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  1. T-6s Grounded; More OBOGS Issues

    We are talking about AETC right? Training safety standards and risk acceptance is FAR FAR different than when you are talking ops world combat sorties. Again just my opinion...then again I'm removed from AF flying for greener pastures, more money, less bullshit, and more time off doing my best "pilot PA voice". Now, get off my lawn!
  2. T-6s Grounded; More OBOGS Issues

    Yes...thank god there are several of your types out there. What would we do without you gracing our presence?
  3. T-6s Grounded; More OBOGS Issues

    How many of those other planes that fly around unpressurized without supplemental O2 (the T-6 is actually pressurized) do so with a CFS system and/or ejection seats or do so at altitudes where O2 is required by the FARs? Have you seen what someone looks like who had the CFS fire with them in the aircraft still? I have and while I never really flew around with my mask down routinely, after seeing what it did to them, I never flew with it down again. So aside from the O2 standpoint, it does provide protection for a CFS fire. Also, I did then and still do think it's a bad idea to fly around with the mask down. Some still do, but I personally feel like it's a big mistake should stuff go bad. In addition, even though the T-6 is pressurized, flying around in the mid 20s xc or for whatever reason you end up that high (think high MOA blocks), what happens if you have to punch? That pressurization environment disappears very quickly and you are now in an unpressurized situation where those other unpressurized a/c aren't flying around without O2. I personally think dudes would rather have their mask on with the immediate emergency oxygen vs a flailing mask hanging down (if it doesn't get ripped off) and no oxygen with limited time of consciousness. After 1500+hrs in the T-6 as an IP, I can promise you I would not be flying around with a mask down breathing ambient air. If this current "good idea fairy's" plan of a connection to allow the mask up and breathing ambient air takes hold and becomes the current norm while they work the OBOGS issue, I can see a high percentage chance that the AF will see more ejections or worse in the future. Just reattach to the OBOGS...you may go hypoxic but whatever take the chance. No thanks...then again I am out of AD and AF flying all together now and see a much bigger picture of life than I ever had when I was in. I'd personally be much more apt these days to say, "ya not doing that" and walking away. So please explain what the fix is for wearing a mask for CFS protection alone? There's more reasons for it than just that, but I'd be interested in what you think would fix that.
  4. T-6s Grounded; More OBOGS Issues

    I can almost hear the Tweet's engines whistling overhead once again!! This "fix" is gonna get someone killed IMO...sorry but "sacking up" doesn't really solve the issue. Last I checked the dudes at airshows and such weren't having problems with their flight instruments being fly to fail and all of a sudden catching on fire for some unknown reason. I'll take my supplemental oxygen that will hopefully get me on the ground before the acrid smoke gets too much into my system via my eyes and such. Not to mention the ejection standpoint... **disclaimer-I have not flown the T-6 since 2012. I also have only heard about the instruments catching on fire from current IPs still flying them with at least one occasion my buddy experiencing it who is still flying them at PIT**
  5. T-6s Grounded; More OBOGS Issues

    DING DING DING!!!! We have a winner... So glad I am out of the T-6 world. I loved my time as an IP while I did it but hearing all this nonsense, thank god that's behind me. Every day reinforces my decision to punch AD and subsequently stop flying for the AF. Too much of this insane thinking...it's frankly a surprise we aren't hurting or killing more aircrew out there. Be smart, stay safe, and don't be afraid to say no if they try to force a bad situation.
  6. T-6s Grounded; More OBOGS Issues

    Wow...just wow...
  7. T-6s Grounded; More OBOGS Issues

    I see the AF has jumped on the bad idea train as it passed through town. Had a buddy have an inflight electrical fire during our time as IPs in the T-6. He wasn't right until a few hours after but thought he was perfectly fine, and that was from the smoke alone in the cabin as he was on the emergency bottle. The EADI or EHSI starts smoking and you are breathing ambient cabin air? I guess the AF has tied your hands as to the inflight "fix" for that... Take some extra time to preflight that ejection seat and maybe go back to Aero Phys just for a refresher should you chose to fly...
  8. "Center the Bug"

    What else am I supposed to do during cruise?
  9. T-6s Grounded; More OBOGS Issues

    Sadly that's how I know him...
  10. T-6s Grounded; More OBOGS Issues

    Ahhh Gen Nowland...couldn't have happened to a "nicer" guy. Feel bad for those below him, he has a tendency to take stuff out on his subordinates in my experience.
  11. The new airline thread

    This right here is exactly what is so great about the airline world...YOU GET TO CHOOSE! While it sucks to be junior commuting to reserve (I am right there with you and feel your pain) it's a choice. You could be more senior with a line but have to add in a double commute. It's all about what you decide is the best option. I could be 40-45% from the top, live in base, and hold a line in the right seat, but the wife and I decided if any time is best to do it, now is the time to jump to the left seat and commute to reserve. Sucks at times but we have CHOSEN to chase the money. I cannot remember any time while on AD, and to an extent in the reserves other than to leave, that I was ever really given a choice.
  12. The new airline thread

    I don't believe there is any restriction as you can be a TR and still do a points only gig on the side, and I believe you can also be AD and do one. Don't quote me on the AD part as that's what I believe I heard, I may have misunderstood though. I know that's hard to believe. However, as others have said there's plenty of work to be done with a single points only job to get your minimum each year. I finally turned in the old wings and am now a CAP points only type dude. Between Delta and my cake CAP gig I'm living the dream! Flying for Delta and limping towards retirement. Ask me in another 6yrs when I hit my 20 and punch all together if I am happier, but for now I can't think of any way to make life better.
  13. The new airline thread

    Huh? I am at Delta and I can confirm Bergman's post as being accurate. I was based in NYC at the time my ID expired with Delta, got a pop-up reminding me it was going too and to check with the CPO on my next trip. Walked in, gave the secretary my name and old ID, she gave me my new one and said, "Have a nice day." I walked out within 30 seconds. That simple and best of all was I didn't get to ATL (or any other base where you scan your ID) and find out it was all FUBAR and not working like my typical AF experience. 30 seconds of my life as I walked to sign in...no hassle, headache, or frustration.
  14. T-6s Grounded; More OBOGS Issues

    Haha awesome...even better. Regardless, I stand by my statement that I am not flying if the expectation is I have to fly with my mask down for OBOGS reasons. I am not so concerned about the CFS if it is pinned but the low altitude issue causing an immediate ejection is. I am far since removed from flying the T-6 and being in AETC, so maybe my thinking is more conservative these days since life is different, but seems like a lot of speeding just asking for something bad to happen...
  15. T-6s Grounded; More OBOGS Issues

    I was a safety guy during part of my time at Vance as a T-6 IP. I saw first hand what the CFS does to masks, flight suits, and skin after it is fired (inadvertently...oops) in flight. I would fly with it down for awhile especially in the summer when it was hot, but not after seeing the results of a blown CFS. NFW I would step foot in that jet if the answer was, "Just fly with your mask down."