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TreeA10 last won the day on February 25 2019

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  1. Well, I think I set myself up for that one. Important safety tip: Never edit while sleep deprived.
  2. Many years back (i.e. the good 'ol days) during Friday night fighter pilot bar Olympics, a dude trying to be funny came behind my wife and was inappropriate. Being the confident woman she is, she turned and delivered a nicely executed elbow to the face knocking the dude to the ground and leaving an impressive black eye as a reminder not to mess with her. No attorneys were required.
  3. I'm not in the hiring business and have no idea what the airlines might want to know. I had numerous events (worse week was a T-38 engine fire, rapid decompression, and major electrical failure over three days) and didn't list any since nothing required an investigation. They made good topics for a lot of interview questions, however. I would guess if you were personally listed as the cause of the event due to neglect, error, etc., you might want to mention it. The person I mentioned was directly responsible for the incident, actually multiple incidents, through his actions showing wanton disregard for rules and the safe operation of his aircraft. Very blatant and hard to overlook or justify by any measure by any rational aviator.
  4. I know of a guy who made himself persona non grata at his Reserve unit and got hired by a major airline. Most assumed he failed to "List any accident/incident you have been involved in" on his application and someone dropped a dime on him. Sure enough, he had failed to list an incident..or two.. and was shown the door. So, be a douche nozzle and piss people off might be one way to not get hired.
  5. I second the low calculation. As a AA wide body FO, that calculation is @5-6K off.
  6. Black magic. I forgot the part where you light candles (it's a Boeing so the candle auto-lights after selecting the FMC approach page) and throw some crew meal chicken bones onto the center console. This conjures up the ghost of C.R. Smith (founder of AA, other airlines have different ghost options) and once his ghost appears and "Descent Checklist" is selected, the V speeds appear on the flight display.
  7. FMC calculates approach speed just line select from a list of landing flap settings, enter it into the landing settings line and your V speeds for all your flap limits and approach speed appear on your display.
  8. The Rescue of Bat 21 by Darrel Whticomb.
  9. The Vietnam Air War From The Cockpit by Dennis Ridnouer. War for the hell of It by Ed Cobleigh. I've been doing most of these through Amazon Prime Reading.
  10. I can personally vouch for the accuracy of that book since I'm in it. I personally thought more pages should have been dedicated to the outstanding work done by their T-38 Class Commander.
  11. Dragon's Jaw by Stephen Coonts and Barret Tillman. Cheating Death: Combat Rescues in Vietnam and Laos by George Marrett.
  12. So true. However, if you are going to break the rules, the execution needs to be flawless. In this case, it was just a weekly quiz and our hero was a failure away from highlighting himself for further evaluation. To avoid this, he changed an answer AFTER I graded his test, returned it to me, and accused me of making an error. Unfortunately for him, I kept records of what questions were missed to find weak areas and he was the only one who missed that question. Oops.
  13. It was a hoot, walk in the door and see I'm flying 3 times with 3 students on busts and give them another attempt at killing me. Claimed an Art 15 kill on a Captain class SRO for cheating on one of my tests. And....oh yeah, get off my lawn!
  14. I was a Columbus T-38 IP through 85-88. There was the initial wave of a pilot exodus during this time so there was a push to retain students in training. We had a class come from T-37s that had loss students to medical or self-initiated causes but that was it. It became a bloody mess and we ended up washing out half the class.
  15. I was in your shoes a long time ago. Worked my ass off, played the game and filled all the squares and yet still got hosed. Left active duty and got hired by the Reserves full time. A couple years later, got hired at an airline. The month of May was only 8 days working and a pretty decent paycheck but 11 days a month working and a nice paycheck are more typical. Your skills are in demand but just not appreciated or valued by your current employer. I received a separation bonus (got paid to stay in and fly and paid to get out at the same time, go figure) and will have to pay that back since I retired from the Reserves but I look at it as a interest free loan which was put to good use. Having the medical coverage is also a big deal. Non-military guys are looking at paying for medical coverage to the tune of $1.2 to $2K per person if they retire prior to 65.
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