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About Shaft34

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  1. Thunderbird AND Blue Angel Crash?

    Some pictures from the memorial for Capt Kuss here in Durango, CO: http://www.durangoherald.com/apps/pbcs.dll/gallery?Site=DU&Date=20160611&Category=NEWS01&ArtNo=610009999&Ref=PH/Marine-Capt-Jeff-Kuss-comes-home#/apps/pbcsi.dll/bilde?Site=DU&Date=20160611&Category=NEWS01&ArtNo=610009999&Ref=PH&Item=1&NewTbl=1&MaxH=400 http://www.durangoherald.com/apps/pbcs.dll/gallery?Site=DU&Date=20160611&Category=NEWS01&ArtNo=611009999&Ref=PH/Kuss-memorial#/apps/pbcsi.dll/bilde?Site=DU&Date=20160611&Category=NEWS01&ArtNo=611009999&Ref=PH&Item=22&NewTbl=1&MaxH=400 I just happen to be here in Durango on a fire assignment and missed the memorial because we were out flying a fire, but word from those were around is how respectful everyone was as the precession made its way through town. It is a big deal to the people here even during the busy tourist season. Fat Albert just left today and I think the Hornets staged out of GJT. RIP Capt Kuss
  2. RAPCON phone numbers

    Two places I'd use are: 1. ABQ tower - call them for the number 2. Kirtland OSS should have an airspace office of some sort
  3. Gun Talk

    Take a look at e Ruger SR-22 if they're still making it. My Dad has one and it's fun to shoot.
  4. Tony Kern

    I'd say you'll be ok with him as a speaker, as long as your audience isn't the aerial firefighting industry. Not real popular within that world after his time with the USFS. I don't know if it is deserved or not, but that's the perception. He was an instructor of mine all four years at the zoo because I was a history major. I remember him as one of the more memorable ones and a good story teller.
  5. Privately Owned Drones

    It takes time for a TFR to be implemented for fire ops. Say anywhere from an hour to a whole day. During an Initial Attack phase the aircraft are responding to a lat/long passed through a dispatch center. Sometimes they are dead on, other times they are WAGs up to 5 miles off. Depends if it was called in by a ground crew already working it, or by someone just calling in the general vicinity. The small ones can be real hard to find sometimes... I imagine CalFire is on top of it when getting TFRs put in place, but I haven't read how long into the incident they were when the drone(s) were spotted.
  6. Privately Owned Drones

    Lots of conflicting information concerning the number of hobby drones in the vicinity, but one is enough to shut things down. NIFC PSA about drone strikes: https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=5Aj0BJi9Hcg NIFC diagram of the Fire Traffic Area (FTA) for those interested: http://gacc.nifc.gov/sacc/logistics/aircraft/PMS505_FTA-Card-2013_FINAL-2up.pdf It's hard enough keeping an eye out for each other and other air traffic in these dynamic situations.
  7. U-2 Dragonlady info

    Probably due to the fact they let a lot of pilots leave via TERA and VSP last year, combined with normal attrition. Not allowing for fighter/bomber applicants makes for a much smaller pool to draw from.
  8. U-2 Dragonlady info

    Just your average AF (interview) flight!
  9. U-2 Dragonlady info

    Useful for students flying around the pattern to keep it coordinated until they get the feel. Up high you generally center it up with the yaw knob on the autopilot once you get above 50k and don't really mess with it after that. Helps keep the wing fuel balanced for the landing. Don't really use it for the landing phase, too busy looking straight forward (yaw string is overhead on the canopy) trying to keep the wings level, stopping drift, and keeping her at 2'. You can tell the yaw pretty well by looking at the nose. The big honking ASARS nose is the best for crab, but not as good for the others. Of course, there are as many techniques for flying the Deuce as there are U-2 pilots...
  10. Based on my personal experience transferring GI Bill benefits right before applying for TERA, I would NOT recommend doing it if you are putting in for VSP. I did the transfer one day before applying for TERA because it was listed as being fully waived if approved. Of course there was no mention that they would use ADSC as a discriminator when deciding who was approved. Ended up being ranked 7 of 8 in my yr group/AFSC because of it. Fortunately I got lucky and was accidentally approved due to their own incompetence, so it worked out in my favor. Had I known this beforehand, probably wouldn't have done the transfer, as I had just completed my ADSC for the bonus that same month and had no other ADSCs. Probably would have gotten TERA anyway after being passed over 2x this month. Of course, it may or not make a difference with this round, but we would never know since they don't really publish how exactly they're making these decisions.
  11. Gun Talk

    Just curious HeloDude...how is the top one a pistol? Looks like it has a buttstock to me. What am I missing?
  12. Promotion and PRF Information

    My calculations put it at roughly $1k/month for a 15 vs 20 year O-4. It takes about 12 years for the 20 year pay total to exceed the 15 year pay (due to the extra 5 years of payments). Those are just rough guesstimates I used when making my decision to apply for TERA earlier in the year. I noticed they had added a paragraph on the mypers TERA page saying in effect that all twice passed over O-4s would be offered TERA if eligible. Of course, they didn't define eligibility, whether that was the current TERA criteria, or just meaning you have >15 years. I wondered the reason why they added that late in the game (April) and whether they were going to continue or not. I was approved for TERA in April, but had kind of held out hope that this might be a second chance if originally denied, since I was most likely not gonna make it. Are there reports of continuation being offered to anyone? Sorry to hear about this being implemented for people that really wanted to stay in...can't help the timing!
  13. This is off the All ATPs website to enter their ME ATP program (based on FAR 61.159) 1500 hrs TT - 500 XC - 100 Night - 75 Inst (Actual or Sim) (50 hrs in an airplane) - 250 PIC Airplane - 50 MEL I fail to see how you don't qualify. Maybe you need to look into another school. Also, how do you complete 100 hrs of TC-12 training and end up with no other multi time with 3k hours? T-6 and U-28s or something? More information with regards to your flying history would help us help you.
  14. How much ME time did she say you need? A couple of our guys did the 737 type with me and only had a couple hundred T-38 hours for ME time. Everything else was SEL or powered lift. At some point you flew a ME right? Like a T-37, T-38, T-1, or T-44?