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Oddball Pilot bloggers dip into trove of questions

Alaska Dispatch

Oddball Pilot bloggers Aidan Loehr and Mike Singer recently sat down to address the "good questions" they've received over the years, but haven't had time to answer.

The two recorded the session and converted it to an MP3 which is now uploaded on their blog. Listen to it here.

According to Singer:

Aidan and I recently got together to answer some of the most interesting and frequently-asked questions we’ve received over the past few months.

In this first Q&A session we talk about:

  • The Oddball Pilot Network.
  • Becoming a commercial pilot in your 40s or 50s.
  • The minimum flight time necessary to get your first job as a pilot -- in the U.S. and abroad.
  • The importance of making personal contact with potential employers.
  • Whether you can be overeducated for an oddball flying job.
  • Whether Era Alaska is still looking for pilots -- and what they’re looking for.
  • Getting flying jobs in other countries.
  • Transitioning to the Cessna 406.
  • Humanitarian aid flying.

"I don't always have the correct answer," Loehr said, "but I'll do the best I can to answer (the questions) as completely as a I can. Opinions will differ and some people may not think my answer's correct, so all I can do is tell you what I know."

The questions come from the general public through email or comments left on various blog posts. "We find that there's some commonality between a lot of the questions, so we'll just dive in and answer as many as we can," Singer said. 

Visit Oddball Pilot to listen to the podcast.