The SU2SD Podcast

Series 1: Where it all begins

We've been working hard to bring you the most value in everything we do. Helping you achieve your aviation dreams. If you found any of the content on the Startup to Shutdown platform helpful and would like to see more, please help support us on this journey. Every little contribution (no matter how small) goes a long way!

Discovering what's possible:

Join your hosts, Paul and Rhett as we explore the far reaches of the aviation world.

Spreading positivity for aspiring pilots, hope for those persevering through challenging careers and touching on conservation with a uniquely African perspective.

With some incredible individuals lined up, we look forward to sharing their unique stories with you, insights from industry leaders and lessons from those who have lived to tell the tales.

Join us as we delve into the depths of the aviation industry.


We will shed light on the numerous possibilities out there for anyone passionate about flying and share insights into all the aspects of being a pilot, from flight school to the flight deck and well beyond.

Paul, formerly a charter pilot with extensive experience in Operations and Safety Management and now an airline pilot with a major South African carrier

And Rhett, a Grade 2 flight instructor with a passion for bush flying, reignite a 10 year friendship to bring you this podcast.

We will endeavour to do our best to bring you the utmost value throughout the course of the series.

Feel free to engage with us and stand the chance to be featured on the next episode. We would love to hear your feedback, attempt to answer questions and accommodate any requests.

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Give your Dream wings!

An in-depth look into the aviation industry from a pilot's perspective.
First-hand advice on what to expect and how to tackle the challenges you will face along the way.

Becoming a Pilot

Rhett Shillaw