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Ten Reasons You Should NOT Become An Airline Pilot. Career Questions Answered with Tom Wachowski.

When I speak with those who have been in the industry a long time I usually hear “I hope you are telling pilots to get out of aviation and do something that makes money”. When I speak with newer pilots excited about their new career I get a completely opposite reaction.

Most new pilots are “interested in hearing what we have to say on this podcast because they can’t wait to move their careers forward”. I can’t blame these “newbies” in the industry with all the negative feedback they get from their boss and the other older pilots working at the airport, I too would want to move on.

Bird Dog Cessna L-19 Landing Katama August 2012

In August of 2012 I got to ride along on a fun trip from Katama 1B2, a grass strip on Martha's Vineyard to Cranland in southeastern Massachusetts.  This trip was in a Bird Dog, Cessna L-19 with my friend Paul Santopietro, a CFII who specializes in teaching tail wheel flying.  There will be many videos generated from that trip, but this one is simply the landing back at Katama.  I say simply, but you'll see a pretty tight dramatic turn through base to final onto Runway 3.  The whirring sounds you hear are the motors adjusting the flaps in the Bird Dog.  Paul really knows this plane and it's fun to experience flying in it first hand.  There are three HD cameras and communications audio in this short approach and landing video.  Enjoy.

Lost Communications While Flying VFR

A very informative post from my friend and co-host, Carl Valeri who is THE Expert Aviator.

I received the following question concerning lost communications in Class B or C airspace while VFR.


I do not see any guidance in the AIM pertaining to radio failure procedures while VFR within Class B or Class C airspace. The AIM does cover Class D VFR radio failure procedures. Any insight you have is greatly appreciated."


Cessna 172SP Pattern - Multicam

Another in a series of trips around the pattern at Norwood.  This time it's Runway 35.  There is nothing very unusual about this particular trip and video except for the way I chose to display the cameras.  Keeping them all in view the entire time gives you a "live" perspective on the flight, something closer to the situational awareness you need to have when you fly.  As usual there are three cameras and ATC audio on this video.  I'd love to know what people think of this editing approach.  Enjoy!

Cessna 172SP Pattern at OWD 2-5-12

This video is another trip around the pattern at Norwood in the Cessna 172SP N13151.  This is a pretty large category on my channel, so if you're interested in pattern work, you can check out my other similar videos.  151 is a plane I've flown a lot and really like.  I had flown with a CFI a week or so before this flight to work on my pattern approaches.  This trip around was part of a series of landings I did to practice what I'd learned.  The winds were light slight crosswinds and we were using the main runway at KOWD, Runway 35 this day.  The flight was later in the day and the late afternoon sun makes for some beautiful video.  I especially love the shadows of the plane that I was able to incorporate into the take-off and landing portions of the video.  In this video I tried to say out loud the airspeeds I was aiming for during each part of the pattern.  I did this for a couple of reasons, first because I find that I am often coming in too hot and I really wanted to get those speeds under control.  Secondly I did this as a way to give you a sense of what I'm doing with the plane as I fly the pattern.  One little note: near the touchdown point, you can hear the tower call to a Cirrus and he almost says the familiar 168SR but then catches himself.  168SR is the Cirrus you can see in many of my videos and it flies a lot at Norwood.  There are three HD cameras in this video along with ATC audio.  Enjoy.

ICON Aircraft Spin Resistance

Recently published on YouTube, this video explains ICON Aircraft's spin resistant design elements. Their press release announced that their A5 will be the first production aircraft in history to be designed to and completely meet the Federal Aviation Administration's full-envelope Part 23 spin-resistance standards once production starts (although it is not a Part 23 certified aircraft). They comment that this is a tremendous safety advancement that can significantly reduce the number of loss-of-control accidents resulting from stall/spin scenarios, which are the most significant cause of fatal General Aviation accidents. Thanks to Sam DeBartolo for bringing this to my attention.

Air France 447

Here is a fascinating aticle from the Telegraph in England about what really happened on the flight deck of Air France 447.

In the early hours of June 1 2009, Air France Flight 447 from Rio de Janeiro to Paris went missing, along with 216 passengers and 12 crew. The Airbus A330-200 disappeared mid-ocean, beyond radar coverage and in darkness. It took a shocked and bewildered Air France six hours to concede its loss and for several agonising days there was no trace. It was an utter mystery. No other airliner had vanished so completely in modern times. Even when wreckage was discovered the tragedy was no less perplexing. The aircraft had flown through a thunderstorm, but there was no distress signal, and the jet was state-of-the-art, a type that had never before been involved in a fatal accident. What had caused it to fall out of the sky? (More)