A New York native turned southern gentleman! Derek found a niche for public speaking and aviation early on during his years of high school and ultimately realized that he wanted to give back to the community. He comes from a family of those that have served, as his step father was a Huey and Chinook pilot in the U.S. Army, and currently flies a Sikorsky S-76D. His mother was a flight attendant for TWA and currently works as a CSR at FlightSafety Intl. Derek is currently an air traffic controller at Atlanta TRACON in Peachtree City, Georgia. While being an advocate for personal growth, he is also a proponent of social justice and ensuring that people use their voice on any platform they desire. Derek believes facilitating meaningful and constructive dialogue surrounding emotional and complex topics is the first step toward plausible and sensible solutions. It goes without saying, Derek’s passion for aviation is undeniable! Although Personal Development is something he is fully committed to because of the impact it has on our everyday lives, his goal is to help others understand their worth with the talents they currently possess and to solidify core values such as morals and ethics. Pro-social intervention is the answer! In Derek’s spare time he enjoys flying with friends, traveling to new destinations and trying new craft beers!
Jennifer is an airplane lover, stairs truck fanatic, airport employee and margirita maven. She blogs about her aviation adventures and they're pretty unique to say the least. Subscribe and check out her latest blogs at www.talesfromtheterminal.com
Meet Emmy Dillon! She's a CFI, engineer, air racer and ambassador for One Plane Jane. A behind the scenes discussion on how the products you use in the cockpit are being produced based on human factors. Emmy shares a powerful message. "There’s always passion in what you do. You can’t go through product development without having passion, otherwise you’re creating just a product. You’re not creating this experience and I think that it’s so so key. Heart and soul is put into our product. It’s someone’s passion that has been into the airplane, and I think that’s very very special about where I work."
A conversation among air traffic controller, student pilot and CFI. Lanier Flight Center, located in Gainesville, Georgia is setting the standard for prospective pilots. Troy Wheeler, owner of Lanier Flight Center has created an environment where true relationships are being created both in and outside of the cockpit. It goes without saying, that the the minds walking through the door are getting an education like we haven't seen before. Thank you Bud DeWayne for the genuine hospitality!
a professional pilot mentor, aviation business consultant and Part 91 Captain on Falcon 2000 and Citation XLS jets. With previous experience in Part 91 International Operations and department management as well as Part 135 flight operations, Matt works to help individuals and departments overcome and succeed when presented with the unique struggles that go along with private aviation, operations, safety management, and professional pilot training. He speaks about the importance of living a balanced life as well as the importance of career progression. Matt also sits on Nevada NBAA board.
He spoke from his heart. The story of a true gentleman. Jimmy began flying at age 14, taught by his father. By age 18 he had obtained his Commercial, Instrument, Multiengine, Seaplane, and Instructor ratings. He was introduced to airshow flying in the late 1970’s by Marion Cole and Merle Gustafson. During this time he flew a Pitts Special, Midget Mustang, and Schweitzer 126 Sailplane. Jimmy has over 22,000 hours of flight time in over 100 types of aircraft, and retired from Delta airlines as a senior captain on the Airbus 330. Thank you Aeroshell Aerobatic Team for an experience I’ll always remember. Jimmy and team perform this evening for the twilight airshow at EAA - The Spirit of Aviation Air Venture!
A powerful episode as we talk with Sheriff Brian Rutledge. Deputy Rutledge has been in law enforcement for nearly 30 years and has been with the Sacramento County Sheriff's Office Aviation Unit for the last 15. He has a plethora of knowledge and experience with various aircraft. We talk about career progression, attitude, mindset, the job itself and most of all, what it means to be apart of the Thin Blue Line. We dedicate this episode to the late Tara O'Sullivan who lost her life in the line of duty Wednesday, June 19, 2019.
What I’m feeling is indescribable. I just met the most remarkable woman that saved the lives of 148 people, on April 17, 2018. Southwest Airlines Captain, Tammie Jo Shults one of the first Naval female aviators of the F/A18 was incredible. We developed an immediate connection and even listened to snippets of my podcast The Traffic Pattern. In November of last year I sat down with air traffic controller Cory Davids from New York Center which assisted Southwest flight 1380. Season 1 Episode 3. SWA1380 suffered a catastrophic engine failure mid flight and miraculously landed in Philadelphia. Today, Tammie and I discussed the events of April 17th and her latest book, Nerves of Steel: How I Followed My Dreams, Earned My Wings, and Faced My Greatest Challenge. It is currently available for pre-order on Amazon. Huge thanks to Tammie Jo, and W Publishing Group! Thank you to so many for the words of encouragement and genuine support.
Nerves of Steel is the captivating true story of Tammie Jo Shults’s remarkable life—from growing up the daughter of a humble rancher, to breaking through gender barriers as one of the Navy’s first female F/A-18 Hornet pilots, to safely landing the severely crippled Southwest Airlines Flight 1380 and helping save the lives of 148 people.
Dulles Ramp Tower Controller and CFI, Andrew Burnham with special guest Derek Hood, gives us insight into the daily life of a ramp tower controller! He's moving heavy jets around the airport and it's not as easy as it seems!
Today I sit down with certified flight instructor and Special Agent, Andy Hanson from the Division of Criminal Investigations. The DCI is the investigative bureau at the Wyoming Attorney General’s Office. Andy speaks about his team and the work they do to solve cold case homicides. After a 1985 murder, Andy shares just how important the advancement of DNA technology is, as well as having patience and persistence in bringing justice to those that are no longer able to speak for themselves nearly 20 years later.
My long time friend, someone who I have grown up in the aviation industry with is redefining how flight schools manage and operate in the pursuit of educating student pilots. At the age of 22 years old, Karim has found a way to make a name for himself as a Co-Founder and Director of Operations at Icarus Flying Academy, in Farmingdale, New York.
Professional air traffic control for flight simulators. Keith Smith is changing the way both real world and flight simulation hobbyists approach their flying endeavors. Work with live air traffic controllers 15 hours a day and engage your "flying brain" from home. See other aircraft, and hear other pilots on the radio. Put on your headset, dial up ground, and call for taxi. It's that easy. The platform is being used within flight schools and major universities to train students and CFIs. Check out www.pilotedge.net
Insight into one of the world's busiest air traffic control en route sectors. Irish Air Traffic Controller Nicola, talks about her 25 year experience with the Irish Aviation Authority. We cover the importance of team building, her challenges as an OJTI but most of all the service she provides to the flying public. She's absolutely hilarious, but most of all a true professional.
USCG Lt. Jr Grade Rob Mineo and Commander Brian Erickson invite us to Coast Guard Air Station Savannah to provide us with a once in a lifetime experience to gain insight into the mission of those serving and protecting our coastline. In part one, we speak with Mineo, and 3rd Class AST (rescue swimmer) Dan Kellam.
He speaks from the heart about his pursuit toward a career in aviation, and after many years of flying, he's giving back to the flying community by educating and inspiring those through twitch.tv
Pete Driver F/O on the A320 will be attending Flight Sim Expo 2019, be sure to check him out at twitch.tv/flyprdu
He's a gentleman with a plethora of flying knowledge while also taking on the role and responsibility as the Marketing Officer at Commemorative Air Force Dixie Wing in Peachtree City, Georgia. Find out how you can support the CAF Dixie Wing by visiting https://dixiewing.org/ or https://www.facebook.com/CAFDixieWing/
He’s an award winning director of photography from Australia based in LA and a local Georgia pilot, living the dream at Mallards Landing. You know him as Leigh Hubner. Since 2008, Leigh has won 14 ACS Awards including two National Gold Tripods. He’s filmed with names such as Emma Stone, LL Cool J, Bon Jovi, Dan Rather, and Viola Davis. Check out Loose Cannon Films...known for cinematography and drone aerials!
An award-winning author, Haines was named editor in chief of AOPA Pilot in 1994. Under his leadership, AOPA has expanded its media properties to include Flight Training magazine and a host of electronic media. He is the co-anchor of the weekly video magazine AOPA Live This Week. His staff also manages AOPA’s presence at regional fly-ins and air shows.
He holds an MBA and a BA in Journalism. He is a 3,500-hour Commercial pilot with multiengine, instrument, and seaplane ratings, and holds type ratings in Eclipse 500 and Cessna CJ business jets and a second-in-command type rating in the North American B-25. He owns a Beech A36 Bonanza.
He's a pilot, she's an air traffic controller. A comedic yet informative insight into the lifestyle of husband and wife, sharing their passion for aviation with one another. Season 2 kicks off with the perfect duo to not only share a few laughs with us, but additionally provide guidance for those who may be on the fence about which path to pursue.
In our season finale, Savannah aka The Savy Traveler. Savannah is a private pilot, service member of the air national guard, and volunteer for Pilots n Paws. She's on a mission...to ensure people value their worth, and meet life's number one goal...be happy and always be yourself.
"The only thing that stands between you and your dream is the will to try and the belief that it is actually possible."
Stephanie Grant, pilot of the first all female African-American flight crew shares her account of history made, 10 years ago. On February 12, 2009, airline pilots Stephanie Grant and Rachelle Jones along with flight attendants Robin Rogers and Diana Galloway, operated Delta Airlines flight (ASQ5202) from Atlanta, Georgia to Nashville, Tennessee. Stephanie shares her story of determination, and how stepping out on faith provided her and many others with the chance to pursue their dreams.
Senior Associate Publisher and Atlanta Aero Club President, Steve Champness. Steve walks us through his 26 year career with Trade-A-Plane, the importance of chasing your dreams, how aviation has evolved, and his Presidency of the Atlanta Aero Club.