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jazzdude last won the day on September 14

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  1. jazzdude

    Flying with an automatic watch

    High G on a mechanical watch can make it worse at keeping time, since the springs and the other internals can stretch. But yeah, a mechanical watch on its best day won't keep time better than a quartz watch Sent from my SM-N920V using Tapatalk
  2. jazzdude

    Flying with an automatic watch

    Flew with my c-17 bremont in the T-6. Probably lost about 5-10 seconds a day, which was worse than before flying as a UPT IP. Good enough for upt. Quartz is going to be more accurate, and probably easier to read at night. But the Bremont is cooler than the Timex/G-shock... Sent from my SM-N920V using Tapatalk
  3. jazzdude

    Promotion and PRF Information

    Both of those are good, based on my passed over counseling. "One more..." being better than "definitely promote". Also need a job, school, and staff push as well. Sent from my SM-N920V using Tapatalk
  4. jazzdude

    Promotion and PRF Information

    Then again, that feedback may just consist of what the commander knows, i.e. the path that worked for them Sent from my SM-N920V using Tapatalk
  5. jazzdude

    What is next for the UPT-Next graduates?

    AT-6 is like 33% bigger. Bigger prop, bigger wings, etc. I think this rfp is a retrofit on the existing fleet Sent from my SM-N920V using Tapatalk
  6. jazzdude

    What is next for the UPT-Next graduates?

    Sounds like IFF with T-6s... Sent from my SM-T700 using Tapatalk
  7. Hopefully they bump up what the offer to 11Ms, up to the $35k they are authorized to, instead of the $30k they offered last year. It'll be interesting to see what they end up offering, but I'm not holding my breath for info anytime soon. Also curious about the rumored professional pay, and how talking the bonus this year would affect flight pay/professional pay if they change it in the future. Sent from my SM-N920V using Tapatalk
  8. jazzdude

    Promotion and PRF Information

    Aren't the HPOs picked pretty much by the time they are senior captains? Seems like if you aren't identified as being on that path, well, awards and strats don't mean really anything at the FGO level. The AF becomes a little more fun once you've gotten passed over and realize you don't have to play the game any more. Freedom to pursue what you find rewarding/meaningful, especially now when rated manning is in such bad shape. Sent from my SM-N920V using Tapatalk
  9. jazzdude

    Future T-38 replacement?

    I think the AAR was supposed to be added in IFF with the T-X, mainly because they didn't want the first time a new F-22 or F-35 wingman to do AAR be solo. Sent from my SM-N920V using Tapatalk
  10. Easy 1000 hours TPIC, so now our helo bubbas can transition easier to the airlines if they want... Sent from my SM-N920V using Tapatalk
  11. When you go shopping for a new CFI, ask if they are a gold star CFI. FAA designates CFIs with a high student pass rate as gold star CFIs. I want to say it's something like a 80-90% student initial pass rate. Sent from my SM-N920V using Tapatalk
  12. This right here is unsat if they will not train to FAA checkride standards. I'm sorry you wasted time and money with such a poor school. What school did you go to? Might be good to post a warning to everyone else. Sent from my SM-N920V using Tapatalk
  13. Also, if you haven't already, look over the ACS for private pilot. https://www.faa.gov/training_testing/testing/acs/ That's what's being tested, and what the examiner is looking for, so it might give you more insight into making a training plan with your CFI. Your letter of discontinuance will cite the appropriate tasks that did not meet standards, so that's a good point to start at. Sent from my SM-N920V using Tapatalk
  14. I'd second finding a different CFI. Realize that just because someone is a CFI doesn't mean they are either a good teacher or a good pilot; they might just be building flight time. I'd suspect that's the case, since the CFI obviously doesn't care about his checkride failure rate. Find someone who will teach to what you need to clean up on your practical. And not just "let's hop in the plane and talk about it in the air." A good ground session discussing what needs to be brought up to standard, and talking through what you're going to do before you do it will save you time out in the plane. I struggled a bit with stalls during my private pilot training, mainly due to being a little apprehensive. So I'd try to ease into the stall overly slow, which just made the whole thing worse. Heading control was terrible, stalls were very mushy with inconsistent recoveries. Switched CFIs, and got a guy who beat them up with me in the area, and showed me they weren't anything to be afraid of in the practice area. Other big improvement he brought was a steady, but positive pull towards stall, which made maintaining heading easier, the stall break became very consistent and predictable, which then led to consistent stall recoveries. Fast forward to me instructing at UPT, I was a believer in encouraging students to nail their setup parameters for stalls. I didn't grade the setups, but a good setup typically made for consistent recoveries, and corrections for the student(if needed) were a lot easier to make/teach to. DPE isn't giving you a discount, sounds like they are milking you for extra money. Are they affiliated with your flight school? If so, that's pretty shady. Good luck on the next try, and don't take the practical if you aren't feeling confident. Sent from my SM-N920V using Tapatalk
  15. jazzdude

    Grumpy MC Driver

    100% on UPT. An MWS FTU should not have to teach fundamental skills like filing/weather requirements, VFR/IFR navigation, and how to fly an instrument approach. FTU should only need to teach airframe specific differences/TTPs, or unique mission requirements (multiple alternates, departure alternates, ICAO procedures, tactics, etc). As an example, I saw many T-6 IPs essentially mission plan the entire student cross country for the student, or just fly direct everywhere. Sure, studs check the MIF containers, but miss out on the bigger mission planning and route study learning. Some of that's is not the fault of the stud, either, as often they'll double turn throughout the week with no opportunity to truly plan an off station weekend in the name of timeline. Sometimes they'll do weekend flying the week before to catch then up to go on the cross country push the following weekend. But that doesn't matter-only timeline and production matters. If pilots are forgetting basics after msn cert, then the IPs need to crack down on guys below standard. Sent from my SM-N920V using Tapatalk