ACP084 Pilots On Food Stamps with Ben Mandell

by CarlValeri on May 22, 2015


PilotsOfFoodStampsCoverWelcome 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 pilot we also know that we must represent the challenges of choosing a career in aviation.

To help you understand some of the challenges concerning salaries in the piloting career I have with me Ben Mandell author of Don't Pay Any Flight School More Than $2500 In Advance: The Censored Information The Bad Guys Don't Want You To Know and Pilots on food stamps: An Inside Look At Why Your Flight Was Cancelled.

You can find his book by clicking here or going to

Ben and I discuss:

  • Why You should not Pay more than $25000 in advance to a flight school.
  • Scholarships to watch out for.
  • Ways to save money on flight training.
  • Why Flights are being cancelled.
  • How pilots are paid.
  • How the shortage of pilots is affecting salaries.
  • How the shortage of pilots affects the Majors.
  • Upgrading and Pay.
  • What he feels is the solution.

Scholarship of the Week:

Buckingham Memorial Scholarship-Air Traffic Controller’s Association (ATCA)

Average Award for all ATCA scholarships $6454.54

The Buckingham Memorial Scholarships are awarded to children of Air Traffic Controller Specialists who are US Citizens and enrolled half- to full-time in a program leading to a bachelor's degree or higher.


Bureau Of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook - Airline and Commercial Pilots

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Aerospace Scholarships300wideWelcome to Episode 83 where we discuss obtaining money for training through scholarships.


In This episode we discuss:

  • Various methods of paying for your training.
  • Work Fellowships.
  • Internships.
  • Apprenticeships.
  • Scholarships and other gifts.
  • Dispelling myths about scholarships.
  • Why you should look at scholarships no matter what your age.
  • Most scholarships are not based on need.
  • Work Study.
  • How Membership in an organization can lead to a scholarship.
  • How winning a scholarships can reflect positively on your resume.

Listener Mail:

A student from Colombia, South America wants a good resource for scholarships.


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