13 episodes

In over 20 years of aviation, we’ve learned the journey is filled with twists and turns, heartache, and thrills. This podcast is raw, authentic, and gritty, it will showcase both the magic and the madness of what it means to be in aviation.

Episodes include conversations with the people who are teaching us, challenging us, and working with us. We also have direct conversations with you about what’s working and not in the pursuit of becoming and staying a professional pilot.

You don’t have to plot the course alone, success comes from our community.

Raven Careers Aviation Podcast Raven Career Development

    • Leisure
    • 5.0 • 20 Ratings

In over 20 years of aviation, we’ve learned the journey is filled with twists and turns, heartache, and thrills. This podcast is raw, authentic, and gritty, it will showcase both the magic and the madness of what it means to be in aviation.

Episodes include conversations with the people who are teaching us, challenging us, and working with us. We also have direct conversations with you about what’s working and not in the pursuit of becoming and staying a professional pilot.

You don’t have to plot the course alone, success comes from our community.

    #12 How Much Leisure Travel Does It Take? | The CEO's Perspective - What’s Next for Pilot Contracts?

    #12 How Much Leisure Travel Does It Take? | The CEO's Perspective - What’s Next for Pilot Contracts?

    Host, Jason DuVernay sits down with Ben Baldanza, the former CEO of Spirit Airlines to talk about the industry again. Ben gives his expertise on below the wing pain, consolidation, regional staffing, and career planning. 


    Are you ready for the largest in-person hiring event of 2021? It takes place on October 22-24th and will be unlike any job fair you've ever been to. Check out www.rtag.org to learn more. 


    Timestamps:


    Don't skip the intro! I sit down with the President of RTAG to give you great information on their upcoming Job Fair!


    6:56 - Ben’s recent travel experiences, what they’ve been covering on their show, and how airlines are dealing with below the wing employment gaps.


    14:03 - Ideal business travel uptick season


    17:58 - Data-based forecasts around business travel returns until we see what happens this fall.


    21:20 - What is the difference between cash neutral and profitable? 


    27:54 - Are we simply riding a wave of pent-up leisure travel or can we expect this trajectory to continue?


    29:30 - Largely past the bankruptcy risk?


    31:47 - How do Legacy airlines ensure their regionals are properly staffed with all of this hiring?


    35:56 - With the insane hiring numbers we’ve seen lately are Airlines at risk of over-hiring?


    37:41 - From the CEO's perspective, how do major airlines attract pilots in the long term?


    40:42 - How do pilots measure the future growth of airlines?


    44:36 - Consolidation threats in the US market?


    46:09 - How are we going to get below the wing employees back?


    47:42 - What inflationary pressures are airlines dealing with now?


    50:54 - As pilots look forward into their careers, what should pilots be paying attention to that may not be so obvious?


    56:26 - Ben’s advice for pilots looking to make move in their careers.


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    Hosted by Jason DuVernay, Raven Careers


    The statements made in this show are our own opinions and do not reflect, nor were they under any direction of any of our employers. 

    • 1 hr 2 min
    #11 Skillbridge | How To Transition From The Military

    #11 Skillbridge | How To Transition From The Military

    Host, Jason DuVernay sits down with DOD Skillbridge Experts Boris Kun and Max Shuman.


     


    Mr. Kun directs the Department of Defense Credentialing, SkillBridge, and US Military Apprenticeship Programs from the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense in support of the Assistant Secretary of Defense.


    Mr. Kun is responsible for the oversight, development, and execution of the DoD-wide education, training, and credentialing IT reform and data analysis, credentialing, job skills training, and apprenticeship programs. 


    He advises the highest levels of the DoD, the Executive Office of the President of the United States, and various Federal Departments in total workforce development and management.  Boris’ office is located in the Pentagon, where he arrived with over a decade of experience in management, analysis, and workforce development.


    Max Shuman is an incredible wealth of knowledge on the subject of Skillbridge. His personal success with the program as well as the mentorship he has provided our clients has been invaluable. Max is a naval academy graduate with a Bachelors of science in aerospace engineering as well as a Master of Science in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Maryland, and just for good measure he picked up a Masters of Arts in National security and strategic studies from the Naval War College. Max is a successful F/A-18 pilot, serving as a squadron XO and CO in the F/A-18E, Max has had 4 deployments of which 3 were combat deployments.


    Max served as the Commanding Officer of VFA-105 “Gunslingers” as an O-5, The Ops officer of the USS Theodore Roosevelt, he served a pentagon tour with the Office of the Secretary of Defense, was the Commanding officer of Navy munitions command Atlantic as an O-6 and finally served his final tour as Director of Ops at the Joint Warfare Analysis Center.


    Quite simply Max is a wildly accomplished naval aviator who understands the command side and applicant side of this program better than most.


     


    Timestamps:


    [06:02] Introductions


    [56:21] How does Skillbridge fit in with Terminal Leave?


    [01:05:15] How to deal with Commanding Officers that say you already have a skill and what are the cost-savings in this program?


    [01:20:30] How do you deal with pushback? How should you introduce this to your CO?


    [01:35:50] How do you pitch Skillbridge to a potential employer?


    [01:44:17] Unseen savings opportunities for organizations including test-driving a potential employee.


    [01:48:49] What are the need-to-know items for an applicant and CO?


    [02:00:05] How does a company become a vetted partner?


     


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    Hosted by Jason DuVernay, Raven Careers


    The statements made in this show are our own opinions and do not reflect, nor were they under any direction of any of our employers. 

    • 2 hr 31 min
    #10 Business Travel Expert Roundtable | Brian Sumers & Ilene Onieal

    #10 Business Travel Expert Roundtable | Brian Sumers & Ilene Onieal

    Long-haul international travel and business travel are the buzzwords we are watching the closest lately. Industry experts agree these sectors will be the last to return. How long will it take? To what capacity will it return? Is our current optimism warranted? 


    Host, Jason DuVernay sits down with industry experts Brian Sumers of Skift.com and Global Travel Manager Ilene Onieal to try and make sense of it all. Will Southwest's high-frequency play attract small business travelers? Have travel policy restrictions been relaxed? Is government support creating an unequal playing field? What does this mean for you and your career?


    Timestamps:


    [02:07] Introductions


    [05:20] How can airlines retain small to medium-sized business accounts?


    [08:16] Will brand loyalty be enough to keep travel accounts?


    [10:40] Southwest's high-frequency play.


    [12:56] High-end leisure travel, will it return?


    [15:26] Can we be optimistic?


    [17:10] Leisure carriers going public, what does it mean for the industry?


    [18:04] Have travel policy restrictions been relaxed? What is the new timeline?


    [21:15] Business meetings and events, where are they?


    [23:49] Sustainability?


    [24:40] How will business travel return?


    [29:19] American's 10K, whispers of bankruptcy protection?


    [31:13] Is government support creating an uneven playing field? 


    [32:22] Is Scott Kirby delusional, or is he seeing an opportunity others cannot see?


    [37:27] Future of the industry.


    [38:18] Border restrictions and testing, how bad is it?


    [43:20] Do you think we will get back to 2018 numbers...soon?


    [50:38] Upcoming episode teaser.


    www.RavenCareers.com


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    Hosted by Jason DuVernay, Raven Careers


    Contributions: René Armas Maes


    The statements made in this show are our own opinions and do not reflect, nor were they under any direction of any of our employers. 

    • 55 min
    #9 Former Spirit CEO On ULCC Disruption & What's Next | Ben Baldanza

    #9 Former Spirit CEO On ULCC Disruption & What's Next | Ben Baldanza

    The Ultra-Low-Cost-Carrier model has exploded worldwide. After doing exceedingly well during two previous downturns, 9/11 and the 2008 recession, these carriers are once again gearing up for rapid expansion as we emerge from COVID-19. 


    Frontier is the first passenger carrier to announce hiring during the COVID crisis. Spirit is rumored to start up interviews again soon. Despite this impressive feat, the arrogant attitude towards the ULCC’s has continued amongst some pilots even after they’ve seen explosive growth and contractual gains.


    We sat down with former Spirit CEO Ben Baldanza to make sense of it all. We talk about winners and losers. Is Delta delusional to think they can be cash neutral in Q2? We discuss timelines for bankruptcies and possible mergers. We learn what’s next from a true expert and industry insider who has served as a high-level leader within pretty much every major airline.


    Listen to this fascinating interview with JetBlue Board Member and Former Spirit CEO Ben Baldanza and Raven’s own ULCC Pilot, Jason DuVernay. 


    We hope you enjoy this candid inside perspective and much as we did.  


     


    Timestamps:


    [02:18] How has Ben's fascination with strategy and board games affected the way he leads in business?


    [07:35] Breeze Airlines: How will they disrupt?


    [14:44] Industry Status: Optimism in quarterly reports, delusional?


    [24:50] ULCC comparisons


    [29:37] Q2 Cash neutral, a pipe dream?


    [35:00] Why haven't we seen much success with ULCC's using wide-body aircraft?


    [39:15] Passengers who fly ULCC's; cheap or smart? An economics lesson.


    [42:52] Cares Act 2: Should pilots be excited about their recall?


    [44:51] "Hope is not a strategy," United's candor.


    [48:02] CASM: Are ULCC's able to outlast legacy price pressure?


    [50:43] Is consolidation something we should be preparing for? Ben's Five bold predictions for the US airline industry in 2021


    [1:00:22] Canceled: Spring Break 2021


    [1:04:30] What keeps Ben up at night?


    [1:09:18] What is Ben optimistic about?


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    The statements made in this show are our own opinions and do not reflect, nor were they under any direction of any of our employers. 

    • 1 hr 20 min
    • video
    Ben Baldanza Episode Teaser

    Ben Baldanza Episode Teaser

    • 1 min
    #8 IATA Global Head of Cargo Glyn Hughes | The Future of Air Cargo

    #8 IATA Global Head of Cargo Glyn Hughes | The Future of Air Cargo

    2020 has been a devastating year for passenger carriers while cargo has seen record revenues. Air cargo has pumped a little lifeblood into passenger airlines as well, but is it enough to save them? Glyn Hughes the Global Head of Cargo for IATA joins Jason to talk about the fascinating world of Air Cargo and your role in meeting the needs of a hungry world economy.


    What can we expect in 2021 and beyond? Will the cargo machine keep humming? What about passenger airlines? What the heck is an ACMI carrier? Sit back, relax, and enjoy this ride through the world of Air Cargo.


    Timestamps:


    [02:10] Intro


    [05:15] What does Glyn’s role look like?


    [09:01] Global Cargo Industry: How has the response by different carriers and government bodies varied? How important is the movement of cargo to the global economy?


    [16:08] How do you protect the flight crew during Covid-19?


    [18:20] How have positive test results in pilots affected the cargo carrier’s ability to respond to the needs of commerce?


    [21:22] The personal toll placed on cargo pilots. The unsung heroes of the pandemic.


    [26:00] Vaccine movement, ensuring safe transportation of temperature sensitive vaccines. Supply chain challenges.


    [33:13] Total tonnage down, revenue is up, but it’s not all profit.


    [35:04] What sort of limitations do passenger carrying airlines have for carrying cargo?


    [36:03] What sort of limitations do passenger carrying airlines have for carrying cargo?


    [39:17] For passenger carriers, what percentage of fleets are you seeing flying cargo only? How is this changing the way these carriers see their revenue plans moving forward?


    [46:26] Tourism vs. cargo, can cargo save the passenger airlines? Can we expect further growth from cargo carriers? Why don't ULCC carriers typically carry cargo?


    [53:50] When we look at Amazon fulfillment, are we going to see more of a shift to narrow-body aircraft in the cargo industry?


    [58:50] ACMI carriers and Ad-hoc vs. FedEx & UPS models. What's the difference?


    [1:05:50] Animals by air?


    [1:07:13] What keeps Glyn up at night?


    [1:15:05] What is Glyn excited for looking into the future?


     


    www.RavenCareers.com


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    Hosted by Jason DuVernay, Raven Careers


    The statements made in this show are our own opinions and do not reflect, nor were they under any direction of our employers. 

    • 1 hr 21 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
20 Ratings

20 Ratings

Subuwallace ,

Military subscriber/Listener

These Raven Career Development podcasts are an awesome addition to their services.
I really enjoy that I can pick a random episode without any background info and understand what’s going on. Their guest provide great insights into the industry for the new and experienced.
I’m looking forward to the military transition episode with RTAG!
Keep em coming Raven Career Development.

Nashville Pilot ,

Excellent insight!

Thank you for the excellent insight and analysis of the industry. Your guests bring much needed context to this dynamic industry and challenging times.

Keep Climbing ,

Expert professional development advice

The folks at Raven are professional and truly care about the pilots they are helping with their service. The podcast is a wonderful public extension of what they do for their clients on a personal level.

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