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John Maas
Name: John Maas
Company: CommutAir
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:
I am a first officer for CommutAir a Continental Connection based in Albany, NY. I have been flying for three or four years. I did all of my flight training on the side while working another job. Once I acquired all of my ratings, I became a flight instructor for a year and a half before taking a job with CommutAir. Unlike many pilots, flying was not something I had dreamed of doing since I was little. I basically stumbled into it. I was flying for a hobby in college and soon realized I could make a career of it. I cannot think of anything else I would rather be doing now and I am very happy I made the commitment to become a professional pilot. The job has its disadvantages but the advantages are much greater.

Favorite thing about flying:
Flying is ever changing, no two days are the same.
Disadvatages of being a pilot:
A couple disadvantages include a lot of time away from home and pay is not the greatest for your first few years.

What you would have done different:
Nothing, I am just happy to have the job I do now considering the downturn of airlines due to Sep. 11th attacks.
Advice to aspiring pilots:
Many people invest all of there time and energy into the profession only to give up somewhere along the road because times get tough. Those who stick it out will be grateful in the future.
Problems encounterd along the way:
Well, financially you have to plan ahead. Many of us where full time flight instructors making very little money and when the weather was bad, sometimes no money. If possible save money and learn how to live on as little as possible for a couple years.

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