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  1. I called him on his claims bc I also found it hard to believe, and he sent me last month’s pay stub as well as the month‘s break down (similar to a rainmaker breakdown but whatever frontier uses). I don’t want to post it here but I’ll give the breakdown. Last month was 11 off, 180:09 hours of pay credit, and 65:57 block, 113:18 total credit (before premium). He flew only one awarded 3 day trip at straight time...the rest was premium he picked up (@150% credit) by dropping and swapping. 18:52 credit at straight pay for that 3 day, 94:26 prem trip credit @ 150% (=141:39 total credit), so that equaled 160:31 credit hours. But for them (something I didn’t realize), any credit above 82 credit hours is @125% pay. So he got 82 hours at regular pay, and 78:31 hours 125%, or 98:09 pay credit for the above 82 credit. That took his total pay credit to 180:09. Total days off: 11. Total overnights: 10. This was a heavier month with heavier credit. He has some lighter ones that took his avg days off up. But with as much premium as he is able to get, and the fact that they get 125% for any credit above 82, their garbage pay rates can actually end up paying pretty well...especially if you are able to do most of your flying at premium (especially once you’re over 82). I still don’t understand how he can drop most of his awarded trips and fly mostly premium. Apparently he’s been able to do it consistently this whole year as a 2d/3d year FO. My airline is short staffed and has what I thought was a lot of premium out there, but it’s hard to be able to drop enough in the first place to get much premium because the reserve grids never support much dropping...so if we get it it’s generally on a day off or an emergency reassignment. It seems like if it was as easy as he makes it out to be to fly mostly premium trips, everyone there would be doing it, which I find hard to believe is the case. I only know one other guy there and he’s on first year pay on reserve and not getting any of those goods. But I can definitely vouch that one guy is making decent bank on 2nd split with 3rd (half and half) year pay there this year. Don’t get me wrong, I still think Frontier sucks, but apparently it isn’t as bad as their pay rates (or their product) appear at first glance.
  2. Pretty sure they fixed their operational issues and now have completion factors/on time performance in line with the rest of the majors. There’s a similar thread going on on APC that mentioned it.
  3. https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Major_airlines_of_the_United_States The United States Department of Transportation defines a major carrier or major airline carrier as a U.S.-based airlinethat posts more than $1 billion in revenue during a fiscal year, grouped accordingly as "Group III". By those definitions JB/Spirit/frontier/allegiant are all “major airlines.” Not to be confused with legacy airlines, ie those existing prior to de-regulation (the big 3, Alaska, Hawaiian). SWA is an exception, as it existed before deregulation, but isn’t considered a legacy carrier. Then there’s the terms flag carrier, LCC/ULCC, full service carriers, etc. that further confuse people. And then there are some people just consider the big 3 the “majors” because reasons. Back to the OP’s post, I have a buddy at frontier who was split between 2nd and 3rd year FO pay this year. I just saw his pay stub thru 10/31, and he’s at $198,500 gross so far this year (not including his 401k DC). He lives in DEN, picks up a decent amount of premium, has averaged 12-13 days off a month, 7 nights away a month (he usually flies day turns), and will most likely gross $250k by year’s end, plus over $30k in 401k. If you look at frontier’s fleet/order book, they will have some serious seniority list percentage growth with associated fast upgrades and movement over the next 5-7 years. Their contract isn’t great, their product isn’t great, their clientele isn’t great, their route network isn’t great, but I wouldn’t knock a career there too hard. They will upgrade fast and won’t be stuck flying a guppy their whole career like SWA dudes (who will also be pulling gear for a long time). Different strokes for different folks. I never applied to spirit or frontier, but if I lived in one of their domiciles I wouldn’t be opposed to working there. Ditto for allegiant. I wish I could do day turns and be home every night like them. Living out of a suitcase blows (some overnights are fun, but there’s a reason day turns go senior).
  4. Fighting in combat in vietnam, or any war for that matter, does not make one a foreign policy expert, nor does it make his opinions right. Neither does retiring as an infantry colonel. Neither does being Catholic. Neither does being conservative. Neither does losing a kid in combat. I’d venture to say 99.999% of gold star families are not foreign policy experts. Teaching history at BC also does not make one’s opinion on Iran more correct than others. If being in academia is the litmus test for having all the right answers, more people from academia should be running the country. Trying to support your argument by throwing these facts out takes away from argument Reread what I wrote. Maybe more slowly this time. Did he or did he not support Obama’s Iran deal? Has he, or has he not, blasted Trumps undoing the deal and calling it a disaster? These questions are rhetorical. His exact words are towards the bottom of the following link “I supported the Iran deal...Trump’s policies with regard to Iran are disastrous” https://progressive.org/dispatches/bacevich-stockwell-190629/ He can be a Colonel, conservative, catholic, a gold star father, college professor, author of 69 books, and still be wrong or still not necessarily have all the right answers. Lots of really smart people who have gone to Ivy League schools and who have held a lot of high government positions with vast experience still don’t necessarily have all the right answers. I personally disagree with his stance on the Iran deal. I don’t think Obama's deal was going to be very effective in preventing Iran from becoming a nuclear power. And it’s too early to call Trump’s Iran policy disastrous.
  5. Maybe for all you anti-Trumpers. TL;DR version of Bacevich's views: Obama's approach to Iran was great. Trump is a disaster.
  6. I may wait to see how the MAX fiasco plays out.
  7. Rated board = already have wings. If you are picked up by AFRC unsponsored, you will need to rush reserve units. Fighter, heavy, whatever. You need to find a home. You'll likely be tracked heavies if you don’t find a fighter home (and there aren’t many in the reserves). Once you get to UPT if you still don’t have a home, the reserve LNO at the base will try to help you find one.
  8. The Air Force is using the new uniform that the army switched over to.
  9. I met a guard fighter guy getting an MBA full time at a top tier B school and guest flying with another guard unit close by his school. Obviously that’s a shorter time commitment than Law/Med school tho. I can’t imagine doing either of those while being a guard pilot. Sounds like a lot of work.
  10. I thought it was a little weird when we went from black boots to tan boots with bags in the army. Got used to it fairly quickly though. And the coyote brown is a little better with a bag than the tan. When I first saw green boots in the AF I thought they were odd looking as hell, but got used to that too.
  11. AD, ANG, and AFRC guys all get issued 3 bags, 2 jackets, some other random stuff, and a pair of flight boots, on day 1 or 2, at least at the UPT base I’m at. I would spend exactly $0 dollars on boots for UPT.
  12. Rated means already a military pilot. There are rated boards and UPT boards. Rated boards are for people current/qualified in the jet, or who just need a transition course, and UPT boards are for dudes off the street.
  13. Or you can just do the ATP written and take your ATP practical in conjunction with your initial checkride/type ride at a 121 carrier if/when they offer that. Currently that’s done at all the regionals, but not the majors (which is why most mil fixed wing guys end up doing the ATP ride in a light twin), but I see the same thing happening at majors before I see the FAA changing the rule to MilComp the ATP.
  14. Short answer: a military flight school syllabus is different than a pt 61/141 syllabus. But the end result is a mil pilot can do a comp written test and get a commercial/instrument rating for the category/class/type in which he is rated in the military (rated meaning he’s finished the flight school program and earned wings).
  15. A guy in my airline crashpad was a guard or reserve guy teaching at the osprey schoolhouse. Doubtful there's a UPT option to go to ospreys in the ARC, but figured I'd throw that out there anyway.
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