7 episodes

Welcome to the Level Plane Field podcast, a platform where aviation and finances meet. Host David Yu will be interviewing guests from all of the different careers in aviation who can help us explore how each career impacts a family's personal finances and lifestyle.David Yu is a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ practitioner who loves helping people make smart, lasting financial decisions. He runs a financial planning firm, based in Southern California, and has extensive experience working with clients from various industries, with a niche focusing on airline pilots.David’s passion is not only sharing his financial insight with his clients. He is also an avid aviation enthusiast and loves everything about airplanes, air traffic control, charts, and procedures. Deciding to combine his knack for finances and his love for aviation, he has created a community website called the "Level Plane Field," which is also the name of this podcast, the goal of which is to bring aviation and personal finance together.With that goal in mind, David and his wide array of guests will answer the following:• What can someone expect from this career in terms of pay and benefits?• What is the schedule like and how does that affect the family's finances, lifestyle, and dynamic?• How can other people in the same or similar career better manage their finances?• What can we learn from their financial successes and struggles?• What choices did they make that contributed to their successes and struggles?• What are the things they love about their career?• What are some interesting aviation stories they would like to share?Get educated and informed on everything about the aviation world. At the same time, get your personal finances in order and know how to successfully navigate the financial ins and outs of a career in aviation. Join David Yu on the Level Plane Field and propel your financial knowledge to new heights!

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Welcome to the Level Plane Field podcast, a platform where aviation and finances meet. Host David Yu will be interviewing guests from all of the different careers in aviation who can help us explore how each career impacts a family's personal finances and lifestyle.David Yu is a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ practitioner who loves helping people make smart, lasting financial decisions. He runs a financial planning firm, based in Southern California, and has extensive experience working with clients from various industries, with a niche focusing on airline pilots.David’s passion is not only sharing his financial insight with his clients. He is also an avid aviation enthusiast and loves everything about airplanes, air traffic control, charts, and procedures. Deciding to combine his knack for finances and his love for aviation, he has created a community website called the "Level Plane Field," which is also the name of this podcast, the goal of which is to bring aviation and personal finance together.With that goal in mind, David and his wide array of guests will answer the following:• What can someone expect from this career in terms of pay and benefits?• What is the schedule like and how does that affect the family's finances, lifestyle, and dynamic?• How can other people in the same or similar career better manage their finances?• What can we learn from their financial successes and struggles?• What choices did they make that contributed to their successes and struggles?• What are the things they love about their career?• What are some interesting aviation stories they would like to share?Get educated and informed on everything about the aviation world. At the same time, get your personal finances in order and know how to successfully navigate the financial ins and outs of a career in aviation. Join David Yu on the Level Plane Field and propel your financial knowledge to new heights!

    Flying Solo: Navigating The Skies With Denise Jennings

    Flying Solo: Navigating The Skies With Denise Jennings

    Denise Jennings believes her passion for aviation was inherited from her father who flew the PB4Y in World War II. Nearly two decades after he passed, Denise took her first flight lesson and later, obtained her Commercial License and Instrument Rating. She has been flying her Mooney 201 for over 25 years. She is the Business Development Manager at PacMin, Inc., an aviation and aerospace marketing solutions, specializing in helping promote their customers’ brands with custom scale models, 3D rendering services, and targeted digital content for engaging trade show exhibits, experience centers, corporate lobby environments, and museums. Today, she shares with David Yu the story of how she fell in love with flying solo and how flight has evolved over the years.

    • 51 min
    Managing An Airport With Brendan O’Reilly

    Managing An Airport With Brendan O’Reilly

    Airports are one of the most important infrastructures in any physical location, given how vital it is in maintaining an area's connectivity to the rest of the world. This is why airport management is of the utmost importance. There are so many factors that determine whether or not an airport manager can keep that ship running. Brendan O'Reilly, the Airport Manager of Fullerton Municipal Airport, chats with David Yu about the importance of determining the day-to-day operations of an airport. Through thick and thin, the effectivity of an airport manager will ultimately determine if the airport will keep running.

    • 1 hr 29 min
    Becoming An Airplane Pilot With Seth Kolasinski

    Becoming An Airplane Pilot With Seth Kolasinski

    If you dream of becoming an airplane pilot, you will have to go through a lot of schooling and training, and you will need dedication. In this episode, host David Yu talks with Delta Air Lines pilot Seth Kolasinski about his love for aviation and the challenges he faced through the 2001 and 2008 recessions. Seth also talks about his career in aviation under Delta, his early years in school hustling to become an airline pilot, and his experiences as a flight instructor.

    • 1 hr 5 min
    Level Plane Field: Your Road To Private Pilot License And More

    Level Plane Field: Your Road To Private Pilot License And More

    What does it entail to get a private pilot’s license? David Yu of Level Plane Field welcomes you to his podcast of the same name. In this episode, he gives us a view of the exciting things ahead in the show. As a Certified Financial Planner, David works with various airline pilots with their long-term financial plan as far and as well as their investment management. With this, he also shares the financial topics that you may find interesting and helpful. Tune in as you discover a way to learn about the ins and outs of the aviation industry and more.

    • 8 min
    Closing The Gap Between The Rich And The Poor With Gerald Higginbotham

    Closing The Gap Between The Rich And The Poor With Gerald Higginbotham

    An airline pilot for over 30 years, Gerald Higginbotham started his career at Eastern Airlines and Trans World Airlines and is now as a captain at American Airlines. On top of that, he is also the Founder and the President of Captain’s Millionaires, an e-Learning platform that develops people to reach their full potential and close the wealth income gap between the rich and poor. Gerald shares how he grew through his career from the airlines to starting his own business from scratch. Packed within his development training program are his thoughts about the recession, blockchain technology, and the economic system, including some strategies on how we can start living with financial success and freedom. Don’t miss out on this great conversation that will take you to the clouds and beyond.

    • 54 min
    From Pilot To Aviation Instructor With Steve Smith

    From Pilot To Aviation Instructor With Steve Smith

    A career in aviation may seem too far off for some, but through our guest, many have been introduced to various careers in the aviation world. Steve Smith, activities director and aviation instructor at Canyon High School at Orange Unified School District, is someone who was able to create and build an aviation pathway program from scratch where he now teaches ground school. In this episode, Steve shares with us how he got started in aviation and later on decided to teach it to kids. He takes us back to his time going through CFI, building hours, and through the regionals while giving financial advice on the side. He also touches on his aviation program and what the pathway looks like from beginning to end.

    • 38 min

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