Ep. 12 - Alex Marks on Part 91 vs. 135, Networking, & Opportunities in Business Aviation

This episode’s guest is Alex Marks.

Alex is a pilot currently based in Chicago as a Senior Captain for a Fortune 100 company.  He’s maintained a lifelong passion for aviation, and has worked in many different facets of business aviation, from Part 135 charter, to OEMs, aircraft sales & consulting and flight instruction.

He has an undergraduate degree from Purdue, an MBA from Southern Methodist University, and received his CAM credential in 2015.

Alex is also a member of the board of directors for the Chicago Area Business Aviation Association, the NBAA Young Professionals Council and the NBAA CAM Exam Question Writing Committee.

He’s an avid traveler with a wide variety of interests that range from 3D printing and welding to playing the banjo.  

In this episode we talk about Part 91 vs. 135, networking and opportunities within business aviation, continuing education, and more.

Ep. 11 - Neil Capano on Alternate Career Paths, Taking Chances, and Showing Up

This episode’s guest is Neil Capano.  Neil is the founder of YonderWest Aero, a company helping small flight departments with aircraft scheduling solutions, Executive Director of the Northern California Business Aviation Association, and Director of Aircraft Dispatch and Station Operations for Air Transport Business Development (ATBD).

He’s a licensed dispatcher and has worked for a number of companies in the past, including Surf Air, Gama Aviation, Delta Air Lines and more.  He’s also a wine enthusiast and is currently developing his own wine label.

In this episode we talk about Neil’s non-traditional career path, what he’s learned from his experience in many different types of companies, including helping aviation startups, and how he made the leap from employee to founder of YonderWest.

Ep. 10 - Zach Ungerleider on Persistence, Education, Doing What You Love, and Muscle Cars

This episode’s guest is Zach Ungerleider, Aftermarket Sales Manager at Textron Aviation.

Zach is a graduate of Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University with a Bachelors of Science in Aviation Business Administration, and is currently studying for his MBA.

He is a private pilot with instrument rating, as well as a certified Airframe & Powerplant mechanic.  He’s worked in various aspects of aviation maintenance and service for his whole career.

In this episode, we talk about his persistence in getting into the aviation industry, why he’s pursued his education, his love for flying remote control planes and modifying muscle cars, and more.

Ep. 9 - Emily White On Adapting To New Roles, Goal-Setting And Making The Most Of Your Time

This episode’s guest is Emily White, Director of Sales at Avianis.

Emily studied Psychology before entering the aviation world as a Flight Follower for Florida Coastal Airlines.  Since then, she has held a wide variety of roles from scheduler, to flight operations manager, to charter sales, and her current position as Director of Sales for Avianis.

She’s an FAA Licensed Dispatcher and is a board member for the National Business Aviation Association Scheduler’s & Dispatcher’s Committee.

In this episode we talk about how Emily got into the industry, why she loves it so much, how she’s been successful across a wide variety of positions, her love for cycling and horseback riding, and much more.

Ep. 8 - Q&A with Sebastien Roy, CEO and Founder of Lean Systems

This episode’s guest is Sebastien Roy my cofounder, CEO and the person behind the original idea for Lean Systems.

Seb grew up in Sherbrooke, Quebec, in Canada, and did his undergrad, master’s and Ph.D at Universite de Sherbrooke in Physics, with his graduate work focusing on superconductivity.  

After his post-graduate work, he began working at AD-OPT, an operations research company specializing in solving optimization problems like crew scheduling for some of the world’s top commercial aviation companies.

This conversation is in a Q&A format, and we talk about everything from the basic definition of optimization and where it’s applied, to advanced use cases in aviation, data management best practices, and more.