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Maureen McGee
Name: Maureen McGee
Company: Lindsay Aviation
Position: Captain
Current Aircraft: Cessna 310
Age 60 years old
Country USA

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

Mentor profile:
I am currently flying a twin Cessna in cancelled check delivery for Lindsay Aviation, a contracted cargo company for the Federal Reserve Bank. I get about 16 ME hours per week, have a regular schedule, and get three days off a week on the weekend. I did all my flight training at FBOs and a little at a community college flight program in SE Michigan. Although I\'d always looked up at planes as early as I can remember, kept a journal on types of jets I saw on approach to Metro when I was 10, and did several reports on Amelia Earhart throughout my school years, I did not have any idea about how people learned to fly, and I guess I didn\'t think girls did that sort of thing anyway. It took time for me to recognize these ideas as being the fiction they really are. Once I got my private pilot license, all gates fell, and I\'ve never stopped in pursuing my goal to be a captain. Actually, since I fly single pilot, I am already a 135 captain.

Favorite thing about flying:
The excitement never ends. There\'s always more to learn. Self-discipline pays off. Self-knowledge and self-respect are enhanced. And doesn\'t the earth and sky look beautiful from up here today!
Disadvatages of being a pilot:
Family time is often sacrificed in order to achieve hours or work experience.

What you would have done different:
I would would have been born on an airport.
Advice to aspiring pilots:
If you ever hear yourself saying \"I don\'t think I can\", replace that with \"Of course I can. What do I need to do to be able to do it?\" Make a list, then do those things, no matter how long they take. If you need help making the list, ask someone who is ahead of you on the road.
Problems encounterd along the way:
Mostly financial stress made the process take longer than I\'d hoped. Also, 9/11 came along just as I finished my instrument training, and my professional pilot dreams seemed more impossible for a time. The minimum number of hours increased for some jobs, and furloughed pilots threatened to glut the flight instructing market just as I was getting to flight instructor, but that never really came to fruition.

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