Persistence, Persistence, Persistence! Shane Storz is an outstanding example of what it is like to be persistent in aviation. Since 1979, Shane has helped grow his family aviation business into an airline. Air Choice One Airlines is a St. Louis based airline that is growing its fleet! When you listen to Shane, you understand why his airline is different. He is doing a great job of arriving into smaller cities and becoming a business partner for the town. When was the last time your airline called itself a business partner to you? Shane has had many rolls at the airline but has always been on the look out for his niche in the airline industry. It is not easy to get a spot at Chicago O'Hare, but his passion and persistence paid off!! If you are a pilot and are looking at a neat opportunity to fly for a growing airline submit your resume to Air Choice One Airlines!
Tonight must have been one of the coolest stories ever! Krike Machon came on the show this evening to talk about this P.I. Detective work he has been doing to track down an airplane. For the past year he has been looking for an old Douglas C-54. Which is an old Douglas DC-4 painted and issued to the military. Back in the 1940's Kirke's town rallied and raised over $500,000 in war bonds to have their name painted on this airplane. Over 60 years later, Kirke is trying to track down this airplane and bring a part of it home. Its a neat way aviation teaches us lessons not just in aviation but how we need to act as a community as well. Who wants to help Kirke get a piece of this airplane in Arizona?
Al was literally firing up the PT6 on the King Air at the same time the PT6 fired up on the intro to the show. Need not to worry because we had another "Al" as a co-host. Marc brought in Alex Kottoulas as a guest co-host to fill in for Al. It was a great night. Lots of great topics were brought up like sharing the cost of flying, passing an IFR checkride and lots more. There literally is so much to talk about with little time! We can't believe it! Al may have lost his co-hosting spot to Alex. There has been too much feedback saying "bring Alex back!"
Greg Morris of Gauntlet Warbirds joined us tonight! He is incredibly passionate and talented about elevating the level of airmenship of his clients to the highest level. Its pretty awesome. He also contributes to the elite group of aviators at the Air Force Test Pilot Program. Its quite exciting. Greg really has carved a niche out for himself and his business. Its a lot of fun listening to him because its easy to understand that he really loves what he does.
Ron Klutts brought back a friendly reminder in aviation. That is that we are always learning. Ron is a CFI in the Bay Area and runs a great blog called - www.rightseatflying.com. The blog is a memoir of the real learning opportunity as a CFI. Students teach the teacher. We couldn't agree more. We almost feel that if you aren't always learning you aren't a great CFI. Make sure that you pick the right CFI. Ron is a great example of what one should be!
When was the last time someone got their IFR ticket in less than $4,000, 6 days and in 40.3 hours of simulated instrument? Well, last month. Jacob Eiting has totally disrupted the way you should train and obtain your instrument rating. Jacob latched on to everything that Pilot Edge had to offer and almost self teach himself instruments. Pilot Edge turned out to be one of the most important tools in Jacobs training. Jacob, and his Cherokee 140 embarked on a trip of a lifetime! At the end of the trip....he walked away with his IFR ticket!
John Slemp proves that aviation isn't just a group for pilots but its truly an industry. Its pretty awesome to listen to John and his passion for getting the right shot in aviation. He is a very talented aviation photographer and runs the aviation photography business and websiteAerographs. John isn't just interested in taking air-to-air photos. He really enjoys taking beautiful shots of airplanes on the ground and the faces behind them. When you listen to the show, listen to the mastermind and passion behind this awesome creativity in aviation. We love hearing stories on how different, complex and rewarding aviation is. Its truly awesome!
The words, "Passion for Aviation" are synonymous with John and Martha King. It was a complete honor to have these aviation legends on our show. It won't take you long to hear how their passion translates to a contagious enthusiasm for the rest of us. With a focus on a Simple, Clear, and Fun approach to training, John and Martha talked with us about a myriad of topics including a paradigm shift from safety to mitigated & managed risk. Most of all we learned about what a great team they are, and the tremendous benefit that means for all of us.
Okay, we can't hide it. This is a do-over of our March 17th show! Marc and Al really wanted to give you something to help with your commutes, your aviation cravings, and podcast addictions. Our original show did not meet our technological standards of quality. We think you'll really enjoy this episode and EVEN the Sunday Night Chuckle! We talk about our own misconceptions and ignorance's in aviation as well as a couple "What If" scenarios. Thanks very much for listening! Enjoy the show!
Entrepreneurship and aviation has been a resonating tone on SimpleFlight Radio! Wade Eyerly, the CEO and Co-Founder of SurfAir joined us on the radio show tonight! Its really neat to hear the passion that entrepreneurs have towards aviation. Its a great industry to start a business because demand is high and satisfaction is low! SurfAir is designed to tackle exactly that problem. Their revolutionary airline model is going to be a lot of fun to watch develop. There is one word that Wade said that really struck a nerve, and that is "community." To have a community based airline that drives new routes and traffic is really neat. Listen in to this interview, its been a lot of fun. See how one entrepreneur is taking aviation head on!