Welcome to the inspirational information on transparent, Aviation careers podcast. In today's episode, we're going to talk about a story from a marine aviator who persevered through many nose in his life and succeeded before we began a couple of things. Number one, I want to thank you for your patience throughout this time that if you noticed, we haven't put out to any podcasts or a video and what it happen is, I came down with covid outside for a while and then of course we went on to Sun and Fun after that, and really appreciate everybody reaching out to me. I think so much for that. One of the things I didn't want to do is to put too much out cuz you could tell I was sick. As a matter fact, that last video that I did about covid, Alaska. You can tell a little bit sick there but but we're all through it ready to go home. So excited, and this is going to be a really cool start to us. Starting more videos and back in the role of getting some of those out there as far as with the pilot and of Ecorse, and that kind of thing.
I'm here back in, Lakeland, Florida, and I'm really excited to to get with this topic tonight. But first, before I do have one email that I wanted to redo it a question from a listener. And then we'll get to this really inspirational story from a marine pilot. Let's go to that email. First email comes in and says, hello, Carl and team. Have a quick question for the podcast. I just hit 1500 hours, total time and have enough cross-country time for the reduced 8. EP 125 is what he has right now. I know the Regionals will generally. Do your ADP, check ride is part of your initial training and tight. Check ride before cover, they were converting. The ATP CTP as well. My question is given the environment. Would it be worth spending the $5,000 on the ATP CTP now, or should I? Wait until hiring restart to see if the Regionals will continue to cover it? I like to do the 80 PC to be now and get the HPV.
Out of the way, that's a lot of money and I don't really want to spend it right now. If I don't have to thanks. Well, this email came in and January of this year. And here we are in May and the hiring has started again. We actually sent the email back to this person, telling them. Yeah, I think we should wait a little bit unless you have the money to kill. If you have $1000000 in a bag of course go ahead and get your atp-ctp on your own. But no, I would suggest that you wait till they're hiring which they are doing. Now again you have to measure that with how much money you have, if it's something that you know, you're done, you have everything. And do you want to just do something else for your own at vacation? That's terrific, but right now, I would say, yeah, you probably want to hold off for a little bit on that 80pc to be, especially now it's in May of 2021, and the airlines are hiring again. So that's pretty excited. And on that note, I'm really excited about what's happening with the airlines. I know that people are flying again. What are the cautionary? Tales. Like I said, is to be two to five years for the airlines to recover.
Give me about two years till we start getting back into the profitability mode which were right. We're headed towards that right now and I don't think selling tickets cuz selling tickets and flights that has to do with what we're talking about getting hired. But as far as the health of the airlines have to pay off all that debt that they incurred during the pandemic. So, that's really important for them to get back on their feet again, but really positive cash. Flow is happening, again. March April, May, we're seeing that with many of the different airlines, so it's a really exciting time. So I think in the next year or two, we'll see, see them recover and possibly pay back a lot of those bills and loans that they got from the government.
So let's go on to the hopefully that's answer your question, by the way feedback at Aviation careers podcast cam if you have a question or if you want to relate one of your inspirational stories and that's what we're going to do today. And this comes in from a marine pilot and it's really I love this story because it has to do with the video here. If you'll see in the back here that's has to do with the Squadron there, and then we'll talk a little bit about that now on to our inspirational story. But first, I want to actually thank our sponsor, Spartan school of aeronautics and Technology. If you're ready for your Aviation career to take off, visit Spartan. Edu to find out how you can accelerate your career in aviation establish in 1928, Spartan College of Aeronautics and technology is one of the nation's first Technical Training schools for Aviation and Pilots. Spartan College has trained over a hundred thousand pilots during its over 90 year history with a purchase of 32 new Piper archers.
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I finish listening to your episodes and always go a compass. Something to move in the right direction. Thank you. I finally got around to emailing you because I was watching one of your episodes. It was great by the way and keep it up. And I saw a big vt-3 patch on the shelf behind you. I was just curious what connection you had to The Red Knight and if you were an instructor here at one time, well on the whole vt-3 that's this patch right here that we're talking about the Red Knights as far as my connection to the training. Squadron, interesting Lee enough. A lot of people that I work with are in that Squadron have been in that Squadron, I even fly with people from, that's why I've never taught there. I have taught military pilot as a contractor but never actually caught in that Squadron and a lot of military Pilots at work with when they're actually leaving the military and trying to figure out what to do on their term leave and that type of thing. So that's really my connection is just the fact that I've gotten these patches
By the way, here from people that visited me at airshows and some of the people in that Squadron and actually been in some of the air shows that I had 10, then that I announce in and they were nice enough to give me those patches, I love patches and I love hats. Every want to send me a gift, I'll catch the train was commissioned in May 1st 1960 at Southway. Southwest in fields, gives me his primary Mission at the time was to instruct student eight and a needle aviators in radio instruments. Are there gonna be in formation flying? I are going to be was discontinued in January of 1965 and fill station. And basic instrument training was added in its place in 1973 vt-3. Moved to its present location at North Whiting Field in 1980 vt-3. Became one of the few command selected to be alternately commanded by Navy and Marine Corps officers.
The Red Knights were honored again in 1994 when they became the Navy's. Only joint, primary Flight Training. Squadron to include are for students and instructor pilot. Additionally vt-3, alternated between Navy Air Force. Commanding officers from 1995 to 2014. Now today, vt-3 continues its Legacy of joint training with the ready room of Navy Marine, Corps Coast Guard, and Air Force instructor pilot. By the way, I can have a link below, there's a big shout-out to vt-3 and the training, Squadron there, and a big shout-out to bc3, by the way, all that you folks do. I think it's absolutely terrific. I'm one of your biggest fans. Anyway, let's continue on with it with email. Hope you enjoy that little history of if you want me to do some more of those. Let me know. I just want to put that as an aside cuz I'm a big fan of 83, he continues with his email, are we be tiring out here in a couple years and plan on starting a career in the airline's after this I plan on reaching out for some career advice when the time comes or at least a little closer.
I've heard a lot of inspirational stories on your show. I hope you have time to hear mine. I knew from a very young age that I wanted to be a pilot. As I remember back. There were a few things at work together to spark my passion. My dad was in the Air Force and worked on ff15. I was able to be around the aircraft regularly. We had a family friend who was an airline pilot and got me a discovery flight with a young Eagles program. I know it seems trivial but as a kid, I love to build models of aircraft. My parents bought this paper airplane model kit, it was called White Wings, and I was so intrigued with how they flew in the air, adamic behind it. But the pivotal moment was about 14 years old, we were stationed at Nellis and the Thunderbirds used to practice north of Vegas. All the time. I would sit on the roof and watch one day, I told myself. Yep, that's what I'm going to do. It took a tremendous amount of work as a teenager but after being stationed back in Eglin,
I'm owed a lot of Lawns and save up the money to get my private license. At the Eglin Air Force Base, Aero Club. I flew as much as a poor young adult could afford for the next couple years and life took a different direction. I got married had a son right away at a very young age and found myself, struggling to provide enough, nothing extra to spend on flying after losing my last civilian job with a second son on the way, I went to a recruiter and enlisted in the Marine Corps. I spent the next 12 years, as a tanker, I had the most wonderful experience is incredible deployment and a lifelong friends all while I would take a college class here and there and try to fly just enough to stay current with what I could afford. There's a program in the US Marine Corps. Look for any cep. What is the Marine enlisted commissioning? Education program is very competitive commissioning program, but basically give you orders. While remaining active duty and getting paid to go to college, get you.
I agree and commission upon completion. A very sweet deal. Indeed I was selected and attended Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach major in aeronautical science isn't because I could use my GI benefits. I went to multi-engine track and flew the da42 the whole time I was there to get my commercial multi-engine instrument. I was so happy to be doing what I love and getting paid for it while tending. The school I tried to get an aviation contract with the Marines, but I was 31 at the time and the CG, or Commanding General said, no, to my age waiver, that was incredibly frustrated, but he's not give up. I asked again, but again, and answer of know the new Commanding General asked. Again, no Commanding General came to school so I was able to talk face-to-face. He said he would work with me but it came back on paper as a no
I was pretty frustrated. I was older because had been a marine not because I had been on the street the whole time. I ran an outstanding physical fitness test and had a 4.0 GPA. Was attending a performance school for a l, 9, on the aviation safety, excuse me. Aviation selection test battery. The stb is it called was going to incur the same obligation of any other Marine pilot was one year older than another student at school. Who got the way their waiver? Am I answer was no.
I went to basic school as a new officer on a ground contract. Why under a different command? I asked? For the age. Waiver again. And got it. Yes, I was ecstatic but now I had to compete for the One Pilots lot for my class of 240. Only about 25 guys were gunning for it. I worked my butt off and in the end the pilot slot was mine. I was over the moon. You're probably familiar with what happens next Aviation PreFlight indoctrination then vt-6 I knew from the start that the C-130 was where I wanted to be. I was very successful and primary after all I have been studying for this my whole life. I was lucky enough to be selected for the almighty hurt and I've had the most outstanding flying career.
I fell in love with a plane station in Japan than San Diego, been around the globe numerous times flown. The craziest locations you can think of numerous deployments and attachments, I would drive to work and could not believe that they were paying me to do this. The mission set for this platform. The US Marine Corps is unique as well to be able to fly a low-level at night on a goggles under threat of air delivery bundle of blood and supplies the troops at a forward. Operating base, go refill Jets or helos, Landing austere location somewhere. Then a couple nights, we had some capital city in Europe for a trip home, doing it all with your close friends, in a plane that is comfortable and a blast to fly all good things come to an end and I knew that I would get orders somewhere so I ask for orders to come back to whiting and instruct so far, I have greatly enjoyed it. I owe the two years for the PCS, then I would be eligible to retire. I plan on flying for the airliners after I'm looking for it.
The next chapter but certainly enjoying this one. Once again, love your show and all the work you do advancing our committee. Thank you for all. You do look forward to hearing from you and I really appreciate that and I appreciate any email like this. You truly are an inspiration for those that are listening here. If you're listening or watching this video, please take his information and his story to Heart through perseverance and through all these knows, he was able to move forward with his career because he did persevere. Don't forget a know. It's just a know, it's a, not a stop at his out. Now is just a hurdle is not a stop sign. You have to continue going. No, is just a hurdle stop sign. It is not. I want you to continue for it. I love your store. I wish I could have you on the show to talk to you in person, maybe someday if you have a story like this feedback at Aviation careers podcast. Calm your what can we clean from that? What can we learn from that for our friends and vt-3?
We learn from them some amazing instructors. By the way, have gotten a fly with a lot of those folks there and just terrific people all them. And we do appreciate everybody service and anything that we can do as civilians is an end. What I do here is help those that are coming out of the service. But the biggest thing is for those that are in the service, you tell us what your struggles have been. If you haven't been in the service, please tell us your struggles and when you've been able to do to overcome them cuz remember persistence. And perseverance is the most important. I know is not a stop sign. It's just a hurdle and you just have to jump over it. I hope you really appreciate this and if you have a story feedback at Aviation careers podcast. Calm and if you're someone that wants to help out others move forward in their career, don't forget, there's many ways to do that and that's where our Patron to pay. It forward campaign where we give away free scholarships guys, and people are asking me, you know, what do I really need a scholarship now things are moving forward so quickly. Do you need it? Even more, so go out there and get one of those.
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You're driving in the car. If you're listening on the podcast please do something now. Like right, right down to a memo and say you know hey Siri here's a memo. Do something along those lines, call a friend. When you stop your car right down something important, it could be something really big. It could be you know, maybe you want to schedule your check ride maybe you want to schedule your written exam. Maybe you want to enroll in a college, whatever it may be. I want you to do that today. So please take one step today towards your career goal will talk to you next episode. Say flying out there.
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