ACP116 Aero Crew News Craig Pieper and Central Florida Aerospace Academy

by CarlValeri on 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.

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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?

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