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Pilot to Pilot - Aviation Podcast

The Pilot to Pilot podcast is a place for aviators to come for inspiration and encouragement. We aim to help all types of aviators to continue pursuing their aviation dreams, whether that be flying commercially or flying for fun.

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Logan Flood: Plane Crash Survivor & Southwest FO

Logan Flood nearly lost his life in an aviation accident. Now, he has overcome the odds and followed his dreams to become a commercial airline pilot.

1hr 15mins

17 Dec 2019

Rank #1

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24 Year Old Delta Pilot: Marlon Dayes

Marlon put himself in a position to be hired by Delta Airlines at 24 years old. Find out how in episode 74 of the Pilot to Pilot podcast.

1hr 6mins

17 Sep 2019

Rank #2

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Kylie Giffin: Commercial Pilot

Avination, welcome to the Pilot to Pilot podcast episode #76. Today, I am talking with commercial pilot Kylie Giffin. In this episode, Kylie walks us through her path to becoming a commercial pilot. We talk about the positive moments, struggles and failures in her training.

1hr 6mins

1 Oct 2019

Rank #3

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Kurt Leuschner: Major Airline Pilot

What is going on #Avination?! In this episode, I talk with Kurt Leuschner who is a major airline pilot. You might know Kurt from his popular aviation Instagram account @stabilizer_motion. In today’s episode, we talk about. How he got his commercial rating by age 18. Odd jobs he did around the airport to help fund his training. How you need to treat yourself as a business. Why a 750-hour pilot needs to be extremely careful. What the interview process is like. How he almost wrecked his car when he found out he got a job with a major airline. And a story about how he lost an engine in a Cessna 150 as a flight instructor. If you enjoyed today's episode, please let us know. Either email us at pilottopilothq@gmail.com or reach out to us on Instagram @pilottopilot. Happy Flying #Avination! Justin Download Episode!

1hr 19mins

29 Aug 2017

Rank #4

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Kim Kissh: Building Her Time in a TBM

Today on episode 83 of the Pilot to Pilot podcast I am talking with TBM pilot, Kim Kissh. Have you ever wanted to find out how and why someone chose Embry Riddle? Or how about how to find your first corporate aviation job? Well, if you have ever asked those questions to yourself before then this is the episode for you!


26 Nov 2019

Rank #5

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Jeff Siems: My Dad and Airline Pilot

Avination, welcome back to the Pilot to Pilot podcast. Today, I am interviewing someone who has played a major role in my life, my dad. My dad is currently a major airline pilot and has seen a lot over his career. From deregulation, multiple airline mergers, 9/11, the financial crisis of 2008 and now, coronavirus.

1hr 18mins

24 Mar 2020

Rank #6

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Dianna Klein: United Airlines 787 Pilot

What is going on avination? Welcome back to the Pilot to Pilot podcast episode 72 ft. Dianna Klein. Dianna has accomplished a lot in her aviation career, she is a 787 Dreamliner pilot and a C5 pilot in the Air Force Reserves. All while being a wife, mom and very active in her local community. Some of the things Dianna and I talk about are... Dianna talks about why she got into aviation How her dad never pushed aviation on her. Why Dianna's military aviation career didn’t go as planned. Why Dianna chose Embry Riddle for her flight school. Why Dianna felt bad for her mom at sometimes in her training. How Dianna was able to leave early from high school to fly. Why Dianna wanted to go to the Air Force Academy to learn how to flying fighters. When Dianna knew she caught the aviation bug Dianna talks about being very focused on her training. Dianna talks about struggling with math with the SAT. Dianna didn’t let a setback deter her aviation dreams. Why it is important to have your own board of personal directors. Dianna talks about how 9/11 affected her and her family. How Dianna built her time. We talk a little bit of the struggle of building your time. Dianna talks about getting hired by American Eagle. How Dianna was always pursuing the Air Force Reserves Dianna talks about her military flight training and how she loved it. The importance of being financially aware as a pilot. Talks about her dreams and goals personal and aviation-related. The importance of learning to say no. How important it is to ask for help when you need it. We talk about the importance of getting more women into aviation. What needs to be done to get more aviators to get into aviation. Dianna talks about her sons thinking about aviation. What it is like to fly the C5. She talks about the difficulties his husband had transitioning from fighter pilot to an airline pilot. She talks about the importance of teamwork in aviation (military and civilian). Dianna talks about some emergency situations in the C5. The kinds of missions Dianna would fly as a C5 pilot. Dianna talks about working on the management side of United while being a line pilot. What it is like to work 9 days a month. What her future looks like at United... Possible management or stay as a line pilot. Dianna faces the rapid-fire section. if you enjoyed this episode please leave us a review on iTunes and make sure to check out our Patreon page! Happy Flying, Justin

1hr 29mins

3 Sep 2019

Rank #7

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Carl Valeri: Aviation Careers Podcast

Welcome back to episode 87 of the Pilot to Pilot podcast. Today, I am talking with Carl Valeri. Carl is the host of the Aviation Careers Podcast and creator of the Aviation Scholarship Guide. The Aviation Scholarship Guide has over 50 million dollars in scholarships. It is something every pilot young or old should check out.

1hr 9mins

24 Dec 2019

Rank #8

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Joshua Maddox: Seaplane Pilot

Avination, welcome back to the Pilot to Pilot podcast episode 48. In this episode, I am talking with Joshua Maddox. Joshua and I have a few things in common, we both flew aerial survey instead of becoming a CFI and we were both freight dogs. Joshua and I flew together in Omaha, Nebraska flying Amazon packages and dodging thunderstorms.  For episode notes make sure to check out our Discord page. Episode notes are for Patreon members only as of now.  Happy Flying, Justin 

1hr 1min

11 Dec 2018

Rank #9

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Alex Abad: Gulfstream Captain

Find out how Alex walked away from a career at Red Bull to land his dream job as a G-IV captain.

1hr 9mins

2 Jul 2019

Rank #10

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The Impossible Turn: Frank Libretto

In Ep. 96 Frank talks about just that situation. Frank and I also talk about how he was originally scared to fly and what he did to overcome that fear. If you enjoy today's episode, leave us a review on iTunes and make sure to follow us on Instagram @pilottopilotHappy Flying,Justin


25 Feb 2020

Rank #11

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State of the Aviation Industry - Coronavirus

Avination, I wish this was a regular Tuesday interview-style podcast. But, with Coronavirus doing its best to disrupt our economy, health care, and aviation industries, I figured it was necessary to have an episode (maybe more) about the FACTS. In this episode, I reached out to department chair and Professor of Aviation at the University of North Dakota, Dr. Jim Higgins. We talked about where the industry is today, what we have been through in the past, and what the future could hold.


15 Mar 2020

Rank #12

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Ryan Tseko: Gulfstream Pilot

Find out how Ryan went from flight instructor to regional pilot to Grant Cardone's private pilot.

1hr 10mins

14 Feb 2018

Rank #13

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Mentour Pilot

Avination, welcome back to the Pilot to Pilot podcast episode number 51 featuring Petter from Mentour Pilot. Petter, as many of you know is the creator of the amazing aviation page Mentour Pilot on Youtube and Instagram. In this episode, Petter and I talk about. Petter wanted originally to be an archaeologist.  How Petter’s dad got him into aviation. How Petter’s intro flight sealed the deal for Petter to begin a career in aviation. How you are very fortunate to figure out you want to be a pilot early in your career. How Petter found a way to get his flying paid for? Petter dives into his training and what it was like. How and why Petter became a Firefighter. Petter lets me know that American coffee is nowhere close to as strong as Swedish coffee. Petter talks about why it is important to get your FATP as soon as possible Petter and I talk about the differences between FAA and European flight training. Petter and I talk about the 1500 hour rule in the states. How Petter became a simulator instructor. How to become a captain at Petter’s airline. How his airline is not based on seniority. How you are evaluated on becoming a captain at Petters airline. We talk about the differences between US airlines and European airlines. We talk about what it means when a pilot only has two epaulets. How and Why Petter decided to become a training captain. We talk about proper CRM and how to manage emergencies. We talk about why Petter started Mentour pilot. Why Petter started the Mentour pilot application. We talk about how being a pilot can suck sometimes. Avination, thank you for taking the time out of your day to listen to this episode. If you enjoyed the podcast please leave a review on iTunes and make sure to check out our Patreon page! Happy Flying, Justin

1hr 17mins

5 Feb 2019

Rank #14

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AJ Ramsey: Floyd Mayweather's pilot

What is going on Avination?! Welcome back to the Pilot to Pilot podcast episode #39! I can't believe it has been 39 episodes already, time flies when you are having fun. Today's episode is a big one, I talk with TMT pilot AJ Ramsey. Yes, TMT as in Floyd Money Mayweather's pilot. I mean talk about one of the best jobs in aviation. You truly never know where you can wind up in this crazy industry.  In this episode, AJ and I talk about. Why AJ wanted to become a pilot. How he held a job during his training. How AJ and I had the same first job. What AJ’s training was like. AJ talks about how you decide between a part 61 or part 141 flight school. How you are still going to end up being a good pilot no matter what flight school you choose. It all comes down to the type of person you are. It's not a one size fits all type of business. How you build the foundation of the type of pilot you will be when are a CFI or building your hours. The importance of learning how to adapt to other flying personalities. Why AJ became a CFI. How there is no norm in aviation. Now is the time to get into aviation. AJ and I talk about pilotless airplanes and the future of aviation. Would a plane flying on automation be able to make the same choices as Sully did? What did AJ love about being a CFI. Most memorable experience as a flight instructor. AJ talks about students trying to kill him. What is one thing students struggle with on check rides? Why I didn’t become a flight instructor. AJ is a testament to why it is important to stay in touch with your flight instructors. Don’t let aviation become a job. Make sure you keep the passion. What it is like to fly a Gulfstream. Why you need to look at more than salary when choosing a job. How a lot of times a job pays more for a reason. Why AJ believes we have a lot in common with the medical field. How Aviation is all about delayed gratification. AJ talks about why it is important to enjoy each stage of the process. What it is like to fly for Floyd Money Mayweather. Rapid Fire questions with AJ How to get a job flying Floyd Mayweather. Avination, thank you for listening to today's episode. If you enjoyed it, please let me know! Email me at pilottopilothq@gmail.com or reach out to me on Instagram @pilottopilot. Also, make sure to check out the Pilot to Pilot patreon page. Happy Flying, Justin

1hr 8mins

14 Aug 2018

Rank #15

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Korry Franke: 737 Captain

in 2013, Korry Franke became the youngest captain then flying for United Airlines. Now, the pilot, author, and speaker merges his years of airline leadership experience with the creativity he's honed as an accomplished jazz pianist, the discipline he's developed as a two-time marathoner, and the real-world business acumen he's gained as a Penn State University MBA graduate to lead people and organizations on life-changing journeys toward success and fulfillment.

1hr 20mins

16 Jul 2019

Rank #16

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Pilot Maria: European Airline Pilot

What is going on #Avination?! In today’s episode, I am talking with European airline pilot and mega aviation social media influencer @pilotmaria. It doesn’t matter if you are a major airline pilot, sim geek, or taking your first lesson today. This is an episode you do not want to miss. Some of the things we talk about in today’s episode. Why she became a pilot Differences between European and American flight training. Differences in Modular and Integrated training. The biggest struggle for her while in flight training. Why she went to South Africa for training. Why Bose A20’s are a must have for all pilots. How it took Maria two years to get a flying job after graduating flight school. Why pilots are so good at complaining. How she gave up her flying license for ten days. Why she started her Instagram page @pilotmaria And how she met @mariathepilot and @flymalin. If you enjoyed today's episode, please let us know. Either email us at pilottopilothq@gmail.com or reach out to us on Instagram @pilottopilot. Happy Flying #Avination! Justin Links Bose A20 Aviation Headset with Bluetooth Dual Plug Cable, Black GoPro HERO5 Session Download Episode!

1hr 10mins

31 Aug 2017

Rank #17

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Ilya Sabanin: Russian General Aviation

Have you ever wondered how someone becomes a pilot in Russia? How about in Siberia? Today in episode 84, I am talking with Ilya Sabanin. Ilya goes into great detail about how a boy in Siberia, Russia finds an opportunity to become a pilot. We also touch on the differences between general aviation in Russian than the United States.

1hr 11mins

3 Dec 2019

Rank #18

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ATC Memes

What is going on avination?! Welcome back to the Pilot to Pilot podcast. Today, I am talking with David Lombardo, a co-founder of everyone's favorite aviation meme page ATC Memes.  What we talked about in today's episode. Pilots are more than just pilots.  How David loves Youtube and it is the epitome of the internet. How the page really exploded when they messed around with audio. We find out why David wanted to be involved with aviation. He got into aviation because of video games. Why it is important to have people to bounce ideas off of. Why he didn’t want to be a pilot. How a college professor inspired him to work with audio. Why he left his job as a controller. How news channels have used their content for real-life events. Was he ever recognized while working ATC. Were his supervisors every unhappy with him running the page. David quotes the Kim Kardashian principle. How ATC Memes and Airline Pilot memes had an epic meet up in Houston. How a delivery went from a great idea to really awkward. Why he decided to start selling aviation style apparel. Why they decided to create leggings. How David has always been an entrepreneur. How to being creative can help you in your career. Three tips to make a great internet page. Create content and don’t be afraid to fail. We find out where "say no to kilo came from." My favorite Washington Center story. His favorite moments from being a controller. We talk about if Drone pilots are actually pilots. Happy Flying Avination, Justin

1hr 26mins

13 Mar 2018

Rank #19

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John "Rain" Waters: Former F16 Pilot

Avination, welcome back to episode 103 of the Pilot to Pilot podcast. Today, I am talking with former F16 pilot and current cargo pilot, John "Rain" Waters. Find out what made John want to become a pilot in the military and how he made the transition from military to civilian flying.

1hr 1min

7 Apr 2020

Rank #20