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Mike and Sean jump a little off the career path rails to discuss a technical topic involving the use the very popular ForeFlight aviation app from the point of view as a professional pilot. We also address the possible downsides of using this powerful application early on in your training especially working towards your Private Pilot Certificate. D…
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Mike and Sean answer two viewers questions this week concerning how to become an ultra successful corporate pilot and earn a comparable salary of our major airline counterparts. Basically a step-by-step guide to start an aircraft management company. DON'T MISS THIS! Go to https://www.propilotplaybook.com and enter your email to get access to our li…
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Sean & Mike sit down with John Zimmerman from Sporty's Pilot's Discretion Podcast which is possibly the most downloaded aviation podcast in history. DON'T MISS THIS! Go to https://www.propilotplaybook.com and enter your email to get access to our list of "The Top 10 Flight School Rip-offs" and access to free lesson from our course. If you have a qu…
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Sean & Mike talk with Daniel Smucker on how he was able to achieve his Instrument rating in just 10 days. DON'T MISS THIS! Go to https://www.propilotplaybook.com and enter your email to get access to our list of "The Top 10 Flight School Rip-offs" and access to free lesson from our course. If you have a question you'd like us to answer, you can ema…
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Sean & Mike answer two listeners video questions on the pilot marketing softening and whether it's worth buying your own type rating in an aircraft. DON'T MISS THIS! Go to https://www.propilotplaybook.com and enter your email to get access to our list of "The Top 10 Flight School Rip-offs" and access to free lesson from our course. If you have a qu…
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Sean & Mike talk to Ben Roller, former FAA Operations Inspector and Designated Pilot Examiner, to get the inside hacks on passing your pilot checkride. We also discuss common mistakes pilot applicants make on checkrides and how or if discretion actually exists when it comes to your checkride. DON'T MISS THIS! Go to https://www.propilotplaybook.com …
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Sean & Mike talk to Jamal again as he updates us with his progress at ATP flight school where he was able to get his Instrument Rating, Commercial Pilot Certificate, and Multi-Engine Rating in under 5 months. Jamal had also used the financial aid which means he started his training at ATP with no money being paid up front. Jamal's YouTube Channel: …
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Mike and Sean break down the crash of a Challenger 604 on approach into Naples, Florida (APF) airport that experienced a dual engine failure on final crashing on I-75 killing both pilots. We talk about operating the challenger and possible causes of the accident including introducing a new theory that doesn't include fuel starvation or birds. Here'…
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Sean and Mike revisit this fatal accident with a fresh perspective on the loss of Youtuber TNFlyGirl in her newly acquired Beech Debonair. It appears there is evidence pointing to this crash being part of elaborate internet stunt that went horribly wrong resulting in the loss of two lives. Here's the links we reference in the video, also links to J…
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Sean and Mike have a chat with the YouTube sensation, Fly with Trent https://www.youtube.com/@trent_dyrsmid We talk background, accelerated flight training, and his rise as the go-to guy in the "Career 2.0" space for folks wanting to become professional pilots. Use these link's to check out some of Trent's videos on his YouTube channel "Fly With Tr…
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Sean and Mike's take on the tragic news concerning the loss of Youtuber TNFlyGirl. There are lessons to be learned from what we know at this point in the investigation that every aspiring pilot should embrace. Use these link's to check out Juan Brown's Youtube channel "Blancolirio" for a detailed analysis of this fatal crash: https://www.youtube.co…
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Our first podcast of 2024 is all about getting you off your butt and taking the right action in the right direction. This episode is packed full of useful insight to get you headed in the right direction to achieve your dream of becoming a professional pilot. There is no better or easier time in history to become an airline or corporate pilot. Make…
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This week we have our first video question that came in from Marc concerning his recent failure of a Stage Check as he works on his Private Pilot Certificate at a Part 141 Flight School. Marc is on his journey to become an airline pilot and is bit discouraged after hitting his first bump in the road. Mike and Sean offer some advise that will useful…
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Some crazy industry news this week involving a jumpseating pilot, Joseph Emerson, that was charged with attempted murder after trying to shut down the engines of an airliner in flight. We also cover the story of an A321 that departed with cabin windows missing, and a Hawker 800 that collided with a Cessna Mustang at the Houston Hobby airport. Alask…
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We're answering two emails this week from Justin and Robert that have questions involving the family life of a pilot, work/life balance, aviation spouses, kids, and emergencies at home while being on the road as a pilot. Living the Dream: https://youtu.be/rNxz2hhSXuY?si=IftcmPgVu4l2oSHT Living the (Pilot's Wife) Dream: https://youtu.be/xpHNOWasFfs?…
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Karl emailed us a question about a choice he has to make to leave his aerial mapping job to go fly as a co-pilot at a part 135 charter company. After your flight training is complete your next mission is to find that entry level pilot job to reach 1500 hours to get to the airlines. Mike and Sean breakdown the pro and cons of each job and talk about…
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Jon emailed us wanting know about his concern on the level of math he completed in school, or what math is required to be a pilot. Mike and Sean not only answer Jon's question but also talk about what intelligence is required in general to become a pilot. How to be a Fighter Pilot Episode: https://youtu.be/RCF-qWoggME NEW!!! DON'T MISS THIS! Go to …
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If you've ever considered becoming a military pilot this is your episode. Mike and Sean interview Maj. Aaron Werner from the South Dakota Air National Guard. Maj Werner is an F-16 fighter pilot and instructor with over 20 years of military service. Maj Werner outlines the processes, training, and the day-to-day of a military pilot. Including a deta…
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Karl emailed us asking about purchasing an airplane to complete his flight training instead of paying the very high aircraft rental costs in California. Mike and Sean break the pros, cons, and costs of this method using real world examples. ATP Flight School Episode: https://youtu.be/QNCOPvfjXIU NEW!!! DON'T MISS THIS! Go to https://www.propilotpla…
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This week Mike and Sean have a chat with Jahmal whom is currently enrolled at ATP Flight school in Denver. Jahmal has a great story to tell about his journey to become a professional pilot that I'm sure many will resonate with. ATP is the king of the big box accelerated training flight schools and this week we get into the nitty-gritty of how their…
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We have a couple of great questions this week from Josh and James concerning corporate pilot hiring minimums, ageism in the aviation industry, and Covid-19 vaccine requirements for pilots. NEW!!! DON'T MISS THIS! Go to https://www.propilotplaybook.com and enter your email to get access to our list of "The Top 10 Flight School Ripoffs" and access to…
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Delta Airlines, based in Atlanta, GA has had a 'Crappy' week. Just 4 days ago several passengers were injured after a Delta jet encountered turbulance sending 4 pax to the hospital. And yesterday a passenger lost control of their bowels while attempting to reach the lavatory on-board an Airbus 350 (A350) which had just departed ATL on it's way to M…
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Mike and Sean dive into the unconventional move to fly part 121 freight and bypass the regional airlines. This episode has the potential to be one of our most popular yet! We will be returning to this topic in the near future with an interview from a 23 year old 767 freight pilot and a check airmen at one of these freight operators which are all hu…
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Mike and Sean discuss in detail the many great side benefits to being a professional pilot that will enable you to travel cheaply and easily with your family during the unusual amount of time off from work that you will enjoy from either being an airline or corporate pilot. NEW!!! DON'T MISS THIS! Go to https://www.propilotplaybook.com and enter yo…
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The amazing story of retired Coast Guard Rescue Swimmer Chris Fisher's journey to become a professional pilot using VA GI Bill benefits at the age of 42. Chris is The Guardian in real life! This will surely be one of our most popular episodes, as it contains so much great information on using military benefits to obtain your pilot certificates and …
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Mike and Sean provide some professional insight into the recent back to back news stories of Delta Airlines and United Airlines damaging aircraft and injuring passengers from alleged hard landings. Is there any link to these recent incidents and the pilot shortage? Follow this link to get a free lesson and a taste of what the Pro-Pilot Playbook cou…
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Mike and Sean answer an important question from Cody in this episode. This is critical information for those of you that are concerned about relocating for your dream of being a pilot. Commuting as being both an Airline Pilot and a Corporate Pilot are discussed in detail. Follow this link to get a free lesson and a taste of what the Pro-Pilot Playb…
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Follower question this week from Tuan about whether home flight simulator games offer any actual help with flight training. With the growing popularity of amazing programs like Microsoft Flight Simulator, X-Plane, and DCS World this is a great question that has come a few times the last couple of years. Follow this link to get a free lesson and a t…
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This is the second video in our "Pro-Guest" series and is a follow up to our most popular episode to date. Our good friend Jordan sat down to talk to us and share the details of his career journey. We know you'll find Jordan's story packed with valuable information no matter what phase of flight training you're at. Skipping a job as a CFI (Certific…
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We made this episode to clear up some common confusion around pilot certification, especially for those of you who are just starting out. Mike and Sean discuss pilot certificates, ratings, and type ratings in jets. We cover every step of your pilot training including the details required to obtain each level of Airplane Pilot Licenses to start your…
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Our first guest interview episode! Porsha Lippincott has an amazing story to tell about her journey from being homeless living in a box and garbage dumpster to becoming an A&P aircraft mechanic. Her story is truely inspiring even if you're not interested in aviation. We're very greateful Porsha agreed to have a chat with us and we couldn't imagine …
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This is one of the most common questions any pilot, professional or not, gets asked. We had fun with this episode telling some of our own real world stories and how we handle answering that question when asked at this point in our careers. If you have a question you'd like us to answer, you can email us at: podcast@propilotplaybook.com If you're th…
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Our 50th episode! We drop the info about what options are available for side work or business you can start with the amount of down time you have as a pilot. With over 50 years of combined experience in aviation, Mike and Sean relay some of the side hustles that they have seen pilots participate in over the years. If you have a question you'd like …
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Mike and Sean talk about the good, bad, and ugly of single pilot operation of jet aircraft. If you have a question you'd like us to answer, you can email us at: podcast@propilotplaybook.com If you're thinking about a career as a pilot you're in the right spot! The Pro-Pilot Playbook is committed to enabling people to become professional pilots FAST…
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Mike and Sean have a bit of fun in this episode talking about some of the legitimate and some not so legitimate reasons for someone quitting flight training or not pursuing the career of a professional pilot. If you have a question you'd like us to answer, you can email us at: podcast@propilotplaybook.com If you're thinking about a career as a pilo…
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This episode is a bit of a mix of current events and a listener question. This week's question comes from Zach, whom wants to know the likelyhood of paying back the debt created from flight training if he's not starting this career path till he's 40 years old. Thank you for the great question Zach! If you have a question you'd like us to answer, yo…
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This week's question comes from Max, whom wants to know the process for upgrading at a corporate operator. Mike and Sean breakdown the upgrade process (becoming a Captain) at both corporate and airline operators. Thank you for the great question Max! If you have a question you'd like us to answer, you can email us at: podcast@propilotplaybook.com I…
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After going through the many emails we get from our listeners we found that a good portion of them involve questions on the topics within this episode. Flow-through at the airlines, college requirements, pilot medical exams, startings training, corporate pilot jobs compared to the airlines, and much more is discussed in this episode. If you have a …
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We received a couple of questions on this topic. In this episode we answer Eugene and Nick's questions on what it means to be a contract pilot and how to find contract jobs. If you have a question you'd like us to answer, you can email us at: podcast@propilotplaybook.com If you're thinking about a career as a pilot you're in the right spot! The Pro…
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We received several questions on this topic. In this episode we answer Ron, Will, and Bruce's questions on determining how old is too old to start down the path of becoming a professional pilot. If you have a question you'd like us to answer, you can email us at: podcast@propilotplaybook.com If you're thinking about a career as a pilot you're in th…
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Great question this week from Luke in Dayton, Ohio. If you have a question you'd like us to answer, you can email us at: podcast@propilotplaybook.com If you're thinking about a career as a pilot you're in the right spot! The Pro-Pilot Playbook is committed to enabling people to become professional pilots FASTER and CHEAPER. Whether you are just sta…
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This week we answer a question from Oliver, a 10 year old living in Australia. This episode covers Oliver's questions about when and where to start training Good luck with your training Oliver! If you have a question you'd like us to answer, you can email us at: podcast@propilotplaybook.com If you're thinking about a career as a pilot you're in the…
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Things are getting crazy in the aviation world as the shortage of pilots continues and forces companies to start taking drastic measures to ensure they have the workforce to meet demand. Mike and Sean discuss some of these tactics companies are employing, and answer a listener's question on the subject. Thank you for great email Andrew! If you have…
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In this episode we answer Austin's question about what direction he should take in life... Austin is trying to decide whether he should continue school in pursuit of a career in dental medicine, or ditch it all to become a professional pilot. If you have a question you'd like us to answer, you can email us at: podcast@propilotplaybook.com If you're…
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In this episode we answer Gabriel's question about buying rental aircraft time in bulk, sometimes called buying block time. We also discuss whether it would be wise to just buy all the time required to get the airlines versus working as a flight instructor. If you have a question you'd like us to answer, you can email us at: podcast@propilotplayboo…
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This week's question is from Jeremy and concerns some info on choosing a domicile, or where you're based, as an airline pilot. If you have a question you'd like us to answer, you can email us at: podcast@propilotplaybook.com If you're thinking about a career as a pilot you're in the right spot! The Pro-Pilot Playbook is committed to enabling people…
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Fantastic question this week asked by Reilly whom has an interview coming up with a coporate operator. Hopefully these tid-bits of advice help Reilly out and anyone else with their future endeavors. If you have a question you'd like us to answer, you can email us at: podcast@propilotplaybook.com If you're thinking about a career as a pilot you're i…
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This week's questions come from Tyler and Hayden. Thank you both for submitting your questions and good luck with your careers! If you have a question you'd like us to answer, you can email us at: podcast@propilotplaybook.com If you're thinking about a career as a pilot you're in the right spot! The Pro-Pilot Playbook is committed to enabling peopl…
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This week we have two questions. The first question is from Stoney concerning a logbook that was destroyed in a flood, and from Survivor 602 whom was the sole survivor of a helicopter crash and is trying to get his medical. Finding the answer to questions like this is critical to moving through your aviation career quickly, you never know when you …
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Mike and Sean discuss the struggles Spirit Airlines was facing at the beginning of August 2021. This episode also covers how discount carries fit into airline picutre as a whole from the pilot's perspective. If you're thinking about a career as a pilot you're in the right spot! The Pro-Pilot Playbook is committed to enabling people to become profes…
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