WARBIRD RADIO – As summer comes to a close it’s time to get serious about cranking out some new shows. The biggest news for our Fall 2014 season is that our LIVE channel is back with an all new format. This new talk intense format brings back some of your favorite shows plus many news ones.
More big news is that Warbird Radio LIVE moves from mornings to a weekly evening spot on Tuesday nights at 8pm (EASTERN). Matt Jolley (host of Warbird Radio LIVE) says the new time slot gives guests and fans of the show a better chance of coming on during the live broadcast and sharing their thoughts and stories. “The morning show was great…but 8pm (EASTERN) on Tuesday is prime territory for us. The majority of our listeners are home from work and in their workshops or hangars and are looking for something fun to listen to. We’re hoping they spend some time with us on Tuesday nights” says Jolley. Despite the challenges of a storm damaged internet connection the numbers for the first episode on September 2nd were higher than the average listenership numbers during the morning time slot.
The studio was completed last month but speaking of the storm damaged internet connection, a new fiber optic connection is being installed on the 4th of September. This new connection will eliminate the shaky service the studio currently has during rain. In addition to the new fiber optic line our virtual web player has changed as well. Mike Chilson and his team have made it much easier to listen to Warbird Radio.com on mobile devices and for that matter, any platform you’d like to tune in with. Just click the listen live button in the top right corner and give it a try.
Podcasts of our live shows will continue to be available the following morning so listeners who prefer the on-demand capability can still listen at their leisure. To listen to the recorded podcast just subscribe to the RSS feed or play the show directly from the show story page. You can also download the file and play it remotely from the show story page as well. The new functionality is something Chilson says will improve the “ease of use” for fans the world over.
So what about the new shows? Dave Homewood moves from podcaster to live broadcaster with a new LIVE version of the Wings Over New Zealand Show (debuts September 2014). Wings Over New Zealand – LIVE will be our first show remotely produced from outside the USA. The RNZAF has a rich history and Warbird Radio.com is ready to bring their stories to a broader audience. Zane Adams is also back with a new show: The Texas Warbird Report. Zane’s new effort capitalizes on the Lone Star State and it’s overwhelming involvement with vintage military aviation. Warbirds and warbird operators are almost as numerous in Texas as oil wells and Zane is ready to meet them all.
The Texas Warbird Report’s inaugural episode goes live Tuesday night at 9pm (EASTERN) on September 9th 2014. The League of WWI Aviation Historians will continue to produce Over The Front’s radio version and a new series featuring the women of warbirds is slated to start this fall as well. Hartman & Heins are also back and go LIVE for the first time this fall (scary thought). Their unique brand of humor is addictive and should go perfectly with your evening listening activities. The show we’re perhaps most concerned with is one that our good friend Chris Henry is slated to host.
The Crash Pad (working title) will be based in Oshkosh, Wisconsin and very close to a certain non-profit aviation organization nearby. The hosts may or may not work there (at un-mentioned non-profit) and all live together. There’s literally no telling where this show can go but it’s slated for takeoff this September as well. So here’s a quick look at the current LIVE channel schedule:
Warbird Radio LIVE: 8 hour – 2 hour
Warbird Radio Presents: 11 hour – 5 hour
Over The Front: 10 hour – 4 hour – 10 hour
Wings Over New Zealand: 6 hour – 12 hour
Hartman & Heins: 1 hour – 7 hour
The RC Scale Builder Show: 9 hour – 3 hour
Be sure to check our Facebook page and click “Like” to stay up to date with your fellow listeners. The address is www.facebook.com/warbirdradio. To make it easy, with regards to listening to your favorite shows LIVE, just remember to tune in Tuesday nights from 8pm – 10pm (EASTERN). Thanks again for tuning in and being a part of our family since 2009!
Sincerely – The Warbird Radio Team
WARBIRD RADIO – The Navy’s X-47B completed its final test aboard USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) Aug. 24 and returned to its home base at Naval Air Station Patuxent River after eight days at sea. According to a recent news release, the X-47B flew in the carrier pattern with manned aircraft for the first time and conducted a total of five catapult launches, four arrestments and nine touch-and-go landings, including a night time shipboard flight deck handling evaluation.
“This is another detachment for the record books; all tests were safely and effectively executed,” said Capt. Beau Duarte, Navy’s Unmanned Carrier Aviation program manager. “We have set the bar for the future of unmanned carrier aviation.”
Testing began Aug. 17 when the X-47B performed its initial cooperative launch and recovery cycle with an F/A-18. With its automatic wing-fold capability and new tailhook retract system, the X-47B met the program’s objective to demonstrate that carrier-based manned and unmanned aircraft could maintain a 90 second aircraft launch and recovery interval.
Throughout the week, the Navy/Northrop Grumman test team captured X-47B flying quality and recovery wind condition data to evaluate how the aircraft responds to wake turbulence during approach and landing. This data will be used to improve a simulation model for use with carrier-based aircraft.
The team also evaluated how the unmanned aircraft performed during the first night time taxi and deck handling operations aboard a carrier. Since the shipboard environment presents different challenges at night, this test was an incremental step in developing the operational concept for more routine unmanned air system flight activity.
“We conducted X-47B night flight deck operations to understand the human interface and suitability of the unmanned air vehicle and deck operator’s hand-held control unit in the night environment,” said Barbara Weathers, X-47B Unmanned Combat Air System lead. “These lessons learned will help with the development of future unmanned platforms.”
The Navy will continue to execute shore-based testing at Patuxent River to further the goal of seamless integration with manned aircraft and to refine best practices for the evaluation of future unmanned air systems.
WARBIRD RADIO – Matt’s back LIVE tonight (9-2-14) at 8pm Eastern time. Tune in for an action packed show with lots of guest and some big news for our Texas friends. Did we mention the all new LIVE channel is back as well? New shows and some of your favorites can be heard 24/7 by clicking the Listen LIVE button on the right side of your screen.
Call in tonight with your comments and questions! Our studio contact numbers are posted below. Thanks again for tuning in and we hope to hear from you tonight.
UPDATE: Guest include USAF Col. Joe Kittinger (RET), Red Bull Stratos Project Manager Art Thompson, Mike Ginter from the Culpepper Air Fest and Patrick Mihalek from the Warbirds of Glory Museum (Sandbar Mitchell).
WARBIRD RADIO – Andy Heinz and Mike Hartman are back with an all new show. Tune in and hear from Steven Bridgewater (Aeroplane / Jets Magazine) and many more familiar voices. Thanks for tuning in! Next episode will be a live broadcast on the all new Warbird Radio LIVE streaming channel.
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WARBIRD RADIO – Volunteers at the Delaware Aviation Museum Foundation have been hard at work getting the B-25 Panchito ready for center stage at EAA’s AirVenture 2014. Panchito’s pilot Larry Kelley dropped us a few pictures and this note:
Thanks to Steve, Brendan, Guy, John Vance, Al, Ben, Erin, Phil, Steve Nuwer, Harry, Colin, and others for all of the help this past weekend. We were able to do a good wash down with Mineral Spirits to get off the oily film, then wash completely and begin polishing, along with many much needed small repairs.
Our hats to all of you who help keep them flyin’. See you at AirVenture 2014!
~ The Warbird Radio Team.