1 hr 46 min

#12 Rob Bendall-Lead Certification Pilot: Virgin America 5x5 with Scott Corley

    • Aviation

Rob Bendall was the lead certification pilot for the launch of Virgin America. Along with certification Rob has had a role in most things involving the pilots at Virgin America.  Hiring, checking, training, and otherwise supporting the pilots; he has acted as certification pilot, check airman, base chief pilot to system chief pilot.  In this interview we talk about what it took to launch the airline from a pilot’s perspective and many other aspects of the airline.  Rob’s integrity is something I have always admired.  I hope you enjoy this conversation.  Bendall Interview  00:00 Role in Certification  6:00  Pre-Virgin Background  12:25 How the FAA tests the operation via scenario cards on test flights.  16:45 Early VX manual sets  19:45 Pilot Culture and uniforms.    25:30 Goatees, FuManchus, and Professional looks.  44:00 The VA Inflight Entertainment System.  47:45 Ken Beiler Cabin 3.0  49:00 Unions and VX  53:00 ALPA organizing drive.  57:00 Biggest Challenges  60:00  Interviewing Pilots  69:00 Consolidation  71:00 B6/NK  76:50 Who owned the Planes  81:00  The Most Virgin Virgin Company  83:15 Own Safety  84:15 Props to Tech Ops  87:00  Protecting the dignity of the airline.

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Rob Bendall was the lead certification pilot for the launch of Virgin America. Along with certification Rob has had a role in most things involving the pilots at Virgin America.  Hiring, checking, training, and otherwise supporting the pilots; he has acted as certification pilot, check airman, base chief pilot to system chief pilot.  In this interview we talk about what it took to launch the airline from a pilot’s perspective and many other aspects of the airline.  Rob’s integrity is something I have always admired.  I hope you enjoy this conversation.  Bendall Interview  00:00 Role in Certification  6:00  Pre-Virgin Background  12:25 How the FAA tests the operation via scenario cards on test flights.  16:45 Early VX manual sets  19:45 Pilot Culture and uniforms.    25:30 Goatees, FuManchus, and Professional looks.  44:00 The VA Inflight Entertainment System.  47:45 Ken Beiler Cabin 3.0  49:00 Unions and VX  53:00 ALPA organizing drive.  57:00 Biggest Challenges  60:00  Interviewing Pilots  69:00 Consolidation  71:00 B6/NK  76:50 Who owned the Planes  81:00  The Most Virgin Virgin Company  83:15 Own Safety  84:15 Props to Tech Ops  87:00  Protecting the dignity of the airline.

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1 hr 46 min