Though it probably sounds a bit disingenuous coming from someone with a web site and multiple social media accounts, self-promotion is one of my least favorite activities. I’ve met people with the ability to sell; it’s a mystifying talent. My wife is a great salesman — she even worked in that field for a number of years. Me, not so much. Peddling myself always leaves me feeling like I need to take a shower.
Nevertheless, it’s something we all have to do from time to time. And there’d no doubt it’s a valuable skill. Job interviews and promotions frequently require marketing one’s talents, experience, and potential to an employer. Sometimes people simply find your background interesting and want to know more about it. Which brings me to my own fifteen minutes: four excellent podcasts where I’ve been the featured guest.
Actually, “recently” might be a bit of a stretch. I just realized two of them were recorded two years ago! I promoted the episodes on my social media back when they were released, but never posted anything about it here at the House of Rapp. I think it’s time to rectify that omission, especially since these are podcasts that I personally subscribe to.
I admire the time and effort these guys put into their craft. Podcasting is so much more involved that a simple web site. I can write from anywhere, editing is simple, and the overhead is low. But a podcast is essentially a miniature radio station. They’ve got recording equipment, streaming and hosting issues, the need to get multiple people on the same call at the same time, and obviously editing is a bit more involved.
Podcasts are well suited to long commutes in the car and anyone with an affinity for books on tape. If you’re looking to feed your aviation addition, this is an excellent way to do it.
This episode was recorded a few weeks ago. Ready for Takeoff is hosted by George Nolly, who frankly should be the one being interviewed. He flew 315 combat missions in the O-2A and F-4 Phantom in Vietnam, not to mention writing a series of aviation novels based on his experience. He’s also a a Certified Fitness Trainer, self-defense expert, 777 and 787 instructor, and holds a Doctorate in Business Administration. After our podcast was recorded, he very generously sent me a copy of Hamfist Trilogy, which I greatly enjoyed.
Chris Palmer is another one of those people who makes me feel like a slacker. In addition to the AviatorCast podcast, he runs a company called Angle of Attack, which produces high-tech training and flight simulation products. I love Chris’ perpetually positive attitude and excitement about the future of aviation. I had the opportunity to meet up with him last year while we were both in Miami — which is amazing considering he lives in Alaska and I’m from Southern California. Chris and I spent several months working on a AOA project together. I can’t divulge details because it’s still under wraps, but suffice it to say he’s not just talking about changing the way we train pilots, he’s actually doing it.
The AirplaneGeeks podcast probably doesn’t need much of an introduction since it’s the 500 lb. gorilla of the genre. They’ve been publishing it since 2008 and have amassed a library of nearly 400 episodes that somehow cover every corner of the aviation ecosystem. It’s every bit as polished, professional, and successful as you’d expect. I told them if they ever needed a guest co-host to give me a call. It was really an honor to be on their program.
Slipstream hasn’t published a new episode in about a year; I don’t know if that means it’s gone for good or just on a hiatus. I hope it’s the latter because it’s a unique partnership between two fascinating aviators. Brent Owens flies business jets for a company in Ohio and built a beautiful RV-8. He was also the guy who started the Blogging in Formation writing project, which inspired some posts I probably never would have come up with — not to mention building some excellent friendships among the writers. Brent’s co-host is Air Force F-22 pilot Rob Burgon, who needless to say has no shortage of interesting stories and a unique perspective on aviation. Rob is a helluva nice guy and the proprietor of Tally One.