Episodes
Dylan and Max dive into their recent Father's Day cold plunge experience and its benefits for muscle recovery, then talk about recent trips to DC, Aspen, and Havana. They read listener emails about the best luggage for pilots. In the Flight Advice segment, they tackle the challenge of balancing a pilot career with impending fatherhood, offering tips on how to stay present in your kids' lives while working the skies. Episode Outline [00:00:00] - Introduction [00:00:19] - Father's Day Cold...
Published 06/18/24
In this episode, we welcome back Brooks Pettit, an expert in aircraft transactions with Vaerus Jet Sales. Brooks shares his insights on the ongoing debate between the Challenger 350 and the G280. He provides a balanced view, discussing the advantages and disadvantages of both jets from an operational and ownership perspective. We also delve into the current state of the pre-owned business jet market, with Brooks offering valuable advice for potential buyers and sellers. Plus, hear Brooks'...
Published 06/11/24
Dylan and Max delve into the unexpected challenges of flying during the Cicada Fiasco of 2024, sharing firsthand accounts and tips for dealing with these pesky insects. They then transition to a deep dive into the history and impact of airline deregulation, discussing how it has shaped the modern aviation industry and what it means for today's pilots. Listener emails spark lively discussions on pilot shirt preferences and the ongoing debate between long sleeve and short sleeve uniforms, while...
Published 06/04/24
In this episode, hosts Dylan and Max interview Dr. Chris Broyhill, the creator of the AirComp Calculator, to discuss the current state of pilot compensation in business aviation. Dr. Broyhill shares insights on market trends, noting the ongoing high demand for qualified pilots and the increasing importance of comprehensive benefits packages. The discussion highlights the advantages of business aviation roles, such as better work-life balance, despite competitive airline salaries. Dr. Broyhill...
Published 05/28/24
The guys kick the show off with their latest piston engine adventures. Then they dive into the luggage review video series and discuss listeners' feedback. Hard Landing chapter 3 is discussed in the book club segment. In the mailbag we continue the discussion on AI and how pilot shirts should fit. We have a good one for flight advice...how do I leave my high paying job to go fly full time? To wrap up the show Dylan goes on a Hilton vs. Marriott rant. Show Notes 0:00 Intro &...
Published 05/21/24
Dylan and Max are joined by Whitney Bohac and Dave Retnam, co-founders of Crewise, a company designed to bring airline-style HR and support services to business aviation. Whitney and Dave, both with extensive backgrounds at Southwest Airlines, discuss the genesis and mission of Crewise, emphasizing the need for robust support systems in business aviation similar to those available in commercial airlines. They cover various services provided by Crewise, including professional standards,...
Published 05/14/24
Max recounts the complications following his seemingly routine knee surgery, underscoring the precarious nature of pilot health and the implications on flying careers. We cover chapter 2 of Hard Landing for the book club segment plus an actual hard landing of a 747 at LAX. Mailbag: Luggage Review Update, Allegiant Pilot Perspective, and life of a fractional pilot. Flight Advice: Junior FO at Spririt wonders if he should stay or go? Show Notes 0:00 Intro 2:01 Max’s Torn Meniscus 12:23 Book...
Published 05/07/24
Dylan and Max engage in a lively conversation with Neil Everett Capano, an advisor in aviation AI, discussing the future of artificial intelligence in aviation. Neil highlights AI's potential to revolutionize backend operations for management companies and flight departments, rather than controlling actual flights. They explore the implications of AI in aviation, from reducing crew scheduling challenges to improving maintenance predictions, emphasizing that while AI may not yet be perfect, it...
Published 04/30/24
The guys dive into the intricacies and amusing challenges of aircraft lighting protocols.  They humorously recount instances of "light shaming". We discuss chapter one of Hard Landing for the book club. In the mailbag segment topics range from the importance of different types of flying experience, to the impact of personal decisions and career changes post-furloughs. They highlight stories from pilots who have navigated the challenges of layoffs, transitions between airlines, and shifts into...
Published 04/23/24
James Onieal joins us to unpack the rollercoaster of recent airline developments—from unexpected furlough announcements to hiring surges at major carriers like UPS. We explore the emotional and professional impacts of such turbulent times on pilots, emphasizing the critical importance of resilience and strategic career planning.  Show Notes 0:00 Breaking News 6:06 Advice For Pilots Being Furloughed 23:20 Information Without Context 33:38 Furloughed Mindset 42:19 Starting over at age...
Published 04/16/24
They guys check in with their college buddy Ted to get the real story on what it's like to fly the 787. Plus: Mailbag and Flight Advice Show Notes 0:00 Intro & Updates 7:53 Hard Landing Book Club 14:29 Straight Talk With Ted 23:19 Trip Scheduling & Crew Positions 44:49 Listener Reviews 48:21 Mailbag: Audio / Non Rev / 141 Program / Tim Pope 1:02:45 Flight Advice: Pilot Job Regardless of Salary Hard Landing: The Epic Contest for Power and Profits That Plunged the Airlines into...
Published 04/09/24
Timothy P. Pope, CFP, joins the guys to discuss the significant financial implications of the new Southwest Airlines contract for pilots, focusing on pay raises, bonuses, and enhanced retirement contributions. Pope emphasizes strategic financial planning to navigate these changes, including tax considerations and the benefits of market-based cash balance plans. The conversation highlights Tim's expertise in financial planning for pilots, offering practical advice for maximizing financial...
Published 04/02/24
The guys recap their vacations and Max talks about playing the non-rev game // The latest PJP drama (recorded prior to the release of JC's rebuttal video) // We've both performed go-arounds recently, Dylan and Max both reflect // Mailbag: Clarity Aloft vs. Bose Proflight, More jumpseat headset observations, EVTOL thoughts // Flight Advice: #1 - College student asks for advice on applying for internships. #2 - Should I sign a training contract in a cadet program? Advanced Aircrew Academy's...
Published 03/26/24
Billy Nolen, Chief Safety Officer for Archer and former FAA Administrator, joins us to update us on the EVTOL space. Billy gets us up to speed on the latest regulator news as well as technology EVTOLs are operating. We ask Billy everyone's burning question: will I be able to fly one with my fixed wing certificate? 5:06 EVTOLs & Time Savings 12:28 Training, Certification, Integration 21:48 Manufacturing & Ease of Use 31:43 Safety, Design & Cost 50:01 Creating Change: Pilot...
Published 03/12/24
The guys discuss the NTSB report on the Challenger 604 crash in Naples // Mailbag: What's our opinion on Meowing on Guard, More comments on the headset in the jumpseat discussion, Feedback on training episode, Listener meets Dylan at PHX // Flight Advice, Texas Style: San Antonio based Medivac pilot loves his job but wonders if he's missing out? Plus: Houston corporate pilot has a great gig but is still experiencing FOMO. PMHC Matching Donation Link 21Five's Youtube Channel Connect with us...
Published 03/05/24
In this episode, we're joined by Seth Lake, SWA Pilot and an FAA Designated Pilot Examiner (DPE), who shares invaluable insights into the life of a DPE and its potential as a side gig for professional pilots. Seth delves into the current dynamics of the flight training industry, outlines the qualifications necessary to become a DPE, and offers strategic advice to make your application stand out. Beyond the intricacies of becoming a DPE, Seth provides essential checkride tips for student...
Published 02/27/24
Challenger 350 vs. Gulfstream G280: with limited knowledge and poorly researched facts, Dylan and Max try to settle the debate on which super-mid is better // Mailbag: Listener shares crop dusting story, should I plug in headset in the jumpseat, Listener Rick offers to match donations to PMHC up to $1000! // Flight Advice: Ben Fuller from International Trip Planning Services joins us to explain the new Mexican Permit process. PMHC Matching Donation Link International Trip Planning Services ...
Published 02/20/24
In this episode, we delve into the world of aviation training with Dave from Advanced Air Crew Academy. As the Director of Instructional Design, Dave shares innovative approaches to enhancing recurrent training for 135 pilots, moving beyond traditional, formulaic methods to scenario-based learning. This technique aims to shift pilots' attitudes towards training, making it more engaging and effective by simulating real-world challenges pilots face. Through Dave's insights, we explore how...
Published 02/13/24
The guys catch up on their recent adventures including a vist to St. Maarten and a backcountry trip in the Murphey Moose // Failed JetBlue/Spirit merger fallout // Dylan has a Top Gun moment // Mailbag: Listener shares a story of flying with an unprofessional captain, Marriott points follow-up, ground-breaking new beer idea // Flight Advice: Starting your aviation career at 50 years old: what's the fastest way to get to the majors? 21Five's Youtube Channel Connect with us on LinkedIn Our...
Published 02/06/24
We are joined by Brian Bomhoff, founder and executive director of the Pilot Mental Health Campaign. Brian shared his journey from being a pilot and political organizer to spearheading an advocacy group focused on revising FAA regulations related to mental health in aviation. Key discussions included the importance of coherent policy advocacy, the role of personal experiences in shaping policy, and the need for a generational shift in addressing pilot mental health issues. The episode also...
Published 01/30/24
New episode format: we're cutting the birthday cake in half! // Mailbag: Should I take the Junior Captain Upgrade at Delta, How can airline pilots earn points and hotel stays [15:00] // Flight Advice: Sir Nik Fialka joins us to advise an Army Rotor Wing pilot on his civilian job strategy [29:30]  Advanced Aircrew Academy Blog on Mental Health Connect with Sir Nik Fialka on LinkedIn 21Five's Youtube Channel Connect with us on LinkedIn Our sponsors: Harvey Watt, offers the only true Loss...
Published 01/23/24
Airplane Management 101 and YouTuber impersinations // Mailbag: 36 year old listener wants to switch careers, What is a Financial Planner, More layover guide updates,  [12:00] // Is pilot hiring slowing down? Why have the cargo airlines stopped hiring? Plus: I have the minimums, why won't the regionals hire me? James Onieal is back to give us the latest state of the job market [22:50] Double Flight Advice: #1 I have a CJO with Spirit but they stopped hiring, what should I do? #2 49 year old...
Published 12/20/23
Max is trying to create a bar out of an old wing and battles get-there-itis in his personal airplane // Mailbag: Dylan's Dad explains Control Line Flying, Listener shares some study tips, Updates to TEB Layover Guide, Crewise Starup Company, G280 FPA, More comments on training [19:50] // Chad Bland, Senior Production Test Pilot at Gulfstream, joins us to explore the ways in which Flight Operational Quality Assurance (FOQA) data is utilized in business aviation. [35:30] Story time with Chad:...
Published 12/05/23
Dylan and Max recap the fire handle incident, discuss strategies for successfully completing pilot training, and reflect on one of Max's previous flying jobs // Mailbag: Perspective from a high time pilot, Is going to a cargo feeder a good move, and strategies for disabled pilots [56:41] // Flight Advice: I have 4 failed checkrides, will the airlines still hire me? [1:21:30] Pilot Mental Health Campaign (via The Pilots Pandemic Podcast) 21Five's Youtube Channel Connect with us on LinkedIn ...
Published 11/14/23