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Closed Traffic Podcast

Closed Traffic Podcast

By Johnny Green & Michael Salmon
Average aviation enthusiast covering all things aviation and flight simulation.

Hosted by Johnny Green and Michael Salmon
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Impromptu Session - PMDG Release - The Good, The Bad, The Ugly

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Closed Traffic Podcast Welcomes Reality TV Star Mikey McBryan "Ice Pilots NWT"
We had the privilege of chatting with Mikey McBryan, star of the tv series "Ice Pilots NWT" and General Manager of Buffalo Airways. Mikey also goes into detail on his latest venture "Plane Savers" on YouTube. Plane Savers: Support us on Patreon:
September 16, 2022
FlightFx Joins CTP Live
Another amazing early Saturday morning show! Nick from FlightFX joins the CTP crew live starting with an insightful peek into their inception. In addition, Nick and the CTP crew discusses the nuances of what it takes to bring a product to market as well as the up's and down's of consumer expectations. Also, CTP gets a deep preview into the Cirrus Vision Jet ending with a special announcement! Don't miss it!  As always we encourage you to leave us feedback and follow for updates and schedules. FlightFX:  Live Show Replay:  Support us on Patreon:
September 11, 2022
Grab Your Coffee and Let's Chat!
Love the smell of coffee, Avgas, or Jet Fuel in the morning? CTP held a live show early Saturday morning to discuss all things aviation - flight sim, general aviation, and commercial aviation. We even threw out a few ground school questions at the Private Pilot level. It was all fair game! Take a listen and catch the live show replay if you have the time as well! Thanks to all our Patreon supporters! Live show replay below
September 07, 2022
Pushing Through!
Back with another lively episode! Listen in as the fella's return to discuss the disappointing release of the highly anticipated GSX Pro and some of the additional happenings across the flight sim and real-world aviation industry.  It's great to be back!
August 24, 2022
Shooting The Breeze!
The 3 amigos return with banter and laughter regarding the happenings across the flight sim and aviation industry. Listen as the fellas get into the latest news from PMDG, the imminent release of the gorgeous Pilatus PC12 by Carenado, an upcoming Mitsubishi MU-2, our take on the JetBlue/Spirit merger, and much more! We had a blast, tune in and as always feel free to leave us feedback. Closed Traffic Podcast: Support Us on Patreon:
August 19, 2022
Closed Traffic Podcast Welcomes Phillip
We had a great time with Phillip, content creator and freighter pilot based in the Southern California area. Phillip took the time to walk us through his acacia toon journey, he offered some valuable insight into the aviation world and shared with us his perspective on the impact flight sim has on the community. You can also watch the live show replay over on the CTP website. Phillip’s Channel: Support us on Patreon:
July 20, 2022
Someone Call a Mechanic!!!!!
Life as an Aviator consist of continuous improvement as well as lifelong learning. What happens when you've reached the next level? Johnny and Charlie welcomes back Pilot Fabian with new career developments and a HUGE announcement! Don't miss it! Closed Traffic Podcast: Support Us on Patreon:
June 24, 2022
FSELITE Joins the Closed Traffic Podcast Live!
FSElite has been at the forefront of providing top quality news and content covering the vast expanse of flight simulation (and more). On this episode Closed Traffic Podcast is excited to have Calum, Content Director and one of the founding father's of FSElite. Calum walks us through FSElite's inception as well as a deep dive into "Simulator Fatigue". Definitely don't want to miss this one and as always links will be provided below. FSElite: Closed Traffic Podcast: Support Us on Patreon:
June 16, 2022
Pilot Edge Joins CTP- The History of PilotEdge, SimVenture, & More!
The Closed Traffic Podcast is pleased to have PilotEdge on the podcast for the first time! We sit down with Kevin to discuss the phenomenal virtual air traffic control and pilot network and the infamous SimVenture event. The procedures for PilotEdge’s SimVenture event are nearly identical to EAA’s actual AirVenture event thus giving pilots an incredibly realistic experience of flying into and out of Oshkosh! Check out the episode and the PilotEdge network along with additional details regarding the SimVenture event. Simventure Promotion Material:
June 10, 2022
The Infamous Aviator Extraordinaire Kerry McCauley Joins CTP Live
The Closed Traffic Podcast is pleased to welcome Kerry McCauley to the show! Kerry has an extremely impressive resume including starring on the Discovery Channel Series "Dangerous Flights". He graciously agreed to spend some time with CTP to share and recount some of his fondest and extreme scenarios across his aviation career. Don't missed this one! Order your signed copy of "Ferry Pilot" here: Order your unsigned copy of "Ferry Pilot" here: Facebook: @ClosedTrafficPodcast Instagram: @closed_traffic Closed Traffic Podcast Website: Support Us on Patreon:
June 03, 2022
Closed Traffic Podcast discusses PMDG and Fenix Simulations - Do They Really Live up To The Hype!?
This has indeed been the most exciting couple of weeks in the flightsim industry. Mike and Johnny recap the events of both PMDG and Fenix releases. Mike and Johnny also reveals their thoughts on the PMDG release fiasco. You don’t not wanna miss this episode!  Facebook: @ClosedTrafficPodcast  Instagram: @closed_traffic  Closed Traffic Podcast Website:  Support Us on Patreon:
May 24, 2022
Impromptu Session - PMDG Release - The Good, The Bad, The Ugly
Well folks, today is the day. Probably the most anticipated flight sim release in history, the 737 by PMDG was released today. While we wait for the ability to finally get into the website and download this beast, Johnny and I sit down for an initial discussion and share impressions on the overall hype and release experience. Feel free to comment share your initial experience!  Facebook: @ClosedTrafficPocast Closed Traffic Podcast Website: Support Us on Patreon:
May 10, 2022
Closed Traffic Welcomes back Steve from Hype Performance Group!
Finding a solid helicopter is difficult in any sim. Johnny and Mike welcomes back  Steve from Hype Performance Group makers of the most comprehensive helicopter experience for MSFS 2020 (The H145) returns to the show with some amazing news! Johnny, Mike and Steve also cover the going’s on in the industry. Don’t want to miss this one! Hype Performance Group: Closed Traffic Podcast Website: Support Us on Patreon:
May 04, 2022
The 'Alternate' Episode: Flysimware Makes an Appearance, Plus CTP Logo Refresh, PMDG, Honda Jet...
We'll have to reschedule the episode with Hype Performance for a later date, however, the show goes on! We were joined by Mark from Flysimware and what a show this was. Mark walked us through his background of creating flight sim products from as far back as FS9 and spent even more time walking us through the recently released public beta of the Cessna 414AW. The plane is flat-out phenomenal my friends, Mark even took us through some of the renderings with a screen share in rea-time and then capped us off with quite the surprise. As always, you can catch the live replay of the show via the links below. Take a look a the C414AW for yourself and pick up this wonderful aircraft! Support us on Patreon:
April 21, 2022
Closed Traffic Podcast Welcomes back ("Hollywood" real world Spirit Airlines Pilot)
Mike and Johnny welcome back our special guest "Captain" Hollywood, as he takes us through his journey from FO to Capt. We unpacked a lot in this one, enjoy!
April 12, 2022
Got Internet!?
After what seemed like a move to another country, Johnny finally rejoins the podcast for a life update and a robust discussion about the recently released flight sim products. Tune in and listen to this candid but hilarious episode and join in on wishing Johnny all the luck in the world trying to find good reliable internet in his new neighborhood!  As always, links to the products discussed can be found below.
March 31, 2022
Big Ern Joins The Closed Traffic Podcast!
We had the pleasure of sitting down with the one and only Big Ern! As many of you know, Ernie is a current Southwest Pilot and recruiter for the airline whose love for aviation runs deep! You may know him from his increasingly popular YouTube channel "FlyingwithBigErn" where he takes viewers through the day-to-day operations of an airline pilot, workout regimen, and occasional GA action in his gorgeous Cirrus SR22 G6, "The Green Hornet". Ernie dropped a ton of knowledge for us and our viewers, especially the need to have continued awareness and support for those battling mental health issues, pilots in particular. As always, feel free to leave us feedback, much appreciated!   
March 12, 2022
Just Chatting
We are back my friends after a few weeks of life and “adulting” to bring you yet another podcast. No guests lined up for this session, but the dynamic duo talks up, celebrates, provides objective opinions, and whatever else it is you want to call it, the latest and greatest happenings across the aviation and flight sim community. Listen in to hear us provide our perspective on the latest dev news across the Microsoft Flight Sim platform, PMDG and Fenix Simulations, The Spirit and Frontier Airline merger, and much more.   Links to the articles and media below: Join Us On Patreon:
February 12, 2022
Hot Start and X-Aviation Joins The Closed Traffic Podcast!
You joined us for the pre-show last week, on Saturday we were fortunate to chat live with the Hot Start crew and take a deep dive into the newly released Challenger 650! What a show it was, from conversations about the inception of  Hot Start and X-Aviation and the TBM and Challenger products, to what’s next on the roadmap as far as future updates and new products to come. Replay links available below as well as via your favorite podcast outlets. You can purchase this awesome aircraft as well as additional Hot Start and X-Aviation products  here: Replay links: Join Us On Patreon:
January 21, 2022
One week into 2022 and flight sim is already off to a “Hot Start” Happy New Year from CTP!
Johnny and I sat down to provide our initial thoughts on the Hot Start Challenger 650 (which at the time of posting this has already been released and burning holes in the VATSIM sky) as well as the newly released LevelUp 737NG series. Listen in via your favorite podcast outlets and don’t forget to tune into the live show replay on our YouTube channels for an even more in depth visual conversation. Link to Full Stream! Join us on Patreon!
January 09, 2022
TFDi Joins The Closed Traffic Podcast
What an episode my friends! We were joined by CEO Collin from TFDi live to discuss the genesis of TFDi, renowned products all across the flight sim community, and the future roadmap. Collin walked us through what inspired him to jump into flight sim and eventually what led him to create so many of the products we have all grown to love, his passion for his products and dedication to the community is really extraordinary. Tune in and listen to the conversation, highlighting exciting products like the 717, SmartCars, everyone’s favorite; PACX, and of course the all promising MD11. This will be CTP’s last episode of the year, we want to thank everyone for their support and wish you all a wonderful and safe holiday season. Looking forward to some exciting things to come in 2022! TFDI Design: Join us on Patreon!
December 21, 2021
Spirit Airlines Pilot “Yellowbus” Returns to the Closed Traffic Podcast
"Yellowbus" aka "Hollywood" aka Robert, joins us once again on the podcast. Robert is in the process of upgrading from First Officer to Captain with Spirit Airlines, and was nice enough to come on and share some of the details regarding that process. The Captain upgrade process at a major airline is not something that is too often shared, especially not within the flight sim community, so the information was truly amazing to dive into. We once again want to congratulate Robert and thank him for coming on, stay tuned for some additional updates regarding his journey. Join us on Patreon!
December 06, 2021
Closed Traffic Supporter Series Charlie AKA “Mountain Man” Joins us
It’s been a while friends but we are back nonetheless with another aviation podcast. This episode kicks off our supporter series. As a way to say thank you to our initial and continued long time supporters, we’ll invite folks to join us for an episode to discuss all things aviation, heck life in general; particularly in this sit down with Charlie. This was one of our live Twitch podcasts so it was great receiving comments and feedback from the chat in real-time, but if ya missed it, as always replays and the podcast are available utilizing the links below. You all be well, stay safe, and keep the blue side up! Join us on Patreon!
November 03, 2021
Closed Traffic Welcome’s Hype Performance + Initial 2021 Flight Sim Expo Reactions
While we were unable to attend this year’s Flight Sim Expo in person, Johnny and I were thrilled to spend Saturday evening virtually with Steve from Hype Performance Group to discuss the freeware products they have graciously made available to the FS2020 community; Icon A5 performance edition and of course the infamous Airbus H135 helicopter project and the soon to come payware H145, to name a few. Steve walked us through his background, his love for flight simming, and how he and the team were able to fill a need the community desired.   We were also able to discuss our initial thoughts and opinions on what we observed during Saturday’s expo, real world flying experiences, and so much more. Have a listen and as always feel free to connect with us and leave feedback.   Check out Hype Performance Group below and be sure to grab the AFS H145 variant bundle now available for early access! Join us on Patreon!
September 27, 2021
Just Chatting!
Johnny and Mike shoot the breeze on this wonderful Thursday evening discussing real world aviation, flight simulation (Fenix Simulations, PMDG, and many more). We even threw in a discussion around computer hardware, particularly graphics cards and the impact the chip shortage has played in the difficulty of obtaining even a simple 3060, at least at a decent price. Tune in, there was so much more discussed that I think you’ll enjoy and furthermore Johnny and I would love feedback on. Many thanks to you all for helping us keep the content alive and a special shout-out to our continued Patreon supporters. Make sure to rate us on Apple Podcast! Join Us on Patreon! All Social Platforms: @ClosedTrafficPodcast
September 03, 2021
Closed Traffic Welcome’s Airline Pilot Robert AKA Hollywood
Johnny and Mike take “Closed Traffic” live on Twitch and what better way to debut than with a current airliner pilot, flight instructor, and just avid aviation enthusiast Robert. Robert is a current airliner pilot on the Airbus fleet based here in the United States with a wealth of experience, we’ll let you guys tune in to discover just how many flight hours and experience he actually has! It was a great conversation and even better experience for our guests to ask questions about life at the airlines, how to begin flight training, the different characteristics of the many equipment Robert has flown and which flight sim addons actual captures the closest to its real-world counterpart, and so much more. Tune in to relive the conversation and as always never hesitate to reach out with additional comments and questions.
August 22, 2021
Closed Traffic Welcomes FlightSim Expo
Closed Traffic had the pleasure of welcoming Evan and Jon to the show, check out the great conversation as well as video over on our Twitch channel and your favorite podcast outlets to follow in the coming days. Flight Sim Expo is gearing up to be an epic event my friends, head on over to To register now and participate on-site or virtually this year. Spread the word, ya don’t wanna miss it.
August 15, 2021
Never Stop Building That Cello!
Interesting title for an aviation podcast huh. Mike and Johnny welcomes back Fabian from Extreme Flight Simulations (EFS) to talk about a multitude of topics related to pursuing a path towards real-world flying. It’s a topic that Johnny and I try to touch on as much as possible so Fabian’s message was timely. It’s important for the community to know that there are many opportunities within aviation and becoming a pilot, and even ways to be compensated without ever stepping foot on the line of a regional or major airliner. Fabian also shared a very interesting and compelling personal story about adversity (hence the Cello) that I think we can all learn from and apply to our lives daily. Tune in, this was a good one and always feel free to let us know what you think! Social: @ClosedTrafficPodcast If you'd like to support us on Patreon:
July 22, 2021
Two Exhausted Dudes and a Microphone
We are back my friends after a few weeks of life and “adulting” to bring you yet another podcast. No guests lined up for this session but the dynamic duo talks up, celebrates, provides objective opinions, and whatever else it is you want to call it, the latest and greatest happenings across the aviation and flight sim community. Listen in to hear us provide our perspective from the PMDG DC6 all the way to “Check Ride Stalker’s” flight review experience a couple weeks ago.   As always feel free to leave your feedback and looking forward to seeing you folks at this year’s Flight Sim Expo in San Diego, CA! Social: @ClosedTrafficPodcast If you'd like to support us on Patreon:
June 30, 2021
It’s Friday! Closed Traffic Welcome’s EFS
My friends welcome to yet another podcast and what better way to kick off the weekend than chatting it up with some fellow pilots and avid aviation enthusiasts! Johnny and Mike welcome Mike G and Fabian from Extreme Flight Simulation. EFS is a Chicago based company featuring a state of the art 737 flight simulator that allows the public to try their hand at flying anywhere in the world in any weather conditions, from your most novice to your advanced line pilots doing it out there in the real world and looking for some sim currency time, EFS has what you need and so much more. We had a blast on this podcast, from business discussions with Mike, flight simulators, and learning from a truly impressive young pilot in Fabian, it was truly a pleasure.  Mike, Fabian, and the EFS team will join us again at this year’s FlightSimExpo so be sure to stop by and check out their booth as well as their Chicago based simulator experience if you are ever in the neighborhood! Listen in and as always let us know what ya think.   EFS Website & Socials If you'd like to support on Patreon:
June 06, 2021
Mike & Johnny Welcome the One & Only "Blu Games"!
What a blast! Mike and Johnny had the pleasure of welcoming Blu Games to the Closed Traffic Podcast on this fine Friday evening. Blu was a natural, so the conversation just flowed so well, in fact, we didn’t get to many of the “official” questions that we really wanted to ask him but that’s what makes these conversations great, it was still rich with content! We talked about his love for gaming and passion for sharing his platform and talent with the community, the variety of genres that consistently brings folks to his channel from all over the world, his aspiration and persistent journey towards his private pilot license, and so much more! You do not want to miss this episode, my friends, tune in and as always don’t forget to leave a comment and let us know what you think. Don’t miss out on Blu’s amazing content, connect with him below! Blu Games YouTube | Blu Games Official Website | Instagram @iamblugames  Twitch @iamblugames  Twitter @iamblugames   Facebook @ If you'd like to support us on Patreon:
June 01, 2021
Sharklet Hype & Much More with GrenIriBajan!
Mike and Johnny return with our good friend and the one and only GrenIriBajan AKA Jon. Jon was gracious enough to join us from across the pond well into the midnight hour to shoot the breeze. It was awesome hearing about his exciting commercial pilot journey, and his plans to return to the industry here soon. What’s an aviation podcast without some flight sim talk as well, tune in and listen to each of us give our take on the newly released FSLABS Sharklets, the future of P3d, as well as some additional insightful conversation about the hobby in general.   Be sure to check out Jon’s YouTube channel below as well!
May 16, 2021
The Community’s Favorite Gaming Couple!
Johnny and Mike return with another guest series but this time with the 2 for 1 special. We had the pleasure of chatting it up with Spur Gaming and Amerity Plays to understand where their passion for gaming started, how they manage to find the time with 3 kids and work, and a few other real life lessons that we all need to keep in mind as content creators and viewers alike. Tune in, ya don’t want to miss it!   Be sure to check out the Spurs’ channels and the wealth of awesome content! Don’t forget to like and subscribe.   Spur Gaming YouTube: Spur Gaming Twitch: Amerity_Plays:
May 01, 2021
Once You Have Tasted Flight....
With no guest lined up for this session, the duo returned with the intention to shoot the breeze for a quick conversation that ended running almost two hours long! So much discussed in this session and many takeaways for the community. At end of the day, chase your dreams friends, don’t settle for mediocrity, and never give up! “Once you have tasted flight, you will forever walk the earth with your eyes turned skyward, for there you have been, and there you will always long to return.” -Leonardo da Vinci
April 19, 2021
Behind The Scenes With XP72
Wow! this is one for the ages my friends. Johnny and Mike sits down with the one and only XP72 for an exciting conversation around aviation, content creation, flight simming, and so much more. Tune in now to listen back to the insightful conversation and a teaser of what's to come for XP and the flight sim community as a whole! XP72's Channel: Leave a message!
March 27, 2021
So Much More Than Flight Simming, with Captain Shaquille Oatmeal
Mike & Johnny sits down with the one and only Captain Shaquille Oatmeal! Lots of insightful conversations regarding how Shaq became interested in aviation, his connection with the Tuskegee Airmen, how aviation allowed him to meet his wife, his involvement in the community SimWings project, and so much more.  Check out Shaq’s channel and discord here: SimWings Project:
March 22, 2021
Feeling the vibes! w/ Chief SimPilot
We had an amazing conversation with our special guest, Chief SimPilot as we discuss flightsim community growth and what inspired him to take part in this amazing hobby! Leave us a message: Simwings Support: Chief SimPilot's Channel:
February 28, 2021
Micslmn and Stalker sits down with VerticalSim!
The Closed Traffic podcast welcome’s its first official guest, the flight sim community’s very own and well renowned Vertical Sim! You can find his products at:
February 12, 2021
The Navigraph 2020 results are in!
This episode we discuss the latest Navigraph Survey results from 2020, we'll a little deeper into the numbers and what it means for the industry. Also, Mike gives his take on his new Honeycomb yoke. Johnny's latest foray back into P3D??? We also discuss industry demographics and it's effect on VATSIM. We want your feedback! Leave us a voicemail here and we'll discuss it on air:
January 25, 2021
Toliss does it again!
Join us as myself and Michael (Micslmn) discuss the Toliss A321 NEO  as well as content creation, Aerosoft's CRJ and much more! Micslmn's Youtube Channel: Toliss NEO Addon:
December 22, 2020
Welcome Aboard!
Brief introduction and ramblings at 12am great start for Episode 1! Also dive a little in to the background of Microsoft Flight Simulator and where we are at today.
September 22, 2020