43 episodes

Alaska Airlines Captain Mike Swanigan interviews the interesting people he has met during his flying career.

Talking Flight Mike Swanigan

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    • 4.9, 42 Ratings

Alaska Airlines Captain Mike Swanigan interviews the interesting people he has met during his flying career.

    Episode 45: Mr. Stefan Holt, WNBC Anchor and Private Pilot

    Episode 45: Mr. Stefan Holt, WNBC Anchor and Private Pilot

    Stefan Holt is one of the News Anchors at WNBC Television in New York City. He is also a Private Pilot with an Instrument Rating.

    Stefan tells us about his lifelong interest in aviation, and how he worked as a busboy in New York City to earn money for his flying lessons.

    His experience as a pilot has helped him in his televisions news career to report on aviation stories with a higher level of insight and accuracy.

    • 53 min
    Episode 44: Alaska Airlines Captain Elliot Wilson

    Episode 44: Alaska Airlines Captain Elliot Wilson

    Our guest on this show is my long time friend, Alaska Airlines Captain Elliot Wilson.
    I have known Elliot since he was a young child, and he has always had the goal of flying jets for Alaska Airlines. His father was a close friend of mine, and sadly, he passed away several years ago.
    Elliot tells us about growing up with his Dad and about his journey to becoming a successful Airline Captain.

    • 1 hr 14 min
    Episode 43: Mr. Tom Clark, General Aviation Pilot

    Episode 43: Mr. Tom Clark, General Aviation Pilot

    Mike sits down with his long time friend, Tom Clark, to talk about his passion for flying airplanes. Tom has had an amazing broadcast career and he is presently working as the Film Commissioner for the State of South Carolina. He has a Commercial Pilot Certificate and a Certified Flight Instructor License. 

    Tom does a lot of flying and he instructs pilots on how to fly vintage "Tail Dragger" airplanes.

    • 51 min
    Episode 42: Retired Alaska Airlines Captain Mike Swanigan

    Episode 42: Retired Alaska Airlines Captain Mike Swanigan

    Mike Swanigan is his own guest on Talking Flight. His longtime friend, Tom Clark, interviews him on this podcast. Tom is a veteran broadcaster and he is the voice on the intro to Talking Flight. He is presently serving as the Commissioner of the South Carolina Film Commission.

    Mike tells us how his aviation dream was almost derailed when he was a 16-year-old High School Student, and how he overcame many obstacles in his quest to become an airline pilot.

    • 1 hr 49 min
    Episode 41: Alaska Airlines Captain Kevin Kay

    Episode 41: Alaska Airlines Captain Kevin Kay

    Captain Kevin Kay is the first former Fighter Pilot to join us on Talking Flight.

    Kevin took an unusual path to become a USAF pilot. He was accepted to Air Force Undergraduate Pilot Training (UPT) after applying through the Air National Guard. 

    Kevin tells us how he built a network of connections at Air National Guard units around the country to help him figure out what it took to be selected for the program.

    Kevin"s story is about what it takes to become an F-16 pilot.

    • 1 hr 16 min
    Episode 40: Beth Ruggiero York Tells Us About Her Book, Flying Alone

    Episode 40: Beth Ruggiero York Tells Us About Her Book, Flying Alone

    We sit down with Aviation Author Beth Ruggiero York and talk about her new book Flying Alone, a memoir.

    Her book takes us on a wild ride that shows the exhilaration of flying airplanes and the dangers of having to work for a few unscrupulous aviation companies.

    This is a thrilling story of how a young woman struggled and did all of the hard work that it took to be hired as a pilot for a major airline.

    • 1 hr 6 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
42 Ratings

42 Ratings

JennTimberlake ,

Amazing

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!

Tom of ASBC ,

Nice finally meeting you

Mike, I have heard about you from Tom ever since Cadet Officers School through CAP in 1968. Very interesting interview and you certainly have a long career in aviation. I will look forward to meeting you one day. I am a 20 year fighter pilot with the USAF. Flew A-7D, A-10A, and O-2A in Alaska. Had a great time.

RMcBarry ,

Great Aviation Podcast

If you want to know what it is like to be an airline pilot, this is the podcast for you. CAPT Mike Swanigan allows you to hear what it is really like to become and work as a professional pilot. Even if you never aspire to be a pilot, his discussions are great examples on how to focus on a goal an how to achieve it. Thanks Swani!

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