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While joining a pilot club is a great way to hone your skills and share your passion for aviation with other enthusiastic hobbyists, meet-ups and flight time aren’t the only way to immerse yourself in the thrill of flight. Books and magazines have long offered a way to stay on top of current news and trends, and blogs have further expanded educational opportunities, but one of the most exciting new developments in the world of aviation is the growth of podcast culture. There are a number of interesting aviation themed podcasts. Here are a few of the best around.

The Finer Points of Flying
Host Jason Miller believes that firsthand experience is the best way to learn, and that’s why he centers his podcast around interviews with people in the field. But he doesn’t restrain himself to simply pulling in experienced pilots and instructors. His diverse range of guests includes specialists as wide ranging as mechanics and air traffic controllers.

There I Was…
Some of the most fascinating aviation stories are about how pilots react when the worst happens. There I Was… invites pilots who found themselves in life threatening situations and managed to overcome them. These daring stories can prove an illustrative purpose, providing you with the resources you need to respond if you’re ever stuck in a dangerous situation.

Airplane Geeks
Airplane Geeks is the granddaddy of aviation podcasts. First established in 2008, this long running series features guests from the fields of commercial, military, and general aviation. The broad purview of their coverage makes them a great general interest series for aviators, and they take a global interest in the field that covers news, history, and in-depth discussions.

The Green Dot
If you’re interested in the cutting edge technologies in the aviation industry, you have to tune in to the Green Dot. Organized by the Experimental Aircraft Association, this bi-weekly series is focused on the coolest and most interesting trends in the industry.

Uncontrolled Airspace
Like Airplane Geeks, Uncontrolled Airspace falls squarely in the realm of general interest aviation topics. The show’s three hosts have extensive experience piloting planes and writing about the industry, and they bring an irreverent but thoughtful spin on the news of the day and the topics that interest pilots.