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Chandler Zillman
Name: Chandler Zillman
Company: American Airlines
Position: First Officer
Current Aircraft: B757/767
Age 52 years old
Country USA

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

Mentor profile:
Aviation interest at a very young age. Pursued military and civil routes to the cockpit. US. Army Helicopter program for eight years and civil fixed wing ratings with help from the GI Bill at Flight Safety in Vero Beach, FL. Time building with FAR Part 135 charter operation in the San Juan Islands of WA State. Later became Chief Pilot for a FAR Part 135 cargo operator in Phoenix, AZ. Hired by American Eagle (Simmons at that time) and later joined (non-flow through) American Airlines as a B727 Flight Engineer.

Favorite thing about flying:
Truly enjoying what I do for a living.
Disadvatages of being a pilot:
The cyclical nature of the industry, and a lack of long range job security. You have to adapt quickly to the industry's ups and downs.

What you would have done different:
Nothing, no matter what route you take-commitment and dedication rule the day!
Advice to aspiring pilots:
Never ever give up! It is sort of like the weather in Florida (industry), if it looks bad (or good), wait ten minutes and it will change.
Problems encounterd along the way:
(1) Training delay(s) due to finances. Your training must flow! If you have to pay out of pocket (everyone does at one time or another), try to limit the gaps in your training/fund raising. (2)Finding quality jobs to build time/experience. (3) Family values, make sure that those that love you understand the nature of this business. If you're not flying in it, you're chasing it!

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