Today I want to talk about a sometimes uncomfortable topic, which is disability insurance. It has happened to me and I’m sure it has happened to some of you listening to the podcast. You get the dreaded letter from the FAA or you go to your medical exam thinking everything is ok but the FAA thinks otherwise.

I have seen this play out many times in Pilots careers. One day you are fine thinking about their next vacation bid and the next day you are facing medical disability for months even years. Sometimes due to a minor issue with your medical. In this episode, Andy Garrison, a certified financial planner, joins me to discuss what you need to know about disability insurance.


Career Coaching and Membership

Our Career Coaching is available for $75/hour, and the first hour includes some extra time to get to know you before starting the hour. Membership is  alsoavailable for $10/month and includes the full Scholarships Guide, lots of exclusive videos and other learning aids.

Andy And I Discuss:

  • Why Pilot Careers Have Special Insurance Needs.
  • Risks Unique To Our Careers
  • Short Term and Long Term Insurance Required and Defined.
  • Do You Really Know What Your Insurance Covers.
  • Difference Between own or any occupation.
  • What Disability Insurance do You need.
  • Cash on hand.
  • Just Ask someone if you have any questions.

Pick Of the Week:

The 5 Types Of Insurance You Must Have Now


ACP131 Dealing with Setbacks with Lenny Primak

by CarlValeri on March 20, 2017

Lenny PrimakIn this episode I am joined by Lenny Primak to Help answer a listener mail and to discuss setbacks in your life and career. Lenny has some inspirational statements to help you through challenges in your caeer.


Just a clarification on how the Aerospace Scholarships guide is updated: A new edition of the book comes out once per year. Periodically during the year we do add some additions or make changes based on changes that organizations make to their scholarships. However the best way to get the latest information is to become a member of the site. The online directory has the latest information and the latest scholarships that we have found, and it is only $10 per month! Membership also includes access to several videos and other information only for members.

Listener Questions and Feedback:

A listener email about Lenny Primak, and finding out more about his journey. Since you asked, Carl has Lenny back again to discuss his story!

Lenny and Carl Discuss:

  • How to get started in an Aviation career and how Lenny did it.
  • Lenny recommends either going to an accelerated program, or finding an instructor who can devote 3 weeks to you solidly.
  • Lenny spent 10 years in the right seat, dealing with airline problems that prevented him from advancing.
  • Excessive preparation is key before every step in your career.
  • Carl and Lenny discussed quality of life and the pros and cons of becoming a Captain vs. staying First Officer at a senior level.
  • Know your goal, convert it into a todo list, and then don't give up or get overwhelmed!


ACP130 From Zero to Hero and Job opportunities for UAV Pilots

March 13, 2017

In this episode we talk to Nate Tennant, a fan of the podcast who did the “Zero to Hero” program from All ATP. Nate is a 26 year old CFI, MEI, CFII currently working for 2 companies in Atlanta. One of which is flying unique and vintage airplanes for a youtube channel. Nate and I […]

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ACP129 Finances and Your Airline Career

March 6, 2017

Welcome to the podcast where we inspire and educate you on moving forward in your career and your life. One of the most important and many times undiscussed aspects of our airline career is your personal finances. In episode 82 we discussed “Avoiding A 2 Million Dollar Mistake In Your Pilot Career” we received much […]

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ACP128 Military Pilot Who Has Not Flown In Many Years, Changing Careers, And more listener mail

February 27, 2017

Welcome to episode 128! Eric Crump joins me today to discuss your questions including a military pilot who has not flown in many years, changing careers, and more! Announcements: 2017 Scholarships Guide Is Available in the Amazon and IBooks Stores. Polk State College Students Achieve Career Milestones. Polk State College – Aerospace Listener Questions and Feedback: 35 […]

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ACP127 Don’t let a setback stop you from moving forward in your career

February 20, 2017

In episode 127 we discuss how to keep moving forward in your life and career even when faced with a setback and answer your questions. I’m joined again by Tom Wachowski of the Pilot Jet Podcast.  Tom has great insight and experience in the Aviation Industry, but he comes by it from a slightly different […]

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ACP126 No Degree No Problem?

February 13, 2017

In this episode Tom Wachowski of the Private Jet Podcast joins me to discuss the costs of owning an aircraft, and to answer our listeners questions including: No degree, no problem? In episode 126 Tom Wachowski joins me to discuss: The importance of a college degree. Veterans benefits section of the website. Speaking more intelligently […]

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ACP125 Drone Pilot Careers with Jon Rupprecht

February 6, 2017

Thinking of becoming a drone pilot? Want to know what opportunities are available in this new and exciting field of aviation? Want to know the future of drone careers?  Today I have with me Jon Rupprecht, drone attorney to answer these questions and discuss drone pilot careers. Jonathan has made numerous media appearances on the […]

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ACP124 I Have a six figure salary but now want to change careers

January 27, 2017

In episode 124 we discuss leaving a six-figure salary for an airline job, shout outs, our new weekly show, and your questions answered. Announcements: Shout Out from David Abbey on DIP MY WINGS (347) 699-4647 CommutAir to Partner with ATP Flight School for Tuition Reimbursement and Avenue to United Career Path Program Listener Questions […]

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ACP123 What Specialized Training Does An Airline Pilot Receive And Your Questions Answered

January 22, 2017

Welcome to a new episode! We are trying a new format, which is shorter and should lead to more episodes. Today we have questions about GI benefits, building hours towards a pilot job, and specialized training once you land that dream pilot job. Also, the 2017 versions of the Aerospace Scholarships Guide will be out very […]

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