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Colin Scott
Name: Colin Scott
Company: ExpressJet Airlines
Position: First Officer
Current Aircraft: EMB-145/135
Age 37 years old
Country USA

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

Mentor profile:
My name is Colin Scott and I currently live in Houston, Tx. I am a first officer for ExpressJet Airlines. I have been married for just over 5 months and I have to say that I love every minute of it.My wife and I are both from Austin, Tx so being based in Houston is a very nice perk about the job. I began flight training after I graduated high school in 2000. The first flight school I attended was Wright Flyers located at KSAT. I trained there for about 40 hours and then made the decision that I was going to invest 100% of my time and effort into my training and moved to Florida and Pan Am International Flight Academy. This was an excellent decision as I accomplished more in the first month at Pan Am than I did in 12 months at Wright Flyers. Wright Flyers is not a bad school by any means, they have great instructors and nice, well maintained aircraft, I simply needed to not have as many disractions to deter my goals. I completed all my ratings at Pan Am from private to multi-engine instructor and it took me about 1 1/2 years. After completing my training there was a shortage of students so I moved back to San Antonio and instructed at a small start up FBO called Ace Flyers. It was located on Historic Stinson Airfield in south San Antonio. I instructed there for about 7 months in which time I accumulated 150 hours( not a lot) and then finally got the call to return back to Pan Am to begin instructing. I instructed there for the next year and when I met their minimums I applied at ExpressJet and was offered an interview. I was hired and have been a first officer for over a year now and I have to say that it is the best job in the world. I hope it never ends and hopefully I will be fortunate enough to spend my entire career in the cockpit.

Favorite thing about flying:
My favorite thing about flying is taking off at sunrise with partly cloudy skies and little or no turbulence. Whether I am in a jet,a piper archer, or a Cessna 152, When you climb on top of the clouds and get that ever so slight ripple that reminds you you are flying and the cockpit is instantly illuminated with a bright pink light that matches the color of the tops of the clouds, and the sky is getting progressivley brighter, I always stop and take it in because in mind that is what it\'s all about.
Disadvatages of being a pilot:
Only disadvantages I have found thus far is that you must be away from home a lot and until you get some seniority you do not have a very stable schedule.

What you would have done different:
I have would worked at an airport at a younger age in order to be around planes more and network a little better. Nothing beats a small uncontrolled airport on a nice spring day.
Advice to aspiring pilots:
Study hard and set ultimate goals for yourself but make sure you have intermediate goals as well, because if you only have the ultimate and it takes you a while to reach it you may become discouraged because you think you are not progressing. Also do not get in it for the money if you so choose to fly for a career. The money will come, but when you start off, let\'s just say you have to work your way up. If you run into a road block, or plateau in your learning, or have any other aviation related problem do not spend too much time worrying about it because I can assure you that you are not the founder of that problem.
Problems encounterd along the way:
No big problems that have not been had before.

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