Kristopher Olson

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Kristopher grew up in an airline family including pilots, mechanics, flight attendants and air traffic controllers for major airlines and the Federal Aviation Administration. As a lifelong aviation enthusiast, Kristopher has always known that the flight deck was where he wanted to be. In his professional career, he has served as a flight instructor for his home-town flight school, captain and first officer for a CFR Part 135 charter company and ExpressJet Airlines. In addition to flying as a first officer on the Airbus A-320, Kristopher’s is a mentor with Professional Pilots of Tomorrow. Kristopher is an alumnus of the University of South Florida in Tampa, Florida.

The Pros of Being an Airline Pilot

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The Perspectives column is meant to share insights into the piloting profession, from what goes into the decision to upgrade to understanding the resources available to...

The Upgrade Conundrum

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A question that my non-aviation friends often ask is, “Are you the copilot or the real pilot?” This is something I am sure almost...

How to Get the Job

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As I discussed in an earlier column titled, The Time is Now, airlines are hiring again! Almost all legacy, LCC, ULCCs and regionals have announced plans...

The Time Is Now

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Very recently, I wrote a piece titled Uncertainty and the Airlines. That article discussed how cyclical this industry can be. It wasn’t meant to dissuade...

Why Do I Mentor?

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The year 2020 began as any other for our industry, and like every downturn prior, our world is unexpectedly turned upside down. For those...

Professionalism through Reflection

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In the 1980s, psychologist Ola Svenson conducted a study of drivers in Sweden and America. The drivers were asked to rate themselves relative to...

Uncertainty and the Airlines

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Over the years this column has had many individuals share their points of view on a variety of topics such as making the best...

Contracts and Crisis

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I want to express my sincerest sympathies to those whose careers are in turmoil due to this pandemic. This pandemic is unprecedented, and I certainly...

Let’s Talk Expectations

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Many employees, investors and industry observers are wondering which airlines will falter as the COVID-19 pandemic ravages airlines. Name an airline and I am...

Is learning to fly still worth it?

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The other day, Professional Pilots of Tomorrow, a nonprofit organization dedicated to unbiased mentorship for which I volunteer, hosted a webinar on the state...

Aero Crew News & RAA 2021 Photo Contest Winners!

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Grand Prize Winner $250 Ian H. The Royal Megaliner My best friend Matt was visiting and asked if I would take him to the KIAH so he...

Tickets Now on Sale for the Only Nonstop Flight Between Washington...

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United is giving customers the chance to check the cultural and natural wonders of Jordanoff of their travel bucket lists in 2022, as tickets go...