Airline Pilot Guy Crew

Capt. Jeff

Hey there. My name is Jeff Nielsen, also known as “Capt. Jeff.” Let me tell you a little bit about myself. After a little more than seven years serving in the Air Force as a C-141B and T-37 Instructor Pilot, I was hired by a very large, international “legacy” airline (which I refer to as “Acme Air”). My 31 year airline career has included experience in the B-727 (all seats), L-1011 (First Officer), and the “Mad Dog” MD-88/90 (Captain). I was born in Long Beach, CA, moved to Mobile, AL when I was 13, attended Georgia Tech and Auburn University, then joined the Air Force.

So, what is the show about? Well, just listen, it’s “the view from our side of the cockpit door”, I guess the best way to describe it is that I’m here to express my opinion and perspective as a pilot in the commercial airline industry. I am not an aviation journalist. I am not a travel expert. I cannot tell you anything about frequent flyer programs. There are plenty of great blogs and podcasts that cover that. What can I talk about? Weather and how it pertains to my job, piloting, aviation safety (I graduated from the Accident Investigation and Flight Safety School at the University of Southern California/Norton Air Force Base), layovers, etc. I talk about news in the industry, travel-related stuff, incidents and accidents, and more. The show is not a completely super-serious one… the APG crew does like to drink a beer or two and have some fun. As I said, just have a listen. I hope you will enjoy the show!

Dr. Steph

My name is Stephanie Plummer and I am neither an airline pilot, nor a guy, but rather a physician in Charlotte, NC – hence, “Dr. Steph.”  So, what am I doing here? Well, much of my spare time is consumed by my love of flying and over the past few years, I’ve earned my private pilots license, instrument rating, and now a commercial pilot’s certificate. I also have a single-engine sea rating and hopefully will have a multi-engine rating soon as well. I especially love being a part of this show and the APG community for the lively discussion it creates and the truly global network of pilots and aviation enthusiasts it has brought together.  A little bit more about me: I’m originally from Chicago, IL, but have lived many different places thoughout the US including Salt Lake City, Northern Arizona, and the Philadelphia / South Jersey area before settling in the Carolinas.  If I’m not working or flying, I can be found running, spending time with my dog, Taco, or expanding my knowledge of craft beers, especially IPAs.

Capt. Nick

Hi you great APGers, its Nick Anderson, perhaps better known as the Old.Pilot here.  I’m definitely the oldest of the crew and not too far from retirement after a flying career that started in the ‘60s.  Brought up in England and from an aviation family I began flying in the wood and canvas, open cockpit gliders of the Air Training Corps. Like Jeff, I started my professional career in the military, the Royal Air Force to be precise. I completed jet training on the Jet Provost, Folland Gnat and the Hawker Hunter before getting my sticky mitts on the awesome McDonnell Douglas F4 Phantom, eventually becoming a Qualified Weapons Instructor. My military career moved around a bit and I spent a while as a fast jet QFI on the BAe Hawk before taking up a post with the Royal Australian Air Force on the F18 Hornet. Back with the RAF I completed my time on the BAe Tornado F3.

By the mid ‘90s I was working with a major long haul airline in the UK on Airbus A340 -300 and -600 variants and now have the A330-300 to contend with as well.  My routes take me both East and West and I’ve seen a lot of world from the Captain’s seat of my French Ladies.

So if you have any military questions, any Airbus queries or want to discuss European operations then I’m your man.  If I don’t know something then, after 42 years of professional flying, you can be sure I know someone who does.

I have an alter ego who is a bit of an old curmudgeon but don’t take him too seriously, he has a wry smile and a twinkle in his eye!

Capt. Dana

Hello APG fans! I am Captain Dana and would like to share a bit of my background with all of you. My first logged flight was on my seventeenth birthday in August 1987. Ever since I can remember as a child I always loved airplanes and flying. I graduated with my degree in aviation management from a small college in southeastern Massachusetts with a fairly large aviation program. While going to school I was hired by ACME JR in Boston as a customer service agent, eventually moving up to a supervisory role. Then I was offered a position with ACME and have worked in baggage service, ticketing, gates, reservations, ramp operations, supervisor, customer service operations instructor and Mad Dog systems instructor. While working full time I completed all my flight training all the way through flight instructor and started teaching on the side, bought a partnership in a PA28-161 (Piper Warrior), flew parachute jumpers and eventually became a corporate pilot earning my type rating in a Cessna Citation. I then took a position with ACME JR ATL leaving my career at ACME behind to fly the EMB120 and the CRJ200. Now I am fortunate to be back at ACME as a Mad Dawg pilot, which was my goal, since it is the aircraft I spent 3 years teaching and with the company I’ve spent most of my career. I have logged time over my flying career in 31 different civilian aircraft. I still currently hold a CFI/II and love to share my wisdom, experience and knowledge of my aviation career with anyone who listens. Thank you all for supporting Jeff, the APG crew and APG community. Fly safe.

Liz Pyper

Hi APGers, Liz Pyper here. I have zero aviation experience, so Jeff has wisely chosen to ask me to assist in the background of the podcast, helping out with the Production of the weekly “show.”

I was born, raised, and have lived all my life in Toronto, Canada. I was fortunate enough to take early retirement in 2009 after a 35 year career in financial services. My love of aviation basically started with my excitement by and admiration of every flying machine I have ever laid eyes on. I find the engineering and physics involved is just amazing and absolutely beautiful.

A few years ago, I was searching around the internet and came upon APG and after listening to my first podcast I was hooked. Jeff, Steph and Rick (at that time) were so informative and entertaining. Then Nick and Dana joined and the crew has just become more diverse and interesting.

I’ve had the good fortune to meet a number of APG fans and all the APG crew members. If you have the opportunity, I urge you to attend a meet up!

Thanks to Jeff for letting me be a small part of the crew, I feel very honoured. One of my favourite “perks” is being able to preview all the submitted Feedback and even better Nick’s Plane Tales.

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