Stick Talk

Grant Weiner

What's it REALLY like to be a professional pilot? Find out on Stick Talk!

Join me as I sit down with real pilots from all niches of the aviation industry ranging from the regional airlines, major airlines, Part 135 Charter, Part 91 Private, cargo, flight instruction, and more to discuss their advice and gripes about their office in the sky.

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This episode is all about the life of two aerial survey pilots. Juan and Clay fly a variety of conventional twin engine airplanes equipped with a high tech gimbal and camera based out of Columbus, OH. The lifestyle is unpredictable but the time building speaks for itself. Listen to the episode to hear what it takes to become an aerial survey pilot! Clay's Instagram  Juan's Instagram  Their company  Their views 

Jun 2020

43 min 18 sec

On Episode 20 of Stick Talk, I am joined by good friend and fellow aviator, Dan. Dan describes how hazardous attitudes and the lack of mandatory recurrent training have lead to unacceptable fatality rates in General Aviation. It is not only enough to encourage and participate in frequent proficiency efforts, recurrent training must be MANDATORY for ALL pilots. In addition, we discuss that Safety is expensive and how money often plays a major role in the overall safety culture of an operation.  I recently had the opportunity to receive my first type rating! Thanks to the AZBAA Type Rating Scholarship, I was able to learn how to fly a Learjet 35A. It was an incredible experience and I describe all of the things I learned and appreciated about this opportunity.  Links to studies mentioned in this episode  Dan's Instagram Learjet 35A crash KTEB Runway 1 AZBAA wesbite Subscribe, rate, review, and most important, fly safe!    

Jun 2020

1 hr 12 min

Pete S. is a recently retired American Airlines pilot with a plethora of experience and wisdom. He now teaches Aeronautical Science courses at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Prescott, AZ. In this episode, Pete describes his career as an airline pilot, the challenges that coronavirus brought with classroom instruction at the college level, and why he chose to pursue another career as a professor. In addition, Pete offers his two cents on the Boeing vs Airbus debate after 20 years flying Boeing aircraft and 8 years on the A321 series.  You can find out more about Pete and all of the resources he has to offer at his website fromtheleftseat.com. If you enjoyed this episode, leave us a review and a 5 star rating! Thank you for listening and fly safe!

Jun 2020

53 min 5 sec

Shelby is an inspiration to all aspiring aviators. She currently serves as Cruise Captain on a Bombardier Global 5000 for Planet Nine Private Air. She received her Private Pilot License just before entering her Freshman year of college at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Prescott, AZ where she would finish the rest of her ratings and work as a CFI. She was involved in several extracurricular programs throughout her time as a student and instructor, and continues to inspire young aviators within her local 99's Chapter.  Shelby discusses her path to becoming a pilot, her experience at ERAU both as a student and instructor, and the culture shock of flying a Global 5000 all over the globe.  Shelby is a prime example of an individual who developed an excellent plan of action, followed the plan throughout many years of diligence and hard work, and is currently reaping the benefits of her dedication.  If you enjoyed this episode, make sure to leave us a review and a 5 star rating!  Check out my latest youtube video where I discuss my experience getting my first type rating! Click here for more Stick Talk content! Thank you for listening and fly safe!  

May 2020

32 min 6 sec

Erin H. is a financial peace queen and organization guru. Her passion for helping others almost outweighs her passion for aviation (emphasis on 'almost'). Erin and I met as students at Embry-Riddle. She served as the Executive Assistant to the Chair of the Flight Department while I was a Student Dispatcher. Erin's positive attitude and undeterred work ethic makes her an incredible colleague, instructor, and overall aviator. Some of my best memories from being a Flight Instructor were flying with Erin for various qualification missions.  Erin and I discuss our experience as students at ERAU and whether or not the education is a smart investment. How much does it ACTUALLY cost? What does one receive in return for that investment? Is it a worthwhile return on investment? Find out on this episode! Erin also talks about rediscovering her passion for aviation throughout her time as a Bush pilot in Coldfoot, Alaska. Lastly, Erin talks about her Organization and Logbook Consolidation services. Erin helped me transform my messy paper logbook records into a sleek, streamlined program that contains all of my aviation experience, records, and qualifications. If you haven't had this done and don't even know where to begin, let Erin handle it for you. I guarantee you will be overjoyed with your results. You can contact her directly via Instagram by clicking this link: Erin's Instagram  For more information on how to be in control and at peace with your money check out: http://daveramsey.com/ Don't forget to leave us a rating and a review, thank you for listening and fly safe!

May 2020

41 min 28 sec

Sam and I met four years ago at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University when he was beginning his career as a Flight Instructor and I was a Student Pilot. Sam spent several years as a Flight Instructor and Head Coach of the Golden Eagles Flight Team before pursuing a career in Business Aviation. Sam now works as a First Officer on a Falcon 7X for Planet Nine Private Air. Sam offers excellent insight on how to take advantage of your time as a CFI to gain more intangible skills other than mere flight time. Sam describes what it is really like to be a Corporate Pilot for Planet 9 and how every single corporate pilot job is vastly different from the next. Planet 9 specializes in international Part 135 Custom VIP Charter that averages eight to ten hours of flight time per flight. This means crews spend up to 24 hours together in order to successfully complete a mission. Sam emphasizes the importance of understanding people and learning how to work with people in close proximity for extended periods of time. He shares his favorite quote from his second favorite book, The Subtle Art of Not GIving a F**k" and discusses the importance of positivity and perspective. Lastly, Sam shares a crazy story about getting quarantined in Abu Dhabi, UAE due to COVID-19 laws changing every hour. They were unable to enter the country and were forced to turn the Falcon jet into a million dollar camp site.   Planet 9 Sam Morris  Have feedback for the podcast? We would love to hear from you! Contact us directly at sticktalkpodcast915@gmail.com If you enjoyed this episode, don't forget to rate us and leave a review!  Thank you for listening and fly safe!

May 2020

1 hr 6 min

Tracy M. spends nearly seven days a week teaching people how to fly airplanes. You read that right--SEVEN. Whether he is practicing maneuvers in the air, teaching in a classroom, or just helping colleagues increase their knowledge, he is one of the most dedicated aviators around. He joins me on Episode 15 of Stick Talk to talk about his time in the Navy, post-service life, and journey to becoming a Flight Instructor. Tracy served as a Flight Engineer assisting in essential crew duties and system monitoring in a Lockheed P3 Orion (NOAA uses this plane to fly into the middle of hurricanes). His experience as a naval aviator made his decision to pursue his civilian flight ratings an easy one. It is a prime example of how the GI Bill can be a truly incredible reward for service in the armed forces. Originally, Tracy did not see himself becoming a flight instructor after finishing initial flight training. He talks about how the decision to pursue flight instructing influenced his progress and development as a pilot more-so than if he were to do a different time-building opportunity. Tracy gives some great tips and tricks on various aspects of aviation and discusses the importance of CRM in the cockpit. Check out the official Stick Talk Podcast website! sticktalkpod.com

Apr 2020

50 min 7 sec

In Episode 14 of Stick Talk, I interview my very good friend, Dylan Horn. Dylan and I met our freshman year of college at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University as he was beginning his helicopter training with Universal Helicopter Institute. Dylan and I bonded over our mutual passion for things without wings and I have learned so much about the differences between rotary and fixed wing flight from him.   Dylan and I discuss his journey through initial flight training, his time as a CFI/CFII, and his decision to become a tour pilot after the demise of UHI. If you haven't heard of UHI, they are a classic case of how mismanagement, greed, and poor company culture can make unlimited profit go 100-0 real quick.   A tragic incident occurred on Sunday January 26th as a Sikorsky S-76B model helicopter crashed near Calabasas, CA killing all occupants. My thoughts and prayers are with the families, loved ones, and fans of the deceased; Payton Chester, Sarah Chester, Christina Mauser, Alyssa Altobelli, Keri Altobelli, John Altobelli, Gianna Bryant, Kobe Bryant, and Ara Zobayan. Dylan and I discuss the facts we are aware of thus far that might have played into the helicopter going down, including external pressures and IMC conditions. Here is the ATC audio from the accident: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B0pQfgi9ZqU&feature=youtu.be   Dylan and I also discuss a great resource for helicopter education and a VERY cute copilot. youtube.com/watch?v=BTqu9iMiPIU   Follow us on Instagram and TikTok @sticktalk.podcast!   Check out our website and leave us a message at sticktalkpod.com

Jan 2020

58 min 7 sec

Jonas is BY FAR one of the most passionate aviation enthusiasts I have ever met. His love for the craft is pure and authentic, and I am yet to meet another individual who receives as much joy from the industry as him. In this interview, Jonas talks about discovering his passion for aviation, his journey throughout flight training, an infamous (but awesome and extremely effective) instructor whom we had in common for our Commercial Multi-Engine course, and his internship with the "Pilot Source Study". This study that Jonas had the opportunity to be a part of is huge for young up-and-coming pilots, as they studied thousands of applicants that were ultimately offered jobs at regional airlines and the details of their backgrounds that allowed them to achieve this milestone. What's the best way to get to the airlines? Military? 141? ATP? ERAU? Find out here! Mentioned in this Episode: Pilot Source Study https://www.pilotsourcestudy.org/ Aerial America https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sk4chbBXD1A Make sure to follow us on Instagram and TikTok @sticktalk.podcast Send us a message at sticktalkpodcast915@gmail.com Check out our website for more info at sticktalkpod.com Thank you for listening, and fly safe!    

Jan 2020

54 min 46 sec

Happy 2020! Dylan and Grant kick off the new year by discussing their their favorite and least favorite memories of 2019, including CFII checkrides, gripes with traffic congestion, flying IMC for the first time as instructors, using new social media platforms for aviation content, disobedient pilots, and more.  Aviation Content Creators mentioned in this episode: For Crew Resource Management: -"Corporate Pilot Life" -"Captmoonbeam" For Single Pilot Resource Management: -"steveo1kinevo" -"Citationmax" Education and entertainment: -Opposing Bases -- Air Traffic Talk  -@sjcspotter (instagram and tiktok) -Matt Guthmiller  -Ryan Huber Make sure to follow us on Instagram @sticktalk.podcast or send us a message at sticktalkpodcast915@gmail.com Check out our website for more info at sticktalkpod.com  

Jan 2020

1 hr 6 min

Dan S. is a true testament to perseverance in aviation. Dan began his aviation career 20 years ago when he took a gliding lesson at a small local airport in New Milford, CT (11N). He now works as a flight instructor in Prescott, AZ alongside yours truly. Dan coached me while I was preparing for my CFI checkride in the beginning of 2019 and has played a huge role in my development as a pilot. Listen to his interview as we discuss Dan's upbringing, journey to CFI, and our thoughts on where to take our careers after flight instruction (Corporate or Airlines?) Also, Dan forgets about our weekly meeting... Make sure to follow us on Instagram @sticktalk.podcast or send us a message at sticktalkpodcast915@gmail.com Check out our website for more info at sticktalkpod.com Dan's Instagram: @kingsolomonsmarbles

Dec 2019

53 min 4 sec

Mik is an outstanding pilot currently working on her Commercial-Single Engine rating. She is heavily involved with the National Gay Pilots Association (NGPA) working to enhance diversity and inclusion in the aviation industry. It is no secret that aviation is a white heterosexual male dominated industry that has not always offered minorities the same opportunities and respect. Mik describes her experience at a recent Diversity Summit hosted by NGPA and offers her insight as to how we can enhance safety in the cockpit through devices like "Professional Standards" and avoiding microaggressions. Make sure to follow us on Instagram @sticktalk.podcast or send us a message at sticktalkpodcast915@gmail.com Check out our website for more info at sticktalkpod.com To find out more about NGPA, scholarships, and opportunities to get involved go to  https://www.ngpa.org/ Mik's Instagram: @mick2248

Dec 2019

39 min 39 sec

Christian Lambert is a Business Aviation pilot currently flying the ERJ-135/145 series for JSX, a public charter operator serving the Southwest region of the U.S.A. Christian was a flight instructor for nearly two years at ERAU-Prescott and is heavily involved in a wide array of aviation organizations. Listen to Christian share his insight on the initial flight training environment, transitioning to the jet training environment, and his decision to pursue a career in Business Aviation.  Christian's Instagram @clambertpc  https://www.jsx.com/

Nov 2019

35 min 41 sec

The National Business Aviation Association-Business Aviation Convention and Exhibition is the largest aviation conference in the world. Tune in to listen to Grant, joined by Commercial flight students Nick and Isaiah, share their thoughts on the events from Day one. In this episode, the boys cover Urban Air Mobility, their perspective on networking, and some funny stories from flight training.  

Oct 2019

32 min 46 sec

Cindy Greenman is a Certified Fraud Examiner and Professor for the School of Business at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. She dedicates herself to helping all students become the best version of themselves by preaching the importance of networking and leading by example. In this episode, Mama G gives her best tips and tricks for longevity and stability in your career as a pilot, how to properly network with industry professionals, and how to navigate NBAA-BACE. 

Oct 2019

35 min 26 sec

On this episode of Stick Talk, I am joined by one of my best friends, Kaitlin. Kaitlin and I met in Private Pilot ground school during our freshman year at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. Kaitlin discusses her struggles and successes throughout her flight training, rediscovering her passion for aviation, and the journey to becoming a Certified Flight Instructor. Kaitlin is an incredible role model for all student pilots and truly embodies the definition of perseverance. Check out the interview to hear her story and for some flight training inspiration! Unhappy with your flight training? If you are unsatisfied with the quality of training and customer service from your current flight school, make a change today. Why wait? https://northaire.com/  

Oct 2019

48 min 40 sec

In this episode, Grant tackles a variety of topics for his first solo endeavor. One of the most commonly asked questions amongst new student pilots is "Should I train at a Part 141 flight school or a Part 61 flight school?" In this episode, Grant explains the common misconceptions regarding this debate. In addition, Grant outlines the pros, cons, and reasoning behind both types of curricula (00:00-13:00) Grant's TOP FIVE TIPS for PROFESSIONALISM (13:15-20:50) If your'e a pilot, you need to be following the 21FIVE Show. All pilots need to listen to Episode 11 before it's too late... Visit sticktalkpod.com for more info or follow us on social media! 

Sep 2019

26 min 28 sec

Dylan and Grant discuss the fundamental errors students make, and it happens to be the things we learn on day one--PITCH and POWER. Failure to ESTABLISH a predetermined pitch attitude or power setting with intention will result in chaos. Whether you are learning to fly for the first time, practicing landings, conducting Instrument Approach Procedures, etc...this separates the good pilots from the great pilots. Grant stresses the importance of remaining true to yourself and the detriment of comparing yourself to others. Don't determine the status of your training based on someone else's journey. Dylan tells a story about a Near Mid Air Collision in the traffic pattern.      

Sep 2019

53 min 50 sec

Sarah is an Airline Transport Pilot, practicing Aviation Attorney, and full time Law professor at Embry Riddle Aeronautical University. In this episode: Sarah takes us on her journey to aviation and law, shares her take on the future of unmanned aerial systems, explains the NASA ASRS program for pilots, and discusses her new favorite toy--a Piper Cherokee. Sarah also highlights the importance of financial discipline and how budgeting now will allow you to live your best life later.  

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Sep 2019

49 min 41 sec

Jacob is an Engineer, Professor at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, and commercial pilot. In this episode, Jacob discusses the overcoming the challenges of flight training, the importance of having a plan, and how to choose a flight instructor that works for you

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Sep 2019

42 min 49 sec

From blank logbooks to signing endorsements, two flight instructors discuss their first experiences on the job. Grant and Dylan reminisce the four year journey through an accredited aviation university and discovering their passion for aviation. Grant talks about the importance of hard work and self practice. Dylan and Grant offer their advice for how to research the local flight schools in your area to ensure you are receiving high quality training. 

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Sep 2019

44 min 26 sec