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Meet SA227 Captain, Jihoon Lim 👍😄
“I was born in Busan, South Korea 40 years ago. When I was kid, my family members were mom, dad and younger brother. At the age of four, my family moved to Seoul, South Korea and I was raised there until I was 20. As a kid, I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do career wise until I was in the 11th grade – we were living in South Korea and one day I saw an advertisement stating that tuition into the military academy was free. I thought jet fighter pilot sounded awesome, so I applied for the Air Force Academy. After graduation, I didn’t end up getting a pilot position, but instead served in the Republic of Korea Air Force for 11 years as a Logistics Readiness Officer where I managed maintenance of avionics and line service.
During my time in the Air Force, I saw many of my friends cross the pacific to do flight training in the United States. Their goal was to become an airline pilot in Korea because at the time, there were five new low-cost airlines that launched in the small country. I decided to pursue my dream of becoming a pilot and followed my friends to the United States, Portland, Oregon specifically, and started flight training. I flight instructed at Hillsboro Aero Academy in Oregon as well as JC Air Academy in California.
A few months into training, I met my wife at a Korean church and married her. We now have a one-year-old son.
I was hired by Ameriflight in June of 2022 as a BE99 Captain based in PDX. I was familiar with Ameriflight during flight training; I had heard that Korean Airlines previously had a pilot program with Ameriflight. I also thought Ameriflight sounded like a nice company to start building turbine engine experience earlier than other pilots. Luckily, there was a vacant BE99 Captain position in PDX when I received my green card and I applied.
In February of 2023, I upgraded aircraft and now fly the SA227 tube (or as some say, pencil) out of El Paso, TX in the ESCS operation. We fly anywhere and everywhere ESCS tells us to. There is no same route each day, every day is different. The SA227 is a quirky airplane, but is fun to fly, especially with my FO.
Some of my favorite memories are when I came to DFW for my sim training and doing OE in PDX for the first time. I was nervous because it was my first real commercial job in the United States and english is my second language. However, my sim instructor Grant Bradshaw, OE instructor Peter Boisselle, Ops Supervisor Andy McCunn, Director of Airline Ops Steve Rozell and everyone that I met in DFW and PDX were nice and welcoming to me. I appreciate it always.”
Keep working hard, Jihoon! We’re proud to have you on the Ameriflight team.