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: 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 #4: 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 #5: 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 #6: 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 #7: 19: John Laity - Microlight Pilot & 'Flying For Freedom' Co-Founder
John Laity is a pilot Engineer & pilot with over 18 years flying experience in ultralights.
He co-founded Flying for Freedom in 2010 in response to the large number of injured and wounded veterans who applied to be part of the British Antarctic Microlight Expedition.
Flying for Freedom is now funded and supported by The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry, via their Endeavour Fund.
Further supporting the cause Both Prince Harry and Prince George are proud owners of special Flying for Freedom flying suits.
Visit www.inspiredpilot.com to listen to John's inspiring story.
To donate and support the Flying For Freedom Ultralight/Microlight Antarctica expedition click here: http://bit.ly/flyingforfreedom
Aug 13 2015
Rank #8: 18: Rick Durden - ATP, CFI, Aviation Lawyer & Author
Rick Durden started flying in junior high school. He became a flight instructor during his first year of college and helped pay for college and law school by flight instructing and hauling air freight.
Holding an ATP with type ratings in the Douglas DC-3 and Cessna Citation 500 series. Rick splits his time between practicing aviation law and as an editor of Aviation Consumer magazine and AVweb, the Internet aviation magazine.
Rick has been a volunteer pilot for LightHawk, a public benefit flying organization that supports conservation efforts in North and Central America for 25 years and is also the author of the book The Thinking Pilot's Flight Manual or, How to Survive Flying Little Airplanes and Have a Ball Doing It, Vol I. Volume 2 will be released shortly.
You can also leave a comment for Rick , just below the show notes for this episode and for the other guests, on their pages at http://www.inspiredpilot.com
Aug 05 2015
Rank #9: 17: Owen Zupp - Airline Pilot, Author & Blogger
Owen Zupp gives us insight into his inspiring pilot journey.
Owen Zupp’s passion for flight began in childhood and now he possesses over 17,000 hours on a wide range of aircraft.
Owen’s career has included remote region charter flying and flight instruction, international ferry flights, flight testing and the airlines.
He holds a Masters Degree in Aviation and his writings on the subject have been widely published.
Beyond the cockpit Owen has also authored four books and the popular website, ‘The Pilot’s Blog’ @ www.thepilotsblog.com
You can also leave a comment for Owen , just below the show notes for this episode and for the other guests, on their pages at http://www.inspiredpilot.com
Jun 23 2015
Rank #10: 16: Rod Rakic - FAA Commercial Pilot & OpenAirplane Founder
Rod Rakic shares his inspiring pilot journey.
Rod Rakic is committed to helping aviation work better. He’s a co-founder at OpenAirplane, which makes renting an airplane as easy as renting a car.
Rod’s career spans 20 years of building experiences as tools to enhance and manage brands.
A digital strategist, professional pilot, and user experience nerd with a mission.
May 25 2015