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Jason Cutter
Name: Jason Cutter
Company: Executive Jet Management
Position: First Officer
Current Aircraft: Challenger 604
Age N/A
Country USA

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

Mentor profile:
I am a First Officer for a large aircraft management company and am currently flying a Challenger 604 business jet. My aviation life started a little over 12 years when at the ripe age of 14 I began taking lessons for my Private Pilot's license at the a small airport near my home. I soloed about a week after my 16th birthday and skipped school on my 17th birthday to take my Private Pilot check ride. At that point I decided that flying was the only thing I wanted to do so after high school I was lucky enough to be accepted into Purdue University's professional aviation program. After earning all of my ratings and a Bachelor's degree at Purdue I was hired as a copilot byt a company and spent a little over a year flying the King Air C90B, Super King Air 350, and Beechcraft Starship. I then spent about 14 months flying a Dash 8 turboprop for a commuter airline in the Northeast followed by 8 months in North Carolina flying a Regional Jet for a small airline there. After I was furloughed from the airline in North Carolina I found an excellent opportunity to fly a large business jet, the Challenger, in my hometown and have been here for the past 15 months. I currently hold the Airline Transport Pilot certificate with King Air 350, Challenger 600, and Challenger 604 type ratings as well as a Flight Instructor certificate. I received a lot of help from various people while I pursuing my career and would be happy to answer any questions I can from anyone looking for information about an aviation career.

Favorite thing about flying:
There are so many great parts of flying it would be hard for me to single one favorite out. I like having a variable schedule and flying to new and interesting places, operating one of the world's most advanced cockpits, and meeting new people all around the country. The aviation world is incredibly small and it's neat to run into friends all over the country.
Disadvatages of being a pilot:
This is a very good question. One thing that I want to impress upon people is that flying is (in my opinion) the greatest job in world and I can't imagine doing anything else however it is a job and like every other job in world it has it's advantages AND disadvantages. Of course the disadvantages vary but in my situation I am usually on the road a lot around the holidays and sometimes spend a week or more away at one time - it can be hard on the family life. Also be prepared to move around alot in the early stages of your career!!

What you would have done different:
I would have definitely pursued a degree in something other than aviation or at least double majored in another field that interested me. It's always good to have other skills that you can fall back on if necessary.
Advice to aspiring pilots:
The road to becoming a professional pilot is a long one and you will probably encounter a pot hole or two along the way - stay focused on your dream, remain dedicated to the pursuit of it, and always do the right thing and you will eventually achieve your goals.
Problems encounterd along the way:
Probably the biggest problem has been trying to balance my personal and professional life. In the beginning of my career I was constantly gone and moving about every 8 to 12 months. It's important to devote as much time and effort as possible to your career but be careful not to neglect the other parts of your life.

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