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54 minutes | Dec 29, 2021
Episode 33: Peter Zaccagnino - Reno Air Race Hall of Famer, Author & Aviation Business Owner
Peter Zaccagnino went to Embry Riddle for an engineering degree. While he was learning about aerospace engineering, he was taking flight training and was getting to amass experience with flying sky-divers and getting tailwheel experience initially in a Pitts Biplane and then a Cessna 195, with a rotary engine. He was 19 when used that Pitts to get into aerobatic flying and discusses what that preflight entails. Peter loves to flight instruct in the MIG-29. He also likes to teach out of larger seaplanes to include the Grumman Mallard, Goose, and Albatross. Peter used his engineering knowledge to also fly as a test pilot. Peter has also raced both prop and jet aircraft in the Reno Air Races and has won 4 times, making him an Air Racing Hall of Famer. Peter is also the author of several books. The first one is Relevant and has just released the sequel called the New Cold War. Peter has also been on television shows such as Air Dogs and Aircraft Repo. Links from the show: Park City Aviators Website Park City Aviators Instagram High Performance Air Racing Instagram Relevant: A Military Thriller Inspired by True Events Amazon Link The New Cold War Amazon Link Pete's Air Racing Biography
49 minutes | Nov 12, 2021
Episode 32: Audrey Menezes - A Woman Pilot, Originally from Mumbai, Discusses Flight Training, Regional Airlines and Flying Part 135
Born in Mumbai, India. Moved to New York when she was a little girl. Her first love was music and she can play 7 instruments. Audrey fell in love with aviation at 16 and started going to Embry Riddle to be an aerospace engineer. That’s where she learned she actually wanted to fly and left Embry Riddle to pursue her flying career. She did her Private and Instrument training in Cirrus SR-22. It took her about 3 years to get the 1500 hours she needed to get to ATP and around age 22 she joined a regional airline. At age 25, she then decided to transition to Part 135 flying and went from a large regional jet to a turboprop King-Air and is now a New Hire at the largest fractional ownership/part 135 operator in the country. With her passion for music, she’s seen being a pilot as being akin to a conductor of a symphony in how everything is orchestrated together.
59 minutes | Aug 28, 2021
Episode 31: Mike Geyer - From Flight Instructor & C5 Load Master to Regional Airline Captain
Mike Geyer First was introduced to flying by his father, while he was stationed in Japan for the Navy. His father gave Mike his first discovery flight as a present for his 11th birthday and this was the ‘fish-hook’ moment for him for wanted to become an aviator. After high school he decided to attend an aviation university in Louisiana but after two years, he was notified that program was going to close down to ‘reorganize’ and he was given a decision to change his major and wait for the program to come back or leave the school. He decided to leave that school and enrolled in a rapid certificate program, where you can get all of your ratings in 10 months. Once he achieved all of his ratings, he was still below 250 flight hours, which was the minimum time required by the regional airlines were looking for. Right as he approached that number is when the Colgan Crash happened in 2008 and Mike found himself need more time as the minimum flight hour requirement kept increasing. He did a multitude of flight instruction jobs from teaching Private Pilot skills to new Marine Corps pilots to moving to California and instructing international students. Mike then pursued his dream of joining the military and became an Air Force Load-Master on a C-5 Galaxy cargo plane. He is now a captain at a regional airline
42 minutes | Jul 20, 2021
Episode 30: Hunter Dunlop - Gets His Commercial License
Hunter Dunlap-Getting Commercial during Covid This guest has been on the show before during the 2018 Oshkosh Air show, were recorded under the wing. The reason Hunter has returned to the show is that he has reached a major aviation milestone and earned his Commercial pilots license. As a non-career aviator, Hunter explains his passion and reason for pursuing an advanced aviation license that is not required for a private aviator. He discusses how speaking with friends and fellow pilots helped him come to his conclusion for investing in a pilot's license. He started his journey by getting a Gliem ground school program and studied at home, and just after he successfully completed his written exam, the country shut-down for the Pandemic is 2020. He discusses his VFR Day ad Night Cross Country going through the NYC VFR Corridor and what it was like to land in White Plains, NY. He also talks about needing to reschedule his check ride due to springtime weather in Maryland. Hunter also discussed what happened the day of his check-ride, to include the oral and practical portions of the test in a Technology Advanced Aircraft (TAA) Looking back on his commercial experience, he appreciates all the new skills he’d learned and how far it has bought him, since first starting to fly in 2010.
63 minutes | Mar 28, 2021
Episode 29: James Onieal - Owner of Raven Career Development & Pilot for Navaid Certification
In this episode, our guest is James Onieal who has a wide variety of pilot experience from flight instructing at Embry Riddle, flying turbo-props at Colgan Air, Embraers 170s at Republic as well as being the youngest pilot hired and subsequently furloughed from Netjets. He currently does navaid verification flight checks as well as an entrepreneur, as the founder of Raven Career Development (www.ravencareers.com). James got his start in aviation during his time in high school when he started taking private pilot training in Central New Jersey. From there he attended Embry Riddle Aeronautical University and ultimately became an instructor there. That’s when he had his first airline interview experience and learned that you need some additional skills, to just being yourself, to be successful. Because of James’ experiences in the part 121 and 91 worlds and the ever changing landscape of hiring within the aviation industry, James started his career development company to help assist other pilot navigating the pitfalls, as well as, educate pilots on how to be focused but adaptable in their approach to their aviation careers. James also shares some of his advice for pilots who are looking to start their aviation career and provides some great resources for aviators of all ages to check out, such as: ravencareers.com : Resources Tab that includes Master Classes (free), Weekly updates on hiring trends and other news within the industry that comes out every Tuesday (https://ravencareers.com/industry-news), and the Raven Careers Podcast 215 (https://ravencareers.com/podcasts-webinars/) Contact James directly at: email@example.com ProPilotWorld (https://www.propilotworld.com) Pilot networking and knowledge resource
39 minutes | Jan 6, 2021
Episode 28: Austin Kaminski - Regional Airline Captain
This episode’s guest is Austin Kaminski, who is a native of Northern Virginia and is now a captain at a regional airline. Austin discusses how the National Air and Space Museum really inspired him to pursue aviation as a career. As a child, his father would also take him down to Gravelly Point, which is an area within the National Park Service's George Washington Memorial Parkway in Arlington County, Virginia. It is located on the west side of the Potomac River, north of Ronald Regan airport. From there you can watch planes landing on Runway 19 or takeoff from Runway 01. At age 5, Austin’s father took him on his first flight at College Park Airport in Maryland, to his mother’s chagrin. But from there he knew that he was hooked on flying, once he realized that he wasn’t going to be a professional NBA player. He also discusses how, at the age of 16, he was able to attend the week long EAA Air-Academy in Oshkosh, WI. This is where he got to meet engineers from Boeing, flight instructors, got to take a Young-Eagle flight and attend the Oshkosh Airshow. That is where he got to meet the former Seattle Mariners baseball player, Ken Griffey Jr, who turns out to be a pilot. Austin then went on to work at a local flight school, first working the front desk and then as a flight instructor. He says that his time at the front desk was very valuable in setting him up with the relationships that helped him succeed not only as a flight instructor but as a regional airline pilot. Austin is now a captain for a regional airline.
47 minutes | Oct 30, 2020
Episode 27: Covid-19 = A Year In Review 2020
COVID-19 Follow up Episode. In this show Peter Teuten and I look back at our initial predictions of how the Corona Virus would affect the aviation industry back in March of this year. Now in October, we saw that the TSA passenger numbers hit over 1 million in a given day for the first time since the pandemic began. We discuss how it has effect the 121 commercial flying as well as the private charter/fractional ownership air-transport models. As Peter says, “The math is the math” and what it means we look at these affects as they come downstream.
56 minutes | Jun 22, 2020
Episode 26: Bill Sivley - Newly Certified Flight Instructor & His First In-Air Emergency
This episode’s guest is Bill Sivley, who at age 53, recently earned his Flight Instructors License. The very next day, Bill was flying an aircraft he is part owner in, and experienced an in-air emergency. The engine of his C182 stopped functioning properly. Bill describes what happened in the 5 minutes and 33 seconds that followed and the training the lead up to him having a successful conclusion to the situation. Bill discusses how having another pilot with him helped as well as the roll of Air Traffic Control.
38 minutes | Jun 5, 2020
Episode 25: Tyler Dodson - Regional Airline Captain by Age 24
This show’s guest is Tyler Dodson, a Captain that I recently flew with at a Regional Airline. He got his start in flying in high school and perused his aviation career by flight instruction and flying King Airs. He was hired as a regional pilot on his 21st birthday. He made captain by age 24 and is currently writing a book about his aviation adventures and stories he has experienced. Tyler has many stories of challenges that he faced on his road to becoming a commercial pilot, as well as when he became one, not to mention the current situation caused by COVID-19. He has also had notable passengers on board, such as Mike Rowe, where he discusses education and the different type of aviation jobs that are out there.
33 minutes | Apr 30, 2020
Episode 24: Will Kool - Regional Airline Captain and Life During COVID-19
Will Kool joins us this episode to discuss how he got into aviation and how in his quest to achieve this dream of flying, took him to many places around the country and to many different jobs, so aviation some not. He also goes on to discuss his unique perspective of the COVID-19 virus, since his spouse is a medical doctor. Will goes on to give some advice on what aviation resources he uses to stay in contact with his aviation communities such as: Women in Aviation, OBAP, NGPA, AOPA and Flying Magazine. He also uses Ravencareers.com as a news reference as well. Captain Kool also discuss some prudent financial thoughts to consider during these trying times, for those that are already in aviation, such as, ‘don’t make career decisions based off of speculation’. Will also discusses some other matters such as trying to stay current on your aviation reading as well as what aviation movies and books have been on his mind, while he has been at home.
27 minutes | Mar 23, 2020
Episode 23: (Special Edition) Corona Virus [COVID-19] and Its Effects on Aviation
Welcome to the first special edition of Time In Flight. During this episode, I bring back my former flight instructor and friend, Peter Teuten, to discuss the various effects the Corona Virus (COVID-19) has had on both fractional ownership and Part 121 commercial flying. We take a look at what we have learned and the trends that have been already changing the aviation world as we know it. We also ask some hard questions about where we see these trends leading and what some of the possible outcomes will be.
34 minutes | Mar 16, 2020
Episode 22: Tom Gavin - Growing Up With An Aviation Father
Tom Gavin grew up in Western Massachusetts and remembers during his formative school years what it was like to have his father learn how to fly in the late 1970’s but how aviation was such a strong community for him and his father for the remainder of his father’s life. Even though Tom did not take up aviation himself, he has very fond memories of the love his father had for it and the new friends that it brought into their lives. Tom relays how the bond between him and father was improved over the years and how aviation was able to help them get through some tough times. Tom is still fascinated by aviation to this day and wants to continue to keep his aviation quest for knowledge alive.
43 minutes | Jan 27, 2020
Episode 21: Michael Ancel - Earning Aviation Ratings while Starting College
This episode focuses on Michael Ancel, who at age 21 is working on his commercial pilot’s license, during his freshman year in college. He discusses what it was like while earning his private and instrument ratings while in high school, with a full curriculum. Michael also talks about how he selected his major or Aerospace Engineering and why he chose his current college. Finally, we talked about a trip to JFK airport in a Cessna 172 to pick up his sister from college.
41 minutes | Dec 31, 2019
Episode 20: Chuck Lund - From Radio Host to King Air Business Owner
Chuck began his professional life as a radio host. During that journey he discovered he loved aviation and wanted to fly. From there he figured out how to get lessons, get a job and ultimately became an aviation business owner. He has also flown for regional and cargo airlines. Now Chuck is enjoying being an instructor for new regional airline pilots.
43 minutes | Nov 5, 2019
Episode 19: Rick Cahall - From Sheriff's Office to Regional Pilot
In this episode, our guest, Rick Cahill who just changed careers into aviation discusses his story from originally being in the Marines, to working at a Sheriff’s Office full time and then deciding to go back to school at age 35 and get not only a 4-year degree in aviation but get all the aviation ratings necessary to get him a job as a regional airline pilot. All this while buying and selling his houses and having children along the way. Rick attended Middle Tennessee State University’s aviation program where he received all his flight training as well as where he was a flight instructor. Rick is a true inspiration of being able to make the switch into aviation at a point a little later in life.
40 minutes | Jul 13, 2019
Episode 18: Chris Coward - The Final Hurdle of the Commercial Pilots License
Chris Coward is a commercial pilot license applicant, as well as a college student. He discusses the trails, challenges and triumphs of what his journey on the commercial license has been. We also talk about the recent FAA changes to the commercial pilot license requirements and how training for the license has changed. We also look at the various avionics packages that he has used along the way as well as some online resources that he has found helpful in finding answers to the aviation questions he had. Chris also discusses his plans to attend the Oshkosh air show.
38 minutes | Jun 30, 2019
Episode 17: Rob Evans - The long road to Private Pilot
This episode hosts Rob Evans, who is a long time friend of mine, who, a couple of years ago was inspired to earn his pilot’s license. He currently lives in the Settle area and had to face a host of challenges when it came to his training. This was recorded while his was a still a student pilot. This episode, which was originally recorded during Thanksgiving 2018, is being published out of order, so that it can honor Rob and his achievement of earning his Private Pilot’s License just the other week. Rob discusses what it is like working full time and trying to get his flight lessons in only on the weekends and when weather, especially in Seattle, can hamper progress. He also discusses his study strategies on how he deals with long breaks in-between lessons and how he keeps his head in the game when it comes to ground school. He also talks about some of the unique experiences that the airspace around Seattle offers for a student pilot and discuses what is was like working with multiple flight instructors and the difference in teaching methods. Thank you for listening and hope you enjoy the show! If you have any comments or suggestions, please email them to: firstname.lastname@example.org
41 minutes | Apr 17, 2019
Episode 16: Stephen Black-Flight Instructor to Regional Airlines by 21
Recorded on location in Orlando, FL. Stephen Black discusses his path from being a philosophy major to now a regional airline pilot. Stephen went to large flight school where he earned most of his ratings, to where he began his flight instruction. From there, he found a great opportunity to instruct at really small grass field, which proved to be exactly opposite from what he was used to. Stephen then describes some of the major learning points that he took way from flight instructing and discusses how he decided to become a regional airline pilot by the age of 21.
86 minutes | Mar 9, 2019
Episode 15: Mike Swanigan - Alaska Airlines Captain, Retired
In this episode, Captain Mike Swanigan describes his entry into to flight training and how he began his amazing career at Alaska Airlines. Mike discusses the challenges of not only having a challenging first solo course, but also with his not-so-straight-forward entry into Air Force flight training. He talks about how he was able to achieve his goals by not giving up and building relationships within the aviation community. Mike also discusses the lessons he learned from his pilot mentors, as well as the lessons he was able to pass on those the trained. He reflects on the ‘day he grew up as a captain’ and ‘what’s right versus whose right’. Mike flew on all crew positions on the Boeing 727 and 737 respectively. Mike also runs an aviation Podcast called 'Talking Flight'
38 minutes | Feb 19, 2019
Episode 14: Jared Keeny - Student Pilot & Aircraft Mechanic
In this episode, our guest Jared Keeny discusses what life is like as not only as an mechanic on the airfield but what life is like as a student pilot and how he juggles a full time job, a family with 3 kids and flight training. Jared describes how just because it may seem easy for him to get to flight training because he works right next door to the flight school that it isn't as easy to get in as much as he would like. Please check us out on Instagram: @timeinflight Or email: Hunter@timeinflight.com
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