Episodes
Mike Swanigan talks about how he helped his Niece get through a stressful day. He would sometimes use the same strategy near the end of a long day of flying.
Published 04/18/19
We sit down for a long-form conversation with Mr. Brad Tilden, CEO of Alaska Airlines. Brad tells us about his life journey that eventually lead to him to become the Chief Executive Officer at Alaska Airlines. We learn about how Brad approaches leadership, and how his late Father still has a profound influence on how he solves problems that come up at the airline. Brad shares some excellent advice on how to be successful in business and life.
Published 04/05/19
Alaska Airlines Captain Mike Swanigan interviews the interesting people he has met during his flying career.
Published 03/20/19
Captain David Mets is presently one of the two Seattle Base Chief Pilots for Alaska Airlines. David tells us about his career as a USAF Pilot and his transition to a Pilot career at Alaska Airlines. We also learn that he had a three-year stint serving as Rocket Scientist at Cape Canaveral. Several events that initially appeared to be disappointments turned out to be some excellent opportunities for Captain Mets and his family.
Published 03/11/19
This is this first in a series of short Voice Blogs from Mike Swanigan. Don't worry, we will still feature our usual long-form interviews. This is an added feature to our Talking Flight Podcasts. A lot of people gave me some great advice during my career. I am trying to pay it forward by recording these Voice Blogs. If it helps just one person, it will be well worth the effort. If you find any of this to be helpful, please pass it on. Be Excellent to Each other
Published 02/22/19
Captain Kevin Nigbur is the first Horizon Air Pilot to appear on Talking Flight. He is currently flying the Embraer 175 Regional Jet on Horizon's route system. Kevin earned an Aviation Degree in college, but he had to put his flying dreams on the back burner when he was needed in his family business. Captain Nigbur tells us the amazing story of how he restarted his flying career after the age of 40. 
Published 02/18/19
One of the most complex pieces of running an airline is making sure that that qualified and rested pilots are available to fly your airplane. We rarely hear about the men and women who are behind the scenes working to make sure that the right people will be flying your flight. On this episode, we sit down with Ms. Trish Barney, Duty Manager Pilot Scheduling for Alaska Airlines. We get a behind the scenes look at the world of Pilot Scheduling
Published 01/09/19
Our Guest today is Alaska Airlines Captain JP Wilson. He flies the Boeing 737 out of Alaska's Portland Oregon pilot crew base.  In addition to his Captain duties at Alaska Airlines, JP is now the manager of pilot development at Alaska's sister airline, Horizon Air. He works with Colleges and Flight Schools on developing the next generation of airline pilots for Alaska and Horizon. JP tells us the story of how followed his dream to become a pilot for a major airline.
Published 10/15/18
Captain Crank tells us about his struggles at the USAF Academy, and how he unexpectedly became an Air Force Pilot. Captain Crank began his airline career at Eastern Airlines, and he flew the Boeing 727 until the airline started to fail as a result of financial difficulties. After Eastern Airlines, Tom headed west and went to work for Alaska Airlines. Tom also tells us how he handled some of the leadership challenges that he had as a Captain. Tom's motto is "It's not the mistake, it is the...
Published 08/18/18
One of the most feared aspects of being a pilot is the requirement to pass an FAA Physical exam to keep your license active. Doc Greenblatt is a Senior FAA Aeromedical Examiner, and he has conducted thousands of medical exams on pilots. He has a successful Family and Sports Medicine practice in Bellevue Washington. We discuss the FAA medical examination process, and we talk about some of the issues that can affect the status of a pilot's application for a medical certificate.
Published 08/01/18
Alaska Airlines Flight Attendant Mary Kesselring joins Captain Mike Swanigan to tell our audience about her 34-year career with the Airline. This interview is a wide-ranging discussion about Mary's journey and the rewards and difficulties of being in the Flight Attendant field.
Published 07/30/18
 We sat down with Captain Debbie Waingrow two days before her retirement flight at Alaska Airlines. Captain Waingrow made history at Alaska Airlines by becoming the first Woman to be selected as a Check Captain to train, evaluate, and certify her fellow pilots. Please join us as Captain Debbie Waingrow shares the story of her amazing career in aviation.
Published 05/31/18
Captain Rick Jones is the first Corporate Pilot to appear on Talking Flight.  Rick tells us about his remarkable journey into aviation, and the lessons that he learned along the way. I know that you will enjoy his sense of humor as he tells us about his interesting adventures.
Published 02/19/18
Captain Mike Swanigan interviews Retired American Airlines Captain Greg Jones. After graduating from The Ohio State University, Greg served in the USAF as a pilot. He later made the decision to leave the active Air Force to pursue his ultimate dream of becoming a Commercial Airline Pilot. Captain Jones tell us about his adventures flying the T-37 (Tweetie Bird), the T-38 Talon, the C-141 Starlifter, the Boeing 737, and The Boeing 757.
Published 02/02/18
Captain Mike Swanigan Interviews Captain Barry Copeland about his career at Alaska Airlines.
Published 12/15/17
Today's program is an interview with Alberto Arroyo. He is a Senior Program manager for Microsoft and has had a long and distinguished career in the Software Business. A couple of years ago, Alberto was inspired to persue his Private Pilot's license. Most people begin their flight training in a basic airplane like a Cessna 152. But he fell in love with the Cirrus SR20 and decided that he would start his training in that airplane. We learn about his adventures learning how to fly in the SR2o.
Published 08/29/17
Alaska Airlines Captain Mike Swanigan interviews the interesting people he has met during his flying career.
Published 04/07/17
Alaska Airlines Captain Mike Swanigan interviews the interesting people he has met during his flying career.
Published 02/05/17
Alaska Airlines Captain Mike Swanigan interviews the interesting people he has met during his flying career.
Published 01/30/17
Alaska Airlines Captain Mike Swanigan interviews the interesting people he has met during his flying career.
Published 01/11/17
Alaska Airlines Captain Mike Swanigan interviews the interesting people he has met during his flying career.
Published 12/15/16
Alaska Airlines Captain Mike Swanigan interviews the interesting people he has met during his flying career.
Published 11/22/16
Alaska Airlines Captain Mike Swanigan interviews the interesting people he has met during his flying career.
Published 09/23/16
Alaska Airlines Captain Mike Swanigan interviews the interesting people he has met during his flying career.
Published 12/04/15
Alaska Airlines Captain Mike Swanigan interviews the interesting people he has met during his flying career.
Published 10/08/15