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 27 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.

Miami Rick

Hey everyone..
My name’s Rick Ruiz, better known as Miami Rick. I am an international Boeing 747 pilot for the world’s largest Jumbo Jet operator flying literally all over the world. One day you’ll find me moving your brand new iPhone out of Asia, the next I might be flying our boys and girls home from combat zones and the day after I may be transporting Dreamliner parts to Seattle for final assembly. So many types of flying, so many different 747 variants, so many destinations on all 6 Continents. It’s all in a day’s work. Wait…work? Not really…you can’t possibly call this work!!
Before I jumped on the Jumbo train, I had the privilege to fly perhaps the most overpowered commercial jetliner ever. The mighty Boeing 777 Long Range Freighter. I operated that amazing jet mainly between the Americas and Europe. I have been a “freightdog” for about the last 6 years since I transferred over from my previous airline’s passenger division. Prior to my 777 days, I flew the Boeing 767-300ER for 6 years on routes between South/North America and Europe. The 767 is my first love and will always hold a special place in my heart since it was on that beautiful jet I gained my first command. I have never flown anything smaller than the 767, and so my perspective and contributions to the Airline Pilot Guy show are primarily those of a long-haul, international, heavy aircraft pilot. I am also a simulator instructor on the B757/767, and feel like a pilot really learns his craft when he is able to teach it and explain it simply and clearly because of the constant study and preparation that said task involves. I love the intricacies of the different systems that make up these amazing machines and I think it comes through in the show because every once in awhile I’ll go on long winded rants describing how this works and why that happened, promptly boring everyone to death and that’s when the ‘rickets’ (yes, I have my own army of crickets) will make their presence known.I come from a purely civilian background learning to fly in general aviation aircraft in South and Central Florida and flew countless types of light aircraft delivering them throughout the US. I also instructed new private, instrument and commercial pilots and I feel like it was then that I acquired my love for teaching. I truly hope you enjoy the show! Thank you in advance for being a part of the APG community and I’m really looking forward to hearing your story and what aviation, whether general, corporate, airline or virtual means to you.
Keep the blue side up!!


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!

Hello APG fans! I am First Officer 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.

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