Making a Living as a Flight InstructorWelcome to episode 81. Today wa have some very interesting listener mail and to help me review the mail and answer your questions I have not one but two co hosts today; Eric Crump and Tom Wachowski. Tom has been on a break from podcasting and is excited to be here today. One of our big topics to cover today is making a living as a flight instructor. We have received many requests about this topic, including one we cover with several sub-questions in it.


  • Second Career in Aviation
  • Moving to Florida to be a flight instructor
  • choices of clothing for interviews at flight schools
  • Agricultural flying, Ground Instructor Certificate
  • Is an Associates Degree needed for the Regional Airlnes?
  • Question from Serbia: importance of getting both Pilot and A&P license?
  • Rookie flight instructor Tips and Tricks episode ideas, which the hosts pretty much just answer!
  • How to manage student debt on regional airline salary
  • Requesting help when you don't feel confident in your job
  • The effects of Unmanned aerial vehicles on the Aviation Industry
  • Advice from going from Engineering to Piloting
  • Making a living as a flight instructor
  • Military Transition from rotor to fixed wing





Finding Bucolic New Jersey

Pre-Flight Checklist

  • Carl recently flew in a 172! We'll put a picture in the show notes.
  • Eric's student Esteban soloed!

Cruise Flight

Tonight we are working on clearing out the backlog of listener email going back to the middle of 2014. You can continue to send us questions at Going forward we will be answering them on a regular basis.

Topics covered:

  • Thank you for the show and good luck to Len from Zurich, Switzerland.
  • A comment from episode 74: You can now fly if you are color blind, but you will have a restriction on your medical certificate.
  • Training question: do you need to retake your written FAA test if you have a break in training?
  • A question on training hours in a simulator and changes from the FAA.
  • A request for a podcast on the Reno Air Show.
  • Sandpoint, Idaho Air Park.
  • A comment from Russ Roslowski about
  • An answer to what happened to Columbine I, General Eisenhower's personal plane.
  • An offer to help Sean when visiting the air show in Stuart, Florida.
  • A comment about a hanger home bed and Breakfast in Danville, Florida.
  • A request to discuss more air shows especially the smaller ones that do not get much airtime.

~Picks of the Week~

After Landing Checklist



ACP080 – Overseas Flying with Ed Abraham

March 22, 2015

Welcome 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 […]

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SMAC092 Is It Time to Fire Your Flight Instructor?

March 16, 2015

Pre-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 […]

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Why should we be concerned with bird strikes?

March 12, 2015

Why should we be concerned with bird strikes? Bird and other wildlife strikes to aircraft annually cause over $937 million in damage to U.S. civil and military aviation. Bird strikes put the lives of aircraft crew members and their passengers at risk. Over 255 people have been killed worldwide as a result of wildlife strikes […]

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ACP079 – Burn Out, Scholarships, and Moving Your Aviation Career Forward

March 11, 2015

We are back after a brief delay. Thank you so much for your kind thoughts and prayers. In this episode I have a bunch of listener email to answer coping with burn out, getting your ratings current after a lapse and how to pay for it, and a number of questions about moving your aviation […]

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SMAC091 – Nancy Spielberg producer of “Above And Beyond – The Untold True Story”

March 2, 2015

Pre-Flight Checklist Carl, Victoria, and Rick are here, and everyone is cold and buried. Announcements: Sean says Thunder over Louisville is coming April 18th and includes the US Air Force Thunderbirds and huge fireworks. Victoria thanked everyone for coming out for Paws & Planes. The turnout was hampered by 7 inches of snow, but the 20 […]

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

February 20, 2015

In this presentation we discuss: The concept of personal minimums. Assessing your pilot and aircraft performance to define your personal minimums. Adjusting your personal minimums in response to specific conditions. Links Mentioned in this video: FAA Risk Management Handbook

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February 18, 2015 FAA Safety Seminar at Polk State College – Thunderstorms Hazards and Avoidance

February 19, 2015

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

February 18, 2015

This episode is an interview with Steve Tupper aka Stephen Force. “Stephen Force” is the superhero alter ego of mild-mannered tech and aviation lawyer, commercial pilot (glider, with private privileges in ASEL, AMEL, ASES, IA, and DC-3 (SIC) type-rated), and Civil Air Patrol (USAF Auxiliary) lieutenant colonel and search-and-rescue pilot Steve Tupper. To Read More about Steve Click […]

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