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Merle Dixon last won the day on May 19 2018

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  1. Merle Dixon

    Happy 2019! May your exit dreams come true!

    Screw that. Retire, get the airline job and layover in Spain
  2. Merle Dixon

    The new airline thread

    This is exactly what I have seen in AFRC the last couple of years. Once guys hit 2nd year airline pay, the reserve job becomes a money loser - if you drop an airline trip for mil duty. If you do your mil job around your airline trips, sure you make that extra reserve money, but most guys would rather just have the time off. Plus, the general ass-pain of the reserve job wears on folks. Little things, like - logging into a computer: Insert CAC, wait 10 to 15 secs for the computer to recognize it. Enter PIN, wait 69 seconds. Here comes the stupid pop up, oh, here is another, and, another. Finally, after 5 minutes, there is the desktop screen, click on Outlook, it opens, updates mailbox, 3 minutes later you can read email, blah, blah, and on and on. Oh yeah! Don’t forget the self aid buddy care, fire extinguisher training, trafficking in human persons, unexploded ordnance, etc, the same exact BS briefings you have sat through over and over and over and....
  3. Merle Dixon

    The new airline thread

    This page (block time, credit time, trip rigs, etc...) explains exactly why the current Air Force pilot retention process is ridiculous and asinine. The $35k per year retention bonus is pathetic and weak. Once military pilots figure out all of the stuff typed above, their reaction is “Holy shit, I can make how much money not working?!?!?”
  4. Merle Dixon

    The new airline thread

    I am a DAL wide body FO. Best job in the world. 1 leg a day (8.5 to 10 hour flights, 3 pilot crew with a 2.5 to 3 hour rest break - paid to nap), 24 to 36 hour layovers. Over the next decade, your seniority advancement will be MUCH better at DAL. I cant imagine flying 3 to 5 legs a day. And, non-rev beneifts are great. I had 11 days off in early December, on a whim I checked loads to Europe and the wife, kids, and I went to Belgium for a week, first class seats there and back. I have several AF Reserve Bros that left SWA for DAL in 2015. They couldn’t be happier.
  5. Folks, the AF is full retard. The $35k per year bonus is laughable. Laughable in that the AF has spent millions on training each and every one of you and thinks a $35k per year retention bonus is all you are worth. On Feb 14th, us DAL folks get a 14% (of our gross income) profit sharing check. And, DAL puts 16% of our gross income into our 401k’s every year. I work 14 days a month (wide body FO), I maxed out my $55k limit 401k in 2017 and 2018 (including my contributions over and above DALs 16%), and my profit sharing check will be over $32k. You guys are doing yourself and your family a dis-service by working for an employer that has no respect for you, treats you like ass, and grossly under pays you.
  6. Merle Dixon

    Happy 2019! May your exit dreams come true!

    From The Pilot Network on FaceBook: FedEx bid 19-01 will close this week. Ramifications for wannabes is open vacancies on about all seats...757, 767, MD-11, 777, HKG 767 and CGN 757s. New Chief pilot reportedly indicated he wants to push to make the Personal Endorsement program carry a bit more weight than it currently does. Hiring is currently pretty robust. You DO NOT have to be ace of the base these days to get an invite to FedEx. I am seeing plenty of under 35 corporate and regional types as well as the standard mix of military pilots. Update your apps. Call your sponsors. Review your applications again for errors and omissions. Word is we need 500-600 more pilots in the next 18 months. I've been at FedEx since 2002, and I've never seen our hiring as aggressive at is was this last year. Keep the faith and good luck to all....
  7. We all thought that at one point. Then many of us realized that all we are serving is the military industrial complex and their perpetual war machine.
  8. Wow, hats off to you bro. Perfect summation!
  9. Hi Andrea, the premise of your study is incorrect.... Please change the word “leadership” to “management.” The Air Force does not have any “upper leadership.”
  10. Well, this year it really starts to start - the airline retirement wave. The next 10 years will see the largest airline pilot retirement surge in civil aviation history. May all of your escape hopes and dream come true. FREEEEEEEDOM!!!! -William Wallace (the Braveheart guy).
  11. Merle Dixon

    What's wrong with the Air Force?

    Anyone have the link to the highly redacted report? I’ve been told, first hand, that she was not given the Can’t Understand Normal Taxi callsign. It was written on a whiteboard among many other callsign suggestions... I am curious if that is what the report says?
  12. Merle Dixon

    What's wrong with the Air Force?

    Spot on. “None has stated that they need good pilots.” Delta alone has publicly announced that they will hire 8,000 pilots in the next 10 years. 8,000! American, United, Southwest, FedEx, UPS: thousands and thousands more, geeze o pete. But, as you typed, the AF still does not seem to care about retaining pilots. It is mind boggling and sad.
  13. Merle Dixon

    FY 18 ACP take rate?

    Wow! Much better than I thought. I was betting on a 6.9% take rate.
  14. Merle Dixon

    Promotion and PRF Information

    I admire you guys, those of you continuing down the active-duty path. I’m in my last year in the reserves. I’m a T-38 IP and I got hired by DAL in 2007. I absolutely love my civilian job and will be VERY glad when I retire from the reserves. I admire your willingness to put up with the idiocy, the antiquated personnel policies, and asinine admin work. Seriously, no sarcasm, hats off to you folks. Love, Merle
  15. Merle Dixon

    FY 18 ACP take rate?

    I’m a reservist and I don’t know where to look... What was the FY 2018 Aviator Continuation Pay (pilot bonus) take rate? Is the take rate broken down by MAF, CAF, AFSOC, etc? Thanks, Merle