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Company: Air National Guard
Position: First Officer
Current Aircraft: KC 135
Age 39 years old
Country USA

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

Mentor profile:
Flying has always been a passion of mine. I started taking lessions when i was 16. I decided to go to college and pursue a degree in commercial aviation through Delta State University. I obtained my commercial multi and CFI ratings through a career pilot program with Airline Transport Professionals. I then began instructing students for Delta State. I then decided to build some turbine time with Gulfstream Intl Airlines completing their first officer program flying the Beech 1900 airliner. After building several hundred hours of turboprop I interviewed and obtained a job with Pinnacle Airlines flying the CRJ 200. After flying the line as a first officer for 3 years I upgraded to captain where i remained until i went to Air Force Pilot Training at Columbus Air Force Base. After completion of pilot training I went to Altus AFB to train on the KC135 which I now fly for the Mississippi Air National Guard. Over the last several years i completed my masters degree through Delta State University.

Favorite thing about flying:
The responsibility associated with flying aircraft. Some of the travel benefits associated with flying for the airlines.
Disadvatages of being a pilot:
Being gone sometimes is hard but however the excitement of coming home from a trip is worth it .

What you would have done different:
I wish I would have joined the Air National Guard right after high school. The benefits and opportunities are endless. Unfortunately I didnt have the vision to be a pilot in the USAF. However over the years the Air Force relaxed its vision standards to allow PRK eye surgery, which I later obtained.
Advice to aspiring pilots:
If your can pursue a career with the military. The skills and disipline you aquire during pilot training and beyond will carry you along way in life. When you retire or after training if your Reserve or Guard you can work for the airlines. If you cant fly for the military and pursue the civilian side try to obtain a defgree in something other than aviation so you can have something to fall back on. When you go through training typically you will be paired with a sim partner. I cannot stress the importance of consistently studying and chair flying with your partner.
Problems encounterd along the way:
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