Billie Flynn

CD, MBA, MSc

40 YEARS LIVING FASTER THAN THE SPEED OF SOUND

Combat Commander.  5th Gen Experimental Test Pilot.  Airshow Pilot.

Billie Flynn connects the dots from pushing the envelope to business and life lessons learned.

 

Find out for yourself…

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Recognized as a worldwide expert in aviation

5th Generation fighter aircraft development, Aerospace, and Defence strategies.

Go Bold with Joetey Attariwala

Great podcast interview with my friend Joetey Attariwalla talking all things Operation Allied Force and how combat evolved for the CF-18 back 25 years ago. Reflected on changes of the fighter force, as well as to my own professional life over the years since. And of course the story of the Canada Day flypast on 1 July 1999.

Operation Allied Force – Bringing a Peacetime Air Force into the Big Leagues

It was an unforgettable homecoming. On Canada Day 1999, 12 CF-18s roared over Parliament Hill in Ottawa, marking our return from combat—a moment that Hollywood’s best could not have rivaled. But the true story behind that flypast was an extraordinary coup, instigated by our combat unit and not from months of preplanning by officials in the Canadian Air Force. This proud moment exemplified how all returning servicemen and women should be honoured after serving Canada abroad.

Leadership in Combat, Toxic Workplace and Human Performance – Dicerra Podcast Part 2

Leadership in combat, navigating toxic workplaces and enhancing human performance as aviators. Great to be hosted by TK to talk about a variety of subjects covering important issues beyond flying fighter jets.

Dicerra Podcast Part 1

I sat down with TK Toeki, CEO of Dicerrra,...

Organizational Culture, Toxicity & Flight Safety – ’20 Years Done’ Podcast

Interview with Chris McGhee on his ’20 Years Done’ Podcast discussing our parallel Air Force worlds. We dealt with organizational culture, toxicity and flight safety. Dissected “The Hole in the Wall Gang” story from a broader perspective than previously analyzed.

Dropping the Ball Again – Canadian Fighter Pilot Training

The recent retirement of the RCAF’s 419 Squadron, based in Cold Lake, Alberta ended fighter pilot training in Canada.  NATO Flying Training in Canada (NFTC) is the very successful pilot training program that has flown the CT-155 Hawk jet for 24 years, creating baby fighter pilots, teaching them basic fighter pilot skill sets.  Sovereign Fighter-Lead-In-Training (FLIT), which is also called Phase IV in pilot training parlance, has graduated wannabe fighter pilots who were capable, safe, and effective as they moved on to learn to fly the more advanced CF-18 Hornet.

As it turns out, RCAF officials cancelled this program with perfectly capable jets to fly, trained instructors and maintenance personnel available at a time when the air force is desperately short of fighter pilots and with very little access to training programs to refill their ranks.  There are only 42 combat-ready fighter pilots in the RCAF, not enough to sufficiently man the CF-18s to protect our country or support operations abroad.  With 88 F-35s to be delivered in the coming years, and a severe shortage of trained pilots, instead of leveraging existing sovereign training capability, RCAF officials just shot themselves in the foot and cut off their own elite, highly successful fighter pilot training program. The decision they took is now to outsource all of that training out-of-country at enormous additional expense.

Flying and the Perrier Bottle

Flying is a Performance just like a sporting competition. And once we grasp this concept, our approach to preparing for flying missions changes because we realize the strains that we are going to put our bodies through. When we demand extraordinary performance on a fighter mission set or during a test mission, everything matters. Fighter pilots ‘dogfighting’ one against each other demands the best of each of us. Get into an F-16, pin yourself to the back of the seat, crushed at 9g during a fight, and you quickly realize just how physical the act of flying is. Nutrition and proper hydration and what you drink matters. And so does warding off Tactical Dehydration.

Balkan Rats – 25 Years On

The Canadian CF-18 Composite Wing, the ‘Balkan Rats’, that flew combat during Operation Allied Force, 25 years ago, propelled a peacetime air force to mold itself into a more capable and lethal fighter force.

Fate, Luck and Choice – Gifted…or Not…

It’s not how you fail; it’s how you get back up. I want pilots who have failed and showed the strength to recover and succeed. If they don’t have scars, they don’t have character and when the shit hits the fan, they won’t know what to do and will cave. I want the ones who failed, got back up and moved forward.

NATO vs Russian Pilots

Who is better?  Western trained fighter pilots or products of the Russian system.  Most fighter pilots know that Russian and ‘Eastern trained’ pilots are not as capable as Western trained aviators.  We all likely agree that NATO would win handily in any air battle with Russian forces.

Contact Billie:

Cell:  817-675-6441

billie@billieflynn.com

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