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Michael Bondur
Name: Michael Bondur
Company: Capital Cargo Intl. Airlines
Position: First Officer
Current Aircraft: Boeing 727
Age 36 years old
Country USA

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

Mentor profile:
I wanted to be a pilot ever since I went to visit my dad on a trip when I was 8. Lit of a desire that has yet to snuff out. So far in aviation I have flown passengers in Beech 1900\'s and the CRJ, and cargo in Shorts 330s/360s, Falcon 20\'s and the Boeing 727. I have visted all 48 states, except for Idaho, and 7 countries. I learned to fly mostly at an FBO in Atlanta, my hometown. It is the way I reccomend it. High priced flight academies aren\'t the answer, you can be very successful in aviation without having to spend massive amounts of cash.

Favorite thing about flying:
Being able to apply skills learned in the simulator and in the classroom.
Disadvatages of being a pilot:
You have to be able to make the appropriate sacrifices. If you are scheduled to fly on a holiday, you have to show up. No matter how much you have been looking forward to spending it with your family.

What you would have done different:
I definitely would have stopped to smell the roses a little more. I did so much in such a short period of time that I never really got to have \"fun\" with my licenses. But I wouldn\'t give up any one minute of my career thus far.
Advice to aspiring pilots:
Always be safe, professional, and confident in everything you do in aviation.
Problems encounterd along the way:
pilot Financial burden is the biggest undertaking of an aspiring pilot. The whole process is expensive. Ways of avoiding the cost are: Joining the military, getting scholarships or grants, networking with people who own aircraft. Some costs are just unavoidable though.

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