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Dr. William E "WileyP" Post
Name: Dr. William E "WileyP" Post
Company: Desert Falcon Aviation Services
Position: Other
Current Aircraft: Over 200 makes/models
Age 73 years old
Country USA

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

Mentor profile:
Never having cared to fly the "silver tube" from point A to point B at 35,000 feet, my forte has been the general aviation field. While I am particularly fond of the education segment, at least some dabbling has been done in most all aspects of the field. Owning/operating a relatively large and successful multi-based operation for many years provided experience in airplane and glider training operations, air taxi, fire suppression and detection, corporate flight department operations, and numerous other aspects of the general aviation field. Much of our operation was involved in high density altitude and mountainous areas, often involving airport facilities of a somewhat lesser state of "improvement" than ORD or LAX, but much more fun! Having been a designated examiner for private through ATP (including CFI-Initial) practical exams certainly has been a high spot in my rewarding career. Now semi-retired (does any true pilot ever completely retire?!), I continue to teach special flight operations to (mostly) corporate customers.

Favorite thing about flying:
Waking up in the morning knowing I have an exciting and challenging flight ahead - Then accomplishing that flight to the best of my ability.
Disadvatages of being a pilot:
If the big, BIG bucks are your desire, this is not the field for you. It can, however, be more than adequate.

What you would have done different:
My initial training (private, commercial, multi-engine) was somewhat inadequate. Thinking back, my school selection was made without sufficient research.
Advice to aspiring pilots:
Research your training choices thoroughly, get the very best training you can afford, and dedicate yourself to each stage of your aviation career. Try to be confident and outgoing in your aviation career without being arrogant.
Problems encounterd along the way:
Finances are (almost) always a problem. I was a full time college student when I started out, carrying 18-22 hours of classes, had a full time job as an evening bartender and a part time job as an automotive mechanic. You can do it if you really want to! If you are married (or might soon be!), make sure your partner is in total agreement with your plans and thoroughly understands the hardships that might be involved.

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