Alaska Airlines Captain Mike Swanigan interviews the interesting people he has met during his flying career.
Mr. Ross Belfiore, Aviation Maintenance Instructor
Ross Belfiore is a 20-year veteran Aircraft Maintenance Technician at Alaska Airlines. He tells us what it takes to earn the proper FAA credentials to enter the Aircraft Maintenance Field and how he was able to achieve early seniority at Alaska Airlines.
Whenever I had a maintenance problem in San Francisco, Ross was often the Technician who responded to fix the problem.
If Ross says that your jet is fixed and ready to fly, you know that one of the best people in the business has solved your problem.
Episode 55: Flight to Russia
Captain Mike Swanigan tells us the story of the most memorable trip of his career.
In June of 1991, Alaska Airlines started service from Anchorage, Alaska to the former USSR (Russia) flying a specially-equipped Boeing 727-200.
Mike was selected to be on the crew of the inaugural flight, and he learned that flying in the former Soviet Union (Russia) presented some unique challenges.
Episode 55: Alaska Airlines First Officer Chazmin Peters
Chazmin "Chaz" Peters joins us on the podcast to tell about her transformation from a very shy little girl in elementary school to her present status as an experienced Airline Pilot. We recorded this interview just a couple of days before Chaz gave birth to her first child, a beautiful baby girl.
Captain David Glick is interviewed by Mike Swanigan
Captain David Glick is one of the most respected Pilots at Alaska Airlines.
David tells us about the mindset it took for him to earn an Engineering Degree and graduate from USAF Pilot Training (UPT) near the top of his class.
Our listeners will enjoy the positivity that Captain Glick brings to work every day as he flies to the many destinations served by Alaska Airlines.
He also served in the Alaska Air National Guard, where he flew into the war zones of Afghanistan and Iraq.
David has a passion for helping prospective Alaska Airlines pilots prepare for the intimidating Pilot Hiring Board.
Episode 53: Captain Kisa Wiley
Captain Kisa Wiley is the Chief Pilot at the Seattle Base of Horizon Air.
Horizon Air is a subsidiary of the Alaska Air Group, and the airline coordinates its schedules and traffic feed with Alaska Airlines.
Captain Wiley is a third-generation pilot. Her Dad, retired Captain Jim Wiley, had a long career with Alaska Airlines. Her Grandfather, the Late Colonel Jim Wiley, was a Tuskegee Airman who flew combat missions in Europe during World War 2.
Kisa had no interest in becoming a pilot until she was in college. Then, one day, her younger sister, Ali, talked her into attending private pilot ground school. Kisa fell in love with flying, and the rest was history.
Pilot Hiring Boards
Getting hired by a Major or Regional Airline is often a difficult and drawn-out process. The most intimidating part is facing a Pilot Hiring Board (Sometimes called a Captains Board).
Mike Swanigan asked Captains Mike Dibello, George Boslinski, and Michael Hendrix to join this episode to discuss the pilot hiring process.
If you are aspiring to be a Major or Regional Airline Pilot, there is a lot of helpful information on this program.
Mike is an incredible captain and voice of Alaska airlines.
Love this podcast
Alaska airlines is the best airline out there! Being able to listen to a podcast brought to you by a retired captain for Alaska airlines makes it so much better! Thanks for you service as an Airline pilot. I go to church with a super senior as they Call him first officer of Alaska. From the Boeing 727 to the Boeing 737-900er you helped Alaska get to where it is now. Keep up the great work... and it would be so awesome if you could do more podcasts... like three a month would be awesome!! #iflyalaska
Maybe I am biased #iamalaska, but what a fantastic podcast for those who want to better understand aviation and becoming a pilot, for those who wish they had realized earlier in life they want to be a pilot (me) and extremely awesome for the AAG family! Keep it up Captain Swanigan and thanks for your service and flying our passengers safely for all those years!