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Whitman

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Whitman last won the day on August 1 2015

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  1. Whitman

    Pilot Shortage Deepens, USAF is SCREWED.

    Is "ecosystem" the new "synergy"? YGBSM USAF Problem statement as written by career execs: "The Air Force's damaged aircrew ecosystem must be healed through stable and predictable funding along with incorpartion of advanced technologies to enable long-term systemic recovery required to FLY, FIGHT & WIN!" If it were written by Pilots: "Increase our budget so we can pay our pilots more and improve technology that will make our pilots' lives easier; both initiatives will increase our combat capability".
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    Palace Chase info

    See if you can get an intent to hire letter from the unit and go ahead and submit your package. Mine took 6 months for a decision so the sooner you can pull the trigger the better. Definitely talk to the unit and let’s them know what you’re trying to do. Just because they give you a letter doesn’t mean they can’t change their mind after an interview so they shouldn’t mind helping you.
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    Leather Flight Jacket

    Just surprised my dad with a FedEx leather jacket handmade at Pop's Leather (on base store) in Turkey. Extremely high quality and he is very happy. Went with the built in holster option and the lamb wool liner. http://www.popsleather.com/prod_v2.php3?prod=192
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    Professional pilot kill recreation?

    Post a pic of your Dodge Viper. To the OP: I own an exotic v10 and also an RV-4. Know which one I'm selling if I find myself suddenly jobless? There simply is no replacing the value and peace of mind of knowing you can open up the hangar, strap on your airplane (that nobody else flew or left a switch out of place in) and go fly. Most importantly, people in GA are second to none. RV owners particularly but I may be a bit biased.
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    Flight Pay increases

    $50 increase for the senior pilots/IP/EPs that have been flying their asses off in Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria and HOA? That's like tipping your barber $1 after she spends 30-45 min cutting your hair. Might as well keep your $1 and go down to the BX barber if you can't afford the quality haircut. Also, CSAF needs to take the reigns on communicating anything related to pilot retention. He does much better than the others. This is a PR nightmare and casts a negative perception to the pilot retention crisis, as HAF is calling it. CSAF needs to communicate pilots that this is not in any way a measure of retention for the guys punching at initial UPT ADSC completion. Be honest and tell us that this is to incentivize the 14yr officer to stay 20 to retirement (because that's the only thing it does).
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    Fair Winds/Following Seas Mr. Hoover

    Him Him Mr. Hoover was the best pilot there ever was and also a true class act. What was memorable to me was when Chuck Yeager was speaking at Oshkosh a couple years ago and said that Bob Hoover is a better pilot, and that he (Yeager) just had good timing and an engineering degree so got to break the speed of sound first. A rare humble moment from Yeager from someone who had flown with him as a test pilot.
  7. Thanks for the help! No T-6's for me unfortunately. Seems like a great time and I imagine seeing students progress from barely soloing to formation/instrument pilots is very rewarding.
  8. I have 3 years left on my ADSC and have an opportunity to fly T-6s. I flew T-34's in UPT. Is there an ADSC associated with the new aircraft or just the 2yr PCS ADSC. I've read the reg and the thread and am still thoroughly confused. Anyone in my situation?
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    Promotion and PRF Information

    370 IDE Selects, 2067 Selected Major LAF: 17.9% selects. My Pers shows March clearing out the 2005 Majors. Is 200/month safe to assume for the 2006 Maj Selects pinning on starting April?
  10. Huggy, I'm disregarding your last sentence as a youthful display of defiance. U-2 pressure suit for the win!
  11. The Zuca Pro is actually very legit. I've had mine for almost 7 years and have only had to replace the wheels once. http://www.amazon.com/Zuca-Pro-Travel-matching-cover/dp/B00DHI062O/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1447775647&sr=8-1&keywords=zuca+sport+pro You can have a seat anywhere you are with this thing (flat top made of aircraft grade aluminum alloy). Also you'll always have something flat to step onto if you need it for a ladder. Best of all, you can roll it between the aisles of a commercial aircraft and it'll fit in the overhead bin. I find it's best for 5-7 day trips.
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    Promotion and PRF Information

    I'm sure you will be ok. You may even be the only person on this Maj's board to get a school slot without a DP. That's a bizarre situation you guys are in at your base. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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    Promotion and PRF Information

    We had a 62% rate at my base which sounds about right. For some reason I was thinking historically it was 75% DP. Wasn't sure if the lower rate was indicative of a lower overall rate that we should expect this year as well.
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    Promotion and PRF Information

    What was the DP rate this year for Majors board?
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