Chats From The Deck
Chats From The Deck is a compilation of recordings hosted by Dave Shallbetter, Chairman of Sun 'n Fun Radio (broadcasting on 1510 AM & streaming on from the annual Sun 'n Fun Aerospace Expo held in Lakeland, Florida, each spring. (For more information on the event please visit Some are recordings of live interviews from the deck of the radio station. Others are pre-recorded interviews done by volunteer reporters during the fly-in. 7/19 NEW- Chats from the Deck, The Podcast! SUN 'n FUN isn't just for April any more! So we're doing a podcast about all the happenings on the SUN 'n FUN campus. A new episode will be released every other month, PLEASE NOTE: These recordings are copyrighted by Sun 'n Fun Radio and may not be used for anything other than your listening enjoyment without the express written permission of Sun 'n Fun Radio. Donations to support SUN 'n FUN Radio can be sent to through PayPal or by clicking below:

Carl & Russ chat with Shavonna Reid, Director of sales at Right Rudder Aviation, a Pipistrel dealer, about the airshow debut of the Pipistrel Panthera

Direct download: SNF2021_DeckChats_Apr_16_Shavonna_Reid_Pipistrel.mp3
Category:SUN 'n FUN 2021 -- posted at: 6:01pm EDT

Carl & Russ chat with Aviat Aircraft President Steve Anderson & Director of Sales Matt Holfeldt about the line of fine aircraft Aviat produces.


Direct download: SNF2021_DeckChats_Apr_16_Steve_Anderson_Mitt_Hofeldt_Aviat.mp3
Category:SUN 'n FUN 2021 -- posted at: 5:26pm EDT

Kollin, Kevin, & Eric chat about AOPA's Sweepstakes aircraft, a Grumman Tiger!


Direct download: SNF2021_DeckChats_Apr_17_AOPA_Sweepstakes_Grumman_Tiger.mp3
Category:SUN 'n FUN 2021 -- posted at: 4:38pm EDT

Carl chats with Fran Orlandino of Aviation Laboratories (AvLab) about AvLab's core business- Fluids. 
AvLab provides analysis of all kinds of aviation fluids & fluid systems, oil, filters, fuel, hydraulic, as well as selling great products like Clear View windscreen cleaners, TKS fluid, & Dice fuel additive.


Brent D. Maule, President of Maule Air, chats with Carl & Trevor about Maule Aircraft.


Direct download: SNF2021_DeckChats_Apr_17_Brent_D._Maule.mp3
Category:SUN 'n FUN 2021 -- posted at: 3:48pm EDT

Carl & Trevor chat with the Chairman of the SUN 'n FUN Board of Directors, Harley Richards and get  board perspective of how we got to where we are.



Direct download: SNF2021_DeckChats_Apr_17_Harley_Richards_Chairman_Sun_N_Fun.mp3
Category:SUN 'n FUN 2021 -- posted at: 5:08pm EDT

Carl, Trevor, & Dr. Dave chat with Juan Browne of the "Blancolirio" YouTube channel about the explosion of social media & it's impact on the future of aviation.


Direct download: SNF2021_DeckChats_Apr_17_Juan_Browne_Blancolirio_YouTube.mp3
Category:SUN 'n FUN 2021 -- posted at: 1:10pm EDT

Carl & Trevor chat with Kathy Ammon about how the Guardian Ad Litem program & volunteers can change a child's story.

Direct download: SNF2021_DeckChats_Apr_17_Kathy_Ammon_Guardian_Ad_Litem.mp3
Category:SUN 'n FUN 2021 -- posted at: 12:47pm EDT

Carl & Trevor chat with Robert DeLaurentis, pilot of "Citizen of The World", about his record breaking Pole-to-Pole flight promoting STEM education. Robert lets us know about the 3 STEM experiments he carried, word records broken, challenges faced, Redbird flight simulation, and the 12 part docuseries and book about this historic flight.

Direct download: SNF2021_DeckChats_Apr_17_Robert_DeLaurentis_Pole_To_Pole_Flight.mp3
Category:SUN 'n FUN 2021 -- posted at: 12:28pm EDT

Dave & Carl chat with Susan Levitte, Marketing Communications manager of Green Bay Austin Straubel International Airport, about why Green Bay is THE best choice of airports in Wisconsin to visit.


Carl & Trevor chat with Amy Gesch, Product & Piston Aircraft Sales Manager at Wipaire, about the products & services Wipaire offers such as Wipline floats, aircraft modifications, aircraft sales, maintenance, avionics, paint, & interiors.

Direct download: SNF2021_DeckChats_Apr_17_Wipaire_Amy_Gesch.mp3
Category:SUN 'n FUN 2021 -- posted at: 11:19am EDT

Carl chats with Cynthia "Rosie" Roosevelt, AMT Instructor at Travis Technical College, about AMT 147 Instruction.

Michelle Graves & Carl Valeri chat with Brianna Dittman, President WAI Jacksonville, about the benefits of Women in Aviation International & their community outreach.


Carl Valeri & Trevor Simoneau chat with Russ Keith, John Naugla and Mike Roberts of Airplanes & Coffee, a non-profit group providing aviation scholarships.

Direct download: SNF2021_Deck_Chats_Apr_17_Airplanes_And_Coffee.mp3
Category:SUN 'n FUN 2021 -- posted at: 4:53pm EDT

Carl Chats with Jeff Lanoue of Stor Loc about his companies fine products.


Direct download: SNF2021_deckChats_StorLoc_Jeff_Lanoue.mp3
Category:SUN 'n FUN 2021 -- posted at: 4:09pm EDT

Trey Murdaugh, owner of TL North America chats with us about TL North America's various aircraft- The Stream, The Sting S4, & The Sirius

Direct download: SNF2021_Apr_17_TL_North_America_Trey_Murdaugh.mp3
Category:SUN 'n FUN 2021 -- posted at: 5:02pm EDT

Carl Valeri and Russ Roslewski interview Jennifer Datz and Mary Woolf of Women in Aviation about women in aerospace and NASA.

Carl Valeri and David Kolbaba chat with Steve Hedges and Chris Cooper of AOPA about their regulatory efforts in the time of Covid and their ongoing advocacy efforts.


Direct download: SnF2021-DeckChats-Apr-14-2021-AOPA-Steve-Hedges-Chris-Cooper.mp3
Category:SUN 'n FUN 2021 -- posted at: 10:48pm EDT

Carl Valeri chats with Patrick McAlee of Patrick McAlee Airshows about his airshow routines and his first impressions of Sun n Fun.

Direct download: SnFRadio-Deck-2021-Apr-16-2021-Patrick-McAlee-Airshows.mp3
Category:SUN 'n FUN 2021 -- posted at: 10:29pm EDT

Carl Valeri chats with Lee Lauderback of Stallion 51 about flying the P-51 Mustang at Sun n Fun and the importance of proficiency and currency.


Direct download: SnFRadio-Deck-2021-Apr-16-2021-Stallion51-Lee-Lauderback.mp3
Category:SUN 'n FUN 2021 -- posted at: 10:24pm EDT

Russ Roslewski chats with Daniela Knoll of Kanardia Avionics about their easy to read avionics offerings for experimental and light sport aircraft.

Direct download: SnFRadio-Deck-2021-Apr-16-2021-Kanardia-Avionics-Daniela-Knoll.mp3
Category:SUN 'n FUN 2021 -- posted at: 10:19pm EDT

Carl Valeri chats with Karl Grove and George Sturges of AC Aero USA about their combined cycle engines and liquid cooled Lycoming engines.


Direct download: SnFRadio-Deck-2021-Apr-16-2021-AC-Aero-USA-Karl-Grove.mp3
Category:SUN 'n FUN 2021 -- posted at: 10:15pm EDT

Kevin Strieter and Robert Erickson chat with Daniel Ajazi from Spray Gunner about their airbrush and paint supply offerings.

Direct download: SnFRadio-Deck-2021-Apr-16-2021-Spray-Gunner-Daniel-Ajazi.mp3
Category:SUN 'n FUN 2021 -- posted at: 10:09pm EDT

Carl Valeri chats with Tal Clark of CoFlyt about their app created to make GA aircraft ownership easier, especially for communication between multiple users.


Direct download: SnFRadio-Deck-2021-Apr-16-2021-CoFlyt-Tal-Clark.mp3
Category:SUN 'n FUN 2021 -- posted at: 10:02pm EDT

Carl Valeri & David St George of SAFE (Society of Aviation and Flight Educators) chat about improving the professionalism and excellence of CFIs.


Direct download: SnFRadio-Deck-2021-Apr-16-2021-SAFE-David-St-George.mp3
Category:SUN 'n FUN 2021 -- posted at: 9:56pm EDT

Kevin Strieter and Robert Erickson chat with Steve Olive of Oasis Avionics about their avionics technician training programs and product offerings.


Direct download: SnFRadio-Deck-2021-Apr-16-2021-Oasis-Avionics-Steve-Olive.mp3
Category:SUN 'n FUN 2021 -- posted at: 9:51pm EDT

Kevin Strieter and Robert Erickson chat with Jason Merkle of Horizon Hobby about their RC model aircraft including Mike Patey's Draco RC aircraft.


Direct download: SnFRadio-Deck-2021-Apr-16-2021-Horizon-Hobbey-Jason-Merkle.mp3
Category:SUN 'n FUN 2021 -- posted at: 9:40pm EDT

Carl Valeri and Dave Shallbetter chat with Mark Lampe aka Captain Santa Claus about their specialty ties and aviation gifts, the deaf pilots association, and the organizations they support.

Direct download: SnFRadio-Deck-2021-Apr-16-2021-Captain-Santa-Claus-Mark-Lampe.mp3
Category:SUN 'n FUN 2021 -- posted at: 9:33pm EDT

Each day at SUN 'n FUN SUN 'n FUN Radio is proud to feature Women Shine at SUN 'n FUN presented by Women in Aviation International.

On Tuesday April 13, opening day of SnF21, Russ Roslewski and Carl Valeri interview Molly Blackford, WAI Space Coast Florida Tech Chapter President and Jackie Carlon, Senior Director of Marketing & Communications  about their mentoring and outreach programs.


Dave and Mike host the Wednesday morning run up from Paradise City with special guest Michael McClellan.

Direct download: 03_-_Wednesday_-_Morning_Run_Up_-_Paradise_City.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:16pm EDT

Lynn Ramsey talks about the Leadville, CO airport.  The highest elevation airport in the US at 9,934 ft above sea level.

Direct download: 2014-Deck_Interviews-Leadville_Colorado_Airport-Lynn_Ramsey.mp3
Category:Sun 'n Fun 2014 -- posted at: 10:35pm EDT

Carl Valeri chats with Luis Garcia from the Civil Air Patrol about their efforts in the Cadet program, Search and Rescue, and Aerospace education.


Direct download: SnF2021-DeckChats-Apr-14-2021-CAP-Luis-Garcia.mp3
Category:SUN 'n FUN 2021 -- posted at: 10:16pm EDT

Carl Valeri chats with Dale Still and David Wetmore about judging aircraft at SUN 'n FUN to the EAA standards.

And the "Changing of the Guard"


Direct download: SnF2021-DeckChats-Apr-14-2021-SnF-Aircraft-Judging.mp3
Category:SUN 'n FUN 2021 -- posted at: 10:09pm EDT

Carl Valeri & Michelle Rhinesmith of the Aerospace Center for Excellence, based on the SUN 'n FUN campus, chat about the educational programs offered locally & Project Skylab at the Florida Air Museum


In Wednesday's edition of Women Shine at SUN 'n FUN, Carl Valeri chats with Commander Rebecca Waddington, NOAA Corps, about the NOAA flight operations out of Lakeland airport and outreach by Women in Aviation to inspire future aviators.


Direct download: SnF2021-DeckChats-Apr-14-2021-NOAA-Rebecca-Waddington.mp3
Category:SUN 'n FUN 2021 -- posted at: 9:48pm EDT

Carl Valeri and David Kolbaba chat with Steve King from AirplaneIQ about the current market for aircraft sales.


Direct download: SnF2021-DeckChats-Apr-14-2021-AirplaneIQ-Steve-King.mp3
Category:SUN 'n FUN 2021 -- posted at: 9:40pm EDT

Carl Valeri interviews Darrin Johns of Tactical Hearing about their current offerings for custom hearing enhancement and hearing protection.


Direct download: SnF2021-DeckChats-Apr-13-2021-Tactical_Hearing-Darrin-Johns.mp3
Category:SUN 'n FUN 2021 -- posted at: 9:31pm EDT

Carl Valeri chats with Mike Hartman from WACO Aircraft about barnstorming, their aircraft factory and the Waco Taco!


Direct download: SnF2021-DeckChats-Apr-14-2021-Waco-Mike-Hartman.mp3
Category:SUN 'n FUN 2021 -- posted at: 9:24pm EDT

Carl Valeri interviews John 'Lites' Leenhouts about all the events hosted here on the SUN 'n FUN campus year round.

Direct download: SnF2021-DeckChats-Apr-13-2021-Sun-n-Fun-Lites-Leenhouts.mp3
Category:SUN 'n FUN 2021 -- posted at: 7:45am EDT

Kevin Strieter and Rob Ericson interview Cleveland Carter of the Imperial Polk Astronomical Society about how to get into astronomy and what objects they are viewing here at SnF 2021.

Carl Valeri interviews Kyle & Rebecca Stevenson from Wings 4 Humanity about their organization providing medical evacuation, angel flights and other services to remote communities worldwide.

Robbie Paul and Jared Britt discuss the aviation programs offered at Southern Utah University including helicopter upset training in IMC.


Direct download: SnF2021-DeckChats-Apr-13-2021-Southern-Utah-University.mp3
Category:SUN 'n FUN 2021 -- posted at: 4:27pm EDT

Russ and Carl interview Elizabeth Tennyson and Richard McSpadden from AOPA about the "You Can Fly" program and the Air Safety Institute.


Direct download: SnF2021-DeckChats-Apr-13-2021-AOPA-Tennyson-McSpadden.mp3
Category:SUN 'n FUN 2021 -- posted at: 4:23pm EDT

Carl Valeri interviews Trevor Boswell from NORAD about their role in aviation, how a typical GA intercept might work.


Direct download: SnF2021-DeckChats-Apr-13-2021-NORAD-Trevor-Boswell.mp3
Category:SUN 'n FUN 2021 -- posted at: 4:00pm EDT

Carl Valeri interviews Richard Talkington Fletcher of Custom Z Fitter about their custom fit Z-Coil shoes.

Todd Smith & Bill Brown of Global AeroConnect Inc. chat about their portable aircraft power units.



Direct download: SnF2021-DeckChats-Apr-14-2021-Global-Aeroconnect.mp3
Category:SUN 'n FUN 2021 -- posted at: 2:01pm EDT

Russ Roslewski chats with Luke Wolle of AMPERe Inc. about their single stroke engine design.


Direct download: SnF2021-DeckChats-Apr-14-2021-AmpereInc-Luke-Wolle.mp3
Category:SUN 'n FUN 2021 -- posted at: 1:35pm EDT

Carl Valeri chats with Dave 'Letterfly' Knoderer about his aviation artwork.


Carl Valeri chats with Pam Crone about Air America, the covert government owned airline operating in Southeast Asia during the Vietnam war.


Direct download: SnF2021-DeckChats-Apr-14-2021-Air-America-Pam-Crone.mp3
Category:SUN 'n FUN 2021 -- posted at: 1:25pm EDT

Dave interviews Richard Freilich about his METAR Maps that light up to show current weather conditions.

Direct download: SnF2021-DeckChats-April-13-2021-METARMaps-Richard-Freilich.mp3
Category:SUN 'n FUN 2021 -- posted at: 8:19am EDT

Carl Valeri discusses aviation scholarship opportunities and his podcast, Aviation Careers Podcast.


Carl Valeri interviews Dan Bregman of Spartan College of Aeronautics and Technology.


Direct download: SnF2021-DeckChats-Apr-13-2021-Spartan-Dan-Bregman.mp3
Category:SUN 'n FUN 2021 -- posted at: 8:03am EDT

Russ interviews John Talmadge of Avidyne about their current avionics offerings.


Direct download: SnF2021-DeckChats-Apr-13-2021-Avidyne-John-Talmadge.mp3
Category:SUN 'n FUN 2021 -- posted at: 7:58am EDT

Mike interviews Robert DeLaurentis about his upcoming flight from North Pole to South Pole and NASA wafer scale space ships.

Direct download: 2019-06-Saturday-Deck-Interview-Robert-DeLaurentis.mp3
Category:SUN 'n FUN 2019 -- posted at: 7:54am EDT

Carl Valeri & Eric Crump from Polk State College chat about Polk State's aviation programs.


Direct download: Tues-Apr-13-2021-Eric-Crump-Polk-State.mp3
Category:SUN 'n FUN 2021 -- posted at: 6:02pm EDT