Andrew, Airline Pilot

pilot.drew

Stoop kid afraid to leave the stoop. 🏙

Because flying straight and level gets boring after a while.

Thanks to my new friends for a ride in an Epsilon.

I was 28 years old when my dream job as an airline pilot was realized.

What started as a strong interest as a child, manifested into an exciting, dynamic, and somewhat chaotic career flying airplanes. No matter where you are in your journey, from a kid plane spotting to a wide body captain…once you catch the flying bug it’s hard to let it go. There’s just nothing quite like it. Happy National Aviation’s Day!

Walking through these streets feels like walking through history. If these cobblestones could talk…

Hey @biggsjason am I flying with you, or this a doppelgänger?

🧐 for the record, big fan of the American Pie franchise 😂

Social media can be a lot to handle for many of us. Know when to take a break.

Felt great to disconnect for a few weeks and focus on some self care. Never overlook your mental health! With that being said, happy to be back. Happy Sunday y’all 🙂

A quick look into a recent 24hr day I had recently…starting in Salisbury, MD and ending 3,000 miles away in Parada, Portugal.



It is often that I can get 6 consecutive days off. Thankful for this career for making quick getaways like this possible. That’s what it’s all about ✈️

Who the heck is this upbeat at 6am? Can’t be the watered down hotel coffee. Must be go home day…

Got to roam around this village made of stone. Even got to meet some of the locals. 🐕


Disclaimer: Steep curved roads along cliffs and lack of guardrails make the journey to get here not for the faint hearted. Worth it though 🙃

Two years too long; I’ve missed this.

Delays…am I right? Afternoon thunderstorms and hurricanes getting the best of us today.

The 90’s called… they want their hairstyle back 😅 Three days of storm dodging summer flying in the Northeast.

Keeps things interesting to say the least.

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Happy Summer Solstice, the longest day of year. Except for Australia…sry Australia.

Hope y’all were able to make the most of it.

Feeling them go home day vibes! Aaaaand probably just jinxed myself in saying that.

Guess we’ll find out 🙃 Happy Friday y’all

Looking through old pics has me reminiscing on hot summer nights in Spain.

All I can remember from this moment was “stop walking so fast, you’re blurry!” 🤷🏻‍♂️ Looking forward to more experiences like these.

West coast bound...soon? #weatherdelays

What’s a more versatile shoe than Chuck Taylors? Lmk 🤔

In a busy airport surrounded by people with the freedoms to do as they choose, it’s not lost the sacrifices so many have taken before us for those freedoms.

Today is for you; we’re forever grateful. Happy Memorial Day.

A Day in the Life: Go-Home Day edition.

Started the day with an instrument approach into Philadelphia, a pretzel delivery to Bangor, Maine, and ended with some AC/DC.



Do you have a tiktok?! Plenty more day in the life snippets on there. Happy Friday 🙂

Life is all about perspective. It’s easy to fall into the “I’ll be happy when...” mentality.

Living your life is being in the present. Setting an intention, and working everyday to work towards it. A good way to reset is to try controlled breathing. Something I learned from Dr. Andrew Weil.

The 478 breathing technique is something that helps me stay in the present.

🔺4 sec deep inhale thru the nose
▫️7 sec breath hold
🔻8 sec exhale breath thru the mouth

*Repeat cycle 4 times*

Benefits of the 478 relaxed breathing include:
▫️Help getting to sleep
▫️Manage cravings
▫️Reduces anxiety

Give this breathing technique a try and let me know in the comments if this worked for you 🙂

Enjoy the journey, that’s where most the memories happen. 4 years ago in the Pacific

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Had the privilege to share my story into the aviation industry with Justin on his podcast @pilottopilot !

Check out the pilot to pilot podcast if you’re interested in hearing my story and so many others. Link in my stories! Happy flying 😎

The Portuguese and Brazilian pilot duo are back

We’ll spend about a third of our lives working. Upon graduating college I realized relatively quickly that working a 9-5 wasn’t for me.

That being said, flight school wasn’t cheap. I did my research, made a plan, and followed through. Those next two years were anything but easy. Put myself back in debt, moved away from family and friends, missed the Philadelphia Eagles Super Bowl parade (still pissed about that). But it was worth it.

The aviation industry is a unique, tight knit community that I’m proud to be a part of. Despite the ups and downs, I don’t regret the decision to leave my engineering career. I’m no longer living for the weekend, and neither should you. Make the most of that third of your life. Do what you love, no matter what that may be.

Ran into @swayne.martin in Ft. Wayne this afternoon only to find out he was operating the flight to Chicago.

Really cool moment for me, considering I’ve been following his journey on YouTube before I ever got back into flying. Truly as professional as they come. Awesome finally running into you, brotha!

A little walk around of the jet I fly, the Embraer 145.

Did you know walk around are done before and after every flight? Imagine if we did this every time we drove a car? Might sound a little excessive but it’s definitely important to check every!

Reel inspo by @captainchris only difference is the ERJ is a little bit smaller than his Airbus A350 😅

It took a little over two years, but it finally happened.

Got the opportunity to fly with my original sim partner, Gabe, for a quick two day bouncing in and out of Charlotte.

I owe a lot to this guy. He’s been a crucial part of my success with initial flight training at our airline. An awesome friend, mentor, and overall great example of a professional pilot. Now that all that gushy stuff is said and done, I can finally say the score has been settled. My landings are better than yours. Take that, nerd.

Eat well. Travel often. Wear sunscreen.

Night flights 🌙 > day flights ☀️

Which do you prefer?

Meu Deus, who’s great idea was it to let the Brazilian and Portuguese pilots fly together?

😅 🇧🇷 🇵🇹

Lil’ wedding fun in the sunshine state ☀️

Don’t get it twisted, we argue 95% of the time #thebros

We’re only smiles and positive vibes on go home day 😎

Haven’t felt this good in nearly 10 years. Consistency...it’s good for the mind.

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Wishing one of my best friends a Happy 30th birthday today!

Here’s a flashback to 2016 when a ATP cross country landed me in Pensacola, FL where Kev was stationed at the time.

Today, Kevin is out pullin’ G’s and doing fun jet stuff on the west coast. Being able to share that same passion for aviation is by far one of the coolest things. Proud of you brotha, see you soon!

Getting up close and personal to the 737max this morning. Happy to see them flying again 🛫

My reaction when realizing my 5am report is really 4am...We’re springing forward; tomorrow is Day Light Savings!

Here’s a friendly reminder to turn those clocks an hour. Why is this still a thing?

Welcome to the jungle ✈️ 🌴

“It’s not juice, it’s a protein shake!”

If you’re looking for a quick, healthy breakfast alternative, considering giving this overnight oats recipe a try.



Mix the following ingredients into a mason jar and leave in the fridge overnight:
*Banana
*Spoon of almond butter
*Cup of rolled oats
*Scoop of protein (vanilla, chocolate, or peanut butter)
*Mix with water

Makes for an easy, ready to go breakfast meal without much effort. Shoutout for @nbono07 and his nutrition plans for making meal prep easy. Give it a try, let me know what you guys think in comments! Also, kudos to whoever can tell me what movie reference that quote is from 😂

After 505 flights and a little over 1,000 flight hours, today marks my second anniversary with the Barbie jet.

My first flight on OE ended with a snowy approach into Erie, PA. Lots of ups and down since then. It’s easy to get caught up in the day to day. But nothing like a Facebook timeline notification to help put things in perspective. The future is bright. Keep working towards your goals, y’all ✌️

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Hey y’all! I’m taking this long overnight in Burlington, Vermont to answer your questions, in my stories.

Feel free to chime in with some things you’re interested in learning in the comments. Look for answers in my stories and upcoming content. Hope I’m able to provide some value. Thanks for following along 🙂

Feeling all the puppy love this Valentine’s Day 🥰 Let me proudly introduce you all to this feisty mini doxie, Leonardo, the newest member of the family.

You see, Leo and I have a special connection. We share a birthday, a fellow Sagittarius! Sorry not sorry for future puppy spam 🐶

Keys?! Nah. All we need is a lil bit of power, compressed air and good ole fashion dinosaur fuel to get these Rolls Royce engines spinning.

Let’s go flying! Who’s coming with? 🛫

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Walk around in short sleeves? It can’t be THAT cold out...

*Morgan Freedman voice* “little did he know, it was that cold out” 🥶

Had the most DAPPER passenger on my flight from Tri-Cities to Charlotte this afternoon.

Nothing like a little puppy therapy to make your day, am I right?

📸 right before the covid swab brain tickle. Planning on traveling outside the country?

Keep in mind a covid test with a negative result 72hrs prior to arrival is required to enter the United States. This includes US citizens. Luckily, our resort offered free onsite testing with same day results for all its guests. Are you traveling right now?

Stoked to fly outside the US again; the first time since this pandemic began 🇨🇦 socially distanced air fives to our neighbors up north 🙏🏼 missed y’all and your poutine.

What a year it’s been. A year that, one day, I’ll be able to tell my children about.

How the world stood still, how we came together in times of hopelessness. There were many lessons learned this year, lessons that I hope to carry for the rest of my life. Thank you 2020, for teaching me that in times of darkness, there is always hope. For the wonderful people I’ve met and the new friendships I’ve made. I’m excited to close this chapter; start one anew. One of further understanding, compassion, and emotional intelligence. We’ll never forget you 2020. ✌️ out

My commute on a not so recent trip wasn’t exactly riding a skateboard while drinking @oceansprayinc Cranberry Juice but enjoyable none the less!

It’s go home leg! With that being said, there’s a huge smile under this mask!

It’s my last flight before Christmas, a full 19 minute flight from Washington National to Philadelphia. One of my favorite things about this job is knowing that my team and I are able to help bring families together during the holiday season. Definitely gives me a sense of pride and purpose being in this career.

I’m one of the lucky ones home for Christmas this. Others, unfortunately, don’t have that luxury. Thank you to all our flight crews, ATC, dispatchers, gate agents, ground crews, maintenance, nurses, doctors, health workers, and other essential workers who have to work this year. The world can’t keep going without you. Happy holidays everyone!

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Bouncing in and out of our nation’s capital over the next few days.

Today is winter solstice, the shortest day of the year! The official kickoff to winter. ❄️ This goes without saying, but brighter days are upon us. Only 89 days till Spring! Winter or summer, which do you prefer? Hope you’re all staying safe this holiday season!

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Got to experience my first Chicago turn yesterday! Happy to report we landed and departed on time with no issues!

Special thanks for Chicago Approach/Tower for being patient with us Piedmont guys, and Envoy operations for helping us with the quick turn around. Love flying into these bigger airports! Makes ✈️ spotting that much better 👀

What’s your favorite airport?

Trying to cope with the fact that today marks the last week of my 20’s.

How does one behave in their 30’s? Do I like...read newspapers? Comment on the weather? Do my taxes? I have so many questions. #dontpanic

🎶 Ice Ice baby 🎶

Yesterday was my first de-ice of the season!

Moisture in the air on top of freezing temperatures left our plane super frosty.

Ice on planes are no good; it reduces airflow over the wings which causes a loss of lift at higher air speeds. Our flights are scheduled to account for the time it takes to de-ice in the winter. So if you see your plane being sprayed down on snowy days or frosty mornings, don’t be alarmed! It’s normal 🙂

Checking out of the office early this morning. Definitely not the morning type but chasing a sunrise and finishing your day before 8am makes up for it!

Have a wonderful day, all you beautiful people. It’s a great day to be alive 😄

Putting yourself out there is a double edged sword.

People will discredit you, try to put you down, and talk negatively about you. Let them. Stay on your path. A positive mindset will prevail every time. @shaolincutz did a great job with this haircut, video with his process coming soon! Today is a good day to have a great day. Happy Monday everyone 🙂

Two of my biggest life goals, raising a family and owning a house on the beach.

Life is better on the beach wouldn’t you agree? What are some of your life goals?

Our usual big family Thanksgiving tradition had to be put aside this year due to COVID.

Though disappointed about not being able to see my extended family, I was thankful to enjoy this day with my parents and brothers. Hope you all have a happy, healthy Thanksgiving holiday. There’s so much to be thankful for, even in 2020. Wishing you all the best ❤️

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Who else procrastinates their holiday shopping and scrambles last minute?

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When looking out the window is in the job description 🤓

“Dorothy, we’re taking a picture!” “...wait What?!” 😂 You can always recognize a great flight attendant by how passengers interact when entering and leaving the plane.

Dorothy is so high energy and happy all the time, it’s infectious...even during those 5am reports! Happy to be flying again and lucky to be working with great flight crew at Piedmont like Dorothy. Back to your regularly scheduled aviation content! Be sure to check my stories to follow along on this quick 4 day! Thanks for sticking around! Hope everyone is having a great weekend 🙂

The look you make when a friend mentions you’re about to turn 30...

Traveling during a pandemic can be difficult, but doing it responsibly is definitely possible.

Consider National parks; it’s a great way to stay socially distanced, and ensuring you’ll get close to the same experience pandemic or not. What are some of your go-to National Parks?

Some of the oldest-known evidence of humans living at extremely high altitudes has been unearthed in the Peruvian Andes at nearly 14,700ft.

Which begs the question, what are we as humans capable of doing when put in extreme circumstances? We adapt.

We always have, and we always will. Whether it be evolution, or in our every day lives. We find solutions to our problems. So the next time you think you can’t do something, ask yourself “why not?” instead of “I can’t”. Adapt.

No matter where life takes me, find me with a smile.

Pursuit to be happy, only laughing like a child. I never thought life would be this sweet It got me cheesin' from cheek to cheek.

-Mac

Heights (ironic) and open water have always made me feel some type of way.

Don’t be afraid to get out of your comfort zone, that’s where growth happens.

It’s that time of year again! @Amazon #PrimeDay is coming on October 13th and 14th, giving Prime members worldwide a full 48 hours to save big!

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Climbed my first 14er, and met some new friends along the way. Thanks for the 🏔 views Colorado!

I’ll be back come ski szn 🤙🏼 What are some of your favorite hiking spots??

In these unprecedented times, it’s beneficial to take advantage of all resources at our disposal.

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Flashback to some of my days as a fresh chicken in the aviation industry.

Back when the “grind” was real and flying was plentiful. I’ve been so fortunate for the wonderful people I’ve had the privilege of meeting. Strangers that became friends, bringing joy to my life.

I have so much to thank my airline, our parent company, and this amazing community for. Everyday I recognize how lucky I am to be a part of this unique career. My heart goes out to all of my friends and strangers alike who are suffering from furloughs today. I’m thinking of you all, and hoping the day things return to normal is sooner, rather than later. We’ll come back stronger, with a new found appreciation and outlook for the good times ahead. Love you all, my heart is with you.

When your mom asks when you’re going to bring a nice girl home, “Idk mom it’s complicated”.

Dating in 2020 in a nutshell...

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Hey y’all 👋🏻 I’ve been pretty MIA these last few days.

Got the call to play around in our simulator down in Charlotte for another year of recurrent training.

As professional pilots, we’re required to be evaluated on our preparedness to different emergency situations. Some of these emergencies include engine failures, medical emergencies, and flight control malfunctions. All necessary to ensure we perform at our best with the utmost safety in case 💩 hits the fan. Always feels good leaving the simulator with a pass, but feels even better to know I don’t have to do it for another year 😅 wishing you all the best!

Nothing feels better than a fresh haircut, am I right?

Here’s my “to go” every time I visit the barber. Just let the bangs grow and let them do their magic 💈 💇🏻‍♂️

With Fall quickly approaching, I wanted to share my favorite dish for this time of the year, French onion soup!

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Football is back! With that being said, I just hope both teams have fun. And as always...

Go Birds 🦅 #PhiladelphiaEagles #GoBirds #EAGLES

Flying in and out of Boston Logan Airport has always been a reminder of September 11th.

2 out of the 4 hijacked aircraft departed from Boston. To this day, American flags still wave from Gates B32 and C19. Taxiing to our gate, seeing those flags always brings me back to that day. It’s hard to imagine something that happened 19 years ago is still so fresh in many of our minds.

Today, and everyday, were constantly reminded of how precious live can be. We’ll never forget 9/11. Never forget those brave first responders who rushed the towers, or the innocent lives that were lost. Leaving families and friends behind. We will never forget how one day unified a nation, bringing strangers with opposing views together. We’ll never forget.

Leaves are starting to fall here in Philly. Winter is coming...

the reaction of the woman in green is an accurate representation on how I feel about that fact. #throwback #summer19

With Fall quickly approaching, now is a great opportunity to revamp your Work from Home space and wardrobe.

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A little over a year ago, I got the chance to sit in for @flyway4me and @pilot.shay sim session.

Pretty nuts how accurate it looks. Had it been real, the jumpseat would have had me in a lot closer 😂 Can you guess the aircraft?

In 2010, Mike and I attended community college together to learn how to fly airplanes.

Two years later we split paths; he moved to Florida to continue his flight training while I pursued an engineering degree.

In 2015, feeling unfulfilled in my engineering field, I took a refresher course (bi annual flight) to get flight current again. Upon showing up to the flight school, it was actually Mike who ended up signing me off.

Fast forward 5 years, I get a call from scheduling to work a quick two day. Upon checking my crew card, it turns out it would be nobody other than Michael Macellaro, my old buddy from Mercer County Community College, who I’d end up being paired with. It always feels surreal, when things like this happen reminiscing at 32,000ft. That’s what makes the Aviation community such an amazing community to be part of. It’s been a pleasure brotha. Until next time 🤙🏼

If you could fly one airplane for the rest of your life, what would it be? I’d have to say the 787

Fun fact, I was born and raised in Philadelphia. My family moved us right over the bridge to Jersey in the late 90’s.

From there, I grew up a Jersey kid. It’s great getting the opportunity to live back on the west side of the Delaware. The people, the food, the attitude, Philly will always have a special place in my heart. Love that I get to live in a place so rich with American history.

My Instagram analytics tell me there’s a pretty diverse crowd from all over the world! I’m curious to hear where you guys are from! Let me know in the comments! 🙌🏻

Many of you have asked how I go about styling my hair, so here’s a fun little hair tutorial.

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Happy National Aviation Day! More often than not, we focus so much on the future that we forget to embrace the journey we’re on.

For me it was always “get to the airlines”. Even today, i find myself saying things like, “If I get to mainline...”

These pictures are a reminder to myself from where I came, and to where I am now. Aerial tours, to pipeline, to my first time in a Boeing simulator, to first flight in the Embraer. Embrace today, and you’ll be sure to have some great stories when you look back.

Reserve life got me looking like Zach Galifianakis...minus the baby...

It’s been a few weeks since I’ve posted, and for that I apologize! Sometimes it’s nice to take a step back from social media and prioritize other things in your life. I have some pretty cool things coming up, stay tuned! Thanks for sticking with me. Hope all you beautiful people are doing well 🙂

Biggest reason I’d like to fly large aircraft someday?

Lowering the odds of banging my head on pitot tubes, low hanging landing gear doors, wings, etc during my walk arounds 😅 Any guesses on the plane in the second picture?
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Hurricane Isaias is hitting the east coast pretty hard right now, stay safe out there.

One of my most cherished memories traveling last year.

This quaint, bustling town wasn’t easy to get to (trains, ferries, uphill hikes) but it was for sure one of the most stunning.

Sorrento, Italy 🇮🇹 August 2019

Today could very well be the last time I fly this jet for the foreseeable future.

I go on call (reserve) for the month of August, and being overstaffed for current scheduled flights, I don’t expect to get called much. Only time will tell.
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My airline announced furloughs yesterday, adding to the growing list of airlines trying to alleviate costs due to this COVID-19 pandemic. Not sure what the future holds, but you best believe every flight you get on, you’ll be greeted with a welcome onboard and a friendly face. We’ll continue to get our passengers to their destinations safely and uphold the highest levels of professionalism. The aviation community is a large family, and it’s times like these that we have to really take care of each other. Keep your heads up everyone, we’ll get through this. Stay safe ❤️

Starting another four day stretch of flying!

It’s been a little while since I’ve had adequate aviation content on this page, so I’ll do my best to show an in depth look at some of our day to day operations outside of the sterile cockpit environment. What kind of things would you guys like to see? Make sure to add it in the comments so I can keep you in the loop through my stories. Hope you’re all having an awesome day!

The best part of moving to a new place has got to be decorating, and making it your own.

#Ad   @AmazonHandmade has made it easy for me to find unique art pieces like this geological map of the Açores Islands, hand drawn by Michelle of Quail Lane Press. Why the Açores? Well, the Açores are a part of Portugal. And being Portuguese, it’s cool to have something like this. 
 
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Shout out to my buddy @tiltonics for catching my visual approach to Runway 17 into Phila International the other day.

Looking forward to my next trip this week!

There are certain trips that stick out more than most. This was definitely one of those.

This last four day was a tough one. Issues with ground equipment, tropical storms, delays, maintenance, etc. All challenges of this job. But makes it interesting to say the least! This is taken before the last leg of go-home day. Just a little defeated 😅

The male romper: the most underrated fashion trend of 2020. Not gonna lie...I dig it 😂

Privileged to fly for a company that proudly showcases America’s colors. ❤️🤍💙


Happy Birthday, America! Happy 4th of July everyone! 🇺🇸

This is a reminder to keep going. I can recall a few times when I was ready to quit, and do something else.

But I owed it to myself to stick to my goal of flying for the airlines. It’s not worthwhile if it’s easy. Love the process, you’ll get there too. Happy Friday, everyone 🙂

Life update! The uncertainty of the aviation industry has brought about the decision to move out of my apartment in downtown Philadelphia.

Financial responsibility is something I’ve honestly always struggled with. So to make the decision to move in with friends is definitely a step in the right direction. Plus...it’s way more fun, let’s be real.

After a month of apartment hunting, packing, and the stress of moving, we’re finally settled into our place. Fairmount has a quiet, residential feel with the benefit of still being within walking distance to Center City. Life doesn’t always go as planned. Make the best of the situation you find yourself in and try to find a silver lining. Looking forward to the times in this new place, for these are the best days of our lives. House tour coming soon! Hope you’re having a great day, stay safe y’all 🙂

After two months of being on call (reserve), I’ve finally been scheduled to operate my first trip since April 28th.

Looking forward to getting back in the cockpit, and back to a somewhat normal schedule. In July, flying across our network will be 55% of its normal domestic schedule. That’s up from the 20% we were flying in May. Happy to see our industry moving in the right direction again!
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Anybody flying anytime soon? Don’t forget your mask, it’s mandatory for travel! 🙂

Don’t let body odor put you over the edge. Whether it’s a long day of flying, or hiking in the desert, these fresh anti-perspirant deodorants by @cremocompany have you covered.

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Taking social distancing to new heights...2,707ft to be exact. Okay, that was mad cringy.

Dad jokes aside, it feels really good to get back to flying and experiencing new places. This Arizona sun feels nice ☀️

Here’s a reminder to look up every once in a while 👀

Dog days of summer 🐶

Standing with you always #blackouttuesday

Love is the same in every language, in every color. Liberty and justice for all.

Did you know that as an @amazon Prime member you have access to thousands of free books, magazines, Kindle singles and more?

#Ad With #PrimeReading you can tackle your summer reading with some awesome titles like A Beginner’s Guide to Free Fall, to classics like Harry Potter! Check out my stories to see how it works! Happy reading 🙂 #PrimeLife

Today we remember all of those service members who paid the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom.

For those, we are eternally grateful 🙏Flashback to better days in our nation’s capital 🇺🇸

One of my favorite parts of living in Philadelphia is the history surrounding this city.

Behind me is Independence Hall, where our Founding Fathers debated and adopted the Constitution of the United States. For me, I often take for granted living so close to a place like this of such significance.
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Even yesterday, “attempting” to do a workout in Washington Square Park, I stumbled across a plaque that read (paraphrased) “here lies the remains of thousands of George Washington’s soldiers”. This came as a surprise because I’ve walked through that park hundreds of times and had no idea. Moral of the story, sometimes it’s nice being a tourist in your own city. Actually opening your eyes may help you discover some pretty interesting things you’ve overlooked. What are some cool history facts about your city?? Let me know in the comments!

It’s been three full weeks since I’ve stepped foot in the cockpit.

Sitting reserve (on call) and not having the flying to get used is a bummer. Really starting to miss the daily grind of regional flying from the quick turns, to the unique challenges like weather and maintenance. But most importantly, I’ve been missing my awesome Piedmont team members and the passengers we have the pleasure of serving everyday. Can’t wait to get back to flying, whenever that may be.

Did you know there are no “keys” to operate a jet? To initially start our airplanes, we run off external power (GPU) or batteries.

Then we’ll start our Auxiliary Power Unit (APU) which generates electricity, as well as runs air through the airplane. After a series of checklists and pushback, the ground crew will notify us when it’s clear to start our engines. We’ll then turn the engine starter knob, which prompts an engine start sequence controlled by the engine’s computers. Air is redirected from the air conditioning system to the engines, spinning the turbine. If you ever notice on pushback, this is why you lose air conditioning pressure when the pilots turn on the engines! Our engine computers (FADEC) will determine the amount of fuel/air mixture to add to the engine during startup. At approximately 56.4% N2, the engine will become self sustaining. At this point, the engine generators power the airplane. What other questions do you guys have about how we operate our planes?

Whether I’m on the road, or at home, @cremocompany is my go to choice for hair styling gel and shaving cream.

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A major thank you to @andrea_e_adams and the 2nd Grade class of Nut Swamp Elementary School for giving me the opportunity to talk about my profession as an airline pilot.

It was a blast getting to share my experiences and answering so many of the kids’ questions! It’s such a great feeling being able to share your passion with the future generation.

So I’ve sworn off Netflix this month. I’m pretty sure I’ve gone through some three or four series and have rewatched the Office for the 6th, maybe 7th time (I’ve lost track).

The last thing I want years down the road looking back, is wondering why I didn’t take this time to do something more.
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I’m taking this quarantine as a time of self discovery. For too long, my mind was strictly focused on “becoming an airline pilot”. But we’re so much more than our careers. So what’s in store for the month of May? Well, for one thing, I’m focusing on my fitness goals. Strengthening relationships with friends, and learning some new skills. Notice the recent videos? That’s on purpose! Learning photography, and videography are some of the big things I’m planning on diving into this quarantine. What kind of things are you guys doing to pass the time?

Taken a few weeks back when we repositioned an empty plane to our maintenance base in Albany, NY.

Because of the slow down in travel, airlines are being forced to retire planes early, park planes, or in our case send them into maintenance for some much needed upgrades. It’s crazy to see how quickly things are changing in this industry day to day. Here’s to hoping we come out of this on the other side even stronger.

Quarantine out here turnin’ me into a guy who wears bandanas and enjoys nature walks...

Having this extra time has motivated me to dig through some old flying footage!

Follow along with me as I fly my last island tour around the island of Saipan in the Northern Marianas over in the Pacific at sunset.

Flying over in Saipan was my first ever flying job. I got there straight out of flight school, completely starry eyed and excited to get paid to do what I loved to do. I spent three months on the island and flew a total of 300hrs while I was out there. Each flight consisted of a 20 minute and 30 minute tour, with our primary clients being Chinese tourists. Many of these tourists didn’t speak any English which made the job both exciting and challenging at times. This was by far one of my greatest and unique experiences of my young flying career. The islands of Saipan, Tinian and the friends I met while I was over there will always have a special place in my heart.

What are some of your favorite mountain views? For me, it’s those in the Pacific Northwest.

Some of the prettiest I’ve seen 🏔

@tiltonics said we were going for a run.

I immediately thought to myself, settled on my couch, “nah dawg I’m good.” He responds with a Morgan Freeman motivational YouTube video and the quote “Fatigue is mental, not physical”... 😂
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So like Forest Gump, we went running. Moral of the story, find yourself some friends who push you to be better. Those are the real ones 💪🏻

Don’t mind me creepin’ in the dark... today’s my first day back to flying after two weeks of quarantine.


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Majority of this flight to Washington DC are crew members. After a few conversations, the common theme is that most of us have the same whacky schedules. We’re all just trying to come to grips with these daily changes and stay in positive spirits. The only flying on the agenda for the next two days is a ☝️ way trip to Albany this evening. This goes without saying, but no flight is taken for granted.

DO IT LIVE! Tune in tomorrow April 16th, @ 2:00pm (14:00) Eastern Standard time, I’ll be doing a live ask me anything on Instagram for the first time.

With so many of us in quarantine, this is a great opportunity for me to engage with so many of you. So if you have any questions, please make sure to comment below so I can have them organized and ready to go! Talk to you then 🤓

We’ll always be here to serve you when you need us most.

But until then, we hope you’re staying home 🙂
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PS...to all my medical professional friends, is there a “right” side to these particular masks? Help a brotha out. For all I know, I’ve been wearing it backwards 😅

SWIPE for a 🌅 All this time off has me digging through some old pictures.

The island 🌴 of Saipan, with it’s long runway and less congested airspace, would often be a stopover point for smaller planes making the long journey across the Pacific Ocean. Fresh out of the Boeing factory in Seattle, this shiny 737-800 was parked nearby and soon headed to China. So naturally, I had to check it out.
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Notice how the engine nacelle (casing of the engine) is oval? That’s for ground clearance! Boeing engineers eventually designed the next generation of Boeing 737 (not shown here) with larger engines, to sit in front of the wings. That new plane became known as the 737MAX, which as history has shown, had fundamental problems of its own...

What better way to explore a new city than to wander one of their local marketplaces?

As I sit at home, I’m looking forward to the day crowded markets are normal again. Can’t say the hustle and bustle is some I’d ever take for granted again.

Day three of five and we’re still going ✈️ It’s a rainy day in Philly and the radar shows it sticking around so it’ll be an interesting few days playing in the weather.

It’s been a while since I’ve done a “follow along” on my stories. If you’re interested to see how things have changed for us since the pandemic, come check it out. Happy quarantining 🙂

They’ve cancelled captain upgrade classes until further notice.

But in the end, I’m grateful for everyday I get to sit in this seat. Despite everything, what are you guys feeling grateful for?

“You do what you can for as long as you can, and when you finally can't, you do the next best thing.

You back up but you don't give up.”
-Chuck Yeager

For some of you wondering, yes I’m still flying. Things are constantly changing everyday, so it’s hard to say how exactly everything will turn out. Especially with the state of emergency we’re in as a country. Only time will tell. But for now, I’m just enjoying the view. Stay safe, y’all best be quarantined if you can!

He has a US Airways Express crew tag. He’s flown the dash8, was at one point Piedmont’s youngest captain.

He’s put in his time and finally got his number called. Mikey is making the move to mainline. Proud of ya buddy!

Happy #TailTuesday from me and the EmBAEr. Decided to use the flight bennies and park my butt on a beach in Florida.

Flying for the regionals can be a grid. So much so that on your days off, the last thing you want to see is an airport. That being said, it was nice to “get out” for once.

Happy International Women’s Day to all the special ladies out there!

For some amazing content, check out some of my fellow aviators! @pilot.steph @pilotveronika @pilot.shay @pilotmaria @mariathepilot @thesavytraveler @pilot.jess @pilotnoelle @pilotemilie @pilotluana @pilotcarrie @pilotjohanna @pilot_ems @flying.juliette

I’d take a wrinkled shirt and warm weather any day of the week.

We turn the clocks forward this weekend. You know what that means 😎🏖

Today marks a full year of flying the Embraer 145! From the crews that I’ve flown with, to learning the ins and outs of the airline world, it’s been a fun ride.

820 hours of flight time over the past 365 days. Crazy to think I’m only a few months from qualifying for captain. Here’s to another year of safe flying, and not doing anything stupid 😂 and for those who haven’t seen it yet, check out the new IGTV video!

It’s all smiles but let’s be honest, doing the walk around inspection before and after flights can be brutal this time of year.

Just one of the jobs us first officers have during daily operations. Looking forward to the day that I get to look over at my first Officer and say “hey, is everything still attached? Looks cold out there!” 😅

My last overnight was pretty chill 🥶 Always a good time when you’re with a fun crew who likes to explore, even in sub freezing temperatures.

On the flip side though, Ottawa was beautiful! I’m starting a four day trip today that’s primarily Charlotte flying. It’ll be nice to get out of the northeast these next few days. Any big plans this week?

Professional pilots in the US are, for the most part, clean shaven or rocking mustaches👨🏻‍✈️ Seeing as I can’t rock a mustache, I’m shaving daily!

Since I have sensitive skin, I am susceptible to irritation and discomfort. However, 6 months ago I began using @cremocompany Shaving Cream and it’s made all the difference! The secret is in their formula, where molecules become extremely slick when mixed with water. Which, of course, makes for a smoother, more comfortable shave. Not only will you see the difference, but you’ll feel it too! #sponsored #FightTheBurn

My best baby Yoda impression 😏the mug says Do More.

A mentality preached by one of my favorite YouTubers @caseyneistat A constant reminder to get off my butt and get to work. Whether it be to workout, work on my business, brush up on aircraft material or to study for upcoming captain upgrade... let’s all start this Monday morning with a productive mindset. Get after it fam 🙌🏻 Do More!

Swipe to see some of my experiences as a pipeline pilot in West Texas!

I spent 8 months based at Skywest Airport in Midland, Texas flying a Cessna 172! Out there, I would fly approximately 5-6 hours a day at 500ft doing steep turns back and forth over fields looking for oil leaks. In those 8 months, I managed to build 1,000hrs of flight time. This small time job helped leak frog me from a low time pilot to ATP airline minimums.
By far some of the most relaxed jobs I’ve ever had! Nothing like looking out the window all day, in uncontrolled airspace, flying an airplane. And of course, can’t beat that view! Just one of the many ways of building your flight time!

What are some things you guys would like to see more of?? Travel tips, my journey to the airlines, training experiences? Let me know! Happy Saturday everyone!

Hey y’all 👋🏻 Wanted to wish everyone a Happy Valentine’s Day!

I hope your day is filled with love and joy with your person, and loved ones! And for those not feeling the same, remember that you matter, and are loved! Share a smile with a stranger, give a genuine compliment or maybe even a nice hug (with consent of course 😂). There’s plenty of love to go around! PS...I know I need a haircut, I’m working on it 🤦🏻‍♂️

A sunny Seattle skyline and boujiee coffee dranks... Great weekend spent in the Northwest!

Anybody ever make their way to Kerry Park? Can’t beat that view 😎

Whether you’re discovering new urban landscapes or lounging with friends, the versatility and comfort of ØriginalGrand Ultra by @colehaan has you covered.

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How do you define success? Success to me is doing something that fulfills you.

Something that continuously pushes you, challenges you. Success is something that manifests from past failures and tried attempts. What is success to me? Doing something new and exciting, realizing you’re capable of anything. I’ve recently partnered up with one of my favorite brands, a collaboration I’m really proud of. Can’t wait to share! How do you define success?

Just leaving the gym with an hour and a half before show time at the airport.

What better way to “meal prep” than some lemon chicken, carne asada, basil salmon, and most importantly, the veggies. Beats eating airport chipotle over the next four days 😂 okay...maybe I went a little overboard? What’s your go-to meal?

“When it comes to life the critical thing is whether you take things for granted or take them with gratitude.” If I was reminded of anything this week, it’s that our lives are fragile.

Have fun, take that trip, goof around, tell that special person you love them, be a good human. Don’t get caught up in what other people think. Who cares...do you boo. 🤓 It’s Friyay, hope you make the most of today. I’ll be working...visit my stories if you’d like to follow along these next 4 days!

Happiest of birthdays to the number ☝️ woman in my life.

Mom, I wouldn’t be the man I am today without your love and compassion. You’ve given me the greatest gift, something I could never repay. You’re a treasure, thank you for always being someone I can rely on. Can’t wait to celebrate with you!

There are many different ways to control your smart home lighting, from your smart phone to voice control.

Starting in February, Lutron will begin offering sensors to their Caséta line! I was stoked to bring my Caséta by @lutronelectronics smart lighting kit with me to my new place, and to add these sensors in the mix will make walking into a dark apartment with hands full of suitcases much easier 😅
Have a garage or hallway you only want lit when you’re passing by? These Caséta smart motion sensors are for you. Just one sensor can control all of your connected Caséta smart devices (switches, fan control, Serena shades - you name it!) - all you have to do is create the scene YOU want for when the sensor is triggered! Mount it on a wall, free-standing surface, or even the corner of the room. These sensors will make the perfect addition to any home! #CasetaSmartLighting #CasetaSensors

If you buy a fish from the Pike Place Fish Market, they’ll throw it at you.

No better way of saying “thank you for your service” quite like a fish to the face... 🤓🐠

Lots of bouncing back and forth out of Washington DC this trip.

Just thinking about the crew meal Im supposed to get in a couple hours 😅 it’s a chilly one today, stay warm out there. Also, had to flex the new socks I got for Christmas...thanks mom! Whatcha guys got planned for this week?

One of the rare moments I saw the sun in Seattle ☀️

A quick two day with decent weather and a good crew has made my transition back to the cockpit relatively stress free!

It’s right back to work as usual, despite the subpar landings 😬 but like they say...it’s just like riding a bike, right? Takes a couple flights to get your sight picture back. I must say, I did miss it. Happy to get back to the grind. Hope everyone is having a great week ✌🏻

There was nothing cool and collected about this picture...my best friend’s hands were bare white from the cold, the camera kept fogging up from the mist and rain, and it was windy as all hell!

But we got the shot 😂 Look at those mountains in the distance! The Northwest of the United States is absolutely stunning. Can’t wait to make my way back there!

After a week of back and forth, and battling the flu...I’m finally settled into my new place in Philadelphia!

🙌🏻 If you’re ever in the city, you can probably find me wearing my new favorite pants by @willycalifornia These are perfect for running errands and still keeping comfortable! Get 20% off your order with promo code DREW20 😎✌🏻 #WillyCalifornia

My oh my 100k followers! This page went public back in April 2019, after passing my final line check (LOE).

That’s when I officially became a First Officer for one of American Airline’s regional carriers based here in Philadelphia, PA. There’s a lot of due diligence that comes with this. What can we and can’t post. Trying to be honest in what comes with this profession, the good and the bad. Portraying a positive mindset, even when I having a bad day. It isn’t easy, but I’m extremely flattered that many of you even care about what I post. To be a part of the aviation community and promote this lifestyle to up and coming aviators, and enthusiasts alike is the biggest reward in all of this. I hope many of you can take my experiences and apply it to your own lives. To work towards your goals and know that the reward for your efforts aren’t too far away. Thank you all for your continued support everyone. 🙏 Much, much more to come in 2020!

I don’t want to leave a long sappy last post for the year so I’ll keep this simple.

2019, thank you for the memories and life lessons. To the people I’ve met, whether still speaking or not, thank you bringing joy into my life in one form or another. I realized my childhood dream this year. I’m blessed to be in a profession that I love, as well as having the platform to share that with all of you. Remember, you’re in control of your happiness. If you want something in this world, get after it everyday. One day you’ll be able to look back and be amazed as to everything you were able to accomplish. 2020 brings a new beginning, a fresh slate.
Some of goals for the new year:
1. Get my business up and running 📈
2. Travel more 🌎
3. Upgrade to captain 👨🏻‍✈️
4. Achieve some of my fitness goals
5. Push myself out of my comfort zone
6. Read more 📚
What are some of your goals for the new year? Happy New Year everyone! May 2020 be your best year yet.

Thank you to everyone who participated in our #fleetgiveaway19 this year!

For those who weren’t able to win, stay tuned. I hope to be doing more giveaways like that in the future, especially as this page grows! I’m starting my last 4-day trip of 2019 today! Find me bouncing around the Northeast from Boston, to Ithaca, and up to Toronto these next few days. I’ll leave some flight numbers in my stories for anyone interested in following along. Anybody got big plans to celebrate the new year?!

Last day of flying before the holidays, thankful I get to spend Christmas with the family this year 🙏 Speaking of holidays, the #fleetgiveaway19 is still going on!

We’ll be announcing winners for the 6 model airplanes that we’re giving away on December 25th! Tag 2 friends and share that giveaway post for your chance to win! Also, I did a little cockpit tour yesterday in my stories. Check the highlights of you didn’t get a chance to check it out! Happy Hanukkah, Merry Christmas, and Happy kwanzaa to all of you!

Lately, my travels have been all work. Being on the road 3-4 days at a time take their toll, so days off are usually spent resting.

Working out, eating right, errands, everyday life stuff...But like many, I got into this profession to do more than just work. There’s a beauty in spontaneity. To just hop on a plane with no plan and figure things out. It’s exciting landing in a place you’ve never been, around people and a culture you don’t know, and figuring it out. It can be scary. But every time I’ve done this has been a positive experience. I finally have a nice two week vacation coming up the end of this month. The plan is spontaneous trips! If you were in this position, where would you go? Let me know some of your best spontaneous trip experiences!

SWIPE to see this freak snowstorm in Canada! Went from bright and sunny to blizzard conditions, back to bright and sunny 😅 What do you think...Should we de-ice before getting out of here?

Today starts the last month of this DECADE. Yikes...that means 30 is right around the corner 😅 What are you doing today that will make the 20’s your best decade yet??

I have so many plans for this upcoming year. Can’t wait to share it all with you! Until then, maybe next year will be the year I learn to smile with my eyes open 😬

“Hey Alexa, play Surfin’ Bird by the Trashmen”.... 🎶 A-well-a ev'rybody's heard about the 🦃 🎶

!!SWIPE LEFT!! to see something delicious 😅 Started my last day of this trip in Rochester.

Flew the river visual to Runway 19 into Reagan National Airport, and ended my flying in Boston. Had a two hour sit here in Boston before my flight home to Philly so naturally I went with a classic New England Clam Chowder and lobster roll for lunch. Enjoy your weekend everyone ✌🏻

These sub freezing temperatures in the northeast have me reminiscing on much warmer days...never woulda thought Spain would have such bomb gelato 🍧 🤔

Happy Monday everyone! I decided to sacrifice a day off for some overtime and it’s a doozie:

5 flights with a Greensboro, NC overnight. So I’ll be on the road the next five days, since this trip carries into my scheduled 4 day that starts tomorrow. But it’s all good...work hard, play hard am I right? How about you, any big plans this week?

Ran into my sim partner, Gabe, in DC! He carried me through training, so I figured I’d return the favor 🤣

Guys, met this good boy last night! Thank you so much to the kind staff at Trillium Sport & Fitness in Syracuse, NY for welcoming us in for a workout.

It just so happened to be their 20th anniversary, and they let us join in on the awesome turkey dinner celebration. Great gym, great atmosphere, and dogs...what else can you ask for?

Just landed here in Syracuse, one quick flight to start and end day one of four.

This trip we’ll be doing a lot of DCA turns (Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport). I’m also overnighting here in Syracuse three nights in a row which is a little uncommon, but it happens 🤷🏻‍♂️ Nice hotel and gym so I’m not complaining. Hope everyone’s having a great week! Stay warm out there ✌🏻

Hey guys! Finally came out with my first blog post on my new website, www.drewthepilot.com !

It explains my journey from a 9-5 desk job to airline pilot. I briefly touched on some of the flying jobs I had, and you can see my experiences through some of these pictures! I’ll be getting more in depth about those experiences in future posts. But for now, check out the page and let me know what you think. Always up for some constructive criticism 😊🙌🏻 Let me know what else you guys would like me to write about! Cheers!

Hey guys, if you’re interested in learning about my meal prep routine for a typical four day trip, check out my stories!

Granted this was very last minute and I plan on going in much more depth as I get better at this. But for now, some tips:
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Step 1: Pack efficiently! I separate all my foods. I find it easier to prep without having to measure everything together. I keep everything in bulk so I can munch at anytime.
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Step 2: Ziploc bags! Instead of using freeze packs, use ziploc bags. Use ice from hotel ice machines. It makes sticking it in your bag much easier.
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Step 3: Grill ya food!! It tastes much better as a day3-4 “leftover” than baking does.
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Step 4: The best part, eat it all 😋

Just here to bless your feed with this beautiful animal 🥰 shout out to Liz and Dave for being the best dog parents!

Are you a dog person or a cat person? Granted I don’t mind cats, but I’m allergic. So forever a dog guy! #goldendoodlesofinstagram #goldendoodle

It’s been cloudy and misty all day, andddd it’s only getting colder 😅 Time to bring out those long sleeves!

Loving the feel of these henleys by @cutsclothing #madethecut #cutsteam

Always a pleasure flying into our nation’s capital! 🇺🇸

It’s been a little while since I’ve posted the Barbie jet! She may be small, but she’s capable!

As regional pilots, we take the responsibility of transporting passengers from our main hub airports (Philadelphia, Charlotte) to smaller, lower volume airports. We often hear the occasional “wow this plane is so small” comments from passengers, but that’s on purpose! As many of these smaller airports can’t handle bigger planes. Can you guess some of the airports we fly into?

Always in awe of the architecture found in European cities.

Did you know the Romans were one of the firsts to utilize the advantages of the arch in building design? It’s by far one of my favorite things about traveling abroad, getting to see structures like this first hand. What’s your favorite historic building?

Welp, the breezy, chilly days of Fall are officially among us.

🥶 And with winter operations comes contaminated runways, icing conditions, and of course the extreme cold. This is the first trip since May that I’m wearing the jacket! I’ll be honest, I don’t think I’m ready for the wrath of winter 😅 What do you guys prefer? Summer 🏝 or winter ❄️?

I’m in shorts in October, not much to be complaining about!

Ended up at the beach yesterday and caught this awesome sunset. It was nice having these last few days off. Tomorrow it’s back to business as usual ✈️

For those of you new here, welcome to my page! One of the main goals of this page is to promote aviation for everyone, to share my perspective, and to show all different aspects of this career.

From daily life videos, travel posts, and everything in between... If any of you have any questions, I look forward to seeing your comments and direct messages! Let me know what you guys would like to see. More news and content coming soon! Cheers 🙂

It truly is a small world being in the aviation industry.

Yesterday I flew a plane up to Albany, NY to end my trip, with a deadhead back to Philly. Long behold, the crew swapping with us was my old flight instructor who got me through my instrument, commercial and multiengine phases of training. This guy upgrades to captain soon, so I’m sure we’ll eventually be flying together again. Until then, it was nice judging his landings for a change 😏

Pushing through this long 6 day trip has me reminiscing on my last vacation.

Hoping to take advantage of some days off this month and check out someplace I’ve never been. Guess we’ll see how things work out 😅 Anyone got any suggestions?

I said it multiple times this trip...”I’m retiring down here”!

😂 Charleston, South Carolina has easily become one of my favorite cities in the US. We were down here with college friends celebrating our friends’ wedding. An amazing weekend I was looking forward to for a long time! Now it’s back to reality, working a long 6 day trip. Anybody got big plans this week?

It’s wedding szn here down south! This Southern hospitality is the real deal y’all 😎

Taken a little while back, can you guess what kind of engine this plane comes from?

I’ll give you a hint, 👸🏻 of the skies 😏 Follow my stories, the answer will come through there!

It’s been over a week since I’ve touched the jet, time to get back to work!

Starting a 4 day today with overnights in Bangor Maine, Scranton Pennsylvania and Ottawa 🇨🇦 follow along my stories, I’ll try to give you guys a good look on what an average overnight looks like! 👀 Enjoy the rest of your weekend, everyone! 😄

She’s a ‘97, and a little dirty but a blast to drive.

This is the car I learned how to drive manual in back in 2008 when my dad threw me the keys and said “okay, your turn”. After a couple of stalls, I eventually got used to it😅 The Z sits in the garage most of these days. Glad I got to take advantage of this beautiful (late) summer day and breathe the fresh air! Any car fans out there?? What’s your dream car? 🚗

Line qualified for another year! As professional airline pilots, we all have to undergo recurrent training every year.

For my airline, CQT (continuing qualifications training) is done every 6-12 months. During this 4 days of training, we go through systems review, emergency procedures, and upset training recovery!
Would you guys like to see more in-depth stuff on recurrent training? What else would you like to know about?! I apologize for the lack of posting lately. Between studying for CQT and flying for real it’s been pretty cray lately 😅 but now I’ll finally be able to work on getting my blog website going. Stay tuned, cheers! 🤗

Stuck in the middle of a three hour delay to get to Philly this afternoon 🙈So why not do an “Ask me Anything” 😜 ask away in the comments or via my story!

I’ll try to respond to as many as I can! 🙌🏻

Today, September 4,2019, American Airlines retires their McDonnell Douglas MD-80s.

Last time I saw one was in Milwaukee, where I took this top picture. I grew up loving this gun metal livery, it’ll be weird to finally see it go. The remaining MD80s take their final flight to the airplane graveyard in the desert in Roswell, New Mexico to be parked for good. Enjoy retirement, Maddog, avgeeks everywhere will miss ya! What are some of your memories of the maddog?

Hey everyone 👋🏻 just wanted to take a quick second to thank you all for helping me reach 50,000 followers!

I’m so incredibly thankful for all the kind words and support so many of you have given me through my comments and DMs. It’s so cool being able to share my love for aviation and travel with you all. I have a lot of ideas and plans for this account, looking forward to continue to share it with you all. 😊 Hope you’re all having a wonderful holiday weekend! Clear skies and tailwinds always 🛫

It’s my Friday, Go-Home Day, and finally ending this long 8 out of 9 day stretch of flying ✈️ Looking forward to a few days off.

Some of my tasks this week; finish building my website 😬 and buying a new car 🚗 since I’m still car-less since my accident 🤦🏻‍♂️ What do you guys have going on this week??

Hey Friday everyone! I’ve been getting a lot of DMs lately with questions regarding aviation, my story, etc.

So I’ve decided to create a website where I will be sharing various topics ranging from aviation, travel tips, and my personal journey. I hope to have the page up and running by the end of the weekend!
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What are some things aviation/travel topics you’d like me to talk about? Let me know in the comments! Have a great day 🙂

Iced coffee... the elixir of life on these long delayed summer days.

What kind of coffee do you prefer? In case anyone was wondering, no it’s not an addiction. It’s a “lifestyle” 😂
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And guess who’s stuck in Philly again?!Afternoon storms in the Northeast making things a little difficult for us. Here’s to hoping we make it to Toronto tonight at a decent hour 🤞🏻

In light of #NationalAviationDay here’s a picture to show the scale of these Rolls-Royce Trent 1000 engines!

Pictured is a Boeing 787, one of my favorites. What’s your favorite?? ✈️ Respond in the comments!
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This particular 787, was the third Dreamliner built. It first flew on March 14, 2010. In addition to its role in the flight test and certification program, Boeing flew Number 3 to 23 countries during a global showcase of the 787 called the Dream Tour. (Info taken from museumofflight.org)
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If you’re ever in the Seattle area, make sure to check out this Air and Space museum. Its an aviation enthusiasts dream!

Instagram vs. Reality...It’s what I get for wearing joggers and walking around all day under the scorching Spanish summer sun ☀️ 🤦🏻‍♂️ Who’s ready for fall??


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But in all seriousness, now that my trip is over I’m able to reflect on the last two weeks. I got to celebrate two of my best friends’ birthdays in New York. I was able to see two of my friends get married. I got to travel around Europe with my girlfriend. And lastly, got to see my grandparents, cousins and extended family in Portugal.
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It makes me sad knowing vacation is over, but also extremely thankful I’m in a career that has granted me so many opportunities. Something I learned after my recent car accident was to never take anything for granted. Things can be taken from you in a second... so getting to share these last few weeks with some of my favorite people has been a true blessing. Live in the present. Take advantage of everyday. Enjoy your weekend everyone ✌🏻

Are any of you planning a trip to Spain? 🇪🇸 If so, don’t sleep on Seville!

Tapas, tinto de verano, the sorbet?! Yeah...this place is pretty special. Not to mention we got to check out the Alcázar Gardens (where Game of Thrones was shot). Where my GOT fans at?! Anyway, definitely give it a visit. You won’t be disappointed!
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After traveling around Europe the last 9 days, this trip is finally coming to an end. Hoping to fly back to the United States tomorrow if there are seats available.🤞🏻Thanks for bearing with all my posts and stories 😅 Flying posts coming soon! Cya back in 🇺🇸

Arrividerci Italia! The Sorento, and Amalfi Coast exceeded all of my expectations.

There is so much to see and do, it’s a shame we were only here for three nights.
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Want to visit Sorrento/Positano/Capri? Some tips for anyone considering visiting the area:
1. Sorrento is a great home base! Ferries between Sorrento and Positano/Amalfi/Capri run almost every hour. Day trips to other towns are doable.
2. Book ahead of time/close to the Port of Sorrento. Sorrento itself is a very walkable town. However, the port of Sorrento is a hike (crazy incline) from the city itself. Carrying 2 suitcases and a backpack up 1,200ft of steps was a challenge...
3. Speaking of steps, decide whether or not you want to use a car service. Sorrento is easily accessible by ferry. However, we arrived via train direct from Rome. Used the metro, and walked around Naples for a while before figuring out where the ferry was. Again, with bags it was quite the challenge. A car service costs around $100 and more convenient.
4. Spend a few days in Capri/Positano/Amalfi. Since we were limited on days in Italy, we decided to take day trips. Although we got to see a decent amount in Capri and Positano, you’ll definitely need a few days to really get to enjoy everything these beautiful places have to offer.
5. Be prepared to eat! Many restaurants have stunning views and open well close to midnight. Every local red wine I had was fantastic.
6. Lastly, many of the beaches are rocky. Doesn’t hurt to bring a decent sandal, or rubber shoes (crocs? 😅) when visiting these places. And of course, be prepared to walk. All the up and downs on the mountainside calls for a good workout.
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That being said, it’s off to Portugal! Looking forward to our friends’ wedding and seeing family. See ya then 👋🏻

One last Italian sunset on the Sorrento Coast before our flight to Lisbon, Portugal tomorrow.

Any wild guesses what’s on tonight’s dinner menu? 😏 🍝

Ferris Bueller said it best, “Life moves pretty fast.

If you don't stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.”
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Yesterday went a little unexpected to say the least. But when things get a little dark, I find it best to rely on humor and “not sweating the small stuff” to get me through. Is anybody with me??
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Despite all of yesterday’s obstacles, we’re finally on our way. Italy, here we come 🇮🇹

Fun fact, I’m just a kid in an adult body 😅 I’ll never turn down a Mr. Softee ice cream bar.

Is anybody else with me?! Not even ashamed to admit the Power Puff girl ice cream bar is my favorite...

There’s beauty all around us... Open up your eyes; you might miss it 👀

Cancellations... they’re the worst! We understand the stress and frustration it causes for passengers.

Often, we hear things like “cancelled? But the plane is right there” or “it’s a beautiful day, what bad weather?”
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In the end, it’s always about safety. One of the biggest responsibilities of a pilot is to calculate risk. Can this flight be conducted safely, without putting passengers and crew members at risk? If that answer is no, then trust your pilots. It’ll always be in their best interest to get you to your final destination safely. Also, don’t yell at your gate agents because delays, cancellations, and company policies are out of their control 🙃
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Happy Monday everyone! Hoping everyone flying out of the northeast makes it to their final destination. I’m going home and cuddling my dog... reason #2734 to live in base 😅

It’s a weird feeling, coming on three days off and already getting the itch to get back to work.

Does anybody else feel this way about their job?
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It’s true what they say, when you’re flying you wish you were on the ground. And when you’re on the ground, you wish you were flying 😅
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Tomorrow starts a 5 day stretch of flying. Spending the rest of tonight meal prepping for the week and getting that necessary rest. Hope everyone enjoys their weekend!

When crew scheduling calls and switches your four day trip into a three day.

Wont see me complaining 😎 What do you like to do on your off time?

Missing places like this, where a quick hike can take you to cliffs, coral reefs, and sandy white beaches.

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Definitely a hidden gem in the Pacific, Tinian in the Northern Mariana Islands is a place you should come visit. Does anybody know what Tinian is well known for? 👀

Anybody else got the Sunday Scaries?! It was great spending the holiday weekend with friends and family.

But it’s back on a four day trip for me.
I’m off to Ottawa, Canada tonight! Gotta try to resist the Poutine this time around 🤷🏻‍♂️ Hope everyone enjoys the rest of their weekend!

Most underrated item in my flight bag, the trusty Tide to go pen.

Because clearly keeping my shirts clean for longer than five minutes is impossible 🤦🏻‍♂️

Michael Scott said it best, “You miss 💯 of the shots you don’t take. -Wayne Gretzky”
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Two months ago I decided to make my page public to give some insight on what it’s like to be an airline pilot. The concept of “inspiring others” isn’t really comfortable to me. For me, when I was considering the career change to airline pilot, I did my research. But on top of that, Instagram was a great tool to see how others were doing it.
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When asked why I’m doing what I’m doing, the answer has been “I don’t know”. I don’t know because who knows where this can go. But if one person sees this and decides to give their dream career a chance, then its been worth something.
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Flying is a beautiful thing that can’t be explained or expressed until you’re behind the controls for yourself. We have our bad days, of course. But showing up to work never really feels like work. Just more so like, “oh I’m flying an airplane today. Let’s see how this goes.” 😂
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I’m grateful to be in the position Im in. To fly for an airline with the American Flag on its tail 🇺🇸 Anyway, if you’re still with me then thank you. Thank you for following. Thanks to all 10,000 of you 🙏 Happy early 4th of July!

Smiling because I finally get to enjoy a day off for a change.

Still early in the day, but acceptable right? 😅

Often I’ll get asked the question, how do you know what to do with all these buttons?

It’s honestly a lot easier than it looks, especially doing it everyday. You eventually become aware of how things should look for whichever phase of flight you’re in! Let me know if you guys want me to touch on some of our aircraft’s systems!

Wanna know what’s cool about Philadelphia? America was born here! Come visit sometime 🇺🇸

We all start somewhere! My first flying job took me to the island of Saipan in the Northern Mariana Islands.🌴 As new hires we wore four bars flying Cessna 172’s and Piper Warriors!

Sounds a little silly being called “captain” on a training aircraft doing island discovery flights. But even then we were presented with our own unique challenges while being responsible for the lives of several.
As we build experience and sharpen our skills, it’s always good to reflect on where you started. Keeps you humble, keeps you hungry, keeps you motivated. Where do you find your motivation?

*Little appreciation post* Where I spend 90% of my time these days, our little Barbie jet is easy on the eyes!

Tony Luke’s Cheesesteaks and Phillies baseball! Nice day spent away from airplanes for a change😅 ⚾️ 🧀

When landing at Ronald Reagan Airport for the first time, gotta pinch the Washington Monument!

Who enjoys those DC views?!

For anyone who has Europe on their bucket list, don’t overlook Lisbon, Portugal!

Best food, culture, and history. But coming from a Portuguese American my view might be a little subjective 🤷🏻‍♂️ 🇵🇹

Happy Flight Attendant Appreciation Day to all the FA’s out there!

For not only making our jobs easier, but keeping passengers safe. And of course, a special shoutout to our FA Bethany who’s been doing this for 34 years and counting! Thanks for making this crazy four day trip a little bit easier for us 😅

They asked work or leisure? I said I’m here for the Poutine 🤷🏻‍♂️

What better way to get over being sick than with a little puppy snugs with cousin Fletch 😘

Always great coming back home, even if it is for three days 🇵🇹

Happy Friday y’all 🙋🏻‍♂️ 3 legs down, now a two hour sit before we fly to our layover in Greensboro, North Carolina!

Anybody have big plans this weekend? I’m hoping to spend a few days in Europe, that is if the standby gods cooperate 🤞🏻

After a couple days off its back to the grind! Happy to start off this 4 day trip with beautiful weather for a change 😅 FUN FACT about Worchester, it’s pronounced Woosta!

At least, that’s what I’ve been told...

When your girl is looking fine first thing in the morning 😏

It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia 😎

About to shoot out of Philly to Grand Rapids, Michigan!

First time stepping foot in the state of Michigan 😬

Thank you to my training captain, Rohaan who’s made my first month of flying the jet a fun, yet educational experience.

I greatly appreciated your level of knowledge and professionalism within the aviation industry. Finally signed off and done with training! Officially a line pilot 👨🏻‍✈️

Does it feel like work yet? Idk, ask me next week...

Only took me three days to get this right... Arigato gozaimas, Tokyo!

Tokyo’s oldest temple, and most beautiful by far.

Started this journey in June of 2016 after quitting my engineering job to pursue my childhood dream.

This career has taken me all over the world. And today, 2.5 years later, all the sacrifices, pains, and stress have led to this moment. I’ve officially passed my Air Transport Pilot’s license, and type rated on the Embraer 145 jet. Big shout out to my family and friends for always being by my side. And of course my buddy @leaveit_togabe for being the best training partner. Congratulations on the captain upgrade, my dude. Looking forward to flying with you soon.

Amsterdam, where you’re more likely to get hit by a biker than a car

Surreal experience to witness German history firsthand #RUTunion #EastSideGallery #PickleRick

Making the best of a gloomy day

Closing up summer with this big lug #labsofinstagram

Like a kid in a candy store

Harry - You had an extra pair of gloves this entire time?!
Lloyd - Ya! It’s the Rockies!


#GardenoftheGods #ColoradoSprings #RedRocksAmphitheater #Vail

Tonight’s agenda: wine, and the fado #fadoportuguês

Of all the beautiful places to see in Portugal, this is by far my favorite

Doing my best @brianfitz91 impression

Cities are prettier at night #NYC #HudsonRiver #LikeSully #butnotreally

Out here playin chess #sundayfunday

Dallas, it’s been real. Passed the big boy written exam now it’s off to Charlotte for Indoc.

The happiest you’ll see me at 5am. These full motion simulators are the 🐝’s knees #Airbus #A320 #naptime

When Air Traffic Control ok’s a 2am city flyover. Goodnight ya filthy animals #PhillyLove

Got a real look at the severity of the forest fires today.

On the other hand, went “sledding” on Portuguese snow for the first time on the highest mountain in Portugal

West Texas, the pipeline pilot’s playground.

If there’s one thing I’ll miss about this place, it’s those early starts

Keep it weird, Austin ✌🏻

People were surfing in January...
Cali, you’re alright

Today, over the Guadalupe Mountains, I hit 1,000 hours of total flight time.

Only 500 hrs until hitting airline minimums 👨🏻‍✈️🛩 #anothadayanothadolla

In the spirit of #NationalAviationDay here are a few of my favorites over the last year.

It's been an amazing journey. From the people I've met, to the places I've been. I'm extremely lucky to be able to fly airplanes for a living.

Texas sunrises

Trip to Managaha Island, Japanese Zero ruins in Rota, and Flame Trees in full bloom on Tinian.

These islands are amazing.

Some friendly faces of Star Marianas. #mustacheswag #pilotsofinstagram

Airlines vs. Corporate, always a debate amongst pilots. Which is best?

Not sure where my career will take me, but to fly multi million jets like these would be pretty sweet!

Some local snorkeling here on Tinian, CNMI #badediting

Ahhh look whatcha done! I'm a mothaa f%*kin' starFISH!

On this island, during WWII, B-29 bombers were loaded with atomic bombs.

Not only did we get to see the bomb pits, but got to drive down the same runway they took off from.

Weird to think I live here. Another nice day off spent at the beach

Just another day at the office

Today we took a Yaris off-roading, visited some caves, checked out Suicide Cliff, and saw some old school Japanese war toys

Just a little spin training off the coast of Jacksonville

Isn't everyday I get to see this guy. Until next time brotha!

Ferrari with wings, corporate aviation Italian style 🇮🇹 #Piaggio #Avanti #P180

Dat ass

Officially a private multi-engine rated pilot and one step closer to the airlines 🛫

Just stopping by Danbury, Connecticut this afternoon

Happy Fathers Day to my dad, the guy who sparked my interest in airplanes from a young age.

Love you dad #circa1992

Ohh mah gahd!!! #puppies