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Craig Y.
Name: Craig Y.
Company: Cathay Pacific
Position: Captain
Current Aircraft: B 777-200/300
Age N/A
Country China

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

Mentor profile:
I am a Japanese/Canadian citizen who has the permanent right of abode in Hong Kong. I, like many other members of my family, (2 uncle's, 2 cousins,) have loved, and wanted to be part of aviation for my entire life. My younger cousin (who is now in a pool for a US based regional) and I, grew up around airplanes, and built model airplanes as hobbies. Aviation is a way of life in my family.

Favorite thing about flying:
The romance, when it exists, "the picture" when landing, the idea of my office being different all the time, and dynamic work hours.
Disadvatages of being a pilot:
Being away from my family often, and that is just about it.

What you would have done different:
Not too much, I was very lucky, I was hired by my company in my early 20's. Though I would have liked to have attained by college degree sooner. My cousin did it the other way, he went to college first, them went for the airlines. That will help him when he chooses to apply with us
Advice to aspiring pilots:
Always have a back up plan, and never forget that you fly because you love it, and getting paid to fly is a truly excellent bonus. Always stay united in your pilot group. Unity is important, and as I get older, I see much backstabbing at the lower levels. Especially in the United States. Try to avoid this practice.
Problems encounterd along the way:
I would have to say in my career, it has been labor issues. As I said, unity is important. But when it comes to the actual flying part, no problems arise whatsoever. I love my job, and wouldn't trade anything for it,... except for my family of coarse. Family is the MOST important thing.

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