The Traffic Pattern show

The Traffic Pattern

Summary: A New York native turned southern gentleman! Derek found a niche for public speaking and aviation early on during his years of high school and ultimately realized that he wanted to give back to the community. Derek believes facilitating meaningful and constructive dialogue surrounding emotional and complex topics is the first step toward plausible and sensible solutions. Derek’s passion for aviation is undeniable! In Derek’s spare time he enjoys flying with friends, traveling to new destinations and trying new craft beers!

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 Bo Ryan: Bilingual In the Cockpit | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 2518

US Navy Veteran, corporate pilot and safety/training advocate, Bo Ryan joins us on the pod for a conversation about being "bilingual" in the cockpit. Bo and host, Derek Vento, discuss "DK's Top 5" best practices for communicating with air traffic control, as well as what it means to be competent and capable. Check out Bo Ryan on instagram at @boyryanflies

 Joe & Margrit Fahan: A Partnership at 30,000 Feet | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 2697

Meet Joe & Margrit Fahan. They fly for a major airline as husband and wife based out of New York's John F. Kennedy Intl. With 4 total pilots in the family, 3 airline and 1 naval aviator, it goes without saying, the DNA of the Fahan's is made up of aviation. Listen in as we host a "live" show at the TWA Hotel. Big thanks to Kennedy air traffic controller, OKC academy grad bud and friend, Erick Michael for his time.

 Captain Brian Schiff: Mitigating Risk in the NAS | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 3367

Capt. Brian Schiff is a captain for a major US airline and is type-rated on the Airbus 320, Boeing 727, 757, 767, DC-9 (MD-80), CL-65, LR-JET, and G-V. Schiff’s roots are deeply planted in general aviation where he has flown a wide variety of aircraft. He holds several flight instructor ratings and is recognized for his enthusiasm and ability to teach in way that simplifies complex procedures and concepts. He has been actively instructing since earning his flight and ground instructor certificates in 1985. Schiff also has been an FAA-designated examiner. He attended San Jose State University, and earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Aeronautical Science from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and his Masters of Science Degree in Aviation Safety from the University of Central Missouri. He regularly conducts seminars about aviation safety and techniques to student and professional pilots alike.

 "Smilin" Mark McKay: WSBTV Airborne Traffic & News Reporter | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 3049

Delivering live airborne traffic reports every six minutes from the WSB SkyCopter during News 95.5 & AM 750 WSB's award winning and highly rated "Atlanta's Morning News with Scott Slade" succeeding the late Capt'n Herb Emory in a full-time capacity since April 2014. WSB provides airborne traffic updates and cover breaking news during WSB TV's (ABC) top rated "Channel 2 Action News This Morning" and ABC's "Good Morning America".Mark most recently anchored and reported "World Sport", a show reaching over 200 countries from CNN International headquarters in Atlanta, Ga. Field reporting with CNN Sports in his 28-plus year career took him to five Olympics, four Super Bowls, a World Cup, NBA Finals and All Star games, U.S. Open tennis and golf championships, MLB League Championship Series and All Star games, and an NCAA Final Four. Secured and delivered 1-on-1 interviews with the likes of David Beckham, Usian Bolt, Michael Phelps, Roger Federer, Jeremy Lin, Serena & Venus Williams and a number of other sports luminaries. Won News & Documentary Emmy Award for first live report from the scene of the 1996 Olympic Park bombing in Atlanta during the Olympic Summer Games.

 Vincenzo Pace: NYC Aviation Based Photographer | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 2805

NYC aviation based photographer Vincenzo Pace shares his techniques, friendships and passion for photography as he captures some of the most powerful images at one of the world's well known airports, Kennedy International. As a local New Yorker who has spent countless years underneath the final for 31L, it goes without saying, Vinny has been engulfed into a world many of us know called "plane spotting". Vinny's gear:Nikon D850Nikon D500Nikon 200-500mm lensTamron 70-200mm 2.8 lensNikon 24-70mm 2.8 lensGoPro Hero7Check out Vincenzo's work at and visit his Instagram @ out NYC Aviation's Kennedy Spotting Guide @

 Derek Hood: 2019 Year In Review | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 3924

He was the first guest to ever be interviewed on the pod. One of my closest friends, and corporate pilot Derek Hood reflects back on the year 2019. We laugh, we joke but most of all we reminisce on some of the moments that have made us the aviation professionals that we are today.

 Ben Lehman: CREMA Coffee | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 3478

He's making the world a better place, one cup of coffee at a time. Join Host Derek Vento, and Producer Chris Phillips, as they travel to Nashville, Tennessee to spend some time with Commercial Pilot and Nashville coffee shop owner Ben Lehman.

 Season 4 Hello! | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 249

Host Derek Vento and Executive Producer Chris Phillips are gearing up for Season 4! "Welcome to the podddddd"

 Jennifer: Tales From The Terminal | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 3432

Jennifer is an airplane lover, stairs truck fanatic, airport employee and margarita maven. She blogs about her aviation adventures and they're pretty unique to say the least. Subscribe and check out her latest blogs at

 Emmy Dillon: Human Factors | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 2622

Meet Emmy Dillon! She's a CFI, engineer, air racer and ambassador for One Plane Jane. A behind the scenes discussion on how the products you use in the cockpit are being produced based on human factors. Emmy shares a powerful message. "There’s always passion in what you do. You can’t go through product development without having passion, otherwise you’re creating just a product. You’re not creating this experience and I think that it’s so so key. Heart and soul is put into our product. It’s someone’s passion that has been into the airplane, and I think that’s very very special about where I work."

 Mark Siegwart: Siegwart Aviator | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 3408

Sharing his passions, dreams while training the next generation of pilots! Mark truly knows what it takes to be successful in this industry. Listen in as Mark explains what putting your best foot forward can do you for in this industry.© 2019 All Rights Reserved

 Lanier Flight Center: Setting the Standard | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 4699

A conversation among air traffic controller, student pilot and CFI. Lanier Flight Center, located in Gainesville, Georgia is setting the standard for prospective pilots. Troy Wheeler, owner of Lanier Flight Center has created an environment where true relationships are being created both in and outside of the cockpit. It goes without saying, that the the minds walking through the door are getting an education like we haven't seen before. Thank you Bud DeWayne for the genuine hospitality!© 2019 All Rights Reserved

 Matt Rutowski: Falcon Captain, Caesar's Entertainment | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 3189

A professional pilot mentor, aviation business consultant and Part 91 Captain on Falcon 2000 and Citation XLS jets. With previous experience in Part 91 International Operations and department management as well as Part 135 flight operations, Matt works to help individuals and departments overcome and succeed when presented with the unique struggles that go along with private aviation, operations, safety management, and professional pilot training. He speaks about the importance of living a balanced life as well as the importance of career progression. Matt also sits on Nevada NBAA board.© 2019 All Rights Reserved

 Jimmy Fordham: AeroShell Aerobatic Team | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 2322

He spoke from his heart. The story of a true gentleman. Jimmy began flying at age 14, taught by his father. By age 18 he had obtained his Commercial, Instrument, Multiengine, Seaplane, and Instructor ratings. He was introduced to airshow flying in the late 1970’s by Marion Cole and Merle Gustafson. During this time he flew a Pitts Special, Midget Mustang, and Schweitzer 126 Sailplane. Jimmy has over 22,000 hours of flight time in over 100 types of aircraft, and retired from Delta airlines as a senior captain on the Airbus 330. Thank you Aeroshell Aerobatic Team for an experience I’ll always remember. Jimmy and team perform this evening for the twilight airshow at EAA - The Spirit of Aviation Air Venture!© 2019 All Rights Reserved

 Brian Rutledge: Sacramento County Sheriff's Office Aviation Unit | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 2864

A powerful episode as we talk with Sheriff Brian Rutledge. Deputy Rutledge has been in law enforcement for nearly 30 years and has been with the Sacramento County Sheriff's Office Aviation Unit for the last 15. He has a plethora of knowledge and experience with various aircraft. We talk about career progression, attitude, mindset, the job itself and most of all, what it means to be apart of the Thin Blue Line. We dedicate this episode to the late Tara O'Sullivan who lost her life in the line of duty Wednesday, June 19, 2019.© 2019 All Rights Reserved


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