A New York native turned southern gentleman! Derek found a niche for public speaking and aviation early on during his years of high school and ultimately realized that he wanted to give back to the community. Derek believes facilitating meaningful and constructive dialogue surrounding emotional and complex topics is the first step toward plausible and sensible solutions. Derek’s passion for aviation is undeniable! In Derek’s spare time he enjoys flying with friends, traveling to new destinations and trying new craft beers!
Derek Vento: More Than Airplanes...
It's been two years since I launched The Traffic Pattern podcast. In one word...wow. But life has been different lately, and that's what I want to share. A little bit more about me. I'm talking about family, a reflection on my time at Atlanta TRACON, a few personal stories and experiences, but most of all explaining life balance. On today's episode it's just me. A raw and transparent version. Hope you enjoy. I hope you all stay safe! Love ya'll.
Dana Colten: Long Live the Maddog
Captain Dana Colten, from Acme Airlines shares his flying journey during the midst of a global pandemic. Stick around for the heartfelt ending. Long live the Maddog!
Laura Savino: This Is Your Captain Speaking
She piloted the B777, B767, B757, B747, B737, B727, A319 and A320 as an international airline pilot/captain for United Airlines.
She flew for Eastern and Pan Am regionals before that. On her way to becoming an airline pilot, she worked as a flight instructor, charter pilot, freight pilot and aerial sightseeing tour pilot.
Today only 5% of pilots are female, a number essentially unchanged since Amelia Earhart’s era. Of those, less than 1% are Captains. She wants to change this. Her dream now is to help other young women rock STEM fields!
Captain Eric Jordan: An Incredible Journey
Airbus 330 Captain, Eric Jordan has been flying for over 30 years! His passion for flying is undeniable. With a plethora of unknowns in the aviation industry, Eric reflects on the early stages of the pandemic, the gracious moments of his flying career, and most of all...family.
Ryan Campbell: "Born To Fly"
At age 19, after spending two years planning, training, and fundraising over a quarter of a million dollars, Ryan successfully flew solo around the world. This expedition broke the world record for the youngest pilot and first teenager to circumnavigate the globe solo in a single engine airplane. 24,000 nautical miles, 35 destinations, and 15 countries providing some profound life lessons. Although Ryan’s world flight brought its own brand of adversity, the true test would come just two years later. A normal day at work turned into anyone’s worst nightmare. A plane crash that occurred after liftoff left Ryan in the hospital, fighting for his life. Six months of hospitalization, over a year-and-a-half in rehabilitation, and the ongoing struggles of living with a spinal injury transformed Ryan into a different person. “I may have lost out physically, but I gained mentally in ways I never knew possible.”
Bonus: PilotEdge SimVenture
While I offer a personal sentiment in this episode, Kevin from PilotEdge ATC shares all of the details about the upcoming SimVenture event! Have you ever considered flying into Oshkosh?! Try it virtually first! Give it a try! You don't want to miss it!
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Love your passion!
Thoroughly enjoyed your podcast, heard you first as a guest on 21.five podcast so I subscribed. Your passion and professionalism is infectious! Thank you!
Suffers from the same problem most other podcasts do
On the right track for subject matter as there are almost no good and consistent aviation podcasts but this one has the same shortcomings most others do which is simply a massive lack of content. Interviewing someone about the Aeroshell Aerobatic team for 40 minutes is gonna get you the same level of understanding as watching a 15 minute YouTube video. People want a long form discussion. If you talk to a person you’ve never met for 40 minutes you aren’t getting to know them. You are learning their name and maybe a little about their background but to try to cover such an in depth topic in an interesting way is going to require an actual conversation. You need to be a skilled interviewer because sometimes when people have done something all their life they don’t necessarily know what is interesting to new people to someone who hasn’t done it or sometimes they’re just not very good at talking because they’ve spent their life learning a skill so you as an interviewer have to learn to pull good material out of them.
So moved by the vulnerability and transparency in the most recent episode. Thank you Rob and Derek for stepping into challenging space to have these hard conversations. Prayerful that your dialogue will lead to further heart change in myself and other subscribers.