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In episode 127 we discuss how to keep moving forward in your life and career even when faced with a setback and answer your questions. I'm joined again by Tom Wachowski of the Pilot Jet Podcast.  Tom has great insight and experience in the Aviation Industry, but he comes by it from a slightly different perspective working on the Corporate or Business side of Aviation.

Announcements: The 2017 version of the Aerospace Scholarships guide should be out and available by the time you listen to this episode. It is available for Kindle and iBooks for $9.99 on either platform.

Listener Email:

  • 57 years old with dispatcher certificate, wants to know if he is too old to start work and wants to know what he can do to keep current.
  • Studying aviation but is looking for options other than being a CFI to build your hours.
  • Student Pilot, working on Private Pilot, is there a Masters in Aviation that would qualify for GI Bill and help pay for the rest of the ratings?
  • Answers on questions about income as a Flight Attendant.
  • High School Senior, dream is to become a commercial pilot, dual enrollment program with high school and college, inquiring about process to becoming a commercial pilot and getting to majors.

ACP126 No Degree No Problem?

In this episode Tom Wachowski of the Private Jet Podcast joins me to discuss the costs of owning an aircraft, and to answer our listeners questions including: No degree, no problem?

In episode 126 Tom Wachowski joins me to discuss:

  • The importance of a college degree.
  • Veterans benefits section of the website.
  • Speaking more intelligently about business aviation.
  • Listener mail.


We have a page on our site http://www.aviationcareerspodcast.com/vets/. This page covers some of the questions we often get about using veteran's benefits to pay for flight training, however we would like to here from our listeners with any information or stories about vets and flying, or using benefits to move ahead in your career. Please send them to feedback@aviationcareers.com.

What Aircraft Costs are Important?

Listener Questions and Feedback:

  • 45 years old, running into a mental block on a check ride, afraid I am out of time. What do I do?
  • Degrees and getting into the majors: Can you get into the majors without a college degree? Can you fly outside the US without a degree? Are there ways to get government assistance in paying for your degree or loan?
  • Real Estate agent with 900 hours, looking to become a professional pilot without CFI, wondering if part 135 is an option and if resume needs to be 1 page when his is longer.

Preflight Checklist:

Carl is here with Russ, Tom  and Larry to discuss flight plan fear, dead reckoning legs, and a number of other topics. Rick is out tonight, battling a big snowstorm.

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Listener Mail:

Carl reads a great letter from a pilot who's girlfriend recently tried flying and liked it so much that she has taken it up and recently soloed! A shout out to Kimberly from the San Fernando 99's, who is now planning on attending AirVenture this year! Congratulations!


Larry - Sun n Fun (and other air show) volunteers who are planning, organizing, and preparing for safe and exciting fly-ins and air shows all across the country this season.

Cruise Flight:

Flight Plans:

  • Do you file flight plans when you fly?
  • How to file a flight plan.
  • Do you get a briefing every time you fly and how?

Dead Reckoning legs on Instrument Approach Procedures

Russ discusses dead reckoning legs and how he teaches his students to deal with it using the chart, GPS, FMS, etc. Russ has a great article on his website. The article is here.

Getting Current when you have been out of the cockpit for the Winter

With Spring coming (it REALLY IS coming, right??), and people getting ready for SnF and other aviation adventures, some of us colder-climate pilots are a little rusty. How do you plan to get back in the pilot’s seat after a few months of not being in the air? What if you’re IFR current, but maybe not so proficient. What do you do BEFORE you head out to the airport to get your head back in the game?

  • SIM time?
  • Reading?
  • Reviewing ACS?
  • Reviewing the POH?
  • Other?
  • What is that first flight going to be? Three landings and you’re good to go, or anything more structured? Slow flight, stalls, short takeoff/landing, ground reference maneuvers? Do you take an instructor or pilot friend? What thought goes into that first preflight?

After Landing Checklist:


Picks Of The Week:

Carl - Island Life HGTV Episode with TavernAero In Florida Keys

Russ - The Cannibal Queen by Stephen Coonts A book about a trip in a Steerman making almost 2 laps of the country in 1991.

Larry - Elevate your mood by purchasing your tickets for SnF, OSH, etc. in advance. Just doing that and knowing you have your tickets makes the show seem so much sooner!
SnF - http://www.flysnf.org/sun-n-fun-intl-fly-in-expo/admission-rates/
OSH - https://www.eaa.org/en/airventure/eaa-airventure-tickets

Tom - Ground School Academy, a great website for preparing for reviews. Their guarantee is if you don't pass your check ride, they will pay for it!

Video Of The Week:

Video of Toilet Paper Dog Fight


Interview on Ready For Takeoff Podcast Episode 067

It was a pleasure being interviewed by George Nolly on the Ready for Takeoff Podcast. We discussed inspiring pilots to pursue a career in aviation, scholarships, the flight team, and more. Click here or on the image to listen to Episode 67.

George Nolly launched his aviation career at 17 while still in high school. An appointment to the Air Force Academy prepared him for his two tours in Vietnam, flying O-2s over the Ho Chi Minh trail in Laos and F-4 Phantoms over Hanoi. After his service, George went into commercial aviation, flying for United Airlines as Captain and Flight Instructor for 26 years. After finishing his Doctorate in Homeland Security, George went on to conduct airline safety audits for the for International Air Transport Association on carriers throughout the globe. George continues to instruct on the Boeing 777.

Listen to the my interview with Geaorge by clicking below:




ACP125 Drone Pilot Careers with Jon Rupprecht

Thinking of becoming a drone pilot? Want to know what opportunities are available in this new and exciting field of aviation? Want to know the future of drone careers?  Today I have with me Jon Rupprecht, drone attorney to answer these questions and discuss drone pilot careers.

Jonathan has made numerous media appearances on the topic of drones as a drone attorney. His legal analysis of drones has been sought after by major media networks and drone industry-specific media. Not only have the networks reached out to him for his analysis, they have cited his legal works when reporting on major drone-related stories.

Jon and I discuss:

  • Careers as a drone pilot.
  • The future of the drone industry.
  • Potential risks to your manned pilot certificate.
  • Cautions when combining a career as a drone pilot and a manned aircraft pilot.
  • The bright future of drones and careers in the drone business.
  • Why manned aircraft pilots make good drone pilots and it is not about the flying.


Thank you to our sponsor Three Point Aviation Services. Check out Three Point’s book and video on IFR holding at ExpertAviator.com. You can find out more about Three Point Aviation at www.3pointaviation.com or facebook.com/3pointaviation.




Preflight Checklist:


“Thank you to our sponsor Three Point Aviation Services. Check out Three Point’s book and video on IFR holding at ExpertAviator.com. You can find out more about Three Point Aviation at www.3pointaviation.com or facebook.com/3pointaviation.”


New Sun N Fun website: http://www.flysnf.org
Fly In April 4-9, 2017

Cruise Flight:

Flying with Diabetes : Raising Diabetes Awareness

Jeppesen Enhance the Charts in 2016. We will discuss some of the changes and how you can learn more at their training site:

Jeppesen Chart Changes for 2016

Hold Short of Where? Understanding The New Taxi Procedures. - This article was based on safety reports from 2011. In March of 2014 there was an ATO policy change and update to the pilot controller glossary. The following are links to the taxi diagram and the ATO Policy Change. I was going to change the original article but will rewrite and link to a new article incorporating the changes. I want to leave the old article because it demonstrates the confusion amongst pilots and controllers that led to many safety reports and a change in the policy.

KSDF Taxi Diagram

ATO Policy Change

After Landing Checklist:

Picks Of The Week:

Carl - Blood Pressure Refresher

Russ - The Savvy Flight Instructor: Secrets of the Successful CFI, 2nd edition.

Rick - deep weather ios app

Victoria - Scheyden Precision Eyewear, Watches, and Flight Crew Luggage 

Tom - TouchTrainer Flight Simulator

Links Mentioned In The Podcast:

Video Of The Week:

We have heard of living with your plane how about living IN your plane:


“Thank you to our sponsor Three Point Aviation Services. Check out Three Point’s book and video on IFR holding at ExpertAviator.com. You can find out more about Three Point Aviation at www.3pointaviation.com or facebook.com/3pointaviation.”


ganewscoverPreflight Checklist

In this episode we interview Ben Sclair, publisher of General Aviation News and Living With Your Plane. We also review the movie “Sully” and discuss lessons learned.

Visit Our Sponsor:

Aviation Careers Podcast inspires future aerospace professionals by providing an inside look into aviation and aerospace careers. Aviation Careers Podcast publishes the largest scholarships directory and provides interview preparation and career coaching. To find out more visit AviationCareersPodcast.com.


Tom Frick received his  Instrument Flight Instructor Certificate!

Victoria Neuville- Paws and Planes. TurboTheFlyingDog.com or Facebook event.

Rick Felty - "Tabatha Fink" receives Readers favorite award.

Larry Overstreet - Listener feedback from JD Smoot.

Cruise Flight:

After Landing Checklist:

~Picks of the Week~

Sully the Movie

Sully the Book



Sully On Facebook

International Critical Incident Stress Foundation

Stiftung Mayday Foundation


ACP114 How Do Failed Check Rides Affect Employment?

ThuderstormsAndSunIn this episode we focus on the question how do failed check rides affect employment? Eric Crump joins me today to answer this and more aviation career questions.


  • Our Coaching services include career counseling, interview preparation, and life coaching.  You have been asking to review the coaching schedule before purchasing a session. In response we have added a link to the calendar above. You can review the schedule  by clicking here.


  • I Failed both an oral and flight portion of my check ride, what do I do?
  • My concern is if I leave my job, instruct, and then interview for the airlines and not get a job because of my disapprovals.
  • Should I give up on my dream of becoming an airline pilot?
  • I am Debating skipping last year of college to build hours. What is more important a college degree or jumping one year ahead?
  • Accelerated training programs discussed.
  • Dealing with a company showing poor integrity, wants to interview but afraid will get fired for interviewing.
  • Questions on flight training and scholarships from Africa.
  • Older worker, wants to know what his options are to become a pilot.
  • Questions on Great Lakes Airlines hiring part time pilots.


Career Coaching and Interview Preparation

Aerospace Scholarships 

Image Source: Paul Grieco


img_2335-2Welcome to episode 113! There are many jobs in aviation and some will surprise you. Today I am joined by Paul Grieco and special guest Jennifer Adams. Jenn is an Aviation blogger writing at Tales from the Terminal on all types of Aviation jobs and adventures.

In This Episode We discuss:

  • Why Jennifer became interested in Aviation as a child.
  • Working life at a Fortune 500 company while yearning for a job in aviation.
  • How she discovered Aviation related jobs.
  • Landing  an accounting job at her local airport.
  • The different technology related jobs available at the airport such as tech support, IT, etc.
  • The many security related jobs including camera management, security officers, and K-9's.
  • Wildlife Management, and why it is a critical position in keeping the airport open.
  • Airfield Maintenance: responsible for caring for the runway surface making sure the pavement is sound, keeping clear of snow, etc.
  • Aviation jobs that do not require travel.
  • Pavement specialists are responsible for determining the right type of concrete needed and making sure runways and other airport surfaces are  maintained.
  • The many administrative support specialists responsible for office supplies, scheduling meetings, running the FBO, etc.
  • The job as Airplane Watcher which it's a bit more involved than you would think.
  • If you want to get into Aviation but don't know how, make a list of your skills and then look for Aviation jobs that fit those skills. Think outside the box to find something that will get you in the airport using the knowledge you already have.
  • Jennifer's guest appearance  on Airplane Geeks episode 404.

SMAC126 Live From AirVenture 2016

Preflight Checklist:

Vision-SideView-2We have exciting interviews and analysis from AirVenture 2016 in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. Larry Overstreet, Russ Roslewski, and Tom Frick attended  AirVenture, while Rick Felty and Carl Valeri virtually attended through social media.  Listen to the crew of Stuck Mic AvCast as they discuss the greatest air show on earth!

Please send you questions or comments to contact@stuckmicavcast.com.

Cruise Flight:

Larry Overstreet speaks with Keith Smith from  Pilot Edge.

Russ Roslewski speaks with Cirrus VisionJet.

After Landing Checklist:

~Picks of the Week~

No picks of the week this episode, as this is an interview show.

Photo Credit:

Cirrus Aircraft