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Keith Ervin
Name: Keith Ervin
Company: Rockwell Automation
Position: First Officer
Current Aircraft: Sabre 65
Age N/A
Country USA

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

Mentor profile:
I graduated from college I went to work for company that provided flight instruction and charter flights. I started and a flight instructor and after working there for a little over a year I worked my way into the charter business. Now I was flying charter and flight instruction and decided this job had reached a plateau and wouldn't help me any more. I went to work for a company that did charter work only. I started there flying a Merlin and eventually worked my way into there jet fleet flying a Falcon 10. I worked at this company for two and a half years before I decide that I wanted to be home more and started looking for a good corporate job. I sent out one hundred and forty six résumé’s before I found that great corporate job. I am now flying a Sabreliner 65 as a Senior First Officer and will be upgrading to Reserve Captain at the beginning of next year.

Favorite thing about flying:
I love flying at night, seeing all those lights at that altitude, there is something special about that. I also love flying instrument approaches. There is no greater feeling than flying that perfect approach
Disadvatages of being a pilot:
The only disadvantage that I see being away from home. This isn't a nine to five job. You are going to be away from home. Right now I average between sixty to eighty nights away from home. At my previous employer I spent one hundred and seventy five nights away from home.

What you would have done different:
Right now I can not think of anything that I would have done differently. I have learned so much from every experience.
Advice to aspiring pilots:
Make sure you know what your career goals are. And be sure that they realistic.
Problems encounterd along the way:
Make sure that you don't anyone talk you into something that you aren't comfortable with. There are a lot of charter company's out there that will try and talk you into flying equipment that is broken and should be grounded. I know, I've done. Not a lot of fun at all.

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