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Syndication

Alaska Airlines Captain George Bozlinski joins us on this episode of Talking Flight. We have a great conversation about George's journey into a flying career and his adventures at Alaska Airlines.

Here are some of the things that we covered in this episode:

  • How he worked with a student pilot who had a fear of flying.
  • George's past life as a Mime.
  • His most embarrasing moment as a 727 Second Officer (Flight Engineer).
  • A retirement flight that went rogue, and how today's technology would prevent that from happening.
  • The life of a 727 First Officer (Copilot).
  • How the September 11, 2001 Terror Attacks inspired George to become a Television Producer.
  • George's methods of getting a pilot through a training issue on the 737.
  • The day George and his friends hit a golf ball on the world's longest commercial runway.

This is a great conversation that we know everyone will enjoy. George says "Don't Give up!....Believe in yourself!"

 

 

Direct download: GEORGE_BOZLINSKI.mp3
Category:Aviation -- posted at: 3:51pm EDT

We spend time talking to Harold "Mitch Mitchell. He tells us about his journey from his childhood on a farm in South Carolina to the Captain's seat in an Alaska Airlines 737. As a young child, Mitch would hide in the bushes and watch the Crop Duster airplanes fertilize the nearby farm fields. Those Crop Dusters also planted the seeeds of the flying dream in Mitch's mind.

We talk about how Mitch was able to transfer from US Army ROTC, to the USMC, and ultimately to the USAF Reserve, where he attained the two star rank of Major General. In his civilian life, Mitch's promising career as an airline pilot almost ended with the bankruptcy of Continental Airlines. But his reputation as a strong aviator was enough to get him hired as an Alaska Airlines Pilot. The rest was history, and now Mitch is one of Alaska's most respected Captains.

Mitch says "Sometimes you have to pedal a little faster, be humble, and allow people to help you".

Mitch worked hard to never let down the people who took a chance on him. We know that he made all of them proud!

Direct download: Mitch_Mitchell.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:44pm EDT

Mike Swanigan visits with Alaska Airlines Captain Blake Gibson. Blake describes his exciting journey growing up in a small town in Texas to the life of an Alaska Airlines Captain.

Blake is a respected Check Airman and an Aircrew Program Designee (APD) for Alaska Airlines, and he is a role model and mentor for the Alaska Airlines Pilot Group. 

We learn how he was inspired by his late father, Braniff International Captain Art Gibson, to become a pilot. Blake tells us about a gear up landing he made as a young pilot in a light twin many years ago. We also talk about the challenges of flying a jet into the airports of rural Alaska. Blake also shares his approach to training pilots in the Alaska Airlines flight simulator environment.

 

Direct download: Blake_Gibson.mp3
Category:Aviation -- posted at: 9:16pm EDT

Captain Mike Swanigan interviews Alaska Airlines Flight Simulator Engineer DeMarco Best about his journey into the world of Flight Simulation. It all began on a 6th grade field trip to the JFK airport in New York.

Demarco tells us what he had to do to overcome his initial difficulties in getting through the challenging USAF training environment. 

Later, they talk about the upcoming shortage of Simulator Engineers and Simulator Technicians.

"In Technology, you have to keep learning, or you will be left behind." DeMarco Best.

Direct download: DeMarco.mp3
Category:Aviation -- posted at: 7:00pm EDT

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