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Gazmo last won the day on October 25 2019

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  1. Just put the no-shit date you can get up in the morning and not have to go to the squadron anymore. Let the airline call you when they are ready to call you. I know AA was interviewing applicants still on Active Duty 6 months out from their availability date and giving them CJO's to frontload their hiring because they knew they'd most likely get offers somewhere else if they didn't.
  2. Yep. 700lbs doesn't do much in the way of drag on a swept back wing.
  3. Don't get me started. They are worse than Jet Blue's pay rates. Of course 1st year pay is the same for all, but year two stays the same as first year pay. Not sure WTF they were thinking. Needless to say, almost everyone 6 months out of INDOC is withheld from something else with a better pay scale. Ironically, some of the highest paid CA's in the company are in the E190. Other than that, I really don't have anything bad to say about the airplane and I have flown with a great bunch of CA's. Living in-base on Reserve on it has been pretty awesome.
  4. Short call reserve on the E190 at AA and live in base less than an hour away. The following numbers are mostly a WAG, but for the most part I only get tapped a few times a month. Usually fly 5-7 days with 2 or 3 nights away from home. Some are day turns. The occassional 4-day trip, but they are rare. Made about $70k with over 50 days of military leave for TDY's. I probably would have made about $82k without the military leave, but I made over $40k on the Guard side, so it worked out. I get every day off I bid for and was home for Thanksgiving and Chrismas last year. This year will be much better.
  5. But what does it take to get experienced subject matter experts in the air refueling field ( instructor pilots and instructor boom operators who have done this for years) from the active-duty, guard and Reserves together to hash out what we really need for a Next Generation tanker. People with training experience. People with tactics experience. People with CAOC experience. People who are in the fight right now, not generals who haven't seen a real combat mission in the last 15 years. Get us all together in one big room and hash out what really is important for a new tanker or any aircraft for that matter that we need. Do they not do that? Who sets the criteria for these acquisitions?
  6. Well, at the end of an 8-10 hr sortie, having an extra grand or two of gas after droning at endurance for 4 of those hrs may actually be worth something and I am not talking about $$$. More offload capability is never a bad thing. Winglets can save 4-6%. When you are burning 100k+ over an 8 hr sortie, it adds up. This is a tanker. Don't we want max offload capability? This is an organization who chose to pay to remove thrust reverses to save a few thousand pounds. This is an organization who chose to remove 4 parachutes from the KC-135's to "save weight". Yeah, I am sure there were some $ and manpower savings not having to maintain parachutes anymore in a jet we'd 99.9% never need or get a chance to use them in, but I think winglets would have made sense. We just don't know how to make deals with defense contractors anymore. https://www.stripes.com/news/winglets-could-save-air-force-millions-on-fuel-1.69425 This article focuses on money savings, but putting winglets on a tanker shouldn't be about saving money. It should be about max offload capability, even if it is only an extra couple of grand in the tanks at the end. I can't tell you how many *very recent* times I have chosen to go below bingo because our receivers got strung out, zig-zagging across the AOR after getting retasked to support multiple TIC's and we followed to support. It was either that or they were going to have to bingo out. With less tails in the air it becomes the only option at times.
  7. Same reason the Air Force took the thrust reversers off of it. They basically don't learn from their mistakes from the KC-135R. They did a study on winglets for the KC-135 decades ago and although there were significant savings during cruise, the Air Force felt it wasn't worth the cost of upgrading 450+ aircraft. Hindsight is 20/20 though and I'd be willing to bet that it would have been very, very worth it at this point.
  8. I will beat the dead horse to death about how great it is to be within a 30-45 min car drive from my base. It just leaves you with so many more options. Bid a line, bid Reserve, grab OG, grab premium, etc. Or of course you can sit back on LCR for 73 hrs month and never work. I have worked 3 days on short call this month so far.
  9. Usually the two cardinal rules are, 1. Don't be a douche because at some point it'll come around to bite you. 2. Don't lie about things on your app or during an interview no matter what it is.
  10. Yeah well, in theory we are producing more new pilots so it's all good...
  11. Gazmo


    Well, naturally there are always three sides to every story. Her side, his side and the truth. I am sure some dudes get caught hammering some other woman and their wives go ballistic on them. Fare enough, I guess. That probably still isn't grounds for such behavior. People have their standard marriage stressors. Some can work through them and others probably weren't meant to be from the start. Other dudes get caught into a relationship with chics with legit pyschiatric issues like we talked about before, which is a whole different ballgame. This goes waaaaay beyond the standard stress any normal married couple could imagine. BPD, NPD, ASPD, etc. These are all real things out of the DSM. Think serial killer. Most serial killers, in addition to being mentally psychotic, exhibit other traits like BPD, NPD, ASPD and/or sociopathic behavior. I honest to god think women with these issues walk amongst us transparently a lot more than men do because most people simply don't see women being capable of such vindictive, evil behavior and when they are, it's almost always viewed as justified - "Oh well he cheated on her so I don't blame her. I would have cut his dick off!". Ok, but what happened BEFORE all of that? Was she intentionally sucking him dry; financially and emotionally? Was she being a terrible mom and causing emotional and physical harm on their children? Was she tearing his support network apart by purposely alienating him from his family and friends. Did she have substance abuse? This is all real shit and I know men do this stuff also, but we are almost expected to be assholes like this so it is no surprise. However, I think women have a lot more influence on relationships/marriages and ultimately have a lot more power (not physical strength) than men do. Getting out of an abusive relationship like this takes planning and being able to think like your adversary. Of course it's not easy to think like a narcissist unless you are one, but after living with it for 6-7 years you learn after getting burned a few hundred times hoping you'll wake up the next morning with her being normal for more than a few days at a time. At the end of the day, like Duck said, it takes a hell of a lot more work for a man to get what he wants out of the courts than women. As a man, you are expected to hand over your money, your house, your kids and testicles on a silver platter without contest.
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    Great question. First, if you honestly see yourself with a significant other that is willing and able to play those cards, you need to protect yourself before it happens. Be a few steps ahead of them. I could go into great detail of the shite I've dealt with over the years, but forgive me for not wanting to spew my bad decisions and dirty laundry on a public forum. I can, however, write a book and can at least give you some pointers. Like I asked earlier, is the other person willing and able to play those cards? Do they have absolutely nothing to lose and everything to gain? If you are dealing with someone with NPD, I gaurantee they've thought about all of this before you have. You cannot make this stuff up. By the time you get a handle on the way such a person thinks, you will be sitting there with your dick in your hand wondering HTF you ended up in such a shitty place only to discover that this person tactically set themselves up and covered every base they could. These people are very smart, but definitely not in a good way. Find out the laws in your state for recording, both audio and video and take advantage of it. If it is a two party consent state, you are screwed, but many states are a one party consent state. When it comes to domestic violence, as a man, you are 99.69% screwed even if she left marks on you and short of audio/video surveillence, the local PD is not going to bother bringing out a forensic pathologist to figure out who hit who first or if you were simply protecting yourself and left a mark on her in the process (or if she was drunk off her ass and fell on her own). She may not have a job. You have one that requires you to sign a Lautenberg statement to carry a weapon in the Armed Forces. You can't do that with a DV charge. If you are dealing with an escalating situation with a person like this, call the cops first and file a compaint whether she touched you or not. CYA. The more complaints the better, especially if she drinks a lot. Get it on paper so it can be used in court. If you have audio recorders/cameras in the house, more power to you. Pour all the alcohol in the house down the drain. If you have weapons, get them out of the house and give them to family or a good friend to store so the cops can't take them in the event SigO claims you threatened to kill her. If you are going through something as shitty as this, talk to your supervisor before they find out something from someone else. I know most of us dudes don't want to talk about shit like this with anyone, especially with a fellow coworker and in the line of business we're in, but it looks better for you in the event psychobitch decides to call your boss and threaten your career. Again, record as much as you can when you can to CYA. I would refrain from leaving the home without a court order forcing you to leave. Document, document, document.
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    Unbelievably funny.... and very accurate.
  14. Gazmo


    Oh definitely, but I guess my advice is, don't commit and jump into it without knowing 110% you want to spend the rest of your life with someone resist the social peer pressure that everyone needs to get married to be happy. This tends to lead us down the path of settling for less than what we want out of someone.
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