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).

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Carl is the coach of the Polk State Flight Team, which is raising money to go to regionals. Carl is asking listeners to consider donating 1 hour of their pay to help the team get there. Would you please consider making a donation here?

In This episode we discuss:

  • For financial advice, I recommend Ric Edelman.
  • Are there scholarships out there for people who already have a Private Pilot's License?
  • The Difference Between a Legacy and a Major Airline?
  • Flight schools in Florida vs. finishing my degree at the school I am at?
  • Are people being hired when they are under qualified, such has not having the minimum number of hours?
  • What qualifications or certifications should you get to set yourself apart from other candidates?


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



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 or advertise on Aviation Careers Podcast. Now there is an easy solution. Go to and click on the sponsorship tab. By sponsoring an episode your message will be heard by thousands in your specific industry or interest group.

Also don’t forget to visit our scholarships page and review our new search function. After much feedback from users of the scholarships guide we have decided to finally place an easy to use search function in the scholarships guide. Search by category, age, region, and more. But before we finish the entire search engine we need your help. Please go to and click on the search scholarships link. Review the different tables we have set up and then complete the short survey at the bottom. This will help us better serve your needs.

Interview with Craig Pieper:

Craig is responsible for the content, layout design, website design and organization of the material and people producing the material for the magazine. Craig is also the founder of another company called Pieper Training Aids. Pieper Training Aids manufactured two aviation-training devices, they were known as Holding Pattern Aid and Inoperative Instrument Aid. As a matter of fact you can see my review of Pieper Training Aids on YouTube. Craig is also a Captain for a regional airline with a type rating in the Embraer 145 and has logged over 6,000 hours of flying time since his introductory flight on November 14th, 1992.

Welcome to the podcast Craig.

Craig and I Discuss:

  • Why you should read Aero Crew News.
  • Our flying together and how small the aviation world is.
  • The Services Provided by Aero Crew News.
  • Aviator Bulletins.
  • Fitness coach in Aero Crew News.
  • The future of Aero Crew News.

Interview with Christian, a student at Central Florida Aerospace Academy

Christian was asked to interview me for an assignment at his school Central Florida Aerospace Academy or CFAA.


The vision of the Central Florida Aerospace Academy is to promote the lifelong process of learning by challenging students with a rigorous curriculum and tailored hands-on experiences with special focus on science, technology, engineering, and math. The academy will respond to the needs of industry by placing emphasis on teamwork, individual achievement, skill development, creativity, and innovation, as well as critical thinking.

As students are prepared to be productive and responsible members of the workforce, the academy will instill in them an appreciation for professionalism, ethical behavior, and an awareness of global opportunities, while developing self-worth, high expectations, and mutual respect among a diverse population of students and staff.
Students attend high school every day at the Lakeland Regional Airport and yet have access to all of the benefits of high school (sports, clubs, etc.)

Please visit their website:

Christians Questions:

  1. What was your first flight you did for the company?
  2. Why did you want to become a pilot and why this company?
  3. Is this what you thought you would be doing when you were younger?
  4. Was your first flight stressful?
  5. Are you happy with what you’re doing now or would you want to go to the bigger types planes?
  6. What is the biggest plane you have piloted and how far did you go?
  7. Without being specific, what kind of salary do you make and how long has it taken you to get to that level? (It is perfectly fine to decline to answer) You can find this information on the bureau of labor statistics website.
  8. How many flights do you make in a day?
  9. What kind of hours do you work in a week?
  10. Do they make you wear a uniform here or is it casual?
  11. Is your workplace strict or have a casual atmosphere
  12. Did you have to learn any other languages for this job?
  13. Have you had any emergencies during flights? If Yes, how did you get out of the situation safely?
  14. Have you had to change your path because of a storm?
  15. What kind of hours do you work?
  16. What kind of education do you have?
  17. Did you do well in school?
  18. What is the coolest thing you’ve done?
  19. Where is the coolest place you’ve been?
  20. What was the job you had before this one and has it helped you here?
  21. What was the biggest challenge of getting this job?
  22. How long do you plan fly for?


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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ACP109 Air Force Loadmaster To Professional Pilot

June 8, 2016

Today we have a special guest who is transitioning from an Air Force loadmaster to professional pilot. Larry Unger is truly an inspiration. If you are considering transitioning from the military to a professional pilot you need to hear his story. Larry is an advocate for those considering serving their country through a career in […]

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ACP108 From Russia With Lenny – Changing Country and Careers

May 20, 2016

Welcome to the podcast where we inspire you to pursue your career goals and give you an inside look at many aviation careers. Today we have a special guest who will discuss the challenges and rewards of moving to a new country and changing careers to a satisfying career as an airline pilot. Announcements: Congrats […]

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