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ACP154 Surviving Hurricane Irma

Hello everyone and thank you for all your concern and comments during Hurricane Irma. As many of you know we moved to Lakeland, Florida and a few weeks later were hit with the eye of Hurricane Irma. We recently were able to restore the internet and will be up and running with our regularly scheduled show.

Announcements and Shout Outs:

Career Coaching from Aviation Careers Podcast. If you are looking to get into Aviation, or need assistance taking the next step forward in your career, we are here to help. Please check out our coaching page we have several services available to assist you.

Lakeland Florida Fire Department. A shout out to Lakeland Fire and EMS for the great work they did helping everyone in the area get the help they needed, including my own family.

Operation AirDrop, which did a great job getting emergency food, water, and supplies to people here in Florida.

Donate To The Polk State Flight Team. The team could use your help especially with the added expenses of needing to fly the planes away for the hurricane.

Airlines and Hurricanes Discussed in this Episode

  • How airlines and flight schools prepare for the hurricane.
  • Flying around Hurricanes.
  • The challenges of being away from home during a natural disaster
  • Pilot pay during a natural disaster.
  • The challenges of being stuck on the beach while your family struggles at home.

Pick Of the Week:

Volunteer pilots form bridge to Irma’s victims on the Keys

Donate To The Polk State Flight Team


SMAC152 AOPA Fly In – Norman Oklahoma

Welcome to a special edition of the Stuck Mic AvCast. Our reporter in the field, Russ Roslewski was in Norman Oklahoma for the AOPA Fly In. AOPA fly-ins happen around the country bringing many people together in the aviation community. This event broke all previous attendance records with over 7500 people including 500 planes. The AOPA Fly In’s are a great place to learn, share your passion for aviation, and help advocate for the GA community.

Preflight Checklist:

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We have postponed our meet ups until after we clean up from Hurricane Irma. As you know we moved to Lakeland recently and as we record this show the storm is passing through the area. To learn more about upcoming meetups please visit our facebook page.

Cruise Flight:

  • What airlines do during a hurricane.

Interviews From AOPA Fly-In:

  • AOPA Volunteers – Mike Woods – http://www.aopa.org
    - Information on how you can be a volunteer for an AOPA Fly-In near you.
  • Sooner Flight Academy – Dawn Machalinski – http://flightcamp.ou.edu
    - Year-round and summer programs for students ages 6-18
  • Oklahoma Pilots Association – Bill Halpain – http://opa.link
    - Dinner meetings, guest speakers and flyaways around Oklahoma
  • Grand Seaplanes – Steve Robinson – http://grandseaplanes.com
    - Get your seaplane rating in a Lake Amphibian on Grand Lake, OK
  • Air Plains – Eric Papan – http://airplains.com
    - Engine conversions and airframe modifications including the 300-hp Cessna 182
  • Angel Flight South Central – Troy Whistman – http://angelflightsc.org
    - Volunteer humanitarian flights for medical patients
  • University of Oklahoma Aviation Department – Ken Carson – http://pacs.ou.edu/aviation
    - College degree programs in aviation, including piloting, air traffic control, and aviation management

After Landing Checklist:

Picks Of The Week:

Carl: Bay News 9 Weather. A great local news source to Carl's area that even gives info for pilots.

Russ: Operation Air Drop Facebook and Operation Air Drop Website. This group used airplanes to move needed supplies into Houston after Hurricane Harvey, and have turned to Florida to assist with relief after Hurricane Irma.

Video Of The Week:

Video From Fun Places To Fly


In this episode, we continue our new series titled “Tips for high-Income Pilots. This series will eventually be an online video course.

As a reminder, we are not allowed by law to give you financial advice but this is only general information. You should consult your financial advisor for information specific to your needs. We recommend your finding a fee-based certified financial planner who must comply with the FINRA rules and regulations. Fiduciary is important.


Wanted: Student musicians for scholarship and internship

View the new scholarships guide at AerospaceScholarships.com

Due to Hurricane IRMA we may not be able to produce an episode next week. We also discuss what happens to an airline when a hurricane is approaching.

Tips For High-Income Pilots:

What to do with excess income?

  1. Side business
  2. Investing it wisely
  3. Cash vs. self vs. business vs. investments

Side business/hobby into income considerations

  1. Keep it legitimate (hobby loss rules, proper filings, liability, etc)
  2. How to find ideas
  3. Caution with Real Estate
  4. Tax planning with a new business
  5. Upfront deductions
  6. Purchasing things wisely

Tax efficient investments

  1. Municipal bonds
  2. Index funds
  3. Master Limited Partnerships
  4. Real estate (passive and active)
  5. Where you locate your investments


Pick Of the Week:

Aviation is Among The Rising Careers in Polk County's Economy

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ACP152 Choosing The Best Airline For Your Career

There are many airlines out there to choose from. How do you go about choosing the best airline for you given the options? In some circumstance, it might be an easy choice given we might just choose the first one to call or only receive an invite from just one carrier.

Others might receive multiple offers and need to evaluate their options. Some might just be trying to decide which airlines to submit their applications to.

Many make a decision based on block hour pay alone. But is there more to consider when making what will be a major life decision? Let's look further into different considerations when deciding on which airline will be the best fit for you.

Choosing the Best Airline

The health and longevity of the airline.

  • Stability
  • Growth
  • Financials

The airline’s mission and your flying preference

  • Long haul? Short haul?
  • Passenger/cargo

Where do you live and where are the domiciles?

  • Is commuting a viable option?
  • Are there domiciles that would be attractive to live in?

What are the schedules like for a typical line holder?

  • PBS/ Line Bidding
  • Days off
  • Trip type vs personal preference
  • Ability to drop or pick up for money
  • Vacation and accrual

Overall Contract or Quality of life extras

  • 401K match
  • Profit sharing
  • Extras earning benefits
  • Health insurance (Big one)

The overall employee/management relationship

  • This one is tricky because it is so dynamic
  • If possible get a feel for the overall Pilot groups attitude knowing there will be extreme negatives and positives on both ends of the spectrum

These are many of the considerations while making a decision on which airline to work for or at the very least apply for. In some cases, applicants may have their choice while others go just to the one that calls. If you are able to choose it is important to consider all factors, not just the pay rates alone. When considering all factors it is more likely that the choice will be made that will result in the applicant selecting an airline that suits their life.


The team is here to discuss approach minimums with special guest Arnold Pieper, and how he convinced the Brazilian government to change those minimums.

Preflight Checklist:

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AOPA Fly-In Sept 8th and 9th in Norman, OK (KOUN). Russ will be there. http://www.aopa.org/fly-ins

Aviation Careers Podcast is the sponsor for this episode. Check us out to learn about aviation careers and how to earn scholarships for advancing your training.

Cruise Flight:

Today we have a special guest Arnold Pieper. Arnold is an avid aviator and established Information Technology Executive and works on Flight Standards on the Embraer 190/195/Lineage 1000. Joining us from Indaiatuba, Brazil.

We Discuss Approach Minimums with Arnold:

  • General Aviation In Brazil.
  • Flying the EMB190/195/Lineage.
  • The problem he discovered with the approach minimums in Brazil.
  • How he was able to convince the government to change the approach minimums.
  • How his research is impacting other countries throughout the world.

After Landing Checklist:

Picks Of The Week:

No Pics Of The Week since this is an interview.

Links Mentioned In The Podcast:

Brazil drops ceiling requirement. LinkedIn article.

Embraer Lineage 1000e Overview

An explanation of PANS-OPS from Wikipedia

An explanation of Flight Information Regions from Wikipedia

Video Of The Week:

Lineage 1000E Virtual Tour


Welcome to episode 151! Today I am joined by Paul Grieco to answer several listener questions, including one related to business aviation. Let's get started!


  • An updated version of the 2017 Aviation Scholarships Guide will be coming out in September, with the 2018 edition coming out in January. If you have already purchased the 2017 version, Watch your Kindle or iBooks app for the update, which can be downloaded automatically.
  • Advice from Carl: When applying for a flying job, you can check your records with the FAA, so you don’t have any surprises in the interview.

Business Aviation Guidelines and Other Questions answered:

  • 59 years old, started in 2008, just achieved instrument rating.
  • From Russ: Would a Masters in Education be helpful to have in applying for a Check Airmen job?
  • Canadian Private Pilot, working toward a certificate, should you have a full-time career when training in a club? Is training through a club the best way to go for someone who cannot commit to Monday to Friday? Is the scheduling at a regional airline flexible enough to keep my current job?
  • Does commercial/business aviation require 1500 hours and 1st class medical, and should I train on a certain type of equipment, such as a plane or simulator with glass?

SMAC150 Interviews From AirVenture – Oshkosh 2017

Preflight Checklist:

Carl is joined by Russ Roslewski to narrate through the interviews Russ conducted at AirVenture 2017. Russ got to meet up with Larry, Tom, Dave Abbey, Dave Pasco, and Jennifer.

AOPA is having a fly-in September 8-9, 2017 in Norman, Oklahoma. There will be seminars and talks on Friday and open displays on Saturday.

Cruise Flight:

Interviews from AirVenture 2017:

Levil Aviation - Michelle Leon:
Makers of the Beacon and BOM ADS-B products

Air Race Classic - Linda Evans:
Annual all-women cross country air race

American Bonanza Society - Tom Turner:
Type club and training programs for Beech Bonanza and Baron aircraft

Foreflight Scout - Stephen Newman:
Small, inexpensive ADS-B-Out receiver

University of Dubuque Flight Program - Ken Rizer and Yaya Lugo-Ruiz - University of Dubuque:
Bachelor of Science degrees in aviation fields

L3 - Russ Myers:
ADS-B In/Out transponder all-in-one solution

Air Journey - Anais Pouille:
Escorted or self-guided air journeys

After Landing Checklist:

If you were not able to attend AirVenture 2017, this is our way of bringing some of the show to you! We hope to see you next year!


ACP150 California Highway Patrol Pilot Jan Sears

CHP Pilot Jan Sears

In this episode, we interview California Highway Patrol Pilot Jan Sears. Jan is passionate about aviation and has a unique path towards his career goal and will share with us.





Facebook.com/AviationCareersPodcast page is great for learning about new episodes, asking questions and discussing careers in aviation. I am also going to be adding announcements for quick meet ups for cities I am going to be in. If you would like to meet up for a cup of coffee or lunch let me know under those posts!

Jan and I Discuss his journey to becoming a Pilot for the California Highway Patrol Pilot:

  • His passion for aviation and how it began at the young age of 10. His attempt to fly fighters and the challenges due to a medical issue as well as life as an EMT.
  • Hired by California Highway Patrol.
  • Moving to air operations with CHP.
  • The aircraft and missions of CHP.
  • His advice to aspiring pilots.

Pick Of the Week:

CHP Air Operations, Golden Gate Division


California Highway Patrol on Wikipedia

California Highway Patrol Aviators Division in Action

CHP Aviation VehiclesSan Francisco from a CHP CockpitCHP performing a rescue


In this episode, we continue our a new series titled “Tips for high-Income Pilots. This series will eventually be an online video course.

As a reminder, we are not allowed by law to give you financial advice but this is only general information. You should consult your financial advisor for information specific to your needs. We recommend your finding a fee-based certified financial planner who must comply with the FINRA rules and regulations. Fiduciary is important.


Aviation Careers Facebook Page
For upcoming meetups, career news, and all of the episodes.

Tips For High-Income Pilots:

  • Saving for retirement
  • What to do when you're maxing out your retirement plan limit.
  • "Excess Benefit Plan" options
  • What if you have a 401(k), Profit Sharing Plan, and a 401(a) plan?
  • Getting within "visual range" of how much you might need - it's not as simple as you might think

Pick Of the Week:


Image Credit: Shutterstock.com



SMAC149 Pilot Partner Founder Ken VeArd

If you have used an electronic logbook, or have an interest in switching to one, we have a special treat for you. Ken VeArd, who has harnessed his technological skills with his passion for aviation to produce a truly innovative, easy to use, and practical electronic logbook. Today we have the pleasure of speaking with Ken about his passion for aviation and his electronic log

book PilotPartner.net.

Preflight Checklist:

Carl is joined by Tom Frick, Victoria Nuville, and Larry Overstreet who is in Oshkosh, WI getting ready for AirVenture.

Sponsor: Jeff Kennon's The Day I Learned to Fly: Eight-year-old Jeff’s imagination isn’t earth bound. He dreams of flying over his neighborhood, free from the bonds of gravity – becoming part of the elite list of eight-year-olds who have flown. When he and his brothers begin building a homemade go kart, he leaps on this opportunity to use his ingenuity, and make his dreams real!

Cruise Flight:

Ken and the crew at SMAC discuss:

  • Why he loves aviation.
  • His opportunity to fly in the 737 simulator.
  • Why he developed the electronic logbook.
  • The new PilotPartner.net and how he rekindled his desire to produce a practical and easy to use electronic logbook.
  • The technology behind the logbook.
  • Challenges pilots face with logbooks and how Pilot Partner provides a solution for all your logbook needs.
  • Importing, Exporting, and Reporting your times.

After Landing Checklist:

Links Mentioned In The Podcast:


Video Of The Week:

Pilot Partner Overview: