“Pilgrimage to Oshkosh!” Greg’s Flying Carpet Podcast #18

Ride along with renowned aviator, writer, and photographer Greg Brown in his light airplane, the Flying Carpet, as he searches behind clouds for the real America, experiencing countless aerial adventures along the way.


Listen to “Pilgrimage to Oshkosh!” Greg’s Flying Carpet Podcast Flight #18

Most pilots are familiar with EAA’s annual AirVenture fly-in at Oshkosh Wisconsin, the largest pilot gathering in the world. But what compels enthusiasts to travel vast distances to attend this event?

Sure, AirVenture offers airshows and seminars and exotic aircraft, and all the latest airplanes and gadgets any aviator could wish for. But would it be the same attraction if we could just walk across town and enter through the gate? I think not.

Oshkosh is about the journey to get there as much as it is about the fly-in itself. And not just the physical journey, but the emotional one…

So hop in the Flying Carpet with me, and we’ll go check it out!

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Greg

Podcast music by Hannis Brown.

“Dark Clouds over Kansas, pierced by the eye of the sun.”

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About Greg

A former National Flight Instructor of the Year, Greg is author of five books, a former Barnes & Noble Arizona Author of the Month, and recently completed twenty years as aviation adventure columnist for AOPA’s Flight Training magazine. Some reviewers have compared his book, “Flying Carpet: The Soul of an Airplane,” to sixties road-trip classics like “On the Road,” and “Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance.”

“Greg thinks with the mind of a pilot, questions with the curiosity of a philosopher, and sees with the eyes of a poet.”Rod Machado, aviation author and humorist

“You don’t have to be a pilot, or even a frequent flyer, to soar with Greg Brown in [his] Flying Carpet.” — Nina Bell Allen, former Assistant Managing Editor, Readers Digest

So buckle in and join Greg for the ride!


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Make a one-time donation, or better yet, subscribe your ongoing support. Thank you! Greg


If you enjoyed this story, you’ll love Greg’s book, Flying Carpet: The Soul of an Airplane. Autographed copies available!


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“Parlez-vous Anglais?” Greg’s Flying Carpet Podcast #17

Ride along with renowned aviator, writer, and photographer Greg Brown in his light airplane, the Flying Carpet, as he searches behind clouds for the real America, experiencing countless aerial adventures along the way.


Listen to “Parlez-vous Anglais?” Greg’s Flying Carpet Podcast Flight #17

Ever wonder what it would be like, flying yourself into a country where pilot communications are transmitted in a foreign language? Well, here’s your opportunity to find out!

This episode commemorates fifty years of a treasured friendship, arising under unusual circumstances from a long-ago foreign adventure, and continued over the years by Flying Carpet. I hope you’ll find it as memorable as Jean and I do!

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Greg

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Podcast music by Hannis Brown.

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About Greg

A former National Flight Instructor of the Year, Greg is author of five books, a former Barnes & Noble Arizona Author of the Month, and recently completed twenty years as aviation adventure columnist for AOPA’s Flight Training magazine. Some reviewers have compared his book, “Flying Carpet: The Soul of an Airplane,” to sixties road-trip classics like “On the Road,” and “Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance.”

“Greg thinks with the mind of a pilot, questions with the curiosity of a philosopher, and sees with the eyes of a poet.”Rod Machado, aviation author and humorist

“You don’t have to be a pilot, or even a frequent flyer, to soar with Greg Brown in [his] Flying Carpet.” — Nina Bell Allen, former Assistant Managing Editor, Readers Digest

So buckle in and join Greg for the ride!


Please support Greg’s Flying Carpet Podcast, Blog, & Student Pilot Pep Talk Facebook Group!

Make a one-time donation, or better yet, subscribe your ongoing support. Thank you! Greg


If you enjoyed this story, you’ll love Greg’s book, Flying Carpet: The Soul of an Airplane. Autographed copies available!


Check out Greg’s Aviation Books, Fine Art Aerial Photo Prints, and Pilot Achievement Plaques!


Greg’s Aviation Books

Greg’s “Views from the Flying Carpet” Aerial Fine Art Prints

Greg’s Pilot Achievement Plaques

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“World War I in the Air!” Greg’s Flying Carpet Podcast #16

Ride along with renowned aviator, writer, and photographer Greg Brown in his light airplane, the Flying Carpet, as he searches behind clouds for the real America, experiencing countless aerial adventures along the way.


Listen to “World War I in the Air!” Greg’s Flying Carpet Podcast Flight #16

“The engine is the heart of an airplane, but the pilot is its soul,” ⸺Sir Walter Raleigh, The War in the Air, 1922

Ever wonder what it was like to fly primitive airplanes into battle in World War I? Well here’s your opportunity to find out!

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Greg

See associated photos below, all taken at Old Rhinebeck Aerodrome!

Read The War in the Air Vol. 1 online.

Podcast music by Hannis Brown.

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About Greg

A former National Flight Instructor of the Year, Greg is author of five books, a former Barnes & Noble Arizona Author of the Month, and recently completed twenty years as aviation adventure columnist for AOPA’s Flight Training magazine. Some reviewers have compared his book, “Flying Carpet: The Soul of an Airplane,” to sixties road-trip classics like “On the Road,” and “Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance.”

“Greg thinks with the mind of a pilot, questions with the curiosity of a philosopher, and sees with the eyes of a poet.”Rod Machado, aviation author and humorist

“You don’t have to be a pilot, or even a frequent flyer, to soar with Greg Brown in [his] Flying Carpet.” — Nina Bell Allen, former Assistant Managing Editor, Readers Digest

So buckle in and join Greg for the ride!


Please support Greg’s Flying Carpet Podcast, Blog, & Student Pilot Pep Talk Facebook Group!

Make a one-time donation, or better yet, subscribe your ongoing support. Thank you! Greg


If you enjoyed this story, you’ll love Greg’s book, Flying Carpet: The Soul of an Airplane. Autographed copies available!


Check out Greg’s Aviation Books, Fine Art Aerial Photo Prints, and Pilot Achievement Plaques!


Greg’s Aviation Books

Greg’s “Views from the Flying Carpet” Aerial Fine Art Prints

Greg’s Pilot Achievement Plaques

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Greg featured as a “Torgoen Adventurer”

Never have I imagined myself an “influencer,” but Torgoen watches has just featured me as a “Pilot Adventurer,” reference their beautiful aviator watch line. Check out the story!

Not only did I get a cool T-25 Zulu-time pilot watch out of the deal, but Torgoen is offering YOU a 20% Friends and Family discount on all products on Torgoen.com. Use code: FLYINGCARPET20 at checkout. (Offer good through May 10th.)

Note that Torgoen offers many adventurer-style watches in addition to those for pilots, along with other products.

Greg


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“Birthday Flowers,” Greg’s Flying Carpet Podcast #15

Ride along with renowned aviator, writer, and photographer Greg Brown in his light airplane, the Flying Carpet, as he searches behind clouds for the real America, experiencing countless aerial adventures along the way.


Listen to “Birthday Flowers,” Greg’s Flying Carpet Podcast Flight #15

When celebrating birthdays with zeros in them, flowers alone won’t do it. So when my wife Jean marked a new decade I sought somewhere special we could fly to celebrate.

“But it seems kinda weird celebrating a big birthday in Death Valley,” she said…

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Greg

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Podcast music by Hannis Brown.

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About Greg

A former National Flight Instructor of the Year, Greg is author of five books, a former Barnes & Noble Arizona Author of the Month, and recently completed twenty years as aviation adventure columnist for AOPA’s Flight Training magazine. Some reviewers have compared his book, “Flying Carpet: The Soul of an Airplane,” to sixties road-trip classics like “On the Road,” and “Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance.”

“Greg thinks with the mind of a pilot, questions with the curiosity of a philosopher, and sees with the eyes of a poet.”Rod Machado, aviation author and humorist

“You don’t have to be a pilot, or even a frequent flyer, to soar with Greg Brown in [his] Flying Carpet.” — Nina Bell Allen, former Assistant Managing Editor, Readers Digest

So buckle in and join Greg for the ride!


Please support Greg’s Flying Carpet Podcast, Blog, & Student Pilot Pep Talk Facebook Group!

Make a one-time donation, or better yet, subscribe your ongoing support. Thank you! Greg


If you enjoyed this story, you’ll love Greg’s book, Flying Carpet: The Soul of an Airplane. Autographed copies available!


Check out Greg’s Aviation Books, Fine Art Aerial Photo Prints, and Pilot Achievement Plaques!


Greg’s Aviation Books

Greg’s “Views from the Flying Carpet” Aerial Fine Art Prints

Greg’s Pilot Achievement Plaques

Follow Greg on Social Media!


Greg’s aerial photographs featured in “Sedona Monthly” magazine

I’ve been fortunate to have countless photographs published in aviation magazines, but have had relatively few appear in consumer publications. So it’s exciting to see two of my favorite “Views from the Flying Carpet” aerial photos featured in one- and two-page spreads in the new March Sedona Monthly print magazine.

Please check out my many available Views from the Flying Carpet aerial photographs, and Down to Earth terrestrial photographs. Pricing on ready-to-hang Fine Art Metal Prints starts at just $125, plus 2-day shipping throughout the Continental US for only $20-$29 depending on size.

Many thanks to all who have invested to date in my Fine Art Metal PrintsPilot Achievement Plaques, and Photo Note Cards!

Greg

“Realm of the Ancients,” Greg’s Flying Carpet Podcast #14

Ride along with renowned aviator, writer, and photographer Greg Brown in his light airplane, the Flying Carpet, as he searches behind clouds for the real America, experiencing countless aerial adventures along the way.


Listen to “Realm of the Ancients,” Greg’s Flying Carpet Podcast Flight #14

Archaeology by Flying Carpet: Seeking Kindred Spirits in Navajoland. 

Earning your wings is more than piloting an airplane; it’s about where flying can take you!

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Greg

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Podcast music by Hannis Brown.

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Episode #14 Photos

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About Greg

A former National Flight Instructor of the Year, Greg is author of five books, a former Barnes & Noble Arizona Author of the Month, and recently completed twenty years as aviation adventure columnist for AOPA’s Flight Training magazine. Some reviewers have compared his book, “Flying Carpet: The Soul of an Airplane,” to sixties road-trip classics like “On the Road,” and “Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance.”

“Greg thinks with the mind of a pilot, questions with the curiosity of a philosopher, and sees with the eyes of a poet.”Rod Machado, aviation author and humorist

“You don’t have to be a pilot, or even a frequent flyer, to soar with Greg Brown in [his] Flying Carpet.” — Nina Bell Allen, former Assistant Managing Editor, Readers Digest

So buckle in and join Greg for the ride!


Please support Greg’s Flying Carpet Podcast, Blog, & Student Pilot Pep Talk Facebook Group!

Make a one-time donation, or better yet, subscribe your ongoing support. Thank you! Greg


If you enjoyed this story, you’ll love Greg’s book, Flying Carpet: The Soul of an Airplane. Autographed copies available!


Check out Greg’s Aviation Books, Fine Art Aerial Photo Prints, and Pilot Achievement Plaques!


Greg’s Aviation Books

Greg’s “Views from the Flying Carpet” Aerial Fine Art Prints

Greg’s Pilot Achievement Plaques

Follow Greg on Social Media!


“Snow-Sparkled Sedona,” Greg’s latest “View from the Flying Carpet” Fine Art Aerial Photo Metal Print

It was just to be a “routine” mission, dropping my wife to visit her mother for a few days. But “routine,” in the Flying Carpet or any other airplane, has little to do with the glories one might experience out the windshield.

Winter snow is not uncommon atop Arizona’s Coconino Plateau north of Sedona, but rarely does it sprinkle more than a dusting on the lower red-rock terrain for which the area is renowned.

On this particular flight, however, we were treated to stunning views of Snow-Sparkled Sedona, following an unusually cold and heavy winter snowstorm that blanketed far lower elevations than usual.

I’ve been flying this area for some 33 years, but only a handful of times have experienced such a visual feast of crimson buttes heavily blanketed by ivory-white snow. (Area pilots will appreciate Sedona Airport’s “Notice to Airmen” that morning, regarding three-foot snow berms adjacent to the runway!)

Like all my Fine Art Metal Prints, Snow-Sparkled Sedona pricing starts ready-to-hang at just $125, and shipping throughout the Continental US runs only $20-29 right up to the largest sizes.

Check sizes, prices, framing options, and order your “Snow-Sparkled Sedona” Fine Art Metal Print here. (Snow-Sparked Sedona is also available in Pilot Achievement Plaques.)

Oh, and do check out my many other available Views from the Flying Carpet aerial photographs, and Down to Earth terrestrial photographs.

Many thanks for the amazing response to this particular photo, and to all who have invested to date in my Fine Art Metal PrintsPilot Achievement Plaques, and Photo Note Cards.

Greg
 

PS: I also took the following photograph that day, which displays more landscape than the above with less emphasis on the airport runway. If anyone is interested in owning the following “Snow-Sparkled Sedona II” as a Fine Art Metal Print, message me and we’ll make it happen!

Snow-Sparked Sedona II

“Mayhem Beneath Our Wings,” Greg’s Flying Carpet Podcast #13

Ride along with renowned aviator, writer, and photographer Greg Brown in his light airplane, the Flying Carpet, as he searches behind clouds for the real America, experiencing countless aerial adventures along the way.


Listen to “Mayhem Beneath Our Wings,” Greg’s Flying Carpet Podcast Flight #13

“Look!” said Jean with horror. “There’s been a terrible crash!”

Glancing downward, there was just time for me to glimpse carnage on Highway 202, the Red Mountain Freeway east of Phoenix. A few hundred feet beneath us, flames and blackened vehicles littered the roadway as we crossed low on final approach to land at Falcon Field. 

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Podcast music by Hannis Brown.

Greg

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Episode #13 Photos

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