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stract last won the day on October 23 2015

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  1. damn. That was a tough read.
  2. stract

    OCPs Arrive Oct 1st, 2018

    good on em. wear the flag on the right sleeve will be...odd... I'm sure a lot of the uninformed public will wonder why the flag is "backward". Also, coyote tan boots will look ridiculous with the green flight suit. Hope they bring back black boots...
  3. stract

    Raptor Gear Up at Fallon?

    You'd think there'd be some sort of failure indication in the cockpit (aural/light) in the case of engine failure...
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    Overseas PCS and your cars

    pretty sure there's still a rule that you can't bring a car to Japan unless it was built in 1976 or earlier (though the cutoff year might have changed)...
  5. Hi. I am that civilian. Diligently polishing the turd... You'd be surprised regarding paper checklists. When ACC sees the bill for this year's checklist revision for each of the 4 groups of F-16 pubs, they are going to want to get rid of paper as soon as each unit gets their EFBs up and running (which, I guess whatever is going on with Acronis needs to get resolved first). I expect I'll get buy-in from the MAJCOMs to start slashing paper ID from ETIMS for checklists, and then, once all users have their EFBS, I can rescind the paper. I'm hoping that day isn't more than 2 years in the future,
  6. That decision is above my pay grade. But, adding links to a PDF is definitely polishing a turd. USAF needs to throw $$ at developing better ways for aircrew to interact with their checklist in parallel so that the day paper dies we're ready with a suitable replacement.
  7. Not true. ADS-B out is coming to the F-16, SPO has been working if for a while.
  8. Plugging into the jet or to something else (per, stratus Puck, etc) is Phase 2. Right now it's a matter of risk acceptance for both maneuvering (will the knee board holding the projectile do its job) and ejection (same). And the baseline question of - can the pilot do his or her job safely without paper. There's a whole Airworthiness process and human factors evaluation that each new widget on an aircraft has to go through before getting approved. Now that I work at a SPO I am slowly starting to understand this side of the effort to keep the aircraft in the air and mission effective. I'm unsure about the status of Acronis, I hadn't heard anything definite, but I have been out of the office for most of Nov so maybe it did get shut down.
  9. ACC bought 9,000 ipad minis, to issue two per pilot. I know the F-16 checklists are now EFB-friendly, but still waiting on the SPO to issue the safe to fly MFR to ACC. That should happen before the end of the year. The 1067 mentioned that NGA a as planning to stop producing paper FLIP in the FY19 timeframe. So if your community isn't paperless yet, it'll be forced that way before long. Better to be prepared than keep heads in the sand.
  10. There are several Army Os who have come over to Rescue and made O-5. If you don't want to go through all of UPT, then you'll come to helos. I am unsure if you'd even be considered for FW if you aren't hired by a Guard or Reserve unit. There's another thread in the General Discussion board where some former Army Bubbas are known to frequent and can provide better words.
  11. CSR is $450 (so $100 cheaper than AMEX Plat), comes with SPG Gold, which means you get Marriott Gold, $100 GE credit, $300 travel credit, Priority Pass. So in the years you don't use the GE credit, the card is still only $150 annual fee after the $300 travel expense credit. Plus I think the Ultimate Rewards points go farther. But that's just me. I have the best of both worlds because I'm also an additional cardholder on a family member's AMEX Plat.
  12. Like busdriver said, if the move to AFSOC is going to make sense, it needs to be all-in instead of halvsies like last time. I too have sat alert for SOF missions, in multiple theaters. And I was in Pakistan in 06 when we got a call on the satphone to take off our AFSOC patches...
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    Air Force/Airline Meeting

    Huggy, my record was 5 years from 847 submission to fruition. Of course, now I'm on the flip side of that coin as an FMM... crew canopy cords mask harness crouch dive pull #frommemory
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    VA Loans

    Marty are you licensed in UT yet?