The Legacy Process

The Legacy Process: Your Story Needs to be Told! The Legacy ProcessWe know guys don’t like to talk about ourselves right!?  Generally speaking we’re pretty tight-lipped about our lives, our accomplishments, the stuff that we’re really good at, our failures, pretty much everything that our loved ones would love to know about us. I call this The World War II Survivor Syndrome; it's like in the movie Saving Private Ryan where Private Ryan was standing at the grave site of Captain Miller, who saved his life in the war and mumbled to his wife,  “Was I...
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How a Man’s Heart Attacks Him and What to Do About It!

How to Reduce the Possibility of a Heart Attack, Especially for Men! This is an interview I did a couple of years ago that's still relevant and will be as long as men grow up without emotionally and spiritually healthy men looking after and mentoring them. It kicks in around 08:00 and gets rolling around 09:00.
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Click below for your Private Jet Pilots Newsletter! Private Jet Pilots (PJP) is a community of aviators spanning many industries across the world. PJP is very unique group: we’re passionate for general aviation (not just pilots) and we’re rapidly becoming a global family, the kind of connection that is greatly needed in our fractured world these days. PJP publishes monthly newsletters so why not check it out? If you’re a pilot, flight attendant, mechanic, aerospace engineer, aviation journalist, line personnel, airplane manager, fight department manager, FAA Part 135 operator, aircraft broker, or any other aviation-related...
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The Power Of a Pilot’s Prayer

The Power of a Pilot’s Prayer This is a little story that highlights the Power of Prayer in my life. I’m sharing this for a few reasons: Many times you have to wait for what seems like forever for an answer to prayer, not this time. I'm a pretty good example of a guy who has always been long on “doing stuff by myself” and short on relying on the power of God and prayer so I figured that... Maybe my story will give you hope that you can succeed with the help of something...
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ROP – Retired Old Pilot – Hangs with Private Jet PIlots!

ROP - Retired Old Pilot - Hangs with Private Jet PIlots! This is a rough draft, a work in progress so if you have come here, reading it, just know I am still working on it... For way too many years I used to compare myself to other guys, especially pilots, who were better than me at just about everything my own mind could come up with! Mostly guys who were better than me at math and science. But then I thought about how many of those same guys had trouble putting a sentence together...
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Secrets of a Modern Day Flight Attendant

Secrets of a Modern Day Flight Attendant Shhh! These are the innermost secrets of a modern day flight attendant.It’s not a quick read. But if you have time you need to know this stuff because it’s something that anyone who flies regularly needs to fully appreciate what the flight attendant who has your life in his or her hands goes through and why they don’t always smile like you would like them to!We’ve been in the industry for many years and have never known some of these innermost airline flight attendant secrets.“We are not paid during...
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From Private Pilot to Airline Captain in Only 23 Years!

Airline Pilot Wannabes, Don’t Lose Hope! It was August, 1966. I had a massive 180 hours in my little black log book, the ink wasn’t even dry on my instrument ticket and I was headed back to Kansas City, Missouri to be interviewed for a Flight Officer position at TWA. If I got past the stare down of the captain interviewers and they figured I had enough of the TWA “right stuff” I would then be given a physical and considered eligible for being hired as a pilot for Trans World Airlines. The night before...
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Retired Pilot Adventure Travel: The Right to Fight for a Seat

Retired Pilot Adventure Travel: The Right to Fight for a Seat! The Definition of Non-Rev Adventure Travel? Pay No Money, Fight Your Way to the Front of the Line to Be Seen by the Boarding Agent and Pray for a Seat! As a former pilot and aviation copywriter with a passion for the kind of adventure travel that those of us who play non-rev roulette experience, I love the challenge – most of the time – of finding a seat, any seat, maybe even a first-class seat! My wife and I decided to leave SFO...
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Checklist For Pilot’s Life

Checklist for a Pilot’s Life As a former airline and corporate pilot, I lived by checklists. They kept me out of trouble when I thought I could handle everything because I was so good and “didn’t need no stinking’ checklists!” Checklists saved my bacon more than once. Here’s a short article, a checklist if you will, for a pilot’s life. I’ve adapted it from the wisdom of a Hopi elder, the original of which is posted at the bottom of this article. Many years ago, when I was an itinerant “truth seeker” I found comfort...
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Bert Botta is an aviation travel writer and story teller living in the San Francisco Bay Area, USA.

Bert’s passionate about his faith and sharing stories from behind the cockpit door (including some from the rich and famous).

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