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  1. *THREAD REVIVAL* I'm shopping around for term life insurance to supplement SGLI but am not entirely sure how to decide what is best. I gather that no war, aviation, or terrorist clauses are a must but are there any other fine print details to look for? Other than the rates per amount of coverage what makes one policy/company better than another? I use USAA for all of my banking and insurance right now but their quote for coverage is higher than that of the Army and Air Force Mutual Aid Assoc and the AFA. Any words of wisdom on how to best look out for the family should the worst happen would be appreciated.
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    T-6 Texan II sim

    I personally don’t think that the MSFS they have at Whiting are very helpful. I used it once for about 15 minutes and realized I was getting nothing out of it. I think your time would be better spent studying or chair flying in the cockpit mockups in the microsim room. The RIOT trainer on the other hand is money. It definitely won’t give you any kind of feel for the T-34 but it can really help you grasp how instruments present information and how they are used for navigating and flying approaches. Practicing procedures for radial intercepts, point-to-points, approaches, etc, on the RIOT trainer taught me how to look at the instruments and turn their information into a God's eye view of the situation. I don't think there is a great advantage to using the flight sim, but good luck either way.
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    T-34 Limitation Questions

    FNG, 335 per hour is correct for max power in the T-34, 125 lb/hr at idle. If you have anymore questions about the T-34 feel free to ask but do it quick. I had my last flight last night and am in the process of performing a beer assisted brain dump. Dude
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    Those Going to P'Cola

    The class date on your orders is worthless. Mine was 5 Oct 05 and I didn't start API till November and am just now supposed to start primary next Monday at Whiting. Lately the student WSOs wait hasn't seemed as long so your wait between API and primary should be shorter. When you get here you will be put at the bottom of the AF WSO list. Every week depending on how many people they need they will class up x number of AF student WSOs and y number of AF student pilots. So your class up date will depend on how many AF WSO types are in front of you and how many of those they need at Sherman. When you check in MSgt Lucas should be able to give you a ROUGH (nothing here regarding dates is ever set in stone) idea about when you should be able to class up. Also if you have to do NIFT/IFS or whatever they are calling it now that will also affect your date. I hope that is a little clearer than mud. AF people can be stashed but I don't think it happens as often as the Navy students get shafted/stashed. If you have any other questions let me know. -Dude
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    Chuck Norris Tactics, Techniques and Procedures

    Here is a Chuck Norris fact that is definately Air Force related: From Airman Magazine Feb 2001 Chuck Norris named 'Veteran of the Year' BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AFPN) -- Chuck Norris is an international action star best known for his roles in movies like "Delta Force" and "Missing in Action" and the "Walker, Texas Ranger" television series. But few people know he's an Air Force veteran who served with security forces in South Korea in the early 1960s. Or that he started studying the martial arts while there. Fewer people know of his philanthropic work with children and military veterans. He's the spokesperson for the Department of Veterans Affairs. And in 1990, he established the "Kick Drugs out of America" Foundation. Because of his work, the Veterans Foundation Inc. chose him "Veteran of the Year" for 2001. A national selection committee representing the entertainment industry, the military and corporate America chooses the honoree. Gen. John W. Handy, Air Force vice chief of staff, presented Norris the award at the American Veteran awards show in Beverly Hills, Calif. The taped show will air on The History Channel, Feb. 11. The show is designed to commemorate America's past, present and future military members, raise awareness and encourage public support for the 26.4 million veterans and present service members. ------ Now back to the moderation debate and any random facts about his Chuckness. -Dude [ 04. April 2006, 00:07: Message edited by: El Duderino ]
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    Military Squeezed at the Pump

    I was always curious about how much fuel the military burned. 128.3 million barrels, or $8.8 billion worth last year according to the article. And I thought $20 - $25 a tank was high. Pentagon battles high fuel costs
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    Name that cockpit

    AH-64 Apache
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    Protesters at soldier's funerals

    I am not as surprised at the protests by the Phelps clan as the previous posters have been. I grew up in Topeka and had to drive by the Phelps every Sunday on the way to church. They have protested at funerals of police officers, the funeral of Matthew Shepard (the gay kid that was beaten to death in Wyoming), and other events that get national attention, this is their standard fare. They are disgusting human beings and what they do is revolting. For better or worse (I think probably worse) what they do is protected under Freedom of speech/religion/protest. Writing them letters or beating the shit out of them will only play into their sick and twisted desires. They crave the attention and get off on it. Don't feed the trolls. As difficult as it may be I think that it is important to ignore the the Phelps protesters and focus on the lives and sacrifices made by those whose funerals they are protesting at. Don't let them steal the attention from those who deserve it. Another sick situation happened at a Marine's funeral in Pennsylvania. http://www.cnn.com/2005/US/07/25/funeral.a...y.ap/index.html [ 25. July 2005, 14:39: Message edited by: El Duderino ]
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    F-16 (Viper) noise complaint...and response

    Jetjock, there isn't a flighinfo.com but I did find a flightinfo.com . This is probably the link you were looking for: http://forums.flightinfo.com/showthread.php?t=57442
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    PCOLA

    I am supposed to report on 27 September, a.k.a. not soon enough.
  11. Slaughterhause I don't know what your chances are with eyes out of the PRK pre-op limits after seeing Rage's post but like he said the ETP process only costs you time and postage. You really have everything to gain and nothing to lose by persuring an ETP. I would be interested to know what the postop results for applicants mentioned by Rage were and how they compare to your's. If they had marginal results after PRK that may have been the deciding factor. If your eyes are significantly better and if the rest of your package is strong you may still have a good chance. Your profile says that you are at Luke AFB so I am guessing you are on AD. I received my ETP while in ROTC so I am not sure how your process would work. You will need someone to go to bat for you, the higher ranking the better. My PAS is the one I owe my ETP to. I don't know your particulars or if your surgery was very successful but if it was I would build a package that shows the AF that they will incur minimum risk and be getting an exceptional individual and a strong candidate for pilot training. Some things I think would make strong medical evidence for your case (Rage and F-16MD if I am off on any of this or forgot something please jump in and set me straight): -Good vision of 20/whatever -Eyes that are stable, that your vision is consistant and your eyes are not changing -Not suffering from negative PRK side effects (halos, light sensitivity, scarring, dry or irritated eyes, etc) -Include all of your pre and post op paper work from your eye doctor and the doctor that performed your PRK. -A letter from these doctors saying your surgery was successful and that they would not limit you from any type of activity. -An evaluation and recommendation by an Air Force doctor. After you have established that your eyes are sound medically you will want to show the Air Force you are exceptional and a strong candidate for UPT. Some good evidence: -Recommendation from your CC -Letter from your senator or congressman -Awards -Stellar OPR's -Good GPA -Good AFOQT -Strong PCSM -Flying hours (if you don't have them already I don't know if dropping several thousand would really help or not) -Anything else that shows you are a good officer I hope that this helps you. I really feel that I am the luckiest person to have received an ETP and without the help of my PAS and others it never would have happened. I hope that you can get one as well. You may also consider trying to become a Nav, I don't know what their preop limits are but it would be worth checking into. El Roy was out of the preop limits for pilot but he had PRK and will be going down to P'Cola for WSO school so that is something to consider. Best of luck and let me know if there are any questions I can answer for you.
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    Ejecting

    Some ejection seat trivia that "common folk" may not know: - Early models of the F-104 Starfighter had ejection seats that fired down instead of up. Obviously no zero-zero capability there. - F-111s didn't have ejection seats perse, but an entire ejection pod that kept the pilot and BN/WSO/EWO (EDIT: whatever the guy in the right seat was called) in climate controlled comfort for the ride down. This past Sunday I met a gentleman who was shot down in an F-111 and had to ride the pod down. Luckily he and the pilot, who had a broken back, were rescued before the VC could get to them. [ 23. June 2005, 16:04: Message edited by: El Duderino ]
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    Greasy's Viper (F-16) stories

    Pure gold man. That was the best post I have seen on Baseops in about a week or two. Keep stories like this coming if you have the time - it's nice to hear something positive.
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    Ok..now Ive seen it all

    I wonder if "The Price is Right" honies were impressed by this kids "wings." I bet he got some serious tail that night. It's crap like this that makes ROTC people look like dorks. Does this qualify the kid as a poser? Oh by the way Aurora, Have you seen a man eat his own head . . . no, well then I guess you haven't seen it all.
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    Herniated disc

    PILOTED, If you don't apply you won't be a pilot. I think it is up to you and how bad you want to be a pilot wether it would be a waste of time or not. If you apply the worst they can say is no. I am not an AF pilot yet but will be going to UPT at Whiting. I had been DQ'd from flying for a back issue (compression deformities/fractures from a genetic disease, no pain or lack of mobility, I didn't even know I had this until they looked at the xrays from my FC1). I had to delay my commissioning three months while I waited for the results of an ETP and it definately wasn't a waste of time. Best of luck to you, you have nothing to lose and everything to gain.
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