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John B
Name: John B
Position: Captain
Current Aircraft: F-16, CRJ
Age 46 years old
Country USA

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

Mentor profile:
I\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\'m an F-16 ANG pilot whose been on Military Leave from a national airline since March 2000. I started flying civilian in 1993. I obtained my IFR through MEI in 1994. In 1995, I began flying full-time as a CFI and corporate pilot. I was hired at the commuters in 1997 flying the Beech 1900D and then the CRJ. I interviewed for guard slots in 1998 and was offered jobs flying a B-1, A-10, and F-16. The Viper was my first choice. I was commissioned in 2000 and left for UPT later that year. I attended Laughlin AFB for UPT in 2000-2001 and then Luke for F-16 RTU. I returned to my ANG unit in September of 2002.

Favorite thing about flying:
Flying the Viper is awesome because of all its\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\' capabilities. Fighting and dropping bombs can be intense. No day or mission is ever exactly the same. The airline thing is much more relaxed and sometimes boring, but better than any other non-flying job I\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\'ve had.
Disadvatages of being a pilot:
Airline: boredom, time away from home in hotels. Military: insane ops tempo right now, non-flying duties, pay could be better.

What you would have done different:
Nothing because my experiences have been priceless
Advice to aspiring pilots:
Be willing to move anywhere early in your career to increase your employment opportunities. Stay focused, be patient, and go guard! Finally, don\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\'t lose sight of what\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\'s important in and is only a job ultimately.
Problems encounterd along the way:
The toughest part for me has been on a personal level. I\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\'ve sacrificed a few personal relationships along the way.

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