Talking Flight (aviation)










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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 EST

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 EST

Mike Swanigan interviews Alaska Airlines Captain Philip Parish. They talk about Phil's journey from the world of a child fascinated by airplanes, to his present life as an Alaska Airlines Captain.

Phil talks about his days as a flight instructor and the challenges of teaching a novice pilot how to fly. Later, he talks about his days flying an air ambulance, transporting premature babies around Colorado.

Phil spent several years flying in Acrobatic competitions, and he tells us about his days of flying in air shows around the U.S.

We also talk about Phil's approach to training Alaska's pilots in his present position as a Check Airman.

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Direct download: Phil_Parish.mp3
Category:Aviation -- posted at: 2:00am EST

Mike Swanigan visits with Alaska Airlines Captain Paul Lotakis. Paul talks about his journey from a childhood in New York City to his career at Alaska Airlines. He tells us about his four years attending the US Air Force Academy, and his military flying career with the USAF and the Alaska Air National Guard. 

The conversation later covers the challenges of flying in the Alaska Arctic, and about what happens during an inflight medical emergency over the Pacific Ocean.

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Direct download: Lotakis.mp3
Category:Aviation -- posted at: 1:39pm EST

Mike Swanigan gives some helpful advice on how to improve your performance on flight checks. Remember to Bug It, Brief It, Scan It, and Check It! 

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Direct download: Ace_Your_Next_Checkride.mp3
Category:Aviation -- posted at: 8:08pm EST

Mike goes up to Canada to spend time with John Lovelace. John has produced and hosted several aviation themed television programs, including "Wings over Canada", "The Aviators", and "West Coast Escapes TV". John is also the President of the Century Flight Club. Mike talks to John about his adventures as an aviator, and about the aviation television shows that he has created.

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Recorded April 18th 2013

Direct download: John_Lovelace.mp3
Category:Aviation -- posted at: 12:40pm EST

Alaska Airlines Captain Mike Swanigan interviews Colonel Rick Grayson about his dual career as a Senior Air Force Officer and Alaska Airlines Pilot. Rick Says that "aviation is like keep playing until the final whistle."

Recorded at the Sheraton Keauhou Bay Resort in Kona Hawaii.

Direct download: Colonel_Rick_Grayson.mp3
Category:Aviation -- posted at: 5:47pm EST

Alaska Airlines Captain Mike Swanigan interviews First Officer Latisha "Tish" Shupert. Tish shares the story of her journey from a college basketball court to the flight deck of an Alaska Airlines 737. Her motto is "Wish it, Dream it, Do it". Special thanks to Alaska Airlines Captain Phil Parrish for the opening theme. Note: This is a re-release with audio correction.

Direct download: Tish_Shupert_..mp3
Category:Aviation -- posted at: 2:00pm EST

Mike Swanigan interviews Alaska Airlines First Officer Michael Hendrix on how he succeeded in starting his quest to be an airline pilot at age 38.

Direct download: Talking_Flight.mp3
Category:Aviation -- posted at: 8:29pm EST

Alaska Airlines Captain Mike Swanigan introduces his new aviation interview podcast: Talking Flight

Direct download: PREQUEL.mp3
Category:Aviation -- posted at: 8:19pm EST