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Dec 19, 2017

Pilot to Pilot podcast ep 30 ft Dean Siracusa: CEO Flying Eyes Sunglasses.

What is going on avination, today I am talking with the founder and CEO of Flying Eyes Sunglasses Dean Siracusa.

In this episode we talk about.

  • How he turned a fear of flying into a passion for flying.
  • What an Airline Pilot told Dean to help him combat his fear of flying.
  • What he wanted to get out of his first few lessons.
  • What scared him about flying.
  • Why he was timid about stalls.
  • What he did to combat those fears.
  • How aerobatic lessons fixed his fear of stalls.
  • How you can think of turbulence as cars going over potholes.
  • How turbulence always seems worse in IFR than VFR.
  • I share some details into my engine failure.
  • How cleaning magnetos can seem odd to a new pilot.
  • What it was like to learn how to fly in Southern California.
  • How learning in a busy airspace helped Dean get over mic fright.
  • What it is like flying a piston airplane in big Bravo airports.
  • Materials he used to study.
  • What it was like being a professional photographer and flight student at the same time.
  • How it is okay if it takes you a long time to get your ratings.
  • Why it is importing to get your IFR rating.
  • Why an Autopilot can become your best friend in IMC.
  • What Dean thought about his IFR training.
  • What his hardest check ride was.
  • Dean tells some stories from his check ride.
  • Dean shares some scary flights that he has had.
  • Why it is important to learn from your mistakes.
  • Why Dean created Flying Eyes.

Avination, thank you for listening to today's episode. If you enjoyed it, please let me know! Email me at pilottopilothq@gmail.com or reach out to me on Instagram @pilottopilot. Also, make sure to check out the Pilot to Pilot patreon page.

Get your free Audible trial at audibletrial.com/pilottopilot.

Happy Flying,

Justin

 
Dec 12, 2017

Pilot to Pilot podcast ep 29 ft Steve from Aztrooper: State Trooper to Airline Pilot.

What is going on Avination,

Today, I am talking with Steve from AZ Trooper. Steve has one of the craziest and coolest stories in aviation. He went from being an airline pilot at 20 to furloughed at 22 to state trooper and now Steve is flying for his dream airline!

Some other things we talk about in this episode.

  • How his parents punished Steve by taking away his flight simulator.
  • How Steve started training when he was 12.
  • Solo on his 16th birthday.
  • Why Steve chose the airlines over a 4-year degree.
  • How Steve got a job with a regional at 20 years old.
  • How he was furloughed by age 22.
  • Jobs Steve flew after being furloughed.
  • How he had 3 emergencies in 4 months.
  • How Steve’s buddy told him to quit flying and become a State Trooper.
  • Why Steve made the jump from flying to a state trooper.
  • Steve shares what it was like being a State Trooper. 
  • How he knew he wanted to get back into flying. He just didn’t know when.
  • Steve tells one of his favorite stories of being a State Trooper.
  • What it was like to fly some elite special ops troops as a civilian.
  • What he was doing when found out he got an interview at the airline.
  • How one of the hardest things Steve had to do was leaving his job as a state trooper.
  • My only interaction with Virgin America.
  • What Virgin American looks for when hiring.
  • What it is like flying an Airbus.
  • We talk what has changed since Alaska merged with Virgin America
  • What the growing pains are like when two airlines merge.
  • How Steve took a $10,000 pay raise to go from regionals to a state trooper.
  • Would Steve of done anything differently?
  • How it is nearly impossible to plan your route in this industry.
  • How Steve still keeps up with his first flight instructor.
  • What Steve uses his Instagram page for.

Avination, thank you for listening to today's episode. If you enjoyed it, please let me know! Email me at pilottopilothq@gmail.com or reach out to me on Instagram @pilottopilot. Also, make sure to check out the Pilot to Pilot patreon page.

Get your free Audible trial at audibletrial.com/pilottopilot.

Happy Flying,

Justin

 
Dec 5, 2017

Pilot to Pilot podcast ep 28 ft Greg Mink Business Aviation and former F16 pilot.

What is going on avination, this week I am talking with Greg Mink. You might know Greg by his Youtube name Premier 1 Driver. Greg is former Air National Guard F16 pilot and current Beechcraft Premier pilot.

In this episode Greg and I talk about.

  • How Greg's dad got him into aviation
  • How struggling to taxi a 172 made Greg wonder if he would ever be able to master flying.
  • How Greg and his dad did their training together.
  • How there was a competition between him and his dad on who could finish their training first.
  • Greg was flying before he could drive himself to the airport.
  • How he had to wait until he was 17 before he could take his PPL check ride.
  • How he built time and experience before taking his PPL.
  • How 75 nautical mile cross countries used to feel like long flights.
  • Some reasons why I chose aerial survey.
  • What he struggled with in his training.
  • How you learn from other pilots mistakes.
  • How no one will second guess safety.
  • What it is like going form an arrow to a HP multi.
  • How he graduated high school with his instrument rating.
  • How we both thought we were hot stuff flying a Seneca.
  • You have to enjoy the moment that you are in.
  • Why Greg really enjoyed Instrument flying.
  • Why he recommends anyone he talks with to get their instrument rating.
  • Why it is important to not only get your IFR rating but also maintain proficiency.
  • What was next in his training.
  • How Top Gun pushed Greg towards the air national guard.
  • What the air national guard training was like.
  • How they treated him like a brand new pilot.
  • We go into detail about his training and life in the National Guard.
  • I ask Greg what flying the F16 is like.
  • What it is like to be 24 years old and fly an F16.
  • We talk about his favorite F16 stories.
  • What it is like going from an F16 to a C 210.
  • Why he got out of the Air national guard.
  • Why Greg chose the business world over airlines.
  • What it is like to fly low altitudes at high speeds with night vision goggles on.
  • What business aviation was like.
  • What to look for when buying a plane.
  • The different planes he has owned and flown.
  • We find out what an MU2 salute is.
  • Why they chose the Beechcraft premier.
  • Why business aviation is important for companies.
  • Why he created premier1driver.
  • What the goal of premier 1 driver is.

Avination, thank you for listening to today's episode. If you enjoyed it, please let me know! Email me at pilottopilothq@gmail.com or reach out to me on Instagram @pilottopilot. Also, make sure to check out the Pilot to Pilot patreon page.

Get your free Audible trial at audibletrial.com/pilottopilot.

Happy Flying,

Justin

 
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