Electroflight - Stjohn Youngman
Niche Aviation Podcast
by Nick Smith
2y ago
Electroflight have partnered with Rolls Royce to design, build & fly the world's fastest electric aircraft. This podcast is with the Managing Director of Electroflight, Stjohn Youngman. In this episode we talk about: Stjohn’s background & his early interest in aviation. How Stjohn started working at Electroflight.  Why Electroflight started How Electroflight partnered with Yasa Motors, Rolls Royce & the ATI Why Rolls Royce want to accelerate the electrification of aircraft Breaking the electric flight speed record? Why Electroflight use the Sharp Nemesis NXT airframe How Ele ..read more
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Simple Flying - Arran Rice & Joanna Bailey
Niche Aviation Podcast
by Nick Smith
3y ago
Simple Flying is the worlds’ largest aviation news platform. Founded by Arran Rice in 2018, Simple Flying now achieves up to 20 million page views per month. With the help of Managing Editor, Joanna Bailey, Simple Flying has grown the brand to include a website, multiple youtube channels & a leading aviation podcast.  In this episode we talk about: Arran’s Childhood Businesses Why Arran started Simple Flying How Simple Flying grew their audience What it’s like to work for Simple Flying Why Jo joined Simple Flying Niche Flight Destinations & Flying to St Helena In-flight connecti ..read more
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PayCargo - Lionel van der Walt
Niche Aviation Podcast
by Nick Smith
3y ago
PayCargo is an online payment platform for air cargo. Their platform is disrupting the air freight payment industry.  This episode is with Lionel van der Walt, the Global Chief Commercial Officer of PayCargo.  PayCargo has processed over $10 billion and is used by over 12,000 shippers globally. Customers include American Airlines Cargo, DHL, Kuehne + Nagel & Delta Cargo.  In this episode we talk about: Lionel van der Walt's career Working for IATA in the Caribbean Why Lionel joined PayCargo Why Air Cargo payments needs disrupting How PayCargo is transforming global econo ..read more
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Flylogix - Charles Tavner
Niche Aviation Podcast
by Nick Smith
3y ago
Flylogix specialise in beyond the line of sight, unmanned aviation.  The UK-based team use their drones to help Methane Detection, Oil Spill response & Surveillance. They are also currently in the early stages of using their drone for logistics work.  In this episode, I speak to Charles Tavner who is the founder & chairman of Flylogix.  In this episode we talk about:  How Charles started Flylogix What work FlyLogix do? How Flylogix evolved.  Flylogix & Methane Detection How Flylogix use Iridium & its satellite communication network to fly its drone W ..read more
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Centrik - David Hunkin OBE
Niche Aviation Podcast
by Nick Smith
3y ago
David Hunkin is the Head of Unmanned Systems at Centrik. Centrik provides world-class operational management software to aviation businesses. Centrik’s software is used by Airlines, Airports & Maintenance businesses across the world, including as far as Antarctica.  In this episode we talk about:  Using unmanned aircraft to clear danger areas in the Persian Gulf Unmanned aircraft in Oil & Gas industry How Centrik makes airlines safer & more efficient Safety & Quality within aviation & how Centrik helps Centrik's clients How the UK Police use drones and how Centr ..read more
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Skyhook - Murray Graham
Niche Aviation Podcast
by Nick Smith
3y ago
Skyhook is a niche helicopter operator in Scotland. They specialise in underslung load lifting and use a Eurocopter Squirrel helicopter to lift heavy loads to remote regions of the UK. In this episode we talk about: Who are Skyhook & how they started Using Helicopters for underslung load lifting How Skyhook help build paths in mountains  What training is required to become an underslung load pilot? The Underslung load market in the UK & how Skyhook fit in.  How Skyhook helped save the River Tay Reedbeds Skyhook’s future plans Links: Email: nicheaviationpodcast@gmail.com Li ..read more
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Ag Aviation - Tyson & Cally
Niche Aviation Podcast
by Nick Smith
3y ago
Tyson & Cally work in Ag Aviation, also known as Crop Dusting or Aerial Application. Tyson is the pilot & Cally runs the ground operations.  If you want to learn more about Cropdusting or looking for a career in Ag aviation, then listen here. Tyson & Cally also run a Youtube channel, all the links are below. In this episode we talk about:  What is Aerial Application? Agricultural Aviation in the US Types of Crop-dusting Aircraft, Air Tractor & Thrush.  The Day in the life of a Crop Dusting Pilot Why do farmers use Aerial Application? The Aerial Application Mar ..read more
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X-Plane - Austin Meyer
Niche Aviation Podcast
by Nick Smith
3y ago
Austin Meyer founded X-plane in 1995, since then him & his team have developed a flight simulator that is used & loved by people & organisations across the world  In this episode we talk about: Why Austin started X-plane How X-plane became successful & drivers of its success.  Ark-Funds: https://ark-invest.com/ How Austin prioritises improving X-plane What Austin thinks about Microsoft Flight Simulator What impact technology has had on X-Plane's success Using X-Plane for certified flight training Testing aircraft on X-Plane The future of X-Plane Links: Email: nich ..read more
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Astral Aviation - Sanjeev Gadhia
Niche Aviation Podcast
by Nick Smith
3y ago
Astral Aviation is a Cargo airline based in Kenya. They operate a diverse fleet of aircraft which include 747s, 727s, DC9s and Fokker 27s. Despite, numerous challenges Sanjeev has successfully grown the airline over the last 20 years. In this episode we talk about: How & why Sanjeev started a cargo airline The challenges of growing Astral Aviation The benefits of partnering with other airlines Astral Aviations future plans including drones in Africa. Email: nicheaviationpodcast@gmail.com   Links: Astral Aviation: https://www.astral-aviation.com/ Astral Drones: https://astral-aeri ..read more
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The Blades - Kirsty Murphy
Niche Aviation Podcast
by Nick Smith
3y ago
The Blades is a British aerobatics team. Their unique selling point is that their pilots are ex-Red Arrow pilots.  In this episode I talk to Kirsty Murphy. Kirsty is a pilot at The Blades.  Before joining The Blades, Kirsty flew the Tornado & Hawk in the RAF. Kirsty was also the first female Red Arrow pilot.  In this episode we talk about: - Why Kirsty wanted to join the RAF - What's it like to fly for the Red Arrows - Flying Aerobatics in China & Dubai - What's it like to fly with the Blades - How you can fly with the Blades Email: nicheaviationpodcast@gmail.com &nb ..read more
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