Yasmina Platt, pilot and adjunct professor who has been teaching in the UVU School of Aviation Sciences since 2011, will be appearing in the upcoming documentary “Dangerous Flights” on the Smithsonian Channel. Platt appears on the 1st and 2nd episodes of this action adventure series covering the wild ride that is the business of aircraft delivery, or ferry flying. Dangerous Flights premieres in the U.S. on Sunday, November 24 at 8pm ET after appearing on the Discovery Channel all around the world.
Professor Platt was kind enough to answer our questions about her adventure.
Q. Were you on the show as an actor or were you an actual pilot for the ferry flying business portrayed on the show?
A. I was not an actress but rather an actual pilot working for the business portrayed. However, that was not my full time job. My full time job at the time was at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport.
Q. What was your biggest challenge while filming the show?
A. I would say keeping it real and accurate and ensuring that all FAA and international regulations were complied with! I wanted to make sure that what was portrayed on the show was reality and not something made up for a TV show to make it attractive for the viewers. Aviation is interesting and fascinating enough as it is. Given the nature of ferry flying and the particular maintenance issues we had with the plane, it was also important to ensure that all FAA regulations were complied with, for the safety of the flights and those around us as well as for the preservation of our pilot certificates. On a funnier note… it was a bit of a challenge sometimes to use the ladies’ room while making sure all mikes were off and out of the way.
Q. Were there any surprises? If so, what? And how did you respond?
A. Yes, many surprises… I will let the viewers watch them for themselves. Let’s just say that a lot of maintenance issues were discovered along the way.
Q. What was your favorite part of being involved in this series?
A. I truly enjoyed flying with Bob Raskey, the pilot I flew with on that mission. He is a great pilot but even a better person. We had a lot of fun flying together and we made a great team. We keep a great friendship.
It was also a pleasure to meet the members of Pixcom, the TV Production Company out of Canada that filmed the show, and learn what goes on behind the scenes. It is amazing how hard those guys worked… lots of hours of filming and editing for 8 one-hour episodes.
Yasmina Platt was born in the beautiful Canary Islands, Spain. Raised in Zaragoza, she has called the United States home for over ten years. She dreamed of being pilot as a child and learned to fly while in high school.
Ms. Platt is a Certified Flight Instructor (CFI and CFII) and flies singles, “multis,” and seaplanes. She enjoys teaching and sharing her love of flying with others. She especially likes to introduce flying to young people who, like her, have dreamed of becoming a pilot. She holds a B.S. in Professional Aeronautics from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and a M.S. in Transportation Planning and Management from Texas Southern University. In addition to teaching, Platt is currently the regional manager for AOPA’s Central Southwest Region.
When asked what she would tell her students or anyone interested in aviation, Ms. Platt, who currently teaches Private Pilot Flight and Aviation Logistics Management, replied:
“I truly believe that if you do what you love, you will not work a day in your life. I am privileged to do just that. If you are passionate about aviation (and, I know, most students are because it is something they have always dreamed of), you will love working in aviation. Hang in there, study hard, work hard, network, be involved, volunteer, master whatever job you dream of and you will see positive results while enjoying the dynamic and fun industry we work in. Or how the Brits might say… keep calm and fly on!
I think the best advice will always be ‘aviate, navigate, communicate’ and knowing your personal limitations and those of the aircraft you are flying. Students will be able to see the importance of following those simple steps and advise in the first two episodes.”
Be sure to tune in and watch Yasmina Platt on The Smithsonian Channel at 8pm ET on Sunday, November 24.