I know that I’m way overdue in updating the site but I have a lot of really good excuses! When I started this project, I was flying several times per week and I was diving headlong into a career as a professional pilot. A lot has happened in the nearly three years since I launched TPOW. From career changes to new additions to my family, I have been very busy but almost none of it has been related to aviation. Due to the miserable starting pay and working conditions of a new pilot, as well as the responsibilities to my family, I scrapped the idea of flying professionally. It isn’t that I stopped loving flying or that I wouldn’t jump at the chance to put my commercial certificate to work, but it just isn’t feasible for my life right now. In fact, things have changed so much that I haven’t flown in over a year and I don’t even live in the United States anymore.
I’m not leaving aviation, far from it, but my energies are being focused elsewhere. For the last two years I have worked with David Allen to help him produce his video coverage of EAA Airventure for Other People’s Airplanes. Recently, I have assumed a larger roll as part of the OPA team and of course, expanded responsibilities requires an additional time commitment. In an effort to bring you the most entertaining aviation content while maintaining a high standard for production quality at OPA, I feel that it is necessary for me to step away from TPOW until I can give the project the time it needs in order to be successful. If you aren’t familiar with OPA, please take a moment to checkout the immersive cockpit videos as well as event coverage that we have been working to produce.
Although I have labeled TPOW “INOP”, it isn’t going away. I don’t know when (or how) it will happen, but I still have dozens of hours of unpublished content that I want to share. From check rides to in flight emergencies and interviews with true aviation professionals, there is too much good stuff to throw it all away. For that reason and because I hope that someone will find value in the work that I have put into TPOW, I am going to leave the site up, as well as all of the episodes.
PS-If you (or someone you know) is currently pursuing a career in aviation and you are interested sharing your experiences via TPOW please contact me via email:
email@example.com or via twitter: twitter.com/PilotDamon.