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    Thud Drivers Photo Exhibit

    That was pretty kick ass. I got to meet Dave Groark years ago in Mesquite Texas, while waiting for a student. He was nice enough to give me the fifty cent tour of his T-6. I saw his name painted on the side. "Dave Groark? I was just re-reading my copy of Going Downtown the other day! You wouldn't happen to be that Captain Dave Groark from the 355th TAC fighter wing, now would you? He smiled and admitted he was. I asked him if Jack Broughton was the exceptional leader he appeared to be. Not really a legit question, the record speaks for itself. "I'd follow him straight to hell today if he asked me." Was the reply. Those dudes are BAMFs

    "Center the Bug"

    To answer your question Huggy, it's a left over from older, non-digital autopilots whose failure mode out of NAV wasn't a CWS mode, but HDG. At your current employer on the Boeings, it has a little to do with class II nav, where some very specific things are done with the heading bug passing a fix. Many of the Captains you fly with come from the larger jets where maybe the heading bug fixation is a bit of a vestigial remnant of oceanic flying. Maybe. (Guppy drivers are required to do the same thing, compliance is pretty low.) Center it up, or leave it alone - both sound awesome to me. No wrong answer. Here's what's concerning: no PM should touch a damn thing on your MCP when you're flying and the automation is engaged, except the altitude knob. If you're flying and some Captain reaches over and centers up your heading bug, you should remind them that you're flying, the autopilot is on, and would they please not touch your heading bug. It's easy for me to say this wearing four stripes, but the behavior you're describing (Them grabbing your heading bug) is a violation of SOP and should be called out every time it happens. As the HF folks say, what you practice or permit, you promote. Glad to see you're back! I'm totally bummed I missed flying with you when I was SFO based. We'll have to figure something out.

    Help with a Divorce

    You can't hide shit. The risk reward equation is untenable. You'll get caught. The judge will spank you badly. Be as reasonable and compromising as possible. If you can work through the details without the need to be right, if you can let her dump on you a little bit if that's what helps her get past things, then set aside your ego and let her. My ex and I wrote up the details of our divorce on a legal pad one afternoon at my house before the kids got off the bus. There were a couple of little things where I felt like I could of done better, but there is no amount of money in the world worth the aggravation. I know still have a friendly relationship with her and the kids have done better for it. Whatever gains I might have eked out would have been totally eaten by attorney fees. My kids never hearing anything bad about their mother come out of my lips? Priceless. Money? You'll make more.

    Apparently, we're all pretty stupid,...

    Nope. My fiance is a member and teaches for the LAUSD. Contrary to the popular trope, they're toothless. If an administrator wants you gone, pack your bags. That he already has baggage from the past makes it that much easier.

    Apparently, we're all pretty stupid,...

    A soon-to-be-unemployed low life piece of shit.

    Apparently, we're all pretty stupid,...

    I can live with stupid people. There's nothing wrong with being dumb. What I will judge a person for is are they ignorant and/or unkind? Are they capable of doing their job? This motherfucker fails on all counts. My fiance is an LAUSD teacher, she says there's no way this guy doesn't lose his job.

    Raise Taxes, Fire up the Draft.

    I'm not for the draft unless we are in a declared war. However, I agree with the OP that we've lost ownership of our military institutions. This is no longer your Army. Or your father's. Maybe somebody you know has a friend or relative serving, but there's no personal connection anymore. "But I support our troops." Bullshit. The executive branch has been allowed to illegally and unjustly use our military as a force abroad to improve our strategic positions, enhance our standing or ensure our participation in certain marketplaces and make tons of money for their constituent corporations for whom armed conflict of any kind is a very, very good thing. If we really supported our troops we wouldn't allow them to be wasted so capriciously. And trotted out as an advertising tool at public sporting events, a PSA for increased beer and football profits, all while allowing the public to feel reverent about their military and what it represents. They can see it, but do not have to participate in the sausage being made. Andrew Bacevich has come up with the best proposal I can think of and that is to require a certain percentage of 18 year olds to serve a two year hitch as Army Infantryman. It would act as a counterbalance to many of the problems with an all volunteer force. Most notably, if there were active duty grunts with the last name of Trump or Obama or Koch or you-get-the-picture, you can be damn sure we wouldn't be illegally invading other sovereign countries and totally disregarding international law. Slowly, over a generation, it would become our Army again. And taxpayers sure as hell aren't going to allow what's been happening continuously post 1991 to happen with their Army.

    F-22 Pilot's comments after flying the F-4

    "Two miles and forty five minutes later..."

    What's wrong with the Air Force?

    I have found a lot of believers have a real problem understanding where their religious freedom ends and where the rights of others begin. Given teh amount of lies they're fed from those seeking to control them, it's not much of a surprise. Here's the Cliff Notes version: We're a secular democracy, not a theocracy. The Constitution does not have the word God in it. The men that founded this country wrote extensively about the separation. Jefferson went so far as discuss building up a wall between the church and state. Your beliefs are for you. Our laws and our public institutions are for everybody. Christians, Jews, Atheists, Muslims, Cargo cults, etc. You may not hold up your belief system as an excuse to not abide by the law or deprive others of their due process or equal access. If you could, then these "church of no taxes" would be the most wildly successful new religion ever, and their members wouldn't be in jail or on the losing end of a huge tax bill and lien form the IRS.
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    Airline hiring prep, gouge, advice

    I've been at United for eleven years this month. Currently a 737 Captain at LAX. Held the left seat at nine years and currently am sitting reserve at home in SoCal. I flew the 737, 757, 767 and very briefly, the 787. I have loved every minute of this job. Great coworkers, generous pay and benefits, more time off than anybody I can think of that actually has a job. My former 787 FO peeps on reserve have all grown Grizzly Adams beards. I flew with plenty of prior service folks when I was in the right seat, but it's been a real pleasure to work with a younger generation who are a little bit closer to my age, fresh off their military careers and not yet bitter and angry with the industry. And with the leadership we currently have, I am cautiously optimistic they never will! I have been very fortunate to fly with consistently high quality folks from all aviation backgrounds. I am grateful I upgraded as soon as I could. Even with the temporary commute I did to SFO and the vagrancies of life on reserve, it's been a total pleasure to be in command again and set the tone at work. I can highly recommend the ECIC prep, it really took the stress off and allowed me to just concentrate on communicating. Spend the time and money, it's worth the peace of mind and there's way too much money at stake to leave things to chance and not to come loaded for bear. Checked and Set is an excellent resource too, Charlie Venema is just as sharp as Aaron. Anybody who's got a question about UAL they'd like answered should feel free to drop me a PM. If you're in LA, let me know, we'll get together and I'll give you the fifty cent tour of the flight office. I'm immensely proud of our company and our relationship with veterans. In addition to former military pilots, I've flown with former NAVs, FEs, controllers, tank company commanders, Delta force, black-shoe navy submarine commanders, grunts and even shoe clerks. Haven't had a bad day yet.
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    Texas Church Shooting

    You're right. The time before that, we got Skeletor. Emotional over reactions on my part aside, I'm still not going to be surprised if there turns out to be a systemic pattern of failure to report these felonies. Still, if you're the leader of an organization that sends a convicted felon on down the road without properly managing his punishment, and then said asshole is able to shoot up a church because of your organization's negligence, maybe it's time for somebody else to get a turn at the plate. Tricky stuff. We as a country ned to do a whole lot better.
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    Texas Church Shooting

    So agree. More than career-ending paperwork is needed. Accountability. They had a responsibility to protect their fellow citizens. As far as I'm concerned, they pulled the trigger themselves. Anybody want to take odds on how many other felony convictions weren't properly reported?
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    Texas Church Shooting

    If I was the President, I'd publicly fire the SAF and CSAF. Whoever didn't do their job with this one should be charged with criminal offenses. And forget all of the hand wringing over mental illness. This turd hit his wife, cracked his child's skull, and left his dog outside all day and kicked it in the head. He's not mentally ill, he was just an asshole. I love the second amendment, but it's high time we figured out a way to prevent the assholes from arming themselves. I have had it with this mass shooting crap.
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    Flying Videos Thread Part 2?

    This is pretty moving.
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    WTF? (**NSFW**)

    Sounds like a belt-fed weapon to me. Low cyclic rate and a whole lot more than thirty rounds.
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    Commercial Aviation air refueling

    The vast majority of airline pilots have NEVER flown formation. Ever. And when I used to push off the gate in the 787 headed to Australia, we had over 200,000 pounds of fuel on board, or twenty hours of duration. Commercial AR will never happen.
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    Flashlight Advice

    OK, I've searched about nine different ways and can't find a previous thread. I've been using a three D - cell, LED Maglite for years. I've just moved to a new jet and my bag is now stuffed to the gills with charts for said airplane. I'm looking for something smaller that will still illuminate all the dark crevasses of a large airplane, with a minimum amount of bag space. Any suggestions? Thanks!
  18. Just a question for those of you in the know. How often does the USAF still lease training platforms for the flying qualities portion of the curriculum? I know the Calspan Lear 24 makes a living there, but was wondering: what other type of aircraft are used in this role?
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    TPS Contractor-Leased Platforms

    Yeah, a good part of the checkout is going to be getting comfortable with the sight picture in back. Day/VMC, and the student has plenty of swept-wing jet experience. Everyone I've talked to about it has said the -21 is a very straightforward airplane with only a few quirky characteristics. And not a whole lot of fuel.
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    TPS Contractor-Leased Platforms

    Cool. The resolution wasn't good enough for me to count the stall fences. I'm thinking about abandoning my financial sanity and purchasing a MIG-21UM. The only way I could justify the cost were if I was able to secure a contract or two. Just starting to do the research. Thanks for the info.
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    TPS Contractor-Leased Platforms

    Wow, they get to solo the MIG-17. Not too shabby. The brakes on that jet will eat your lunch.
  22. Not true, Danny. I was hired at a legacy with the type rating and zero hours in the 737. They didn't even ask me about it. They aren't that parochial. To the OP; Don't worry about getting it. You're qualified. Can you imagine a recruiter having the following mental dialogue? "Let's see, this one is a fighter pilot, so he graduated at the top of his UPT class. He's upgraded to flight lead and IP, so he's probably got his crap together. Hmmm, I think we'll pass on this dude since...wait a sec! He's got a type rating proving he can fly somebody's simulator and pass a pretty tame checkride! We'd better get this guy right in here." You're a known quantity. Spend your money on interview prep. MUCH better investment. Good luck! Listen to Huggy
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    U.S Military Helicopter Crash - UK

    Afton was a former Honor Guard troop and very highly thought of by her brothers and sisters. -That other may live.....
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    WTF? (**NSFW**)

    You would not believe how serious these idiots are about this stuff. My GF's sister is one of these morons. She's adopted two lovely little boys from Ethiopia. God help you if you say or do anything she doesn't agree with. Because god only knows: you can't have a valid opinion on race or religion or poverty or anything unless you're a self-righteous liberal teacher who has overcome her own bias by fully embracing another culture.
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    Whoops-747 Dreamlifter lands at Jabara KS

    (I know you were joking.)