ACP080 – Overseas Flying with Ed Abraham

by CarlValeri on March 22, 2015


Ed_AbrahamWelcome to episode 80. Many of you are interested in working overseas because you heard foreign pilots are paid well. Today I have with me someone who will help us understand more about the benefits and challenges of overseas flying.

Ed Abraham is the International Pilot Advisor at Cage Marshal Consulting. Ed is living proof that pilots can go overseas to fly and return with positive results. Based on his years of experience as an aviation professional and as a successful interviewee, Ed is a wealth of knowledge to help other international applicants. Whether you are going from the US to an international company or interested in exploring the possibilities of applying to an overseas position, Ed should be your first call. He can offer his expertise and recommendations to help you land the international interview and job more quickly and with less frustration.

Ed and I discuss:

  • The Benefits of overseas flying.
  • How to apply for an overseas flying job.
  • The interview process.
  • The challenges of living overseas.
  • Pay, Benefits, and living conditions.
  • Working overseas and your family.


If you would like to ask a question on the show, leave us a voicemail at our new contact number DIP-MY-WINGS (347-699-4647)!


SMAC092 Is It Time to Fire Your Flight Instructor?

by CarlValeri on March 16, 2015


InstructorCarlPre-Flight Checklist:

You can ask us questions by using our hashtag #asksmac, or by emailing us at, or by calling 347-699-4647 (DIP MY WINGS). Please send us questions or stories about your aviation successes.

Victoria said she no longer needs a special issuance medical certificate!

Eric has a shout out for one of his students named John who earned his Private Pilot's License today!

Eric also said a big "thank you" to Women in Aviation and JetBlue, who paid for four of his students to attend the Women in Aviation conference in Dallas, Texas. You can check out the pictures of John and the students who attended the conference at their Facebook page.

Cruise Flight:

Our topics this week are coming from our Twitter hashtag #asksmac about when to fire your flight instructor:

  • Billing issues
  • Safety
  • Personality issues
  • If they smell bad
  • Lack of integrity
  • Lack of progress
  • Degrading
  • Just a time builder
  • Lack of availability
  • Lack of communication

~Picks of the Week~

Rick: F18 Carrier Landing Lite-a free iOS game

Victoria: Fly Girl by Sheri L. Smith, a Young Adult book about a girl torn between her heritage and wanting to fly as part of the WASPS.

Carl: FAA Wildlife Strike Database- a website for logging birdstrikes and learning all kinds of things by exploring the data.

Eric: Avare- an offline navigational app that allows you to draw on the screen in GPS mode.

After Landing Checklist

Be sure to send us feedback, especially your opinion on the best aviation app for the iPhone 6


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Personal Minimums – FAA Safety Team Topic of The Month for February 2015

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The following are the slides from the FAA Safety presentation given on February 18, 2015 at Polk State College. For more videos don’t forget to subscribe to us on YouTube.

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SMAC090 Steve Tupper, motor gliders, flying upside down and special words about hurling

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ACP078 – Mission Aviation Fellowship with Ron Hilbrands

February 14, 2015

Welcome to Episode 78. Aviation is a challenging and rewarding career. Some want to fly for the airlines and others seek a challenging flying environment dedicated to helping others. Many listeners have written me and feel Mission Aviation Fellowship would fulfill your need to serve others while living the dream of being a “bush” pilot. […]

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Survey : Book Cover For Aerospace Scholarships 2015

February 2, 2015

We have finished the Aerospace Scholarships Guide for 2015 and will soon publish the e-book but we need your help deciding on a cover. Check out the samples below and let us know which one is your favorite by clicking here Cover 1 Cover 2 Cover 3 Cover 4 Please vote for your favorite book […]

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