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: 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.
Sep 03 2015
Rank #3: 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.
May 05 2015
Rank #4: 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 #5: 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
Rank #6: 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 #7: 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 #8: 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 #9: 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.
Apr 06 2015
Rank #10: 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