Tacomania Food Truck Fly-In @ Union County Airport (MRT, OH) Sunday May 22 (0930-1430) Street tacos and young eagle flights and activities, Oh My! Guest Speaker Danny Mortensen will give a presentation at 1300 titled “confessions of an air traffic controller” T-6 rides may be available All-You-Can-Eat Pancake Breakfast Fly-In, Saturday April 23 @ Ames Municipal Airport (IA) Breakfast, airplane & helicopter rides, and static aircraft display   
In this episode, we visit with almost YouTube Sensation Bryan Turner and discuss his channel “Just Plane Silly.” We discuss his origins in aviation, how he got his start in satirical aviation videos, and what future things are coming to his channel. We also quiz Bryan on “Did You Say It?” and hear his unpopular aviation opinions. Finally, some big news at the end of the episode that you won’t want to miss! Be sure to check out Bryan’s content, and like and subscribe.
In this episode, we look back at some content that was cut from previous episodes. Jim also announces our mystery guest for Episode 8.  From Episode 2, we revisit our discussion on the use of flight simulators in your primary training. From Episode 4, we hear another learning moment from Lion Templin as he shares his experience flying VMC into IMC. Finally, from Episode 6, we chat a little more with Piper Brand Ambassador Elle Taylor about her training and influences.    You can find the YouTube channel of our next guest here.  You can find Elle on her social media accounts:
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