Wed, 13 August 2014
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.