21 episodes

What's it REALLY like to be a professional pilot? Find out on Stick Talk!

Join me as I sit down with real pilots from all niches of the aviation industry ranging from the regional airlines, major airlines, Part 135 Charter, Part 91 Private, cargo, flight instruction, and more to discuss their advice and gripes about their office in the sky.

Make sure to follow Stick Talk on Instagram and check out our website for more aviation related content. Thanks for listening and fly safe!

Stick Talk Grant Weiner

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    • 5.0, 12 Ratings

What's it REALLY like to be a professional pilot? Find out on Stick Talk!

Join me as I sit down with real pilots from all niches of the aviation industry ranging from the regional airlines, major airlines, Part 135 Charter, Part 91 Private, cargo, flight instruction, and more to discuss their advice and gripes about their office in the sky.

Make sure to follow Stick Talk on Instagram and check out our website for more aviation related content. Thanks for listening and fly safe!

    Episode 21 - You should really consider this time building gig (with Juan and Clay)

    Episode 21 - You should really consider this time building gig (with Juan and Clay)

    This episode is all about the life of two aerial survey pilots. Juan and Clay fly a variety of conventional twin engine airplanes equipped with a high tech gimbal and camera based out of Columbus, OH. The lifestyle is unpredictable but the time building speaks for itself. Listen to the episode to hear what it takes to become an aerial survey pilot!
    Clay's Instagram 
    Juan's Instagram 
    Their company 
    Their views 

    • 43 min
    Episode 20 - My first type rating (with Dan S.)

    Episode 20 - My first type rating (with Dan S.)

    On Episode 20 of Stick Talk, I am joined by good friend and fellow aviator, Dan. Dan describes how hazardous attitudes and the lack of mandatory recurrent training have lead to unacceptable fatality rates in General Aviation. It is not only enough to encourage and participate in frequent proficiency efforts, recurrent training must be MANDATORY for ALL pilots. In addition, we discuss that Safety is expensive and how money often plays a major role in the overall safety culture of an operation. 
    I recently had the opportunity to receive my first type rating! Thanks to the AZBAA Type Rating Scholarship, I was able to learn how to fly a Learjet 35A. It was an incredible experience and I describe all of the things I learned and appreciated about this opportunity. 
    Links to studies mentioned in this episode 
    Dan's Instagram
    Learjet 35A crash KTEB Runway 1
    AZBAA wesbite
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    • 1 hr 12 min
    Episode 19 - The Pete S. Interview

    Episode 19 - The Pete S. Interview

    Pete S. is a recently retired American Airlines pilot with a plethora of experience and wisdom. He now teaches Aeronautical Science courses at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Prescott, AZ. In this episode, Pete describes his career as an airline pilot, the challenges that coronavirus brought with classroom instruction at the college level, and why he chose to pursue another career as a professor. In addition, Pete offers his two cents on the Boeing vs Airbus debate after 20 years flying Boeing aircraft and 8 years on the A321 series. 
    You can find out more about Pete and all of the resources he has to offer at his website fromtheleftseat.com.
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    Thank you for listening and fly safe!

    • 53 min
    Episode 18 - The Shelby K. Interview

    Episode 18 - The Shelby K. Interview

    Shelby is an inspiration to all aspiring aviators. She currently serves as Cruise Captain on a Bombardier Global 5000 for Planet Nine Private Air. She received her Private Pilot License just before entering her Freshman year of college at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Prescott, AZ where she would finish the rest of her ratings and work as a CFI. She was involved in several extracurricular programs throughout her time as a student and instructor, and continues to inspire young aviators within her local 99's Chapter. 
    Shelby discusses her path to becoming a pilot, her experience at ERAU both as a student and instructor, and the culture shock of flying a Global 5000 all over the globe. 
    Shelby is a prime example of an individual who developed an excellent plan of action, followed the plan throughout many years of diligence and hard work, and is currently reaping the benefits of her dedication. 
    If you enjoyed this episode, make sure to leave us a review and a 5 star rating! 
    Check out my latest youtube video where I discuss my experience getting my first type rating!
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    Thank you for listening and fly safe!
     

    • 32 min
    Episode 17 - The Erin H. Interview

    Episode 17 - The Erin H. Interview

    Erin H. is a financial peace queen and organization guru. Her passion for helping others almost outweighs her passion for aviation (emphasis on 'almost'). Erin and I met as students at Embry-Riddle. She served as the Executive Assistant to the Chair of the Flight Department while I was a Student Dispatcher. Erin's positive attitude and undeterred work ethic makes her an incredible colleague, instructor, and overall aviator. Some of my best memories from being a Flight Instructor were flying with Erin for various qualification missions. 
    Erin and I discuss our experience as students at ERAU and whether or not the education is a smart investment. How much does it ACTUALLY cost? What does one receive in return for that investment? Is it a worthwhile return on investment? Find out on this episode!
    Erin also talks about rediscovering her passion for aviation throughout her time as a Bush pilot in Coldfoot, Alaska. Lastly, Erin talks about her Organization and Logbook Consolidation services. Erin helped me transform my messy paper logbook records into a sleek, streamlined program that contains all of my aviation experience, records, and qualifications. If you haven't had this done and don't even know where to begin, let Erin handle it for you. I guarantee you will be overjoyed with your results. You can contact her directly via Instagram by clicking this link:
    Erin's Instagram 
    For more information on how to be in control and at peace with your money check out:
    http://daveramsey.com/
    Don't forget to leave us a rating and a review, thank you for listening and fly safe!

    • 41 min
    Episode 16 - The Sam M. Interview

    Episode 16 - The Sam M. Interview

    Sam and I met four years ago at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University when he was beginning his career as a Flight Instructor and I was a Student Pilot. Sam spent several years as a Flight Instructor and Head Coach of the Golden Eagles Flight Team before pursuing a career in Business Aviation. Sam now works as a First Officer on a Falcon 7X for Planet Nine Private Air. Sam offers excellent insight on how to take advantage of your time as a CFI to gain more intangible skills other than mere flight time. Sam describes what it is really like to be a Corporate Pilot for Planet 9 and how every single corporate pilot job is vastly different from the next. Planet 9 specializes in international Part 135 Custom VIP Charter that averages eight to ten hours of flight time per flight. This means crews spend up to 24 hours together in order to successfully complete a mission. Sam emphasizes the importance of understanding people and learning how to work with people in close proximity for extended periods of time. He shares his favorite quote from his second favorite book, The Subtle Art of Not GIving a F**k" and discusses the importance of positivity and perspective. Lastly, Sam shares a crazy story about getting quarantined in Abu Dhabi, UAE due to COVID-19 laws changing every hour. They were unable to enter the country and were forced to turn the Falcon jet into a million dollar camp site.  
    Planet 9
    Sam Morris 
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    Thank you for listening and fly safe!

    • 1 hr 6 min

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