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Gregg Brustad
Name: Gregg Brustad
Company: SkyWest
Position: First Officer
Current Aircraft: EMB-120
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:
Profile As a kid I always wanted to be some sort of pilot. I always liked military aircraft and went to as many air shows every summer as I could. In H.S. I joined Civil Air Patrol (CAP) It was some of the best times as a teenager that I had. (As a side note if you are unfamiliar with CAP go to I went to Utah State University in there 4 year Flight Tech. Program. It was a good place for me. Mid size university that didn't break the bank along with some great country to fly in and the skiing wasn't to bad either. After School I then wanted to CFI but not at the school or in the West, I wanted a change of environment. Networking is a key in this industry so I headed to the East coast and worked at a great flight school. It was a part 61 and was able to teach 15 year kids to retired CEOs. Got to fly C-152's-KingAirs as a CFI. It was a great two years and learned more then my students, I think. After that I applied to a few regional airlines and was offered a job at one but turned it down for my first choice, which was SkyWest. Have been with SkyWest around a year and have enjoyed every minute. I will go into more detail if you would like just ask. Fly Safe -Gregg

Favorite thing about flying:
Not sitting behind a desk 5 days a week
Disadvatages of being a pilot:
How unstable the industry as a whole is. Also sitting reserve is not what I signed up to do.

What you would have done different:
Keep moving up to bigger and faster airplanes. Keep challenging your skills. 1000 in a C-172 is to much unless you have 10,000 total.
Advice to aspiring pilots:
Advice From day one become a professional pilot. Hit the books and know and understand the concepts. Don't move on in training if you don't understand. Stop, Ask someone and then continue,
Problems encounterd along the way:
Keeping motivated some times during the training. Some days when you meet with your instructor say ' can we just have some fun today?' skip the lesson, fly somewhere for lunch make a game out of spot landings, bet a $1 on who can land the softest.

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