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Grant Arakawa
Name: Grant Arakawa
Company: Aloha Airlnes
Position: First Officer
Current Aircraft: 737
Age 44 years old
Country USA

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

Mentor profile:
Hello my name is Grant Arakawa and I am currently a First Officer for Aloha Airlines here in Hawaii. I look forward to helping answer any questions as best I can, and also giving the best advise I can. My passion for flying started the same way as most of yours. I can remember my dad taking me down to our local airport and watch airplanes take off and land for hours. I remember while watching those aircraft thinking I wanted to be the \"driver\" of that airplane. In the 9th grade I joined Civil Air Patrol where my passion for flying grew even more. Civil Air Patrol offered what they called intro flights, along with aerospace education and encampments all fueled the fire. After High School I obtained a job with our sister airline \"Aloha Airlines\" on our Maui station, while working for Aloha Airlines as a ramper I decided to learn how to fly, so I would commute to Honolulu about 3 times a week for my flying lessons. I did this up till finishing up my Multi-engine Commercial Certificate. After obtaining my Multi-engine Comm. Certificate I was fortunate enough to obtain a right seat position with Hawaii Air Ambulance on their part 91 legs which helped me to build multi-engine time. Also that summer I was fortunate to obtain a position as an Assistant Dispatcher in our Flight Operations. While working in Dispatch at Aloha Airlines I learned a lot about 121 operations and weather theory. Also while working at Aloha I decided to obtain my Flight Instructor Certificates, and started flight instructing at a local flight school. Finally, after waiting, working, learning the \"big break\" came. One day while I was working at Dispatch Capt. Joe Edwards(Director of Operations for Aloha Island Air) wandered into our Dispatch office and mentioned he would be interviewing for First Officers soon. Hearing this I did what any hungry flight instructor would\'ve done, I quickly and most indiscreetly mentioned I was a Pilot and what I\'ve been doing to become an Airline Pilot. Just as quickly as I met Capt. Joe I had myself an interview a few months later a class date and now here I am flying a Dash 8, instructing and still flying the Cessna 414\'s at Hawaii Air Ambulance. Nothing could be better than waking up an knowing I will be flying something today in beautiful Hawaii Except flying a 737 in Hawaii

Favorite thing about flying:
My favorite part of flying is being able to work in a dynamic environment and doing what I love to do.
Disadvatages of being a pilot:
The only disadvantage is that the Airline Industry is cyclic and downturns are possible but wont last forever. Things are picking up as you read this.

What you would have done different:
One thing I would do differently is finished up the college a little sooner. By doing this I think I could have access to different opprotunities.
Advice to aspiring pilots:
Never give up on your dreams.
Problems encounterd along the way:
Personally my biggest problem was staying away from negative people. No matter what you do there will always be some negative person, stay away from these people, they will only bring you down. They might have some good points but take the good points and not the attitude. Stick to what you beleive and NEVER waiver on your beleifs.

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