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  1. Even if there is an economic downturn, airline hiring will likely continue at a fairly brisk pace just to cover retirements. Pilot retention will be a challenge for the foreseeable future.
  2. Flight Evaluation Board (FEB)

    Well, there is this tidbit about willful disregard for regulations, but yes, you are correct. My view was always that if a crew was willing to self report something, and they hadn't hurt anybody, a candid hangar fly was the most appropriate response. This was the example set for me early in my career. By the time I left, the AF had gone full retard and was willing to hang guys by the balls for very minor infractions even when they self identified. I think an Office Space quote is appropriate here:
  3. WTF? (**NSFW**)

    Those guys are gonna have so much fun at survival. They must be so excited for the special "superstar" treatment they're going to receive.
  4. Flight Evaluation Board (FEB)

    Any time there is bent metal, or even just a simple inspection required, there is leadership above the squadron level that wants answers (i.e. blame assigned). Maybe this is more of an issue in heavy units than in pointy nose ones, but it seems there is no shortage of CCs at all levels willing to throw their people under the bus in order to prove that they are solving the problem. Often times the problems are systemic and these practices serve only to exacerbate them. Doesn't matter. Too many times, the blame/consequences fall on the most junior person possible. I don't mean to suggest the majority of commanders act in this manner. The truth is its probably a minority. But it happens often enough that at some point in one's career, one is likely to encounter this leadership style, thus everyone needs to beware all the time. And that's how the CYA vicious cycle continues.
  5. Flight Evaluation Board (FEB)

    You must've had good luck with your leadership. In my experience, this was absolutely not the case. I saw several instances where CCs disregarded their Evaluators/DOs/ADOs recommendations and hand out questionable Q3s. It is one of the many reasons I left and advise those who are still in to be wary. I think the point you make about shared responsibility is valid, but don't disregard the fact that there are a lot of overzealous CCs out there who are looking out primarily for number one.
  6. Professional pilot kill recreation?

    Lots of guys get into the military aviation business because it seems like its probably the coolest job in the military (it is), they think a flight suit will get them laid (not so much these days), or it is expected of them by a parent/sibling/etc. These are typically the people who walk away from the career, never to take the stick again. Plenty of others truly have the flying bug. These people have never imagined themselves doing anything else. For just about anyone, a flying career can be monotonous, exhausting, and a lot of hard work. But aviation is wide and varied and there is always new, cool shit to do. Learn to fly a helo, get a tailwheel endorsement, learn how to fly floats, go to Oshkosh, get in with the warbird crowd, fly gliders, and the list goes on and on. If you have the bug, you will not get tired of aviation (at least not for long). Sure, there are days when I have stepped out of the airplane feeling tired and weary and not wanting to think about flying at all. But I'm still looking at Citabrias on barnstormers the next day.
  7. Mattis to the rescue?

    Pussies
  8. The Next President is...

    Pretty sure the President doesn't get to pick the Congressional health plan.
  9. More SARC briefings soon.

    I find myself thinking the same thing at times. Problem is, these are going to be the people defending our way of life when we're in nursing homes. The Vietnam guys probably said the same thing about my generation. To be clear, I think the idea of DOD footing the bill for gender reassignment is absurd. But a blanket ban/kicking out people already serving is probably not the right answer. If the President truly trusts his military council, he should let the Pentagon handle the policy announcements and put the keyboard down.
  10. More SARC briefings soon.

    Not arguing in favor or against, but the second order effects may be worth considering. Many, maybe most New recruits as of right now have social views that don't resonate with a lot of the old heads. By excluding this group, the DOD may be inadvertently sending the message that it is a backwards organization and one to be avoided by these youngsters. We already have a major disconnect where huge segments of society cannot or will not relate to military service. One of my concerns is that we are shutting the door not just on the transgender community, but on a whole bunch of forward thinking millennials that we probably want to keep in the recruiting pool.
  11. The Next President is...

    This. I want my representative to keep his home and his family in my district and spend as much time here as possible. Stipend? Show me that there's a need. There may actually be a legitimate justification. Despite the apparent popular belief, congressional representatives aren't exactly lavishly paid. I doubt any are hurting, but there may be a few who struggle with all of the travel and expenses in Washington vs. their districts. Again, show me the need......perhaps a stipend is in order only for junior representatives who have not yet secured alternate living arrangements in D.C. Then again, how do I know they're not spending it all on hookers and blow? Maybe some sort of Congressional crashpad arrangement is what's needed instead.
  12. In short, rescinding the 1500 hr rule will put downward pressure on all airline wages. Big Blue needs to fuck off.
  13. So....golden unicorn showers?
  14. Leadership at the 'Deid

    Lucky bastards.
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