ACP085 Restarting Your Airline Career with Travis Watson

by CarlValeri on June 8, 2015

TravisFlightDeckWelcome to episode 85. I speak with many pilots who have left the airlines for various reasons including work schedule, layoffs, furloughs, and the low initial pay.  Often many former airline pilots miss the flying and challenges of being an airline pilot.

Today I have with me Travis Watson, an experienced skydiver and pilot who has returned to the airlines after a recent hiatus. Travis is truly passionate about everything he does and his excitement about life is infectious.

Travis and I discuss:

  • His background as a skydive vidographer and flight instructor.
  • His first experience with the airlines.
  • Why he decided to come back to the airlines.
  • Advice for those who left the airlines and are looking towards restarting their flying career.
  • The initial training experience at an airline.
  • Tips to pass your airline training.
  • The advantage of staying at the training center during breaks.
  • Advice for those who are looking at the challenges of low pay and inconsistent schedules in the beginning of their career.

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Doug Toalston 'Toast' June 9, 2015 at 4:04 pm

I am a long-time friend of Travis’. What a wonderful interview!!! I remember his commuter experience with the Nashville firm. All the while though he was also coming out and performing as a songwriter (he’s good…really good). That infectious attitude is there regardless of what he does, and I’m glad he ‘came back’ as a pilot. Any, no every airline corporation longs to find someone like Travis. I wish him all the best and am in that corner where if he called, I would do everything I could to give back whatever I could to help. Thanks!!!

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