Rank #1: 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
Jan 07 2016
Rank #2: 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.
Jan 01 2015
Rank #3: 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.
Jan 19 2015
Rank #4: 21: Andrew Underwood - Blogger, Douglas DC3 & Commercial Pilot
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
Oct 07 2015
Rank #5: 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.
Jan 08 2015
Rank #6: 6: Karlene Petitt - Airline Pilot, Author & Blogger
Join us as Karlene Petitt gives us insight into her inspiring pilot journey.
After eight airlines, Karlene Petitt is flying strong on the Airbus A330.
She holds 7-type ratings, two masters degrees, and is working on her PhD in Aviation, focused on safety.
As a mother, grandmother, international airline pilot and successful blog owner.. Karlene has written aviation thrillers, a motivational book, and also children’s books.
Feb 03 2015
Rank #7: 5: MayCay Beeler - Flight Instructor, TV Personality & Author
Join us as MayCay Beeler gives us insight into her inspiring pilot journey.
A vivacious American fly girl, MayCay Beeler is a record breaking pilot, award-winning television personality, veteran TV Host/Journalist, award winning true crime author, Certified Flight Instructor, mom, world traveler, and dynamic woman with a passion for all things flying.
As on-camera talent, MayCay has worked for every major US Network TV affiliate in News and Entertainment.
She is a champion of aviation, who knows firsthand that a woman's place is in the cockpit!
Jan 26 2015
Rank #8: 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.
Mar 02 2015
Rank #9: 7: Patty Wagstaff - Airshow & Champion Aerobatic Pilot
Join us as Patty Wagstaff gives us insight into her inspiring pilot journey.
Patty Wagstaff’s achievements, awards and recognition in aviation is literally the stuff legends are made of.
A six-time member of the U.S. Aerobatic Team & competing at Olympic level, Patty is a three-time U.S. National Aerobatic Champion and the first woman to EVER achieve this title.
She flies as a "stunt pilot" for major motion picture and television projects, supports worthy causes in Africa, a demo pilot and has even turned her flying skills to fighting fires in California USA.
Patty is one of the world’s top airshow pilots, demonstrating before millions of people each year and now teaches others 'how to do it' at the “Patty Wagstaff Aerobatic School” in St. Augustine, Florida.
Patty has earned her position as one of modern aviation’s most recognised trailblazers and ambassadors, a woman dedicated to the sport and art of aerobatics.
Feb 10 2015
Rank #10: 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.
Nov 25 2015