“Shining the light on ordinary heroes in their everyday adventures!”

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The Private Jet Pilots Newsletter #2

• 2 PJP Newsletter Check it out, if you have anything to do with airplanes, you might like it. Bert
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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 @bertbotta  is a 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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