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Shaun Chilson
Name: Shaun Chilson
Company: Comair
Position: First Officer
Current Aircraft: Canadair Regional Jet
Age 41 years old
Country USA

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

Mentor profile:
I am 27 years old and fly for Comair, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Delta Air Lines, based in Greensboro, NC. I started flying when I was 16 at a local flight school here in the Piedmont region of North Carolina, and then made the decision to attend Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach, FL. I graduated from there in May 2000.

Favorite thing about flying:
I enjoy the actual flying of the airplane and the challenge that it presents, as well as the opportunity to interact with a multitude of different people in any given work month.
Disadvatages of being a pilot:
The time away from home may be an issue for me someday. I am gone literally half of the year. Right now I am single, so that\'s okay, but when I decide to start a family it will get old very quickly.

What you would have done different:
I would have gone to a public university and gotten a degree in something a bit more marketable and completed my flight training at a small flight school. The large \"pilot factories\" are not worth the money and do not really create an advantage when compared to other flight officer candidates.
Advice to aspiring pilots:
Persistence! If you truly want to be a pilot, then stick with it and just keep on plugging. You\'re going to encounter some hardship along the way, but if you want it badly enough you\'ll get through it.
Problems encounterd along the way:
Nothing too notable. Didn\'t really care for one of my early flight instructors, but didn\'t turn out to be too detrimental over the long run.

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