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  4. F-16 Students skip Phase III

    I don't get it. 2017 has been a rough year. Lots of contributing factors. Now you want to put people in the same positions with less experience and expect the same or better outcome?
  5. F-16 Students skip Phase III

    For those commenting on a reduction in quality graduates, and "it will be paid in blood", I offer this... http://www.foxnews.com/us/2017/11/24/us-troops-killed-in-plane-crashes-skyrockets-in-2017.html
  6. Someone explain this ADS-B out stuff to me. I have a new IFF with Mode 5 in the jet. It requires me to be tracking satellites before I turn it on. Does this perform the same function?
  7. The T-6 is doing the same with ADS-B out. The new WAAS GPS isn't paired to anything except the ADS-B squitter.
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  9. F-16 Students skip Phase III

    Raytheon pulled out (sts) of the race as partner with *Leonardo for the T-100, which is the platform variant you're referring to. But Leonardo DRS (the US-based front shell company of the *former) is still bidding it on its own, so don't discount them yet. A production aircraft too, with training systems delivery in-house, so they meet the AF requirements for the program in earnest. LockMart is a monster though, that's your Goliath. And then you got Boeing, the whiny baby in any competition per usual, where the appeals/litigation is most likely to come from and stall progress at the expense of our National readiness. So by my napkin math it's gonna be more -38 cowbell for all my brothers for the time being. But hey, I'm just a guy trying to come home to the frau and kid after an honest day's effort in the rickety rocket. Doing the bidding for the goddamn House of Saud whilst they tell us we're somehow at max domestic production capacity in the same sentence, and my peers are out flying safe automated whales on the outside paying twice as much. So what the fvck do I know. Nothing new under the sun though, I'm just saying it would be nice to fly something a little less rode hard and put away wet sometime before my retirement for all my troubles. Wish in one hand and shit on the other type of thing....
  10. F-16 Students skip Phase III

    10 years ago AETC was talking about changing UPT/IFF construct. This is nothing new. Our inept leaders will continue to struggle and the good leaders will not be able to fight thru the bureaucracy any time soon. As for trainers. Italy has a kickass trainer called the M-346....we just put a USAF guy there in exchange. It’s modern and performs extremely well with much of the radar and TGP functions simulated. Plus there is a light combat version. Really sad the USAF system has failed to outpace others. Again, poor leadership.
  11. F-16 Students skip Phase III

    Pretty severe G forces associated with FNGs trying to not-crash the BUFF. EW passes out every time.
  12. F-16 Students skip Phase III

    The problem is they haven’t tried retention yet. If I have to read another stupid article about the AF offering a “massive” bonus increase, I’m gonna die. They keep touting that $455k bonus without saying that it’s over 13 freaking years, when you’ll be working for half of your base pay for the last 5 years of that contract... yeah, what a deal. Push the bonus up to $100k/yr if you care about retention, AF. Because we all know all of the QoL initiatives are complete bullshit and will not happen.
  13. Ostensibly those chodes have used a computer...maybe they should have hit the page down button. Go crazy, see what happens. FFS. Anyways, classic SPO requirements work with the ADS-B out stovepipe.
  14. F-16 Students skip Phase III

    Doug would totally rock this problem out... If retention is impossible/improbable and you can't grow fast enough then you have to load shed / tap reserve capacity. In all of this I have not heard the idea floated for Involuntary Mobilization, I don't think they should but T10 - 12304 is fairly broad in scope and doesn't take that much if you get the right people to say yes. IM under that authority limits you to 200k for only up to 365 days but if you needed dudes that bad you could pull that T-handle but accept the consequences (long term). Rather than that, offer 3 year ADOS tours with a 50K bonus, no 365 TDYs, no staff work with an offer to continue to 20 years of service at end of orders, ARC folks might be worried about going back to their unit, give them the option of another home if they want (assuming they don't have a civ job to return to). 3,000 man years with bonuses is not cheap but it is not unaffordable either. Load shedding is the third rail, not sure where a modern AF leader would say we can't give you X and still provide Y and Z, there's just not enough Shlitz. If it were me, I would probably ask for the Army/Navy/USMC to pick up 15 RPA CAPs (could be exchange personnel at AFBs and using AF RPAs); I would probably ask for relief from the growing non-traditional mission sets (Cyber, ISR PED, etc...) and then I would load shed the big one and ask to drop the air delivered strategic nuclear deterrence mission, switching the strategy of the AF to a tactical nuke air delivered strategy only. Reprogram those resources to tap ARC resources in a way to encourage voluntary take ($$$ and specific duties/responsibilities contractually spelled out) and keep the AETC pipeline turned up to 11 for years on end.
  15. F-16 Students skip Phase III

    They let them draw dicks in the sky
  16. F-16 Students skip Phase III

    I've been told the Navy is already keeping dudes from getting out. Not sure how or if they're being stop lossed.
  17. F-16 Students skip Phase III

    Maybe the Air Force realized it can't solve the retention issue. Retention is a factor of Ops tempo and civilian opportunity. In a good economy, people will leave. In a bad one, people will stay. Ops commitments have stayed fairly consistent since the early 90s, but we've decided to do it with far fewer people. They won't go away anytime soon. So if the only factors that matter for retention are outside your control, then you need to focus on the inflow, not the outflow. Open another training base. Accelerate the T-38 follow on. Put the safety controls in for a force of mostly young guys, and few old ones. One thing I don't get is the fighter community struggles at meeting RAP and upgrading folks right now. If 1000 fighter pilots magically appeared in the next 5 years, what cockpit would you put them in, and where would you get the flying hours.
  18. F-16 Students skip Phase III

    Looks like they are testing the waters for Stop Loss: https://www.airforcetimes.com/news/your-air-force/2017/11/21/break-this-force-air-force-warns-cuts-manning-woes-could-hurt-war-zone-fight/ “I don’t think there’s much the Air Force can do right now ... except invoke stop-loss in order to stop this gross departure of pilots,” Venable said. “I had the chief of staff here at the Heritage Foundation [at the beginning of the year] and he said stop-loss is not on the table. But, at one point or another, you’ve got to maintain your combat capability. And if they can’t ... I think he’s going to have to [consider] stop-loss. It would be draconian, everybody would hate it. But I’m not sure what their alternatives are going to be.”
  19. F-16 Students skip Phase III

    I just figured out where the good idea fairy got this awful idea from:
  20. F-16 Students skip Phase III

    Regardless of the outcome, this has been the most spirited discussion on the CAF Fighter FB page. Enough so that I'm wondering if big blue isn't going to shut it down.
  21. F-16 Students skip Phase III

    ClearedHot is right I’m afraid. The AF has given up on solving the retention issue. They will shove as many kids through the pipe that they can as fast as they can and stop-loss the older guys to train them and teach them. Since they don’t care about you or me and they own these UPT grads for the next decade, it gives them 10 years before they need to worry about the next crisis. And they will all be on the board of Lockheed and Boeing getting paid to solve the situation they were negligent to fix. They will never be held accountable, so it’s an easy decision. This is all a setup to soften Congress to the idea. That’s the reason for the voluntary return. “Well we tried...”
  22. Meh. Once you get used to seeing it for a while it’s a lot easier to be sneaky when you need to
  23. Hopefully SPOs fix the ADS-B implementation to avoid things like this... https://theaviationist.com/2017/07/20/here-is-the-route-a-u-s-rq-4-global-hawk-drone-is-currently-flying-during-a-surveillance-mission-over-the-black-sea-and-ukraine/
  24. F-16 Students skip Phase III

    Totally achievable. The concept was proven by Iron Eagle 1-69 30 years ago. Doug Masters retired and is now a GS staff weenie pushing the program. Following F-35 MQT you still need to go back to USAFA for your bachelors tho.
  25. We ended up going with bose. Had to go through contracting but it worked pretty well. Have a good bose contact if anyone else wants to do this.
  26. Correct me if I'm wrong... but the Lightspeed Zulu's are not TSO Certified. The Bose A20's are. Nice, readable post, by the way.
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