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September 3, 2020 136 min

Recorded on the 31st of August, 2020

On Episode 54 of Squawk Ident, Tomcats, Top Gun, & Recurrent Sim Rides,  we have much to cover. Since our last show a litany of events have filled each day with a rollercoaster of anxiety and emotional pitfalls. We will dive into what has transpired in our industry and how it has added to these stressful times. We also explain how it all occurred while I was in the middle of my recurrent training cycle, and what it all means for the future of the pilot profession.

Also, joining us on today’s show RobD and Captain Roger help introduce a phenomenal pilot and more recently my sim partner. We discuss how his journey in aviation has allowed him to experience the trill of being an F14-Tomcat driver, a Top Gun graduate, a Cargo Operator Flight Engineer and Pilot, a corporate pilot, and currently a Legacy Airlines Captain on the A320F. He holds multiple type ratings on the A4 Skyhawk, F14 Tomcat, B-757/767, A-320, B-777, G-200, Falcon 2000, & 900EX. He joins us today from his home in Phoenix, AZ…Captain Paul.


  • Beechcraft T34
  • NorthAmerican T2
  • Grumman F14
  • USS Independence  
  • Vince Lombardi on Excellence (link)
  • Imperial March on the Kazoo (link)
  • chapters:

  • [00:34] Opener
  • [07:41] Captain Paul's introduction
  • [13:03] The 6 P's
  • [19:25] The Needs of the Navy
  • [25:08] Drinking Off the Fire Hose
  • [27:30] Single Engine Approaches to the USS Independence
  • [33:40] It's a Small World, Don't Burn Bridges
  • [41:41] Top Gun & Rubber Dog Sh*t
  • [47:44] Legacy Airline Transition
  • [53:38] Adrenaline Release
  • [1:03:50] (break)
  • [1:05:33] Recurrent Training Prep
  • [1:17:50] Travel to the School House
  • [1:21:45] Stress Reductions
  • [1:28:09] Rob's Aborted Takeoff
  • [1:36:17] "Just a Pilot"
  • [1:37:00] Furlough Call While at the School House
  • [1:40:25] Recurrent Flight Training @ Legacy Airlines
  • [1:07:01] Slow it Down!
  • [1:12:00] Aviate, Navigate, Communicate

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