JoseCockpitThe warm amber light slowly pours over a sleepy little town like maple syrup. As I climb out of one thousand feet I wish I can’t stop thinking how I wish I could share this beauty with everyone. But there is a person whose job it is to share the excitement, serenity, and awe inspiring views of our gravity defying world. That is the job of the aviation photographer.

Today I have with me an aviation photographer with the unique ability to capture the essence of flight! Jose “Fuji” Ramos is one of the most talented and respected photographers in the aviation industry and is going to share with us his unique perspective on careers as an aviation photographer.

José is a multifaceted, award winning, aviation photographer based in Lakeland, Florida. For the past 22 years, he has documented military aviation subjects all over the United States. Currently NATOPS qualified as a select passenger for flight in all aircraft types operated by the US Navy, José has logged flight time in various high-performance aircraft including the F-14B Tomcat, F/A-18B/D Hornet, F/A-18F Super Hornet, S-3B Viking, TA-4J Skyhawk, F-5F Tiger II, EA-6B Prowler and the SH-60F/H Seahawk.

  • Jose and I discuss:
  • How he was able to combine a passion for aviation with a passion for photography
  • His path towards his career as an aviation photographer
  • The rewards of being an aviation photographer
  • Jose shares some of his most memorable moments
  • The challenges of being a photographer
  • Advice for those seeking a career in aviation photography

Scholarship of The Week:

Gathering of Eagles Flight Training Scholarship $1,500


Photographer Occupational Outlook

Ramos Aviation Photography
Ramos Aviation Photography Facebook Page.



Tom-Left-Seat-604-150x150This week we welcome back one of our repeat guests Tom Wachowski to discuss Corporate Aviation, flying aircraft owned by private companies to transport their employees for business.

In this episode we discuss:

  • Hiring a non-pilot aircraft owner (such as someone who owns a Saratoga and needs a pilot to fly them places)
  • How does a corporation hire a pilot for a day, what is the rate range? ($250-$1500 per day depending on the size of the airframe)
  • Dressing for success and professionalism
  • Network at the local airport, get your name out there and be seen as a pilot
  • Finding a private pilot job could help you get ratings on larger aircraft as the employer upgrades aircraft
  • Using pilot placement services to find jobs
  • Don’t be too cocky and act like you know everything, ask for advice
  • Remember that the person you are speaking to today might be interviewing you tomorrow

Scholarship of The Week:

Harrison Ford Flight Training Scholarship $1500



National Business Aviation Association

Aviation Personnel International

ACP020 Land That Job: Successful Interviews and Resumes with Amanda Myers of

Finding and Hiring Aviation Leaders

Developing, Motivating, & Managing Your Aviation Talent

Retaining The Right People


ACP062 – Aviation Writing And Listener Mail with Jamie Beckett

June 27, 2014

This week’s show was originally intended to simply be a Q&A session with my friend and fellow pilot Jamie Beckett, bus as a bonus we started talking about his career as an independent aviation writer. Jamie is an independent writer of non-aviation fiction and aviation related non-fiction. He has written for a number of aerospace […]

Read the full article →

How To Apply For A Federal Job ACP061

June 13, 2014

With the growth in the number of government job openings related to aviation you might want to satisfy your passion for aviation and serve your country at the same time. There are many benefits and rewards to working for the government but how does one go about finding jobs and applying. Today I have with […]

Read the full article →

How To Become A Corporate Flight Attendant with Mary Lou Gallagher of Beyond And Above – ACP060

June 6, 2014

Welcome to the podcast where we give you an inside look at the many careers in aviation. One of the more exciting jobs is that of corporate or private aviation flight attendant. Some of you have contacted me and related there is much information on how you can become an airline flight attendant but not […]

Read the full article →

ACP059 – How To Become An Aviation Journalist with Ian Twombly of Flight Training Magazine

May 23, 2014

Can you combine your passion for aviation with your passion for writing? The person I have with me today says yes. If you have listened to this show for any time you know we advocate designing a career to fulfill your passions in life. Both my guest and I have accomplished this goal. I love […]

Read the full article →

ACP058 – Surround Yourself With Positive People

May 16, 2014

Welcome to a question and answer episode with Tom Wachowski. We have many interesting questions and comments from listeners. If you want your question answered on this show click on the contact tab above. We enjoy answering your questions and helping you achieve your career goal! One action you can take in your journey towards […]

Read the full article →

ACP057 – International Airline Pilot and Mom – Karlene Petitt

May 9, 2014

Can you have a successful flying career and a family life? Are you concerned you will not have time to enjoy your family and fly the world as an international airline pilot? I know many of you have these concerns when determining if a career as an airline pilot is for you. Today I am […]

Read the full article →

ACP056 – Quality Family Life As An Airline Pilot? Single Engine time versus Multi Engine Time.

May 2, 2014

This episode Eric Crump and I answer questions and discuss listener mail. If you have a question you want answered in an upcoming episode please send them to us by visiting Eric And I Discuss The Following Listener Mail: Is it possible to have a strong family life and be a pilot? Would it […]

Read the full article →

ACP055 – The Career Flight Instructor – Jason Miller and The Finer Points of Flying

April 25, 2014

For the majority of pilots looking towards a career in aviation the purpose of becoming a flight instructor is to build flight time. The position of flight instructor is viewed by many as  the job you take to “pay your dues” in the aviation industry. This is an unfortunate perception because one of  the most […]

Read the full article →