Chris 737Welcome to episode 89. My guest today is Chris Pezalla. Chris passion for aviation started at a young age with him obtaining a commercial pilot certificate at the age of 18. He studied Aeronautical Science at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University while working as a flight instructor. After college, he worked for a large Regional Airline. His flying experience includes 5500 hours in airplanes and over 1300 hours as an instructor.

The aviation industry is cyclic with a few dramatic downturns. Today we discuss how Chris implemented a creative approach to surviving an aviation downturn. I'm sure you will find his story inspirational and informative.

Today Chris and I Discuss:

  • His Early life as a pilot and why he loves aviation.
  • His path to the regional airlines.
  • The downturn in the airline industry.
  • How he turned lemons into lemonade
  • What Chris did during his leave with the airlines.
  • Law Degree, Masters, Books, Speaking, and more.
  • Where he is now and where he is going.
  • Advice on how to prepare for a furlough or downturn in the airline industry.
  • Why you should prepare now when things are going well.

Scholarship of the Week:

Aero Club of PA: Pre-Solo Scholarships


Advanced Guide to Holding Patterns

Three Point Aviation



Welcome to episode 88. I'm here with Tom Wachowski and Eric Crump to discuss how you can stay positive when all you hear is negativity. I encourage you to view the video I posted in episode 038 of Arnold Schwartzenaeger about not listening to the "naysayers". It's very inspiring and is key to our discussion in this episode.

  • Negative people are often the loudest.
  • Carl's story about a former fighter pilot working as an airline captain that loves his job.
  • Eric relates some of the struggles he had becoming a pilot, and starting the Aviation Program at Polk State.
  • Be careful who you share your dreams with. Family and friends can be the most negative, find a mentor with experience doing what you want to do.
  • Work on the things you can control, don't let the things you can't control draw you down.
  • Tom says it is important to distinguish between negativity and reality. Sometimes you need to decide not to do something for a good reason.
  • Look for people who positively inspire you to make the best decisions, not just fill you up with sunshine.
  • When giving correction and criticism, it is much better to continue to stay positive.

Listener Feedback

  • Scholarships for foreign students
  • Bachelor's degree questions related to hiring such as whether airlines prefer an aviation related degree.
  • Scholarships for Europeans.
  • Switching companies after training.
  • Opinions on whether Social Media should be used to determine hiring.
  • Pay shortage vs. pilot shortage.
  • Questions on color blindness.

Scholarship of the Week:

Colorado Pilots Association


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July 29, 2015

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ACP087 Drones and Your Aviation Career

July 22, 2015

Is a career flying, fixing, or supporting drones in your career future? Today I am joined by Ryan Wallace from Polk State College to discuss the career opportunities in the world of Commercial Drones. Ryan is a professor of Aeronautical Science and is actively involved in the local Unmanned Aircraft System Community. Ryan and I […]

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Jobs, News, and Events June 28, 2015

July 1, 2015

We have a couple of great job posts this week, as well as an important announcement from Polk State College: Polk State College Announces Sunrise Aviation as New Flight-Training Provider for Aerospace Program Job Title: International Business Consulting – Airside Operations Expert Location: Munich, Germany Salary: Not Specified Website: Best Aviation Jobs Job Title: A&P […]

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ACP086 Social Media and Your Career

June 23, 2015

Do you have a social media policy for your career? Welcome to the podcast where we inform, motivate, and give you an inside look at the many aviation careers. Some of our favorite co hosts join us. First , Eric Crump, Aerospace Director at Polk State College and a passionate aviation educator. We also have Tom Wachowski, […]

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June 17, 2015

We are starting a new series for those looking for careers in aviation. There are many opportunities for those who are ready to interview, such as this very promising opportunity as a Pilot in China. Occasionally we will focus our Aerospace Job Opportunities on a specific category such as “Regional Airline Mechanic” so make sure […]

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ACP085 Restarting Your Airline Career with Travis Watson

June 8, 2015

Welcome to episode 85. I speak with many pilots who have left the airlines for various reasons including work schedule, layoffs, furloughs, and the low initial pay.  Often many former airline pilots miss the flying and challenges of being an airline pilot. Today I have with me Travis Watson, an experienced skydiver and pilot who […]

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Announcing New Pricing and Benefits for our Membership!

June 1, 2015

Aviation Careers Podcast is proud to announce new benefits and new pricing for our premium members. Our new pricing is $10 for one month or $100 for a year, a savings of $20. Premium Members of the site continue to have access to exclusive content, including: The Entire Online Aviation Scholarships Directory The Pilot Jobs Book Course The […]

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ACP084 Pilots On Food Stamps with Ben Mandell

May 22, 2015

Welcome to Episode 84. The goal of this podcast is to inform, entertain, and motivate you to achieve your career goal. We to bring you the viewpoint of all those involved with careers in aviation and aerospace.  Although we primarily focus on the positive aspects of a career in aviation and specifically as an airline […]

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