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Old 02-12-2020, 12:56 PM   #21  
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College Degree
Worked in Public Relations for multiple years before I decided I wasn't cut out for corporate America.
Flight Instruction
Tours of the Grand Canyon
Small Plane Freight - Ameriflight
Regional Airline for 8 years during the lost decade
Applied to SWA for multiple years without getting the 737 type rating
Finally got an interview without the type and a job offer before investing in the type rating
Never looked back.

It is a great job and I work with lots of fun folks.
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Old 02-12-2020, 04:13 PM   #22  
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1. Around 26 years ago... College - flight instructor
2. Night freight (checks) - furlough #1
3. Commuter Airline
4. Low fare carrier - furlough #2
5. Back to same Commuter Airline
6. Legacy airline
7. 9/11 - furlough #3
8. Startup carrier - furlough #4
9. Different commuter - furlough #5
10. Regional airline (like a commuter but with tiny jets)
11. Fortune 500 flight department - golden handcuffs
12. Turned down by SWA in 2011 and went to yet another LCC
13. Been at SWA for 6 years and just wish I got here earlier.



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Damn Zap, youíve really been through it. Kudos to you for sticking it out.
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Old 02-12-2020, 04:57 PM   #23  
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Damn Zap, youíve really been through it. Kudos to you for sticking it out.

Thanks man. Itís been an adventure! Still another 17 years to go!


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Old 02-12-2020, 05:15 PM   #24  
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4 year degree age 21
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private pilot age 25
Air Force OTS, UPT
AF 7 years - early out 1992
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Old 02-13-2020, 07:13 AM   #25  
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I've been here a little over 20 years, so the details of my story are by now almost completely inconsequential. I was regional turbo-props for a blessedly short time, then here. Back in the late 90s, by comparison, it wasn't all that 'cool' to come to SWA (only reason they actually hired my dumb a$$). Then came 9-11 and suddenly I looked like a frigg'n genius.

This crazy career we've chosen....what a crap shoot.
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I was regional turbo-props for a blessedly short time, then here. Back in the late 90s, by comparison, it wasn't all that 'cool' to come to SWA (only reason they actually hired my dumb a$$). Then came 9-11 and suddenly I looked like a frigg'n genius.


This is the most honest post Iíve ever seen on APC. I salute you sir!


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Old 02-14-2020, 05:18 AM   #27  
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13 years as an AF jet engine mechanic and fighter crew chief.

Used VA benefits to go to flight school in Ft Lauderdale.

Couple hundred hours of flight instructor and working at an FBO.

Five years of Learjet charters.

17 years at a regional as a Brasilia and RJ Pilot.

Degree in 2015 (get the degree! Iíd still be at a regional without it)

SWA in 2017
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I've been here a little over 20 years, so the details of my story are by now almost completely inconsequential. I was regional turbo-props for a blessedly short time, then here. Back in the late 90s, by comparison, it wasn't all that 'cool' to come to SWA (only reason they actually hired my dumb a$$). Then came 9-11 and suddenly I looked like a frigg'n genius.

This crazy career we've chosen....what a crap shoot.
Other than spending 10 years at the commuters before SW, this is exactly my story.
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