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sputnik last won the day on December 26 2012

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  1. 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.
  2. Leaving the Air Force for the Airlines

    Um, does that one belong to someone? Sounds like a better story?
  3. 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.
  4. So youre working in DickLand, whatd you expect? Best I could do, sorry. Retirement is great. Unless they recall me
  5. Leaving the Air Force for the Airlines

    If that was to me, 3 different Ts and C17s. So, less than yours. Still doesn't seem that bad. Good news is there is a service to help if needed.
  6. Leaving the Air Force for the Airlines

    Is there a need for this? I built a spreadsheet in 10 min and input the totals from FHP to convert mil to civ. Had zero questions about hours during interview. Nor have I heard anyone else getting asked.
  7. Leaving the Air Force for the Airlines

    Your analogy lost me, how could masturbating ever be a waste of time?
  8. Leaving the Air Force for the Airlines

    Just how I thought, but you had better words than I could come up with.
  9. I know plenty of folks at Delta that made it to the training department in two years or less. Some civ some mil. 2020, Delta uses primarily seniority list pilots. But also has some non seniority guys as well. Seniority list instructors get paid at the highest FO seat they can hold. Today that means they all make 777 FO pay, guarantee 85 hours a month. Most guys I know are hitting 100 hours...~20k/month. As of late Delta has been having trouble getting enough instructors, going as far as to have recruiting booths in pilot lounges. I'd guess its the short Capt upgrade times, don't know for sure. You can now get hired to teach in a plane you've never flown. But it is an airline job. And while I know people who have hid in the training dept for years and years, at some point you're probably going to have the fly the line. Well, I guess you could go into some form of management. I have trouble believing the highest paid guy at DL is a Sim IP. Just based on what I see some of the super senior guys pulling off on the line. But I've been wrong before.
  10. Shadow Boxes

    Got mine at USAFA hobby shop.
  11. Interesting, hope you find it. I would sum up my airline impressions before I started as very similar to yours. I just didn't have anything else I really felt like doing. I mean, couldn't think of a single damn thing (I had several options, it's just that none of them excited me in any real way). Couple rounds of TAP didn't change it much. I decided to look for post mil employment through the ratio of most money for least amount of work. And here I am. Good luck man, it's a big world out there. You'll find something. Let us know what it is
  12. Purely out of curiosity, why not airlines?
  13. Leaving the Air Force for the Airlines

    Ive seen periodic threads on APC about it, though a brief search only turned up this https://www.airlinepilotforums.com/military/103780-former-navy-rotor-guy-jumping-rtp.html Granted I aint the most tech saavy. I know there is an Army aviation centric forum out there that would probably be the most useful, but cant recollect the name offhand. Edit, mabe aptap dot org is the one I was thinking of?
  14. Leaving the Air Force for the Airlines

    To the first bold, I try so hard to avoid national socialist grammer police work, but holy shit man. To the latter. Dial down the despair. We probably have the least of the big three, but we have new hires flying 76s international. You want wide body international, youll get it sooner or later. Get offers, then worry about picking. But be informed.