Welcome to the AvGeek Chronicles Podcast, hosted by pilot and aviation enthusiast Colin Hodges. On this podcast you will find a plethora of audio experiences from first hand insight into training that he goes through, interviews with fellow millennial aviators that are making a difference, and other random but great aviation content which will have everyone saying "I'm an AvGeek" after listening to an episode. Colin is the perfect example of putting your dreams into flight and he wants to help others accomplish their aviation goals too!
The #AskTheAvGeek Show is bringing another great story for you all today. We've all known that the Aviation Industry has had a history of being an environment that lacks diversity and inclusion. Thankfully, there are organizations out there like "Fly For The Culture" who are trying to change this paradigm and bring about change to our great industry. I'm so stoked to have Jerome Stanislaus on the show today, from Fly For The Culture, to talk about the change they are bringing about. This change is catching a lot of big support too! We chat about life, Fly For The Culture, Jerome's personal beliefs and what it was like to be on National TV with CBS Evening News. Jerome not only loves his craft but he's willing to put aside his short term dreams to make sure that others can achieve their dreams in aviation. This is not an episode that you want to miss!
Coming in hot with another episode of the #AskTheAvGeek Show! This week on the show I am happy to introduce another DFW native, Mr Brandon Maso to the audience! Lucky for you all, this is Brandon's 2nd time on the podcast but 1st as a solo guest. Brandon is bringing a lot of great aviation experience to the podcast today even though he is still so young! Brandon has and still instructs, he's flown sim's, small jets, Part 135 and now finds himself in the right seat of a Boeing 767 with a Cargo Carrier! Not only does he have a plethora of experience, but he's bringing it to us with his entertaining attitude. Brandon is becoming a good friend of mine and an aviator I think you guys will really enjoy hearing from! Like Brandon, make sure your not taking yourself so serious all the time!
The podcast is back after a 2 week break but were coming back with a great episode of the #AskTheAvGeek Show. This week on the show I am so happy to have Ian Rodriguez on the podcast! Ian is with me and we are digging into the topic of what it's like living the Flight Instructor life. Ian has had a very interesting path to his CFI/I but he is giving everyone the whole story. Ian is bringing so much truth in this episode! We really dig into some topics that are very important to student aviators when it comes to their work and relationships with CFI's. I believe everyone will take something away from his story or his experience and this is one you don't want to miss!
After a week off, the #AskTheAvGeek Show is back for another episode! This week we're moving to the military side of flying, as I have LTJG Steele Phillips on the show with me today. Steele is a MH-60S Pilot out of Virginia and is laying everything out there for #AvGeekNation on what it takes to become a Naval Aviator. There seems to be a lot of mystery on how people get those coveted Wings of Gold in the military, but Steele is giving everyone the information they need to decide if this is a career for them. Not only is Steele giving the audience the steps he took, especially through ROTC, he also gives us the other ways you can receive a coveted Naval Aviator slot. It's people like Steele that keep our country safe everyday, so I appreciate everything that Steele and his fellow Sailors are doing to keep the United States safe!
So if you've followed the podcast, back in Ep. 027, I spoke with my wife about how one should introduce someone new to aviation. Today, I'm actually going to go through step-by-step exactly what I do, when I introduce someone to flying. This is such an important topic today as more people are gaining an interest in this industry, primarily driven by the fact that the pilot job market is booming. Doing introductory flights is not about your skills or what you want to do, it's about your guests total experience. I want to thank my Pastor Luke Davidson for being an awesome co-pilot and testing me with so many questions during our flight. It's an awesome experience introducing somebody new to aviation, but you have to take the right steps to make sure your guests feel as safe and as comfortable as possible...especially if your guest has a wife and 5 kids!!!
Welcome back everyone for another weekly episode of the AvGeek Chronicles Podcast!
I’m very excited for today’s episode because this is an episode my guests and I have been trying to schedule for a couple weeks now, Thankfully, we are finally making it happen! I am so excited to introduce AvGeek Nation to the Davis Family this week as they join me for a new episode of the #AskTheAvGeek Show. If you’re out there on Instagram and YouTube, you’ll know them formally as The “There By Air” Crew.
I absolutely loved having the opportunity to have the Davis’s with me this week and I know all the listeners out there are really going to fall in love with this young family. As soon as I found them, I loved all the fun they were having! Not only are they sharing their passion of aviation with their own little family but they are documenting their travel journeys and bringing us along as for the ride…even if it means it may get a littttttttle windy.
I hope you all enjoy this weeks episode! Don't forget to give the new instagram profile a follow which you can find at @avgeekchronicles!
After last weeks solo pod, talking about a topic that not all aviators enjoy talking about, I've got another #AskTheAvGeek Show for everyone! This week on the podcast I am happy to introduce #AvGeekNation to Ryan Hunt! Ryan joins me all the way from Georgia. If you've been following the podcast, you'll remember that Ryan has a pretty big relation to another #AskTheAvGeek Alum. If you don't know what I mean, you'll have to listen to today's episode. Ryan is a commercial pilot, A&P, warbird pilot, and a member of the AOPA Fly By Crew. Ryan is another young, successful, and accomplished aviator. Ryan epitomizes doing the right thing is always the right thing. What's crazy about Ryan's story is it share's a lot of similarities to my story, but he knew aviation was his calling. Following his families footsteps laid an important foundation for his future. You'll always find Ryan at the airport and you'll probably see Cayla out there with him flying and advocating for youth in aviation. Ryan is another great addition to the podcast as he shares the same purpose this podcast was built on. Ryan just wants to share his passion with the rest of #AvGeekNation!
This week I’m dropping a solo pod and were talking about a topic that every aviator knows very well… how exactly should you pay for Fixed-Wing Flight Training. I recently had a listener send me a DM over on Instagram asking me if I could talk about this topic as he had it on his mind and if I could get some opinions on it. I told him the topic was perfect for the podcast! I took his question and am going to break it into 2 different podcast episodes. This week, we are going to talk about whether you should take out loans for Fixed-Wing Flight School! I’m going to devote this episode to Fixed-Wing Training and I’ll follow up with an episode on Rotorcraft Training. I feel they each deserve an episode because they are so different. I give my opinion and then I bring in the opinions of a few of my past #AskTheAvGeek Show guests. What’s your opinion about this topic?
After last weeks group episode of the #AskTheAvGeek Show, I'm bringing in another new guest this week. This week on the podcast I am happy to introduce #AvGeekNation to Cayla McLeod. Cayla joins us all the way from Georgia. Cayla is the youngest guest featured so far on the podcast but she boasts an already incredible aviation resume! Cayla is a Private Pilot, a member of the AOPA Fly By Crew, Communications Coordinator for Triple Tree Aerodrome, the Liberty Foundation Tour Coordinator, and doing this all while being a student at the University of West Georgia. We all have our stories on how we got into aviation and Cayla's story started with Candler Field Museum Youth Aviation Program. If you've seen Cayla on Instagram, you could probably guess that her passions are "Planes and People". She now wants to bridge those passions to help the next generation of pilots accomplish exactly she did. You'll always find Cayla and her boyfriend Ryan Hunt out there flying and advocating for youth in aviation. Cayla is another great addition to the podcast and proving once again that it will be the younger generation that keeps pushing the aviation industry forward. In this episode, Cayla shares her passion and energy with all the listeners.
On this episode I'm doing something I haven't yet done on the podcast.. welcoming 2 guests on 1 episode! I'm very thankful to have the opportunity to have both Aaron David and Brandon Maso on the show this week for a special edition of the #AskTheAvGeek Show. As you all know I had Aaron on last year as a solo guest on the #AskTheAvGeek Show but this time he came to Dallas/Fort Worth for Type Training, so I couldn't help but get him back on the podcast. I'm also welcoming new comer Brandon Maso to the podcast, as we've become good pilot friends here in DFW. On this episode of the podcast we talk about all the in's, out's, good, and bad of Type Training and thee whole process. Luckily, Brandon has tackled Type Training from the Cargo side while Aaron is tackling Type Training from the Corporate side. Both their views made for a great podcast episode. I hope you all enjoy the information just like I did!
So I haven't done a solo podcast in a while and it just so happened that a listener asked a very great question while he was giving me some feedback on a recent episode. That listeners name is Isaiah and at the end of the conversation, he asked a really great question... That question was “So is there an episode where we get to hear your story and how you got started, your struggles and your story first starting off?” So this whole podcast episode is devoted to answering Isaiah’s question. Let me tell you, at least to me, it’s a crazy interesting story. So, Isaiah, thank you for being a part of AvGeek Nation and following the podcast but I also appreciate your honest feedback. I hope everyone enjoys this story and if you have anymore questions for me, don't hesitate to find me on social and strike up a conversation.
This week on the podcast I’m bringing you another great episode of the #AskTheAvGeekShow and I am happy to have Pilot Sergio on as my guest this week. I’m stocked to have Sergio on this week because he’s the first airline pilot that I’ve had on the show. If you’ve flown regionally out of Miami, you may have seen him on one of your recent flights. Sergio is a great example of someone putting a passion and dream in motion at a very young age. If you’ve ever wanted to know what it’s like to be young and fly for the airlines, this is an episode you don’t want to miss. Sergio is sharing some great experiences and advice that everyone should listen to. If you’ve seen Sergio on Instagram, you know his personality is full of energy and passion. Through this episode, Sergio just wants to share that passion and energy with all the listeners.
As promised, I am releasing a new segment on the podcast with the help of one of my very good friends Eli Maloy. Eli was my very first guest on the #AskTheAvGeek Show but now in 2019, we are starting a new segment together. We don't have a name yet but that doesn't matter, this episode was all about just getting it out to the audience. This segment is all about being real with our hopes and dreams in aviation. Not everything is as great as it seems.. we all have our truths and problems. I'm hoping this new segment helps others realize that being real is freeing and being real as a young aviator, is even better! Eli and I noticed there is a lot of fronting' going on with young aviators but we want to keep it real. We don't know what the future holds for this segment but we know its going to be fun! Come along with us as 2 young aviators just talk about out struggles and truth in aviation!
We are back for 2019!! I'm back from a little break with family and we are ramping up the AvGeek Chronicles Podcast for the New Year. To start off the new year, I'm bringing in an amazing guest today and I was super excited for this episode with Mr. Kodiak himself.. Mark Brown! Mark is the Chief Pilot & Marketing Director for Quest Kodiak and is an aviator whose journey in this crazy world is definitely not by the books. Not only does Mark brings us the story of how he became one of the faces of the Kodiak brand but he brought us his personal story of how he got into aviation and the sacrifices he had to make to bring his dreams to life. Mark was a great guest to kick off the first episode of 2019 and I hope his story can be a catalyst for you to jump start your aviation career.
Have you ever had that 1 individual, whether that be a spouse, girlfriend, boyfriend, sister, brother, mom or dad who you really wanted to take flying? I'm sure everyone has and it can be daunting sometimes. We've invited Pilot Wife, Kirstin Hodges to the podcast today to get her first hand experience of what it's like to experience flight and all that aviation has to offer first hand. Yes Kirstin is my wife, but she's just like everyone else who was scared to fly in a small plane for the first time. Listen to her advice to pilots and passengers of how to handle the first couple flights. Flying is a special activity and aviation is a special industry. If you want to share it with someone, make sure you share it the right way. I hope you all enjoy today's podcast!
I've been looking forward to this podcast for a while because it really hits my purpose. My whole goal of the podcast is to truly show the diversity of things one can do in the aviation world as well as showcase all the young aviators out there who are bringing new life to this industry. This podcast is still in it's infancy and I am so lucky to have had a diverse group of guests so far and I really take pride in that. Luckily in this episode, I'm continuing that diversity by welcoming Matt Oliveira to the show!
Matt Oliveira is a young Southwest Airlines Flight Attendant, most known for his Instagram and YouTube accounts "MolivesTV." What most people don't know about him is, he is doing all this while living with Cystic Fibrosis. Matt, who now lives in the City of Angels, has a story that fits his purpose.. which is to to live a life of adventure while pursuing his dreams.
Throughout his story, it's obvious that his diagnosis isn’t something he really things about and he's not letting it effect his life journey. Matt loves taking care of his SWA Passengers while also following his passions in videography and photography.
Through all this, Matt is just showing and proving to everyone that you can't let anything hold you back, regardless of the circumstances you may be under. Matt wants everyone to live out their dreams everyday and as he says "Live your best life out there." I am stocked to bring you all Matt's incredible story!
Check out Matt's Instagram here: https://www.instagram.com/molivestv/?hl=en
Check out Matt's YouTube Page here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCETwXokUhO-YmXYb9Nb9E0w
From surfing, to skiing, to traveling the world..Aaron has always been on the move. Now, he's just on the move in a Corporate King Air 350i! If there is one thing that you will take away from Aaron's story, it's that you can't be afraid to take 1 step back to take 2 steps forward...especially when it comes to finding your dream career. Aaron is a first generation pilot and charting his own path and it all started because his parents told him he simply couldn't bar-tend his whole life! Aaron is bringing a great story to the show today and confirms the fact that it's never to late to find your dream career even if that means going back to ground zero. Aaron also gives AvGeek Nation the inside scoop on how he's grown so popular over social media simply by documenting his pilot journey. I'm so stocked to have Aaron on the show to bring the listeners his awesome story.
Passion, the love of flying, and wanting to give back to the aviation community that his given so much to him truly defines our most recent guest on the #AskTheAvGeek Show. On this episode I'm introducing Mark Robinson to the AvGeek Nation and we are learning all about his road to becoming the leader of one of the most recognizable rotorcraft flight schools in the entire world, One Above Aviation. You also probably know One Above Aviation as their Instagram handle @ieatsleepfly or by their Skittles colored helicopters. As an immigrant, Mark is going to be the first one to tell you that his road to becoming a helicopter pilot and getting to where he is now as a business owner, was not easy and took a lot of work. His passion for what he does day in an day out has lead him to all of his success and the exact reason why he says he is so happy today. I am stocked to be bringing you the story of Mark Robinson and the ieatsleepfly brand.
After the last fire episode with AJ aka the TMTPilot, I wanted to delve back into the financial side of flying and how YOU CAN AFFORD to fly or start flight training. Today's episode is super applicable to any aviator that has some type of specialized skill. Through this little series I'm trying to extinguish your excuses. In today's episode I am going to tell you about a way you can pay for flying, again, for little to no money out of your own pocket!! This method is going to take a lot more work on your part than the first way I talked about. I don't think people realize how many skills they have that they could monetize. You can take these skills that you have and use them to barter your way to flight time or flight training! It's so easy to do this through mediums like Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter but you have to work at it. Most people won't take this advice though, I just know it. If you do take this advice, I know you will be able to start to afford flying tomorrow...I promise! I hope you enjoy this weeks podcast!
When hard work, determination, and a goal come together...great things can happen and huge opportunities present them self. That's an easy way to sum up AJ Ramey's rise in aviation. AJ is 1 of 3 corporate pilots for Floyd "Money" Mayweather and his TMT Brand. I am so incredibly humbled that he took the time to join the podcast and share his own personal story, knowledge and experience with the AvGeek Nation. Though we go into detail about what it's like to work for the greatest athlete ever (TBE), we delve more into how AJ's story and this platform he has now.. and how it's been the catalyst for him wanting to help the younger generation of aviators. I believe everyone is going to take some valuable lessons away from AJ's story.
I'm looking forward to this episode because I know what I'm talking about is super applicable to all young aviators out there. I am so stunned at all the people out there that say they can't afford to fly or "I can't pay for flying!" SOO on today's episode I am going to tell you about a way you can pay for flying for little to no money out of your own pocket!! But, this way requires a lot of work and a lot of humility. You will be stunned how I've used the #FlipLife to help pay for flying and I have made a decent amount of $ since starting this 10 months ago. Most people won't take this advice though, I just know it. If you do take this advice, you will start to afford to fly tomorrow...I promise! I hope you enjoy this weeks podcast.
This week on #AskTheAvGeek Show, I am happy to have Matthew Dunham from Winged Aviation and the AOPA "Fly By Crew" as my guest. I'm also celebrating the podcast surpassing 1000 listeners a few episodes back as well as the podcast making it to episode 20! I'm very stocked to have Matt on the show this week because Matt is the first Veteran Aviator I've had the opportunity to interview. Now that Matt has devoted his life to serving our great country, he is now devoting his life to living out his dream and helping as many people as possible along the way. Matt is bringing a fantastic story to the show today as we talk about life, aviation, and how veterans can pursue their dreams of aviation. Matt also gives the listeners ideas on how to never give up when your pursuing your dreams. I hope you all enjoy Matthew's story!
#AskTheAvGeek would love to welcome Sam Adams to the AvGeek Chronicles Podcast this week. Sam is another perfect example of having a dream and taking immediate action to make that dream become a reality...with no excuses! Sam is bringing a great story to the show today and again reminding us that it doesn't take a college degree to become successful and happy. Sam also gives the listeners ideas on how best to network with people who share the same dreams that you do. Sam is another young and talented talented aviator living out his dreams everyday. I'm so stocked to feature Sam this week and bring you his great story.
After a week break, due to some business travel, we're back to launching podcasts! Since everyone knows that there is this "pilot shortage" happening right now globally, there's a lot of people out there thinking about fulfilling their childhood dreams of becoming a pilot. What type of pilot do you want to be though? This week we discuss why folks choose to either become a "Stuck-Wing Pilot" or "Rotor-Wing Pilot." We lay out all the reasons why you may want to choose one or the other. So if you'r contemplating which one to choose, give this episode a listen and it may just help you figure out which side of flying you want to be apart of! Safe flying!!
I'm adding some more flavor to the AvGeek Chronicles Podcast! On this episode I'm doing a little commentary and opinion piece after I read an incredible and insightful article in the latest edition of the Flight Training Magazine, put out by AOPA. AOPA Editor Ian Twombly put out an opinion piece titled "Mind Over Matter" and he hit this piece on the head! I'm bringing you his article on the podcast and then going to add my own opinion to it, giving you a few reasons why I believe what he said is so true. This episode is going to talk a lot about mindset for new pilots! Keep on flying everyone!
The #AskTheAvGeek Show is back 2 weeks in a row! We are bringing in an amazing guest who is showing us that the opportunities are endless in aviation... if you just go for it and don't make excuses! Mel is dropping some knowledge on us and reminding us that it doesn't take a college degree to become super successful...even at a young age. Mel is filling us in on how me mixes his passion for maintenance, entrepreneurship, and flying to live out his dreams everyday. I'm so stocked to feature Mel this week and bring you his amazing story. You can't miss this one!
The #AskTheAvGeekShow is back and I am happy to have Austin Claborn as a guest. Austin is a young up and coming helicopter pilot who is taking his love of aviation and content creation and bringing them together. Even at a young age, Austin has an incredible passion for aviation and showing us all that you can be young, be in college, have a normal life, and still enjoy the world of aviation. Take a listen to today's episode to hear Austin's $.02 on what aviation means to him and how it's helped him personally. Regardless of age, I know you all will take a few good lessons from Austin. Give Austin a follow on both Instagram and YouTube and show him some AvGeek love!
There has been a lot of aviation topics in the news lately and I believe a few are becoming trend worthy. On this week's episode, I am going to bring you all what I believe to be the Top 5 trending topics in aviation, that you need to be watching out for… at least for the rest of 2018. So far this year there has been some incredible news in the world of aviation but there have been some serious trends that have been popping in in the news more than most. Give today's podcast a listen to find out exactly what I believe those 5 trends to be. If these topics seem familiar to you, it’s probably because you’ve been hearing a lot about them throughout the news and social media lately. Not only have you heard a lot about them, but I believe you will be hearing even more about them in the future. I hope you enjoy this weeks episode!
On this weeks episode of AvGeek Chronicles I want to dive into a topic that I think is sorely overlooked in the aviation world. I want to talk about 5 areas in aviator health that we should take serious pride in! Those 5 topics are stress and mental health, weight management, exercise, rest, and general health checks.These are all important parts of an aviator’s health so listen in and we'll dive a little bit deeper into these.
You can also now become a supporter of the AvGeek Chronicles Podcast by donating to our new mission and the non-profit organization I am starting up. My goal is to truly change the life of a future young aviator and I want AvGeek Nation to have a part in this mission. Click the support button and we'll let everyone know that you are a supporter of our future aviators,. Thank you from the bottom of my heart!!
Welcome to episode 012 of AvGeek Chronicles! I am so stocked to be starting a new pillar show as part of the AvGeek Chronicles Podcast. I am proud to bring you all episode 001 of the #AskTheAvGeek show. The goal of this show is to showcase young aviators out there making a difference and injecting new life into our industry. As I've said in previous episodes, I am 100% convinced that it is going to be the young aviators out there today that are going to bring new life to our industry. If the stories we showcase on this show can convince one person out there to become an aviator, we will have succeeded in our goal. If you know anyone who would be a great addition to the show, please reach out to me on social media at @hodge_che!
I hope you all enjoy our new show and we hope to release more regularly.
Welcome to episode 011 of AvGeek Chronicles! There are a lot of people out there that don't understand why folks in aviation love it so much. I mean heck, my wife even calls me a geek for talking about it all the time. For most aviators, it's a deep passion and love for something that took a lot of work to achieve. So... on today’s episode, I want to give you all the “Top 5 Reasons why I love Aviation.” I think you all will really connect with this episode and I bet a few of you out there share the same reasons.
I hope you enjoy the episode.
Welcome back everyone for episode 10 of AvGeek Chronicles! Now that I have my private pilots license, I've gotten a few questions on social media asking me “How do you start training for your private pilots license or how can I get a taste of the aviation world" and it got me thinking. So on today's episode, I'm giving you my Top 5 ways to jump start your flight training. This is just my $.02 and free advice that I think could help you get a taste of the aviation world today!
I hope you enjoy today's episode!
Welcome back for Ep. 009 of AvGeek Chronicles. I'm switching the content up today and going to try and make you all laugh a little. Today I'm dropping the "10 Ways You Know You Are An AvGeek." You may say you're not an AvGeek right now but I can guarantee most of you will agree to one of these reasons. If you do, don't be ashamed! The AvGeek Community is a wonderful place filled with great people all centered around one live, aviation! I hope you all enjoy today's podcast!
I am now an FAA Private Pilot!!!! Listen in to today's episode and catch up on everything that's been going on.
First I just wanted to apologize for not releasing an episode in a while. Life gets busy and for the last few months my life has pretty much been work, eat, study, fly and spend time with my wife. With that things got busy and I decided to put a small pause on the podcast while I finished up my license.
Now that I’m done, I’m ready to rev the podcast back up and create a great platform to introduce folks to the world of general aviation, through the eyes of a millennial, and all the great things you experience as an aviator.
The AvGeek is back at it and he’s got some big news...I’VE SOLO’ED!! ✈️ What an incredible experience this but I know it was a culmination of a lot of hard work so far. Now that training is half over, its time to get into the second phase. Tune in to today’s episode to check in how I’m doing! Thanks for listening y’all!
I've been thrown many curveballs in my flight training so far. A recent curveball was a run in with a drone! Instead of being worried or mad about it, I want to give drone users some important drone operational safety information. Since drones are still a relatively new but hot commodity, not too many people realize that when they fly drones.. they need to follow FAA Regulations.(Federal Laws) In this episode we are going to talk about the following; If you own or operate a drone, whether that be for personal or commercial (money making) purposes, you need to understand the difference between Part 101 and Part 107 Regulations. Now for the record, I love drones and believe they are incredibly useful and are showing us what flight will be like in the future. I am not a drone hater! Following simple rules and steps will personally put you ahead of the curve for any drone operations you get into. Thanks!
**As a disclaimer, this information is strictly for skies governed by FAA Regulations
After a 2 week hiatus, I was finally able to get up in the air twice this weekend! I’m still working towards getting to my first solo but I’m finally to the landings stage. After a total of 7 low approaches in 2 days, my instructor finally allowed me to land 3 times! They were pretty terrible landings but it’s a confidence milestone that I’ve been waiting for forever! Listen in to hear more about my first landings. Thanks for listening!
🚨 MILESTONE # 1 ALERT 🚨: I’m so excited to announce that I have surpassed 10 hours of training and have officially logged 12 training hours! Just 1 more check box to go before I can start thinking about my first solo! Check out today’s podcast to here about my milestone as well as the ups and downs of today’s lesson. Thank you for listening!
My normal aircraft is in the shop getting a new interior so we had to borrow the neighboring flight schools Cessna 172. It was my first time in a steam gauged aircraft! Tune in to hear how things went. Thanks for listening!
It’s Super Bowl Sunday and I’m flying rather than watching the game. On this episode, I introduce myself a bit more and fill you in on where I’m at so far in my flight training. Follow me more on my journey on Instagram and Twitter at @hodge_che! Thanks!