Capt. Jeff

CaptJeff - airlinepilotguy.comHey 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 25 year 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 my show about? Well, just listen, it’s “the view from my 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 (and I’ll let you know which ones I like best). 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. As I said, just have a listen. I hope you will enjoy the show!



  1. Capt Jeff
    Thanks so much for the great podcast; I have been listening for a couple of years now and look forward to every one of them! I just learned from your 1st pilotguy podcast that you are from LA as well!! I grew up in Bay Minette, a small town just north of Mobile, AL. I also spent about 10 years in the USAF, and loved the experience.
    I travel for a living as well and I am always looking for your smiling face whenever I get to fly with ACME! Unfortunately due to flight cut backs we now have to fly with all of the airlines and not just exclusively with ACME anymore. Kind of hard to build up our air miles and status with the individual airlines now, but that is the nature of the beast.
    I have noticed something that has troubled me with your new podcast format. I understand why you changed the name so you could reach a broader group of people, but have noticed that the content seems to have changed as well. I hope it is just my imagination but it seems that except for the God bless at the end of the podcast that God and the Church has been removed as a topic that is sometimes covered. I have only listened to three podcast since you changed the format but really miss your discussions about religion. I listen to one of your other podcast and a lot of Fr. Roderick’s, so I get my fix for Catholic information, but do miss yours during your podcast. In a way it seems that God has been removed from our schools, our workplaces, and now my favorite podcast. I hope I am wrong and just haven’t listened to enough of them or just misunderstood the new format.
    Well again thank you for all that you do, and one day maybe we will end up in the same airport or the same town when you are off duty so we can grab a beer together and talk about LA and the USAF!
    Your Brother in Christ,
    John McCreary

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    • Hey, John. Thanks for the feedback.

      Yeah, I know. I’ve really struggled with this. As you know, most of the content of the previous incarnation (Catholic Pilot) was aviation/airline related. I couldn’t shake the feeling that many people never even sampled my show, because they were scared off by the association with Christianity. So, after a lot of thought and prayer, I decided to rebrand the show. Have I changed? No. Has the show changed? Well, yeah, a little. BUT, I still think that the show can be embraced by everyone.

      I really value your feedback, John. And, YES… If we ever end up in the same airport or same town, we will DEFINITELY have a beer together. Well, I’ll have MY beer, and you can have YOUR beer!

      God Bless,

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  2. Hi,
    I listened to your PodCast. My name is Jeff also. I think we work for the same Acme Airlines. I came from Acme “North”

    I am not sure you have your audience defined yet, however I know there are many aspiring young pilots that would love to hear about our line drudgery.

    I fly gliders and helicopters in Alaska just for fun on my days off.
    I agree with your premise that airline pilots are losing some of the primary skills of hand flying aircraft. My first 8,000 hours were all hand flown, without flight directors or autopilots, however I am finding that the second nature sharpness is not what it use to be. I still keep active flying little stuff and hope this keeps my skills top notch. I just got a type in the Airbus 330 and am following AF447. I can understand why such an automated airplane can usurp a pilots hand and eye coordination. It’s a very nice airliner and I really like it. My suggestion to all pilots that want to sharpen airmanship skills is to pick up a new small aircraft rating. A glider add on or a float plane/seaplane rating would be alot of fun and probably tax deductible!!!
    Would it be nice if Acme Airlines had a flying club?
    Best for your Pod Cast.

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  3. Hey Capt. Jeff, I just heard a news item that a flight had to turn back to the airport while they were on the taxi way because a couple of flight attendant’s (I think got into a fight? Not sure. It was a news bite on the radio). The Captain had security waiting. Any news from your end. I left the name of the airlines out but the initials are AA.
    Love the podcast’s and can’t wait till the next installment.

    Thanks again,


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  4. Listening to the podcast from Ireland, love the show, it’s thoughtful and informative

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    • Thanks, Rory! Looking forward to your insightful commentary!

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  5. Long time listener, first time writer.

    Did you hear about this? (thoughts??)

    (imusing an iPad and can’t find where to send you an email or provide other feedback. Sorry if this is the wrong place)

    Air France: Out of Gas? Ask Passengers to Pitch in
    August 17, 2012

    The Associated Press, August 17, 2012

    PARIS (AP) — An emergency layover in Syria’s capital was bad enough. Then passengers on Air France Flight 562 were asked to open their wallets to check if they had enough cash to pay for more fuel.

    The plane, heading from Paris to Lebanon’s capital, diverted amid tensions near the Beirut airport on Wednesday. Low on fuel, it instead landed in Damascus, the capital of neighboring Syria, where a civil war is raging.

    An Air France spokesman explained Friday that the crew inquired about passenger cash only as a “precautionary measure” because of the “very unusual circumstances.” Sanctions against Syria complicated payment for extra fuel.

    He said Air France found a way to pay for the fill-up without tapping customer pockets — and apologized for the inconvenience. The airline had never resorted to such a request before, he said.

    The plane took off for an overnight layover in Cyprus then landed safely in Beirut on Thursday.

    Lebanon is a volatile mix of pro- and anti-Syrian factions, and a series of hostage-takings has raised worries about Lebanon being dragged deeper into Syria’s unrest. Mobs supporting Syrian President Bashar Assad blocked the main airport highway in Beirut on Wednesday, before Lebanese military units moved in.

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  6. Hey Captain Jeff! Great show! I am thinking about starting a podcast but I can’t find a good program to record with. What program(s) do you use to record and edit your podcasts? If you want to check out my podcast later it will be up on iTunes sometime between now and the beginning of the new year. It will be called “The Catholic Kid”. Please take in mind I chose that name only after hours of brain storming and the fact that it relates to my age. Look forward to hearing more of your podcasts and thank you again for your work.
    Ricky Soto

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    • How’s the podcast production going? Let me know if I can be of assistance.

      I use a digital audio “field recorder” called Samson Zoom H-2. I send my mic output and sounds from the computer into a mixer, then out of the mixer to the H-2.

      If you have an iPhone (and if you don’t, this may just be the excuse you are looking for!), you can use this very cool new app called Bossjock Studio, which allows you to record the entire podcast on the iPhone. You can either use the built-in mic on the phone or use an external mic with it. I am seriously considering making the move to this myself!

      If you want to start out using just your computer and an external mic or USB headset, you can use the free Audacity software to record. You can do a Google search for tutorials to get yourself up and running!

      Recording your show is just half the battle… you need to figure out where to upload your files, set up your RSS feed, etc. Again, lots of stuff to learn. Let me know if you need any more help!

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  7. Hey Capt. Jeff,

    Love the show!! I’m an aviation nut and love all things that fly. I am close to completing my private ticket and only have a 3 hours left until my final check ride. I always thought it would be great to be able to do what I love for a living so I’m envious of you commercial guys! Anyways just wanted to say hi and that I love the show! I know your on Facebook but do you use twitter as well?

    Take care and God bless,

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    • Absolutely! Here’s where I am: Facebook: Capt.Jeff/airlinepilotguy | Twitter: @airlinepilotguy/@jeffnielsen

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  8. I have a few comments I’ll leave as a voicemail, but not tonight. For the moment, just wanted to thank you for your commitment and time to your great podcasts. I know they don’t just put themselves together. You have to spend real time gathering interesting news items together and organizing each podcast so they come off as smoothly as they do. Thanks for your hard work! Oh, and I know how much you enjoyed your time flying the Lockheed Tristar, so if you know some other airline pilots who would be interested in partial ownership and starting up a new airline…with a livery of ONE, here’s your chance! (I know it’s silly, but thought it humorous and couldn’t believe I saw this advertised, especially for this price. I can only guess at how many additional costs would be involved to make it airworthy and passenger friendly.) In any case (Ah-ha! Didn’t say ‘anyway’!) enjoy, thanks again, and God bless! Here’s the link to your next plane!

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    • LOL! While I did say I loved flying the Tristar, I’m not sure I’m ready to buy one!

      Maybe when my wife kicks me out of the house, I can pick one of these things up and make it my “bachelor pad!” Talking about a man cave!”

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      • Glad to put a smile on your face!

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  9. Hi Capt Jeff!

    Really gotta say and i speak for us all around the world!
    Thankyou for producing a truly fantastic podcast the content stories & news you provide really do make for excellent listening! “i wish they were 3 hours long” !
    So keep up the great work & a big hello from all us UK listeners!
    Hows it feel to be so famous jeff!

    Regards Carl

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  10. Hi Jeff,
    I fly Helicopter Air Ambulance up here in the Northwest. Love to listen to your show on my commute to work. Keep up the good work. I also share your Christian values so it is refreshing to know likeminded pilots are still out there!
    Here’s some food for thought. A collegue of mine was flying the ILS 08R into Vancouver when the localizer and glideslope started making very eradicate indications on both EHSI’s. The crew elected to get radar vectors for a descent towards the airport over water and broke out around 400′ or so. I believe fuel was a concern in the decision to not do a missed approach.
    After a close examination by the engineers on the aircraft nothing was malfunctioning with the GPS and NAV systems. The ILS 08R was also not malfunctioning and certainly nothing was in the Notams.
    It was later determined that some passengers in anticipation of landing turned on there cell phones and were texting during the approach.
    Most of us were puzzled that this was/could have been the cause. I believe an inquiry is ongoing.
    The prohibition of ALL portable electronic devices is still something we should take very seriously. Until it is proven 100% otherwise I will continue to pass on this incident stressing the ongoing importance of this regulation.
    Take Care and God Bless.

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  11. Hi Capt Jeff,

    I’m Sunny. I’m typing this email to you from Hong Kong International Airport (VHHH). First of all, I would like to thank you your good and excellent work of this podcast, I just discovery this nice podcast a week ago, and now I’m trying to catch up the older esp. I’m listening to it almost everyday.

    I have few questions want to ask for your expert opinion. Let me tell you a little bit about my background. I’m a 35 years old guy and stady in State of Iowa 10 years ago. When I was in college, I flew Cessna 172 and 152 for 30 some hours and had 3 hours of solo time (doing some touch and go withing the local airport area). I stationed in Hong Kong for almost 5 years, but now thinking of enroll some official causes which can finish my PPL and continuous my carrer in aviation business. Please kindly give me your professional advice, what direction should I go for at this monment? I know I’m a bit old to start in aviation field, but I really like to enter this field and I think if I don’t make the decision and point to the right direction now, I would able to do it in the future (really getting old).

    Again, thank you for making this nice podcast. And appreciate you feedback.

    Thank you very much.

    Sunny (seating at HKIA – VHHH)

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    • Hi Capt Jeff,

      Thank you so much for your reply. I’m open on all opportunities which can develops my skills in aviation field. Please kindly advice. FYI. I just got an offer from a local airport service company, of doing Flight Operation Officer in VHHH. Any advice what should I do next? Thank you so much.


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  12. Capt Jeff,

    I have been listening to you since day one and truly enjoy your show. I am an operational manager with UAL at SFO with 46 years of airline management experience; including 15 years as an Aircraft Dispatcher which came to an abrupt end due to a merger in 1988 between PSA and USAir! A fair majority of my extended family are also products of the airline industry; in fact my nephew is an ATL based first officer flying the MD-80. Perhaps he has had the opportunity to fly with you.
    I have a question regarding one of your recent podcasts concerning the expected need for airline pilots and how they will be compensated in order to fill this potential void. I ask this since my son, who also works for UAL at RDU as an operations’ manger has 800 hours (all certificates except CFI) and is pondering whether he should “knock” of the CFI, instruct to acquire more hours to meet the new FAA required minimum hours or continue with his current position. Best to you and your family and send me an email the next time you plan to have a SFO layover.
    God Bless..ACME’s competition!

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  13. Hi again Capt. Jeff,
    I was going to leave you voice feedback, but then I found this link other listeners may want to see. While enjoying a birthday weekend with my family at the Wings Over the Rockies Aviation Museum in Denver, my daughter found a plane spotter guide in the gift shop. Here is the link. It’s a great little pocket guide for those wanting to identify todays airliners. The guide includes interesting stats such as range, number of passengers, speeds, and identifying features.

    Now to the question I was going to send voicemail about. Next week my wife and I are treating out 2 adult children to a trip to Florida–our Christmas present to them. My wife made the comment about being in a plane while there is so much flu going around this winter. It seems in my younger years when the DC-8 came on line, I remember hearing that the cabin air was replaced every 3 minutes. Do you know how often cabin air is replaced and if any other percautions are made to reduce chances of catching bugs fellow passengers may have?

    Today, I finished listening to your latest podcast. I think it was #53. As a previous listener said, thanks so much for your dedication of love to APG podcasts!! After spending a day flying, you are to be commended for spending another hour or 2 recording podcasts. Thank you so much!

    Keep the shinny side up and the greasy side down.
    Retired CFI
    Fort Morgan, CO

    P.S. It’s about time I contribute to your coffee (or beer) fund again! Your dedication and work are appreciated.

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  14. Hello Capt Jeff,

    I just found your podcast and listened to the latest episode. I want to thank you for your podcast, it is exactly what I’ve been looking for.
    I’m from Helsinki, Finland and live less than 5 miles from Helsinki Airport. I’m currently studying Intl. Business hoping to work in the commercial aviation industry one day. Meanwhile I’ll keep listening to your podcast and learn about the field of aviation through your expert opinions and thoughts. Don’t be afraid of repetition in your topics since I’m sure there are many just like me who have just found your podcast.

    Best regards,

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  15. Good morning Jeff-

    I am a CFI here in NJ at MMU, and I wanted to comment on a listeners question last week regarding standing in front of a prop not spinning. It is good practice, and I teach all of my students this….In the event that a ground wire is not functioning properly, should a person lean on the prop, it has the potential to, at the very least, turn over once, or possibly even start the engine! I can’t remember where I read it, but within the last few weeks or so a person was killed when struck in the head by a prop in just this manner. I’m not usually one to send in comments, however because I felt this was safety related, I’d throw in my two cents!
    I enjoy your podcast, and would be interested in hearing your thoughts on the “pilot shortage”, as I am working towards a career in aviation. I heard your podcast awhile ago on this topic, however I believe that was before the regionals announced that they were going to reduce the size of the RJ fleet substantially. Keep up the great work!

    Paul Grieco

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  16. Hey Capt. Jeff,
    I am a 15 year old living in Cullman, AL. I am working on getting my private license, I would like to know more about the selection process to become a pilot in the US Air Force? By that time i should have alot of hours to help (i have around 50 now). Do you think with my head start and experience would get me a immediate slot in the pilot training in the Air Force?

    Thanks Jeff,

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  17. Hi Jeff,

    I am a European airline pilot and I was listening to some of your podcast this afternoon in my car and I found them very interesting!! Thanks so much for that.
    Hope you will keep on doing many many more.
    Take care


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  18. Hi Cpt. Jeff, I am 14 and just went on a discovery flight yesterday in a cessna 152, boy it was fun. I decided that I wanted to get my PPL but seeing that I can’t solo till’ I’m 16 I think I’ll wait another year and a half. What is your stand on this? Do you think it would be good to do the ground school before I start instruction?

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  19. Hi Capt Jeff
    I am in the UK and retired after an accident at my local airport where I worked for an international cargo carrier. It wasn’t serious but caused a bit of muscle damage and the quack thought enough was enough (I’m 68) and wouldn’t sign me as fit to work. Nowadays to keep me out of mischief I earn a few pounds two or three days a week as a contract driver. Most of my journeys are about 4 hours in total and your podcasts have made the going easy.

    Keep them coming and don’t forget to keep the blue side up.

    Hope your throat is better now – you seemed to be suffering a little on last week’s broadcast.

    Best wishes, William

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    • I’m glad everything is ok now!


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  20. Hello Captain jeff I have a simulator (xplane) and my landings are not smooth any tips? (using a 777-200).

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    • Since I have no xplane experience, I really don’t know what to tell you. In the real airplane, keep the descent rate constant (700-800 fpm) until the normal flare altitude (which changes with the airplane, weight, CG, etc.), then smoothly increase back pressure on the yoke to reduce the descent rate. Be careful, though… too much back pressure could result in leveling off or even climbing, which could lead to excessive float, and leaving less runway to get it down and stop.

      Perhaps one of my PC sim listeners might have a better answer for you. I will ask in the next episode.

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  21. Hi Capt Jeff, my name is Eduardo and I work as a copilot in a major airline in Brazil flying airbus. Couple weeks ago I discovered your podcast and since that I have listened you everyweek. I have used your podcast to practice my listening skills in enlglish and you have helped a lot. In 6 months I will have to retest my english to keep my ICAO grade so I can fly international routes.justto listen to you helps to add many words to my vocabulary os aviation and techinical english. I would only like to thank you for the help and I will let you know about my grade. Sorry about some mistakes in my english. Bye, bye and good flights!!

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  22. Hello Captain Jeff! It’s Lennart from Sweden writing to you again! I discovered an interesting story that might be great to discuss on your wonderful podcast!

    It’s about a Swedish guy who worked as a professional pilot for 13 years without having a valid license for 3 different airlines, until the local authorities in the Netherlands had him arrested!

    What are your thoughts on this?
    Was he endengerig people?
    Can this happen in the US?

    Obviously this guy had a private pilots
    License and did his homework. He also speded many hours on Microsoft Flight Simulator and ha access to a real
    B737 sim on Arlanda airport but learned on his own!

    Here is a link of his homepage and another of the Wikipedia and news article from dailymail.

    Have a great summer! I’ll be in the US for 2 and a half week in Orlando FL. Visiting the theme parks and enjoying vacations with my family! I know you are there some times visiting your son.

    Have a great day and thank you once again for making this amazing podcast wich makes my working days on a forklift much easier!!!!

    /Lennart Lundvik!

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  23. Hi Captain Jeff!

    I love your podcast and I’m listening to your show everytime there is a new one. Keep doing your Podcast, it’s really great and contains very much information.

    I am 13 now and I am living in Germany near Frankfurt (EDDF). My dream is to become an Airline Pilot like – YOU! So my questions are how you became a Pilot and what is the best and safest way to become an airline pilot now?


    PS: I love the Mad Dog and the 757′s and sorry for my bad english ( I learnt it in school in 3 Years)

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  24. Hi Capt Jeff! Enjoyed Episode 71, but was one who missed 70. Thanks for explaining what happened to 70 (I think I understood) on 71. Colorado hit the news this week with a sudden onslaught of forest fires. During one of the TV news casts, I caught a glimpse of a 3 engine jet dropping retardant. Upon further investigation, I discovered it was a highly converted DC-10. Wow, impressive, flying a jumbo-jet that close to the ground and dropping a mile of retardant on a fire. It’s amazing to watch the jet maneuver . . . not your ordinary boring passenger flight. Here is a link the the web site. The videos are a must-see. Can you imagine flying a passenger airliner like that? A whole different type of flying. Here’s the link: There are some YouTube videos available by typing DC-10 fire fighter.
    It’s been a while since I’ve sent feedback. You have more than enough to keep you busy. But I listen to each podcast that I can download :-) and appreciate your time and dedication. Vernon, Retired CFI, Ft. Morgan, CO

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  25. Hi Capt Jeff!

    My name is Nii Ayertei Tettey and I’m from Ghana, West Africa. I’m an avid listener to the Airline Pilot guy podcast. I can confidently say that your words of advice, as well as those of the resource persons that you have had on the show, have been a guiding light for me for the past 9 months. This has been particularly important because in this part of the world, credible resources on aviation and careers in aviation are hard to come by.

    I am from a humble background. Ever since I was a little boy, it has always been my dream to not just be an airline pilot, but also a change-maker in the Ghanaian aviation industry. Your podcast has played a very important role in bringing me to this point in my life where I am about to really start following my life’s dream.

    I recently gained admission to my DREAM program at Lewis University, IL, for a Masters’ Degree in Aviation and Transportation Management, with a minor in Flight. If all goes according to plan, I should graduate in 2 years with an Master’s degree as well as a Commercial Pilot Certificate from the FAA.

    As you can imagine, these costs are quite high. My total need for the 2 year program is in excess of $50,000. I have already committed my life’s savings towards making this dream a reality, and I am also raising funds through the crowdfunding site Gofundme. Please take a look at my campaign page: I would be eternally grateful if you could help me by spreading the information along your network, on the podcast and to anyone that you think could help out. I would be even more grateful if you can make a donation.

    Thank you so much for your time and consideration. I know that everyone has their own struggle and their bills to pay. I’m sorry to use your page for this, but I really want this dream to come true, and every little bit counts. Thanks again.

    Peace and blessings,

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  26. Hey Captain Jeff, I just had a few quick questions about commercial aviation.
    First: How does hail effect an airplane parked on the ground? Does it get dented like a car, or is the skin to strong for that?

    Second: Are small private hang gliders controlled by ATC? During a recent flight in Europe, I saw a tiny hang glider launch off a mountain just a few thousand feet below. I looked like it was open, and just a tiny private owned craft. Would that fall under different regulations?

    Wishing you clear skies, Evan

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  27. Hello again Captain Jeff I listened to APG73 and I loved it.
    Currently I am looking for schools in the USA I am leaning towards
    Embery riddle but I want to fly for British airways any advice? Thank you. Cheers!

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  28. Good day Jeff! It was a pleasure meeting you this morning. Looking forward to perusing your website and getting to know you a bit better. Take care!

    Sylvester & Darin

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    • It was great meeting you two as well! Here’s to a great relationship!

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  29. Hello,

    First time e-mail to you. Thank You for the great podcasts. I’m preplexed about the Asiana crash. I hear that 2 of the flight attendants were thrown clear out of the plane upon the impact. The photos of the plane show the fuselage virtualy intact, even the rear bulkhead has a very narrow crack in it and I think there is a galley station in the rear. How did these flight attendants get thrown out? through a rupture i the belly not visiable on the photos? that would make them very fortunate not to have been smashed upon the final resting of the craft.

    Warmest regards
    Dari from philly

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    • Scratching my head on this one myself. I guess it was through that hole in the aft bulkhead. It’s actually quite large… the relative size of the B-777 skews our perception of its size. Or, as you said, there may be another hole in the fuselage on the underside that we cannot see. It’s amazing to me anyone survived that wild ride.

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  30. Dear Capt Jeff
    I love your show and am just struggling to complete my PPL UK. Can you suggest other podcasts in aviation ( I drive a long way to and from work!) many thanks John

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    • Thanks! When you say “struggling,” what do you mean? Is there anyway that the APG community can help?

      As far as other aviation podcasts, yes! Because I don’t have an unlimited amount of time to listen to podcasts, I listen to just a few aviation-related shows. Airplane Geeks Podcast, Airline Careers Podcast, Stuck Mic Avcast, and the Daily Aero-News Network Podcast. There are plenty more great aviation podcasts out there, if only I had the time…

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  31. Do you know about this website tons of royalty free music. Heard you mention you were looking for music a couple episodes ago.

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    • Thanks for the tip, Sean! I’ll check it out!

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  32. Hi Captain Jeff,
    Really enjoying your podcast, and have a question for you.

    Currently I’m learning to fly a Light sport aircraft and by far the most challenging part is for me is short final to flare and hold off. My instructor tells me that in normal conditions you should hold off the runway until the aircraft begins to stall and descends the last one or two feet to the runway.

    Anyway my question for you is how do you land? What is the procedure you go through from short final to all wheels on the ground. You mentioned in episode 74 an interesting thing that I think will help me “airspeed, aiming point, airspeed, aiming point, airspeed, aiming point…” In a normal landing do you hold off until stall, or fly onto the runway?

    Keep up the good work!
    Melbourne, Australia

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  33. Capt. Jeff,
    Here is a link to a very funny video, a spoof of leaving on a jet plane.
    This was made shortly after the incidents when the Acme North pilots overshot Minneapolis while on their laptops.

    I also wanted to share one of my favorite aviation websites. You can do all sorts of cool things like plotting ranges, and drawing roots. It even has a good database of world airports.

    Clear Skies,

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    • Very funny video! Also, there was another listener who said they also love Great Circle Mapper ( I don’t remember the episode or the context, but I do remember the site. Thanks for the tip!

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  34. Capt. Jeff, I made a route map of Acme MD-88/90 destinations from Atlanta. When I was looking this up, I wondered whether you ever fly the international MD-88/90 flights to the Caribbean, Mexico, or Canada.


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  35. Capt.Jeff , I wanted to ask do I need to be a math whiz to be pilot, and what should I do in high school to be more prepared for flight school for since I have zero flight experience?

    Aloha from hawaii

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    • No. You do not have to be a math whiz! Just make the best grades you can in all of your classes, go to college, get a four year degree. Look into the Air National Guard or Air Force Reserve. Or start taking flying lessons while doing your college studies. You don’t have to go to Harvard or Princeton, or have an engineering degree. Just do as well as you can in whatever area of study, and show the airlines that you are a mature, well-rounded person! Good luck!

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  36. Hi Jeff,
    Just wanted you to know LOVE the show. Just stumbled onto it the other week actually. But I myself am trying to find a viable and affordable option school wise to get my ATP wings. I do need advise on one important thing though!
    Anyway I look forward to them everyweek and I wish you a Happy week and Severe Clear days.
    Also I don’t Think ACME flys to ROA, which is the airport I’m closest. I do have family in the CLT area so If you are ever on a layover or overnight at CLT and in the mood- I would be glad to buy you a beer/meal and hang out and we’ll talk flight or whatever.

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  37. Hi Captain Jeff!

    I really enjoy your Podcast it’s very cool and perfect for my way to school ( I am 13 now and it’s 30 min to School by bus). I listen Too your Podcast since May 2012 and as I mentioned it’s very cool and interresting. Keep
    up the good work!

    I live in Germany near Frankfurt Airport (EDDF) it’s the 9th largest airport in the world and
    since last winter there were four runways (25L/07R 25C/07C 25R/07L and 18).

    Question 1: Have you ever been in Frankfurt or Germany and how was it?

    Question 2: There was a strange thing about 25L in the past: Runway 25L is about 4km (2.7miles) long. After 1.8miles something strange is on the runway: A second threshold with the markings for Runway 26 which I don’t know. I think last year they removed it but you can still see it at Google earth if you want to. Is this because the runway isn’t perfectly straight? Maybe you know the reason. Would be interesting to know.

    Thanks for even reading my comment,

    1)hope your family is doing well especially your mom
    2) sorry for my English I learnt it in school (3 years)but I think therefore it became very good :)

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    • Yes, I have been to Frankfurt. And Cologne/Dusseldorf, Munich. Beautiful country!

      As far as the runway designation, I had not heard of that, so I did some Googling, and found out this (from forum):

      The designation of Rwy 25L with part of the runway as 26L was an experimental designation for higher runway usage.

      The plan was that small aircraft could land on 25L while other aircraft were taking off on 26L at the same time. This would effectively allow the runway to almost double its capacity.

      There was also a test of aircraft landing long on 26L while other aircraft were lining up to takeoff on 25L. They could start their takeoff roll as the 26L aircraft touched down. This would increase the runway capacity by about 25-30%.

      This layout of the airport was in effect in the fall of 2002 – which is when FS2004 airports were set. The designations were active in April 2005 when FSX airports were set. Google Earth shows this runway configuration in the May 31, 2000 view – up thru 2005 images. The latest image – 12/31/2008 – shows the Rwy 26L markings are no longer on the 25L runway.

      The end result of the test was that the use of one runway with two designations was not really effective in increasing runway capacity, and greatly increased the potential for conflicts.

      Flight Simulator cannot replicate the runway markings when two runways are placed together. The draw engine isn’t designed for the literally “One in the World” configuration.

      And of course, hundreds of people has viewed this setup of EDDF in FS2004 and FSX as a ‘bug’, or sloppy work on the part of the ACES development team – not realizing it was actually a real world configuration.

      BTW, Sebastian gave me his contact info for you to contact him. Check your email.

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  38. Capt. Jeff you are amazing. You put a smile on my face every single podcast, keep doing what you are doing. All I can say is thank you :)

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  39. Your Podcast is a blessing to me in many different ways – thank you. My home is about 4 miles from Dulles, right under the southern approach path. I love to sit on my deck and watch them come in. Just love it. I noticed that all the aircraft, no matter what time of day or night, always follow the standard downwind/base/final pattern that I learned to fly in a little Cessna years ago. I’m not flying anymore – too expensive. Is this the standard for commercial aircraft at all airports? When do they allow you a straight-in approach?

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  40. Hello Captain Jeff,
    I really enjoy your podcast, which I Iisten to on my way to work everyday. My goal is to become an airline pilot in the near future. I am currently a CMEL pilot with a college degree from Purdue and also hold IGI (Instrument ground instructor) and AGI (Advance ground instructor) certificates as well. I just recently got my CFI certificate this in August. But I passed my CFI checkride on a second try. This was my first checkride failure of my career as a pilot. I feel really bad about my failure and am worried that it will affect my hiring in the future with the airlines. So, I thought you would be the right person to ask. I was wondering if checkride failures affect your hiring with the airlines. If so, would one checkride failure be considered a bad candidate for the job. Thank you for your time and all that you do for fellow aviators. Best Regards.

    My name pronunciation: (Harrr gin derr)

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    • Dear Harjinder,

      I think I can put you at ease! I do not remember anybody asking me about checkride scores, or having to put that information on any of my airline applications. Secondly, I am sure there are many pilots flying for the airlines that have had a hiccup or two on the road to their dream job.

      You are definitely not a bad candidate for the job. Go to your interview with great confidence!

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  41. Capt. Jeff,

    I just discovered your podcast and am so glad that I did. I have been listening for only about three days and am listening right now to previous recordings but still have quite a bit of catching up to do.

    I am a private pilot finishing up my commercial right now and am working towards a professional airline career. Listening to your podcast is just the thing I’ve been looking for!

    Next time you layover in GSP I’d love to buy you a beer and chat more about it all!

    Happy landings,

    Daniel Andrew

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  42. Hay Capt. Jeff,
    If you are looking for sources of music, one of the best that I know is
    Be careful though, the music is licensed through Creative Commons, and you can only use some of it for things like podcasting!

    Great Show as always,

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  43. Greetings Capt. Jeff,

    Great website and podcasts–I just came across them, and am enjoying them immensely.

    I work as the Director of Music at the Catholic Cathedral In Spokane, WA, and I also own and fly a Cessna 182 and am interested in airline flying.

    I don’t know if your airline flying would ever bring you to Spokane, but if so, please feel welcome to stop by the Cathedral for Mass and be sure to contact me. It would be great to meet you and talk further.


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  44. Pretty nice voice there Capt Jeff. I like the coffe song from APG82
    You should probably use it but nothing can beat the java jive. I will have to agree with you about the Rnav and the extra procedures I don’t like them. How many flights would you do a month.

    Best wishes,

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  45. Hello Capt. Jeff

    I really enjoy your podcasts a lot , i keep listening to them on my way to the airport . I’m kind of tempted to know what kind of relation you share with your co pilots , as in how often do you let them fly , do you keep instructing them when they are shooting an approach , especially after landing and once out of the active runway , do you guys discuss about the landing was it good / bad , how the entire approach was ?
    As flying for GA aircraft , I and my Capt. do discuss these stuff and have a proper de brief after the flight , so was just curious how it works in airlines .
    i’m flying a Cessna citation in India . I like that you have a good taste for Indian food ! must try Chicken tikka , if you haven’t till now .
    Thanks a lot for such amazing podcasts , wishing you great health and Happy landings .

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  46. Hello, Capt. Jeff!

    My name is Justin Williams. I recently discovered your podcast, and I instantly became a huge fan! I just donated to your coffee fund so enjoy!

    I am a contract pilot from the Jackson, MS area. I seek your advice on a few things. First, I will quickly surmise my first few years in the “real world” (I am about to turn 25). I graduated from Mississippi State University in 2011. I had always thought I wanted to be a lawyer, and began managing a small law firm immediately out of college. I realized very quickly I did not want to be a lawyer (not disrespecting anyone in the profession, but that career was not for me). I decided to take flying lessons, and fell in love with aviation. I got my PPL, AMEL, and instrument rating on the side while still working at the firm. January of this year I decided to quit my job and pursue aviation full time. I received my commercial pilot certificate from Delta State University under part 141 by May. ( I only had to take a few courses because I already held appropriate ratings). I also enrolled in DSU’s MCA (master’s of commercial aviation) program in which I will graduate from this fall.

    My pilot experience is fairly unique given my total time. I have been blessed to have met and worked for several chief pilots flying as a FO on the new King Air 350i. I have almost 80 hours on this aircraft, and am very proficient with the pro line avionics. I am slightly under 300hrs TT and have over 110 hours ME. I have been told by both chief pilots that I am very sharp, and will be a great asset to a flight department one day.

    There are no full time jobs available in the Jackson, MS metro area, and contract flying is not a stable income. I don’t meet the minimum hours for most flight departments. I am currently working on my CFI/CFII/MEI and should be done with all the above by Dec. 15. I want to fly for a legacy airline or major cargo airline one day. In your opinion, is the CFI route the most practical way to get to the next level? Any alternatives? Military is not an option due to a preexisting health issue. Any information is greatly appreciated!

    Looking forward to hearing the next podcast!

    Tailwinds and a smooth ride!


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  47. Jeff,

    You sure look familiar.

    When you were a 727 FO at Acme Air in their Big Base, did you ( and did your wife ?) have a funny set of false teeth made by a woman to makes them for the movie industry ? If you’re that guy, I still laugh occasionally about fooling FAs with them. Life’s simple pleasures are the best !

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    • Yes! I am “Bucky!”

      I really had a great time with those Dr. Bukk teeth.

      Hope you’re enjoying retirement.


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  49. After a day of forced landings and closed airports, it is nice to relax in the hotel room and listen to APG. I work as a first officer for a major airline. Every time I listen to your podcast It puts a smile on my face. I have a question for you, how do I calculate the rate of fuel burn?

    Happy Flights, Jhadon Grant
    Chief Pilot of Wiltshire Airlines.

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  50. Hi Capt. Jeff,

    I enjoy the podcast very much. Here is a strange question – have you or your FO ever become seriously ill with the flu or stomach virus while on a trip? How is that normally handled? Do you try to get home quick to recover or stay in bed until feeling better? I know it’s strange question right? But it’s always a pain to get sick away from home, and with your job, you are nearly always at work while away from home. Surely this has happened before? Just not sure how the airlines are able to keep schedules with these situations. I had a friend who flew International years ago and had a bad sprained ankle in London on his day off. He had to refuse the return trip when they put his foot in a cast. I know you probably only do 2-3 day trips for domestic routes, but I always enjoy hearing about the strange stuff happens when you have a day off in a city away from home (and you have to be at work early the next day).

    Best Regards,


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  51. Hello Capt. Jeff,
    I recently stumbled on to your podcast and I love it! Ever since my first airplane ride in a Boeing 717, I have been obsessed with all things aviation. I am currently a freshman attending college to be a civil engineer but my dream is to become an airline pilot. My parents are opposed to this idea because of the price of schooling as well as hearing stories about the regional pilot life. How do I convince my parents to let me follow my dream? I know in your latest video, you talk about the airline pilot shortage, but what other arguments can I use to defend my reasoning for being a pilot?
    Keep up the great work!
    God Bless,

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  52. Jeff,

    I found your podcast a couple nights ago while searching iTunes. I’m 24 years old and an aerial survey pilot with ATP mins debating on whether I want to take the next step in my career and move on to the airlines, or continue building my ME C310 time and pursue the corporate route. In the last 4 days, I’ve spent just over 32 hours in my C310 “mowing the sky”, and I’ve been listening to your podcasts I’ve downloaded the entire time. Great stuff Sir. Keep it up, would love to meet up with you sometime if the opportunity ever arises. Safe flying!

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    • That’d be great, Alex. Where are you located?

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  53. Just listened to episode 104 and need to comment on the police radar/low flying tornado story. As a 40 year retired police officer, I doubt the validity of the story. Maximum range on the police radars I have used is approximately one mile under the best of conditions. Due to the shape of most aircraft, they are relatively difficult to pick up at long range–or even short range for that matter!

    Also, at a closing speed of 300+ mph, that would not give the pilot much time to acquire and lock onto the target.

    Good story though and probably belongs next to the US Navy ship/lighthouse story.

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    • Yes, you are correct, sir! Turns out this story has been around for some time, and has been thoroughly de-bunked. Oh well.

      Thanks for listening!

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  54. Dear Capt. Jeff! Just want to say “hi!”. I am flying the 757 freighter on the right hand seat in Europe. I do this since 3 years and I really enjoy it. Even during my OFF days, I am watching your episodes and I really enjoy it! Great to get the chance to see the passion and philosophy of an american pilot like you. Keep doing this site and I wish you many happy landing! Take care! Eric.

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  55. Dear Captain Jeff,

    I thought you and your listeners might enjoy this video of an approach into Queenstown, New Zealand. Could you imagine deliberately descending into cloud with all those mountains around? Also it seems the approach angle to the runway is very low.
    I believe it is a GPS approach.

    Keep up the great APG work!,

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  56. Hi Captain Jeff!

    First I’d like to say you have a wonderful show – I listen to it on my commute to and from work at LAX, where I am a baggage handler for American Eagle. I also enjoy listening while I am non-revving around the country. Your insight into the commercial airline pilot world is second-to-none.

    Second, I’m sorry to report but I’m very far behind in your shows; I only started listening a few months ago and am currently listening to Episode 31 from May of 2012. I refuse to skip ahead, as I wish to absorb the vast library of infotainment that is Airline Pilot Guy. On the off chance you read this on your show, I will only know long after it has been written – but I will indeed be smiling.

    Third, about the L-1011 – I have fond memories of flying aboard Acme’s Tristar in my youth – perhaps you were the captain at the helm from 1994 to 1996? I flew between ATL and LAX, as well as LGA and FLL in this period.

    Lastly, I want to mention that I am a 2007 aviation graduate of Western Michigan University, where I started out as a flight science major but switched to aviation business for a variety of reasons that for now I’d prefer not to examine. I have 89 hours of time in Cessna 172s, but no Private Certificate to show for it. Occasionally I think about returning to the skies for a refresher or perhaps one day getting my Private et. al. once and for all. Trouble is, it’s an expensive venture.

    With the upcoming pilot shortage in the news, wouldn’t it behoove the airlines to offer incentives for candidates? What about a paid (or free) training pipeline of sorts with a dedicated airline, that would bring a novice or slightly-experienced pilot such as myself through all the certificates and ratings, jet time, etc., and trained in such a way to fit the mold for a pilot for that airline? It sounds like a pipe dream, I know, but with flight school as expensive as it is and the military becoming less of an attractive option to folks, is there any harm in trying?

    WELL – sorry for that rambling comment but I kept thinking of things to write! I know you’re a busy guy so, whether you reply or not, just want you to know you have a great show, and you brighten up my day.


    West Covina, CA

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  57. Hey Capt. Jeff,
    Thank you very much for the great podcast! I discovered your podcast on youtube a few months ago, and I absolutely LOVE it! I watch an episode a night, and I suggested watching your show on my youtube channel. Your information on being a pilot and the quality of your podcast is second-to-none! I believe this is the best podcast you can listen to, and I look forward to listening to your next episodes!

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    • Thanks for your kind comments, Zach! What’s your YouTube channel?

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      • My YouTube channel is “airplaneguy6.” It is a start-up channel that I created. I am an avid airplane spotter at my local airport, as it is served by Delta Connection and American Eagle, so I will be posting things like landings, takeoffs, tributes to different airlines, and maybe some other videos when I come up with some ideas. Since it is a brand new channel, there are no videos or subscribers just yet, but I will give it some time once it really is up and running and some kinks are worked out. Hopefully, I can get as many subscribers as you do, but I doubt I will have a channel as great yours is. I really do appreciate your podcast and I thank you for all the hard-work you do!

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  58. Hello Captain Jeff. I was hearing all about these APG meetups. In January, I was at KATL and I saw a Captain who looked like you, but I wanted to avoid an awkward moment incase it was not you and I just said “Jeff” twice near the guy but he never responded, you have to take your chances. I have to get sleep now, I have an 1130L clock-in time.

    Clear skies, Jhadon (Jay)

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  59. Cpt Jeff Myself and mate Brett are from Australia, love listening to your podcasts, spent many a road trip of 12+ hrs being entertained and learning from your Podcasts…look forward to the new ones each week…Clear sky’s and tail winds , unless on final approach..

    Cheers Ray & Brett

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    • Thanks! It’s great to know that I have people listening and enjoying my efforts all over this wonderful world of ours!

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