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  1. The new airline thread

    While the pay scale is an issue at Alaska, the lack of a scope clause is the substantially more problematic issue. Look no further than AAG's whipsaw of Horizon vs Skywest over the last few years to see how Mr Tilden is happy to play his own company against subcontractors if it saves a buck. Hopefully the addition of all the Virgin pilots to the seniority list will shake up the head-in-sand mentality of the high longevity AS pilots on scope.
  2. Commanders are dropping like flies this year

    If the main complaint of exiting airmen is the quality and conduct of leadership, then this stuff is part of the necessary course correction. Of course...you do have to hire competent replacements....
  3. Help with a Divorce

    Definitely go to your Commander and let them help you before going much further.
  4. Dream Sheet Advice

    Excellent mixed metaphor!
  5. Air Force to begin testing enlisted pilots

    So let's see just how many different possible solutions the AF can come up with to sidestep fixing the actual retention issues.
  6. Future T-38 replacement?

    IFF has never sought to teach BFM tactics -- it teaches basics. The concepts of control zone BFM are the same today as they were in WWI, and still just as valuable today regardless of changes in tactics, sensors, and weapons. This is like saying it is no longer useful to teach fingertip formation since we have radars and datalink and in the "real world" only fly sit-visual detached mutual support and tac line abreast. IFF-style BFM is learning a basic building-block concept that will be relevant as long as we are flying airplanes that turn in circles while fighting.
  7. WTF? (**NSFW**)

    So, I stand both corrected and impressed. The sky-dick Growler aircrew apparently met their FNAEB a couple days ago as well as received their findings today.
  8. T-38 Down @ DLF

    Names been released yet?
  9. What's wrong with the Air Force?

    Spoken like a true AF leader, trying to rationalize poor leadership exercsed in pursuit of how things look.
  10. WTF? (**NSFW**)

    I happen to have a little knowledge of an FEB in the AF that had substantial CSAF interest a couple years ago, and it took 90 days to actually begin the board proceedings.
  11. WTF? (**NSFW**)

    Remember, the term is unlawful command influence. I think many senior level officials don't think about the second-order effects of opening their mouths when this type of "high vis" thing comes up.
  12. WTF? (**NSFW**)

    #1. The USN does not have FEBs, they have Field Naval Aviator Evaluation Boards (FNAEBs). #2. If a FNAEB was decided upon, organized, and scheduled to begin less than 5 days after an event, that would be an unprecedented accomplishment for any bureaucracy. A competent attorney would have a field day defending someone who was being railroaded on that timetable. In the AF, there are multiple stops along the timeline that makes initiating an FEB in much less than 60-90 days nearly impossible.
  13. Texas Church Shooting

    Ahhh yes....now that the AF might look bad, time to take action!
  14. Texas Church Shooting

    The Lautenberg Amedment is grade-A bullshit. Anyone who has sworn an oath to protect and defend the Constitution should have a problem with the government having the ability to completely remove a Constitutionally-protected right to people who have not been convicted of anything. It should make your skin crawl every time you even see these forms and it reminds you of the mere existence of this law.
  15. Line Up Cards

    Definitely a consideration for civilian formation flying.
  16. WTF? (**NSFW**)

    The Federalist Papers are mandatory reading for anyone who wishes to have any serious conversation about Constitutional issues with respect to what the Founders really intended. Folks should also dig deeper into the philosophy aspect of the Founders mindset by reading stuff like Locke's Two Treatises on Government (the second one being the relevant one). Although it was published well after the Founders did their thing, John Stuart Mill's On Liberty is great foundational reading, too.
  17. WTF? (**NSFW**)

    And yet, every day hundreds of millions of firearm owners do absolutely nothing illegal or immoral with them. This type of crime is still exceedingly rare, thus the logic of his point is still completely valid.
  18. WTF? (**NSFW**)

    So, you would not consider the incremental addition of firearms laws over the last 100 years... - NFA 1934 - GCA 1968 - Brady Bill 1993 - AWB 1994 - the varied state AWB/magazine/etc bans implemented since then ...as prima facie evidence a "slippery slope" of increasing restrictions over time? BTW, the fundamental difference between a topic like gay marriage and gun control is that one issue is trying to increase liberty, and the other is trying to restrict it. Increasing liberty has no finite end...it is potentially boundless. Restricting liberty has a very specific finite end that it can reach.
  19. WTF? (**NSFW**)

    Yeah...actually you are. There are plenty of legally owned fighter aircraft that are capable of employing ordnance, and explosives may be legally owned as destructive devices under the NFA.
  20. WTF? (**NSFW**)

    Telling of what? That you hypothesize an unlikely lengthy series of legislative events, and want people to say what they would hypothetically do if they occurred? Yeah, we're law abiding citizens and we'd comply. Is that what you're so desperate to hear?
  21. WTF? (**NSFW**)

    I keep trying to find the references to cars and hunting in the Bill of Rights, too.
  22. WTF? (**NSFW**)

    That's the beautiful thing about being a free man living in a liberal democracy: it isn't about "need". The whole point is that free citizens are allowed to pursue whatever makes them happy (within the limitations of not violating the rights of others) without having to garner the approval or permission or validation of any other person or organization. "Because I want to" is all the "need" anyone requires.
  23. WTF? (**NSFW**)

    ...because if we just sacrifice "bump stocks" at the altar of gun control, that'll be it and they'll never be back for more, right?
  24. WTF? (**NSFW**)

    For those who want to play the "civilians should not have military-grade weapons" game, I suggest you go download the SCOTUS case US V Miller and see what it says the 2A protects.
  25. WTF? (**NSFW**)

    This is precisely why there are Constitutional protections -- so that the differing whims of men can't be used to arbitrarily decide these things for the rest of the citizenry.