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  1. Gun Talk

    Everything is confused. I don't know what is happening.
  2. Latest Movies

    Annihilation. One of the few books I stopped reading the book due to lack of interest. I figured the movie would be better based on the director having directed "Ex Machina" and the amazing visuals in the trailer. It was mediocre.. The visuals (nearly all of them in the trailer) were good, but that's about the only positive. Im a huge sci fi fan but this one was painfully slow, edited awkwardly, and the concept lost it's appeal after about 20-30 minutes. I thought the movie was about a fungus, but left not knowing anything at all. However, If you're a huge fan female empowerment (as I am, of course), you will love many of the scenes in this movie and ALL of the movies featured in the preceding 25 minutes of trailers before this one. Even so, I'd suggest waiting for Blu-ray and an evening with nothing else to do.
  3. The new airline thread

    So they've alienated 5,000,000 potential customers to appease the online "boycott of the day" crowd. How many people would you estimate 1. Knew about their discount agreement with the NRA and 2. Had plans and money for air travel and 3. Were willing to skip Delta/United when searching for the lowest fares on Expedia to the next social justice rally? I'd personally have doubts about my company's ability to make smart business decisions when they start dipping their toe in this level of hashtag social activism.
  4. The new airline thread

  5. The Next President is...

    Nobody knows anything about the parade other than the fact that there may or may not be a parade. Based on what little I know about parades and how much I know about airshows, I think it's a reasonable subjective assessment to say that a dollar of jet fuel goes much further than a dollar of conventional diesel fuel in terms of public benefit. If a line of slow moving military equipment and hundreds of soldiers marching down Main St generated a similar benefit, they'd be fairly common. There's a reason why they are not common. While I think some people would like to see a demonstration of other military personnel and equipment, the logistics of gathering enough to create the desired effect on the public is likely too costly not in terms of dollars, but in effort. But even without regard to any of that, politics has already been attached to the idea which eliminates even the slightest possibility of success. If you were to say that there is a limit as to the effort and funds that should be expended for a estimated intangible positive effect on the public, I'd be inclined to agree. But you're not saying that. You're saying no public funds should ever be spent on airshows because to you, they are merely entertainment. That's a somewhat unimaginative austere overgeneralization as evidenced by the fact that there are millions of enthusiastic tax-paying airshow attendees and virtually no one protesting them.
  6. The Next President is...

    It might seem logical to desire a measurable practical benefit for each dollar spent, but dismissing airshows as simple entertainment seems a bit unreasonable. I've been to more airshows than I can count at civil and military airfields (Pope, CBM, Macdill, Homestead, Pensacola, etc to name a few) and the amount of education, inspiration, and goodwill they generate among the millions of people who attend them may not be measurable, but they are invaluable to our profession and the military. Because you have never gone to an airshow and explained your aircraft and career to hundreds of kids, adults, vets, and others who know very little about them as they sit in amazement in the pilot seat, I can understand why you may feel the way you do. I highly recommend it, and if you do, you'll most certainly become at least a little more nuanced in your position. People should be able to see, hear, touch, and understand the things they are collectively paying for.
  7. The Next President is...

    If a US military aircraft participates in any airshow, it is by definition being sponsored (in part) by the Government. Should I assume by the implied conviction of your belief that you've never participated in or attended an airshow with military aircraft performing? I will agree that this parade thing is a bad idea. Not because of the funding, but because I'm afraid everyone marching will look like the USAFA cadets at the Trump inauguration - embarrassing.
  8. Pilot Shortage Deepens, USAF is SCREWED.

    The AETC slides seem so bizarrely ignorant that I think something must be missing. Consider: the slides are from AETC and they most likely would not detail retention initiatives. Those slides exist elsewhere. Quality of life and financial incentives are likely being addressed by different organizations, and they may be separately trying to solve the crisis entirely, as AETC looks to be doing. I believe bonuses are in the works: http://comptroller.defense.gov/Portals/45/Documents/defbudget/fy2019/fy2019_m1.pdf FY 2018 Air Force Officer Incentive pay budget: $236,704,000 FY 2019 AIr Force Officer Incentive pay budget: $284,437,000 (proposed) $47,000,000 (20%) increase for all officers, not just pilots. In FY 2017 there were 574 CAF and MAF bonus eligible pilots ($80K per year each?) I don't know what the pilot bonus target take rate is ( I would think 100% at this point) or how the extra money would be allocated among officers. Would a 20% increase in pilot bonus be enough? Defense Budget Approximate Approval Timeline: February 12, 2018 – DoD Releases Fiscal Year 2019 Budget Proposal Spring/Summer 2018 – Congressional committees submit “views and estimates” of spending and revenues. Summer/Fall 2018 – House & Senate Armed Appropriations Committees work on the FY2019 defense bill. Summer/Fall 2018 – House of Representatives and Senate pass their versions of the defense bill and negotiate differences. November/December 2018 – The House of Representatives and Senate pass the final version of the defense bill. December 2018 – The defense bill is signed into law
  9. What Guardian said. The new AROWS format requires new accounting codes to be loaded. We had to wait a few days for finance to manually input the new codes into AROWs for every "pot of money".
  10. Pilot Shortage Deepens, USAF is SCREWED.

    If these guys bust daily rides/checkrides, the IPs are going to be blamed. They'll get 88/89 rides and the CC will push them through because he's going to be evaluated on his ability to max produce pilots and send them off to be someone else's problem. Being an IP for during next few years is going to be soul crushing. ALL the focus going forward will be quantity, not quality.
  11. At least in my unit, the person doing the certifications/authorization is often at a desk, in an secluded office, clicking "approved" 100 times per day. There is no reasonable method to ensure validity of requests because you're likely to piss off 99 people to catch the one unscrupulous individual who doesn't have an alibi. We've simply added complexity without value.
  12. Pilot Shortage Deepens, USAF is SCREWED.

    You're probably right. Not possible. As LiquidSky said, the Air Force is trying to their hooks into as many young people interested in flying as possible. They'll create a large pool of casual status lieutenants who will be doing busy work until the ideas proposed for ramping up production are implemented. Air Force assumptions: Production capacity isn't going to decline further in the near term. Pilot production ideas proposed by AETC will be funded and implemented quickly. Those ideas will work effectively once implemented. Casual status lieutenants are willing to wait possibly years for a training slot, and are willing to incur another 10 year commitment once winged. As is demonstrated again and again throughout the "pilot crisis" slides and memos: People are merely resources. They're going to stockpile these resources on the front end and treat them as though they do not have a shelf life.
  13. Flying Videos Thread Part 2?

    LOL. Don't forget, "Thank you for your service." This killed me.
  14. Flying Videos Thread Part 2?

    Curb your ISIS enthusiasm. Why did I laugh so hard at this?
  15. What's wrong with the Air Force?

    We must be more careful with our words. If we want our young leaders to be successful in macroaggressions during war, we must avoid exposing them to, and victimizing them with microaggressions.
  16. Pilot Shortage Deepens, USAF is SCREWED.

    “Hello, AETC? Can we get a new pilot over here? This one seems broken. No idea why.”
  17. Stuck at Kef

    I was there recently. Hard to book downtown because tourism demand exceeds lodging capacity by about 1000% they told us. Game of Thrones and LOTR has made Iceland hugely popular. Burgers were around $24. Expect to pay $50 for a pizza. We stayed north of Kef in the lighthouse inn at Gardur. Nice family owned hotel, but in the middle of an open field with not much around. but the scenery is amazing.
  18. Pilot Shortage Deepens, USAF is SCREWED.

    According to the .doc posted above, 100% of the focus is pilot production. It looks as though they intend to surge (unsustainably) until the dozens of separate complex COAs and programs can be implemented. They don't seem to consider this is going to burn out the current IPs and exacerbate the problem. A pre-planned transition to the airlines? Sim training: Contract IPs: I'd like to see that contract. Put all the T-1s at a single base. Great idea. Break Glass? Translation: screw the current workforce to build the new workforce.
  19. Pilot Shortage Deepens, USAF is SCREWED.

    I don't think it's a forecast, it's a "today" snap shot of every year group and how many are left (per 1000). The black is pilots who have separated. It looks as though it should be more of a linear decline as years of service increase, but the huge dip in the 11-14 year range is creating the concern.
  20. Pilot Shortage Deepens, USAF is SCREWED.

    The Air Force isn't interested in saving money, it's interested in spending money. Take a look at historical budgets across the AF. Money never actually gets "saved", it gets moved. Falling short of the 12,696.9 pilots the Air Force says it needs is being called a "crisis", but we're larger than the next 10 or whatever Air Forces combined. (I don't know if that's accurate. i made that up). Even if we reach a point where a lack of pilots results in excess flying hour program money, they'll simply shrug and move that money elsewhere. Calling this a crisis with impressive presentations of stats on ppt is a tool to be used to fund new programs and acquisitions. If the Air Force has to choose between paying a few guys to stay in a few more years, or potentially being funded for new initiatives costing hundreds of millions to increase pilot production, they're going to go with the latter.
  21. The Next President is...

    To win a war against Russia, we must first win the war against Earth's climate. Sounds reasonable.
  22. B-21 Raider

    Bye Bye Bone. B-21 is going to Dyess (sometime in the mid 2030s) http://www.bigcountryhomepage.com/news/main-news/dyess-afb-to-be-the-home-of-the-new-b-21-pending-congressional-approval/970100807?utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebook_KRBC_News
  23. "Center the Bug"

  24. "Center the Bug"

    Yea, same here. There's a thousand different ways to fly the plane and I'm not so set in my ways that I can't adapt. You want me to do your technique? Fine. I was told just last week to never use LVL CHG in a descent. Always use VERT SPD because LVL CHG is a violent maneuver for the FAs in the back. Never heard that before. Also, set zeros in every MCP window before leaving the aircraft because... well just because.
  25. "Center the Bug"

    I really want you two guys to fly together so I can be on the jumpseat with a bag of popcorn.