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CW3 Greg Calvert
Name: CW3 Greg Calvert
Company: U.S. Army
Position: Aircraft Commander
Current Aircraft: H60, H47
Age N/A
Country USA

Airline experience: no
Corporate or fractional experience: no
Cargo experience: no
Military, government, or law enforcement experience: yes

Mentor profile:
I had always been interested in being a pilot, but like many others, never thought I could actually get there. After being an infantry medic in the Army, I became a flight medic on Medevac helicopters. This is where I cut my teeth in aviation, and it encouraged me to apply for flight school. I went to the US Army Warrant Officer Candidate School in 1989, and immediately began flight school after that. After learning to fly on the UH-1H Iroquois, I later moved on to the UH-60A/L Blackhawk, and now I am flying the MH47E Chinook. I am now in my 13 year of flying Army helicopters and have never regretted making that jump! I have flown both as a military pilot, flying in the Active Army, the Army Reserve, and the National Guard, as well as a commercial helicopter pilot and instructor, accumulating over 3500 hours. I am also an instructor pilot in the UH-60, and Instrument Examiner, and Electronic Warfare Officer.

Favorite thing about flying:
I love the constant challenge that flying provides. Every flight is different and never a dull moment. There is also nothing like holding a helicopter in a perfect hover...something that many pilots never have the opportunity to enjoy!
Disadvatages of being a pilot:
Military flying presents unique challenges that many civilian pilots don't face. I have done both, but find my military flying much more interesting and exciting, but it does mean time away from family and friends, can be difficult when operating in a "field" or combat environment, and it does have inherent dangers.

What you would have done different:
I would have started much earlier in my life and career.
Advice to aspiring pilots:
One of the first pieces of advice given to me as a student pilot was to never stop learning. The day you stop learning, is the day you should stop flying. There is constant information flow, regulations, techniques, etc., and to truly be proficient (not just current!) you must constantly keep up with that information and hone your skills. Flying is a perishable skill!
Problems encounterd along the way:
Because the good taxpayers of this Nation paid for my training, I have never had that burden. But with that, Uncle Sam demands a high cost in time and talent. You must be self-disciplined, highly motivated constantly, and be willing to be much more than just a "stick wiggler". You are expected to be a leader as a military pilot, you are a soldier first, an officer second...and only then are you an aviator. If you are not a team player, do not become a military pilot.

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