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Ready For Takeoff - Turn Your Aviation Passion Into A Career

The Ready For Takeoff podcast will help you transform your aviation passion into an aviation career. Every week we bring you instruction and interviews with top aviators in their field who reveal their flight path to an exciting career in the skies.
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May 23, 2016

John Swanson was an All-American Fencer at the Air Force Academy, then became a Forward Air Controller (FAC) in Vietnam and Laos. Following his combat tours, he became a T-38 Instructor Pilot and a U-2 pilot in the Air Force, then flew for Delta Airlines. He now flies fractional jets.

May 16, 2016

Brigadier General Dale Stovall talks about his time in the Air Force as a combat rescue pilot, his Air force career, and his career as an airline pilot for Fedex following his military retirement.

May 9, 2016

After finishing up a 20-year career flying F-16s in the Air Force, Dan Hampton wrote the New York Times best-seller Viper Pilot, and followed that with three other award-winning books. 

May 2, 2016

Captain Ross "Rusty" Aimer has an entire closet full of airline uniforms, and has flown all over the world, including a stint as the pilot for the Shah of Iran. He is now a much-sought-after aviation safety expert for all of the news shows.

Apr 25, 2016

Mike Penketh was a Marine fighter pilot, warbird pilot, airline pilot, air race pilot and race car driver. Then after experiencing a terrible car crash and losing both of his hands, he regained his flying credentials and won an aerobatics competition. He is now a motivational speaker.

Apr 18, 2016

Steve Ritchie graduated first in his Undergraduate Pilot Training class in 1965, but he almost didn't even get into pilot training due to injuries sustained playing on the championship Air Force Academy football team. After graduation, he made a personal pilgrimage to see the chief Air Force Flight Surgeon, and was successful in making his case. After pilot training he flew the F-104 for a couple of years, then volunteered to fly the F-4 in Vietnam. At DaNang Air Base, he flew the first F-4 Fast-FAC (Forward Air Controller) mission.

After completing his tour of duty in Vietnam, he attended the Top Gun "PhD of Fighter Pilots" Fighter Weapons School, then remained there as an instructor. But the war in Vietnam raged on, and Steve volunteered to go back. After a short detour, he ended up in the vaunted 555th Tactical Fighter Squadron, and shortly after he arrived Operation Linebacker was launched against Hanoi. Steve was selected to fly the MiG-CAP mission, and during the next four months downing 5 enemy MiG-21 aircraft, becoming the Air Force's first (and only) pilot ace of the war.

But perhaps his most important mission was the rescue of his squadron-mate and friend, Roger Locher, who had been shot down on the first day of Linebacker and evaded capture for 23 days. The two-day mission involved over 100 aircraft in the most famous rescue of the war. Another Academy graduate that Steve personally trained, Dale Stovall, flew the rescue helicopter further into enemy territory than any other rescue of the war to make the pickup. (We'll meet Dale, now a retired Brigadier General, in a future podcast.)

After the Air Force, Steve became a featured motivational speaker and aerial demonstration pilot.

Apr 11, 2016

Ron Rapp got the flying bug early, and started flying, and instructing, in every airplane he could find. In addition to basic and instruments, he taught aerobatics and formation. His formation flying led to his joining a sky typing team. He now flies a Gulfstream internationally, and runs the House of Rapp aviation blog.

Apr 4, 2016

Chad Hennings was an All-American football player in high school, and could have had his choice of any college in the country. He chose the United States Air Force Academy, where he was named Western Athletic Conference Defensive Player of the Year.
After graduation, although he was drafted by the Dallas Cowboys, he opted to serve his country as a fighter pilot, flying the A-10 on 45 combat missions during the Gulf War.
After completing his active duty service commitment, he was again selected by the Dallas Cowboys, and went on to win THREE Super Bowls!

Mar 28, 2016

Blaine Jones was a commercial baker who started taking flying lessons in early September, 2001. Then the attacks of September 11th galvanized him to serve his country. He volunteered for the Air Force, and became a fighter pilot. Not just any fighter pilot - Blaine flew the F-15, the F-22, and was selected for the thunderbirds aerial demonstration team.

Mar 21, 2016

TOPGUN instructor Steve Harden developed the CRM training program for his new employer, Fedex, and now teaches CRM principles to the medical community.

Mar 14, 2016

Dick Powers was a pilot with Eastern Airlines during the Golden Age of Aviation. After Eastern went out of business, Dick resurrected his career as a freight pilot with FEDEX. He now conducts airline safety audits worldwide.

Mar 7, 2016

Patty Wagstaff has been an aerobatic champion for over three decades. In this episode of Ready For Takeoff, we learn about how she became an international champion.

Feb 29, 2016

Donnie Cochran became the first African-American member of the Navy Blue Angels aerial demonstration team, and later the first African-American Team Leader.

Feb 22, 2016

In this episode of the Ready For Takeoff podcast we talk to Dr. Sam Martin, "The Great Sambini", an Air Force fighter pilot who flew O-2A, A-37, A-10 and F-117 aircraft.

Feb 15, 2016

In this episode of the Ready For Takeoff podcast we talk to Brenda Robinson, the first African-American female to earn the wings of gold as a Naval Aviator. Following her service with the navy, Brenda flew for American Airlines for 17 years, then founded the non-profit Aviation Camps of the Carolinas, LLC.

Feb 8, 2016

In this episode of the Ready For Takeoff podcast we discuss high altitude physiology, including a discussion of the atmosphere, hypoxia, and evolved gas dysbarisms.

Feb 1, 2016

In this episode of the Ready For Takeoff podcast we talk to Shawn Akers, a pilot who worked his way up from flying 7-leg single-pilot night check deliveries to getting an airline job.

Jan 25, 2016

Walt Fricke has been a pilot since he was 12 years old. He flew helicopters in Vietnam, and was severely injured. As a result of his experiences as an injured veteran, he founded Veterans Airlift Command, a 501c(3) charity that provides air transportation to injured veterans.

Jan 18, 2016

Gary Heberlein is an air ambulance pilot who has worked his way up through the piloting ranks, flying a variety of aircraft, including Beech 18s carrying night freight.

Jan 11, 2016

Phil Pagoria went the civilian route to his goal of flying for a major airline. In the process, he "paid his dues" in challenging, low-paying jobs and worked his way up to flying "big iron".

Jan 4, 2016

Bill Straw is a contract Phenom pilot with extensive experience ferrying light planes all over the world.

Ready For Takeoff - Aviation and Commercial Airline Podcast - Your source for thoughts from the flight deck and beyond for Airplane Geeks looking for aviation careers.

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Dec 29, 2015

Winter operations, including deicing, ground operations, and flight in icing conditions.

Ready For Takeoff - Aviation and Commercial Airline Podcast - Your source for thoughts from the flight deck and beyond for Airplane Geeks looking for aviation careers.

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https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/apg-199-happy-holidays!/id441028270?i=359234860&mt=2

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Airplane Geeks
https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/airplanegeeks-382-women-boeing/id282825594?i=359468941&mt=2

Thoughts from the flight deck
https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/are-your-takeoffs-really-safe/id286681986?i=358500366&mt=2

Aviation Careers podcast
https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/acp100-agricultural-flying/id544473518?i=358747249&mt=2

Dec 29, 2015

A Blackwater contract pilot in Afghanistan.

Ready For Takeoff - Aviation and Commercial Airline Podcast - Your source for thoughts from the flight deck and beyond for Airplane Geeks looking for aviation careers.

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Airplane Geeks
https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/airplanegeeks-382-women-boeing/id282825594?i=359468941&mt=2

Thoughts from the flight deck
https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/are-your-takeoffs-really-safe/id286681986?i=358500366&mt=2

Aviation Careers podcast
https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/acp100-agricultural-flying/id544473518?i=358747249&mt=2

Dec 29, 2015

We discuss hotel security, including personal protection and fire protection.

Ready For Takeoff - Aviation and Commercial Airline Podcast - Your source for thoughts from the flight deck and beyond for Airplane Geeks looking for aviation careers.

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Airplane Geeks
https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/airplanegeeks-382-women-boeing/id282825594?i=359468941&mt=2

Thoughts from the flight deck
https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/are-your-takeoffs-really-safe/id286681986?i=358500366&mt=2

Aviation Careers podcast
https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/acp100-agricultural-flying/id544473518?i=358747249&mt=2

Dec 29, 2015

We discuss travel security preparations and the activities you must do BEFORE you travel.

Ready For Takeoff - Aviation and Commercial Airline Podcast - Your source for thoughts from the flight deck and beyond for Airplane Geeks looking for aviation careers.

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Commercial airline podcast
https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/accident-analysis/id1013207395?i=358256749&mt=2

Airplane Geeks
https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/airplanegeeks-382-women-boeing/id282825594?i=359468941&mt=2

Thoughts from the flight deck
https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/are-your-takeoffs-really-safe/id286681986?i=358500366&mt=2

Aviation Careers podcast
https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/acp100-agricultural-flying/id544473518?i=358747249&mt=2

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