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The Fly Angle: The Official RDU Airport Podcast

The Fly Angle: The Official RDU Airport Podcast

By RDU Airport
The Fly Angle is Raleigh-Durham International Airport’s official podcast. Each episode takes you behind-the-scenes at RDU, meeting special guests and exploring what happens each day at a busy international airport. Hosted by RDU’s Communications, Government & Community Affairs staff, The Fly Angle is for occasional flyers and #AvGeeks alike.
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Episode 8: RDU CEO Mike Landguth Shares His “Lessons Learned” From The Past Year
In This Episode: We wanted to know what’s on deck for airports as the industry recovers from the COVID-19 pandemic — so we went straight to the top. RDU’s President and CEO, Mike Landguth, joins co-hosts Mary Griffith and Jake Potter to chat about how he got into aviation, and how the Airport Authority is navigating uncharted skies post-pandemic. Meanwhile, we find out what’s inside a new report focused on funding major capital projects at RDU. Episode Guests: Our guest this episode is Mike Landguth, president and CEO of the Raleigh-Durham Airport Authority. With nearly 20 years of experience in the aviation industry, Landguth is responsible for overall staffing, budgeting, strategic planning and operations at RDU. Prior to joining RDU, he served as chief executive officer and president of the Chattanooga Metropolitan Airport Authority after also holding the position of director of airport operations within the organization. Landguth holds both bachelor and master’s degrees in Aeronautical Sciences from Embry Riddle Aeronautical University. Send Us Airmail! We want to hear from you – drop us an email at communications@rdu.com to let us know what you’d like to hear on The Fly Angle. Be sure to include your name and other details about yourself and we might feature your Airmail in an upcoming episode. Music “Moment” — Amine Maxwell Music provided by Audio Library Plus
34:25
July 27, 2021
Episode 7: Airports Are Flying High (Tech)
In This Episode: It takes a lot of technology to operate a major international airport each day, from the infrastructure you can see to the behind-the-scenes business and security systems. Mary Griffith and Jake Potter catch up with RDU CIO Chuck McFall to learn about how it all works. Meanwhile, as summer travel kicks off, find out how the airport is “turning up the dimmer switch” to meet passenger demand. Episode Guests: Our guest this episode is Chuck McFall, A.A.E., RDU’s senior vice president and chief information and strategy officer. McFall oversees all information technology services activities including planning, delivery, and operations of the airport’s information technology infrastructure and business systems. He also provides leadership and visioning for all strategic and business planning initiatives. McFall has a Ph.D. in Business Administration from Columbia Southern University, a M.A. in Applied Organizational Behavior from Tusculum College and an Executive Certificate from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Send Us Airmail! We want to hear from you – drop us an email at communications@rdu.com to let us know what you’d like to hear on The Fly Angle. Be sure to include your name and other details about yourself and we might feature your Airmail in an upcoming episode. Music “Moment” — Amine Maxwell Music provided by Audio Library Plus
39:02
June 24, 2021
Episode 6: Talking Travel Tips with the TSA
In This Episode: As many flyers return to the skies for the first time, it’s a good time to brush up on what you can and can’t bring to the airport. Transportation Security Administration’s Andrew Small shares insight about what people can expect next time they pass through the checkpoint. Meanwhile, co-hosts Mary Griffith and Jake Potter gear up for spring break travel – and explore the possibility of nonstop service to Hawaii. Episode Guests: Our guest this episode is Andrew Small, TSA stakeholder liaison for security operations for eastern North Carolina. As stakeholder liaison, Small – a 15-year TSA veteran – engages with the community, Federal Security Director and airport representatives at seven airports, including RDU. Send Us Airmail! We want to hear from you – drop us an email at communications@rdu.com to let us know what you’d like to hear on The Fly Angle. Be sure to include your name and other details about yourself and we might feature your Airmail in an upcoming episode. Music “Moment” — Amine Maxwell Music provided by Audio Library Plus
30:42
April 13, 2021
Episode 5: Popular Triangle Brewery On Tap at RDU
How to Listen and Subscribe: Listen here or find The Fly Angle on your favorite podcast app. In This Episode: Cheers to a popular North Carolina beermaker serving local favorites at RDU! In this episode, co-hosts Mary Griffith and Jake Potter welcome Kristie Nystedt of Raleigh Brewing Company to the podcast. There’s a new airline taking off at RDU and, as you plan for travel, find out what you need to know about the new federal mask requirement. Episode Guests: Our guest this episode is Kristie Nystedt, who co-founded Raleigh Brewing Company with her husband Patrick, who is also an American Airlines pilot. Nystedt left the corporate world in 2012 to start Raleigh Brewing and it has since grown to be Wake County’s third largest production brewery. The Nystedts opened Terminal 2’s Raleigh Taproom in January 2020, which features award-winning beers along with a full bar and robust menu. Send Us Airmail! We want to hear from you – drop us an email at communications@rdu.com to let us know what you’d like to hear on The Fly Angle. Be sure to include your name and other details about yourself and we might feature your Airmail in an upcoming episode. Music “Moment” — Amine Maxwell Music provided by Audio Library Plus
20:45
February 25, 2021
Episode 4: Airports and Aircraft Noise
How to Listen and Subscribe: Listen here or find The Fly Angle on your favorite podcast app. In This Episode: Crank up the volume: this episode is about to get loud. Co-hosts Mary Griffith and Jake Potter invite RDU’s Noise Officer, John Wiatrak, on the pod to dispel myths about aircraft noise. Meanwhile, a new economic study on North Carolina’s aviation industry yields surprising results, and flyers prepare for new CDC requirements on international travel. Episode Guests: John Wiatrak is the Raleigh-Durham Airport Authority’s noise officer. A native of Raleigh, Wiatrak previously served as airport manager at Treasure Coast International Airport and in airfield operations at Orlando International Airport. An instrument rated pilot with a master’s in Commercial Aviation from Florida Institute of Technology, Wiatrak and his family live in Cary, N.C. Send Us Airmail! We want to hear from you – drop us an email at communications@rdu.com to let us know what you’d like to hear on The Fly Angle. Be sure to include your name and other details about yourself and we might feature your Airmail in an upcoming episode. Music “Moment” — Amine Maxwell Music provided by Audio Library Plus
21:54
January 26, 2021
Episode 3: Shopping Local For The Holidays… At The Airport?
How to Listen and Subscribe: Listen here or find The Fly Angle on your favorite podcast app. In This Episode: You made a list, but did you check it twice? As holiday season reaches cruising altitude, RDU’s Mary Griffith and Jake Potter sit down with Director of Concessions Kimberly Stewart to hear about the airport’s focus on recruiting more local shops and restaurants to open for business in the terminals. The co-hosts also answer your questions and explore RDU’s new analytics partnership with SAS. Episode Guests: Kimberly Stewart is Director of Concessions for the Raleigh-Durham Airport Authority. A native North Carolinian who has worked in commercial real estate management her entire adult life, Stewart oversees the Terminal Concessions Program including food, beverage, retail and passenger services tenants, as well as the Rental Car Facilities. She is a Certified Retail Real Estate Professional (CRRP) as designated by the International Council of Shopping Centers, and holds a Masters Degree in Business Administration. Send Us Airmail! We want to hear from you – drop us an email at communications@rdu.com to let us know what you’d like to hear on The Fly Angle. Be sure to include your name and other details about yourself and we might feature your Airmail in an upcoming episode. Music “Moment” — Amine Maxwell Music provided by Audio Library Plus
17:56
December 15, 2020
Episode 2: How Do Airports Recruit New Flights?
In This Episode: The holidays are fast approaching, and the airport is getting ready to welcome Thanksgiving travelers. Co-hosts Mary Griffith and Jake Potter respond to listener Airmail, catch up on what’s new at RDU and sit down with Director of Air Service Development Kenneth Strickland to chat about how airports attract airlines and flights – even during COVID-19. Episode Guests: Kenneth Strickland joined RDU in 2019 as the airport’s Director of Air Service Development following six years in a similar role for Tampa International Airport. He is an expert and published author in the area of survey research methods and design, and heads RDU’s research and forecasting efforts, in addition to the recruitment of new airline service. A graduate from Texas Tech University and The Ohio State University, Strickland lives in Cary, N.C. with his wife and twin sons. Related Links: Watch Jeb Brooks’ video at RDU: youtube.com/watch?v=bue8104AaM4 Send Us Airmail! We want to hear from you – drop us an email at communications@rdu.com to let us know what you’d like to hear on The Fly Angle. Be sure to include your name and other details about yourself and we might feature your Airmail in an upcoming episode. Music “Moment” — Amine Maxwell Music provided by Audio Library Plus
25:51
November 18, 2020
Episode 1: Now Arriving… Hurricane Season
In This Episode As RDU continues to recover from COVID-19, co-hosts Mary Griffith (Director of Community Affairs) and Jake Potter (Director of Internal Communications) chat about who’s returning to fly – and what they can expect to see on travel day. Special guest Ashley Thorsen from RDU’s Operations team joins the podcast to talk about how the airport community is preparing for an unusually busy hurricane season. Episode Guests Ashley Thorsen, M.S. is an operations officer with the Raleigh-Durham Airport Authority. A native of Tidewater, Va., Thorsen joined RDU in 2018. Music “Moment” — Amine Maxwell Music provided by Audio Library Plus https://alplus.io/moment
17:22
September 29, 2020