Fri, 15 December 2017
Today we are visiting with my longtime friend, Captain Barry Copeland.
Barry and I were hired into the same Alaska Airlines Pilot Class in April of 1980. It was the beginning of a long friendship as we both progressed through our careers.
We learn how Barry started his work life as a Electronics Salesman in Southern California after graduating from The University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA) with a degree in Asian Studies and Business.
Barry became interested in Aviation during his transition from High School to College. During his time working in the Electronics Industry, he became more and more intrigued by the idea of becoming an Airline Pilot. He had been advised by one of his pilot mentors to avoid the Airline Pilot profession because of the stringent medical requirements. But Barry decided to follow his heart and go after his dream.
Early in his flying career, Barry made a major mistake, and severly damaged a turboprop engine. But he took responsibility for the mistake, and it did not hold him back from a brilliant career.
We hope that you will enjoy the story about Barry's wonderful life as a Captain for Alaska Airlines.
Tue, 29 August 2017
Today's program is an interview with Alberto Arroyo. He is a Senior Program manager for Microsoft and has had a long and distinguished career in the Software Business.
A couple of years ago, Alberto was inspired to persue his Private Pilot's license. Most people begin their flight training in a basic airplane like a Cessna 152. But he fell in love with the Cirrus SR20 and decided that he would start his training in that airplane.
The SR20 is a high performance single engine airplane with a very sophisticated glass cockpit display. When Alberto told me that he was going to start his training in the Cirrus, I was concered that it would be too much airplane for a beginner. But he proved me wrong, and he did just fine.
I thought that it would be fun to have Alberto as a guest on the show to tell us about his experiences training on the Cirrus. It is a great interview that looks at flying from the perspective of one of our new members of the pilot community. We hope that you enjoy it!
Thu, 22 September 2016
Our guest on this Podcast is Garin Tentschert. He is the Seattle Base Chief Pilot for Alaska Airlines, and he is currently serving as a Colonel in the USAF Reserve.
Garin shares his remarkable journey that started when he was a "Surfer Dude" in Southern California.
He mistakenly enrolled in an Aviation class at San Diego State University. On the first day of school, he realized that the class was actually an Air Force ROTC course. He immediately knew that he was going to drop that class as soon as he could. But the Professor saw something in Garin, and talked him into staying. As they say, the rest was history!
Garin tells us about the leadership lessons that he learned along the way, and the struggles that he had early on in Air Force Pilot Training.
Captain Tentschert says "Part of being a great leader is knowing how to follow. Sometimes, you have to shut up and listen".
Thu, 3 December 2015
Bob Bonjukian joins us on Talking Flight and introduces our audience to the Airline Dispatcher and Flight Control Career Field. He just finished an amazing career at Alaska Airlines.
Bob dreamed of becoming a pilot when he was in High School, but life got in the way. So he found a workaround and entered the prestigious field of Airline Dispatching and later became one of the "Field Generals" who makes the critical minute to minute decisions to keep the Alaska Airlines operation running smoothly.
We learn about the behind the scenes efforts of our Dispatcher to assist the Pilots in making their flights safe and efficient. The Dispatchers begin to work on a flight long before the pilots arrive at the airport. They are a major reason why the Airline Business has built such a great safety record.
Bob says "Don't let anyone tell you that you can't achieve your dreams".
Thu, 23 October 2014
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!