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Yippee, tomorrow is my first day at Comair

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Finally,My move to Florida was successful and tomorrow is my first real day of my career change to (hopefully sooner than later) become a real pilot at Comair Aviation Academy in Sanford, FL.I posted this a few months ago but wanted to update people that might have the same dream but haven

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Hi Peter,Congratulations! glad we have helped you in contributing to your flying experience.

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Hi there Peter,Best of luck and enjoyment to you, it's alwaysnice to see that some at least can do the realthing. Take care out there.-Niels Christiansen

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Peter,Out of deep personal curiosity (as one deep in the midst of his midlife crisis), can I ask how old you are? Part of me is hoping you will say 21 and the other part is hoping you will say 40. ;-) I'm 38 and employed but...Thanks for allowing me to daydream a bit!David

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Guess we'll be seeing you taking off and landing at KSFB quite a bit. Watch out for the PanAm AI, I have flying to KSFB.Another bit of advice, if you have to ditch, try not landing in Lake Monroe, St. Johns River, or any other bodies of water, alligators, you know!!!:-eekSee ya in Central FL! Dang Tropical Storm Edouard is making plenty of water. At least, no high winds.

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Thanks guys, I really appreciate the kind words.David, I'm 33, which is actually the average age here at the comair academy!! So there's quite a mix here, young guns right out of college and the carrer changing guys (Doctors, Lawyers, MBA's, Engineers etc.) like me.It's never to late, it just gets tougher to make that call. My flight instructor back in Ohio is now 47 and he's still planning on flying learjets out of Columbus, OH next year, if not trying for an airline job.I was dreaming about it for roughly 2-3 years until I had the guts to do it and finally I start today at 1:30pm.Cheers,Petehttp://home.neo.rr.com/zaehringer/pipersignature.jpgAthlonXP2000,AbitKX7-333(latest4in1),512MB/2700SDRAM,WinXP,DirectX8.1,Geforce3TI200(128MB)(Det.30.82),SBlive(WDM5.1.2601.0)

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Sounds great Pete!!What is the program your'e enrolled in?How many hours and what types of certificates do you currently have?Just curious to know where you are starting at.Thanks for your time, and good luck!!Carl

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Best of luck at KSFB, I'm sure you'll have lots of fun!>Another bit of advice, if you have to ditch, try not landing >in Lake Monroe, St. Johns River, or any other bodies of >water, alligators, you know!!!:-eek >>See ya in Central FL! Dang Tropical Storm Edouard is making >plenty of water. At least, no high winds. Boy, sure is weird to read about about my local town. Where are you from? I'm in Deltona, but fly out of KORL and KDAB.Matt

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Boy, the thought of learning something completely new (well, I have some flight experience but not much yet), especially something so technical and "hands-on" is really eating at me today. It's pretty gray outside (it was supposed to be nice - I have a lesson at 5pm) but I can't help thinking how nice it would be to climb above this overcast. A window office where it is almost always sunny (except at night!). Very cool! Congrats and I know a bunch of us would love to hear a running commentary from you periodically during your upcoming adventure!David

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Geoff, I'm afraid I won't be able to come over to Michigan and get my ride in your real Debonair anytime soon ;-)Really amazing, there are actually students here that have 0, yes ZERO hours (there are at least 5 that I know of). Boy, they must really know what they want or have a rich Dad ;-). First impression was awsome and with that after a few real pilots talked and after some icecream gathering we were sent home with a big box of books.I'll report back periodically, already loving it!!!Petehttp://home.neo.rr.com/zaehringer/pipersignature.jpgAthlonXP2000,AbitKX7-333(latest4in1),512MB/2700SDRAM,WinXP,DirectX8.1,Geforce3TI200(128MB)(Det.30.82),SBlive(WDM5.1.2601.0)

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Hey Pete,My wife has been "telling" me I should do the same thing. Although I don't think that she'd want to live in FLA. However, my brother lives there and works at Sanford airport. I'm 31 and making good money as a software engineer with 4 kids. I'm too scared right now because of all that's happening with the airlines going under. I'm afraid of making an expensive commitment with no payoff in the end. So for now, I'm the armchair pilot until further notice. Good luck Pete.pb4ugo

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Hehe, I went to Conway Jr. High and graduated from Colonial H.S!Of course, that was a few years ago...Class of '79 Reagrds,Steve Dra

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Good luck at Comair!And as always...hold on to your wallet!Scott :-)ATP/CFII - 6000+ hours TT, Corporate, Airline, and Flight Instructor experience - Currently a Senior at the University of Colorado studying Computer Information Systems.

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Colonial - Class of '63 - or Eons ago!!!:-lol They just completely rebuilt the campus! They all have air-conditioning now, wimps!!

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>>David, I'm 33, which is actually the average age here at the >comair academy!! So there's quite a mix here, young guns >right out of college and the carrer changing guys (Doctors, >Lawyers, MBA's, Engineers etc.) like me. >As a 33 year old MBA thinking about exactly the same route you're taking, let's just say I'll be looking forward to your updates.But knowing the workload you're about to face, I won't expect them to be frequent ;-)Good luck,Mike

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Mike,go for it, if you can or at least seriously consider it. It's only been two days and I'm more than impressed to say the least. However, as you said, a lot of studying will be expected and we were told that everything the FAA requires Comair will require us to do at least 150 if not 200% of that!!This weekend is supposed to be our "party" weekend since we won't be having anymore weekends for the next 12 months. So I'll be simming for the next 48 hours and reading some of the great books we got while I'm enroute ;-)Ground shool starts on Monday and first flights are scheduled for Wednesday, after that FS2002 will probably see very little time but that is a great trade-off ;-)Mike, feel free to email me if you would like to know more about the program etc.Cheers,Pete http://home.neo.rr.com/zaehringer/pipersignature.jpgAthlonXP2000,AbitKX7-333(latest4in1),512MB/2700SDRAM,WinXP,DirectX8.1,Geforce3TI200(128MB)(Det.30.82),SBlive(WDM5.1.2601.0)

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>Four miles North of KMCO and just to the right of 18R in >Conway! Small world I am just east of MCO over in Lake Nona :)John

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Ya right Tom, just off I-69! You know, Bill Clinton territory!:-lolI wondered why the Congressmen from Arkansas fought so bitterly for that piece of the Interstate System until events unfolded!!!

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Back in the '60s, as I drove back to my base in Key West, FL, I use to pass that piece of land. It was for sale and out in the booneys! I sure wish I had had the money. Course if I bought, Orlando would still be a citrus and cow town. Dang, I sure wished I'd a bought it, if you know what I mean!

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