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An aviation related podcast hosted by Atlanta air traffic controller, Derek Vento

Whether you're a professional, student or enthusiast, The Traffic Pattern podcast is for you. Our goal is to facilitate meaningful conversation surrounding the topic of aviation. As an air traffic controller at the world’s busiest airport, Derek’s podcast provides a unique perspective from the “other side” of the mic. Each week new guests share stories about their niche within the industry. “Our Pod, Your Platform”

Season Three

Season 3 Episode 1: PilotEdge ATC  Keith Smith  Professional air traffic control for flight simulators. Keith Smith is changing the way both real world and flight simulation hobbyists approach their flying endeavors. Work with live air traffic controllers 15 hours a day and engage your "flying brain" from home. See other aircraft, and hear other pilots on the radio. Put on your headset, dial up ground, and call for taxi. It's that easy. The platform is being used within flight schools and major universities to train students and CFIs. Check out www.pilotedge.net

Season 3 Episode 1: PilotEdge ATC

Keith Smith

Professional air traffic control for flight simulators. Keith Smith is changing the way both real world and flight simulation hobbyists approach their flying endeavors. Work with live air traffic controllers 15 hours a day and engage your "flying brain" from home. See other aircraft, and hear other pilots on the radio. Put on your headset, dial up ground, and call for taxi. It's that easy. The platform is being used within flight schools and major universities to train students and CFIs. Check out www.pilotedge.net

Season 3 Episode 2: Karim Shahin, Icarus Flying Academy  Karim Shahin  My long time friend, someone who I have grown up in the aviation industry with is redefining how flight schools manage and operate in the pursuit of educating student pilots. At the age of 22 years old, Karim has found a way to make a name for himself as a Co-Founder and Director of Operations at Icarus Flying Academy, in Farmingdale, New York.

Season 3 Episode 2: Karim Shahin, Icarus Flying Academy

Karim Shahin

My long time friend, someone who I have grown up in the aviation industry with is redefining how flight schools manage and operate in the pursuit of educating student pilots. At the age of 22 years old, Karim has found a way to make a name for himself as a Co-Founder and Director of Operations at Icarus Flying Academy, in Farmingdale, New York.

Season 3 Episode 3: Dewey Davenport, Modern Day Barnstormer  Dewey Davenport  He flies for a fractional jet company while mentoring and keeping the modern day barnstormer concept alive!

Season 3 Episode 3: Dewey Davenport, Modern Day Barnstormer

Dewey Davenport

He flies for a fractional jet company while mentoring and keeping the modern day barnstormer concept alive!

Season 3 Episode 4: Andy Hanson, CFI & Special Agent/Wyoming Division of Criminal Investigations  Andy Hanson  Today I sit down with certified flight instructor and Special Agent, Andy Hanson from the Division of Criminal Investigations. The DCI is the investigative bureau at the Wyoming Attorney General’s Office. Andy speaks about his team and the work they do to solve cold case homicides. After a 1985 murder, Andy shares just how important the advancement of DNA technology is, as well as having patience and persistence in bringing justice to those that are no longer able to speak for themselves nearly 20 years later.

Season 3 Episode 4: Andy Hanson, CFI & Special Agent/Wyoming Division of Criminal Investigations

Andy Hanson

Today I sit down with certified flight instructor and Special Agent, Andy Hanson from the Division of Criminal Investigations. The DCI is the investigative bureau at the Wyoming Attorney General’s Office. Andy speaks about his team and the work they do to solve cold case homicides. After a 1985 murder, Andy shares just how important the advancement of DNA technology is, as well as having patience and persistence in bringing justice to those that are no longer able to speak for themselves nearly 20 years later.

Season 3 Episode 5: Eric Bolt, Trials and Tribulations  Eric Bolt  A story from Cape Air Captain, Eric Bolt. He shares a powerful story about how he came up through the grassroots. It truly gives you all the feels.

Season 3 Episode 5: Eric Bolt, Trials and Tribulations

Eric Bolt

A story from Cape Air Captain, Eric Bolt. He shares a powerful story about how he came up through the grassroots. It truly gives you all the feels.

Season 3 Episode 6: Andrew Burnham: Dulles Ramp Tower Controller  Andrew Burnham  Dulles Ramp Tower Controller and private pilot, Andrew Burnham with special guest Derek Hood, gives us insight into the daily life of a ramp tower controller! He's moving heavy jets around the airport and it's not as easy as it seems!

Season 3 Episode 6: Andrew Burnham: Dulles Ramp Tower Controller

Andrew Burnham

Dulles Ramp Tower Controller and private pilot, Andrew Burnham with special guest Derek Hood, gives us insight into the daily life of a ramp tower controller! He's moving heavy jets around the airport and it's not as easy as it seems!

Season 3 Episode 7: Captain Tammie Jo Shults, Nerves of Steel  Captain Tammie Jo Shults  On April 17, 2018. Southwest Airlines Captain, Tammie Jo Shults one of the first Naval female aviators of the F/A18 was incredible. We developed an immediate connection and even listened to snippets of my podcast The Traffic Pattern. In November of last year I sat down with air traffic controller Cory Davids from New York Center which assisted Southwest flight 1380. Season 1 Episode 3. SWA1380 suffered a catastrophic engine failure mid flight and miraculously landed in Philadelphia.  Nerves of Steel is the captivating true story of Tammie Jo Shults’s remarkable life—from growing up the daughter of a humble rancher, to breaking through gender barriers as one of the Navy’s first female F/A-18 Hornet pilots, to safely landing the severely crippled Southwest Airlines Flight 1380 and helping save the lives of 148 people.

Season 3 Episode 7: Captain Tammie Jo Shults, Nerves of Steel

Captain Tammie Jo Shults

On April 17, 2018. Southwest Airlines Captain, Tammie Jo Shults one of the first Naval female aviators of the F/A18 was incredible. We developed an immediate connection and even listened to snippets of my podcast The Traffic Pattern. In November of last year I sat down with air traffic controller Cory Davids from New York Center which assisted Southwest flight 1380. Season 1 Episode 3. SWA1380 suffered a catastrophic engine failure mid flight and miraculously landed in Philadelphia.

Nerves of Steel is the captivating true story of Tammie Jo Shults’s remarkable life—from growing up the daughter of a humble rancher, to breaking through gender barriers as one of the Navy’s first female F/A-18 Hornet pilots, to safely landing the severely crippled Southwest Airlines Flight 1380 and helping save the lives of 148 people.

Season 3 Episode 8: Brian Rutledge, Sacramento County Sheriff's Office Aviation Unit  Brian Rutledge  A powerful episode as we talk with Sheriff Brian Rutledge. Deputy Rutledge has been in law enforcement for nearly 30 years and has been with the Sacramento County Sheriff's Office Aviation Unit for the last 15. He has a plethora of knowledge and experience with various aircraft. We talk about career progression, attitude, mindset, the job itself and most of all, what it means to be apart of the Thin Blue Line. We dedicate this episode to the late Tara O'Sullivan who lost her life in the line of duty Wednesday, June 19, 2019.

Season 3 Episode 8: Brian Rutledge, Sacramento County Sheriff's Office Aviation Unit

Brian Rutledge

A powerful episode as we talk with Sheriff Brian Rutledge. Deputy Rutledge has been in law enforcement for nearly 30 years and has been with the Sacramento County Sheriff's Office Aviation Unit for the last 15. He has a plethora of knowledge and experience with various aircraft. We talk about career progression, attitude, mindset, the job itself and most of all, what it means to be apart of the Thin Blue Line. We dedicate this episode to the late Tara O'Sullivan who lost her life in the line of duty Wednesday, June 19, 2019.

Season 3 Episode 9: Jimmy Fordham, AeroShell Aerobatic Team  Jimmy Fordham  He spoke from his heart. The story of a true gentleman. Jimmy began flying at age 14, taught by his father. By age 18 he had obtained his Commercial, Instrument, Multiengine, Seaplane, and Instructor ratings. He was introduced to airshow flying in the late 1970’s by Marion Cole and Merle Gustafson. During this time he flew a Pitts Special, Midget Mustang, and Schweitzer 126 Sailplane. Jimmy has over 22,000 hours of flight time in over 100 types of aircraft, and retired from Delta airlines as a senior captain on the Airbus 330. Thank you Aeroshell Aerobatic Team for an experience I’ll always remember. Jimmy and team perform this evening for the twilight airshow at EAA - The Spirit of Aviation Air Venture!

Season 3 Episode 9: Jimmy Fordham, AeroShell Aerobatic Team

Jimmy Fordham

He spoke from his heart. The story of a true gentleman. Jimmy began flying at age 14, taught by his father. By age 18 he had obtained his Commercial, Instrument, Multiengine, Seaplane, and Instructor ratings. He was introduced to airshow flying in the late 1970’s by Marion Cole and Merle Gustafson. During this time he flew a Pitts Special, Midget Mustang, and Schweitzer 126 Sailplane. Jimmy has over 22,000 hours of flight time in over 100 types of aircraft, and retired from Delta airlines as a senior captain on the Airbus 330. Thank you Aeroshell Aerobatic Team for an experience I’ll always remember. Jimmy and team perform this evening for the twilight airshow at EAA - The Spirit of Aviation Air Venture!

Season 3 Episode 10: Falcon Pilot Matt Rutowski  Matt Rutowski  A professional pilot mentor, aviation business consultant and Part 91 Captain on Falcon 2000 and Citation XLS jets. With previous experience in Part 91 International Operations and department management as well as Part 135 flight operations, Matt works to help individuals and departments overcome and succeed when presented with the unique struggles that go along with private aviation, operations, safety management, and professional pilot training. He speaks about the importance of living a balanced life as well as the importance of career progression. Matt also sits on Nevada NBAA board.

Season 3 Episode 10: Falcon Pilot Matt Rutowski

Matt Rutowski

A professional pilot mentor, aviation business consultant and Part 91 Captain on Falcon 2000 and Citation XLS jets. With previous experience in Part 91 International Operations and department management as well as Part 135 flight operations, Matt works to help individuals and departments overcome and succeed when presented with the unique struggles that go along with private aviation, operations, safety management, and professional pilot training. He speaks about the importance of living a balanced life as well as the importance of career progression. Matt also sits on Nevada NBAA board.

Season 3 Episode 11: Lanier Flight Center, Setting the Standard  Lanier Flight Center  A conversation among air traffic controller, student pilot and CFI. Lanier Flight Center, located in Gainesville, Georgia is setting the standard for prospective pilots. Troy Wheeler, owner of Lanier Flight Center has created an environment where true relationships are being created both in and outside of the cockpit. It goes without saying, that the the minds walking through the door are getting an education like we haven't seen before. Thank you Bud DeWayne for the genuine hospitality!

Season 3 Episode 11: Lanier Flight Center, Setting the Standard

Lanier Flight Center

A conversation among air traffic controller, student pilot and CFI. Lanier Flight Center, located in Gainesville, Georgia is setting the standard for prospective pilots. Troy Wheeler, owner of Lanier Flight Center has created an environment where true relationships are being created both in and outside of the cockpit. It goes without saying, that the the minds walking through the door are getting an education like we haven't seen before. Thank you Bud DeWayne for the genuine hospitality!

Season 3 Episode 12: Mark Siegwart: Siegwart Aviator  Mark Siegwart  Sharing his passions, dreams while training the next generation of pilots! Mark truly knows what it takes to be successful in this industry. Listen in as Mark explains what putting your best foot forward can do you for in this industry.

Season 3 Episode 12: Mark Siegwart: Siegwart Aviator

Mark Siegwart

Sharing his passions, dreams while training the next generation of pilots! Mark truly knows what it takes to be successful in this industry. Listen in as Mark explains what putting your best foot forward can do you for in this industry.

Season Two

Season 2 Episode 1: Married at First Flight  Andrew & Ashley Smith  He's a pilot, she's an air traffic controller. A comedic yet informative insight into the lifestyle of husband and wife, sharing their passion for aviation with one another. Season 2 kicks off with the perfect duo to not only share a few laughs with us, but additionally provide guidance for those who may be on the fence about which path to pursue.

Season 2 Episode 1: Married at First Flight

Andrew & Ashley Smith

He's a pilot, she's an air traffic controller. A comedic yet informative insight into the lifestyle of husband and wife, sharing their passion for aviation with one another. Season 2 kicks off with the perfect duo to not only share a few laughs with us, but additionally provide guidance for those who may be on the fence about which path to pursue.

Season 2 Episode 2: Tom Haines, AOPAs Senior Vice President, Communications & Outreach  Tom Haines  An award-winning author, Haines was named editor in chief of AOPA Pilot in 1994. Under his leadership, AOPA has expanded its media properties to include Flight Training magazine and a host of electronic media. He is the co-anchor of the weekly video magazine AOPA Live This Week. His staff also manages AOPA’s presence at regional fly-ins and air shows.

Season 2 Episode 2: Tom Haines, AOPAs Senior Vice President, Communications & Outreach

Tom Haines

An award-winning author, Haines was named editor in chief of AOPA Pilot in 1994. Under his leadership, AOPA has expanded its media properties to include Flight Training magazine and a host of electronic media. He is the co-anchor of the weekly video magazine AOPA Live This Week. His staff also manages AOPA’s presence at regional fly-ins and air shows.

Season 2 Episode 3: Leigh Hubner, Living The Dream at Hangar 145  Leigh Hubner  He’s an award winning director of photography from Australia based in LA and a local Georgia pilot, living the dream at Mallards Landing. You know him as Leigh Hubner. Since 2008, Leigh has won 14 ACS Awards including two National Gold Tripods. He’s filmed with names such as Emma Stone, LL Cool J, Bon Jovi, Dan Rather, and Viola Davis. Check out Loose Cannon Films...known for cinematography and drone aerials!

Season 2 Episode 3: Leigh Hubner, Living The Dream at Hangar 145

Leigh Hubner

He’s an award winning director of photography from Australia based in LA and a local Georgia pilot, living the dream at Mallards Landing. You know him as Leigh Hubner. Since 2008, Leigh has won 14 ACS Awards including two National Gold Tripods. He’s filmed with names such as Emma Stone, LL Cool J, Bon Jovi, Dan Rather, and Viola Davis. Check out Loose Cannon Films...known for cinematography and drone aerials!

Season 2 Episode 4: Clint Cottrell, Commemerative Air Force Pilot & Marketing Officer  Clint Cottrell  He's a gentleman with a plethora of flying knowledge while also taking on the role and responsibility as the Marketing Officer at Commemorative Air Force Dixie Wing in Peachtree City, Georgia. Find out how you can support the CAF Dixie Wing by visiting https://dixiewing.org/ or https://www.facebook.com/CAFDixieWing/

Season 2 Episode 4: Clint Cottrell, Commemerative Air Force Pilot & Marketing Officer

Clint Cottrell

He's a gentleman with a plethora of flying knowledge while also taking on the role and responsibility as the Marketing Officer at Commemorative Air Force Dixie Wing in Peachtree City, Georgia. Find out how you can support the CAF Dixie Wing by visiting https://dixiewing.org/ or https://www.facebook.com/CAFDixieWing/

Season 2 Episode 5: Pete Driver, Airbus Pilot and Twitch Influencer   Pete Driver  He speaks from the heart about his pursuit toward a career in aviation, and after many years of flying, he's giving back to the flying community by educating and inspiring those through twitch.tv Pete Driver F/O on the A320 will be attending Flight Sim Expo 2019, be sure to check him out at twitch.tv/flyprdu

Season 2 Episode 5: Pete Driver, Airbus Pilot and Twitch Influencer

Pete Driver

He speaks from the heart about his pursuit toward a career in aviation, and after many years of flying, he's giving back to the flying community by educating and inspiring those through twitch.tv Pete Driver F/O on the A320 will be attending Flight Sim Expo 2019, be sure to check him out at twitch.tv/flyprdu

Season 2 Episode 6: Red Bull Air Race Pilot, Matthias Dolderer  Matthias Dolderer  He became the first to win it from Germany as the 2016 Red Bull Air Race World Champion...but he's still hungry for more! A sit down chat on what it takes to be a race pilot!

Season 2 Episode 6: Red Bull Air Race Pilot, Matthias Dolderer

Matthias Dolderer

He became the first to win it from Germany as the 2016 Red Bull Air Race World Champion...but he's still hungry for more! A sit down chat on what it takes to be a race pilot!

Season 2 Episode 7: United States Coast Guard Air Station Savannah Part 1  United States Coast Guard  USCG Lt. Jr Grade Rob Mineo and Commander Brian Erickson invite us to Coast Guard Air Station Savannah to provide us with a once in a lifetime experience to gain insight into the mission of those serving and protecting our coastline. In part one, we speak with Mineo, and 3rd Class AST (rescue swimmer) Dan Kellam.

Season 2 Episode 7: United States Coast Guard Air Station Savannah Part 1

United States Coast Guard

USCG Lt. Jr Grade Rob Mineo and Commander Brian Erickson invite us to Coast Guard Air Station Savannah to provide us with a once in a lifetime experience to gain insight into the mission of those serving and protecting our coastline. In part one, we speak with Mineo, and 3rd Class AST (rescue swimmer) Dan Kellam.

Season 2 Episode 8: United States Coast Guard Air Station Savannah Part 2  United States Coast Guard  We're wrapping up our visit at CGAS Savannah! As we recap on our flight, we sit down with AMT 3rd Class Lorezno Leon, Lt. Cmdr & Pilot Russ Mathis, and CGAS Savannah Commander Brian Erickson.

Season 2 Episode 8: United States Coast Guard Air Station Savannah Part 2

United States Coast Guard

We're wrapping up our visit at CGAS Savannah! As we recap on our flight, we sit down with AMT 3rd Class Lorezno Leon, Lt. Cmdr & Pilot Russ Mathis, and CGAS Savannah Commander Brian Erickson.

Season 2 Episode 9: Sun n Fun 2019  Sun n Fun  We had the time of our lives! A recap of our full week experience at SNF 2019!

Season 2 Episode 9: Sun n Fun 2019

Sun n Fun

We had the time of our lives! A recap of our full week experience at SNF 2019!

Season 2 Episode 10: MQ9 Reaper Pilot “Hood”  Hood  Their mission is unique as they protect the skies over various parts of the world at nearly 50,000 feet. A surreal and up front experience with United States Air Force, MQ9 Reaper Pilot, "Hood".

Season 2 Episode 10: MQ9 Reaper Pilot “Hood”

Hood

Their mission is unique as they protect the skies over various parts of the world at nearly 50,000 feet. A surreal and up front experience with United States Air Force, MQ9 Reaper Pilot, "Hood".

Season 2 Episode 11: WWII Heritage Days  CAF Dixie Wing  A recap of WWII Heritage Days in Peachtree City, Georgia.

Season 2 Episode 11: WWII Heritage Days

CAF Dixie Wing

A recap of WWII Heritage Days in Peachtree City, Georgia.

Season 2 Episode 12: Irish ATCO Nicola Nirada  Nicola Nirada  Insight into one of the world's busiest air traffic control en route sectors. Irish Air Traffic Controller Nicola, talks about her 25 year experience with the Irish Aviation Authority. We cover the importance of team building, her challenges as an OJTI but most of all the service she provides to the flying public. She's absolutely hilarious, but most of all a true professional.

Season 2 Episode 12: Irish ATCO Nicola Nirada

Nicola Nirada

Insight into one of the world's busiest air traffic control en route sectors. Irish Air Traffic Controller Nicola, talks about her 25 year experience with the Irish Aviation Authority. We cover the importance of team building, her challenges as an OJTI but most of all the service she provides to the flying public. She's absolutely hilarious, but most of all a true professional.

Season 2 Episode 13: Mike Willey, Crew Chief Twin City Barnstormers  Mike Willey  A gentleman with a story that goes back to the 1950s! Good friend, pilot and crew chief of Twin City Barnstormers in Stanton, MN shares his personal account of what flying means to him.

Season 2 Episode 13: Mike Willey, Crew Chief Twin City Barnstormers

Mike Willey

A gentleman with a story that goes back to the 1950s! Good friend, pilot and crew chief of Twin City Barnstormers in Stanton, MN shares his personal account of what flying means to him.

Season 2 Episode 14: Customs and Border Protection  Customs & Border Protection  An informative sit down with the CBP!

Season 2 Episode 14: Customs and Border Protection

Customs & Border Protection

An informative sit down with the CBP!

Season 2 Episode 15: Emma Carter, Living Her Best Life  Emma Carter  She's flying Js. high performance turbo props and if you cant find her sitting solo in the left seat of a PC12, she's probably out jeepin!

Season 2 Episode 15: Emma Carter, Living Her Best Life

Emma Carter

She's flying Js. high performance turbo props and if you cant find her sitting solo in the left seat of a PC12, she's probably out jeepin!

Season One

Season 1 Episode 1: Derek Vento, My Passion for Aviation  Derek Vento  The voice behind the pod! Derek Vento!

Season 1 Episode 1: Derek Vento, My Passion for Aviation

Derek Vento

The voice behind the pod! Derek Vento!

Season 1 Episode 2: Corporate Pilot, Derek Hood  Derek Hood  A day in the life of Derek Hood, a Los Angeles based pilot on the Embraer Phenom 300. Derek explains his love for aviation, the challenges of flying as a single jet pilot, and offers advice on how to be successful in the corporate world

Season 1 Episode 2: Corporate Pilot, Derek Hood

Derek Hood

A day in the life of Derek Hood, a Los Angeles based pilot on the Embraer Phenom 300. Derek explains his love for aviation, the challenges of flying as a single jet pilot, and offers advice on how to be successful in the corporate world

Season 1 Episode 3: Air Traffic Controller Cory David, New York Center  Cory Davids  On April 17, 2018 Southwest 1380, a Boeing 737 experienced a catastrophic engine failure which resulted in the casualty of one passenger and was forced to make an emergency landing. Cory, the first air traffic controller from New York Center to assist the crew, reflects back on that day and tells a story of how professionalism and teamwork assisted the pilots in conducting a remarkable landing in Philadelphia.

Season 1 Episode 3: Air Traffic Controller Cory David, New York Center

Cory Davids

On April 17, 2018 Southwest 1380, a Boeing 737 experienced a catastrophic engine failure which resulted in the casualty of one passenger and was forced to make an emergency landing. Cory, the first air traffic controller from New York Center to assist the crew, reflects back on that day and tells a story of how professionalism and teamwork assisted the pilots in conducting a remarkable landing in Philadelphia.

Season 1 Episode 4: Jet Driver Ben Chapman  Ben Chapman  CRJ Captain & Line Check Airman, Ben Chapman explains the airline industry from the perspective of a regional pilot, offers advice to upcoming pilots and provides insight into the training process new hires take part in, to get certified in the cockpit!

Season 1 Episode 4: Jet Driver Ben Chapman

Ben Chapman

CRJ Captain & Line Check Airman, Ben Chapman explains the airline industry from the perspective of a regional pilot, offers advice to upcoming pilots and provides insight into the training process new hires take part in, to get certified in the cockpit!

Season 1 Episode 5: Devin Albrecht and His Vans RV4  Devin Albrecht  General aviation pilot Devin Albrecht, the owner of a Van's Aircraft Inc. RV-4 talks about the market of experimental aircraft, benefits of ADS-B, his goals for connecting pilots & enthusiasts within the community and explains the importance of situational awareness.

Season 1 Episode 5: Devin Albrecht and His Vans RV4

Devin Albrecht

General aviation pilot Devin Albrecht, the owner of a Van's Aircraft Inc. RV-4 talks about the market of experimental aircraft, benefits of ADS-B, his goals for connecting pilots & enthusiasts within the community and explains the importance of situational awareness.

Season 1 Episode 6: N5MW The Vision Jet!  Max Weldon  Max Weldon, a newly rated jet pilot, gives a first hand perspective on his training with Cirrus aircraft as he transitions from the SR22 to the SF50 Vison Jet!

Season 1 Episode 6: N5MW The Vision Jet!

Max Weldon

Max Weldon, a newly rated jet pilot, gives a first hand perspective on his training with Cirrus aircraft as he transitions from the SR22 to the SF50 Vison Jet!

Season 1 Episode 7: FlightSim Expo 2019  Evan Reiter  Evan Reiter, Co Founder of FlightSimExpo, North America's largest flight simulation community driven event is set to take place June 7-9 in Orlando, Florida. With 1100 attendees, 45 exhibitors, and 21 speakers in 2018, you can bet 2019 will be a blast! Whether you're a professional, enthusiast or hobbyist, this is the event for you.

Season 1 Episode 7: FlightSim Expo 2019

Evan Reiter

Evan Reiter, Co Founder of FlightSimExpo, North America's largest flight simulation community driven event is set to take place June 7-9 in Orlando, Florida. With 1100 attendees, 45 exhibitors, and 21 speakers in 2018, you can bet 2019 will be a blast! Whether you're a professional, enthusiast or hobbyist, this is the event for you.

Season 1 Episode 8: Lt. Col. (Ret.) John “Slick” Baum  John Baum  Lt. Col. (Ret.) John "Slick" Baum, former F16 pilot and #2 Thunderbird reflects back on his time as a pilot in the United States Air Force. John has flown over 50 combat missions over various countries and was recognized as the 31st Fighter Wing’s Wingman of the Year (2003) and Flight Lead of the Year (2004). Currently, he serves as the Vice President of Strategic Projects and Security at Draken Intl.

Season 1 Episode 8: Lt. Col. (Ret.) John “Slick” Baum

John Baum

Lt. Col. (Ret.) John "Slick" Baum, former F16 pilot and #2 Thunderbird reflects back on his time as a pilot in the United States Air Force. John has flown over 50 combat missions over various countries and was recognized as the 31st Fighter Wing’s Wingman of the Year (2003) and Flight Lead of the Year (2004). Currently, he serves as the Vice President of Strategic Projects and Security at Draken Intl.

Season 1 Episode 9: Mindy Lindheim: Commercial Pilot & CFI  Mindy Lindheim  Cessna/Beechcraft Sales Director, Commercial Pilot and CFI Mindy Lindheim explains her passion for flying, emphasizes the importance of PIREPs, and explains the dynamic of flying during the winter.

Season 1 Episode 9: Mindy Lindheim: Commercial Pilot & CFI

Mindy Lindheim

Cessna/Beechcraft Sales Director, Commercial Pilot and CFI Mindy Lindheim explains her passion for flying, emphasizes the importance of PIREPs, and explains the dynamic of flying during the winter.

Season 1 Episode 10: NOAA Commander Justin Kibbey  Justin Kibbey  NOAA Commander and hurricane hunter pilot, Justin Kibbey reflects on some of his most challenging moments while sharing his unique perspective of aviation!

Season 1 Episode 10: NOAA Commander Justin Kibbey

Justin Kibbey

NOAA Commander and hurricane hunter pilot, Justin Kibbey reflects on some of his most challenging moments while sharing his unique perspective of aviation!

Season 1 Episode 11: Zenith Aircraft CEO Sebastien Heintz  Sebastien Heintz  President and CEO of Zenith Aircraft, Sebastien Heintz speaks about how Zenith came to be, important factors to consider prior to building, and what the experimental community means to him. Join Sebastien, and the Zenith team at Sport Aviation Expo in Sebring, FL January 23-26.

Season 1 Episode 11: Zenith Aircraft CEO Sebastien Heintz

Sebastien Heintz

President and CEO of Zenith Aircraft, Sebastien Heintz speaks about how Zenith came to be, important factors to consider prior to building, and what the experimental community means to him. Join Sebastien, and the Zenith team at Sport Aviation Expo in Sebring, FL January 23-26.

Season 1 Episode 12: Ryan Hunt: Flying Warbirds & Turning Wrenches  Ryan Hunt  Inside the hangar at Falcon Field (KFFC) with AOPA Flyby Crew member, Ryan Hunt. A 23 year old commercial pilot flying T6's, turning wrenches and creating his own legacy in aviation.

Season 1 Episode 12: Ryan Hunt: Flying Warbirds & Turning Wrenches

Ryan Hunt

Inside the hangar at Falcon Field (KFFC) with AOPA Flyby Crew member, Ryan Hunt. A 23 year old commercial pilot flying T6's, turning wrenches and creating his own legacy in aviation.

Season 1 Episode 13: Trade-A-Plane: Steve Champness  Steve Champness  Senior Associate Publisher and Atlanta Aero Club President, Steve Champness. Steve walks us through his 26 year career with Trade-A-Plane, the importance of chasing your dreams, how aviation has evolved, and his Presidency of the Atlanta Aero Club.

Season 1 Episode 13: Trade-A-Plane: Steve Champness

Steve Champness

Senior Associate Publisher and Atlanta Aero Club President, Steve Champness. Steve walks us through his 26 year career with Trade-A-Plane, the importance of chasing your dreams, how aviation has evolved, and his Presidency of the Atlanta Aero Club.

Season 1 Episode 14: Stephanie Grant, Historic Flight 5202  Stephanie Grant  Stephanie Grant, pilot of the first all female African-American flight crew shares her account of history made, 10 years ago. On February 12, 2009, airline pilots Stephanie Grant and Rachelle Jones along with flight attendants Robin Rogers and Diana Galloway, operated Delta Airlines flight (ASQ5202) from Atlanta, Georgia to Nashville, Tennessee. Stephanie shares her story of determination, and how stepping out on faith provided her and many others with the chance to pursue their dreams.

Season 1 Episode 14: Stephanie Grant, Historic Flight 5202

Stephanie Grant

Stephanie Grant, pilot of the first all female African-American flight crew shares her account of history made, 10 years ago. On February 12, 2009, airline pilots Stephanie Grant and Rachelle Jones along with flight attendants Robin Rogers and Diana Galloway, operated Delta Airlines flight (ASQ5202) from Atlanta, Georgia to Nashville, Tennessee. Stephanie shares her story of determination, and how stepping out on faith provided her and many others with the chance to pursue their dreams.

Season 1 Episode 15: The Savy Traveler, Chasing Dreams  Savannah Raskey  In our season finale, Savannah aka The Savy Traveler. Savannah is a private pilot, service member of the air national guard, and volunteer for Pilots n Paws. She's on a mission...to ensure people value their worth, and meet life's number one goal...be happy and always be yourself.  "The only thing that stands between you and your dream is the will to try and the belief that it is actually possible."

Season 1 Episode 15: The Savy Traveler, Chasing Dreams

Savannah Raskey

In our season finale, Savannah aka The Savy Traveler. Savannah is a private pilot, service member of the air national guard, and volunteer for Pilots n Paws. She's on a mission...to ensure people value their worth, and meet life's number one goal...be happy and always be yourself.

"The only thing that stands between you and your dream is the will to try and the belief that it is actually possible."