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Plane Safety Podcast ; Pip's London Marathon appeal

Hi everyone

I’m very excited to have secured a charity runners entry in the 2016 London Marathon. This will be a huge challenge for me to train, prepare and then run the 26.2 miles (42km) through London on 24th April 2016.

I am running on behalf of the Huntingdons Disease Association and am aiming to raise at least £2000 (approx $3000).  Every single penny, pound, cent, dollar, yen, shilling, euro and buck raised will go to the HDA charity, whose aim is to aid those affected and to develop treatments and ultimately find a cure. Whilst this is a UK based charity, their work and research helps people all over the world.

I am asking for YOUR help in raising as much as possible. Every donation will help inspire and motivate me. In return for your kind donation you will get personal recognition and thanks on the podcast PLUS I am planning to produce a special Plane Safety Podcast episode recorded live from the marathon just for you !

So, if you can afford to, please consider donating to this very worthy cause….. every penny counts. Please follow the link below which will take you to my donations site, managed by Virgin Money.

Donations page 

or the full address is :

You can also visit to find more details.

Many thanks,


Direct download: marathonappeal.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:39pm EDT

PSP ; Tour diary 12 October 2015

My latest diary recorded in historic Edinburgh. I talk a little about what I've been up to, silly cockpit games, stress relief, losing things in hotel and more.



Direct download: diary1210fin.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:40am EDT

Plane Safety Podcast Episode 18 - Density Altitude

Hello listener

Thank you for downloading the Plane Safety Podcast - Safety from the Flightdeck with Pilot Pip. I hope you enjoy this latest episode. Today we're taking a look at Density Altitude in Topic of the Week. There's lots of good squawks in Squawkbox as well as other aviation related banter.

Squawkbox :

Ryan Lloyd has a question on Flap Over-ride/EGPWS

Mirko Novakovic says hi from an ATO

Erica Siwo also says hi

Captain Al has some thoughts on the pilot life and sends a neat article on checklists which can be found here

Sjoert Bakker has some thoughts and questions on runway 36L at Amsterdam, VOR's and missed approaches.

James Plumridge has a question on visual approaches at large airports

Jim Howard say howdy from Texas and has a question on TCAS.

Here and here are a few pictures of airborne weather radar returns so you have an idea of what I'm talking about towards the beginning of the show.


If you'd like to contact the show then please visit and use the Squawkbox/feedback page or email

We’re also on Twitter @psafetypodcast and Facebook where you’ll find lots more content. Please consider leaving a review on iTunes.

Thanks for listening. Fly safe !


Direct download: ep18final.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:02pm EDT


Thanks for downloading the Plane Safety Podcast. This is a very special episode, recorded live from the Royal International Air Tattoo (RIAT) at RAF Fairford, UK on 18/19 July 2015. 

I teamed up with Carlos and Matt from the Plane Talking UK Podcast to record interviews with some of the pilots and aircrew from many of the aircraft on display at the airshow.

If you'd like to see some of the photos from the airshow then please go to the Plane Safety Podcast facebook page. Don't forget to follow me on twitter @psafetypodcast or if you're feeling generous you can leave a review on iTunes

This is a time index list of all the interviews on this episode (though there is much more content than just the interviews).

8.35 Japanese Maritime Self Defence Force (JMSDF) P1 Kawasaki, Commander Osawa

12.38 USAF P8 Poseidon, Lt Cmd Patrick Mitchell

18.44 RAF A330 Voyager, Flt Lt Jase Ore

27.15 British Airways Airbus 318, Captain Tony Payne

35.05 Chat with listener Matty Fab

41.30 RAF E3 Sentry AWACS, Sqn Ldr Kev Simpson

50.46 USAF CV-22 Osprey, Cpt Tony Belviso

1.04.23 US Army AH-64 Apache. Lt Hall

1.12.22 Royal Navy Sea King, Lt James Wallis

1.23.37 Royal Netherlands Air Force KDC-10, Major Andy Van Elfon

1.33.30 Royal Navy Merlin MKII, Lt Richard Knight

1.44.13 RAF A400M, Sqn Ldr Phil Cavey 


Enjoy the podcast. I'll be back soon with another episode of the Plane Safety Podcast. If you like to contact the show then please go to or e-mail

Fly safe,



Direct download: ep17riat.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:19pm EDT

Plane Safety Podcast - Tour diary 4th August 2015

Another audio diary from my latest tour, recorded from the island of Ibiza. In this installment I talk about wet runways in Ireland, Chinese people singing, drunk taxi hijackers and much more....... 


Direct download: diary3.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:09pm EDT

Plane Safety Podcast Episode 16 - SEP

Thanks for downloading Plane Safety Podcast - Safety from the Flightdeck with Pilot Pip. In this episode we're taking a look at SEP equipment in Topic of the week, we have plenty of great squawks and listener feedback in Squawkbox and of course the usual aviation safety related chat and news. 



Tony Ingari in Somalia has a question regarding cockpit practices. 

James Plumridge has a Piper Cub.

Derek Rowan has a question regarding flying in IMC.

Matt Fabricius has a question on his upcoming PPL cross country flight. 

Milad in Libya asks a question about part time flying.

Heath Gleason in the USA has a TotW suggestion - Density Altitude. 

David Hogan also has a TotW suggestion and some questions - Turbulence.


If you would like to contact the show, ask a question or share an opinion then please either email or use the feedback page on the website

We're also on Twitter @psafetypodcast and Facebook where you'll find lots more content. Please consider leaving a review on iTunes. 

Thanks for listening. Fly safe !


Direct download: ep16final.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:42pm EDT

Hi all

Here's another audio diary from a recent tour. This time I'm on recurrent sim training and I chat a little about some of the issues I face and give a run down of exactly what's involved. Enjoy. 

Direct download: diary2final.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:54pm EDT

I recently purchased a handheld audio recorder for recording interviews on the go. I took it with me on a recent tour to try it out and recorded a short audio diary of some of the things I've been up to on my travels. 


Direct download: diary1final.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:55am EDT

Hey everybody.

In this episode I'm talking with my pal and fellow pilot Capt Al, an A321 skipper with a UK airline. We tak about all sorts of things including some of the aeroplanes he has flown, flight deck experience & Just Culture in airlines and other aviation safety matters.

As usual we have a little look at some recent news stories, both personal and aviation related !!

No Squawkbox in this episode (I'll do it next time.....promise !). If you'd like to send your squawks, questions, thoughts and ideas then the address is

You can find more info on the show at, facebook and twitter @psafetypodcast

Intro & outro music by Geoff Whitehorn

Thanks for listening. Fly safe !


Direct download: ep15final.mp3
Category:aviation -- posted at: 6:23pm EDT

Plane Safety Podcast Episode 14 - Ain't nothin' but the news.

Welcome to episode 14 of the Plane Safety Podcast – Safety from the flight deck.

This is a shorter episode looking at just a handful of news stories from the past few weeks in aviation….so no Topic of the week or squawkbox and all that jazz. 

 Aerotoxic syndrome story on the bbc news website

Double runway incursion at Okinawa airport in Japan, including video 

NTSB Safety Leaflet ‘See and be seen – your life depends on it’ 

Air France B777 in EGPWS Pull up event near Douala, Cameroon  and a picture of a typical egpws cockpit terrain display 

Tourist trapped on dinosaur island after airline collapse 


If you would like to contact the show with your squawks, questions, thoughts ideas then please e-mail or via the website

You can also find us on Facebook and twitter @psafetypodcast

It would be great too if you could leave a review of this podcast on iTunes please.

Intro & outro music by Geoff Whitehorn

Thanks for listening, see you all again next time. Fly safe !


Direct download: ep14finaledited.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:44pm EDT