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Tony Marotta
Name: Tony Marotta
Company: Motorola, Inc.
Position: Captain
Current Aircraft: Falcon 50EX
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 always wanted to be a pilots since as long as I can remember. It is something I believe you are born with. Right out of High School, I started taking lessons at my local airport. From that first lesson, I was hooked. I kept going until I became a Flight Instructor (CFI) 2 years later. It took me about 1 year to find my first job as a pilot, a full time CFI position (1994). Worked as a CFI for over 3 years before I got a break into a corporate jet. I got hired on with a local charter company as a First Officer on a Falcon 20 (1997). I continued to move ahead with that company and eventually became a Captain on a King Air, then a Citation and finally back to the Falcon 20 in the Captain seat. Then I got a big break in 2000, got offered a job flying a big jet for a big corporation! I started off as a First Officer on a Gulfstream IV. After a while with that company, I decided they weren't the company I wanted to spend the rest of my career with. So I took an opportunity with Midwest Express Airlines in Milwaukee as a First Officer on a DC-9 (2001). That was great while it lasted, unfortunately I was furloughed after 9/11. So now I am back to corporate and I love it. I think Corporate is the place for me. I love the lifestyle, and prefer this over the politics of working as a member of a union at an airline.

Favorite thing about flying:
I love that each day at work is always something different. I could never work 9 to 5. I love feeling of accomplishment after the successful completion of a trip. Seeing the World has its advantages as well.
Disadvatages of being a pilot:
In corporate aviation, the two biggest gripes seem to be schedule and money. As far as schedule goes, its an on call lifestyle and you must be a flexible person to deal with that. Some companies require more flexibility than others. And as far as money goes, you will probably never make B747 pay of $300,000+. But then again, not every airline pilot will get to that point either. You can make a very good living in corporate, $100,000+ is not unusual when you get to the larger aircraft.

What you would have done different:
I can't say I would change a thing. I have really disliked the number of job changes that I have had in the last few years, but the experience I got at each one of those jobs has brought me to where I am today, personally and professionally.
Advice to aspiring pilots:
Fly, fly, fly! Enjoy the opportunities you have and don't complain that you aren't moving ahead in your career fast enough. You will get there when you get there, others before you have had it far worse than you!
Problems encounterd along the way:
Finances are a difficult part of becoming a pilot. I had to live with my parents the entire time I was working as a CFI. If you don't have that luxury, you may need a second job in the evenings as a bartender or something. It was also very difficult to have much of a personal life while building experience. You will have to make many sacrifices to keep moving forward in your career. Just remember, each time you pass up a flight to do something else, it slows your career. But at the same time, we all need a life too. It's a difficult balance, and you have to do what is best for you here. Patience is a difficult part about becoming a pilot. The excitement of new opportunites wears off quickly and you want to get to the next step as quickly as possible. Just try to enjoy what you have, and be grateful you get to be up in the sky, unlike so many others who only wish they could be. As a CFI, make sure you put your students first, before building time. The flight time will come, just make sure your decisions are made in the best interests of your student. Too many CFI's skip doing the all-important Ground School, just to get up in the air with the student so they can build hours. You are a professional, act like one. And, Most of All....HAVE FUN! That is what it is all about

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