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Jun 25, 2019

What is going on Avination?! Welcome back to episode 65 of the Pilot to Pilot podcast. Today's episode is with Jesse from Wing Swap. In this episode, Jesse and I talk about...

  • Jesse talks about his love for aviation at a young age. 
  • Jesse breaks my heart by telling me I won’t fit in a Mooney. 
  • How Jesse hustled to earn money so he could use it on flight training. 
  • Why it took a long time for Jesse to get his license. 
  • How Jess was able to clean planes to pay for training. 
  • Jesse talks about how he was able to build his confidence in flying. 
  • How you learn a lot from the mistakes you make. 
  • Jesse talks about changing up flight schools. 
  • Most of Jesse's friends got into aviation in an untraditional way. 
  • How Jesse originally wanted to go to Embry Riddle 
  • Jesse talks about his goals when he was in the early stages of his training. 
  • How Jesse fell in love with the Cessna 152. 
  • Jesse talks about the difference between flying in Ohio and Southern California. 
  • We talk about how the only way you get comfortable with weather is with experience. 
  • Why every pilot should be instrument rated. 
  • Why Jesse started Wing Swap 
  • How Jesse was always an entrepreneur 
  • How Reddit played a huge role for Jesse in starting Wing Swap. 
  • How Jesse eventually gave listings away for free instead of charging. 
  • We talk about how Jess makes money off Wing Swap. 
  • We talk about everything and anything Wing Swap. 
  • Why Instagram is the main traffic source for Wing Swap. 

If you enjoy today's episode, make sure to leave a review on iTunes and tell all your friends (and enemies) about the podcast. OSH KOSH meet up!!!!!! Friday at noon located at booth C3150!!!

Happy Flying,


Jun 18, 2019

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Avination, this is a big episode!! A few weeks ago, I sat down and recorded an episode with Captain Joe. It was great to talk with him and find out more about his story and about Joe as a person. 

Some things Joe and I talked about during this episode...

  • How Joe’s childhood dream was not to become a pilot 
  • Joe was the first pilot in his family. 
  • Joe talks about his first flight in a small airplane. 
  • Joe talks about how he studied dentistry for a few semesters before leaving for a flight school in Austria. 
  • Joe is jealous of current flight students in Florida. 
  • What would have been if Joe became a dentist? 
  • How Joe’s first love wasn’t flying. 
  • Joe talks about what it is like to be the first pilot in your family. 
  • Joe talks about the support of his family on his aviation journey. 
  • What it is like to work for an airline that went out of business. 
  • Why European flight students are sent to the States for their training. 
  • Joe talks about VFR flying in Germany. 
  • Joe breaks down how he attained his ratings. 
  • What Joe struggled most within his training. 
  • We talk about the differences in training between Europe and the States. 
  • Joe talks about how you have to have luck in aviation. 
  • How Joe was able to get his first job in aviation. 
  • Joe talks about how you should work in aviation to create connections while you are in your training. 
  • How most pilots want to help other pilots succeed. 
  • Joe talks about his favorite type of flying. 
  • Joe talks about the decline of Air Berlin. 
  • We talk about the dark side of aviation and what you don’t see from your favorite Instagram pilots. 
  • Joe gets into his freight flying schedule. 
  • We talk about negative comments we can get from haters. 
  • Joe talks about how he doesn’t like the word influencer. 
  • Why Joe created Captain Joe. 

Avination, I hope you truly enjoyed this episode. If you did, please make sure to share it with all your friends, avgeeks or not. 

Let me know what you think below!

Happy Flying,


Jun 11, 2019

What is going on Avination?! Welcome back to the Pilot to Pilot podcast episode number 63 featuring, Natalie Kelley. Natalie is the founder of FlyGIRL. FlyGIRL is a foundation and company started with a simple goal, get more women into aviation. 

In this episode, Natalie and I talk about

  • How Natalie always wanted to be a pilot.
  • Why Natalie wanted to become a pilot
  • How Natalie's uncle helped Natalie realize her love for aviation.
  • How Natalie went from stay at home mom to fly girl.
  • What it is like to get back into a school environment.
  • Why Natalie almost quit flying
  • How the aviation bug hit her hard.
  • How not being able to find cute clothes led Natalie to start Fly Girl.
  • How Natalie and I both didn’t have a set plan when we were starting our respected companies.
  • How she was able to raise over $16,000 for her first Fly Girl fundraiser.
  • How every lesson you complete gives you the confidence to tackle the next lesson.
  • Natalie talks about why she bought an airplane to help her build her time.
  • We talk about the benefits of owning your own airplane.
  • We also talk about some cons of owning your own airplane.
  • Natalie talks about how difficult her Instrument training was.
  • Natalie talks about how and when her IFR training clicked.
  • How I got cut off by the Chick-Fil-A private jet.
  • Why Natalie left Ohio to get her multi-engine rating in Florida.
  • How do we get more women in aviation?
  • We talk anything and everything FlyGIRL.
  • How to win a Fly Girl scholarship?

If you liked today's episode please leave a review on iTunes and make sure to check out our website Pilottopilothq.com.

Happy Flying,


Jun 4, 2019

Avination, welcome back to the Pilot to Pilot podcast episode number 62! Today, I am talking with John Zimmerman from Sporty's Pilot Shop. In this episode, John and I talk about...

  • How Sportys is just a collection of pilots that made a business.
  • John talks about his earliest memory of aviation.
  • How John grew up around aviation without realizing he could be a pilot.
  • How the aviation industry isn’t the best at inviting new pilots in.
  • John talks about his training.
  • How John claims he made every mistake there ever was.
  • Talks about being a weekend warrior in Ohio.
  • Why John thinks he did his training wrong.
  • How John realized he needed a more structured training syllabus to get his license.
  • How John knew at an early age he didn’t want to be an airline pilot.
  • But, John still wanted to get a job in aviation.
  • How to stay involved in aviation while you are in college.
  • John talks about flying different types of aircraft early on.
  • What it was like being a pilot in High School.
  • What it's like to have an incomplete check ride.
  • We talk about how aviation is very Humbling.
  • How John got started at Sportys.
  • How John helped create the first true ADSB receiver.
  • How data link weather makes you a safer pilot.
  • We talk about how far aviation has come in the last 10 years.
  • We talk about the future of aviation.
  • Will there ever be single pilot airline operations?

Thank you for listening to today's episode, please leave Pilot to Pilot a review on iTunes, and make sure to check out our Patreon!

Happy Flying,