SMAC076 What We Can Learn from Asiana Flight 214

by CarlValeri on July 16, 2014


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The crew is here along with special guest Bill English, Lead Accident Investigator on Asiana Flight 214.

Mr. English is an Investigator-in-Charge for the Major Investigations Division for the National Transportation Safety Board headquartered in Washington, D.C. Mr. English also worked for the FAA and has a background in navigation.

Cruise Flight

This week’s main discussion is on the crash investigation of Asiana flight 214 in San Francisco in July 2013.

  • How the NTSB learns about an accident and how they assemble a team and get to the accident.
  • How the Major Investigation Division team members deal with the tragedy of these accidents themselves.
  • How the NTSB determines what pictures and information is what released and what is kept confidential.
  • How the NTSB sorts out all the data from an accident to determine the “probably cause” of an accident but also the recommendations the NTSB makes to the FAA, airlines, etc.
  • The different products, reports and information put out by the NTSB.
  • What’s in the investigator’s “go bag?”
  • Importance of standard operating procedures when calling out what the pilot is doing with the aircraft.
  • What we as general aviation pilots can learn from Asiana 214.
  • The importance of teaching and instruction even for experienced pilots.

After Flight Checklist

No picks this week, as we enjoy this wonderful interview of our very special guest.

After Landing Checklist

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ACP063 – Private and Corporate Aviation

by CarlValeri on July 10, 2014


Tom-Left-Seat-604-150x150This week we welcome back one of our repeat guests Tom Wachowski to discuss Corporate Aviation, flying aircraft owned by private companies to transport their employees for business.

In this episode we discuss:

  • Hiring a non-pilot aircraft owner (such as someone who owns a Saratoga and needs a pilot to fly them places)
  • How does a corporation hire a pilot for a day, what is the rate range? ($250-$1500 per day depending on the size of the airframe)
  • Dressing for success and professionalism
  • Network at the local airport, get your name out there and be seen as a pilot
  • Finding a private pilot job could help you get ratings on larger aircraft as the employer upgrades aircraft
  • Using pilot placement services to find jobs
  • Don’t be too cocky and act like you know everything, ask for advice
  • Remember that the person you are speaking to today might be interviewing you tomorrow

Scholarship of The Week:

Harrison Ford Flight Training Scholarship $1500



National Business Aviation Association

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