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Aug 20, 2019

We lost a member of the aviation community a few weeks ago. Please head to ISWAPand consider donating to the Francesca Norris scholarship.

Avination, welcome back to episode 70 of the Pilot to Pilot podcast. Today, I am talking with Christina Brown who is the founder and creator of Aviation Wellness. Aviation Wellness is something that needs to be talked about in aviation, I hope this episode can be a step in the right direction and helping aviators take care of themselves physically, emotionally and spiritually.

  • How Christina ran into my dad at the airport.
  • How Christina originally had no interest in getting into aviation
  • Christina's dad is an airline pilot.
  • Christina used to work as a private yacht stewardess.
  • Why she switched from yachts to planes.
  • What Christina's first flight was like as a flight attendant.
  • What is more luxurious, a private plane or private yacht?
  • How a flight attendant has to be good at reading body language.
  • How corporate aviation was the next logical step.
  • Christina talks about pilots from a flight attendants perspective.
  • How many passengers does Christina serve at one time?
  • We talk about the private aviation industry and schedules.
  • Christina talks about Aviation Wellness and why she started this community.
  • How to reset your thoughts on health and wellness.
  • Why creating a Facebook page was the first step.
  • We talk about how mental issues can be taboo in the aviation industry.
  • Why it's hard to make healthy decisions when you are tired.
  • The first step to change is believing that you can.
  • The difficulties of living in a world of instant gratification.
  • What Christina has learned from creating Aviation Wellness.
  • Christina's ultimate goal for Aviation Wellness.
  • The power of not knowing that you are alone in your struggle.
  • The importance of talking about your struggles and flaws.
  • Comparison is the thief of happiness.
  • Accountability is huge for aviation wellness.

Thanks for listening to episode 70 of the Pilot to Pilot podcast. If you haven't already, please leave a review on iTunes and please tell all your friends to support the show on Patreon!

Happy Flying,


Aug 13, 2019

Avination, what is going on? While at EAA AirVenture I was able to sit down and talk with John and Martha for thirty minutes. I know it isn't you typical hour-long episode, but it is a jam-packed 30-minute episode.

Some of the things we talk about are...

  • Why John and Martha got into aviation
  • How a failed business led them into aviation
  • They got their private pilots license within two days of each other.
  • Martha talks about the moment she knew she loved aviation.
  • How Martha is only a little bit of a better pilot than John.
  • How John and Martha support each other in everything they do.
  • When did the Kings realize this was more than just a hobby.
  • How the Kings went from in-person courses to VHS recordings.
  • Why they were hesitant to switch up the business model. 
  • Only 4% of the US population had VCR when they made the jump to VHS.
  • The Kings considered private branded VCR’s.
  • Talk about moving from a multi-engine piston to a citation.
  • When did John and Martha realize they were on to something.
  • How they moved from selling to Flight Instructors directly to flight students.
  • John and Martha talk about their own flying.
  • How John and Martha have their blimp rating.
  • How they have flown over multiple major sporting events flying blimps.
  • We talk about the amazing things you can do in the aviation industry.
  • Martha talks about getting their seaplane rating.
  • John and Martha talk what all pilots have historically struggled with.
  • John talks about how we have improved our view on risk management in aviation.
  • We talk about the stigma around fatal aviation accidents.
  • John and Martha answer the rapid-fire questions.
May 7, 2019
Avination, welcome back to the Pilot to Pilot podcast episode 58 featuring Reed Chuda. Reed is a currently building his time as an FO on the mighty PC12 aka baelatus. Some of the things we talk about on today's episode are.
  • His Grandpa flew bombers in the Army.
  • Reed’s brothers is a fighter pilot in the Navy.
  • How aviation skipped a generation in their family.
  • Reed talks about his support system while training.
  • How the University of North Dakota flying camp helped Reed realize this is what he actually wanted to do.
  • What a flying summer camp is actually like.
  • How a flying summer camp can help you get ahead in your flying career.
  • Does Reed recommend future pilots going to summer camps?
  • How he made friends forever at that week-long aviation camp.
  • Reed talks about his experience at a non-aviation college.
  • What Reed was specifically looking for when choosing a college.
  • How important it is to visit schools to figure out if it is a good fit.
  • Reed talks about his training.
  • Reed talks about his favorite study books.
  • Why Reed chose Survey flying over CFI.
  • What I liked about flying aerial survey.
  • How to choose your survey job.
  • How Reed found a non-sketchy survey job.. which is rare.
  • A story about my experience flying aerial survey.
  • How I made $25,000 my first year flying professionally
  • What Reed’s goals are for his future.
  • Why Reed scheduled Regional interviews when he wasn’t flying for survey.
  • Reed talks about his side job.
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Happy Flying,
Apr 23, 2019

Avination, welcome back to the Pilot to Pilot podcast episode 56 featuring LIFT Academy. Find out how you can not only get a guaranteed job as a CFI to build time but a guaranteed FO job at Republic Airways. If that is something that appeals to you than you are going to want to check out this episode!

Some of the things we talk about are...

  • Make sure their pilots are airline ready when they are done. 
  • LIFT students have a guaranteed job as an FO for Republic. 
  • We talk about what happens if the economy goes down and they have too many FO's of CFI’s. 
  • Where did the vision of LIFT come from? 
  • Republic wanted to take control of their own destiny. 
  • Train their students with the same SOP’s that Republic operates. 
  • Why they chose Diamond Aircraft. 
  • Talk about how important it is to incorporate SOP in your training. 
  • What it is like to start a flight school. 
  • LIFT talks about their pitch to a student. 
  • How to appeal to a student when they have so many choices for a flight school. 
  • How students will finish their CFII in a year 
  • Do they have to interview for the FO job at Republic? 
  • Why LIFT has a different approach to selecting their students. 
  • Does LIFT accept students who have already completed some of their training? 
  •  We talk about tuition. 
  • $65,000 dollars for flight training. 
  • What would happen if someone didn’t want to be an airline pilot after completing their training at LIFT? 
  • LIFT requires a 5-year commitment to Republic. 
  • How and why being based at KIND is a huge pro. 
  •  What it is like flying during the Fed Ex/UPS rush. 

Thank you all so much for your support on Patreon, I hope you enjoy this episode!!

Happy Flying,