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Recorded on 5th of August, 2020
On episode 52, I am joined by Squawk Ident crew member and co-host RobD, who is taking a break from pouring money into his new yacht to join us today. We are recording as breaking news has spread around the aviation community just hours ago that a group of Senate Republicans are potentially backing the extension of the CARES act for an additional 6 months with an additional $25 billion in payroll assistance for U.S. Airlines. We will discuss what this potentially means for airline crew here in the US.
We also have the opportunity to speak with a phenomenal aviator, fabricator, and motorcycle gear head and racer who will join us from the AI Systems Inc. hanger in Redmond, Oregon, where he is currently taking a break from the build of his Lancair Legacy. He shares his journey in aviation with us and explains the challenges in building your own aircraft. Join RobD and I as we welcome to the show Mr. Jonathan Gruber.
Recorded on August 4th, 2020
This is episode 51 of Squawk Ident, recorded from the mobile Av8r sound studios on the 14th floor of the Prince Waikiki Hotel on the island of Oahu. We are under Hawaii’s mandated limited airline crew isolation while recording this episode. I can't think of a better way to spend time in isolation than to produce the Squawk Ident Podcast with all of you. Today, I am joined by Captain Chris in the studio and my Squawk Ident Crew (Captain Roger and RobD) from across the Pacific via the magic of the inter webs.
We discuss flight training in the King Air and the human factors involved with in-flight emergencies, we explain WARN letters and how many aviators have been affected by them, and RobD tells us about his recent weather related diversion into Ft. Hood. All this and more on this the 51st episode of Squawk Ident.
Recorded on the 23rd of July, 2020
On episode 50 of Squawk Ident, I am so very excited to sit down with a phenomenal aviator whom I first met a few years ago, while flying a 2 day sequence together. I can remember that I was intrigued the moment he told me about the rigors of his Team USA triathlon training schedule. He was preparing for an event that he would be participating in just days after our flight sequence together.
He is an accomplished Legacy Airlines Captain, a retired Naval Commander and E-2 and ES3A pilot for the US Navy, and an award winning USA Triathlon Team Member. He is an SBR Sports Ambassador, an F2C Nutrition Ambassador, and a USA Triathlon Certified Coach. Today, I have the privilege in speaking with this amazing aviator about his fantastic journey, right here on the 50th episode of Squawk Ident. It is with the utmost privilege that I introduce to the show, Captain Kevin Elmore.
Recorded on 17th of July, 2020
On episode 49 of Squawk Ident, Captain Roger and I have the honor of speaking with a pair of aviators that both have an impressive international footprint in aviation. They both started their aviation careers in Iceland and eventually came to America to build flight time in Cessnas and Pipers at a little flight school named Tailwind Flight Centre, LLC, in Chandler, Arizona. Their journeys have since allowed them to build upon impressive resumes of flying positions around the world. They have flown with operators based in Austria, Sweden, Saudi Arabia, and Iceland. They share their accomplishments in aviation and what the future holds for them in the wake of this global pandemic with us. Join Captain Roger and me as we speak with some true Icelandic Vikings Sigurbjörn (Sibbi) Ragnarsson & Rúnar Ingi Ásgeirsson on this fantastic episode of Squawk Ident.
Recorded on the 13th of July, 2020
On Episode 48 of Squawk Ident, I am joined in the mobile Av8r Studio on the 7th floor of the Georgetown - Marriott Hotel in Washington D.C. by an aviator that is sure to impress. His four plus decade journey in aviation started out with a ride on a cross country flight at the age of 10, where he joined his father on one of his flight lessons. From airport bum, to mechanic's helper, and later A&P and Airline Line Pilot, his journey is filled with stories that focus on friendships, loyalty, and opportunity. His leadership and experience has been a true inspiration to learn from. Having the opportunity to fly with Captain Dave is an experience that I am very grateful for. His journey in aviation is sure to inspire.
Recorded on the 6th of July, 2020
On episode 47 of Squawk Ident, Captain Roger, RobD, and I discuss our flying schedules, events from the flight line, and getting in a workout here and there to fight off the isolation weight gain. We also dive into how diet and nutrition is a crucial part of any aviator's ability to perform. Is eating a safety to flight issue? We argue Yes, it is. We discuss long lines at airport food courts, Av8rTony's upcoming recurrent training, the middle seat argument, and the alleged Airline Apocalypse.
Recorded on 23rd of June, 2020
On this episode of Squawk Ident, I am very excited to be joined by a young aviator, entrepreneur, and humanitarian that was raised within a spectacular aviation family. He is a Texas native, a graduate from Oklahoma State University in Aviation Management, and he is currently a DFW based pilot with“Legacy Airlines”. I sat down with him to discuss the amazing work that he and his family have contributed to the Gary Sinise Foundation, we talk about his latest on-line venture, and his role as a pilot mentor in "Legacy's" Cadet Program. Kyle Jansen spends much of his time sharing his passion for aviation with many young aviators and today we discussed how his journey in aviation was shaped.
Recorded on the 19th of June, 2020
On this episode of Squawk Ident, I am joined by the infamous Captain Roger. Together, we describe what flight operation changes we are experiencing on the flight line, Roger tells us about his latest part 91 flying and the turbulent decent into Eagle, CO, we also share a few stories from our past. We discuss the changes to the mask requirements on-board US airlines, the suspension of alcohol service, what it takes to get started in aviation, and much more.
Recorded on 7th of June, 2020
On this episode of Squawk Ident, I am joined by the Squawk Ident Crew. Together, we discuss the beginning stages of the return of crowded airports and flights that are at or near capacity (85% full, due to the CCP Virus limits).
We also talk about how our flight schedules are evolving, passenger misconduct, how recent social events around the globe combined with the effects of the pandemic have affected our flying, and how GA flight schools are booming. We also share a few stories on passengers behaving badly and much more.
Recorded on 28th of May, 2020
On this episode of Squawk Ident, I am very excited to be joined by yet another amazing aviator who has agreed to share his journey in aviation with us. I am honored to have this opportunity to introduce to you a man who has dedicated over 20 years of service to our country in the U.S. Navy. He served as an Aviation Electrician’s Mate, a Reel Operator, and as a Flight Engineer on the EC-130G/KC-130F. He also held stations as an E-6A Electrical Work Center Supervisor, a Quality Assurance Representative, and a Flight Engineer Training department coordinator. He was also an E-6 Model Manager for the Naval Training Support Unit. He earned his degree from Emery Riddle University in Professional Aeronautics and minored in Aviation Safety. As his journey continues, it has allowed him to become a CFI,II, MEI, a Captain for a U.S. regional carrier we on Squawk Ident call "Sandpiper Regional." Currently, he holds a pilot position on the Boeing 737 for what we call “Legacy Airlines.”
Recorded on 21st of May, 2020
On today's show, we will be discussing load factors and the outlook for pilots looking ahead to October 1st. The president doesn’t seem concerned about the aviation industry, should we be? Also, with the reduction of flights throughout the country, the 5% increase in load factor, according to the TSA’s report last week, has started to become evident with aircraft that are starting to become "uncomfortably almost full." We will also explore in the WTF segment face mask shaming, seriously…yes, seriously. There has also been some flight deck mask push back, why is that, we will discuss. And finally we will explain Distance Learning. To help me navigate these topics, I am honored to be joined by a group of aviators that I have bribed generously to be on today’s show. Did you guys get your Squawk Ident stimulus checks yet? I promise they are in the mail…
Recorded on 12th of May, 2020
On this episode of Squawk Ident, I discuss what flying the line has been like since our last episode. From mandatory face masks, to a few 2-day trip sequences that include LAX-DCA-CLT flying. I am happy to report, the flights starting to fill up!
I also have the opportunity, to speak with an incredible aviator that connected with me recently to share his journey in aviation with us. We discuss the path that lead him on his journey in aviation. From an EMT, to a flight instructor, a cargo pilot, a Critical Response Incident Pilot, an airline pilot, and Director of Flight Operations for a corporate operator, his journey is filled with adventure and heart.
Recorded on 01 May, 2020
On this, the 40th episode of Squawk Ident, I am so very honored to be joined by some fantastic aviators who have had incredible journeys in their aviation careers. Today, we start the show by catching up with the Squawk Ident Crew. We discuss a few of today’s headlines and how they affect an aviator's career potential. We then dive into many stories from our past, and what we learned from some of our very first experiences in aviation. From GA flight training, to some of our early experiences as flight instructors. We also explore dealing with the adventures of crash pads while sitting on a reserve schedule. So stay with us as we discuss our experiences with you.
Recorded on the 21st of April, 2020
On episode 39 of Squawk Ident, I am so very honored to be joined by a fantastic individual who has paved an incredible journey in aviation. From his start in the U.S. Navy, to excelling within the ranks at Legacy Airlines by maintaining positions in Reservations, Ramp Agent, Customer Service, Gate Agent, Flight Attendant, and Pilot to name a few. He has held positions as an Aeromedical HIMS Chairman, a Peer Mentor, a Flight Department Recruiter, and a Board Member for the Something MAAgic Foundation. Todays guest exemplifies the term “giving back” to his community. His story is filled with tenacity, growth, and determination. His experiences in the industry has allowed him a perspective that very few can say they have achieved.
Recorded on the 21st of April, 2020
On this episode RobD, Roger, and I discuss our recent flight schedules (or lack-there-of), and we compare how long our beards can grow before we need to shave them before we need to go flying again. We discuss the LAX at home program and how Southwest leadership has declared no furloughs ahead. We also dive into a new segment we call "Remember When", where we explore some of the lessons we picked up in our general aviation flight training, all those years ago, and how those early moments have shaped how we operate as aviators today.
Recorded on the 10th of April, 2020
Today, we will discuss some of the latest moves that have taken place in the aviation industry and how we as professional aviators find ourselves navigating our careers and enduring the calamity of our collective new reality. We discuss some of the changes to our daily routines and how Voluntary Leaves of Absences are affecting the potential furloughs ahead. From an increase in crew members testing positive to CoVid-19, to the NYC market nearly coming to a standstill, we take a look at what is happening right now in the aviation market. We also point out the good that is coming of this crisis and share some stories that we hope will lift your spirits as well.
Recorded on the 2nd of April, 2020
On this episode of Squawk Ident, I am joined by my co-host RobD. Together we discuss what it has been like out on the flight line. We talk about how our schedules have been disappearing out from under us, how flights are going out empty, and how airports seem like they have been abandoned. We hear how Av8rTony got a call from his chief pilot informing him that one of his passengers tested positive for CoVid 19. We also discuss SAFOs, NOTAMS, DOT bailouts, FAA Medicals, and social distancing with family. And let us not forget Pickle Ball.
Recorded on the 24th of March, 2020
Todays guest is a graduate of the Wisconsin Aviation Academy where he earned his PPL at the age of 17, he has a Bachelors of Science in Aeronautical Sciences from Emery-Riddle Aeronautical University of Daytona Beach, he is a Certified Flight Instructor, an avid surf rider, a hurricane survivor, a guitar tickler, a world traveler, a devoted husband, and father to the most beautiful 1 year old. He is a co-host with his wife Shalyn of their travel YouTube channel Intrepid1080, and at present an Embraer Captain at an airline we here at Squawk Ident refer to as Sandpiper Regional. Joining us on this episode of Squawk Ident from his New Smyrna Beach home is Captain Adam Kraus.
Recorded on the 24th of March, 2020
We first introduced today's guest on episode 21. He and I first crossed paths in the year 2000, when I had my first discovery flight and thus began the birth of my journey in aviation. He is currently working for a cargo operator we call “Zulu Air”. He joins Captain Roger, RobD, and Av8rTony from his home in Vicenza, Italy, were he is currently under a country wide mandatory quarantine. We are going to discuss how he has been coping with all the changes to human reality and what it means for his journey looking ahead.
Recorded on March 19th, 2020
On this episode of Squawk Ident, I am joined by two of my fellow aviators that are currently from very different sides of the industry. Returning to Squawk Ident for the third time, you might recognize his voice from episodes 8 and 15, he is a CFI, CFII, & MEI instructor, a former Embraer-145 airline pilot, a KingAir flight instructor, a multi-typed corporate captain, a major bird strike survivor, a loving father, and a co-host on Squawk Ident. Captain Roger joins us today. I am also honored in welcoming to the show, for his first time. He is an Embraer-145 Airline Captain, an All Conference/Division One - 3 Meter and 1 Meter springboard diver, an Outdoor Adventurer, a Marathoner Runner, an Olympic Sport Connoisseur, and an expecting father as well, joining us today Captain Nathan. Today, we are going to dive into Captain Nathan’s journey in aviation, and then we will have a conversation on the realities of our current market place. The three of us currently hold three very different positions with-in the aviation industry and we will dive into the outlook from each of our perspectives.
Recorded on 17th of March, 2020
On this episode of Squawk Ident, I am joined by an aviation couple that have shared their journey in aviation together. I first met Jeri in 2017, when she was just getting back into the airline world after 13 years away from the profession. She and her husband Ty have been able to navigate the many downturns and celebrate great accomplishments in their careers all while raising a family. From sound engineering to space camp to civil air patrol and more, they both have been an inspiration to me for many years. Today, I was able to interview them. Their journeys have been filled with love and sacrifice. At a time when what we need more of is positivity and celebration, I am honored to share our discussion with all of you.
Recorded on 12th of March, 2020
On this episode of Squawk Ident, I have a conversation with my co-host RobD. We discuss what has been spreading around the flight line faster than an infectious disease spreading on a crowded cruise ship, that’s right…we are talking about “job security.” No, not the mall cop kind, we are taking about the kind of job security we pilots worry about worse than this virus itself, we are talking about stagnation, furlough, line quality, canceled upgrades, and pilot hiring freezes.
Most importantly, there is one piece of advice I can give in my 3 decades of employment, and nearly two decades at the airlines, DON’T PANIC! This industry is very cyclical and is affected by many complex factors. RobD and I are going to dive into the latest information about how the current climate of the US airline market is moving towards.
Recorded on the 4th or March, 2020
On this episode of Squawk Ident, I am joined by my co-host RobD. Together, we discuss some of the factors that continue to adversely affect the aviation profession and how they could potentially create a big problem for an aviators journey in todays market. First, we take another look at the 737-Maximus, will it return to the flight line as we have come to know it, or will it be rebranded? We then look at how the CoVid19 state of emergency might just be the next big economic disaster for the airline industry. And, does art imitate life? We look at a few films and novels from the past that are eerily familiar to the headlines of today.
Recorded on the 28th of February, 2020
On this episode of Squawk Ident, I have the opportunity to speak with young aviator who’s journey intersected with mine early on in the progression of advancements in our respective careers. His path directed him left, when mine went right. Here we are over a decade later, he flying for a U.S. Legacy career we refer to as ACME Airlines on this show, and I at a U.S. Legacy career that we call LEGACY Airlines on Squawk Ident.
We as aviators often find ourselves saying things “like you never know where you are going to end up in this profession, it is a little luck, a little bit of chance, and a whole lot of timing.” This statement can not be better represented than tales from the journey we will dive into on this episode of Squawk ident.
Recorded on the 25th of February, 2020
On this episode of Squawk Ident, I have the honor in speaking with a captain that I shared a flight sequence with a few weeks ago. Listening to the tales he shared about his journey in aviation was an amazing experience.
All of us professional aviators have our unique stories to tell about how we progressed through the challenges that come with this profession, but his story stands out. From an apprenticeship at a company that later became British Aerospace to flying for Air Atlanta Icelandic. He has survived multiple furloughs and recalls, mergers and bankruptcies, and countless interviews in between. In addition to having the patience to answer my barrage of questions about his journey, he is also one of the most kindest and personable individuals that I have come across.
Recorded on the 20th of February, 2020
On this episode of Squawk Ident, I have the honor of speaking with an aviator and a Colonel in the United States Army. We discuss the progression and the choices that he has navigated on his personal journey in aviation and the service of our country. We take a look at how he is continuing to developing a path paved with opportunity for further advancement among the blue skies ahead.
Stay with us to hear more about this solider’s journey on this episode of Squawk Ident.
Recorded on the 18th of February, 2020
On this episode of Squawk Ident, RobD and I explore Rob’s upcoming recurrent training and some of the study techniques he uses to ensure a successful training event. We also discuss new training programs that have been popping up at 121 carriers across the United States lately with program titles like Disrupting Unconscious Biases & Equality and Acceptance. Why now? We will start a conversation to explore some the reasons behind it. We also discuss the 10%, we all know that about 10% of any work group is going to have individuals that might just be a little left of center. Got a good story about it? We do.
Recorded on the 16th of February, 2020
On this episode of Squawk Ident, we will explore a four day sequence that ended with a delayed red-eye flight and the reactions we received from some very nervous passengers. I am also joined by one of the youngest Airbus captains at “Legacy Airlines”. We discuss his journey in aviation, the outing we shared on the HNL layover as we paid our respects to the U.S.S. Arizona at Pearl Harbor, and how pilot mentor programs benefit those who are new to the industry.
Recorded on the 08 February, 2020
On this episode of Squawk Ident I am joined by Kellie Miller. She is a doctor of pharmacology, a pilot, and a friend. Together, we will discuss the current risk factors to flight crews and passengers alike while flying within the US as it pertains to the 2019 novel coronavirus, and the best practices to prevention. We also find out about the Miller Results Group, and of course we hear a little about the journey Ms. Miller has navigated.
Recorded on 06 February, 2020
On this episode of Squawk Ident I am joined by Rob D. Together we will discuss our trip details in a segment we call From the Flight Line. We also briefly tackle a topic that has been flooding the headlines with the Coronavirus epidemic in full scare! What are your risk factors if you fly domestically in the U.S. right now? Do those cheap masks that you buy at your local pharmacy actually protect you or is it all just overreaction driven by media frenzy?
And in a recent and tragic turn of events, we will discuss the importance of situational awareness and safe layover practices in the wake of some devastating news that a fellow aviator lost his life when caught in the cross fire while on a layover in San Juan, Puerto Rico.
Recorded on the 01 February, 2020
On this episode of Squawk Ident…I had the opportunity to speak with an amazing pilot who started out in the aviation industry as a dispatcher for Singapore Airlines freight division. He soon migrated to flying a Traffic Watch Cessna 172 around Chicago Land for WGN AM 720. Find out more about his journey and the steps he took to earning his position as a Boeing 737 pilot at a U.S. Legacy carrier. All this and more on this episode of Squawk Ident.
Recorded on 29 January, 2020
On this episode of Squawk Ident…I have the opportunity to speak with a phenomenal pilot that joins us from the other side of the Atlantic. From his gorgeous home in the beautiful town of Vicenza in northern Italy, he shares with us his journey in aviation which is filled with courage, sacrifice, & tenacity. From Italy to Albuquerque, Aruba, Africa, and the Isle of Man, he is a true world flyer. Join us in the exploration of this amazing aviators journey.
Recorded on 20 January, 2020
On this episode of Squawk Ident I had the opportunity to have a casual conversation with a guest that I introduced on the show in episode 19, Mr. Rob DeJesus. We had more we wanted to talk about, so we decided to make time to discuss how our flight schedules often get torn apart due to all kinds of things from weather events to training displacements. We also explore the difference between performing manual revisions vs. pressing the sync button on the EFB. We even share a story about the actions of a "class act" captain and the power of the parking break. All this and more on this episode of Squawk Ident.
Recorded on 18 January, 2020
In episode 19 of Squawk Ident…I have the pleasure in speaking with an individual who has had an amazing journey on his path to becoming a professional aviator. He is a former U.S military F-111 and F-16 mechanic & crew chief, a general aviation flight instructor, a Part-121 check airman, a racket ball champion, and currently a Boeing 737 first officer at a US “Legacy Airline.” We discuss the pathway that let him through his career progression and share some stories from the flight line.
Recorded on 14 January, 2020
In Episode 18 of Squawk Ident, Av8rTony outlines a sequence reassignment and a Latin American Terrain re-qualification for “Legacy Airlines.” The sequence involved 3 days consisting of 4 DHs. We will talk about the differences between Jump-seating vs Non-Reving & Dead-Heading. 2 of the Dead-Heads were from the passenger cabin which involved some inflight entertainment. And yes, more on passengers behaving badly.
Recorded on 06 January, 2020
In Episode 17 of Squawk Ident, we will explore why NOW is the time to make the move into a career in aviation. We also discuss the many avenues available to train to be a pilot in todays market. We share “rare finds” and discuss the film The Aeronauts and how it was based on actual events that paved the way we understand climate and weather pattern predictions.
Recorded on 28 Dec 2019
In Episode 16 of Squawk Ident, Av8rTony is joined in the Av8r mobile studios while on a San Juan layover with Captain Hans of "Legacy Airlines" to discuss his journey as a professional aviator. Av8rTony details the sequence flown and the adventure shared in Old Town San Juan, Puerto Rico.
Recorded on 19 Dec 2019
In Episode 15 of Squawk Ident, Av8rTony is joined in studio with Captain Roger to discuss what can go wrong on the line and how it is not always textbook. We also explore abnormal procedures, CFI's, BFR's, and pilot errors.
Recorded on 15 Dec 2019
In Episode 14 of Squawk Ident, Av8rTony details holiday travel, the exposure to the flu virus, and many other infectious surfaces in aircraft. Av8rTony also has an opportunity to sit down with an 83 year young Veteran and chronicle his journey thus far. All this and more in this episode of Squawk Ident.
Recorded on 09 DEC 2019
In Episode 13 of Squawk Ident, Av8rTony details recurrent flight training at "Legacy Airlines." He also sits down with a former flight student and now fellow pilot at "Legacy Airlines" that has earned a position as a 737 first officer.
Recorded on 03 Dec 2019
In Episode 12 of Squawk Ident, Av8rTony describes his last 5 day sequence that had him celebrating the holiday from the hotel lounge in Austin, Texas. Tony briefly discusses the 5 hazardous attitudes and how they differ from positive attributes of aviators. In the There We Were segment Tony shares a few stories from the flight line.
Recorded on 27 Nov 2019
In Episode 11 of Squawk Ident Av8rTony describes his last few sequences From the Flight Line. He explores what CRM & TEM are and how it affects the crew. We listen in on a UAP event in the skies over Memphis, and Tony tells stories about crews behaving badly in the There We Were segment.
Recorded on 20 Nov 2019
Episode 10 of Squawk Ident is a crossover show with the Breaker Breaker podcast.
Av8rTony has DomZ from Breaker Breaker in the Av8r Studios to discuss the strange and unusual that occurs while either on the road or in the air. A casual discussion about transportation industry wows and more.
Recorded on 11 Nov 2019
In Episode 9 of Squawk Ident,
Av8rTony details a passenger's suggestion that we were going the wrong way in the From the Flight Line segment. We will also talk about the Embraer RJ aircraft that slid off runway 10L at Chicago's O'hare airport on the, 11th of November, 2019. Tony also explores de-icing, recurrent training, IOE, and a classic aviation film.
Recorded on 07 NOV 2019
In Episode 8 of Squawk Ident, Av8rTony has a powerful discussion with Captain Roger in his very first podcast interview. They discuss everything from how Roger started down the path of an aviation career to the many hurtles he had to overcome thus far. From student pilot to multi-engine instructor, and from airline furloughs to cargo operations. We even discuss a bird strike survival story.
Recorded on 04 Nov 2019
In episode 7 of Squawk Ident, Av8rTony discusses a 3 day trip with a 34 hour layover in OGG, hanging with the crew, favorite watering holes, fatiguing delayed return trips, bird strikes, recovery struggles, FAA medicals, and more.
Recorded on 29 Oct 2019
In Episode 6 of Squawk Ident, Av8rTony discusses some of the findings of the NTSC's final report of the Lion Air flight 610, 737-MAX8 crash that occurred exactly one year ago today, malfunctions and mechanical things, and asleep at the helm stories.
Recorded on 23 Oct 2019
In Episode 5 of Squawk Ident, Av8rTony explores the do's and don'ts of airline commuting, getting stuck at an outstation due to weather, and packing light vs the kitchen sink.
Recorded on 15 Oct 2019
In Episode 4 Av8rTony tackles long captain PAs, bad PAs, Oceanic crossings, Non-Normals over the Pacific, the Struggle is Real about nice layovers while the family is left behind, and much more.
Recorded on 12 Oct 2019
In Episode 3 Av8rTony dives into airline pilot schedules, reserve vs. line holders, the good, the bad & the ugly of crash pads, commuting nightmares & more.
Recorded on 06 OCT 2019
Episode 2 details a four day sequence with PHX & LIH layovers, discusses Breast Cancer Awareness month and the pink ties we wear. We also highlight the sights, sounds, and smells of a preflight. A tale of a closed airport in a snow storm and more on this episode of Squawk Ident.
Recorded on 03 Oct 2019
An introduction to Av8rTony as he describes last weeks flight sequence, how his career in aviation began, & some of the challenges that come with a career in aviation.