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Welcome to Episode 154 of the podcast about learning to fly, living to fly, and loving to fly. Today we have a few special guests to discuss Ways to improve your piloting skill and have fun in the process. Chris Pezalla is an aviation consultant, attorney, and author. To learn more and read his aviation articles visit: https://www.facebook.com/3pointaviation/. Before we get started we have a few announcements.

Preflight Checklist:

Sponsor: AerospaceScholarships.com


See You At AOPA Fly-In Tampa, FL. Peter O. Knight Airport.

Polk State Flight Team Competition in Auburn, AL.

New Online Courses can be by visiting https://valeri-aviation.thinkific.com

Cruise Flight:

Dave Abby reports from AOPA Fly-In Groton, CT.

Ways To Improve Piloting Skill And Have Fun In The Process:

Why do you improve our skills?

How much more is there to know?

Additional Training and Certification


  •  -Improved energy Management
  • -Improved Stick and rudder skills
  • -Different viewpoint (learn new things)
  • -No written test if pilot has powered certificate


  • -Improves stick and rudder
  • -Improve situational awareness
  • -Improved skills transfer to other aircraft (ATR story)
  • -No checkride or written tests
  • -Never expires


  • -Fun and low pressure
  • -No written test if pilot has land certificate
  • -Great for stick and rudder
  • -Multi-seaplane (funny story)
  • -Never expires

Single Engine ATP

  • -Why would anyone needs this?
  • -Lower Insurance that’s not going to do anything for insurance, sorry! -vn
  • -Includes Instrument Rating this does!
  • -Better transferable to international ratings

Flight Instructor

  • -Improved situational awareness
  • -Transform from pilot to flight manager
  • -Able to analyze own skill

After Landing Checklist:

Picks Of The Week:

Chris - FAA Glider Flying Handbook

Carl - Sunrise Aviation

Rick - FlightChops

Victoria -https://www.jonesairandsea.com/

DaveAbby - AOPA Fly-In

Tom - https://www.aopa.org/community/events/aopaA-fly-ins/2017-aopa-fly-ins/tampa

Links Mentioned In The Podcast:

Video Of The Week:


ACP156 From Vice Principal To Pilot with Tim Lake

In This Episode, I am joined by Tim Lake who went from high school Vice Principal to Pilot. Tim flew into Lakeland to join me on the podcast. This is my first interview with a guest that has flown in and is one of the great things about living near an airport.


Keep watching our facebook page for upcoming events and updates. I had to go to work on the 4th so I was not able to make the pancake breakfast at Bartow Airport but I will be at the AOPA Fly-In in Tampa, FL. Hope to see you there. For more information visit AOPA.

From Vice Principal to Pilot:

  • How Tim went from Vice Principal of a High School to a flight instructor in a very short time.
  • Making money as a flight instructor.
  • Working as a drone pilot to supplement his income.
  • How Leasing back an airplane to the FBO has helped him obtain his ratings and increased his income.
  • Tim can be found on http://facebook.com/lakeaviationfacebook.

Pick Of the Week:

Murfreesboro Aviation


Will I be too old by the time I get enough flight hours and other questions are answered in this episode. Your host Carl is joined by Paul Grieco to answer your questions. If you have questions or feedback please write us at feedback@aviationcareerspodcast.com.


View events we are attending, listen to episodes, and get career updates on our facebook page:

Aviation Careers Podcast Facebook Page

Carl will be at the Bartow Airport Pancake Breakfast on October 4th. Check out the event on our facebook page.

In This Episode We Discuss (too old by the time I get enough flight hours):

  • Will I be too old by the time I get enough hours?
  • How do I judge if a school is good?
  • Is corporate flying a good career option?
  • Should I continue flying for an unethical company?
  • Vocational rehabilitation benefits through the VA.

Pick Of the Week:

Institutions Authorized to Certify its Graduates for an Airline Transport Pilot (ATP) Certificate with Reduced Aeronautical Experience


SMAC153 When A Career And Passion Come Together

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It's a beautiful thing when a career and passion come together

Welcome to a special episode of the Stuck Mic AvCast where we answer your questions, including about when a career and passion come together. Remember you can send us any questions, comments, or stories about learning to fly, living to fly, and loving to fly by visiting us on facebook, twitter, or sending us an e-mail at StuckMicAvCast@Gmail.com. If you wish to be a guest on the show please send us an e-mail describing how you would like to contribute to the General Aviation conversation.

Preflight Checklist:

Sponsor: AviationCareersPodcast.com - Career Coaching helping people of all ages and backgrounds move toward their career goal.

Announcements and Shout Outs:

Cruise Flight:

Listener mail:

  • Italian born pilot, living in the Czech Republic. Does going from a private pilot to a professional diminish the love of aviation, making it a "job?"
  • Thank you for making my commutes memorable from an aspiring future pilot.
  • Based out of New Jersey, when the President is in the area and I am in the TFR, how do I stay safe and legal with my flight plan?
  • Enjoyed the soaring podcast with Jim G, it's hard to explain how fast gliders can fly.
  • What is the significance of the Y and Z in the name on the approach plate?
  • Can I instruct without a Commercial Pilot Certificate, do I need a CPC to become a CFI?

After Landing Checklist:

Picks Of The Week:

Carl - Lakeland Linder Regional Airport

Russ - NOAA’s Graphical Area Forecasts

Rick - https://www.windy.comWindy I tunes App

Victoria - The Bob Hoover Project

Tom - Wild Blue Doodle

Links Mentioned In The Podcast:

Video Of The Week:

Fort Lauderdale (FLL) Approaches:


Rifle, CO (RIL) Approaches:



ACP154 Surviving Hurricane Irma

Hello everyone and thank you for all your concern and comments during Hurricane Irma. As many of you know we moved to Lakeland, Florida and a few weeks later were hit with the eye of Hurricane Irma. We recently were able to restore the internet and will be up and running with our regularly scheduled show.

Announcements and Shout Outs:

Career Coaching from Aviation Careers Podcast. If you are looking to get into Aviation, or need assistance taking the next step forward in your career, we are here to help. Please check out our coaching page we have several services available to assist you.

Lakeland Florida Fire Department. A shout out to Lakeland Fire and EMS for the great work they did helping everyone in the area get the help they needed, including my own family.

Operation AirDrop, which did a great job getting emergency food, water, and supplies to people here in Florida.

Donate To The Polk State Flight Team. The team could use your help especially with the added expenses of needing to fly the planes away for the hurricane.

Airlines and Hurricanes Discussed in this Episode

  • How airlines and flight schools prepare for the hurricane.
  • Flying around Hurricanes.
  • The challenges of being away from home during a natural disaster
  • Pilot pay during a natural disaster.
  • The challenges of being stuck on the beach while your family struggles at home.

Pick Of the Week:

Volunteer pilots form bridge to Irma’s victims on the Keys

Donate To The Polk State Flight Team


SMAC152 AOPA Fly In – Norman Oklahoma

Welcome to a special edition of the Stuck Mic AvCast. Our reporter in the field, Russ Roslewski was in Norman Oklahoma for the AOPA Fly In. AOPA fly-ins happen around the country bringing many people together in the aviation community. This event broke all previous attendance records with over 7500 people including 500 planes. The AOPA Fly In’s are a great place to learn, share your passion for aviation, and help advocate for the GA community.

Preflight Checklist:

Sponsor: Aviation Careers Podcast. This is the largest online directory of aerospace scholarships. For $10 per month or $10 for the annual guide, you can potentially save hundreds or even thousands of dollars in scholarships.


We have postponed our meet ups until after we clean up from Hurricane Irma. As you know we moved to Lakeland recently and as we record this show the storm is passing through the area. To learn more about upcoming meetups please visit our facebook page.

Cruise Flight:

  • What airlines do during a hurricane.

Interviews From AOPA Fly-In:

  • AOPA Volunteers – Mike Woods – http://www.aopa.org
    - Information on how you can be a volunteer for an AOPA Fly-In near you.
  • Sooner Flight Academy – Dawn Machalinski – http://flightcamp.ou.edu
    - Year-round and summer programs for students ages 6-18
  • Oklahoma Pilots Association – Bill Halpain – http://opa.link
    - Dinner meetings, guest speakers and flyaways around Oklahoma
  • Grand Seaplanes – Steve Robinson – http://grandseaplanes.com
    - Get your seaplane rating in a Lake Amphibian on Grand Lake, OK
  • Air Plains – Eric Papan – http://airplains.com
    - Engine conversions and airframe modifications including the 300-hp Cessna 182
  • Angel Flight South Central – Troy Whistman – http://angelflightsc.org
    - Volunteer humanitarian flights for medical patients
  • University of Oklahoma Aviation Department – Ken Carson – http://pacs.ou.edu/aviation
    - College degree programs in aviation, including piloting, air traffic control, and aviation management

After Landing Checklist:

Picks Of The Week:

Carl: Bay News 9 Weather. A great local news source to Carl's area that even gives info for pilots.

Russ: Operation Air Drop Facebook and Operation Air Drop Website. This group used airplanes to move needed supplies into Houston after Hurricane Harvey, and have turned to Florida to assist with relief after Hurricane Irma.

Video Of The Week:

Video From Fun Places To Fly


In this episode, we continue our new series titled “Tips for high-Income Pilots. This series will eventually be an online video course.

As a reminder, we are not allowed by law to give you financial advice but this is only general information. You should consult your financial advisor for information specific to your needs. We recommend your finding a fee-based certified financial planner who must comply with the FINRA rules and regulations. Fiduciary is important.


Wanted: Student musicians for scholarship and internship

View the new scholarships guide at AerospaceScholarships.com

Due to Hurricane IRMA we may not be able to produce an episode next week. We also discuss what happens to an airline when a hurricane is approaching.

Tips For High-Income Pilots:

What to do with excess income?

  1. Side business
  2. Investing it wisely
  3. Cash vs. self vs. business vs. investments

Side business/hobby into income considerations

  1. Keep it legitimate (hobby loss rules, proper filings, liability, etc)
  2. How to find ideas
  3. Caution with Real Estate
  4. Tax planning with a new business
  5. Upfront deductions
  6. Purchasing things wisely

Tax efficient investments

  1. Municipal bonds
  2. Index funds
  3. Master Limited Partnerships
  4. Real estate (passive and active)
  5. Where you locate your investments


Pick Of the Week:

Aviation is Among The Rising Careers in Polk County's Economy

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ACP152 Choosing The Best Airline For Your Career

There are many airlines out there to choose from. How do you go about choosing the best airline for you given the options? In some circumstance, it might be an easy choice given we might just choose the first one to call or only receive an invite from just one carrier.

Others might receive multiple offers and need to evaluate their options. Some might just be trying to decide which airlines to submit their applications to.

Many make a decision based on block hour pay alone. But is there more to consider when making what will be a major life decision? Let's look further into different considerations when deciding on which airline will be the best fit for you.

Choosing the Best Airline

The health and longevity of the airline.

  • Stability
  • Growth
  • Financials

The airline’s mission and your flying preference

  • Long haul? Short haul?
  • Passenger/cargo

Where do you live and where are the domiciles?

  • Is commuting a viable option?
  • Are there domiciles that would be attractive to live in?

What are the schedules like for a typical line holder?

  • PBS/ Line Bidding
  • Days off
  • Trip type vs personal preference
  • Ability to drop or pick up for money
  • Vacation and accrual

Overall Contract or Quality of life extras

  • 401K match
  • Profit sharing
  • Extras earning benefits
  • Health insurance (Big one)

The overall employee/management relationship

  • This one is tricky because it is so dynamic
  • If possible get a feel for the overall Pilot groups attitude knowing there will be extreme negatives and positives on both ends of the spectrum

These are many of the considerations while making a decision on which airline to work for or at the very least apply for. In some cases, applicants may have their choice while others go just to the one that calls. If you are able to choose it is important to consider all factors, not just the pay rates alone. When considering all factors it is more likely that the choice will be made that will result in the applicant selecting an airline that suits their life.


The team is here to discuss approach minimums with special guest Arnold Pieper, and how he convinced the Brazilian government to change those minimums.

Preflight Checklist:

We reach over 5,000 general aviation listeners every week. For sponsorship opportunities contact us at contact@stuckmicavcast.com.


AOPA Fly-In Sept 8th and 9th in Norman, OK (KOUN). Russ will be there. http://www.aopa.org/fly-ins

Aviation Careers Podcast is the sponsor for this episode. Check us out to learn about aviation careers and how to earn scholarships for advancing your training.

Cruise Flight:

Today we have a special guest Arnold Pieper. Arnold is an avid aviator and established Information Technology Executive and works on Flight Standards on the Embraer 190/195/Lineage 1000. Joining us from Indaiatuba, Brazil.

We Discuss Approach Minimums with Arnold:

  • General Aviation In Brazil.
  • Flying the EMB190/195/Lineage.
  • The problem he discovered with the approach minimums in Brazil.
  • How he was able to convince the government to change the approach minimums.
  • How his research is impacting other countries throughout the world.

After Landing Checklist:

Picks Of The Week:

No Pics Of The Week since this is an interview.

Links Mentioned In The Podcast:

Brazil drops ceiling requirement. LinkedIn article.

Embraer Lineage 1000e Overview

An explanation of PANS-OPS from Wikipedia

An explanation of Flight Information Regions from Wikipedia

Video Of The Week:

Lineage 1000E Virtual Tour


Welcome to episode 151! Today I am joined by Paul Grieco to answer several listener questions, including one related to business aviation. Let's get started!


  • An updated version of the 2017 Aviation Scholarships Guide will be coming out in September, with the 2018 edition coming out in January. If you have already purchased the 2017 version, Watch your Kindle or iBooks app for the update, which can be downloaded automatically.
  • Advice from Carl: When applying for a flying job, you can check your records with the FAA, so you don’t have any surprises in the interview.

Business Aviation Guidelines and Other Questions answered:

  • 59 years old, started in 2008, just achieved instrument rating.
  • From Russ: Would a Masters in Education be helpful to have in applying for a Check Airmen job?
  • Canadian Private Pilot, working toward a certificate, should you have a full-time career when training in a club? Is training through a club the best way to go for someone who cannot commit to Monday to Friday? Is the scheduling at a regional airline flexible enough to keep my current job?
  • Does commercial/business aviation require 1500 hours and 1st class medical, and should I train on a certain type of equipment, such as a plane or simulator with glass?