Episodes
Meet Evanthia, a 19 year old aircraft technician and maintainer. Evanthia discusses the challenges she’s faced as a young professional and also as a female, in one of the most male dominated industries within aviation. Learn what a day in the life of an aircraft maintainer is like at one of the busiest airports in the country. SOCIAL LINKS- Instagram: @esoldaa https://Instagram.com/thepilotspandemic https://instagram.com/emneonicon https://Instagram.com/thefitaviatrix Tiktok: @emneonicon...
Published 01/27/22
Published 01/20/22
This week we switch things up and pod swap with the ‘Cancelled for Maintenance’ podcast; “A behind the scenes look into the gritty, non-glamorous, life of an aircraft maintainer.” We sit down with Six and MBP to discuss the roots of their platform, and what inspired them to start podcasting. Sharing their stories via comedy has made a significant impact to their own mental health but also to their coworkers and others within the aircraft maintenance industry. Join us for a laugh or two… and...
Published 01/20/22
This week Emma and Maddie sit down with Maddie’s good friend John Ferreira. John is a Captain for a major airline, father of two, and Author. John has been through the Special Issuance process and says it changed his life for the better. His super inspiring story reminds us all how it is possible to put yourself first, get the help you need, and still have a successful aviation career. https://www.amazon.com/Epiphanies-Project-Twenty-Personal-Revelations/ ...
Published 01/13/22
We are closing out the past year with some rather comical aviation news. The Trevor Jacob “I crashed my plane” video has been circulating the av community for the past two weeks. We giggle over the bizarre details, and obvious red flags from the video; then changing focus to some of the the darker aspects of social media & how younger generations seem to be creating riskier content to feel seen by their peers. The aspects of those impulsive measures, the world of internet bullying, cancel...
Published 01/06/22
The girls are joined this week by guest and friend Emily; creator of the Pilots With Clipped Wings page. Emily had around 900 hours of flight time when she experienced some unexpected physical setbacks. These concerns ultimately led to choosing to ground herself. Emily shares her Clipped Wings story and gives valuable insight into her life outside of being a pilot. Emily reminds us all that there is a WHOLE lot more to life than your identity and status as an aviator. “Your worth is not...
Published 12/30/21
Emma and Maddie converse over the UND Summit, who was there, what they discussed, what it means in the aviation world, and what we can do to keep pushing for aeromedical reform. The UND Mental Health Summit was held in Chicago, December 15, 2021, in honor of John A. Hauser; a UND aviation student who passed away in October of this year. John was a compassionate person who should be here today, and if it would have been for different mental health protocols enacted by the FAA, one could hope...
Published 12/23/21
This week on the pilots pandemic Emma and Maddie breakdown the ERAU planned shooting, the severity of the mental health stigma that surrounds the planned shootings, as well as the warning signs that may have shed light on the students mental fitness. - We do not condone the students actions but want to hold space for a mental health talk to be covered. - Because this happened on an aviation campus we feel inclined to shed light on the aversion habits to care seeking by aviators which could...
Published 12/16/21
Emma and Maddie sit down with Emilee to talk about her position as an Air Attack Pilot, her transition from 121 to 135 flying, tackling the ins and outs of being a woman in aviation & her inspiration behind flying. GIVEAWAY: Maddie is give away a free cup of coffee to listeners who rate, review and subscribe to the show. Each week we will take the names and put them in a random raffle. The winner will be announced on that weeks ep and Instagram (unless you tell us otherwise). Current...
Published 12/09/21
This week Emma and Maddie break down news articles covering the ongoing pilot shortage. The girls unpack how this could affect the av industry and certain pressures already in effect at certain airlines. “The root cause of the coming shortage varies by region: In the United States, it’s an aging workforce facing mandatory retirement, fewer pilots exiting the military, and barriers to entry, including the cost of training.” What does the pilot shortage look like today and where will this lead...
Published 12/02/21
On part two of our episode with Teya we discuss some heavy topics. We talk about what it was like for her to lose a close friend to a plane crash, and the frustrations of being unable to seek help because of FAA regulations. When things seemed to look the worst she realized she must keep their dream alive. Before the passing of her friend Parker they had plans of starting an air service that offered pilots with a CPL an alternate way of time building; flying folks into the back country of...
Published 11/25/21
Proof you can do both; our guest this week is female pilot Teya, who received her CPL 6 months pregnant. She is a female pilot, CFI, mother and friend. Her journey into the aviation world is not only unique, but inspiring. We discuss her adventure to becoming a CFI and how she’s overcome life’s battles. Balancing mom life with her life, and what it’s like to be a female CFI. Teyas’ story is touching and heartfelt. She continues to maintain a beautiful mindset through the complexities of...
Published 11/18/21
//: On this weeks episode Emma and Maddie recap the recent events following the UND student pilot fatality. “UND pilot was dealing with ‘mental health concerns’ NTSB report finds no mechanical problems in fatal UND crash.” -We discuss the importance of news coverage and it’s pros and cons. Maddie talks about the family confirming a mental health issue and how this could be huge in changing a NTSB report. Emma talks on how the student was flying with an undisclosed mental health issue and how...
Published 11/11/21
(TW: some of the content in this episode may be triggering to some listeners). Get to know Kora, also known as the flight deck therapist, on Instagram. In this weeks episode we discuss all things mental health related; a subject virtually non existent within the aviation community. Get to know yourself more and gain wisdom on how to cope with your mental, on the fly. Emma and Maddie go over how trauma unloading has effected the world...
Published 11/04/21
Emma and Maddie have been keeping up with the current news and following up with people that are near the current investigation. This is a conversation we wanted to create around the UND crash as it has sparked action in the mental health arena for pilots. //// 📍The tragic passing of a UND student just last week has a multitude of pilots wondering why they still have no access to mental health care, and even if they do they are threatened with the loss of their medical if they do get...
Published 10/28/21
Jill Mongene, Pilot Nutritionist sits down with Emma & Maddie to talk about nutrition and it’s effect on mental health. As we wrap up October & Mental Health Awareness month, we wanted Jill to help guide our audience of aviators on how to eat well for your physical and mental health. - 🧠Jill gives us a heads up on what is weighing on aviators during the pandemic. Highlighting how you can better shore up your health in these stressful times. - 👩🏻‍✈️The contributing factors of stress on...
Published 10/21/21
Mandates & Medicals, what’s going on with (WN) Southwest Pilots? Emma and Mad talk Special Issuance pathway and the lack of foresight by the FAA. An aviation love story: Maddie details her stage 5 stalker on the ramp and how he turned into her husband. The meet-cute was written in the stars. ❓Random Q’s for Maddie: -Maddie tells about her Bachelor style dinner on the BEST date ever, & laments over her at home workout that landed her in the ER. 🥳BDAY PRIZE RAFFLE 💵 💵 Maddie’s wish...
Published 10/15/21
Emma went MIA but she’s back with a new addition to the pod, Maddie Miller. Maddie is a Aero-med reform advocate, aviation wellness expert, pilots wife and former airline employee. On this weeks episode we discuss the following. -how Maddie started down aeromedical reform path - her naivety in thinking safety orgs were going to follow through on safety risks - Union talks with MEC heads & lawyers for job action -AMAS claims of wanting to help pilots with special issuances -the facade the...
Published 10/07/21
This episode I sit down and talk to Maddie known as the fit aviatrix on Instagram. Maddie is a former airline employee, pilots daughter and a pilots wife. We talk about issues within the industry, how to stay healthy on the line and the impact aeromedical standards have had on the aviation community. We also touch on the topic of relationships and what being a pilots wife is like. Maddie provides app based training for pilots and crew who are on the go. We discuss the importance of a healthy...
Published 05/13/21
Today I have the pleasure of speaking with fellow female aviator, Claire Schindler. Claire is a corporate pilot, event coordinator for CA Sky Kids, and advocate for aeromedical reform. We talk about Claire’s journey and her passion for flying; the ins and out of a professional aviatrix, and facing adversity in the work place. She opens up about mental health, the struggles the pandemic has posed for pilots, and how to stay physically and mentally healthy on the line. We also talk about her...
Published 04/20/21
!!!!!!!!!! IMPORTANT DISCLAIMER !!!!!!!!!The views expressed in this podcast are those of the speaker's alone and do not represent the views of the US Government, the US Department of Defense, the Brooke Army Medical Center, or the Federal Aviation Administration. END DISCLAIMER On this weeks episode I speak to Dr. Billy Hoffman. We discuss his recent studies on pilot health care seeking anxiety, his book ‘Wings of Deceit’, and more aero-med related topics. Billy Hoffman attended...
Published 04/04/21
Matt is a type 1 diabetic and drone pilot who has been fighting to obtain his 3rd class medical. Matt shares with us some of his hardships and everything he’s endured to try and become a private pilot. Everyone deserves the chance to fly, especially after multiple doctors have given you a clean bill of health. To help pilots like Matt and others, please share and sign my petition for aeromedical reform....
Published 03/17/21
On this weeks episode I speak to Jill Mongene a pilot nutritionist. I get to know Jill a little bit more as we discuss her background and passion for helping pilots keep as well as obtain their FAA medical certificates. We talk about some of her success stories and Jill shares some advice on nutrition and how to stay healthy in and out of the cockpit. You can find Jill on Instagram @pilot.nutritionist and join her newsletter at https://linktr.ee/pilot.nutritionist/ . Don’t forget to keep...
Published 03/06/21
Get to know me a little more while I answer some follower questions! Follow me on Instagram @emneonicon and sign the petition in the link below! Case study’s linked below as well. Petition: http://chng.it/MZdSQ4zs6z Case studies: https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/19338244.2021.1873093 https://journals.lww.com/joem/fulltext/2019/09000/pilots__healthcare_seeking_anxiety_when.20.aspx --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. ...
Published 02/25/21
The story of a captain‘s wife
Published 02/14/21