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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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Now displaying: March, 2020
Mar 30, 2020

Major Lee has 9 years of experience flying both the F-16 and F-35. In 2016, he was selected as the 'Top Instructor Pilot of the Year' for the Air Force's largest F-16 Combat Wing. In 2017, he returned from Afghanistan where his squadron dropped the most ordnance since the opening days of the war. He's flown 82 combat missions and has 4 Air Medals.

He also hosts a '2019 Top Podcast' called "The Professionals Playbook" where he interviews world-class experts on their keys to success.

Major Lee also speaks on human-performance, decision-making, mental-toughness, and how to debrief.

Mar 26, 2020

Major General John Borling has flown the f-4, F-16, SR-71, U-2, B-52 and B-2. In this episode, General Borling shares another hangar flying story you're going to love!

Mar 23, 2020

Interview expert Kirsty Ferguson is a dynamic business writer and inspiring interview coach. She was awarded the 2005 Telstra Micro Business Award for her work in Recruitment. In 2000 Kirsty created Pinstripe Solutions solely to support job seekers. She brings a diverse business background in advertising, publishing, recruitment and in a much earlier life as a government employee. Her first client was a 23-year old pilot with zero interview experience who struggled to string a sentence together. His interview was with elite airline, Cathay Pacific. Yes, with her help he got in!  From there she became a specialist in aviation, but quickly expanded the business to support Professionals from diverse industries; Finance, School Leavers, Emergency Services, Government, ADF and Pharmacy candidates, to name a few. Her ability to build confidence, finesse communication skills, develop unforgettable CV’s and propel candidates into the employers spotlight has to be experienced to be believed.

Mar 19, 2020

Major General John Borling has flown the f-4, F-16, SR-71, U-2, B-52 and B-2. In this episode, General Borling shares a hangar flying story you're going to love!

Mar 16, 2020

Tom Carlin started his aviation career as an Air Force navigator, flying KC-135 airborne refueling tanker aircraft. On his own, he obtained a Private Pilot certificate and bought an airplane.

 

Often, his commander needed tom’s assistance with air transportation issues that oould not be accommodated with Air Force aircraft, and he quickly became the “hero” of the unit. this visibility was instrumental in his getting an assignment to Undergraduate Pilot Training (UPT).

 

Following UPT, he remained as an Instructor Pilot, then became an Aircraft Commander in the C-141. He had numerous missions that involved air refueling and extended crew duty times, sometimes exceeding 24 hours.

 

Later, he flew the RC-135, again on extended missions.

 

After Air Force retirement, he started his airline career with a major airline, and purchased another airplane, this time a retired Air Force T-41 Mescalero trainer. It turns out this is the EXACT airplane your humble podcast host flew as a student pilot in Air Force UPT at Laughlin Air Force Base in 1967!

Mar 12, 2020

World Health Organization designates COVID-19 a pandemic.

 

Stock market tanks, enters bear market territory.

 

Tom Hanks and wife Rita Wilson test positive for COVID-19.

 

A passenger on a JetBlue flight tested positive for COVID-19, and fellow travelers were not quarantined!

 

NBA suspends season after one player tests positive.

 

Schools closing.

 

Colleges transitioning to online only.

 

All travel from Europe suspended for 30 days.

 

Some airlines canceling new-hire classes until Summer.

 

Unrelated: oil prices tank.

Mar 9, 2020

Juan Browne started his flying career as a teenager. He bought his first airplane when he was 15 years old, and has bought and sold dozens of airplanes since.

 

He earned his A&P license right after graduating high school, then attended college on a ROTC scholarship. After graduation, he was commissioned in the Air Force and attended Undergraduate Pilot Training (UPT) at Williams Air Force Base.

 

After UPT, Juan became a T-37 Instructor Pilot at Mather Air Force Base. His next assignment was flying the C-141, and he quickly rose to Aircraft Commander, flying all over the world, nonstop using air refueling.

 

He next flew C-130 aircraft with the Reno Air National Guard, and finally secured a job as an airline pilot.

 

Juan hosts the Blancolirio YouTube channel, with over 1000 videos uploaded.

Mar 5, 2020

The B737 has an interesting stabilizer trim system, which operates at four different speeds.

 

Main Electric Trim

   Flaps Up: .2 units per second

   Flaps Down: .4 units per second

   Autopilot Trim

   Flaps Up: .09 units per second

   Flaps Down: .27 units per second

 

On the -300 and later models, there is a system called Speed Trim, which provides trim inputs during low speed operations with low gross weight, and aft center of gravity. It is most frequently observed during takeoffs and go-arounds. Conditions for the system to operate are:

 

  Airspeed 100-300 KIAS

 

10 seconds after liftoff

 

  5 seconds following release of trim switches

 

  N1 above 60%

 

  Autopilot not on

 

  Sensing of trim requirement

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