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Gazmo last won the day on October 25 2019

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  1. It's all gonna come back folks. Doom and gloom gets the best of us, but air travel is coming back and I think it will come back strong. This was definitely a pretty big and unexpected speedbump that will probably cause Big Blue to get cocky again, but the hiring wave will return. Maybe not this year, but it won't be a 9/11 type event where some of us waited over a decade to get hired by a Legacy. People are done with this $hit. They're ready to get out and go to Disney World. Airfare is cheaper than ever. As long as we can fend off a second wave of COVID in the Fall, we'll push into the winter with a vaccine on the horizon.
  2. 64" used to be the standing height requirement without a waiver. I forget what the min sitting height was. There were also butt-to-knee and armspan measurements taken on me at Brooks at the time and apparently they took those from people that didn't meet the height requirements. Wright-Patt was working on an anthropometrics database at the time, which could basically spit out which aircraft you could fly based on your measurements. Most of the fighters were "marginal" for me, but the T-38 was "red", which of course prevented me from getting to any of the fighters. Oddly enough, all of the heavies were green. Again, this was for being .3" too short on standing height (63.7"). I met the sitting height requirement.
  3. You serious Clark? Wow... I went through hell trying to get a height waiver 17 some odd years ago. This was after I passed my FC1, got commissioned and then DQ'd at Brooks for being .3" too short on my standing height. Got the waiver, but it took 4 months and wound up getting Heavy-tracked from Day 1. So... you can be 4'10" and go to UPT?
  4. Ugh. Looks like they recognized power loss and tried to get some altitude.
  5. You would "think" that, but these are pilots making $350k+ a year to work how much to begin with? We shall see. It would be real nice to know how many pilots the company needs to take these deals or even better; how many at each base in each piece of equipment. Obviously in the short-term, it helps the company if more senior people take this deal. Higher salaries means more payrole savings. Long term, the Jr guys under 20% who would be on the hitlist for furlough would rather be at 55 hrs of pay than 0. I can "live" off 55 hrs 2nd year Airbus pay, especially with guard income, but going to 0 wouldn't do me very well.
  6. Good insight. Thanks. Ironically I hadn't seen the email from APA about the AAL LOA last night before I wrote that. I am a little less anxious about the future now there seems to be some relief, at least short term. I just hope things don't get worse. As far as 55 hr SIL's; I haven't read through our contract yet, but what's the general policy for being on a paid leave of absence and doing mil duty? I am assuming inactive duty is as any other. What about a deployment during your paid leave? You would have to convert that to a mil leave?
  7. Well boys, it was fun while it lasted; just over a year for me. Just enough to get a taste of the "good life". You really can't make this shit up, can you? It's right out of a movie. Words cannot describe how happy I've been since I landed my first airline job. I know a lot of you felt the same. Well, last week before the shit really hit the fan, I had enough intuition to start procuring my full-time job back at the unit because I just knew this wasn't going to go well. Hopefully the odds (and my experience) are in my favor, but it'll be interesting to see what the future holds since I've showed my cards. I've walked around the house all weekend like a zombie thinking "f#ck my life", but I have to push forward. I hope everyone in the same situation the best. I really don't know what else to say.
  8. So... how about all those ART bonuses, GS pilot payscale increases and AGR conversions... [emoji849]
  9. Not sure what facts you base your theories on, but most of the airlines pre-9/11 were on the edge of bankruptcy without 9/11. They were flying large, inefficient (empty) airplanes around. Oil prices went up significantly between 99-13 before falling off. We are in different times. This may turn out to be a speed bump toward the inevitable; another hiring "boom" when this all settles down. Retirements are what they are and not going to change. Some companies are losing 70 pilots per month in retirements. These are all pilots in the 12+ year payscales and theoretically the highest paid pilots in their company. With salaries and associated bennies, a company losing 70 pilots per month can save $20+ million per month in salaries and benefits alone by just freezing hiring. That is 1/4 of a billion dollars in a years time. Furloughs save money in the long run, but they also cost a company money so there has to be a break even point. You furlough off the bottom; the lowest paid pilots. At some point that drives retraining. How much does it cost to bring a furloughed pilot back through indoc and an initial qual program? I have no idea. $100,000 per pilot maybe? You furlough 1,500 pilots only to have to retrain them all when we bounce back. That's at least $100-150 million in training costs. I am no airline financial wizard, but common sense says there is a breakeven point for a furlough and I don't think we are at the point yet where we need to go down that road. This is just me trying to see some light at the end of the tunnel after a few beers.
  10. Yes, Aircrew Training/HARM. HARM will put it in your flying records. When I was a training officer, I'd keep a copy of the certificates in the individuals file as a backup.
  11. The media is more dangerous than any virus. They take a close second behind nuclear weapons in capability to destroy the planet and they don't give a rat's ass as long as dumb people are sitting on their couches eating up the BS they are reporting. We had A terrible common flu season this year. I want about two decades without getting the flu and I got it this year. I know at least a dozen people who also got it around me. The death rate for Coronavirus just slightly worse than the common flu and mainly for the elderly.
  12. Are you insinuating this is what caused this accident?
  13. Lots of units doing it. It has its advantages here and there.
  14. Mostly aircrew CBT's and ADLS CBT's when I can. It is getting harder and harder these days though because of the new RUTA rules. We used to be able to grab some AT on the UTA's to free up some RUTA's to use here and there, but you lose your UTA periods now if you are on AT and present for UTA. We can do FTP's from home if it aircrew related and you are logging training with an ARMS ID code. I believe each unit should have their own telecommute policy. I also know people who are raters and write OPR's at home on a RUTA. There are plenty of options.
  15. I try to resist jumping off short-call for the extra cash. It feels too much like retirement for me and the time off is addictive. Maybe one day when I dump the ANG for either a retirement or a non-mission ready gig, I will put my name on the OG/Premium list, but right now, it's easier to be home 22-25 days out of the month for 76 hours and telecommute some milpay or go in and fly for a double on an off day. I try to only give the unit 4 days a month. I usually can't stomach more than that these days, but it occassionally goes to 5 or 6 days depending on what is going on. This month it'll be 8 without taking mil leave, all on my off days, but this is an odd month for me. Once you're out of 1st year pay, it ends up being exponential money lost to do anything military related, which is one of the reasons why I will be a "20 and out" guy.
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