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  1. I have wondered for a while now if RPA pilots (18X series) fit into the military aviation "pecking order" yet? I ask because it is such a new career field. If a fellow washed form the RPA pilot pipeline, depending on the circumstances, would be possible for them to go to CSO or ABM?
  2. RPA Fundamentals Course (RFC) introduces concepts of RPA/UAS/drone development and employment as well as a smattering of other topics. It is mainly an academic course with 5 tests. You will also have about a dozen sims using PRIME, a simulator developed to mimic something like the MQ-9 control station. Your drop night will usually take place within the first couple weeks of RFC. RFC lasts about 6 weeks and ends with the graduation ceremony in which you will receive your wings. The academics of RFC are all instructor taught and there is a lot of near death by Powerpoint. You are in a
  3. RIQ takes place at Randolph AFB, TX over the course of about 10 weeks. The course was created by basically cutting and pasting portions of the UPT T-6 syllabus. You’ll go through about 2 weeks of T-6 academics and then 8 weeks of simulator training. Your instructors are mainly retired military aviators who are now federal employees. There are some active duty AF instructors, some who have RPA experience and a few who do not. The first 2 weeks of academics covers T-6 systems, propulsion, aerodynamics, weather, and instruments. The course is so cobbled together that you have chapters
  4. I recently completed Initial Flight Training (IFT), RPA instrument Qualification (RIQ), and RPA Fundamentals Course (RFC). It was quite a journey. Although I do not even try to imagine that it is the toughest military training out there, it was no cake walk either. I served on active duty in the AF as a weather officer for 7 years. I separated from the AF as worked as a defense contractor and federal employee. After 10 years out of the military, I re-joined the AF Reserve when the chance to be a military aviator came up. These thoughts and impressions are my own. Hopefully some of you r
  5. I recently heard from my squadron DO that March has been pulling back their class allocations for only ANG. They even took away some of the Reserve allocations as well. It is not impossible, but Holloman and Syracuse are much more likely for active duty.
  6. nsplayr is correct. Also correct about MFS-N. Your completed flight physical will state that it is approved pending completion of MFS-N. However, they will do the full MFS exam at WPAFB, not just the -N portion. No one will tell you this and the people conducting each part of the exams do not talk to each other. Asking questions about the big picture about what is going on will not produce any answers, each dept only knows about the specific task they are doing. Stuff that was completed on your flight physical will be repeated. Even though you are going to RPAs you will still be measure
  7. Small world, I did my PPL at Offutt's Aero Club. I'll need to check if I have any of my GI Bil left after finishing grad school. Thanks for the info about the courses, I really appreciate it.
  8. I was originally going to skip Pueblo. Then they changed their minds and now I am going. The reason is because it has been awhile since I last flew. I think IFS is 6 weeks? Also, you mentioned Holloman is 6-8 months. Is Randolph about the same amount of time?
  9. Try this thread, copies of the memos are attached: Apparently revision to AFI 36-2205 is in the works but who knows what it will say.
  10. Cast a wide net and do lot of leg work researching units and calling Reserve and ANG units. If you can travel there, ask if you can visit during a drill weekend. A good starting point is to call recruiters at the units to ask if they have any upcoming hiring boards. They worst they can say is no. And you don't want to sit there wondering, "What if?" There is a blanket age waiver for RPA pilot applicants right now. You can ask individual units if they are considering age waivers. Depending on their needs and your qualifications, things might work out. Again, the worst they can do is say
  11. I am not sure if this has been posted here before. Searching through the forums, there have been only a few, scattered references in revived threads. I have not seen the memo attached. I found this memo from HQ A3 granting a blanket age waiver for RPA pilot applicants. This particular one is for active duty but I have called around to ANG and Reserve units to see if they are following suit. I have a memo from the NG Bureau stating that they will. Up until recently, individual ANG units were making their own call on it. Units that were doing well in manning and applicants told
  12. The place I work at on base has G-mail blocked along w/ lots of other stuff. Bummer.
  13. Don't forget Tina cyberstalking you and trying to get you to download music and games. And the jerk who steals your phone.
  14. Thanks for the info. I will be headed to the 91st ATKS. I have my PPL and I have been on aircrew but I was not rated in my prior service.
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