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Gazmo last won the day on April 10 2017

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  1. Gazmo

    FY 18 ACP take rate?

    I was told by a management pilot at a legacy airline recently that the USAF is briefing the airlines that they are 2,000 pilots short now.
  2. Once you're in the Blended retirement system you're in it for life. There is no changing even if you go to the air reserve component.
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    Tanker to Fighter

    This topic...
  4. Gazmo

    Is the KC-10 going to be cut?

    There is no "right country" over there.
  5. Gazmo

    The new airline thread

    My Fed BCBS paid for a $200,000+ surgery and only had maybe $1,500 out of pocket expenses. Tricare, while free, can be a PITA sometimes if you have to use it alot. A lot of providers don't take it. Sent from my SM-G930T using Tapatalk
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    The new airline thread

    Who loves ATAAPS?! Sent from my SM-G930T using Tapatalk
  7. With the way things are going at some of these units lately, anything is possible. A lot of these units are advertising these positions Nationwide. Years ago they would only advertise AGR positions within the unit for existing members. Sent from my SM-G930T using Tapatalk
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    The new airline thread

    Exactly. This is the perfect (shit) storm with no real good option to stop it at this point. Their only hope is to get some AGR positions to hand to airline guys who already have a line number who wouldn't mind a temporary full-time gig to be "home every night" for 3 or 4 years to get their 20 (if they are close). We don't have many of people in that position though.. I don't think the AGR gig is going to be the best thing since sliced bread when they are the last men standing and they're getting slammed with all the work. Sent from my SM-G930T using Tapatalk
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    The new airline thread

    They've had the chance to make the ART program better. Take the standard 30% pilot bonus out of locality. Add a standard pilot bonus after locality (doesn't have to be 30% but I would say at least 15% of base pay). Then add retention bonuses on top of that. Let technicians use TRICARE Reserve Select. Let us double dip the first day of orders like we used to. Give us a 2% to 1 retirement like ATC instead of 1 to 1. Lower the FERs contribution for Federal Employees back down to something closer to what it used to be (.8 vs. 4.4%).... those are just a few items to start with. Sent from my SM-G930T using Tapatalk
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    The new airline thread

    How things have changed. Years ago they'd hire every new ART as a Step 1 or at least that's what my unit did. The ART program is such an antiquated system. Sent from my SM-G930T using Tapatalk
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    The new airline thread

    Things are different in the ART world these days. They are handing out 25% bonuses. That's about $150k per year in ART pay alone at GS-13 Step 6-7. Not unheard of for O-4/5 types to be grossing near $200k with milpay. I am not at all, however, condoning staying an ART over airlines. It still swings the other way by year 2-3 at most companies working less than half as much. Sent from my SM-G930T using Tapatalk
  12. It's definitely region and unit/airframe dependant. I can tell you that the tanker units are hurting and any -135 unit near a metro area with an easy commute to an airline base are losing experienced full-timers like crazy. We are even seeing issues with keeping traditionals. There are other options out there for some. Points only and non-flying jobs. Continuous CENTCOM and PACOM rotations are thinning us out. It's a double-edged sword. Deploying a full-timer for 69 days out of a shop that may only be one or two deep with no backup makes it hard to manage an operation so you lean on the traditionals a little more for deployments. There is a price to pay for that though. That usually means the full-timers are filling more shorter trips and 60+% of the local flying schedule. It's a juggling act. We've got people going on 10 years of continuous CENTCOM rotations. Most of them are in that 15-20 years TOS range and after a while some people just get tired. It's only going to get worse as AD moves more -135's to the ARC as the -46 rolls in. There are so many variables to this issue it's hard to lay it on any one of them; heads in the sand, our inherent propensity to not look past our noses, disfunction at the unit level, disfunction at the MAJCOM, an aggressive rebound of the economy/airline industry and baby boomer retirements. Of course most of this could have been predicted and acted on a decade ago, but the DoD and Congress aren't known for acting quickly and efficiently on much of anything. I can tell you from experience that when multiple ART jobs hit the street and the only people who apply are Lt's fresh out of FTU, we've got issues. This is how it's been for the past few years. Take a gander at USAjobs to see just how many GS Pilot jobs are out on the street right now. 10 years ago you couldn't buy an ART job. Sent from my SM-G930T using Tapatalk
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    The new airline thread

    Ok. I'm not really talking about being on "terminal leave" by blowing banked ART annual leave, but actively showing up to work your ART job M-F while waiting for training. I realize different airlines may have different policies, but for example; Company X pays you from Day #1 of Indoc. An ART takes leave to do Indoc, but then has a 6-8 week wait for aircraft training so instead of resigning from his ART job, he goes back to work as an ART and resigns two weeks before his aircraft training starts, essentially "double-dipping". I have no doubts guys have done it, but of course that doesn't make it legal. The OPM talks about ethics issues and such, but none of which would apply to an airline job. Sent from my SM-G930T using Tapatalk
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    The new airline thread

    Any ARC dude/dudets here that used to be ART's before bailing for airlines? If so... What are the legalities of staying in an ART position, but taking leave through indoc and then continuing to work as an ART while waiting for aircraft training (if say it takes 6-8 weeks to get into a class)? Can you do it or is it against company policy? As far as I can tell, it is not against OPM rules to have a second job while you are a federal employee. Sent from my SM-G930T using Tapatalk
  15. Those units doing it probably aren't doing it because they truely condone it. They're doing it because the sky is falling, which in this day and age, is not quite a metaphor. For years, the ARC prided themselves with an overly experienced and thoroughly vetted full-time force, but we just don't have that option anymore. It's not something any of us particularly like, but it's reality. Sent from my SM-G930T using Tapatalk