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The Inspired Pilot Podcast

The Inspired Pilot Podcast is an audio podcast hosted by Marvyn Robinson. A weekly show interviewing pilots with inspiring journeys from all around the world. Each week we will highlight the life of our featured pilot, follow their aviation journey, experiences gained and lessons learned. Every episode will be packed with actionable advice and resources to INSPIRE seasoned pilots, low hour pilots, wannabe pilots and pilot enthusiasts alike. Wherever you are on your pilot journey, be prepared to be inspired!

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23: Colonel (ret) Richard Graham - Retired SR-71 Blackbird, USAF & Airline Pilot

Join us as Richard Graham gives us insight into his inspiring pilot journey After his first solo flight in 1962, with his father as the instructor, Rich Graham was hooked on a flying career. After 25 years in the United States Air Force flying the T-37/T-33/T-38/F-4/SR-71/U-2/KC-135Q aircraft he retired in 1989. He flew at American Airlines for 13 years and was a Captain on the MD-80. With a total flying time of 14,437 hours, Rich is currently an instructor pilot at McKinney Airport in Texas, United States and is a member of the Dallas FAAST team. Listen to Richard's Interview Here: Episode 23: Richard Graham

1hr 15mins

7 Jan 2016

Rank #1

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20: Colleen Mondor - Private Pilot, Alaska Aviation Writer & Author

Colleen Mondor is a freelance writer and the author of The Map of My Dead Pilots: The Dangerous Game of Flying in Alaska. Colleen contributes regularly to Alaska Dispatch News, writing about Alaska aviation, and owns an aircraft leasing company with her husband.

1hr 2mins

3 Sep 2015

Rank #2

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14: Kathy McCullough - Retired Boeing 747 Captain, Photographer & Pilot Mentor

Kathy McCullough shares her inspiring pilot journey. At the age of age 16 Kathy McCullough Flying career choice, was not wholly supported by her parents.  However by the end of college, Kathy had purchased her first airplane, a Cessna 140 “taildragger”. Over the next few years a lot of change followed aviation wise for Kathy, including working as a flight attendant on Vickers Viscounts, flying Cessna 206’s to and from Mines and even helping fighting fires in Boise, Idaho. Kathy joined Northwest Airlines in 1981 which was the start of fantastic 26 year career. Starting on the 727 and DC-10s, Kathy finally retired as a Captain on the prestigious Boeing 747. Now retired Kathy is following and enjoying her other passion, photography and also does motivational speaking to at-risk kids and school groups.

1hr 10mins

5 May 2015

Rank #3

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2: Chris Puddy - Flying Instructor & Ferry Pilot

What does it take to become a pilot?  Join us as Chris Puddy gives us insight into his inspiring pilot journey. After originally first going solo in Australia back in 1965, Chris finished his flying training back in England.  Flying mainly Twin Otters and King Airs, Chris’ Professional Career has been extensive, flying for various companies working in the Far East, all over the UK and also in Africa.  After a 12 year break he started Flying Instructing again in 2008.  Today, student pilots continue to benefit from Chris’ vast experience and relaxed style of training.


1 Jan 2015

Rank #4

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22: Brent Blue - FAA ATP Certified Pilot, Senior AME & Aeromedix Co-Founder

What does it take to become a pilot? Join us as Brent Blue gives us insight into his inspiring pilot journey. Brent Blue is a Senior Aviation Medical Examiner who introduced Digital Pulse Oximetry to general aviation in 1995. He has been the team doctor for the US Unlimited Aerobatic team at the world competition in Hungary and lectures extensively on Hypoxia and carbon monoxide at altitude. Dr. Blue flies a Cessna 340, a Cessna 185, and a 450 Stearman out of his home airport near Jackson Hole in the United States. Listen to Brent's Interview Here: Episode 22: Brent Blue

1hr 5mins

25 Nov 2015

Rank #5

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21: Andrew Underwood - Blogger, Douglas DC3 & Commercial Pilot

Andrew Underwood gives us insight into his inspiring pilot journey. Andrew Underwood was born in the UK but has called New Zealand home for the past 13 years, learning to fly at Ardmore airfield in Auckland.  Since gaining his commercial licence, he has been employed as a skydive drop pilot, international aerial survey pilot before more recently moving into scheduled passenger operations. Listen to Andrew's Interview Here: Episode 21: Andrew Underwood


7 Oct 2015

Rank #6

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3: Darren Fuller - Citation Encore Jet & Ex Outback Bush Pilot

What does it take to become a pilot?  Join us as Darren Fuller gives us insight into his inspiring pilot journey. Living under the flight path of a local training aerodrome in New South Wales, Australia, Darren Fuller was bitten by the flying bug early, managing to solo before the legal driving age. Now at 29, he holds both the Australian and Canadian ATPLs, has been a flight instructor, a bush pilot and now flies a Citation Encore for the air ambulance based in Vancouver, Canada.

1hr 2mins

8 Jan 2015

Rank #7

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4: Timothy Nathan - Instrument Rating Instructor & GA Lobbyist

Join us as Timothy Nathan gives us insight into his inspiring pilot journey. Timothy Nathan started flying training when he was fourteen, initially funding it through washing cars. He went on through the University Air Squadron to a Private Instrument Rated Pilot, and then climbed the professional ladder from night mail flights to flying the former UK Prime Minister, Margaret Thatcher.  After losing his job in the 1993 recession, he returned to private flying. Timothy has a Piper Aztec, which he flies to silly (mainly very cold) places, is an Instrument Rating Instructor and lobbies extensively for General Aviation.


19 Jan 2015

Rank #8

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13: Mike Lesser - Boeing 737 First Officer & Blogger

Mike Lesser gives us insight into his inspiring pilot journey. Mike Lesser was a frustrated pilot his whole life, but after completing his university degree there was nothing else he wanted to do except fly. Training full time, within about a year and a half Mike had his commercial license, instrument rating and ATPL subjects completed. After 8 years of hard work, Mike now has both Australian and New Zealand ATPL licenses and flies internationally as a First Officer on the Boeing 737.


6 Apr 2015

Rank #9

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9: Mike Weeks - Airbus A320/321 Cadet First Officer

Join us as Mike Weeks gives us insight into his inspiring pilot journey. Mike Weeks is a Cadet First Officer with Monarch Airlines, based out of Luton Airport in the UK. An Airbus A320 & A321 pilot, flying mainly to various destinations around Europe, to the Canary Islands, Egypt & Turkey. Mikes journey to the right hand seat has been via the ATPL Modular route and fully self funded.


2 Mar 2015

Rank #10