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Michael Schoot
Name: Michael Schoot
Company: United Airlines
Position: Furloughed
Current Aircraft: B-727
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 my aviation career in Farmington, New Mexico at Mesa Airlines Pilot Developmental School. I went from zero time to about 270 hours in 16 months. Mesa hired me right out of school and I started flying the 1900 C/D model. About 2 years later I upgraded to Captain on the 1900. I did that for 2.5 years and finally was able to leave Mesa in the summer of 1999 for a job with Polar Air Cargo. I was a F/O on the 747-100/200 for about 10 months. Flying the 747 was absolutely the best thing I have done in my 9 years of flying. In May of 2000 I was hired by United Airlines and was an F/O on the 727 for about 22 months. March 2, 2002 I was furloughed.

Favorite thing about flying:
Every day is different and the sense of accomplishment every day you arrive home/hotel safely.
Disadvatages of being a pilot:
Time away from home, furlough, management.

What you would have done different:
Started earlier than age 23.
Advice to aspiring pilots:
Stay in school and get your college degree.
Problems encounterd along the way:
Paying for school and the low pay you receive when you first start out.

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