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Adam Welsh
Name: Adam Welsh
Company: United States Navy
Position: Flight Engineer
Current Aircraft: P-3C Orion
Age 38 years old
Country USA

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

Mentor profile:
I'm 21yrs old and have been flying since I was 15. I'm a flight engineer in the US Navy and fly on the P-3C Orion. I fell in love with flying when I was about 6 years old. And ever since then I haven't been able to let it go. Every job I've ever had was at the local airport ( a good way to get free flight too :) ) Every summer since I was 15 I went to the Oshkosh air show and still I am like a kid in a candy store. My whole goal in life is to become an airline pilot, and so far every step I planned out has gone as I wanted.

Favorite thing about flying:
Watching the sun rise and set over the middle of the Pacific Ocean. Launching on a SAR (Search and Rescue) mission and finding the people who you went to look for, and then being able to meet them once they are rescued. It one of the best feelings in the world.
Disadvatages of being a pilot:
Starting out at the bottom isn't as fun at first... but no matter how you go about it... you'll always have to work your way up. In the beginning it may not be too fun, but the benefits outweigh the losses in the end.

What you would have done different:
Nothing.... everything has worked out exactly as I have hoped. I'm very happy flying in the military, being able to visit all the countries I've been to and I wouldn't change it one bit.
Advice to aspiring pilots:
Don't let anyone tell you that you’re not good enough or can't do it. You can do anything you've ever dreamed of.
Problems encounterd along the way:
I'd have to say that training was a big problem. I was 15 when I started flying and finding time between school and everything else was very hard. But of coure.. if your dedicated and want it bad enough... you will find a way.

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