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John Hunter
Name: John Hunter
Company: Northwest Airlink/Pinnacle Airlines
Position: Captain
Current Aircraft: CL-65 (CRJ)
Age N/A
Country USA

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

Mentor profile:
Growing up in the suburbs of Baltimore I always wanted to become an airline pilot. I was involved in the Civil Air Patrol and was fortunate to win a flight scholarship. Unfortunately in the late 70's and early 1980's it was difficult for a non-military pilot to succeed, at least in my naive eyes. I attended and graduated from college and for several years worked in law enforcement. I entered the private sector and worked as a financial analyst and then Human Resources professional. During this long period I continued to fly for fun. In 1997 I was in a position to make a career change and decided to fly professionally. I entered the world of flight instruction and to this day I enjoy helping students achieve their flying goals. While flight instructing I was lucky to be with a firm that provided charter service. I would still be doing the corporate charter flying had it not been for a friend who took my resume to my current employer. I currently fly the Canadair Regional Jet (CL65) and enjoy sharing my passion of flying with anyone. I still provide limited human resources consulting. My hobbies include cooking, camping, team sports, and martial arts.

Favorite thing about flying:
Flying is a fluid action. No two flights are ever the same. Good airmanship requires the ability to adapt to the situation and the environment. Besides learning something everyday, I get a great kick meeting the wonderful people who share the love of aviation, the history, and of course the hangar flying common at every airport. Being able to watch the sun rise and set from the front of the cockpit is a sight I never get bored with. Flying over the beautiful countryside from 200 feet or 35000 feet is cherished every flight.
Disadvatages of being a pilot:
Clearly being away from your home, your family and friends is my number one concern. But I have always been a road warrior and I am actually home more than I ever have been in my life. The changing schedules, the requirement to work on birthdays, holidays, and other times when most people are off can take its toll.

What you would have done different:
Started earlier in my life. I was not aware of other less popular flying jobs when I was 18. I did not do a good job of researching the industry at that period of my life.
Advice to aspiring pilots:
Continue your education. Then study hard, practice in all aspects of flight training-----then perfect your skills
Problems encounterd along the way:
Financial woes hit most all pilots. Try to plan your financial needs as early as possible. Most everyone will hit a tough area in flight training. Try to find a mentor early on and establish a relationship that will help you meet your aviation goals.

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