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Evan Hecht
Name: Evan Hecht
Company: Expressjet
Position: First Officer
Current Aircraft: EMB-145
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:
I wanted to be an airline pilot ever since I can remember. Got my private pilot license at 18, but didnít go to an aviation college (there were no jobs in the early 90's.Went to a state school and got a psych degree). After college went to ALL ATPS when I decided to get back into aviation. Finished up the program in 3.5 months and then worked as a flight instructor for a year. Got hired with my present company as an Fo on the ATR 42/72...went to the EMB-145 after about a year and then upgraded to Captain on the EMB-145 2 yrs after I was originally hired. Iím now back as a Fo as a result of the reduction in staffing caused by 9/11.

Favorite thing about flying:
Disadvatages of being a pilot:
Greates disadvantage 1. sucks as a Fo at a regional but does get much better when you upgrade to captain. Keep in mind though that this industry can change very quickly. I upgraded to captain just before 9/11 and am now back as a first officer as a result of downsizing 2. Time away from home...plan on being in training about 2 months every time you get trained on a new company lets you go home (and even give you a positive space ticket to/from training) on your days off, but some do not.... there are all kinds of trips when you get actually get online, but most are 4 days, so you can be away a lot...the more senior you get the better the chance of a good schedule you get...I live in my base but those who donít have to travel (sometimes) on their days off to get to work

What you would have done different:
I would have gone to an aviation college and interned at a major airline. That can give you a huge advantage when the majors start hiring again (most of the people i know that interned will get a guaranteed interview)
Advice to aspiring pilots:
Work as hard as you can to build time and get to the best company you can get on with initially. Once you are there, you will have some hardships (ie. scheduling, pay, etc) but just remember itís the best job in the world. You get paid to fly an airplane!
Problems encounterd along the way:
1. way around it. It costs a lot to get your ratings and the pay sucks when you start out. Just be smart about your budget and donít get yourself into too much debt 2. Personal...just remember. Your family is the most important thing (at least it is for me. if you are single disregard this). Do whatever you can to spend as much time at home and appreciate the time you spend with your family. Without their support its almost impossible to make it in this industry 3. Training.... no big deal...just work your butt off and put everything you have into your airline training. It will pay off if you put in the effort. Itís not hard to get through training, but it is a lot of work. Stay focused and study a lot

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