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The warm amber light slowly pours over a sleepy little town like maple syrup. As I climb out of one thousand feet I wish I can’t stop thinking how I wish I could share this beauty with everyone. But there is a person whose job it is to share the excitement, serenity, and awe inspiring views of our gravity defying world. That is the job of the aviation photographer.
Today I have with me an aviation photographer with the unique ability to capture the essence of flight! Jose “Fuji” Ramos is one of the most talented and respected photographers in the aviation industry and is going to share with us his unique perspective on careers as an aviation photographer.
José is a multifaceted, award winning, aviation photographer based in Lakeland, Florida. For the past 22 years, he has documented military aviation subjects all over the United States. Currently NATOPS qualified as a select passenger for flight in all aircraft types operated by the US Navy, José has logged flight time in various high-performance aircraft including the F-14B Tomcat, F/A-18B/D Hornet, F/A-18F Super Hornet, S-3B Viking, TA-4J Skyhawk, F-5F Tiger II, EA-6B Prowler and the SH-60F/H Seahawk.
- Jose and I discuss:
- How he was able to combine a passion for aviation with a passion for photography
- His path towards his career as an aviation photographer
- The rewards of being an aviation photographer
- Jose shares some of his most memorable moments
- The challenges of being a photographer
- Advice for those seeking a career in aviation photography
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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.
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.
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