In episode 119 we answer listener mail. We have some great information on using VA benefits for aviation training and advice on accelerated versus non-accelerated training.


  • Educational and Collegiate and training. --Coaching by Eric Crump
  • Bragging on a student , Cuban immigrant, ESL Solo --Eric
  • Carl Received his Remote pilot certificate.


  • Clarification on use of VA benefits for flight training.
  • Advice on whether it was right to purchase a Comanche, women entering aviation, and accelerated versus non-accelerated training.
  • Are there typically Class A CDL jobs available at airports?

Links Mentioned In The Podcast:

Veterans Flight Training Benefits
Stuck Mic AvCast Episode 125 - Remote Pilot Certificate Explained
Episode 73 – Aviation Safety and Claims Manager Dr. Benjamin Goodheart


ACP118 How do I Decide What to Do in Life?

by CarlValeri on November 9, 2016

crj200simWelcome to episode 118 of the podcast that answers your questions about aviation careers and helps you take that next step to that rewarding career! Today I am joined by Paul Grieco to answer questions about choosing between aviation and other passions, how to convert a foreign flight certificate to a US FAA, scholarships for Canadians, and more!


  • The Polk State Flight Team (which Carl coaches) got first place in the NIFA Safety Competition for the second year in a row! You can help Carl and the team continue this great learning experience by donating to the team.
  • In order to recruit new pilots and retain existing ones, the airline Paul works for has started a guaranteed interview program with United Airlines to help pilots move from the regional up to the major. The first 10 pilots from his airline are moving up this month and next month.
  • 1 Year update from a listener working on IFR, discussing accelerated programs.
  • Chicago native with 0 flight hours, trying to determine going through an accelerated program or sticking with a standard program at a local FBO.

Questions from Listeners

  • Trying to do what to do with my life: Dentistry vs. Pursuing Aviation.
  • Questions about obtaining a first class medical when you have DUI's on your record. Also wondering about problems getting training and hired being of Middle Eastern dissent.
  • Pilot working in South Africa, looking for online resources for getting current from overseas.
  • 17 year old from S. Africa getting ready to move to US for college flight training, questions about converting his certificate to FAA certificate and keeping it.
  • Help trying to decide whether to become an airline pilot or stay as an Aeronautical Engineer.
  • Scholarships for Canadians.
  • Update from a budding pilot is getting ready for his solo flights.
  • Advice for transitioning from military rotorcraft to civilian fixed wing.

Resources Mentioned in this Episode


ACP117 What Is The Difference Between a Legacy and a Major Airline?

October 21, 2016

Carl and Eric Crump are back for another great question and answer episode! This show features answers to questions from our listeners, including about the difference between legacy and major airlines, flight school choices, and applying when under qualified (the answer might surprise you). Sponsor Message: Don’t forget to check out our coaching services which include career […]

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ACP116 Aero Crew News Craig Pieper and Central Florida Aerospace Academy

October 7, 2016

In this episode we have two interviews. The first with Craig Pieper the Editor in Chief and Founder of Aero Crew News. And the second interview is with Christian, a student from Central Florida Aerospace Academy in Lakeland, Florida. Before We Begin a few announcements: Many of you have written asking how you can sponsor […]

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ACP115 I Never Believed Being A Pilot Was Something I Could Do!

September 22, 2016

Welcome to episode 115 of the show that answers your questions, motivates you to follow your dream, and pursue an exciting aviation career! Carl is joined by Eric Crump and Paul Grieco to answer your questions. Announcement: Career coaching has become popular, and many of our listeners are seeing great success because of coaching. Our coaching services include […]

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ACP114 How Do Failed Check Rides Affect Employment?

September 2, 2016

In this episode we focus on the question how do failed check rides affect employment? Eric Crump joins me today to answer this and more aviation career questions. Announcements: Our Coaching services include career counseling, interview preparation, and life coaching.  You have been asking to review the coaching schedule before purchasing a session. In response we have added a link to […]

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ACP113 So You Want to Work in Aviation with Jennifer Adams

August 15, 2016

Welcome to episode 113! There are many jobs in aviation and some will surprise you. Today I am joined by Paul Grieco and special guest Jennifer Adams. Jenn is an Aviation blogger writing at Tales from the Terminal on all types of Aviation jobs and adventures. In This Episode We discuss: Why Jennifer became interested in Aviation as a […]

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ACP112 How Does Bidding For Flights Work? Should I Own A Plane To Build Time?

July 22, 2016

In this episode we will read e-mails and answer questions including “How does bidding for flights work? and Should I own a plane to build time?”. Don’t forget to send your questions and feedback to Preparing for an interview? Need someone to review your resume and cover letter? Seeking career advice? Consider our couching […]

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ACP111 “The Valeri Effect” and How to Pick the Right Regional

July 7, 2016

Welcome to episode 111!  Carl Valeri and Co-Host Paul Grieco discuss a number of questions from listeners including preparing for training and how to pick the right regional. First, Paul discusses his upgrade to Captain versus Carl’s decision to remain as a First Officer. They also discuss the differences in Operation Specifications (Op-Specs) and Operations Manuals. Announcements: […]

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ACP110 Is Turbine Time or Total Time Better For The Regionals?

June 22, 2016

Welcome to this episode of Aviation Careers Podcast, where we answer your questions about all aspects of careers in Aviation and Aerospace! Announcements: The new version of the 2016 Scholarships Guide will be out soon on the website and on Amazon. If you already purchased the guide on Amazon, you can simply re-download the book […]

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