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John Hill
Name: John Hill
Company: Comair
Position: First Officer
Current Aircraft: CRJ-700
Age 53 years old
Country USA

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

Mentor profile:
When I was in high school, a flight instructor came to our school to see if anyone was interested in learning how to fly. So after school, I went to see him to get more info on learning to fly. I went home and showed my Dad all the stuff, and asked him if I could learn to fly. He said, \"sure, just keep you grades up.\" So we made a deal, and started taking lessons and got my private pilot\'s license a few months later. I flew for fun on weekends for the next few years, then went out to a flight school in California to work on all my other ratings (Commercial, Instrument, Multi, CFIIMEI.) Then moved back to my home in Miami to finish off college. After college, I got out of aviation for a while, and then about 5 years ago, got back into it big time when I was offered a job teaching at a college in their aviation department. I taught Physics, Meteorology, Private / Instrument / and Commercial Pilot Theory Courses. After doing that for a couple of years, I got a job teaching for an ab-initio flight training facility for a foreign airline (ANA) out in Southern California. I moved out there, and planned to stay there teaching for the rest of my career. However, holding short of the runway and watching CRJ\'s come in and land really got me excited about trying to fly jets. So, here I am at Comair, flying CRJ-700\'s, and having an awesome time. However, now I miss teaching, and really want to get back into the teaching side of General Aviation.

Favorite thing about flying:
Teaching people how to fly, and seeing the smiles on student's faces when they learn how to do something new.
Disadvatages of being a pilot:
Not spending enough time at home. It gets a little rough sometimes not seeing my own bed for 4 nights straight.

What you would have done different:
Ummmm....I wouldn't get let my A.D.D. distract me to chosing 50 other careers before finally deciding that flying is what I really want to do.
Advice to aspiring pilots:
STAY IN SCHOOL....Get a college education. The major doesn't really matter that much, just enjoy what you do.
Problems encounterd along the way:
Start keeping good record keeping early on. I moved around so much, that when it came time to fill out airline applications, it was a hassle trying to remember all the dates and places I had moved. Also, besides a regular logbook, keeping an electronic logbook comes in EXTREMELY handy when applying for a job. It can break down all your hours in almost any way you want (ie: night instrument multi-engine flying, etc.)

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