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Episode 5: Getting to Know P-56: A Conversation with Martin Rottler, Host of the P-56 Podcast with Guest Host Evan Baach
Four Episodes. Four incredible guests. A host that many know, but many do not. After a fast start to the P-56 Podcast, a realization that aside from a brief introduction, there was no broader introduction to who Martin Rottler was, where he’s been, or why he’s started this podcast. Today’s episode is that chance to catch up with the who, the what, the where, the when, and the why of the P-56 Podcast.
Joining the episode is guest host Evan Baach. Evan is a pilot with a major airline in the United States, has flown for a regional airline, holds a Masters degree in Public Policy from Northwestern University and a bachelors degree in aviation from Purdue University. He is one of Martin’s closest friends and confidantes, making him the perfect person to dig deep into why P-56 was created and to learn more about what makes an aviation podcast host’s brain tick.
Episode 4: Black Lives Matter: A Conversation with Vanessa Blacknall-Jamison, Chairwoman of the Organization of Black Aerospace Professionals
Over the past six months there has been significant discussion, conversation, and reflection in the aviation world and greater United States with regards to inequality within our society and our industry. The Organization of Black Aerospace Professionals has been at the forefront of this effort in the aviation industry through engagement and the Courageous Conversations Series, a five part industry town hall on race in America, and particularly in the aviation industry. Alongside educational programming and outreach that reaches 60,000+ students around the country, OBAP continues to work to engage young people and industry professionals alike to make the aviation and aerospace industry more inclusive and equitable for all.
These herculean efforts have been spearheaded by a dedicated team of volunteers, backed up by sponsors and donors, and in recent years, under the leadership of Vanessa Blacknall-Jamison, OBAP's Chairwoman. In an organization that is about breaking barriers, Vanessa breaks barriers as the first non-pilot Chair of the organization. With a background in change management, recruitment, and safety programs, she brings 40+ years of experience as a trailblazer and leader to the podcast. We discuss more about OBAP's programs, check in with where the industry's Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion efforts stand nearly 6 months after George Floyd's death, and how allies can help achieve a more equitable and inclusive aviation and aerospace world and society as a whole.
OBAP's website is http://www.obap.org; the Courageous Conversations series can be found at https://www.obap.org/courageous-conversations-series/.
Editorial Note: Some may caution that in the first few weeks of building a podcast audience, a host should avoid controversial subjects. To those that may say or think that, or that may take issue with the title and subject of today’s podcast, my hope is that you are able to step confidently outside your comfort zone and listen to the discussion and use it as a springboard to listen to the larger conversations going on in our country and around the world today. Aviation will not survive and will not thrive unless those that are already within it make the effort to ensure our leadership, employee base, and customer base reflects the communities in which we serve. This is a safety issue, this is an economic issue, and most importantly, it’s a human issue.
Episode 3: Compliance Philosophy? Suspended Pilot Certificates? Behind the Scenes of FAA Enforcement Action with David Williams, Former FAA Aviation Safety Inspector
“In the federal aviation system, violations of the Federal Aviation Regulations are investigated by a group of individuals known as Aviation Safety Inspectors. These are their stories.”
Flying along on any normal day, you accidentally miss a radio call; perhaps you descend below an assigned altitude or fly inadvertently into a TFR or other restricted airspace. Air traffic control may ask you to call; you may be surprised with a certified letter in your mailbox asking you to share more information with an FAA Aviation Safety Inspector. The process of what occurs after a violation of the Federal Aviation Regulations is sometimes hard to find, confusing, and, in the past 5 years, has changed, particularly for inadvertent violations.
Joining the podcast to help understand the ins and outs of FAA enforcement is former Aviation Safety Inspector David Williams. Dave's experience in the aviation world includes working as flight instructor, flying for the regional airlines, flying for a major airline, and working for the FAA as an Aviation Safety Inspector. Having previously helped Martin develop an FAA enforcement lecture for his Aviation Regulations class in a past life at Ohio State, Dave brings his expertise to the podcast for a unique look into the process and steps that may be taken in the course of a potential violation of the Federal Aviation Regulations.
A quick note about this episode: this conversation is for informational purposes only and not meant to serve as, or be construed as, legal advice on the part of David Williams, Martin Rottler, or the P-56 Aviation Group. In any and all situations where you may find yourself under investigation by the FAA for a violation of the FARs, you should seek legal counsel for advice pertaining to your situation.
Episode 2: 5%, 1%, 3%, 2.8%: Improving Representation of Women in Aviation with Dr. Rebecca Lutte, Assistant Professor at the University of Nebraska Omaha
Would it surprise you to know that the percentages in the episode title represent the share of female professional pilots, airline captains, airline C-Suite executives, or A&P mechanics, respectively, in the United States?
In a world where the regular workforce is close to near-parity in terms of males and females, the aviation industry has long lagged behind achieving equity for women across many career paths. Fresh off the heels of an incredibly successful Girls in Aviation Day from Women in Aviation, Dr. Rebecca Lutte, Assistant Professor from the University of Nebraska Omaha Aviation Institute, joins the podcast to discuss her in-depth research on the demographics of various work groups in aviation, what motivates prospective young women and those women established in their careers, as well as research into what makes good policy for companies looking to be more intentional and inclusive in the makeup of their work groups. Additionally, we'll discuss the effects of the recent economic downturn on this segment of the workforce and Dr. Lutte will share some initial insights from beginning service as an appointed member of the Federal Aviation Administration's Women in Aviation Advisory Board.
Dr. Rebecca (Becky) Lutte is an Associate Professor at the University of Nebraska at Omaha Aviation Institute. Her degrees include a B.S. in Professional Aeronautics, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University; MPA and PhD, University of Nebraska at Omaha. Dr. Lutte is a current commercial pilot, CFII, MEI, aircraft owner (experimental RV7 with RV10 in progress), and active in the general aviation community. She is an active member of many aviation organizations including the 99s, Women in Aviation International, Experimental Aircraft Association, and serves on the board of the University Aviation Association. She is also an appointed board member to the FAA Women in Aviation Advisory Board. More information for Dr. Lutte can be found on her UNO profile page.
Episode 1: First Things First, Let's Buckle Those Belts: Economic Turbulence Ahead for Airlines & Airports with Bill Swelbar, Airline Consultant
As I set out to chart a course for who to invite for the first several episodes of the P-56 Podcast, Bill Swelbar was at or near the top of the list for his unique insights, deep knowledge of the airline industry, and experience with airport service development. In the premiere podcast for P-56, Bill discusses his updated forecast for air service from 2020-2025, what he's gotten right in the forecast, what he's gotten wrong in the forecast, and what he'd really like to be wrong about in the forecast for the future. We also discuss a lack of replacements for the 50-seat regional jet, airports that may be winners and losers in the new economic reality of airline travel, and where business aviation might be able to fill the gaps left by a shrinking airline industry.
Currently with the Swelbar-Zhong Consultancy, Bill has been at the forefront of airline industry analysis throughout a changing world. Previously with Delta Airport Consultants and InterVistas, he also holds positions at MIT and sits on the Board of Directors for Hawaiian Airlines. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Eastern Michigan University and an MBA from The George Washington University. The Swelbar-Zhong Consultancy website is currently under construction, but Bill can be reached via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org with questions about the forecast.