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John LoGuidice
Name: John LoGuidice
Company: United Parcel Service
Position: Flight Engineer
Current Aircraft: Boeing 727
Age N/A
Country USA

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

Mentor profile:
Bachelor of Arts from the University of Rochester (Biology) Master of Aeronautical Science from Embry-Riddle EA-6B Naval Flight Officer (Nine Years) United Airlines Flight Dispatcher (Three Years) United Airlines Fleet Technical Instructor (Ground Instructor)(Two Years) Flight Instructor (MEII, AGI) 1,000 hours dual given CommutAir Beech 1900 First Officer/Capt/Check airmen/Ground Instructor (Basic Indoc/Beech 1900 Systems/CRM/Windshear/Perf/Cold Wx/etc)(Three Years) United Parcel Service 757/767 First Officer, 727 Flight Engineer

Favorite thing about flying:
My favorite part of flying is the continual challenge. I have felt this challenge and the subsequent rewarding feeling of success through each step of my career. The many challenges span the academic and operational arena to the financial challenges of career planning and of course the challenge of making your daily schedule one that fits into your life! I've enjoyed instructing in the military, Part 121 and 91 environment, as well. There are few experiences as rewarding as the opportunity to take someone on their first flight and teach them to fly.
Disadvatages of being a pilot:
The financial burden is a barrier for civilian pilots that makes the goal unattainable in the eyes of many. It requires resourcefulness and sacrifice and a supportive family, or a wealthy family!

What you would have done different:
I was a Naval Flight Officer, which is the equivalent of Navigator. I had some great flying experiences in a dual-piloted jet aircraft, but none of it counted for my resume with the airlines! I took several non-flying jobs on the way that I hoped would develop my experience in commercial aviation while providing a better income than I would have made as a full-time CFI. So I instructed part-time and slowly built the flight time. I enjoyed the experiences as a Part 121 Flight Dispatcher and Ground Instructor and learned a lot. I would not do it again, though, because it delayed my career path. Airlines only care about flight experience. The other "stuff" is nice to have but flight time is the golden token. My advice, after you have your college degree, is to hit the floor running and find a flying job the will allow you to maximize your flight time. That being said, please don't compromise your integrity for a good flying job. Life is too short! In your search for a good job, look for an honest and respectful operation. Enjoy every stop of the process!
Advice to aspiring pilots:
Never stop learning
Problems encounterd along the way:
I had a wife and young child when I started. We ate lots of peanut butter and jelly and accrued considerable debt. The most important part of meeting this challenge is to have a clear and realistic 1, 3, 5 and 30 year plan. The key is to be realistic. If you do not have the aptitude for this job or you have issue in your background that would prohibit ultimate success, don't waste your time and money. It's like pouring your money into Enron. If you are a realistic candidate for a career flying job, develop a good understanding of this plan with your family and go for it. The money will come. Be patient.

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