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Ruben Alconero
Name: Ruben Alconero
Company: American Airlines
Position: First Officer
Current Aircraft: Boeing 757/767
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 started flying when I was 13. Had been drawing airplanes since I was 3 years old (my mom saved the pictures). I soloed a gilder in Elmira NY when I was 15 and then power planes (C-150) on my 16th birthday in Penn Yan NY. Received my private when I was 17 and worked on my sea-plane rating in a J-3. During my teens I was the airport kid, always hanging out, and meeting people. It was worth it. I flew in a Baron and KingAir, Stearman, and Bonanza, as well as numerous Cessna, and piper aircraft before I was 18. I attended UND in Grand Forks from 1990-1994. During my stint in North Dakota I flew on the flying Team, joined Alpha Eta Rho(the aviation fraternity)and SAMA, Student Aviation Management Association. After departing ND in 1994 there was not much available. My first job was flying traffic watch in Raleigh Durham/NC and flying with a friend in his L-3E grasshopper during pipe-line patrol missions. I then took a job with a small commuter as a ground instructor, and later checked out in the BE-1900C. I then taught simulator, and wrote some training manuals for the airline. Tired of waiting for an upgrade, and wanting to fly jets, I went and purchased my 727 FE ticket from Carnival airlines. They said I was scheduled to be hired after IOE, however a merge with the second Pan Am cut pilot jobs. Luckily across the street in Ft. Lauderdale was Amerijet International Airlines ( a 727 freight company). They needed current 727 FEs. I interviewed and was hired. A few months later they asked if I was interested in being a check Engineer. I said yes and a few days later found myself instructing new hire FEs. Amerijet shut down in Dec of 1997 due to maintenance violations. They started back up a few weeks later, but by that time I was nervous and jumped ship to a 727 charter company called Sky Trek Int'l Airlines based out of Newark NJ flying the 727. 7 months later I was furloughed and the company shut down a year later. I was now 26 years old, and was not sure if I should go to another 727 company like Kitty Hawk, or go back to a regional and start over again. I was worried about jumping around 727 companies the rest of my life so I applied to American Eagle and was hired. I flew the SF-340 out of Dallas for about 8 months. During my time at eagle I stopped in the flight Academy at American and submitted my resume and application. I then wrote another resume and cover letter on 5 foot poster board and left it in the chief pilot's office. All I asked for was a chance to interview. I interviewed and was hired 3 months later. I was 27 years old and the youngest in my class at AA. I reached my dream. I started out as a 727 FE ( easy after all my previous 727 time) for 6 months. I then bid the 757/767 and flew to Europe out of JFK and BOS on the 767 when I was 28. Life was great. I down bid to the 737-800 for a year and half for better seniority, and now I am back on the 757/767 flying International out of JFK. In this industry never give up, it will always be an uphill battle, but it is a small price to pay for the best job in the world.

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