Avination, welcome back to episode 59 of the Pilot to Pilot podcast featuring Gene Reynolds. Gene has pretty much seen it all as a helicopter pilot. He has flown in the army (special ops) and as a civilian pilot in many facets.
Some of the main topics Gene and I talk about are...
How the movie Top Gun led him to want to become a military pilot
How a medical issue messed up his flight slot for the military.
How and why he joined the warrant officer flight program.
Talk about the differences between military training vs civilian.
How Helicopters don’t naturally want to fly.
We talk about what happens when you fall behind in military helicopter training.
Why we need high-quality CFI’s to stay as a CFI.
Gene talks about his deployments
Gene shares some war stories.
Gene talks about how he had TEN tours in the military.
Gene talks about flying Special Ops.
We talk about how someone can make a career in commercial helicopter flying.
Gene talks about the path to getting your dream helicopter job.
Talk about the importance of maintaining networking and not burning any bridges.
Talks about mentoring military helicopter pilots on how to transfer into the civilian world.
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