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  1. Prozac

    Pilot retention in your neck of the woods?

    They can’t make you sign, but they certainly have signaled that they are more than willing to take advantage of those who don’t read the fine print. Many of us joined at a time when the core values could be reasonably expected to go both ways. You applied them and could expect them to be applied by the organization in return. No shit, it actually worked like that for a while. I think the post Vietnam generation of leaders truly internalized a lot of lessons from that conflict and the result benefited military members immensely for some time. Sadly, those guys are all retired now and we are left with an overwhelmingly self serving, careerist mentality. If you can operate effectively in that environment, great. For many of us, that’s not what we signed up for and it just happens to turn out that civilian hiring picked up just about the time the Air Force threw its integrity in the shitter.
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    Seattle airliner stolen and crashed

    Sounded like maybe the guy was talking to ATC for a bit before the 15s arrived. He was well south of the city and attempts by ATC to affect his routing we’re having some degree of success. It sounded like they may be able to talk him down. They certainly hadn’t confirmed that he was the only one on board either. In that situation I’m sure there was discussion at NORAD as to whether a shoot down was warranted. If the guy stopped transmitting and made a run for downtown, I imagine the decision would’ve become instantly easier.
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    Seattle airliner stolen and crashed

    Heard one of CNNs security “experts” this morning stating that this proves we need tighter security and mental screening for.......pilots. People are fucking stupid. Standing by with Vaseline.
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    WTF? (**NSFW**)

    Glad someone got it. BTW, when you Google “Big Pussy” a lot of disturbing images come up before you get to Sopranos characters.
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    WTF? (**NSFW**)

    https://goo.gl/images/4MQEnS
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    The Next President is...

    I hear you. I really do. But do some research on the whole ship temperature thing and why it was revised. It makes sense. I admit I’m no expert in the field. That’s why I choose to trust the experts. It’s that whole “nine out of ten doctors recommend” thing. I usually don’t trust the outlier. Problem is, these days everybody’s an internet expert and thinks they’re entitled to their own little version of reality. If we can’t agree on the facts, we are truly in trouble.
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    The Next President is...

    You have to believe the threat, which I do not. Some still prefer to fly by the seat of their pants rather than trust their instruments (I.e. empirical data presented in front of them). More often than not, this doesn’t end well. Oh, and I understand that there may be an instrument that sometimes tells you something different (some data doesn’t jive). That’s why you scan all the instruments. Sometimes you have to throw the bad one out.
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    Hangar 24 AirFest '18

    Thought about it, but my boys’ (7 & 10) fun meters pegged around 430. Watched the viper demo from the parking lot as we were packing the car up. Maybe next year. 😎 Interesting tidbit: one of your performers this year (who is a co-worker of mine) happens to be a MiG killer. All in all it was a good atmosphere and much easier to get the wifey to come along willingly with live music and good booze on offer. This will definitely be an annual event I’ll try not to miss.
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    Hangar 24 AirFest '18

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    Hangar 24 AirFest '18

    A few photos...
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    Hangar 24 AirFest '18

    Great show. Brought the family up to Redlands today. Well organized, relatively easy to get in and out, musical and flying performances were great, and that announcer was okay too I guess. Recommend. First time to this show and will be back for future events.
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    Emirates Short of Pilots

    This could be seen coming from a mile away. Expats have been leaving Emirates for the last few years as hiring in their home markets has picked back up. Why stay at a place with no union protections that forces pilots to BLOCK 100+hrs a month, and does not allow commuters? Like the USAF, Emirates management needs to be reminded that it’s no longer 2006.
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    C-130 down near Savannah, GA

    Hard to watch that video. Just saw a report that there were 9 aboard and the airplane had undergone “routine” MX in Savanna. The plane appears intact throughout the video. Some sort of loss of control event obviously occurred. RIP to those aboard and thoughts and prayers to the families and unit members.
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    Pilot Shortage Deepens, USAF is SCREWED.

    Although I encourage my mil friends to come over to the airline side every chance I get, I will not criticize them for deciding to stay in. I have a few good friends who are truly on the good guys’ side that are in their prime to make the jump to the airlines. And yet, despite the increase in pay and quality of life they have decided to stay. I had lunch with one of these guys a while back and he told me that he felt that he had a responsibility to stick around in order to provide the same mentorship to the young guys that he had experienced years ago. My hat is off to the guys who make that decision despite the continued sacrifice and the state of the USAF today. These men and women have far more patience than I do. Of course I’ve made sure they know that I will walk their resumes and rec letters into HR The moment they decide they’ve had enough.
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    The new airline thread

    Anyone looking to game the system should do themselves and anyone looking to leave the military for airline flying a favor and forget trying that bullshit. You are literally screwing all your buddies down the line because the airline that you (perhaps legally) are taking advantage of is going to look at every potential mil new hire through the brown colored water that you just shit in. Additionally, mil guys already on the property who are doing their best to do things ethically are going to get caught up in the ball of dung that you just insisted on starting downhill. As if all of that isn’t enough, do not underestimate the fact that there are varying levels of animosity festering amongst your non mil co-workers. Don’t be the guy that confirms their suspicion that it’s your fault they’re sitting reserve over their kid’s birthday while you’re off doing whatever it is you do.
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