The Traffic Pattern

By Derek Vento

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An original aviation podcast, hosted by your friendly air traffic controller Derek Vento.

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Jimmy Fordham: AeroShell Aerobatic Team
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!
Aug 17, 2019
Brian Rutledge: Sacramento County Sheriff's Office Aviation Unit
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.
Aug 07, 2019
Captain Tammie Jo Shults: Nerves of Steel
What I’m feeling is indescribable. I just met the most remarkable woman that saved the lives of 148 people, on April 17, 2018. Southwest Airlines Captain, Tammie Jo Shults one of the first Naval female aviators of the F/A18 was incredible. We developed an immediate connection and even listened to snippets of my podcast The Traffic Pattern. In November of last year I sat down with air traffic controller Cory Davids from New York Center which assisted Southwest flight 1380. Season 1 Episode 3. SWA1380 suffered a catastrophic engine failure mid flight and miraculously landed in Philadelphia. Today, Tammie and I discussed the events of April 17th and her latest book, Nerves of Steel: How I Followed My Dreams, Earned My Wings, and Faced My Greatest Challenge. It is currently available for pre-order on Amazon. Huge thanks to Tammie Jo, and W Publishing Group! Thank you to so many for the words of encouragement and genuine support. Nerves of Steel is the captivating true story of Tammie Jo Shults’s remarkable life—from growing up the daughter of a humble rancher, to breaking through gender barriers as one of the Navy’s first female F/A-18 Hornet pilots, to safely landing the severely crippled Southwest Airlines Flight 1380 and helping save the lives of 148 people.
Aug 01, 2019
Andrew Burnham: Dulles Ramp Tower Controller
Dulles Ramp Tower Controller and CFI, Andrew Burnham with special guest Derek Hood, gives us insight into the daily life of a ramp tower controller! He's moving heavy jets around the airport and it's not as easy as it seems!
Jul 31, 2019
Eric Bolt: Trials and Tribulations
A story from Cape Air Captain, Eric Bolt. He shares a powerful story about how he came up through the grassroots.
Jul 17, 2019
Andy Hanson: CFI & Special Agent/Wyoming Division of Criminal Investigations
Today I sit down with certified flight instructor and Special Agent, Andy Hanson from the Division of Criminal Investigations. The DCI is the investigative bureau at the Wyoming Attorney General’s Office. Andy speaks about his team and the work they do to solve cold case homicides. After a 1985 murder, Andy shares just how important the advancement of DNA technology is, as well as having patience and persistence in bringing justice to those that are no longer able to speak for themselves nearly 20 years later.
Jul 11, 2019
Dewey Davenport: Modern Day Barnstormer
Dewey Davenport, he flies for a fractional jet company while mentoring and keeping the modern day barnstormer concept alive!
Jul 03, 2019
Karim Shahin: Icarus Flying Academy
My long time friend, someone who I have grown up in the aviation industry with is redefining how flight schools manage and operate in the pursuit of educating student pilots. At the age of 22 years old, Karim has found a way to make a name for himself as a Co-Founder and Director of Operations at Icarus Flying Academy, in Farmingdale, New York.
Jun 27, 2019
Keith Smith: Pilot, CEO & Founder of PilotEdge ATC
Professional air traffic control for flight simulators. Keith Smith is changing the way both real world and flight simulation hobbyists approach their flying endeavors. Work with live air traffic controllers 15 hours a day and engage your "flying brain" from home. See other aircraft, and hear other pilots on the radio. Put on your headset, dial up ground, and call for taxi. It's that easy. The platform is being used within flight schools and major universities to train students and CFIs. Check out
Jun 26, 2019
Emma Carter: Living Her Best Life
She's flying Js. high performance turbo props and if you cant find her sitting solo in the left seat of a PC12, she's probably out jeepin!
May 27, 2019
Customs and Border Protection
An informative sit down with the CBP!
May 21, 2019
Mike Willey: Crew Chief at Twin City Barnstormers
A gentleman with a story that goes back to the 1950s! Good friend, pilot and crew chief of Twin City Barnstormers in Stanton, MN shares his personal account of what flying means to him.
May 14, 2019
Irish ATCO: Nicola Niriada
Insight into one of the world's busiest air traffic control en route sectors. Irish Air Traffic Controller Nicola, talks about her 25 year experience with the Irish Aviation Authority. We cover the importance of team building, her challenges as an OJTI but most of all the service she provides to the flying public. She's absolutely hilarious, but most of all a true professional.
May 07, 2019
WWII Heritage Days: 75th Anniversary of D-Day
A recap of WWII Heritage Days in Peachtree City, Georgia. Interested in being apart of a networking event?! Stayyyy tuned! We have an amazing Season 3 ahead! 15,000 plays of the pod! WOW! Thank you!
Apr 29, 2019
MQ9 Reaper Pilot: "Hood"
Their mission is unique as they protect the skies over various parts of the world at nearly 50,000 feet. A surreal and up front experience with United States Air Force, MQ9 Reaper Pilot, "Hood".
Apr 23, 2019
Sun n Fun 2019
We had the time of our lives! A recap of our full week experience at SNF 2019!
Apr 16, 2019
United States Coast Guard: Air Station Savannah Part 2
We're wrapping up our visit at CGAS Savannah! As we recap on our flight, we sit down with AMT 3rd Class Lorezno Leon, Lt. Cmdr & Pilot Russ Mathis, and CGAS Savannah Commander Brian Erickson.
Apr 08, 2019
United States Coast Guard: Air Station Savannah Part 1
USCG Lt. Jr Grade Rob Mineo and Commander Brian Erickson invite us to Coast Guard Air Station Savannah to provide us with a once in a lifetime experience to gain insight into the mission of those serving and protecting our coastline. In part one, we speak with Mineo, and 3rd Class AST (rescue swimmer) Dan Kellam.
Apr 01, 2019
Red Bull Air Race Pilot: Matthias Dolderer
He became the first to win it from Germany as the 2016 Red Bull Air Race World Champion...but he's still hungry for more! A sit down chat on what it takes to be a race pilot!
Mar 25, 2019
Pete Driver: Airbus Pilot & Twitch Influencer
He speaks from the heart about his pursuit toward a career in aviation, and after many years of flying, he's giving back to the flying community by educating and inspiring those through Pete Driver F/O on the A320 will be attending Flight Sim Expo 2019, be sure to check him out at
Mar 19, 2019
Clint Cottrell: Commemerative Air Force Pilot & Marketing Officer
He's a gentleman with a plethora of flying knowledge while also taking on the role and responsibility as the Marketing Officer at Commemorative Air Force Dixie Wing in Peachtree City, Georgia. Find out how you can support the CAF Dixie Wing by visiting or
Mar 12, 2019
Leigh Hubner: Living The Dream at Hangar 145
He’s an award winning director of photography from Australia based in LA and a local Georgia pilot, living the dream at Mallards Landing. You know him as Leigh Hubner. Since 2008, Leigh has won 14 ACS Awards including two National Gold Tripods. He’s filmed with names such as Emma Stone, LL Cool J, Bon Jovi, Dan Rather, and Viola Davis. Check out Loose Cannon Films...known for cinematography and drone aerials!
Mar 04, 2019
Tom Haines: AOPA's Senior Vice President of Media and Outreach
An award-winning author, Haines was named editor in chief of AOPA Pilot in 1994. Under his leadership, AOPA has expanded its media properties to include Flight Training magazine and a host of electronic media. He is the co-anchor of the weekly video magazine AOPA Live This Week. His staff also manages AOPA’s presence at regional fly-ins and air shows. He holds an MBA and a BA in Journalism. He is a 3,500-hour Commercial pilot with multiengine, instrument, and seaplane ratings, and holds type ratings in Eclipse 500 and Cessna CJ business jets and a second-in-command type rating in the North American B-25. He owns a Beech A36 Bonanza.
Feb 25, 2019
Married At First Flight: Andrew & Ashley Smith
He's a pilot, she's an air traffic controller. A comedic yet informative insight into the lifestyle of husband and wife, sharing their passion for aviation with one another. Season 2 kicks off with the perfect duo to not only share a few laughs with us, but additionally provide guidance for those who may be on the fence about which path to pursue.
Feb 18, 2019
The Savy Traveler: Chasing Dreams
In our season finale, Savannah aka The Savy Traveler. Savannah is a private pilot, service member of the air national guard, and volunteer for Pilots n Paws. She's on a ensure people value their worth, and meet life's number one happy and always be yourself. "The only thing that stands between you and your dream is the will to try and the belief that it is actually possible."
Feb 04, 2019
Stephanie Grant: Historic Flight 5202
Stephanie Grant, pilot of the first all female African-American flight crew shares her account of history made, 10 years ago. On February 12, 2009, airline pilots Stephanie Grant and Rachelle Jones along with flight attendants Robin Rogers and Diana Galloway, operated Delta Airlines flight (ASQ5202) from Atlanta, Georgia to Nashville, Tennessee. Stephanie shares her story of determination, and how stepping out on faith provided her and many others with the chance to pursue their dreams.
Jan 28, 2019
Trade-A-Plane: Steve Champness
Senior Associate Publisher and Atlanta Aero Club President, Steve Champness. Steve walks us through his 26 year career with Trade-A-Plane, the importance of chasing your dreams, how aviation has evolved, and his Presidency of the Atlanta Aero Club.
Jan 22, 2019
Ryan Hunt: Flying Warbirds and Turning Wrenches
Inside the hangar at Falcon Field (KFFC) with AOPA Flyby Crew member, Ryan Hunt. A 23 year old commercial pilot flying T6's, turning wrenches and creating his own legacy in aviation.
Jan 14, 2019
Zenith Aircraft CEO: Sebastien Heintz
President and CEO of Zenith Aircraft, Sebastien Heintz speaks about how Zenith came to be, important factors to consider prior to building, and what the experimental community means to him. Join Sebastien, and the Zenith team at Sport Aviation Expo in Sebring, FL January 23-26. © 2018 All Rights Reserved
Jan 07, 2019
NOAA Commander and Hurricane Hunter Pilot Justin Kibbey
NOAA Commander and hurricane hunter pilot, Justin Kibbey reflects on some of his most challenging moments while sharing his unique perspective of aviation! © 2018 All Rights Reserved
Jan 01, 2019
Mindy Lindheim: Commercial Pilot & Flight Instructor
Cessna/Beechcraft Sales Director, Commercial Pilot and CFI Mindy Lindheim explains her passion for flying, emphasizes the importance of PIREPs, and explains the dynamic of flying during the winter. © 2018 All Rights Reserved
Dec 24, 2018
Lt. Col. (Ret.) John "Slick" Baum
Lt. Col. (Ret.) John "Slick" Baum, former F16 pilot and #2 Thunderbird reflects back on his time as a pilot in the United States Air Force. John has flown over 50 combat missions over various countries and was recognized as the 31st Fighter Wing’s Wingman of the Year (2003) and Flight Lead of the Year (2004). Currently, he serves as the Vice President of Strategic Projects and Security at Draken Intl. © 2018 All Rights Reserved
Dec 18, 2018
FlightSimExpo 2019
Evan Reiter, Co Founder of FlightSimExpo, North America's largest flight simulation community driven event is set to take place June 7-9 in Orlando, Florida. With 1100 attendees, 45 exhibitors, and 21 speakers in 2018, you can bet 2019 will be a blast! Whether you're a professional, enthusiast or hobbyist, this is the event for you. © 2018 All Rights Reserved
Dec 10, 2018
N5MW The Vision Jet!
Max Weldon, a newly rated jet pilot, gives a first hand perspective on his training with Cirrus aircraft as he transitions from the SR22 to the SF50 Vison Jet! © 2018 All Rights Reserved
Dec 04, 2018
Devin Albrecht and his Vans RV-4
General aviation pilot Devin Albrecht, the owner of a Van's Aircraft Inc. RV-4 talks about the market of experimental aircraft, benefits of ADS-B, his goals for connecting pilots & enthusiasts within the community and explains the importance of situational awareness. © 2018 All Rights Reserved
Nov 27, 2018
Jet Driver Ben Chapman
CRJ Captain & Line Check Airman, Ben Chapman explains the airline industry from the perspective of a regional pilot, offers advice to upcoming pilots and provides insight into the training process new hires take part in, to get certified in the cockpit! © 2018 All Rights Reserved
Nov 20, 2018
Air Traffic Controller Cory Davids: New York Center
On April 17, 2018 Southwest 1380, a Boeing 737 experienced a catastrophic engine failure which resulted in the casualty of one passenger and was forced to make an emergency landing. Cory, the first air traffic controller from New York Center to assist the crew, reflects back on that day and tells a story of how professionalism and teamwork assisted the pilots in conducting a remarkable landing in Philadelphia. © 2018 All Rights Reserved
Nov 13, 2018
Corporate Pilot Derek Hood
A day in the life of Derek Hood, a Los Angeles based pilot on the Embraer Phenom 300. Derek explains his love for aviation, the challenges of flying as a single jet pilot, and offers advice on how to be successful in the corporate world. © 2018 All Rights Reserved
Nov 06, 2018
My Passion for Aviation
The voice behind the pod! Derek Vento! © 2018 All Rights Reserved
Oct 31, 2018