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Michael Perez
Name: Michael Perez
Company: Delta Airlines
Position: First Officer
Current Aircraft: B757
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 fell in love with the art of aviation when I was 13. A family friend would take my father and I up in a C-172 out of a grass field in my home-town. Although I had never met a "professional" pilot, I decided there was not a better way to make a living than from an office located five miles above the ground. I attended Purdue University's Aviation Program where I received all my ratings through my Flight Engineers Certificate in the Boeing 727. What was so unusual about my pursuit was the fact that I had never even been a passenger in an airliner until I had graduated from Purdue's program. After graduation, I worked as a flight instructor, sales/demo pilot and charter pilot before being named as chief pilot for a corporation. My intention was not to leave the corporate world, however plans change when your company is bought out by a larger company with its own flight department. From there I served as a first officer for one year with a regional carrier before being hired on with Delta. I have worked with Delta for the last seven years and have flown the B727, 757, 767 and MD88. I am also a Director of Flight Operations for a charter company where I continue to fly King Airs. And if that doesn't fill up my daily schedule, I can always find the time to conduct a little flight training. I wish everyone the best during their pursuit for a career in the aviation industry.

Favorite thing about flying:
Flying to me has always been more of an art than a "technical" skill. Like any art, it allows me to express myself. To me, this has never been a job.
Disadvatages of being a pilot:
The largest disadvantage is fighting the false perceptions and fears of the general public. As hard as one trys to educate, there are others who try even harder to prevent the understanding of truth

What you would have done different:
I have no regrets in the path I have taken
Advice to aspiring pilots:
Problems encounterd along the way:
This career is filled with obstacles and stiff competition; those who become discouraged easily, will find it a very difficult journey.

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