By Peter Conant
- If you were to wander out on the west
ramp of this Massachusetts airport, past the visiting Piaggio Avantis
and Pilatus PC-12's, walking past the tie-downs of more modest
airplanes, you would soon find yourself at the door to Hangar 10, a
modest office building attached to a hangar which features Cessna
Citations, Beechcraft King Airs and other "heavy iron". Poking your head
inside and wending your way up the stairs to the second floor, you
would see a Redbird full-motion simulator operated by Wild Blue, which
shares office space with the president of IMC Clubs International,
Master CFII Radek Wyrzykowski (which I pronounce vish a KOW-ski).
the corner is a small kitchenette. There is a door at the far end,
usually closed, with no signage nor any indication of its use. I always
assumed it was a large storage closet. Imagine my surprise when last
week Radek introduced me to what lies behind it.
To find a fully
outfitted radio station occupying a corner of the IMC Club headquarters
was something of a shock: a room full of microphones, mixers and
monitors (love that alliteration). On every Wednesday from 6 PM to 7 PM,
Radek and his colleague Jon Roberts (known to us locally as the Chief
Justice of the Supreme Court) occupy their microphones for Plane Talk,
discussing anything and everything to do with General Aviation, a term
that in my view needs expansion and clarification for most non-pilots.
Some define GA for what it's not: it's not the military, it's not the
airlines, it's ...well, it's everything else!
Radek and Jon
present a loose format designed to engage listeners and stimulate
discussion through emails and live calls to the station, WIMC-DB
(Digital Broadcast). Their phone number is 855-647-2123 and their email
is accessed through the "Questions? Click here to chat with us!" button
on the website. Current issues relating to aviation are always
presented including recognition on December 6th of the upcoming 70th
anniversary of the Pearl Harbor attack (somehow "anniversary" doesn't
seem like the right word...any suggestions?) and the resignation of FAA
Administrator Randy Babbitt. Last week Radek's special guest was Chris, a
new hire at Mike Goulian's airshow company here in Massachusetts.
Radek's question: why do you like to fly upside down so much?
show is easy to access. Not being a computer geek myself, I frankly had
some trepidation about getting the direct radio broadcast over the
internet. The reality was simplicity itself: just go to the IMC Clubs
website, click on the IMC Radio button, and you are there! I'm reminded
of Mark Twain's phrase, "I've had a lot of troubles in my life, but most
of them never happened."
The show has over three thousand
listeners from eight countries, including China, Egypt, Poland, the
Philippines, Germany, England and Ireland. Radek describes the broadcast
as "an open mike for the GA community". If you want to call in as free
advertising to briefly describe your company, go for it. If you have a
flight school anywhere in the country (or in the world, for that
matter), you owe it to yourself to call in as part of their broadcast
and brag about yourself. You'll be heard all over the world, with the
United States and Canada being your primary listeners. It would be a
good idea to contact Radek (firstname.lastname@example.org)and let him know before
Wednesday that you will be calling so that he and Jon can schedule you.
Also, podcasts are produced within one minute after the show ends. You
can download the podcast player and embed it in your own website for
free. I mean, what's not to like?
Here's how Radek describes the
operation: "Plane Talk is the only talk show in the world exclusively
dedicated to the General Aviation community of pilots. During the
program we present the hosts' opinions and commentary about current
aviation issues and news events with a dose of humor. We have guests
from different fields of aviation including expert flight instructors.
You can email us or call us live with any aviation related question,
suggestion, problem or opinion. This is a call-in show but watch out:
you can call us but we can and will also call you!"
Our Transmitter to the World: Plane Talk on IMC Radio.
Access is simplicity itself. Believe me, if I can do it, anyone can.
Radek, Jon and I hope you can use the show to your advantage. If you're a
pilot, a non-pilot (that pretty much covers all the bases), aviation
enthusiast or someone just interested in learning something new, please
contact us. After all, this weekly show is all about you!