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What does it take to master flying and become an airline pilot? Join me on my journey from private pilot to commercial airline pilot through the wonders of an accelerated flight school.

What does it take to master flying and become an airline pilot? Join me on my journey from private pilot to commercial airline pilot through the wonders of an accelerated flight school.
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What does it take to master flying and become an airline pilot? Join me on my journey from private pilot to commercial airline pilot through the wonders of an accelerated flight school.




AFSP 036: Boeing B-17G Flying Fortress – Sentimental Journey

I had the wonderful pleasure of driving out to Bullhead City, AZ with my kids to pick up my uncle and take a tour of the B-17G Flying Fortress Sentimental Journey. Despite the wind and heat (107 degrees), we had a great time climbing through and walking around the aircraft. I managed to grab some interview audio from Shelby who is one of the volunteers with Arizona Commemorative Air Force - www.AZCAF.ORG . We talked about women in aviation - the WASPs - and the history of Sentimental...


AFSP 035: Never Stop Learning

You know, we never stop learning as pilots. This episode is about a lesson I learned about paying close attention to the FARs. Please listen in so you can avoid the same mistake I made. Also, this episode is a response to listener feedback from episode 34 so if you haven't listened to that episode, I recommend you do before listening to this one. Thank you for listening! Music: Energy -


AFSP 034: IFR Currency.

***EPISODE NOTE*** Please be aware that I did NOT satisfy IFR currency with these practice approaches. I did not have IMC, use a view limiting device, or have a safety pilot. Please listen to the pre-show notes regarding such as well as episode 035 explaining the situation. *** Another first! I had the pleasure of taking my wife up on a plane for the first time. Unfortunately for her, It was a little bumpy but we had a decent time. Next time, we'll go up for pleasure and sightseeing! Thanks...


AFSP 033: I’m Still Here!

Hey everyone! I'm not gone, I'm still alive, and I'm still producing episodes! A lot has happened in my life in the last 6 months keeping me away from podcasting. This episode updates you. Enjoy! Music: Energy -


AFSP 032: Motivation!

Flight training can be difficult. There may be times you struggle or maybe even want to give up. We've all been there. Today, I discuss with you some recent events in my life that have motivated me to move forward and I share some tips on keeping yourself motivated throughout your training. Music: Energy -


AFSP 031: What’s in Ginger Dan’s Flight Bag?

Are you a pilot? If you are, then you have a flight bag with a variety of items inside. Have you ever wondered what other people bring on their flights? Today, I will reveal what I bring on all of my general aviation flights. Here is a list of items in my flight bag: This is my flight bag: In the top section: Flashlight, Sunglasses, Beanie, Gloves, Meds/Personal Items, Foggles, Sectionals, E6B, Plotter, and a Fuel Stick. In the main section: iPad, Battery Backup, Multi-Tool, Knife,...


AFSP 030: The Road to CFI – The Beginning

Although limited, there are a number of career choices for entry level pilots. What we refer to as the first rung of the aviation career ladder, though, is the CFI rating. A great many of pilots begin their professional career as a Certified Flight Instructor. The road there, though, is not so simple. Studying for your CFI rating will seem like an insurmountable task but the hard work and dedication you put forward will shape your future forever. To begin, you must start somewhere and today,...


AFSP 029: Leasing Your Aircraft To A Flight School and Fully Automated Airlines?

I'm changing things up this episode. I don't have any training material or school related topics to discuss so I'm calling on you, the listener, to write in with your opinion or experience with the two topics of today. As you know, getting to 1500 hours isn't easy for everyone. Should I buy a trainer aircraft and lease it to a flight school and then use the plane whenever I want? That's topic number one. Topic two is about whether or not we will ever see a fully automated airline. Say what?...


AFSP 028: Listener Mail – Flight School funding options and Aviation audio books

Today I answer two listener emails about flight school funding and where to get flight school audio books. Check out the links below: Aviation Scholarships: Librivox: Aviation Audio Books: Music: Energy -


AFSP 027: Aviation Resumes and ATP Flight School Pros and Cons

We start the show off with a quick reference for aviation resumes. We will definitely have to dive into this topic in more detail another time. Part two is what a lot of people have been asking about. ATP Flight School - also knows as All ATPs - is a huge accelerated flight school program. Because of it's size in influence, I get many questions about the program specifically. I answer all the major questions about ATP flight school today.


AFSP Bonus Episode 006 – Should I choose an Accelerated Program or Not?

In this Bonus Episode, I answer the same question from two different listeners - should I choose an Accelerated Program or not? Both individuals are looking to start or continue their flight training and are considering an accelerated program but their situations are very different. Listen in to see if the answers are the same or different.


AFSP 026: Jobs for new commercial pilots and how my skills have improved

Hello again everyone! You've completed all your certificates and are now looking for an aviation job. What kind of jobs can a 250 hour fresh off the presses commercial pilot actually get? And now that you've had all this training, have you really improved as a pilot? Do your skills now prove your training? I'll answer this question as well in today's episode.


AFSP 025: Commercial Single Engine Addon Check Ride and Updates

The last Check Ride - Single Engine Commercial Addon. It's finally over! I've passed my last check ride and have completed all my ratings. Listen in and I'll tell you all about this checkride. Thank you all so much for your support. This podcast isn't going away just because I'm done with flight school. I'm still here and I can still answer your questions so please send them in! Music: Energy -


AFSP Bonus Episode 005 – More Listener Mail

I keep getting emails, so here's another Listener Mail Bonus Episode!


AFSP 024: Single Engine Commercial Add-on

Hello everyone and welcome to episode 24! Today, I discuss with you the single engine commercial add-on! I introduce you to the five new maneuvers you'll learn during this final phase of flight training. We'll also talk briefly of the future of myself and this podcast. Come on in and listen!


AFSP 023: Updates on my progress and new recommendations for Accelerated flight schools

Hello everyone! It's been a little while but for good reason. I'm back with episode 23 and I think you'll like it. I talk about my current progress in my accelerated program in this episode. I also have an updated opinion about accelerated flight schools that I feel you will find interesting. This is especially true if you are considering an accelerated program and have commitments outside of school such as a family or a job. Initially, I said it's possible but lately, I am feeling that it...


AFSP 022: I answer a lot of questions!

Can I work and attend an accelerated flight school? What if I don't work? Do accelerated flight schools really teach their students and are they prepared for checkrides? I also answer listener mail and speak about the state of DPEs. It's a long episode so grab a drink, hunker down, and enjoy!


AFSP 021: Commercial training, pressures from above, what to do after commercial, and listener mail!

Blackjack! Episode 21 is a winner! Come in and listen as I talk about what's going on in my flight school training. I talk about Commercial flying, what to do after you are a commercial pilot, and the kinds of pressures you'll see as an accelerated flight school student. Also, Listener Mail!!!


AFSP 020: Multi-Engine Add-on Check Ride and Listener Mail

Episode 20 is here and we're talking Private Multi-Engine Add-on Check Ride! Listen in to this one because I lay down some sound advice for anyone taking a check ride. I talk about what to expect in a multi add-on oral and practical and you'll find out if I passed! I talk about what's coming up in my training and I answer some listener mail. This episode is longer than normal but I felt it was worth it to answer your questions. Please feel free to use any of the links below to send me your...


AFSP 019: Multi-Engine Add-on Flights

Hello and welcome to episode 19! Today we talk about the Private Multi-Engine Add-On. Last week we covered the SIM portion of training, so this week we'll cover the actual flights. Basically, you'll be replicating what you did in the SIM but in the actual aircraft this time. Folks, these twin engine aircraft are a BLAST to fly. It's just downright awesome. There's a LOT more work involved, but the flying itself is just great. People say, "You've upgraded to a big boy plane," and it certainly...