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sputnik last won the day on December 26 2012

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  1. sputnik

    New AFPC commander a pilot

    Interesting. Not my favorite guy but flew with him once when he was an O6 and was taken aback at how good he was. Wasn't expecting it for some reason. Guess things atrophy
  2. sputnik

    The Next President is...

    Don't really have an opinion on this, but what does ethnic homogenousness have to do with anyhing?
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    Retirement / Separation Considerations

    Jesus. Sorry man, hope it works out
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    Pilot Shortage Deepens, USAF is SCREWED.

    They cut it back in 12 I think it was. For "working age" military retirees they lopped the COLA. One time catch up at 65. It passed as part of a larger bill. Saw Ryan give many a speech in defense of it. Was eventually repealed, but they've done it once.
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    Military appreciation has jumped the shark

    Interesting. I go to Lowe's quite a bit and always see contractors vehicles in lot, and contractors inside buying mass amounts of stuff. Where do you shop?
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    The new airline thread

    Delta is pretty good on that. As Hoss said, you get almost 900k for "free" (have to pay tax on imputed income) and I think can get up to 1.5M for a pretty decent rate. As I was getting ready to retire I looked at getting a 1M policy from Navy Federal. I opted not to once I realized what Delta offered. A couple years in....kinda wish I had. Not that I think I need more, nor do I expect to leave Delta anytime soon. However, I don't like having all my insurance tied to my employer. Can't speak to the other majors but I expect they have similar insurance options. Only you can decide how much you need, and if you want it all tied to your employer.
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    VA Loans

    Closed a few years ago with National Bank of KC. No issues. However..... Got a letter from tax assessors office saying I'd underpaid my property taxes last year, and I had 30 days to resolve it before they put a lien on our property. The kind of letter that gets your attention. Wtf, had a lot of mortgages over the years, this is a first. Call NBOKC, they say they are aware, not sure what happened, be resolved soon. Silly me, I thought I'd get a phone call. Instead I get a letter I had to read 3 times before I believed what I was reading. In summary, they paid it, it wasn't their fault, in the future I need to handle this myself. Yes, I need to figure out how much they are going to underpay my taxes out of the funds they collect from me for that very purpose, and pay them myself. I call the "if you have any questions" number, listen to an inane amount of crap I don't care about so I can talk to a person only to find out their hours suck and you can't leave a message. Here's a message, I'm getting a new bank assclowns
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    Gun Talk

    Been 10 years since I bought anything from CMP and Im retired. Any idea of they keep records or do I have to jump a bunch of hoops? An issue 45 would ve very cool
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    The new airline thread

    https://www.dropbox.com/s/dqngsx22cxnk2km/Delta Captain PA.mov Painful
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    The new airline thread

    As a DL guy Id say SWA. That said, 3 plus years here and have missed zero birthdays (wife, 3 kids) and batting 50% on Xmas/Thanksgiving. In the situation you posit, getting mid week days off is far easier than weekend so assuming no holiday you'd probably be able to make it work here. There's been plenty of PBS hate thrown and I wont argue the point. But I do think it makes getting specific dates off quite possible, even as a very new guy.
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    F-16 Students skip Phase III

    Wow, never heard that. I stand corrected
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    F-16 Students skip Phase III

    Never said I was smart. Cadets have their own uniform regs authorizing shit different than regular Air Force. Or sometimes its the same stuff but for different reasons. Like spings for their 10 days space course. I can't prove it, but I highly doubt they ever graduated rated navigators. RTB is correct that if they wanted IFS there they could do it. After the T3 fiasco there was zero probability of a purpose built/modified aircraft ever occurring. The new syllabus from recreated IFS was longer than the old one and the DA-20 couldn't operate at the AFA airfield much of the year. Between aircraft performance and slightly longer syllabus, couldn't get enough people complete. So they moved it. Additionally if you were to scour the planet for the worst place to put an airport, 6400 feet next to a mountain range might make your list. Apologies for the thread drift. Sending folks to the Viper VFR direct after T6s seems a jaw droppingly dumb fucking idea.
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    F-16 Students skip Phase III

    I spent 8 years of my life there and that's the first I've heard of rated Navs. I have no idea how you'd do it, not like there's much free time avail. They couldn't even make IFS work there in the early 00s. No one had time to complete it.
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    What's wrong with the Air Force?

    Yeah, I'm with you. He was a great f'ing dude when I knew him. Sad to see him end his career over something like that.
  15. Airline guys....Chase Sapphire Reserve or Amex Platinum? I absolutely don't need a premium card, I just kinda want one. I have Diamond statues with Hilton and for airline travel it gets me pretty much the square root of fuck all. Every once in a while (layover) I'll get free breakfast or lounge access, but it's the exception not the rule. Flew with a new hire with Platinum who said it gets him access every Hilton/Marriott he stays at. Anyone confirm this experience? Airport lounge access when non-rev or jumpseating? Feel like I've read mixed results with Amex, I don't recall reading much about Chase. If I get one of these I want the one that will most improve non rev travel with the wife (airport lounges, better hotel rooms when on my dime) and make my layovers better (food, lounge, whatever) If it matters, I'm a Delta guy that lives in Atlanta. I'm retired so will pull full freight on either card. It's easy to compare the cards in a general sense online. But when I look at specifics of being an airline pilot who doesn't buy a lot of plane tickets, gets a little harder for me. Any thoughts appreciated.