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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.

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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



SMAC125 Remote Pilot Certificate Explained

Preflight Checklist:

RyanJWallaceWe are at Lakeland Linder Airport at Polk State College with Dr. Ryan Wallace to discuss the new Remote Pilot Certificate.

Cruise Flight:

  • FAA estimates that there will be 7 million UAS by 2020, including commercial and recreational use.
  • The FAA estimates about 100 incidents per month involving a visual sighting of unmanned aircraft systems by pilots. These are not necessarily collisions, near misses, or other problems, just sighting which could potentially be a problem.
  • UAS are allowing for faster, safer, more economical missions and services.
  • Those with a pilot's certificate have a relatively easy transition to obtaining the Remote Pilot Operator Certificate. So anyone holding any certificate other than a student is eligible to apply for a job in this area.
  • Although anyone may earn a Remote Pilot Certificate, those with an existing pilot’s certificate (excluding student pilot certificate) have a relatively easy transition to obtaining the newly-created sUAS Remote Pilot Certificate.
  • A UAS is an overall system, as opposed to just a model aircraft. The difference is what you use the plane for.
  • Videography, hurricane and weather observance, law enforcement, etc. The applications are only limited by the imagination of the designers.
  • Part 333 FAA Modernization Act of 2012, new small UAS regulations.
  • New, less restrictive rules for UAS education rules.
  • Part 107 Fly for Hire rules including the new Part 107 SUAS Remote Pilot Certificate.
  • Why you should consider becoming a UAS Pilot.
  • FAA Summary of Unmanned Aircraft Rule (Part 107)
  • FAA Advisory Circular on Small Unmanned Aviation Systems (sUAS)
  • "The Rebirth Of Aviation" - Article


The following links are all available on the FAA’s UAS website, but are posted for your convenient reference:

Remote Pilot Process

Remote Pilot Knowledge Test Sample Questions

Remote Pilot Knowledge Test Guide

Remote Pilot Airmen Certification Standards (All Testable Topic Areas)

Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (sUAS) Advisory Circular (AC 107-2)

Small UAS Registration System

B4UFLY Application

After Landing Checklist:

~Picks of the Week~

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

Video from the slideshow without sound:



Preflight Checklist:
Do you ever wonder what happens when you are handed off to another air traffic controller? In this episode we will explain. Joining us today is Chris Pezalla who discusses his article he posted on ExpertAviator.  We also have some other special guests from our mobile reporting studio at Air Venture.  Listen to find out who our surprise guest was on the show!


AirVenture July 25-31, 2016

Students fly A320 at JetBlue!

Cruise Flight:

We have a few special guests joining us on the podcast today. First, Larry is live from Ardy and Ed's Drive In, Oshkosh, Wisconsin with Pilot JimG.  Jim will be presenting at the AirVenture Forums concerning aircraft maintenance records. Check out his form and others clicking here.  It sounds like Larry and Jim are having a great time at Oshkosh already.

Our main topic this episode is ATC Handoffs and the mystery behind them.  Carl and our other special guest Chris Pezalla lead the discussion. It is interesting discovering what happens behind the scenes during a handoff from Air Traffic Control.

After Landing Checklist:

~Picks of the Week~

Tom - VOR Simulator

Sean - Dreamliner Farnborough practice video

Carl - Airbus response to Boeing 100 year anniversary.

Rick - Landing a Cessna 172 at O’Hare.

Victoria - Her New Confidence To Fly Blog

Jim G - Forum Maintenance Records for Pilot Owners

Larry - Camp Scholler at AirVenture



Understanding ATC Handoffs


An ATC handoff occurs when a controller transfers an aircraft to next controller along the aircraft’s route. Here is a basic explanation provided by an active Air Traffic Controller and CFII:

Handoffs happen in 3 Steps…

  1. Transfer of radar identification
    1. When the aircraft nears the boundary of the next sector, we begin the radar handoff
    2. This usually occurs about 3 minutes from the boundary, though times vary widely by controller preference
    3. This referred to as “flashing” at the next sector
  2. Transfer of communications
    1. Once the receiving the controller accepts the handoff (step 1) communications are transferred
    2. “Contact XXX on XXX.XX”
    3. This is the part where airlines like to ignore controllers and make us repeat ourselves multiple times
  3. Transfer of control
    1. This occurs once the aircraft crosses the boundary between sectors
    2. At this point, the receiving controller is now in complete control of the flight

Important notes…

  • After Step 1 begins, but prior to step 3, neither the receiving controller nor the transferring controller can change anything regarding the flight without verbally communicating with the other controller.
  • This is usually when you’ll get a reply of “Standby”, since we need to perform coordination first
  • If the flight is entering another sector in the same center, this can happen quickly, as we have instant communication lines between sectors
  • If the flight is entering another facility, such as going from center to approach, or from one center to another, we have to call the other sector. Sometimes it takes a while for them to answer.


Chris Pezalla is  an active flight instructor and publisher of the Advanced Guide To Holding Patterns. For a free preview of his book on Amazon Click Here.



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PaulDrinkingjpeg OnlineWelcome to episode 111!  Carl Valeri and Co-Host Paul Grieco discuss a number of questions from listeners including preparing for training and how to pick the right regional. First, Paul discusses his upgrade to Captain versus Carl's decision to remain as a First Officer. They also discuss the differences in Operation Specifications (Op-Specs) and Operations Manuals.


Carl recently interviewed Chris Pezalla on the Stuck Mic AVCast regarding Holding Patterns, which you can check out at Stuck MicAvCast.com. They also put together a new video series titled Advanced Holding Patterns. The first video is free! The entire series may be purchased for only $64 and listeners of this podcast are eligible for a 10% discount using the code ACP10.

Questions and Listener Mail:

  • What books should I read before beginning training and what should I take with me?
  • Guidance for choosing a regional airline.
  • The" Valeri Effect".
  • Training and working on IFR time because that is what the airlines are looking for.
  • Idea: create an all sim flight school in New York City and partner with FBOs.
  • Question on accessing scholarships.
  • Questions on Airman Certification Standards and Private Instructions. You can learn more at Stuck Mic AVCast 116.
  • Difference between part 141 or part 61 training, joining Air Force Reserves and then getting leave time to train for the airlines. Check out information on the Soldier's and Sailor's Relief Act.