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CarlPostFlightWelcome to Episode 105 of the podcast where we inspire you to achieve your career goals and live your dream by following your passion and doing a job you love. Today is a spacial episode where we help you answer one question: Are You too Old To Fly? This is probably the most common one we get from you the listener so lets address it right now! Both myself and my co host this eventing began our aviation careers late in life and left very lucrative careers to pursue our passion and become an airline pilot.

Paul and I discuss what led us to make our decision to give up the life we had and move forward in a new direction. For my entire life I have lived outside my comfort zone but there are some important things we must consider when deciding if we should pack it in and start our new career.

Before we begin don't forget if you want to contact us please visit AviationCareersPodcast.com. There you will find many ways to contact us along with our other services such as career coaching, the scholarships directory, and our interview preparation services which is included on the coaching page. I want to apologize to those that have called into the show but since we have grown it has been impossible for me to call each and every one of you back individually.

Therefore if you can please send me an e-mail because many times I may only be available to talk at 3 am and since I don't want to disturb you and your family in the middle of the night the best way to get in touch with me is through the website. Also if you have a question please write into the show and we will answer them. We will exclude all of your personal information.

Paul and I discuss:

  • How we both began our new careers late in life: mine at 33 and Paul’s at 34.

  • It’s not just about the money.

  • Why planning is so very important when making a career change.

  • Why you should include your family in the discussion.

  • Who to include in your inner circle.

  • Being realistic with your salary expectations.

  • How many years until you reach your goals?

  • What it is like to do something you love and fly for a living.

  • Why you need a checklist to succeed.

  • T Chart.

  • Are you Too old to fly?


RickShuttleWelcome aviators and airplane geeks to the show where we talk about learning to fly, living to fly, and loving to fly. Spring is upon us and for many this is the season where we start flying again from a winter break. It also is the season of dynamic changes in weather and strong winds. Tonight we are going to discuss one of the most important topics and one that can prevent most landing accidents; crosswind landings and how to set our personal limits.

Joining us this evening we have with us aviators from a variety of backgrounds including flight instructors, new pilots, and airline pilots. This should be an interesting discussion and most importantly I hope you will learn something about setting your own personal crosswind limits.

Pre-Flight Checklist:

Before we begin our discussion of crosswinds we have a few announcements:

  • April 15th episode will be the recording from our live show at Sun N Fun 2015 and if you missed the live discussion this would be a great way to listen in. We normally break the record for the longest live podcast at Sun N Fun and hope to do it again this year. Make sure you listen because we always have some very special guests.

  • Feedback: Thanks for the e-mails and very positive comments on how you are enjoying the new/old format of the show as we get back to our roots and the original charter of this podcast to entertain but also to provide teaching moments you can discuss with your friends and instructor. Please visit StuckMicAvCast.com if you have a question or feedback.

  • Please visit our sponsor AvationCareersPodcast.com If you or someone you know is interested in a career in aviation this will help them navigate a path towards their career goal. AviationCareersPodcast.com provides career coaching, interview preparation, and the largest online directory of scholarships so visit AviationCareersPodcast.com today.

  • Rick Felty visit Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Museum, where many Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum planes are exhibited.

  • Victoria discussed a $500 scholarship her employer is offering to cover any type air training. You can find the information on their website or in the ACP Scholarship Guide.

Cruise Flight:

Crosswind Landings - What is Your Limit?

  • Personal Minimums

  • Crosswind limitations

  • Tips And Tricks

  • What are our wind challenges?

    • Gusty Winds

    • Wind Shear

    • Cross Wind

  • Max demonstrated crowsswind

  • Safe ground handling

  • Pilot limitations : stress, lack of recent experience, fatigue, etc.

  • Determining your crosswind based on airspeed and crab angle.

After Landing Checklist:

~Pick Of The Week~

Victoria - Aircraft Wrecks in Arizona and the Southwest: A site dedicated to history of crashes complete with modern pictures.
Rick - Video of an Extra300 doing maneuvers.
Carl - FDOT Airport Directory. You can get a spiral bound copy with all Florida airports including military.
Russ - Wind History: A great website to get detailed historical wind data for local airports. Averaged 2006-2010.
Tom - Flightintel app for Android or iOS: wind and weather information for 50 miles around you.

The next episode of Stuck Mic AVCast will be broadcast LIVE at Sun n' Fun! Carl, Tom, and Russ will all be there, stop in and say "hi!" Rick and Victoria will also be on the live episode.


Pre-Flight Checklist:

Carl, Tom, Paul, the other Tom, Russ, and Eric are all on this episode to discuss how to be prepared for an in-flight fire.

Eric announced that Polk State University recently had their first hiring visit from Express Jet, which gave conditional offers to seven of his students. Eric also announced that he actually got to get in an airplane today for some observation in a 172.

Carl announced that the 2016 edition of the Aerospace Scholarships guide will be out shortly on Amazon.

Paul has been mentoring a friend named Doug that recently completed his private rating in 12 days, and then went ahead and finished his commercial rating.

Tom Frick announced that he recently taught a student named Mark through his private rating so he could fly drones.

Cruise Flight:

  • Carl recently had a flight where smoke was detected in the bathroom of the plane he was flying. He discussed the procedure of the pilot and flight attendants investigating where the smoke is coming from.
  • Eric said smoke and fire is discussed in training, but might not be trained enough for it in a form of practice.
  • Eric said you don't have time to pull out a checklist and flip through it, you must have "immediate action items" that you memorize and do immediately.
  • Paul discussed a fire he had on a flight and how he got back to an airport safely. He said his instructors trained him very well to be prepared for a fire emergency.
  • Paul also discussed another fire he heard about where a crew did not land a plane with a fire because they were going through checklists, not wanting to land overweight, etc. rather than just landing the plane, which ultimately crashed.
  • Tom W. and Carl discussed procedures and equipment for dealing with laptop and phone batteries which sometimes catch fire on a plane and are almost impossible to put out.
  • Tom also mentioned that it's a good idea to practice these procedures in the simulator because when the cockpit fills with smoke, you can't see the controls and sometimes you need to just know where the controls are.
  • Three components to a fire: oxygen, heat, and fuel. If you take any one of those away from the fire it will go out.

After Flight Checklist:

~Picks of the Week~

Russ: FAA Instrument Flight Procedures Gateway-which lists charts and upcoming changes at all airports. You can also create an account to get updates to airports you use.

Tom F: Garmin Pilot- A comprehensive suite of  Android navigation apps designed for GA and corporate pilots

Paul: Everything Explained for the Professional Pilot- A book that explains flight rules and regulations without confusing jargon.

Carl: Fore-Flight- Electronic flight bag and apps for pilots

Tom W: Wind Map- a website that shows wind patterns to help you plan your flight

Carl: Sunset Pub and Grill at Lincoln Park airport- A great restaurant to eat at and watch planes take off and landLincoln Lincoln


Cold Weather Flying – Stuck Mic AvCast Episode 112


SnowyMountainsCarl, Eric, Larry, Tom and Russ are here for this episode to warm your heart for aviation in this cold weather. Eric is currently in Washington, D.C. working on the new Airman Certification Standards with an FAA working group, and he's not used to it being this cold! Larry is even colder weather where it is 1 degree!

Russ announced new rules for Student Pilot Certificates beginning April 1st. From now on when you go for your 3rd class medical certificate you will not get your Student Pilot Certificate there, you will get it through your flight instructor, and it will be a plastic card. The new plastic certificates do not expire, but it is expected that the processing time may be lengthened because it needs to go to the FAA and TSA, which could potentially delay the time to solo. The FAA is trying to get the turnaround time to 3 weeks or less, but advanced planning will be required to avoid delays.

Cruise Flight:

The main topic for today is flying in colder weather, especially when flying IFR and utilizing cold weather restricted airports.

  • From high to low, from hot to cold, look out below! Altimeters could potentially give altitude errors in cold weather. This creates restrictions at certain cold weather airports.
  • Russ explained required obstacle clearance in cold weather restricted airports.
  • The colder it is, and the higher up you are above the weather station (usually airport you are flying to) the more the altimeter can be off, as much as 500 or more feet.
  • In a VFR environment, it's not as big of a deal, and in some places or in some groups flying is not done below temperatures that would cause altitude problems.
  • Airplanes have conditions in which they are designed to operate, and it is very important to know what those limitations are and abide by them.
  • Heaters and blankets can be used to keep planes warm while on the ground, but heaters can also damage certain parts of the engine.
  • If it's too cold to fly, you can still keep your skills up by using a simulator.

After Flight Checklist:

~Picks of the Week~

Tom: Weather Flying by Robert N. Buck, a great and current book about weather and aviation.

Russ: The Stafford Air and Space Museum at Weatherford Airport (OJA) near Oklahoma City, which has all kinds of aviation and space exhibits right off I-40.

Carl: The 2016 edition of the Aerospace Scholarships Guide will be out in the next week!

Larry: Jacobson Flare App, which addresses the flair portion of the landing procedure.

Eric: Eric had to cut out early, but you can check out Polk State College where Eric runs the Aerospace Program. This is a great university for an aerospace education!


Pre-Flight Checklist

Photograph: Jacob Steinberg for the Guardian

Photograph: Jacob Steinberg for the Guardian

Carl, Rick, Larry, Eric, and Sean are here, as well as a special guest Tom Frick.

Carl realized recently that he is an "AV Geek," or Aviation Geek.


  • Eric had a big signing ceremony today with ExpressJet, as Polk State's Aerospace program entered into Expressjet's Airline Pilot Pathway Program, which gives their students preferred consideration in hiring, allows for sharing of curriculum, and really boosts and validates their three year old program.
  • Carl is now current for single-engine! He achieved his currency and got his flight review by completing part of the W.I.N.G.S. program. His W.I.N.G.S. was certified, and validated by Tom Frick, because........
  • Tom is now a CFI!!!! He recently complete his check ride and tests on a VERY long day.

Cruise Flight

  • Owen Zupp recently wrote a great article about passenger evacuation from British Airways 2276. Carl opened the discussion to what general aviators can learn from these situations.
  • Tom has a briefing card that his school keeps in each plane, which tells passengers what to do in an emergency. It is similar to what you would hear on an airline flight.
  • Tom then discussed an emergency, off-airport landing he had when the engine quit on a plane he was flying.
  • Eric discussed teaching how every second could be the second before an emergency begins, the important things is what happens and how you deal with your "startle response." He also talks about teaching his students to go through a safety briefing before starting the plane, and a take-off briefing before entering runway environment. They use a kneeboard device with reminders for them.
  • Carl brought up the concern that many pilots only go over emergency procedures every two years when they recertify.

After Landing Checklist

~Picks of the Week~



StormsAheadI am concerned about the current pilot shortage, or should I say lack of qualified pilots available for hire. This is the only industry we can’t call a pilot shortage a pilot shortage for political reasons. But that is a topic for another podcast and you can listen to my discussion by clicking on the pilot shortage tab on the homepage of this website or click on Pilot Shortage. But I digress.

My concern today is the complacency amongst many pilots when it comes to their careers. Many of you have rejoined this career after years of pursuing another job because of the recession. Having been through a few recessions in the aviation industry, I want to you understand the pursuit of an airline job or any job you truly want is a marathon and not a sprint.

During every downturn, the first people who bail out of this industry are those who were sold on an airline pilot career as being a six figure income with many days off. Although this is true later on in your career it does take years to realize this goal. Therefore, please if you are considering this as a career go into it because you enjoy the job. Don’t do it simply for the money because in the beginning you will be disappointed.

Furthermore, though many airlines may be knocking on your door and it seems if you can fog a mirror you can get a job as an airline pilot, this won’t last forever. “The worm always turns” is a saying in this industry, meaning for every uptrend in the industry there is an equal and opposite downturn. So please don’t become complacent during this current pilot shortage and we are going to show you how.

We discuss:

  • How To Avoid Complacency In Your Career
  • Why you should plan for the worst and hope for the best.
  • Why you should work on your credentials first.
  • Why there are ups and downs in the airline industry.
  • How to prepare yourself and stay hungry even during the current job market.
  • Listener Mail

Scholarship Of The Week:

AOPA Noe-Singer Flight Training Scholarship $12,000

This scholarship is offered through the AOPA flight training scholarships program in hopes of expanding the pilot population by helping an individual who has a definite interest in learning how to fly, however, would be unable to without the extra funds from this scholarship.

Larry Noe, a Bonanza G36 owner, and an instrument-rated commercial pilot recognized the need to assist students who have a financial need and strong desire to complete flight training. His desire is for students to use this scholarship to begin an aviation related career track, or fly recreationally as he does.

Sponsored by AerospaceScholarships.com


SMAC104 Owen Zupp, Inspirational Aviator from Down Under

Pre-Flight Checklist:

Jabiru and RAAF FA-18Carl, Sean, and Victoria are here with our special guest Owen Zupp from Australia! Owen loves to fly for the airlines and is also passionate about General Aviation. Thank you to Plane Crazy Down Under for hooking up Carl and Owen.

Cruise Flight:

  • Owen's parents both served in the Australian Air Force, introducing him to aviation at a young age.
  • Owen did a trip around Australia in a small single engine aircraft and wrote a book about it called Solo Flight. The trip was supposed to be with his Dad, who passed away before they could make it happen.
  • Owen's Dad did almost all of his flight instruction.
  • Owen's Dad grew up in the Depression and served as an Army Commando in WWII. He then served as a mechanic in the Australian Air Force and then served as a fighter pilot in the Korean War. He had over 200 certifications and over 23,000 hours in his log book. He flew Gloucester Meteors, but his favorite fighter was the P-51 Mustang. Owen is working on a book about his father's life.
  • The airplane he chose was a Jabiru, which is Australian designed and built, and is very accessible to non-aviation people because it is smaller and cost about the same amount as a car. It made the flight very accessible to the school children that he saw during his trip.
  • Planning the trip took a lot of work such as planning where he could refuel, physical fatigue, media commitments, and safety concerns.
  • Owen also said that the solo flying was great for reflecting on the beauty of the country and the flying itself.
  • Owen said he loves airline flying because it is the safe execution of a task, but GA flying is just flying for the joy of seeing things. It's kind of like the difference between piloting a cruise ship vs. sailing a yacht.
  • Early in his career Owen flew Outback and scenic flying in Australia and Papua New Guinea.
  • Carl and Owen agreed that flying helps clear the mind  and helps people learn to think and be well rounded in life in general.
  • Sean asked about differences between Australia and US GA flying. Owen said in the US much of the country is covered by radar that identifies and tracks planes, where Australia has vast tracks outside of major cities that do not have radar coverage. GPS helps with finding planes, but it can still take awhile if a plane gets lost.
  • Owen also said many airfields in Australia have auxiliary fees like landing fees which make it more expensive, and the FBO's are very different such as having many unmanned terminals. Some terminals don't even have bathrooms or they keep them locked up.
  • Australia is a prime location for General Aviation due to good weather, low hills, and vast expanses, but the population is so low that traffic through many airfields simply does not justify the upkeep and the low demand keeps supply expenses high.
  • Owen talked about some of the amazing things he saw on his flight such as beautiful coastal land, followed by desert 2 hours later. He also said he crossed the Spencer Gulf, which is known for huge sharks.
  • Owen stayed in "Shearing Sheds," which are the sheds ranchers use to shear sheep so he could meet people.
  • During his flight, Owen flew to raise money for the Royal Flying Doctor Service, an organization that flies around the Outback rescuing people and providing doctors and nurses to very remote areas.
  • Carl asked what a visiting GA pilot would need to do in order to fly in Australia. Owen said to contact the Civil Aviation Safety Authority to see what requirements are needed to convert your local license to an Australian license, then do a flight check before going up.
  • Owen has written many other books. His book Down to Earth is the story of a WWII fighter pilot from the RAF from Dunkirk to D-Day, and one of the only pilots from his class still alive at the end of the war.
  • Owen said he once flew through a colony of bats, doing damage to his airplane.
  • Owen has also written 50 Tales of Flight and 50 More Tales of Flight, which are collections of articles he has had published over the years.
  • Owen also writes a blog called The Pilot's Blog, which is as much for aviation and travel enthusiasts as it is for experienced pilots.

After Landing Checklist:

~Picks of the Week~

This episode is sponsored by AerospaceScholarships.Com

Aerospace Scholarships Cover 200 wide


ChowderBetweenFlightsEver wonder what pilots eat while flying? Confused as to which flight school to use for your training? We have answers and more in this episode of Aviation Careers Podcast.

Welcome to episode 90 I have joining me two special aviators. First, our host and private jet flying expert, Tom Wachowski.

Also joining us today is a new member of the Aviation Career Podcast Team Paul Grieco. Paul is an airline pilot, helicopter flight nurse, and now is a scholarship analyst with AerospaceScholarships.com.

We discuss:

  • Paul Grieco and how he will be helping with scholarships.
  • Our new airlines Page coming soon.
  • How pilots eat while flying.

Listener Mail:

  • Feedback on a accelerated training school.
  • A 26 year old pipeline pilot building hours is getting ready for the next career move.
  • Should I give up my secure gig and follow the traditional route of commuter/regionals or are there more creative ways to build hours?
  • What time line should I expect to reach my goal?
  • Should I leverage my maintenance background in pursuit or a corporate job?
  • Is there a statute of limitations for a company when you have been marked as not eligible for rehire?

Links Mentioned in this podcast:

Jessica Cox First Armless Pilot - Stuck Mic Avcast

AOPA Flight Training Flight School Directory

Don’t pay any flight school more than $2,500 in Advance

Don’t make a 2 million dollar mistake in your career.

Scholarship Of The Week:

International Aviation Womens Association $5,000


Links Mentioned in this video:



Expert Aviator You Tube Channel


Pre-Flight Checklist: 

JessicaCarl is flying today, but Rick, Tom Frick, and Victoria are here to interview Jessica Cox and Nick Spark about Jessica's inspiring story.

Cruise Flight:

  • During Air Venture Victoria got to sneak away from her booth to view the movie "Right Footed," the documentary about Jessica's life as the first armless pilot
  • She has a black belt in Tae Kwon Do, graduated from college, and even drives a car. She is also a surfer and scuba diver.
  • Nick Spark is an aviation enthusiast and documentary filmmaker who previously made a documentary about Florence "Pancho" Barnes, a rival of Amelia Earhart.
  • Jessica got her start in aviation through Wright Flight, an organization introducing kids to aviation.
  • Jessica works with Handicap International fighting for the rights of the handicapped.

After Landing Checklist

~Picks of the Week~

No picks this week, as this is an interview show.

This episode is sponsored by AerospaceScholarships.Com

Aerospace Scholarships Cover 200 wide