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  2. F-16 Students skip Phase III

    Production of what? X and XX rides?
  3. F-16 Students skip Phase III

    Good grief... are we that bad at running an AF we are really considering this? Flew the mighty T-1 back in the day but I am guessing the T-38 Phase III program is about 75 flight hours + 15 sim hours or so, so at 10K per T-38 flight hour and just figure 2K per sim hour (WAG) that comes to 765K per 38 stud. Now let's say you fly them in the 16 at 22K per hour and just guessing 4K per hour on the sim and you give them half the time for dedicated basic airmanship / systems (37.5 flight & 7.5 sim) that is 855K. Will that be coincidental with the mission employment training and there by save some flight hours in total? Maybe but my calculator, my experience and my common sense say probably not. You're going to pay more per stud and wear out your 16s faster more likely. Non-concur. Flight hour cost ref: http://nation.time.com/2013/04/02/costly-flight-hours/
  4. Trends in Air to Air Combat

    Not air to air but an example of AI likely to migrate to fighters... https://www.wired.com/story/ai-can-help-hunt-down-missile-sites-in-china/
  5. F-16 Students skip Phase III

    KAUS man, that's baptism by fire! You better learn them radios real quick son, we ain't got time to fuck around! Either say it right the first time or just put yourself in a penalty container for the controller!
  6. F-16 Students skip Phase III

    So they are willing to take a T-6 student to a fighter? And what other options are they exploring to cut corners? .... a few months ago about 80ish dirty MC12 dudes and dudettes (a lot T-38 trained) went to C2ISR and droids in their final drop.
  7. F-16 Students skip Phase III

    AETC staff yes. But who knows how far these ideas are along.
  8. F-16 Students skip Phase III

    By who? The staff? That should be fun for me...
  9. F-16 Students skip Phase III

    It's being discussed. And UPT expanded to Bergstrom or Alliance with a contractor esque deal ala Doss with AF QA
  10. F-16 Students skip Phase III

    Confirm what we're talking about is doing T-6s, and then prof advancing to F-16s? No T-38s whatsoever?
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  12. T-38 Down @ DLF

    I knew him in field training and ran into him again during pilot training. What a great dude. Made field training a riot, and great support for a dude trying to figure out the transition from navy 34s to the 38. Very sad day in the aviation industry. He will truly be missed. Him him.
  13. T-38 Down @ DLF

    I flew with him as a young nav and ran into him again as a 38 stud at DLF. I saw him in the hall not 15 minutes before we stepped to fly on Monday and we talked about hopefully flying 4-ship together for old times sake. One of the most gregarious, over the top, talk your ear off for hours larger than life guys I've ever known. F*ck, this one hurts. I'll miss you brother.
  14. F-16 Students skip Phase III

    Apparently there is a push to evaluate moving all of UPT to virtual reality training, or so goes the rumor. KAUS wouldn't be bad for upt though..
  15. F-16 Students skip Phase III

    I'll pipe in on the T-1 students we've seen at my MAF schoolhouse... They can't talk on the radio and generally lack SA. This has been most noticeable from Laughlin grads, where they did all their mission (tanker/airdrop) rides in the sim. This leads to them running over taxi lights and overspeeding things, and generally taking longer in our FTU syllabus than they would otherwise. It's a nuisance for us in a dual-pilot airplane... Can't imagine it's a good thing to teach UPT skills in an F-16.
  16. F-16 Students skip Phase III

    Considering our week down here, the sheer irony of this statement does not escape me. --break break-- I can't speak for the relative merits of the T-1 program, but as it pertains to the 38, yeah whoever suggests all we do in phase III is play patty cake for flight hours can go EABOD, FTUs included. Col Jessup's infamous retort on A Few Good Men seem a fitting response to this garbage.
  17. F-16 Students skip Phase III

    Wow... the T-38 sims barely held a torch to what it was like to actually fly the jet. Phase II teaches you how to be a student pilot, while Phase III actually teaches basic airmanship. Where’s my popcorn?
  18. T-38 Down @ DLF

    I had the pleasure of flying with Paul for 3 years and 2 deployments. He was as good a dude as they come. Rest easy, brother.
  19. F-16 Students skip Phase III

    This has bad idea written all over it. It's not even so much a matter of a particular skill that they learn in Phase 3, it's a matter of raw flight hours and the airmanship that comes with it. We are running into the same thing in the T-1 with the majority of the mission fam portion of the syllabus waived. WGAF about "airdrop" or "refueling" sorties. They learn those skills in the FTU anyway. The issue is the basic SA and airmanship that you can't teach in a sim. If they want to cut Phase 3, a second lap through the T-6 program would be more beneficial than just kicking them down to the FTU to fly much more expensive and unforgiving jets.
  20. Stop over point

    Stupid shit like this REALLY helps the retention issue.
  21. F-16 Students skip Phase III

    Hope he wasn’t a Tucson grad, we usually don’t put up with that crap.
  22. F-16 Students skip Phase III

    You know what was fun recently? Flying dedicated formation rides, in an F-16, at an operational squadron, because the student had passed the B-course without a basic proficiency in formation flying. Stuff like this just kicks the can down the road.
  23. NFL Ratings are Way Down

    Sorry it was Smokin that made the comment on 9/29, not you.
  24. T-38 Down @ DLF

    Him Him
  25. Upcoming Boards

    182nd AW having a board in Feb 2018. Packets due Dec 31.
  26. T-38 Down @ DLF

    Flew with Captian Barbour once, good dude.
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