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September 16, 2020 105 min

Recorded on the 13th of September, 2020

This is episode 55 of Squawk Ident, Restricted Medicals, French Simulators, Lasers, & 9/11. Recorded on the 21st floor of the Sahara Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada. On today’s show we discuss what happens when an airline pilot fails to show up for a scheduled flight. We also discuss restricted medicals, laser strikes, 115 degree (46C) days in Southern California combined with extremely unhealthy air quality an FU, overflying CUBA, September 11th, 19 years later, and much, much more.

We also have the opportunity to speak with an amazing aviator and friend to the Squawk Ident family. In today’s episode we will explore his journey in aviation. From his humble beginnings at the University of Dubuque Aviation to the path he took from flight instructing to areal photography and more. We sit down today with Captain Jon H. of Sandpiper Regional Airlines.


  • American Central Airlines 
  • University of Dubuque, Iowa
  • Howell Airport, IL
  • Sir Douglas Bader 
  • Jessica Cox
  • Laser Reporting

  • chapters:

    [09:00] - Smoke and Soot

    [12:10] - Jon H. of Sandpiper

    [28:00] - The Backup Plan

    [31:50] - Flying with Partial Hearing Loss

    [36:50] - It's a Small World

    [38:53] - Restricted Medicals

    [47:24] -

    [53:00] - Aerial Imagery Solutions

    [1:01:00] - 2.5 Year Upgrades

    [1:15:20] - No Show Pilots

    [1:23:30] - Laser Strikes

    [1:39:05] - Tribute to September 11th, 2001

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