19 episodes

The aviation industry is responsible for so much, from bridging countries, continents, and cultures, to making international trade possible. We all know the big names in aviation, from Boeing to Duncan, but what about all the mom-and-pop aviation businesses? The Leaders of Aviation podcast is here to give a voice to those very people. Interviewing aviation small business owners and other aviation personnel, we’ll hear their stories and get a glimpse into their world. Through these stories of triumphs as well as setbacks, we hope to inspire the current and next generation.

The Leaders of Aviation Jeff Lively

    • Leisure
    • 5.0 • 32 Ratings

The aviation industry is responsible for so much, from bridging countries, continents, and cultures, to making international trade possible. We all know the big names in aviation, from Boeing to Duncan, but what about all the mom-and-pop aviation businesses? The Leaders of Aviation podcast is here to give a voice to those very people. Interviewing aviation small business owners and other aviation personnel, we’ll hear their stories and get a glimpse into their world. Through these stories of triumphs as well as setbacks, we hope to inspire the current and next generation.

    Ep 21: Atom Miller - CEO of 69 Cards Co, Coach and Mentor, Web Developer

    Ep 21: Atom Miller - CEO of 69 Cards Co, Coach and Mentor, Web Developer

    If anyone is equipped to be a coach and mentor, it’s Atom Miller.  He’s had a number of curveballs in life that forced him to pivot and dig deep.  Over a course of 5 years Atom went through a divorce, lost his brother, and lost his ex-wife. During this time Atom was a chef, opening his own restaurant, and competing for another. He did marketing and design on the side, but on a very small scale.  In 2013, Atom’s son was shot 12 times and would spend years in the hospital. This forced Atom to stop everything he was doing and start his own business out of necessity.
    For the next 4 years, Atom would struggle with his faith, grow his faith, and learn a lot about himself.  Atom would go from wanting to take his own life in 2013 to starting a legitimate business in 2017.  He had to take his mentality from ‘if it’s gonna be, it’s up to me’, to giving his troubles to the Lord. Atom took small, deliberate steps and rose above his circumstances.  It’s why he’s able to talk to others about mental toughness and clarity. Now he enjoys helping others through his program, Your Kingdom Coach.
    What You’ll Learn:

    The story behind the name 69 Card Co. -& it’s not what you think!
    Why Atom’s son was shot 12 times and how he survived.
    Who paid the $1.6million hospital bill and why.
    The key to winning in Google organically.

    Favorite Quote:
    “It was out of necessity, my business journey and how it began.” -Atom Miller

    • 52 min
    Ep: 20 Mike Howard; Founder and CEO of JetSetter

    Ep: 20 Mike Howard; Founder and CEO of JetSetter

    Mike Howard has been in sales since 6th grade; being an entrepreneur was in his blood.  In his adult years he helped to grow other people’s companies before he decided to grow his own.  Mike was inspired to start a cleaning company to be able to hire friends and family and pay them a decent wage.  He says he’s always been passionate about creating opportunities for others.
    Down the road, Mike was introduced to the world of chartering private jets.  Just like his other jobs, Mike got into this industry because of who he knows.  Making connections is key to growing as an entrepreneur.  Mike knew nothing about aviation before this opportunity, but he knew people that did, and that was enough.  Now his business, JetSetter, is thriving.
    What You’ll Learn:

    How Mike started his entrepreneurial journey in 6th grade.
    How Mike got into the jet chartering business.
    Why accounting for your company is so important.
    Why Mike has no desire to become a pilot.

    Favorite Quote:
    “It’s always been a passion of mine to create opportunities for other people.” -Mike Howard

    • 37 min
    Ep: 19 Gabe Muller; Entrepreneur, Connector, Cirrus Owner, and Smokehouse Pilots Founder

    Ep: 19 Gabe Muller; Entrepreneur, Connector, Cirrus Owner, and Smokehouse Pilots Founder

    Gabe Muller is the a entrepreneur, connector, owner of Muller Consulting Services, a private pilot, and founder of Smokehouse Pilots.  His story is a great mix of business and aviation. Graduating with an accounting degree, Gabe went to work at a small financial planning firm. While there he would spend his lunches at the airfield watching planes land and take off.  He enjoyed listening to the pilots talk to air traffic control, but still wondered what exactly went on in the cockpit. So, Gabe signed up for flight lessons and got his private pilots license.
    Moving to the DC area, Gabe got a job at a different firm and really got into leadership development.  After a year long leadership development training, Gabe realized he really liked building the firm side of things.  He decided it was time to branch out on his own as Muller Consulting Services.  He’s also since founded Smokehouse Pilot, a social pilots club for others that share a passion for aviation.
    What You’ll Learn:

    What business lessons Gabe has learned from aviation.
    What entrepreneurial skills are needed to be a COO.
    How to be intentional with who you serve and why.
    The importance of branding awareness.

    Favorite Quote: “Aviation plus community breeds opportunity.” -Gabe Muller

    • 44 min
    Ep: 17 Vance Hilderman - CEO and CTO of AFuzion, The World’s Largest Aviation and Safety-Critical Services Companies

    Ep: 17 Vance Hilderman - CEO and CTO of AFuzion, The World’s Largest Aviation and Safety-Critical Services Companies

    Growing up, Vance Hilderman dreamed of being in the Naval Academy. He passed all his tests with flying colors, but had less than perfect vision.  Because of this, he was told he could only be a navigator. Vance denied the offer and followed his dream of going into aviation elsewhere.  Today Vance serves as the CEO and CTO of AFuzion, the world’s largest aviation and safety-critical services companies.

    Pursuing degrees in both Computer Engineering and Business, Vance had already had 4 failed businesses before he got it right.  His 5th attempt grew into the world’s largest outsourced aviation avionics software development and certification company. He says the failed attempts taught him one valuable lesson: start with more money. He’s since started a few more successful businesses.

    What You’ll Learn:


    How the TCAS system works and why it’s so important.
    How the eVTOL technology works.
    Why having a mentor is so important.
    Why Vance’s first 4 companies failed.

    Favorite Quote:

    “Boeing sells more aircraft in a month than Hollywood does movies in a year.” -Vance Hilderman

    • 57 min
    Ep 15: Cancelled For Maintenance Podcast Collaboration; Six, MBP and Jeff Talk Career Paths & Trends

    Ep 15: Cancelled For Maintenance Podcast Collaboration; Six, MBP and Jeff Talk Career Paths & Trends

    Today the Leaders of Aviation podcast and the Cancelled For Maintenance podcast are joining forces for the first ever collaboration. As maintenance technicians, Six and MBP share that they had great conversations everyday at work and thought they should be recording some of them. That was the birth of Cancelled For Maintenance. As avid Leaders Of Aviation listeners, we all know Jeff’s story as a pilot and owner of Lively Aviation.  The three men discuss their careers in aviation; the good, the bad, and the ugly.
    What You’ll Learn:

    How regulations drive maintenance tasks.
    How much paperwork goes into aviation maintenance.
    The levels of aviation maintenance in the military.
    How helicopter and airplane maintenance differ.

    • 1 hr 10 min
    Ep 14: Cooper the Pilot; aka Gear Girl, Aviation Promoter, Founder of Hangar 22

    Ep 14: Cooper the Pilot; aka Gear Girl, Aviation Promoter, Founder of Hangar 22

    She goes by many names; Cooper The Pilot or Gear Girl.  She also wears many hats, from musician to founder of non-profit, Hangar 22. Today she shares her story of becoming a pilot.  Orphaned in Korea at the age of 3, Cooper was told she would most likely never be adopted.  At age 4 she found herself among a group of 10 children that would be going to the US.  That would be Cooper's first ever time in an airplane.  She says everything about it, down to the sparkling of the ocean below, inspired a passion for flying.
    She grew up being told that being a pilot was not a dream for a girl.  It wasn’t until after she got married and had 2 kids that Cooper decided it was time to do something for her.  Taking a discovery flight on Saturday, she began looking into flight schools Monday, and was training by Friday.  Finishing in just 6 weeks, Cooper has hit the ground running. She’s passionate about getting more women into aviation. Check out her Instagram @cooperthepilot to learn about scholarships she offers.
    What You’ll Learn:

    What an accelerated pilot's license program looks like.
    How Cooper earned the nickname Gear Girl.
    What percentage of pilots are women.
    Why Cooper started Fly With A New Friend Friday.

    Favorite Quote:
    “The first time I flew over the ocean… it was that sense of freedom.” -Cooper The Pilot

    • 43 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
32 Ratings

32 Ratings

BrandoBlanco ,

Love Jeff’s idea with this podcast

If your a pilot or aviation buff like me you’ll enjoy this podcast. Real people talking about what’s happening with people in the industry. Recommended for everyone who flies or wants to!

My Stuttering Life ,

A MUST LISTEN !!!

I resonated with this podcast being an entrepreneur and having imposter syndrome during some points of my journey. I loved how the discussion turned into resiliency, focusing on time freedom, and having that drive to be your own boss and do things on your time, doing things that YOU want to do. This is an outstanding podcast for any entrepreneur and I salute all the mom and pop businesses out there ROCKING IT OUT !!

HailTheCornholio ,

This will be a top 100 show

This is still a young show, but I know it will be a top 100 show consistently over the next few years. It’s best in show.

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