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Steve Daly
Name: Steve Daly
Company: Gulfstream International/Continental Connection
Position: First Officer
Current Aircraft: Beech 1900D
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:
Flying is my first love, but my second career. Actually, it was my first career, but I failed a test while in navy flight training and became a civilian. 15years later, I cashed in my chips and got my civilian ratings. 9/11 dealt a serious blow to many pilots, me included. I was flying for a regional carrier and got the ax. I've been re-hired at the same carrier and will have a class date soon. I'm a CFI/CFII and have leaned a lot from instructing. As much as I have from being a first officer. It's a long and tough haul, but the end is worth it. The secret is to make your training fun and do it at a school, which sees the student as a customer and not a commodity. I started in a 141 environment and was greatly disappointed. I completed everything part 61 and spent a lot less money in the process.

Favorite thing about flying:
Disadvatages of being a pilot:
Flying can make your family feel very isolated. Make every effort to include them in your activities.

What you would have done different:
I would have done it a lot sooner that age 37.
Advice to aspiring pilots:
Work hard and follow the rules. Remember that you are in charge of your training, not a pilot factory.
Problems encounterd along the way:
There are many obstacles one can encounter on the way to being a pilot and they don't stop until you retire. My case is a typical, so I'll mention problems I have witnessed. 1. Have a supportive significant other. Anyone who is willing to be your cheerleader. 2. Don't quit 3. Never drink within 24 hours of flying. I suggest quitting completely. 4. Don't ever let a school pick an examiner or check airman for you. Shop around and see who is giving a fair ride. Examiners are in business and very few feel the need to provide

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