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The Pilot Network Podcast

The Pilot Network Podcast

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#69 - CW Lemoine, Author of The Spectre Series
Joining us on the network today is air-force and navy fighter pilot, law enforcement officer, EMT, author of military and espionage thriller novels, The Spector and Alex Shepard Series, airline pilot, Youtube star, and dog lover, CW Lemoine. We have a great conversation about how being in the public eye has affected his career in aviation and words of wisdom for any pilots out there who also have an entrepreneurial side. We also share a limited-time offer to get the first four books of the Spectre Series for $1. That offer runs until the end of February, so make sure you take advantage of that! 2:33 - How CW Lemoine was able to achieve so much success in so many different areas 18:16 - The controversial video on CW Lemoine’s Youtube channel and precautions you need to take as a pilot posting things on social media 34:24 - CW Lemoine talks about his process of writing his novels 37:14 - How CW Lemoine’s fame and career as an author has affected his career as a pilot 37:51 - “You should want to be out from under the thumb of the government and corporate airlines.” 40:20 - CW Lemoine’s motivation for writing his book 46:15 - “Whatever your goals are, don’t shoot yourself down. Make someone else have to tell you no.” Links The Spectre Series - the first four books are only $1 until the end of February CW Lemoine's Website Send TPN an email The Pilot Network Community
February 19, 2021
#68 - Zero Emission Aviation with ZeroAvia
Val Miftakhov, founder and CEO of ZeroAvia Inc, a California-based company developing the world’s first zero-emission aviation power-train. This guy is going to change the world, and he decided to sit down with me for an hour! We talk about what inspired the creation of ZeroAvia, the technology behind the hydrogen fuel cell, and how these zero-emission planes will get into the market. Listen to catch a glimpse of the future of aviation! In This Episode  2:34 - How Val came up with the idea for ZeroAvia 5:13 - The difference between a battery and hydrogen fuel cell for electric propultion 17:25 - Regulatory hurdles to roll this project out in the USA and the UK and how Val overcame them 20:47 - Next steps for ZeroAvia to bring the product to market 21:51 - “It was interesting to see how the current aviation market crisis because of the pandemic has actually put some foundation behind the rethinking of aviaion.” - Val Miftakhov 29:29 - How big can these airplanes get? 35:38 - Can planes be retroactively fit with a hydro engine? 37:50 - How does a hydrogen fuel cell charge and how much can it carry? 45:31 - “Tesla has shown that you can go into an established market with huge players and basically show them how it’s done.” - Val Miftakov 52:05 - Val’s journey getting into aviation 56:11 - “Zero-emission air travel is possible, it’s coming very soon, and it’s going to be based on hydrogen” - Val Miftakov Links ZeroAvia's wesite - they are hiring! Send TPN an email The Pilot Network Community
February 3, 2021
#67 - Talking Real Estate with Bill Stainback
This is another TPN SideHustle Podcast, where we talk about what you can be doing outside of the cockpit to benefit your financial future, so you can call your own shot whenever you want to in the future. The guest today is an active duty pilot, Bill Stainback, who has been in the real estate game for a while. We talk about investment strategies that you can use to build your pilot side hustle. In This Episode  5:40 - “Real estate really is a team sport.” - Bill Stainback 9:48 - How Bill got a property in Hawaii that he rents out 13:33 - Benefits of getting into real estate and how to get them 19:25 - “The tax code is written for people to be in real estate.” - Bill Stainback 24:37 - How to take the first step getting into real estate and get past the analysis paralysis 38:48 - The pros and cons of long-distance landlording 42:40 - Self-managing vs getting a property manager 47:25 - How many properties should you have? 1:00:07 - Is now a good time to buy? 1:14:14 - “If you haven’t lost some money with real estate, then you aren’t trying hard enough.” - Bill Stainback Links Send TPN an email The Pilot Network Community
January 26, 2021
Talking with Kim and Chris about new features at MilKEEP
Episode #66 – We are talking with Kim and Chris at MilKEEP about logbook transcription and their new system to automate the painful transcription process from Air Force flight records to a workable logbook. MilKEEP is run by a husband and wife team. Chris brings his knowledge as an Air Force pilot and Kim lends her background in business to the running of the company's day-to-day operations. The idea for MilKEEP started when Chris was applying for his ATP. Together, they spent hours staring at a computer screen entering over 3000 of Chris' military flying hours into a conversion spreadsheet. Contact MilKEEP: Email MilKEEP: Email Matt and Adam at TPN Patreon: And check out TPN at
January 15, 2021
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January 6, 2021
#64 – Jeffery Van Orsow | Alternate Route: The Ultimate Guide to Becoming a Pilot in the Air National Guard and Air Force Reserve
You Don’t Have to Choose Air Force or Civilian Pilot: You Can Do BOTH Today we interview Jeffrey Van Orsow, author of Alternate Route: The Ultimate Guide to Becoming a Pilot in the Air National Guard and Air Force Reserve Jeffrey Van Orsow is an Aircraft Commander on the C-17 Globemaster as part of the Air Force Reserve, as well as a First Officer for Alaska Airlines.
December 22, 2020
#63 – UK CAA – Nick Goodwyn
A new EU regulation has mandated that by February 2021, all commercial and air transfer operators in Europe in the EU are required to implement a pilot support program, which includes the use of trained peers. A similar recommendation was made by the Pilot Fitness Aviation Rulemaking Committee.
November 24, 2020
#62 – Buck Windham, Author of Hogs in the Sand: A Gulf War A-10 Pilot’s Combat Journal
In this episode, we talk about Buck's experience being deployed and his experience converting his journal into a book. We also talk about the lessons he took from his time in the military and applied to working as an airline pilot.
November 10, 2020
#61 – Rob Wright from Pilot Pipeline
We always try to bring on guests who are entrepreneurial, side-hustling pilots, and people who are working to innovate the aviaiton industry. Today is no different, we are talking to Rob Wright from Pilot Pipeline.
November 3, 2020
TTT3 – Should Pilots Learn Jiu Jitsu
I wanted to chat with you about an article by Joshua Scovalend about jiujitsu as a method for police reform. I am going to approach this from the aviation venacular. This is something that we can really consider in the aviation world, and we should be better prepared to handle situations where someone is a danger to ourselves, our crews, or our passengers. It would be a great service to learn how to nonlethally subdue another person.
November 2, 2020
TTT2 – Taking Care Of Your Fellow Pilots
This episode of TTT is Adam’s personal opinions on the industry. A lot of our friends are facing furlow, and it’s really rough for young airline pilots who have not been with their company for a long time.
October 27, 2020
Episode #60 – Brett Schnake from NBKC Bank
Today we are talking to Brett Schnake, and he is here to give us an update on the real estate market. One of the biggest questions that has been in the minds of a lot of pilots is wanting to know what is happening in the housing market.
October 20, 2020
TTT1 – The End of Human Fighter Pilots?
We are bringing back the touch and go as Touch and Go Tuesday. This going to be thoughts from the Network or things I find interesting to share with you. These will be short episodes. If you want to participate in the conversation, send us an email.
October 20, 2020
Episode #59 – Richard McSpadden: AOPA Air Safety Institute Sr. Vice President and former Commander of the USAF Thunderbirds
Richard is a commercial pilot and CFI with over 4,500 hours in 30 years of flying a variety of civilian and military aircraft. He has extensive experience in aviation safety, including ground, flight, and special event operations.
October 13, 2020
Episode # 58 – Ty Manegold from ROAM Fitness
Ty Manegold is the founder and president of ROAM Fitness, a fitness club in airport terminals. We love to spotlight entrepreneurship at TPN, and Ty is also a private pilot himself who has been flying for 15 years. In this episode, Ty and Matt discuss the vision and future plans of ROAM Fitness, what it is like to bring a fresh new idea to airports, a place where there are a lot of regulations and rules, and why airports are a perfect place for fitness centers.
October 6, 2020
Episode #57 – Marc Himelhoch from Cockpit2Cockpit
Marc Himelhock is an ex viper driver and current major airline pilot, and he is the author of Cockpit2Cockpit, a book that teaches former military pilots how to get hired by commercial airlines. Marc is returning to the podcast to talk about things pilots (whether you are new to the industry or a seasoned professional) can respond to the changes in the aviation industry resulted from COVID-19.
September 29, 2020
Episode #56 – Mike Bourget from ACM Warbirds of Canada
This time, we have decided to go north of the border and talk to Mike Bourget from ACM Warbirds of Canada. Mike runs the show at ACM Warbirds, and he has a unique backstory. He didn’t start out as a professional pilot, but he can fly circles around most of us.
September 22, 2020
Episode #55 – PreFlight Camp’s Scholarship Winners
TPN likes to celebrate, hard work, entrepreneurship, and paying it forward, which is why we are excited to be welcoming two future pilots and Liz Greene to talk about PreFlight Camp. PreFlight Camp is a non-profit and their mission to transform beliefs about gender roles and inspire young girls to take off into their future.
September 9, 2020
Episode #54 – TORGOEN: Established by aviation enthusiasts for quality, and classic aircraft design
Torgoen was established by a group of aviation enthusiasts and watch manufacturers, who boast decades of experience producing watches for the World’s most renowned Brands.
August 4, 2020
Episode #53 – Talking with Robert Sanchez of Miracle Flights: The Cure for Distance
Miracle Flights was founded in 1985 on the belief that a healthy life is the birthright of every child – regardless of income, ailment or distance from medical care. Originally called Angel Plane, Miracle Flights started out flying regionally on private charters. Over the years, they became an engaged member of the Las Vegas community, […]
June 19, 2020
Episode #52 – Bobby Quinn, Raven Spatial, and your future as a Drone Operator(?)! That’s right…
A twist on the usual TPN talk for today; Bobby Quinn, founder of Raven Spatial takes us on a tour of the future of drone technology. This episode is truly about how you can get involved and profit from a hobby. Enjoy and hit him up! Here is how to connect with Bobby and the […]
April 28, 2020
Episode #51 – Talking with David Heimbach from JetSeam
JetSeam is a US based apparel company specializing in high quality pilot apparel. JetSeam is based in North Carolina in the greater Raleigh area, shipping product throughout the US and internationally.I’m honored to have David Heimbach on the show. David’s been a great friend of TPN, and as the owner of JetSeam he plays an important role in the […]
April 21, 2020
Episode #50 – Talking with Warren Curry about how ICON Aircraft elevates the way you experience aviation
Whether you’re seeking your next adventure or simply want to reinvent the weekend getaway, ICON makes flying more exciting and more accessible than ever before. Prepare to redefine everything you thought you knew about aviation. The A5 reinvents recreational aviation, and lets you bring the exhilaration of flight to life like never before. Light Sport […]
April 16, 2020
Episode #49 – Charlie Venema checks in with a little wisdom and the 4 Steps
We continue to see things that none of us have ever imagined we would see. Charlie Venema gives us a nugget of wisdom to help compartmentalize our ‘Crisis state’ and how the phases could unfold. Enjoy the episode, subscribe to the podcast, and check us out on youtube as we expand our episode library ‘visually’. You can […]
April 10, 2020
Episode #47 – Pilot Math Treasure Bath with TPN’s very own Jason Depew
Network – We are in a crazy time right now. Jason and I recorded this last week before the cancellation of, well, nearly everything. This podcast talks about money and how to utilize the pilot math we have all learned to, financially, make the most of your career. His ideas and principles are spot on, […]
March 12, 2020
Episode #46 – Science of Success host Matt Bodnar drops some knowledge on the Network!
Today we step outside of the cockpit and talk with someone who can make us a little better, both on the ground and in the air. Matt Bodnar, host of The Science of Success Podcast , joins us with his vast array of knowledge in all things evidence based growth. From learning a little more […]
March 4, 2020
Episode #45 – Ross Franquemont takes us on a journey to the edge of space…and back – Part 2
Ross was a United States Air Force U-2 pilot, is a fairly new airline pilot, definitely one helluva photographer, and for sure a badass Dad! Ross gets into all the details of a typical (UNCLASSIFIED) U-2 sortie (and by all the details I mean ALL of the DETAILS…like how does one relieve thine self…). The […]
February 25, 2020
Episode #44 – Ross Franquemont takes us on a journey to the edge of space…and back
Ross was a United States Air Force U-2 pilot, is a fairly new airline pilot, definitely one helluva photographer, and for sure a badass Dad! Ross gets into all the details of a typical (UNCLASSIFIED) U-2 sortie (and by all the details I mean ALL of the DETAILS…like how does one relieve thine self…). The […]
February 11, 2020
Episode #43 – Charlie Venema, Founder of Checked and Set, lays down the law!
This was thrown together last minute because Charlie and Adam finally got their schedules to match up. It was epic. Charlie laid down the law! He shared the do’s and do not do’s of application and resume building. The guys waxed poetic a little bit about how the backgrounds of how they got to their […]
February 4, 2020
Episode #42 – Want a job? Jet Linx is hiring!
Today Adam chats it up with Ari Sarmento, Jet Linx System Chief Pilot (and Adam’s former boss!) about all things non-Part 121. Our wide ranging conversation runs the gamut from how Ari got his start in the industry to working as a straight civilian in Afghanistan to mentoring and the importance to find a good […]
January 29, 2020
Episode #41 – BogiDope is helping to navigate the stressful process of transitioning from the active duty to the Guard or Reserves
Reach out to John McFarlin and the BogiDope team: eMail: Website: Top Social Media:  Facebook: Instagram: Reach out to Matt and Adam: or the website: Do you want to be an Air Force pilot?  Do you want control over what you fly, where you live, and how often you […]
January 7, 2020
Episode #40 – Mortgages, money, and how to keep more of it with Brett Schnake
This episode came about for two reasons: One of our members suggested to his brother-in-law, Brett, that he could really help out the members of TPN through his mortgage processing and that he should attend TPNx to show how he is a little different than other lenders. He showed up and blew away everyone in […]
December 31, 2019
Episode #39 – Talking with Dave Jesurun from High Country Air Service about contract flying and entrepreneurship
High Country Air Service is a veteran-owned, multi-disciplinary aviation firm, offering contract services on aircraft from Beech (Bonanza, Baron, King Air 90/200/350), Cessna (C172, C182, Citation V / V Ultra / V Encore), Piper (M350 and M500), and Cirrus (SR22).  With 25 years of experience, you can trust High Country Air Service to operate or […]
December 18, 2019
Episode #37 – Talking with Tyler Allerding: Solving Aircrew Scheduling with ProFlyt Blue
Are you frustrated with your squadrons’ aircrew scheduling process?  Are you receiving emails of excel spreadsheets to view your monthly flying schedule?  Is the schedule you’re viewing outdated by the time you request to volunteer for an event?  Would you like to know instantly when a change is made to an event that you signed […]
July 18, 2019