What does it take to become a pilot?
Jeff Simon's love of aviation is taking him on a journey well beyond the cockpit. Jeff is a pilot, an aircraft owner, an FAA certified A & P mechanic and inspector, writer, and inventor.
Jeff has spent the last 18 years promoting owner-assisted aircraft maintenance, holds several STCs (Supplemental Type Certificates) for aircraft modification and recently certified the FlexAlert multifunction annunciator to increase flight safety.
Driven by a...
Jeremy Robertson started flying at age 15 in Canberra, Australia, completing his PPL at the end of high school and gaining his commercial licences via the University of New South Wales Bachelor of Aviation program.
Jeremy has worked as a flying instructor, bush pilot, and an airline pilot. Accumulating 7,500 flying hours across aircraft ranging from ultralights to B747s before a diagnosis of type 1 diabetes in 2010 ended his commercial flying career.
Jeremy has recently graduating from The...
Patrick Smith is an airline pilot and the host of the popular website askthepilot.com.
Patrick is also a published author and his book, COCKPIT CONFIDENTIAL is a New York Times bestseller.
He has appeared on hundreds of radio and television outlets, and his work is cited on a regular basis in print publications worldwide.
He currently works as a first officer on the Boeing 767 and 757, flying both domestic and overseas routes.
As well as aviation Patrick travels extensively in his spare...
Robert DeLaurentis, the “Zen Pilot”, is a noted aviation speaker and author with over 1400 flight hours.
Robert has his Visual, Instrument and Multi-engine Ratings and holds a Commercial Pilot Certificate as well as an advanced graduate degree in Spiritual Psychology.
Robert completed a circumnavigation of the planet in August 2015 where he visited 23 countries and 5 continents crossing 12 oceans and seas.
This record setting flight in the Spirit of San Diego is the topic of his Amazon...
Join us as Karen Kahn gives us insight into her inspiring pilot journey.
Karen Kahn piloted her first flight at the age of 19 and then 9 years later, in 1977, was one of the first woman hired by a major airline.
Karen now retired from a thirty six-plus year airline pilot career with Continental now United Airlines.A speaker and author of the self-help book "Flight Guide for Success: Tips and Tactics for the Aspiring Airline Pilot", Karen is committed to excellence.
She is a Master CFI, FAA...
Join us as Richard Graham gives us insight into his inspiring pilot journey
After his first solo flight in 1962, with his father as the instructor, Rich Graham was hooked on a flying career. After 25 years in the United States Air Force flying the T-37/T-33/T-38/F-4/SR-71/U-2/KC-135Q aircraft he retired in 1989.
He flew at American Airlines for 13 years and was a Captain on the MD-80. With a total flying time of 14,437 hours, Rich is currently an instructor pilot at McKinney Airport in...
What does it take to become a pilot?
Join us as Brent Blue gives us insight into his inspiring pilot journey.
Brent Blue is a Senior Aviation Medical Examiner who introduced Digital Pulse Oximetry to general aviation in 1995.
He has been the team doctor for the US Unlimited Aerobatic team at the world competition in Hungary and lectures extensively on Hypoxia and carbon monoxide at altitude.
Dr. Blue flies a Cessna 340, a Cessna 185, and a 450 Stearman out of his home airport near Jackson...
Andrew Underwood gives us insight into his inspiring pilot journey.
Andrew Underwood was born in the UK but has called New Zealand home for the past 13 years, learning to fly at Ardmore airfield in Auckland.
Since gaining his commercial licence, he has been employed as a skydive drop pilot, international aerial survey pilot before more recently moving into scheduled passenger operations.
Listen to Andrew's Interview Here: Episode 21: Andrew Underwood
Colleen Mondor is a freelance writer and the author of The Map of My Dead Pilots: The Dangerous Game of Flying in Alaska.
Colleen contributes regularly to Alaska Dispatch News, writing about Alaska aviation, and owns an aircraft leasing company with her husband.
John Laity is a pilot Engineer & pilot with over 18 years flying experience in ultralights.
He co-founded Flying for Freedom in 2010 in response to the large number of injured and wounded veterans who applied to be part of the British Antarctic Microlight Expedition.
Flying for Freedom is now funded and supported by The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry, via their Endeavour Fund.
Further supporting the cause Both Prince Harry and Prince George are proud owners of...
Rick Durden started flying in junior high school. He became a flight instructor during his first year of college and helped pay for college and law school by flight instructing and hauling air freight.
Holding an ATP with type ratings in the Douglas DC-3 and Cessna Citation 500 series. Rick splits his time between practicing aviation law and as an editor of Aviation Consumer magazine and AVweb, the Internet aviation magazine.
Rick has been a volunteer pilot for LightHawk, a public benefit...
Owen Zupp gives us insight into his inspiring pilot journey.
Owen Zupp’s passion for flight began in childhood and now he possesses over 17,000 hours on a wide range of aircraft.
Owen’s career has included remote region charter flying and flight instruction, international ferry flights, flight testing and the airlines.
He holds a Masters Degree in Aviation and his writings on the subject have been widely published.
Beyond the cockpit Owen has also authored four books and the popular...
Rod Rakic shares his inspiring pilot journey.
Rod Rakic is committed to helping aviation work better. He’s a co-founder at OpenAirplane, which makes renting an airplane as easy as renting a car.
Rod’s career spans 20 years of building experiences as tools to enhance and manage brands.
A digital strategist, professional pilot, and user experience nerd with a mission.
Dean Siracusa Shares His Inspiring Pilot Journey.
Dean Siracusa is a 2000hr FAA Single Engine Land and instrument rated pilot, Inventor and Serial Entrepreneur based in Austin, Texas in the U.S.
In 2006 Dean purchased a rare 1966 Meyers 200D which to this day is still one of the fastest and safest single engine piston aircraft ever built. The Meyer 200D still holds speed records to this day for production aircraft.
Dean is also the President and Founder of Transtock, Inc. which is The...
Kathy McCullough shares her inspiring pilot journey.
At the age of age 16 Kathy McCullough Flying career choice, was not wholly supported by her parents. However by the end of college, Kathy had purchased her first airplane, a Cessna 140 “taildragger”.
Over the next few years a lot of change followed aviation wise for Kathy, including working as a flight attendant on Vickers Viscounts, flying Cessna 206’s to and from Mines and even helping fighting fires in Boise, Idaho.
Mike Lesser gives us insight into his inspiring pilot journey.
Mike Lesser was a frustrated pilot his whole life, but after completing his university degree there was nothing else he wanted to do except fly.
Training full time, within about a year and a half Mike had his commercial license, instrument rating and ATPL subjects completed.
After 8 years of hard work, Mike now has both Australian and New Zealand ATPL licenses and flies internationally as a First Officer on the Boeing 737.
Maria Langer gives us insight into her inspiring pilot journey.
Maria Langer is a commercial helicopter pilot and the owner/operator of Flying M Air, LLC based in Washington State in the United States.
Flying is her third career and she’s been at it now for 15 years.
Maria blogs about flying, building her new home, recovering from an ugly divorce and a variety of other things at www.MariaLanger.com.
Join us as Lauren Richardson gives us insight into her inspiring pilot journey.
Lauren has been flying since she waved goodbye to her teens and is enjoying her fifth season of flying aerobatics along with her third as a display pilot.
Self-funded, Lauren has flying in her blood as she is now living the dream her younger self conjured up.
It’s clear she has talent alongside the passion as she has won many competitions including the British Female Aerobatic Champion of 2012.
Join us as Polly Vacher gives us insight into her inspiring pilot journey.
It may have been over 20 years since Polly Vacher MBE gained her pilots licence but she’s packed a lot of flying into those years.
Polly achieved incredible feats as she’s circumnavigated the Austraila, the United States and the entire globe.
In 2004 she became the first solo woman to fly over the Polar Regions and she did all of this to gain scholarships for the disabled
In 2007 she completed the Wings Around...
Join us as Mike Weeks gives us insight into his inspiring pilot journey.
Mike Weeks is a Cadet First Officer with Monarch Airlines, based out of Luton Airport in the UK.
An Airbus A320 & A321 pilot, flying mainly to various destinations around Europe, to the Canary Islands, Egypt & Turkey.
Mikes journey to the right hand seat has been via the ATPL Modular route and fully self funded.
Join us as Don Sebastian gives us insight into his inspiring pilot journey.
Don Sebastian’s interest in aviation as with many, started as a young boy building model aeroplanes.
Through many twists and turns Don’s Career to date includes being drafted into the Army where his primary job was to actually to jump out of aircraft.
A Mechanic for a commuter airline, CFI for hundreds of students, an expert witness in numerous court cases and almost every rating imaginable, Don’s career has been...
Join us as Patty Wagstaff gives us insight into her inspiring pilot journey.
Patty Wagstaff’s achievements, awards and recognition in aviation is literally the stuff legends are made of.
A six-time member of the U.S. Aerobatic Team & competing at Olympic level, Patty is a three-time U.S. National Aerobatic Champion and the first woman to EVER achieve this title.
She flies as a "stunt pilot" for major motion picture and television projects, supports worthy causes in Africa, a demo...
Join us as Karlene Petitt gives us insight into her inspiring pilot journey.
After eight airlines, Karlene Petitt is flying strong on the Airbus A330.
She holds 7-type ratings, two masters degrees, and is working on her PhD in Aviation, focused on safety.
As a mother, grandmother, international airline pilot and successful blog owner.. Karlene has written aviation thrillers, a motivational book, and also children’s books.
Join us as MayCay Beeler gives us insight into her inspiring pilot journey.
A vivacious American fly girl, MayCay Beeler is a record breaking pilot, award-winning television personality, veteran TV Host/Journalist, award winning true crime author, Certified Flight Instructor, mom, world traveler, and dynamic woman with a passion for all things flying.
As on-camera talent, MayCay has worked for every major US Network TV affiliate in News and Entertainment.
She is a champion of aviation,...