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Sean Archer
Name: Sean Archer
Company: Confidential
Position: Captain
Current Aircraft: Learjet 31a
Age 41 years old
Country USA

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

Mentor profile:
Like most of us, I became fascinated with airplanes at a very young age. For me, flying started with family friends before I hit double digits and I took my first lesson at John Wayne airport in Orange County, Ca in 1993. At fourteen, overwhelmed is the best word to describe what I felt as I began the private pilot course. I soloed on my 16th birthday and completed my private pilot\'s certificate. I flew off and on throughout high school as girls and partying took priority during that time. I then finished my instrument rating and commercial single and multi-engine instrument, in succession. Shortly there after, I completed my Certified flight instructor and Instrument flight instructor certificates. Teaching was the best teacher at that level of flying. Getting my CFI certificates was a great decision for many reasons. One reason is, as I said before, the knowledge I gained from it. Another is, it forces an individual to work with others in a professional, humble, and financially meager environment. Everyone who has the ability to teach (some do not) should do so for a short time. Through networking and getting to know people at the airport over the years, I was offered a position with my current employer. Flying is absolutely the best career I can imagine having. I actually enjoy getting up at, sometimes 0400, to go to work. The fact that I work for a great company, which really cares for its pilots, helps as well. Just always remember one thing, it\'s not the destination; it\'s the journey which brings fulfillment.

Favorite thing about flying:
The flying! Then the freedom, the time off and the places (sometimes).
Disadvatages of being a pilot:
Usually in corporate and or charter flying, there is no set schedule. You are always on call, and with some companies, have a certain amount of \"hard days off\".

What you would have done different:
I would have tried to get into the Air Force Academy, been an F-15 pilot for a few years and then possibly gone to the airlines. My only regret, but I certainly don\'t loose any sleep over it.
Advice to aspiring pilots:
Four things: Determination, HUMILITY, perseverance, and the golden rule. It may sound cheesy, but it\'s the truth!
Problems encounterd along the way:
Good training is crucial. There are many great flight instructors and flight schools out there, find one. I do not recommend the large flight academies, you\'ll know the ones, they have about a $60,000+ price tag attached and they\'re not worth it. Money is an issue. You probably won\'t make much your first few years as a professional, so be prepared, suck it up and stick it out. The financial rewards are substantial if you make it up the aviation latter.

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