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  1. What's wrong with the Air Force?

    Well la dee freakin dah. So when AMD continues to build near max duty day missions bouncing around the AOR with impossible ground times, it'll be the WG/CC saying "You're preapproved for the waiver if you want to avoid staying in transient lodging downrange" instead of Maj. Clueless at AMD. Thanks.
  2. RIP Doc

    RIP. Sounds like he was an incredibly intelligent guy. Strange story: http://www.popularmechanics.com/military/aviation/news/a28146/mystery-aircraft-crashes-in-nevada-desert/
  3. How much do guard pilots fly?

    You're thinking in the wrong direction. Start with your objective and work backwards. How many hours do you want? How often do you want to deploy? What pilot jobs do you want?
  4. Leaving the Air Force for the Airlines

    Yeah, I've seen the same in our unit. Some guys with mediocre resume/hours/quals getting picked up by the majors immediately while highly experienced guys are grinding it out at the regionals for over a year and counting. Hiring seems like a lottery. Flew on Mesa this weekend and talked to a Capt who had recently put his apps on file for the majors. He says everyone is just waiting their turn and upgrade is frustrating because they can't find new hires. He told me to Google what his batshit crazy CEO had to say about the 1500 hour rule.
  5. Leaving the Air Force for the Airlines

    Dude, good on ya for leveling with them. I wonder how long the regionals can absorb the cost of being a revolving door for pilots. 10-12 years ago, there seemed to be a general understanding or "gentleman's agreement" that if a company hired you and put you through training, you'd give them a year of productivity on the line. The reason being that was the estimated amount of time needed to recoup the investment in your training. I'm sure that's no longer the case and it's completely understandable as to why, given the current conditions. But still, the costs of training pilots only to watch them leave before or soon after training is complete has to be taking a financial toll.
  6. Flight Pay increases

    I flew with a Captain (former F-15 guy) who cleared his July 2017 schedule with vacation. He picked up as much time-and-a-half open time as was possible within the duty limits. $89K before per diem, 401K, profit sharing, and taxes. Ridiculous.
  7. Flight Evaluation Board (FEB)

    So you're saying there should be a logical and reasonable expectation that a pilot in the front of the aircraft and a boom operator in rear of the aircraft equally share the same responsibility to take action if the receiver f's up? I don't know a whole lot about operating a boom, but I surmise that if you have a seat and a window in the back of the plane built exclusively for the purpose of allowing you to stare intently at the other aircraft and you don't say anything until after damage occurs... I can understand how multiple people in the chain of command might arrive at the conclusion of "Hey, it wasn't entirely your fault, but you were in a position to act before damage occurred, and didn't. Q3". I'm not saying that happened in this case. Maybe he didn't have time to react. But I can see how it could have. Although there is some bad leadership out there, my experience says it is extremely rare for a person's flight records to be wrecked without a lot of careful consideration and due diligence by many people. There's plenty of instances of Copilot Q-3s for failing to verbalize or attempt to correct a Pilot's mistake.
  8. Flying Videos Thread Part 2?

    That was us. We thought it would be a good idea to fly perpendicular to the run in across the DZ immediately after the drop so I could enjoy the sunset eclipse on my side of the aircraft.
  9. Flight Evaluation Board (FEB)

    A devil's advocate might say just because you didn't cause the problem doesn't mean you don't have a responsibility to keep things from getting bent. All I'm saying is it may not be a giant injustice from every perspective.
  10. Professional pilot kill recreation?

    The AF paid for 40 hours of flight training prior to my UPT date. I was in a Piper Tomahawk. That sort of ruined my interest in GA. Got my ATP in a Cherokee in a few hours about 12 years ago. Miserable. Flew a cross country with a friend in his Bonanza. a few years back. That was a much better experience, but it was still slow, noisy, poor visibility, and lots of logistics involved. I always loved the idea of owning an airplane, living on a grass strip in a picturesque house with a hanger for a garage. I could probably do that, but I'd have to give up most of my other interests. Every time I fly in the Airlines or the Guard, the aircraft is big, expensive, powerful, smooth, fast (relatively), reliable, inspected, and maintained. None of that requires a time or financial commitment from me. I sort of cringe at the thought, but I've considered going and getting checked out in a small aircraft... only to enjoy the experience and reaction of my family and friends who haven't been spoiled as I have.
  11. Leaving the Air Force for the Airlines

    Good catch, I missed that one. My point being that suggesting we're increasing the total number of ATP holders (which is the number that matters) by using a less meaningful number (that is double the actual increase people actively holding the certificate) is misleading.
  12. Leaving the Air Force for the Airlines

    Here's another stat: Look at tab 4 of the 2016 spreadsheet: https://www.faa.gov/data_research/aviation_data_statistics/civil_airmen_statistics/ 2012 - 145,590 Active ATP certs held in the US on December 31 2013 - 149,824 2014 - 152,933 2015 - 154,730 2016 - 157,894 25,977 is either straight up false or misleading (assuming around 12K ATP holders retired or quit) Check out the year to year totals of Private and Commercial certificates held and see if you spot a problem.
  13. Promotion and PRF Information

    That's some fascinating insight into how AFPC views the rated exodus. They're shrinking to perfection.
  14. Leaving the Air Force for the Airlines

    Sick tat, bro. Which one of you is this? In fairness, good judgement was exercised in waiting until you had 3 years seniority.
  15. USAFA: Being masculine is bad

    Article from this morning says there's a new boss at the Academy. Anybody have any experience with him? As always, I'm holding out hope he can undo some of the damage done by the last one and restore some culture, heritage, and mission focus.