Mon, 23 February 2015
Captain James "Zip" Trower visits us at Talking Flight. Zip is a Retired Naval Officer and a Retired Alaska Airlines Captain.
My friendship with Zip goes back more than 30 years. He is an amazing leader with a wicked sense of humor!
In this Podcast, we talk to Zip about his Naval career. We learn about the rigorous training, and what it is like to land a jet on an Aircraft Carrier. Zip also tells us about his duties as a Landing Signal Officer (LSO), and what happens when you have a fake Admiral on your plane.
After leaving the Active Duty Navy, Zip went to Alaska Airlines to begin his civilian career. He had to learn the differences and nuances between Military flying and flying a Commercial Airliner with 140 passengers on board. Captain Don Fox took him under his wing, and showed him the real way that an airliner should be flown.
Zip was part of the Check Airman team that indroduced the MD-83 Aircraft to Alaska Airlines. He later became the Fleet Captain on that jet. We discuss the challenges that they faced in bringing a group of hard core stick and rudder pilots into the digital flight guidance age.
Alaska Airlines spent several years flying into the Russian Far East, and Zip shares some of the challenges of flying into that part of the world.
Zip says "Put your ego aside, and learn and practice, learn and practice."
I hope that you will enjoy our time with Zip as much as I did. Pure Magic!
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