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  1. The system is imperfect. To that point, not only did he make O-6, but he was BPZ for O-5 and O-6. It makes one wonder if there were signs that were missed or ignored along the way.
  2. These AoA are likely very close to L/Dmax, but I imagine that in each aircraft, test teams built in a pad to ensure acceptable handling qualities were maintained. This would be to protect against moving in-and-out of backside and frontside regimes. That said, none of the flight manuals I have read corroborate such a hunch, but I know that in evaluating "Steady-state flight-path response to pitch controller," the MIL-STD evaluation criteria requires that an "aircraft remains tractable at commonly encountered off-nominal speeds." In this case, off-nominal is 5 knots slow. Given that airspeed behavior becomes unstable at speeds below minimum drag speed, and that L/Dmax occurs at Dmin, it makes sense to build in a buffer, landing performance notwithstanding, and thus, published flight manual approach speeds are above L/Dmax.
  3. Every fighter I have flown or evaluated used AOA, but all, with the exception of the Super Hornet and Hornet, were flown in the region of "normal command" (front side) which is more intuitive to fly, IMO.
  4. Why would anyone think his wife is driving this?🙄 Here's an example from 2006: https://www.nytimes.com/2006/06/07/us/07brfs-brief-006.html or 2014: https://www.bakersfield.com/news/yeager-court-case-promises-to-be-slower-than-speed-of/article_2c970300-6377-5333-be51-1ac2e41496b7.html or 2015: https://sacramento.cbslocal.com/2015/02/12/court-chuck-yeager-can-sue-utah-gun-safe-company-that-named-products-after-him/ or 2018: https://www.bizjournals.com/boston/news/2018/09/17/massmutual-in-bizarre-legal-dispute-with-chuck.html or again in 2018: http://www.metnews.com/articles/2018/yeager051718.htm He spoke at one of the TPS graduations while I was there. When by himself, most of my peers thought he was down-to-earth and easy to converse with; however, it was noted that dealing with all that comes along with Chuck Yeager is something different.
  5. A correlation coefficient, or r, of .5 indicates there is a moderate correlation between PCSM score and UPT completion. Even an r-value of 1 only indicates a strong correlation but not a direct causal relationship.
  6. I would avoid PODS. This was our experience with PODS after they refused to honor their contract to deliver to Ft. Leavenworth. They said it was an inconvenience to deliver to post and would put them behind schedule, but they said we could pick up our stuff from the facility if we wanted to. The facility was over an hour a way.
  7. I must have fat-fingered the quote. I meant to reply to your post. Stupid fingers!
  8. Your strats, as stated, do not appear to be middle-of-the-road. That said, do you think there is a chance he meant middle-of-the-road as compared to other BPZ records? Given that your record only competed for an aggregate DP against other BPZ records, he may have meant that your record was "average" among the people all being pushed for a DP BPZ. Note also that the BPZ promotion rate is generally <5%, thus even with your strong strats, the odds are not high at being picked up BPZ for any officer.
  9. Unbelievable. The fact of the matter is that those officers did earn it, through dedicated service over their career. For that reason alone, they merit recognition. That year group simply did not have their records compete at a board. Even though one of my guys and I knew he would make it, I still took the time to call and congratulate him. Making any rank is not insignificant. That “commander” needs to know it is and has always been about the people, without which, the AF cannot execute its mission.
  10. Attached is an AIAA article written by Bill "Evil" Gray, USAF TPS Chief Test Pilot, about the new-at-the-time selection process. It is a good read for learning more about what the test community seeks in aspiring test pilots. USAF_Test_Pilot_Selection_for_the_Next_Generation.pdf
  11. I need to check the latest PSDM for the TPS selection board, but I am fairly confident that Engineering Management was not considered a qualifying degree.
  12. And if you graduated with > 3.5? Whether you received a GPA above or below 3.5 is somewhat immaterial in the grand scheme of things. The question you need to ask yourself is: even if I don't get into TPS someday, will I think my time spent working on a Master's was worthwhile in its own right? If you enjoy learning and think you can devote extra time to an advanced degree, in a relevant field, then pursue one. If, on the other hand, you are merely trying to grasp the golden ring that is TPS, I would advise against such a pursuit, but I have a different philosophy. To answer your question, having a Master's will generally help your package regardless of undergraduate GPA as long as the Master's GPA is sufficiently high (above 3.25 or so) and in a relevant field.
  13. I have not heard that and have recently hit card anniversaries on two cards plus an additional cardholder without fees being applied. About three months ago, I was reimbursed for three years of fees for a different account. This does not mean they have not changed policy, but my experience suggests that they have not reversed course.
  14. Thanks for bringing the app back to working order. Of note, the app does not keep me logged in like it used to. It seems if I go more than 15 minutes the app logs me out. Even more odd, the app shows I’m still logged in despite behavior (i.e. nothing showing in unread; no reply capability) indicating to the contrary.
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