AFSP 032: Motivation!

Flight training can be difficult.  There may be times you struggle or maybe even want to give up.  We’ve all been there.  Today, I discuss with you some recent events in my life that have motivated me to move forward and I share some tips on keeping yourself motivated throughout your training.


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AFSP 031: What’s in Ginger Dan’s Flight Bag?

Are you a pilot?  If you are, then you have a flight bag with a variety of items inside.  Have you ever wondered what other people bring on their flights?  Today, I will reveal what I bring on all of my general aviation flights.  Here is a list of items in my flight bag:

This is my flight bag:






In the top section: Flashlight, Sunglasses, Beanie, Gloves, Meds/Personal Items, Foggles, Sectionals, E6B, Plotter, and a Fuel Stick.






In the main section:  iPad, Battery Backup, Multi-Tool, Knife, Headphones, Logbook.
Not pictured:  Wallet, Passport, Pilot Certificates, Medical, Extra Pens/Pencils, Gum, Car Keys, Plastic Spoon/Fork.







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AFSP 030: The Road to CFI – The Beginning

Although limited, there are a number of career choices for entry level pilots.  What we refer to as the first rung of the aviation career ladder, though, is the CFI rating.  A great many of pilots begin their professional career as a Certified Flight Instructor.  The road there, though, is not so simple.  Studying for your CFI rating will seem like an insurmountable task but the hard work and dedication you put forward will shape your future forever.  To begin, you must start somewhere and today, I discuss with you the beginning of my journey to becoming a CFI.

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AFSP 029: Leasing Your Aircraft To A Flight School and Fully Automated Airlines?

I’m changing things up this episode.  I don’t have any training material or school related topics to discuss so I’m calling on you, the listener, to write in with your opinion or experience with the two topics of today.  As you know, getting to 1500 hours isn’t easy for everyone.  Should I buy a trainer aircraft and lease it to a flight school and then use the plane whenever I want?  That’s topic number one.

Topic two is about whether or not we will ever see a fully automated airline.  Say what?  No pilot on board?  You must be crazy.  Well, it’s already being done; not with passengers but drones the size of 737s exist and automation is a reality.  However, will we see it in commercial air travel?

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AFSP 028: Listener Mail – Flight School funding options and Aviation audio books

Today I answer two listener emails about flight school funding and where to get flight school audio books. Check out the links below:

Aviation Scholarships:
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AFSP 027: Aviation Resumes and ATP Flight School Pros and Cons

We start the show off with a quick reference for aviation resumes.  We will definitely have to dive into this topic in more detail another time.  Part two is what a lot of people have been asking about.  ATP Flight School – also knows as All ATPs – is a huge accelerated flight school program.  Because of it’s size in influence, I get many questions about the program specifically.  I answer all the major questions about ATP flight school today.

AFSP Bonus Episode 006 – Should I choose an Accelerated Program or Not?

In this Bonus Episode, I answer the same question from two different listeners – should I choose an Accelerated  Program or not?  Both individuals are looking to start or continue their flight training and are considering an accelerated program but their situations are very different.  Listen in to see if the answers are the same or different.

AFSP 026: Jobs for new commercial pilots and how my skills have improved

Hello again everyone!  You’ve completed all your certificates and are now looking for an aviation job.  What kind of jobs can a 250 hour fresh off the presses commercial pilot actually get?  And now that you’ve had all this training, have you really improved as a pilot?  Do your skills now prove your training?  I’ll answer this question as well in today’s episode.

AFSP 025: Commercial Single Engine Addon Check Ride and Updates

The last Check Ride – Single Engine Commercial Addon. It’s finally over! I’ve passed my last check ride and have completed all my ratings. Listen in and I’ll tell you all about this checkride. Thank you all so much for your support. This podcast isn’t going away just because I’m done with flight school. I’m still here and I can still answer your questions so please send them in!

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