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John McShain
Name: John McShain
Company: Southwest Airlines
Position: Captain
Current Aircraft: B737
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've loved airplanes since I was old enough to say the word. There were not enough airplane books or models available to make me tire of the subject. My senior year of high school in Fort Wayne, IN, I started working the line for a glider operation, and taking lessons. Did that for two years while in college and working on my ratings, then towed for the next two years. Graduated from Purdue in 1989 with about 1,000 hours, and an Flight Engineer certificate, ready to conquer the world. The only job I could get was in the right seat of a Cessna 150. Did the typical CFI and on demand air taxi stuff for about 18 months, then got hired by American Eagle in 1990. Was there for just shy of five years, and was a captain and check airman on the Jetstream 32. In 1995, I got the job I had been dreaming about. I've been with Southwest for eight and a half years, and still think I've died and gone to heaven. I have , bar none, the greatest job in the world, at the greatest airline in the world. I would not be able to say that if I had not had a LOT of help along the way. The man that owned the glider operation was a senior TWA pilot, and his brother was a senior Southwest pilot. They gave me so much help, insight, encouragement, advice, you name it. I hope I am able to repay a little of my debt to them through this mentor network. It still is impossible for me to get tired of talking about airplanes!!!

Favorite thing about flying:
No matter how many times I have flown a particular route, every flight is different.
Disadvatages of being a pilot:
Missing important family events or holidays, and commuting. The best thing about working for the airlines is that you can live wherever you want. It is also the worst thing!!

What you would have done different:
I honestly don't think I would change anything.
Advice to aspiring pilots:
No matter how bleak the economy and industry may appear, never, ever give up on your dream. It may take longer than you want, but you CAN make it happen.
Problems encounterd along the way:
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