Flying Smarter: Air Travel Explained

Air Travel Andrew

Air travel can be confusing and frustrating. At the same time, the world of commercial flying is absolutely fascinating. In each episode, this podcast will answer your questions and explore different topics to expand your horizons and make you a smarter and savvier air traveler. Whether you are looking to make the most of your next flying experience or are a naturally curious learner who wants to know more about how air travel works, Flying Smarter is the podcast for you.

23 - Everything You Need to Know About Seat Selection Part 1
21-11-2022
23 - Everything You Need to Know About Seat Selection Part 1
Andrew starts by talking about border preclearance and the world’s longest flights. The main segment for this episode is the first part of a two-part series on seat selection. What is border preclearance? These arrangements between countries allow passengers to clear border processes before departure on an international flight. Learn about the implications and benefits for travelers.  Would you spend almost 19 hours on a plane? There are some really long flights out there and we cover some of them in this episode. Plus, find about the world record for the longest flight ever (hint: it was more than two months long!)  Where you sit on a plane can have a big impact on your air travel experience. Whether you are looking to avoid the middle seat, sit with your travel companion, or save money, there are a lot of things to consider when it comes to seat selection. In the first part of a two-part series on seat selection, Andrew talks about whether you should pay for seat selection, how you can save on fees, how seat type can be a consideration when booking flights and more. If you’re enjoying Flying Smarter, please take a minute to leave a five-star review for the podcast if you’re listening on a platform that allows you to do so like Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or Goodpods. It helps the grow the podcast and convince guests to come on the show and we would greatly appreciate it! Connect with Flying Smarter: Facebook: Flying Smarter Podcast Instagram: @flyingsmarter Twitter: @flying_smarterWebsite: www.flyingsmarter.com
22 - Taking the Skies Less Traveled with Michael Hilliard
07-11-2022
22 - Taking the Skies Less Traveled with Michael Hilliard
In this episode, Andrew answers the question of why you can’t board a flight after the gate closes even if the plane is still sitting there. He then chats with Michael Hilliard, a conflict journalist who has travelled to many unconventional destinations around the world, gaining unique experiences and insights on air travel.Why can’t you board a flight after the gate closes even if the aircraft is still sitting at the gate? The answer involves a bunch of different factors involving aircraft, airline, and airport operations. Find out more in this episode.  What’s it like flying to airports that see very few foreign travelers? How do you fly to a conflict zone? Andrew talks to conflict journalist and podcast host Michael Hillard about his fascinating air travel experiences. Michael has travelled to many uncommon destinations that are hard to access, having reported from places like Iran, Belarus, and Russia. Listen as he provides travel tips, his thoughts on flight safety, and much more. Michael Hilliard is a conflict journalist with extensive air travel experience around the world. His work has taken him to places ranging from Iran, to Kyrgyzstan, to Belarus and Russia and he has worked with governments, think tanks, and other organizations across the globe. He is the founder and host of The Red Line, a geopolitics podcast that brings together three guests to tell a key story each episode. You can also find Michael on Twitter and The Red Line on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Enjoying the podcast? Follow us on social media for updates, sneak peeks, and more! Connect with Flying Smarter: Facebook: Flying Smarter Podcast Instagram: @flyingsmarter Twitter: @flying_smarterWebsite: www.flyingsmarter.com
20 - Bringing Pets to the Skies with Gayle Martz
10-10-2022
20 - Bringing Pets to the Skies with Gayle Martz
This episode starts by discussing invitation-only airline loyalty tiers and the difference between non-stop and direct flights. Andrew then chats with former flight attendant and pet travel expert Gayle Martz about bringing pets into airline cabins.Some airlines have special tiers in their loyalty programs for their highest spenders and most influential customers. We take a look at some examples of these loyalty tiers and the special benefits that come with them. What is the difference between a non-stop and a direct flight? While these terms are sometimes used interchangeably, there is a difference. Find out more in this episode.Gayle Martz was a TWA Hostess (now known as a flight attendant) when she embarked on a journey to change the way that pets fly. Her hard work led to the introduction of the first airline-approved soft-sided pet carrier in the world. For this episode’s main segment, she is here to share her insights and advice on bringing your dog or cat on a plane.If you want to learn more about Gayle’s story and the SHERPA bag, visit www.gaylemartz.com. There, you can also find information on her two books, No Pet Left Behind: The SHERPA Guide for Traveling with Your Best Friend and IT’S IN THE BAG: How to Turn a Passion into a New Business. You can also find her on Facebook and on Instagram @gaylemartz.Enjoying the podcast? Follow us on social media for updates, sneak peeks, and more! Connect with Flying Smarter: Facebook: Flying Smarter Podcast Instagram: @flyingsmarter Twitter: @flying_smarterWebsite: www.flyingsmarter.com
18 - How Pilots are Trained with Greg Krino
12-09-2022
18 - How Pilots are Trained with Greg Krino
This episode of Flying Smarter starts off by looking at why you have to take your shoes off when going through airport security in the US. Airline pilot Greg Krino then comes onto the podcast to talk about how pilots are trained. Why do passengers have to remove their shoes when going through airport security in the United States? This requirement only exists in a few countries and has been in place in the US since 2006. Learn more in this episode.Passengers put a lot of trust in the training and experience of their pilots. Greg Krino is a pilot with a major US airline who was previously a fighter pilot in the US Air Force. In this episode, Greg Krino shares his insights on pilot training, starting by talking about his experiences from learning to fly in the Air Force. Greg then shares what pilots go through when they first arrive at a major airline, including what flying with passengers for the first time feels like. Finally, he covers what type of ongoing training an airline pilot has throughout their career.To listen to Greg’s full account of his US Air Force flight training journey, visit our website: www.flyingsmarter.com/episode-18 You can find Greg’s podcast, The Greg Krino Show, on your podcast app and at www.gregkrino.com. You can also find him on Facebook and Instagram. Connect with Flying Smarter: Facebook: Flying Smarter Podcast Instagram: @flyingsmarter Twitter: @flying_smarterWebsite: www.flyingsmarter.com
13 - Globetrotting with Gary Arndt
18-01-2021
13 - Globetrotting with Gary Arndt
In this episode, Andrew answers the question of which airline in the world is the safest. He then chats with Gary Arndt, an award-winning travel blogger and writer who has travelled to over 130 countries.What is the safest airline in the world? Some airlines have better safety reputations than others, but does this really matter? Find out more in this episode.  What’s it like flying around small Pacific islands? Or taking a small plane up to a fly-in only area in northern Canada? Andrew talks to world traveler Gary Arndt about some of his most unique air travel stories. Air travel is what connects the globe. Gary Arndt has flown all around the world, visiting over 130 countries. In this episode, he shares his wisdom, experiences, and insights on air travel. Gary Arndt is an award-winning travel blogger and photographer. He has flown all over the world and has travelled to over 130 countries. His blog, Everything Everywhere, features stories about travel, history and much more. He also writes and produces a daily podcast called Everything Everywhere Daily which covers stories about people, places, and things from around the world. Plus, he is the co-host of This Week in Travel, an award-winning weekly podcast that covers travel industry news. You can also find him on social media on Instagram and Twitter.Enjoying the podcast? We would greatly appreciate it if you could take a few minutes to leave us a rating and review, if you’re listening on a platform that lets you do so (like Apple Podcasts). Connect with Flying Smarter:Facebook: Flying Smarter PodcastInstagram: @flyingsmarterTwitter: @flying_smarterWebsite: www.flyingsmarter.com
10 - Flying and Skiing with Felice and Peter Hardy
07-12-2020
10 - Flying and Skiing with Felice and Peter Hardy
This episode of Flying Smarter starts off by looking at whether or not airplane doors can be opened inflight. Travel writers Felice and Peter Hardy then come onto the podcast talk about flying and skiing.Is it possible to open an airplane door during your flight? We’ve seen scary scenes of this happening in movies, but the reality is quite different. Learn more in this episode.What’s the largest airline in the world? There’s a different ways to measure airline size, but this episode answers this question based on the number of passengers carried. As winter arrives and the ski season in the norther part of the world draws near, avid skiers and travel writers Felice and Peter Hardy come to the show to talk about flying and skiing. Andrew chats with them about everything from flying with ski equipment, to some of their more memorable winter flying experiences.Peter and Felice Hardy are travel writers and avid skiers based in the United Kingdom. They host their own travel podcast called ActionPacked Travel and are co-editors of the ski website Welove2ski. You can also find them on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. Some of the ski resorts mentioned in this episode are Val d'Isere in France, Kitzbuhel in Austria, Champoluc in Italy, Zermatt in Switzerland, Baqueira Beret in Spain, Whistler in British Columbia, Canada, and Jackson Hole in Wyoming, USA. Follow the podcast on social media! Connect with Flying Smarter: Facebook: Flying Smarter Podcast Instagram: @flyingsmarter Twitter: @flying_smarterWebsite: www.flyingsmarter.com
9 - Why People Love the Boeing 787 Dreamliner
23-11-2020
9 - Why People Love the Boeing 787 Dreamliner
This episode starts by answering questions about soft versus hard shell luggage and the difference between pilots, co-pilots, first officers, and captains. Andrew then takes a look at why the Boeing 787, also known as the Dreamliner, has won the hearts of airlines and passengers alike.Should I use hard shell or soft shell luggage? There are advantages and drawbacks to both and this episode begins by comparing the two types to help you decide. What is the difference between a pilot, copilot, first officer, and captain? These terms get thrown around a lot in air travel. Learn what the difference is between the different types of people flying your plane.Long-haul flying can be rough. It can be tiring: you’re stuck on a cramped plane with dry, stale air, and you might have a lot of connections. There’s a revolutionary plane out there that tries to change all this though, and that is the Boeing 787, also known as the Dreamliner. For this episode’s main segment, Andrew explores what makes this aircraft so special.As you know, the first part of each episode of the podcast is based on questions submitted by listeners or that I’ve had in the past. If you have a question that you want to be answered on the show, get in touch with us on social media (see below) or at www.flyingsmarter.com/contact. You can send us a message from there, or even record your question. Connect with Flying Smarter:Facebook: Flying Smarter PodcastInstagram: @flyingsmarterTwitter: @flying_smarterWebsite: www.flyingsmarter.com
8 - Talking Turbulence with Owen Zupp
09-11-2020
8 - Talking Turbulence with Owen Zupp
This episode is special because it doesn’t follow the normal episode format. Andrew spends the entire episode chatting with airline pilot Owen Zupp about turbulence and what you need to know about it. Topics discussed in this episode include:Turbulence makes some passengers a bit nervous and there can be some discomfort in the cabin when a plane hits some rough air. But what happens in the flight deck when a flight encounters turbulence? Learn all about it in this episode.Should passengers be worried about turbulence breaking the wings off a plane or sending the aircraft into a dive? Andrew asks Owen about some worst-case scenarios that passengers might consider.There are lots of ways that pilots can anticipate, avoid, and remove planes from turbulence, but we sometimes hear of incidents of severe turbulence causing injuries. Owen explains how these types of scenarios usually happen and how you can keep yourself safe onboard. Owen Zupp is an airline pilot an awarding-winning author. You can check out his work on his website at www.owenzupp.com. There you can find various articles that he’s written, as well as details on his books and how you can get them. You can also find him on his YouTube channel and on social media: Facebook, Instagram, Twitter.Follow us on social media for the latest updates and sneak peeks! Or visit www.flyingsmarter.com/contact to join the podcast’s mailing list. Connect with Flying Smarter: Facebook: Flying Smarter Podcast Instagram: @flyingsmarter Twitter: @flying_smarterWebsite: www.flyingsmarter.com
4 - Getting Started with Points and Miles with Alyssa Cerchiai
14-09-2020
4 - Getting Started with Points and Miles with Alyssa Cerchiai
In this episode, Andrew answers questions about airplane sewage and finding the best seat. He then chats with Alyssa Cerchiai about the world of points and miles.Where does airplane sewage go? You may have heard stories of frozen toilet waste landing in people’s yards but do we really jettison human waste into the sky? We take a look at what actually happens to airplane sewage once it’s flushed down the toilet.What is the best seat on a plane? The answer depends on what your priorities are. If you really don’t like turbulence for example, a seat over the wings or towards the front of the plane will likely give you a smoother ride. Find out what you need to know about selecting a seat on your next flight.Using points and miles is a great way to reduce the cost of your next trip. However, earning reward travel can seem like a daunting task if you aren’t a frequent flyer or big spender. For this episode’s main segment, writer and podcast host Alyssa Cerchiai is here to cover the basics of the world of points and miles and talk about how to get started. If you want to hear more from Alyssa or learn more about the world of points and miles, check out her podcast, She Made Points. You can also find her on Instagram at @shemadepoints and @alycerchiai, on Twitter at @shemadepoints and @alycerchaiai, and on the She Made Points Facebook Page. For a breakdown of the flight redemption example from this episode, click here.Enjoying the podcast? Follow us on social media! Connect with Flying Smarter: Facebook: Flying Smarter Podcast Instagram: @flyingsmarter Twitter: @flying_smarterWebsite: www.flyingsmarter.com