Welcome to the Got Sky Podcast!

We are stoked to share with you the things that keep us up at night. Most great success is born out of frustration. Aviation is a glamorous career on digital media, but it requires sacrifice beyond belief and in order to succeed, one must accept more risk than any “normal” Human would consider. This commercial-free podcast is dedicated to igniting those thoughtful sparks into actionable flames that can help shape the industry into a more prosperous place for all!

The purpose of the topics are to improve your quality of life, prepare you for opportunity, and increase the odds of your survival in the most literal sense. 

Episode 1: Introducing concepts of success, communication, and survival.

Meet Ian Robinson, your new podcast host – who shares his two main goals in aviation – to improve the quality of life for aviators and help them navigate the gauntlet of hazards in order to survive the lifespan of an entire career. Most episodes will begin with a Crew Resource Management briefing, so don’t be confused when the topic seems to shift. Pay close attention because communication degradation is one of the main causes for loss of revenue (and life) in aviation. In an effort to convince EVERYONE that this is literally the most interesting subject in the industry, Ian will sprinkle tips and tricks to improve your communication with CRM briefings in most episodes. 

Podcast Episode 2: The Training Epidemic - Learning from people that don't want to teach

Ian explains the hush-hush training deficiency that most aviators complain about after they enter the industry, and offers some possible solutions. The information you learn from this episode will change the way you perceive your training experience – maybe, just maybe – if the new entrants to the industry demand a higher standard of training providers, aviation will be a more safe and prosperous career choice for all! 

Podcast Episode 3: Interview with Jason Trask - The Assistant Chief Pilot of Air Methods Corporation

In this interview, Jason shares some of his mindsets to adopt in order to succeed as an aviator. More importantly, he humbly admits to some hard lessons he has learned the hard way so you don’t have to, thus unveiling lessons that every pilot should learn so they can return home safely – every single time.

Acronyms to note:

  • VFR – Visual Flight Rules
  • IFR – Instrument Flight Rules
  • VMC – Visual Meterological Conditions
  • IMC – Instrument Meterological Conditions
  • IICM – Inadvertent Instrument Meterological Conditions
  • EDP – Enroute Decision Point
  • LZ – Landing Zone
  • MCAS – The Maneuvering Characteristics Augmentation System
  • EP – Emergency Procedure
  • Collective – A lever-type helicopter flight control that is raised and lowered to make the helicopter climb and descend
  • Cyclic – A stick-type helicopter flight control that resided between the pilots knees that controls the tilt of the helicopters rotor disc in any 360º direction
  • Autorotation – The aerodynamic flight condition where the upward flow of air through the rotor disc causes the blades to rotate instead of the engine as the helicopter descends as a result of an engine failure 
  • IGE – In ground effect hover (usually within 3-5′ off the ground)
  • OGE – Out of ground effect hover (hovering when the helicopter is higher that one rotor disc diameter from the ground)
  • TBO – Time before overhaul is when most rotating parts need to be replaced. Usually occurs around 2000 hours for most helicopters
  • POH – Pilot operating handbook (basically the user manual to the aircraft)
  • CFI – Certified flight instructor
  • The Envelope – The tested performance capabilities of an aircraft (easily exceeded by pilots who don’t fully understand the fatalistic consequences)
  • CRM – Crew Resource Management (a language of open communication that airmen and crew members use to ensure all resources are being utilized to mitigate risk)
  • R22
  • H125 (Astar)
  • B206 (Jet Ranger)
  • H130 (EC 130)
  • MD902 Explorer

Podcast Episode 4: Dealing with a Pilot's Commanding Authority

This episode is dedicated to all of the people who interact with pilots. Understanding the stakes in the game will help you overcome the fear of pointing out mistakes. Use this little token of advice to open the lines of communication with your pilot and level the playing fields. 

Podcast Episode 5: Great Conversations, Personality Types, safe skies.

Great conversations lead to safer skies. Communication barriers due to personality differences are most often unveiled in the most inopportune times. Discover your communication strengths and weaknesses by identifying your personality type, and then discuss potential latent compatibility issues when your personality type is interacting with your crewmember’s type. 

  1. Determine your personality type
  2. Discover your strengths and weaknesses
  3. Explore compatability

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