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Flying Midwest Podcast

Flying Midwest Podcast

By Flying Midwest Podcast
Welcome to the Flying Midwest Podcast! Connecting aviators from across America's Heartland.

Join your hosts Jim, Madi, and Trevor right here every month. We will share the latest and greatest in Midwest aviation news, events, hangar talk, and aviation history.

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Episode 21: Super Podcast Live - With Ryan Dembroski of SuperAero Live
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:
October 03, 2022
Episode 20: Aerial Acts (Part Deux) - with Kyle Franklin
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:
September 19, 2022
Episode 19: Aerial Acts- with Kyle Franklin
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:
September 12, 2022
Episode 18: Angel Flight Central - with Brendan Sneegas and Greg Stack
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 -
August 29, 2022
Season 1, Episode 17: Flying for a Cause
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
August 15, 2022
Episode 16: FMP Airventure Call-in Extravaganza Spectacular!
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.
July 24, 2022
Episode 15: Rock Your Pixel Wings, with Kevin Meyers from Pilot Edge
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
July 11, 2022
Episode 14: Learning From the Best: AOPA's 2021 CFI of the Year - Ambyr Peterson
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.
June 27, 2022
Season 1, Episode 13: Solo Flight Story Time
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 
June 12, 2022
Season 1, Episode 12: Fly Together, Stay Together - With Flying Tandem's Tomas and Nicole Icenogle
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
May 29, 2022
Season 1, Episode 11: ATC Advice with "Waterloo Jack" featuring Jack Parkin
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-
May 14, 2022
Season 1, Episode 10: In the Eye of the Storm: with Nicole Mitchell.
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)
April 30, 2022
Season 1, Episode 9: Warm Weather Wisdom
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   
April 16, 2022
Season 1, Episode 8; A Just Plane Silly Episode
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.
April 01, 2022
Season 1, Episode 7: Bonus Clips From the Cutting Room Floor
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:
March 26, 2022
Season 1, Episode 6: Meet Piper's New Brand Ambassador, Elle Taylor
In this episode, we speak with Elle Taylor. She is a brand ambassador with Piper Aircraft and a student at Minnesota State University - Mankato. She is a Freshman in the aviation program, which features a large fleet of Pipers. She hopes to use her social media presence to help grow a new generation of aviators as she chronicles her journey through her own flight training.  We talk to her about her journey into aviation and what it means to be a brand ambassador. You can find Elle on her social media accounts: News Wind Farm light mitigation bill moving through Kansas legislature. Charter jet slides off runway in Waterloo, IA Michigan State Trooper awarded HAI Law Enforcement award B-29 “Doc” to return to Airventure in 2022 Events Great Minnesota Aviation Gathering
March 13, 2022
Season 1, Ep. 5: Learning Through Experience - With Lion Templin
In this episode, we begin the first in an ongoing series we like to call “Learning through Experience.” We aim to share the stories and experiences of other aviators with our audience as a means to learn from one another. We are joined by Pilot, Author, Corporate Consultant, and Voiceover Artist Lion Templin. Lion shares a number of his emergency-like scenarios. From common problems faced with flying at night, to dealing with a bird strike emergency. You can check out Lion’s book here. If you have questions or comments, reach out to us at or contact us on Facebook at Don't forget to stick around for the outtakes at the end of the show! Thanks for listening! News Nebraska Guard Helicopter Crew to the Rescue Moorhead Airport Name Change Indiana State Scholarship Events Iceport 2022 Buffalo Airport Chili Flyin[%7B%5C%22surface%5C%22%3A%5C%22share_link%5C%22%2C%5C%22mechanism%5C%22%3A%5C%22share_link%5C%22%2C%5C%22extra_data%5C%22%3A%7B%5C%22invite_link_id%5C%22%3A376431290542755%7D%7D]%22%7D Saturday Food Truck Flyin USAF Thunderbirds Schedule US Navy Blue Angels Schedule
February 28, 2022
Season 1, Ep. 4: Chatting about CRM with Captain Ken Chase
In this episode, we chat about Crew Resource Management (CRM.) We are joined by retired Air Force Captain Ken Chase who brings a wealth of aviation experience, from flying B52’s in the US Air Force to instructing the 747 with Northwest Airlines. Capt. Chase talks to us about how CRM is used in the military, the airlines, and how it applies in GA flying. News Duluth based Cirrus Aircraft Announces Expansion Plan FAA Awards Drone Research Grant in North Dakota Textron Rolls Out Skycourier Events Michigan’s Women In Aviation Career Symposium Invite May 14-15 Ellsworth AFB, Ellsworth Air & Space Show 2022 Jun 4-5 Eau Claire, Chippewa Valley Air Show Jun 8 Snowbirds CF-18 Air Show Ypsilanti Jun 11-12 Spirit of St Louis Air Show & STEM Expo 2022 Jun 18-19 Grand Forks AFB,  Northern Thunder Air & Space Expo 2022 Jun 30-Jul 4 Battle Creek Field of Flight Air Show & Balloon Festival 2022
February 13, 2022
Season 1, Ep. 3: Aviatrix Power Hour (Women Aviators Roundtable)
In this episode, we have a group of talented women pilots join in on a round table discussion on women and aviation. They discuss their own journey to the skies, challenges they faced, women pilot organizations, and what they envision for the future of women in aviation. We wrap things up with a women’s aviation quiz and a preview on our next episode; Crew Resource Management, in the airlines and GA. If you have questions or comments, reach out to us at or contact us on Facebook at Don't forget to stick around for the outtakes at the end of the show! Thanks for listening! Links:  Women in Aviation Career Symposium- 99's-  Women in Aviation International- News Links: From WFRV in Green Bay 10 Million for GA Professions Michigan/Ontario Drone Zara Rutherford From NPR Event Links:
January 29, 2022
Season 1, Ep 2: Talking about Training
In this episode, we cover flight training programs, Part 61 and Part 141. What are the differences, what routes did we take, and what are our thoughts. We will also touch on flight simulators in training. Our resident CFI Madi in her CFI minute will take a deeper look at what actually defines the program types, and how you can legally use a flight sim for hours in training. We will have an aviation pop quiz for Jim and preview our Women Pilot Roundtable for our next episode. If you have questions or comments, reach out to us at or contact us on Facebook at Don't forget to stick around for the outtakes at the end of the show! Show links: LA Plane Crash and Rescue Forest Lake Plane Crash Missouri Plane Crash Cirrus 2022 Release 5G News Women in Aviation Career Symposium Women in Aviation Career Symposium Scholarship Opportunities.
January 15, 2022
Season 1, Ep 1: Let's Talk Winter Flying!
In this episode, we cover winter flight operations.  We will provide some Midwest aviation news and events, introduce our resident CFI Madi and the CFI Minute segment, and then dive deeper into winter flying. We will have an aviation movie quote pop quiz for Madi, and Jim shares his aviation unpopular opinion.  If you have questions or comments, reach out to us at or contact us on Facebook at  Don't forget to stick around for the outtakes at the end of the show!  Show links:   Kansas State Aircraft -  K-State Salina Receives First of 17 New Aircraft | General Aviation News California Unleaded Fuel Mandates - Ice Port Flyin Event FICON Article Link - Midwest Flyer Magazine AOPA Online Learning Courses -  Join us in two weeks as we talk about flight training Part 141 vs Part 61, and how flight simulators could fit in to your training plan. 
January 01, 2022
The Episode Before the Episodes: Welcome and Season Preview
In this preview episode, we welcome you all to the show. We will provide some Midwest aviation news, some proper introductions of Jim and Trevor, and an overview of the podcast itself. We will also give you a teaser for what is in store for 2022, as well as some fun show features.  If you have questions or comments, reach out to us at or contact us on facebook at Show notes and links:  News Central Illinois F15EX Sonic Boom Story MO Specialty Plates FAA Infrastructure Bill Funding Map Introductions Trevor and Jim Introduce themselves to the Flying Midwest Community Origins of the Podcast Goals, Vision, Direction - CFI Minute Segment overview - Guest Pop Quiz - Unpopular Aviation Opinions What’s coming up this year on Flying Midwest!   A few of our podcast ideas and we wrap up with a preview of Jan 1 We'll have a Special Treat for those who stick around to the end credits!
December 25, 2021
Flying Midwest Sneak Peek Promo
Hello Midwest Aviators! Here is a quick preview of what is in store in our next episode. 
December 20, 2021