How To Become A Flight Nurse With Paul Grieco I was stuck in traffic on route 80 in New Jersey thinking: "why aren’t we moving?" Then in the distance I could hear the sound of a helicopter as it approached and then flew toward the flashing lights ahead. Moments later after circling the helicopter was on the ground. It was then that I thought to myself: "I sure hope I never need to use that helicopter, but I’m sure glad it is there if I need it."

One of the more exciting jobs I can imagine is flying into a remote location and picking up injured people. But with that excitement comes some risk and I really appreciate those first responders who answer the call every day to fly into remote and hazardous locations to save lives.

Today I have with me a flight nurse who is no stranger to this podcast Paul Grieco, RN. Paul has been a nurse for 13 years and a flight nurse for 10 years and is an advocate for those who wish to enter the field. As you know from past episodes Paul has taken a new direction in his life with an airline career. Paul is able to successfully combine both his passion for nursing and passion for flying. He is one of the hardest working people I know.

Paul and I Discuss How To Become A Flight Nurse:

  • Why he became a Nurse.
  • The Challenges of becoming a Nurse.
  • How he became interested in becoming a Flight Nurse.
  • The type of aircraft a Flight Nurse will fly.
  • Unique skills and challenges to being a Flight Nurse.
  • How he is able to combine both careers as a pilot and nurse.
  • Why he chose to fly for the airlines.
  • Advice on how to become a flight nurse.


PHI Air Medical
Air Methods

Scholarships of The Week:

Medical Transport Leadership Institute Scholarship




Many times I dreamed of hovering above the Earth looking down upon my home, where I went to school, or simply watching dolphins play in the azure waters below. One way I have realized this dream is by flying a helicopter.

The helicopter is a unique aircraft; transporting people to unique locations, allowing us to view the world from a point in space, and playing a key role in helping save lives. If this sounds like fun you should consider a career as a helicopter pilot.

In past episodes, we spoke with Police, Army, and Coast Guard helicopter pilots and you can find those episodes linked below. Joining us today is a pilot who will help us understand how to become a commercial helicopter pilot.

Pam Landis is Vice President and Chief Flight Instructor of Ocean Helicopters in West Palm Beach, Florida. Pam is truly passionate about helicopters and teaching people how to fly. Pam is also on the training committee with Helicopter Association International.

As a testament to her commitment to aviation education, she was instrumental in Ocean Helicopters being awarded the 2014 Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) ‘Flight Training Excellence Award' for Outstanding Flight School. Only 10 flight schools from around the country were selected for this award, and Ocean Helicopters was the only helicopter flight school featured.

Pam and I discuss:


  • The joy of flying helicopters.
  • Why you should consider a career flying helicopters.
  • Various jobs you can look forward to as a commercial helicopter pilot.
  • How to become a commercial  helicopters pilot.
  • Things you should do before you begin your training.
  • Costs of training and how to make your training more efficient.
  • How to become a helicopter pilot if you are a fixed wing pilot.
  • Ocean Helicopters and how they prepare pilots for a career as a
    commercial helicopter pilot.


Ocean Helicopters

Whirly Girls

Helicopter Association International

RotorcraftPro Magazine

Helicopter Salaries

Past Episodes With Helicopter Pilots

Scholarship of the Week:

Helicopter Foundation International Commercial Helicopter Rating Scholarship

In answer to the helicopter industry’s need for qualified pilots, and in an effort to attract new talent to the industry, HFI is sponsoring four Commercial Helicopter Pilot Scholarships.

Candidates who currently holds a private helicopter pilot license to obtain a commercial helicopter rating. A primary determinant will be evidence of the applicant's skill and ability to be a commercial helicopter pilot and interest in pursuing a career as a pilot in the helicopter industry.

Typical scholarship open date: September 1, closing date November 30. A total of 4 scholarships is available each valued at $5,000 each.


ACP091 How To Avoid Complacency In Your Career

September 22, 2015

I am concerned about the current pilot shortage, or should I say lack of qualified pilots available for hire. This is the only industry we can’t call a pilot shortage a pilot shortage for political reasons. But that is a topic for another podcast and you can listen to my discussion by clicking on the […]

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ACP090 – What Pilots Eat While Flying and Career Questions Answered

September 8, 2015

Ever wonder what pilots eat while flying? Confused as to which flight school to use for your training? We have answers and more in this episode of Aviation Careers Podcast. Welcome to episode 90 I have joining me two special aviators. First, our host and private jet flying expert, Tom Wachowski. Also joining us today […]

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ACP089 A Creative Approach To Surviving An Aviation Downturn

August 22, 2015

Welcome 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 […]

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ACP088 Carl’s Theory of Negativity and How to Stay Positive

August 8, 2015

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. […]

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Jobs, News, and Events July 29, 2015

July 29, 2015

Job Title: A320 Captains (now accepting Senior FO) Location: Chengdu, Chin Salary: Up to $309,600 in total compensation per year (see link for details, several options available). Website: WASINC International

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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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