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    Revised CSO training scheme

    "The school rearranged training in order to identify students with the best aptitude for typical CSO missions. To do that, they inserted portions of formerly advanced phases of training into the primary phase using simulators. Cadre are now evaluating each student's potential to function as a WSO, sensor operator, navigator, or EWO before assignment in one of four new specialized advanced tracks." Interesting....that's how we did it in the Navy when I was winged back in the 90's. I am assuming the Navy still does it that way. Build the basics of a NFO, then track them to their community (in my day is was RIO training track, Over water Nav, and Attack A-6-EA-6B types). We all had core Air and low level nav fundementals we all had to do in advanced training, but with a trend toward your speciality. ATIS
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    What's wrong with the Air Force?

    What the Flying F&*K. Fit to fight....I weep. ATIS
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    Flying Videos Thread Part 2?

    I ever walk into a bar and these fire fighters & flyers are on site.....I'm rigging the bell and slapping the credit card down. Quote me. Very nice work. ATIS
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    It's Official, OCPs are Coming!

    Truth!!...appreciated the guys letting me aquire some of these.....wore the crap out of them. ATIS
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    Commanders are dropping like flies this year

    That 06 doesn’t happen to have a Star now does he? ATIS
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    Future T-38 replacement?

    Concur. Plus the fact that range took a huge step back once the Hornet (baby or Super) hit the flight deck. I'll just end my comments now to avoid emotion or spillage on this topic. ATIS
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    Latest Movies

    Jack Ryan is FOD. Made it slowly to episode 3 when it jumped the shark. Wife and I both pitched out for different reasons. ATIS
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    Accepted a CSO slot

    Q: What is your status/service? Are you in the Navy thinking about jumping? Are you winged yet? About 15 years ago I made the jump from USN NFO to ANG WSO (my Navy platform while fun to fly had the writting on the wall in the long term...aka, dying). Then the bottem fell out of the squadron that accepted me and I departed the pattern, jumped back into the Navy as a Reservist and found myself an initial cadre OP1/backseater in the U-28 program. Started that program with some buddies as the intial CSO group (pilots were all USAF types; all fantastic guys+2 gals), then after 3 or so years and two very long IA's...went back to being a normal desk flying Navy Reserve NFO type (unfortunatly still flying a desk...but would drag my nuts through broken glass to go back to the U-28). I knew of three A-6 BN's that went WSO back in the day. Those were active Navy to ANG (one after a pep tour with F-15E's). Not active Navy to active USAF. If you are a winged NFO, MC-12 CSO might be an option in the Guard (Oklahoma I believe) if you are thinking of jumping at the end of your NFO commitment. Start trolling the B-1 or B-52 Reserve orginizations. EC-130's out of PA ANG maybe. Unless there is a demand signal from the active USAF, there is no place to go (maybe I am wrong...maybe a question for AFPC). I don't know/recall a call out for active F-15E, BUFF, BONE, or Gunship/U-28's right now, so showing up on the doorstep of the USAF with Navy double anchor wings might be a dry hole. Being a NFO/CSO limits options more than a pilot, that's just the ground truth. ATIS
  9. Forget the yellow stuff....go Dunkel!! Daydreaming of Munich again......time to get back to work.
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    AF Light Air Support Aircraft

    https://www.flightglobal.com/news/articles/usaf-reveals-intentions-to-acquire-light-attack-figh-450940/ 06 AUGUST, 2018 SOURCE: FLIGHTGLOBAL.COM BY: GARRETT REIM LOS ANGELES After more than a year of flight demonstrations the US Air Force is formally moving the light attack aircraft experiment into the acquisitions phase, with the intention that it will award a production contract to Sierra Nevada Corporation or Textron Aviation in the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2019. The pre-solicitation notice for the other than full and open competition was announced on 3 August. It is anticipated that a formal solicitation will be released in December of 2018, according to the USAF. “[Light attack aircraft] will provide an affordable, non-developmental aircraft intended to operate globally in the types of irregular warfare environments that have characterized combat operations over the past 25 years,” the USAF wrote in its pre-solicitation notice. “Sierra Nevada Corporation and Textron Aviation are the only firms that appear to possess the capability necessary to meet the requirement within the Air Force's time frame without causing an unacceptable delay in meeting the needs of the warfighter.” The USAF had been using data gathered from the light attack experiment phase, a series of demonstration flights over more than a year by the Sierra Nevada/Embraer A-29 Super Tucano and the Textron’s Beechcraft AT-6 Wolverine, to decide whether to buy potentially hundreds of light attack aircraft. The hope is these fighters could be cheaper alternatives for certain missions to using aircraft such as the Lockheed Martin F-35 and Boeing F-15. The experiment was suspended prematurely after the fatal crash of a Sierra Nevada/Embraer A-29 Super Tucano on 22 June. The crash would not harm Sierra Nevada/Embraer's chances of winning the competition, the USAF said. The USAF appears to be barring any manufacturers who did not participate in the light attack experiment by limiting potential bidders for the light attack production contract. Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) and Czech aerospace manufacturer Aero Vodochody – companies that did not participate in the experiment – publicly pitched their jointly developed F/A-259 Striker jet to the US Air Force in July as a speedy, cost effective and production model that would meet the service’s requirements. It is not clear if IAI and Aero Vodochody would protest their exclusion from the other than full and open competition. Neither company responded immediately for a request for comment.
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    WTF? (**NSFW**)

    ".380 caliber Kimber handgun....The gun had a bullet in the chamber and its magazine was fully loaded." ...but was she carrying it in Condition 1 or 0? Now that would be pretty ballsey. ATIS For ref: Condition 3: Chamber empty, full magazine in place, hammer down. Condition 2: A round chambered, full magazine in place, hammer down. Condition 1: A round chambered, full magazine in place, hammer cocked, safety on. Condition 0: A round chambered, full magazine in place, hammer cocked, safety off.
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    AF Light Air Support Aircraft

    Regardless...in today's DOD timelines....add 5 years min to the dates in this article. ATIS
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    AF Light Air Support Aircraft

    https://www.flightglobal.com/news/articles/usmc-reveals-new-details-of-mux-acquisition-plan-449304/ The USMC plans to make an acquisition decision by 2020, according to the documents. The first aircraft should be ready to deploy from a land base with an “early operational capability” by 2025. More capabilities for the land-based fleet should be rolled out in two years. The first ship-based deployment should come in 2029, the USMC acquisition planning documents show. The aircraft must be capable of reaching a higher speed (300kt) and altitude (25,000ft) than the USMC’s manned MV-22B Osprey tiltrotors, plus land vertically and operate from ships. The aircraft must be able to carry up to 1,360kg (3,000lb) of payload internally as a threshold requirement, and loiter on station up to 350nm from the base for eight to 12h. It also must be able to hover out of ground effect at 6,000ft on a 35℃ (95°F) day. The USMC wants the MUX to perform a broad set of missions, according to the new acquisition documents. It would finally provide a high-speed armed escort aircraft for the MV-22B, carrying a load of eight Lockheed Martin AGM-114 Hellfire missiles. It could also carry other weapons for different missions, including an anti-radiation missile for an electronic warfare mission and air-to-air missiles for an airborne early warning mission. The USMC also wants the MUX to provide a variety of surveillance and communications services for Marines on the ground and for the amphibious ready group afloat. The aircraft would have to carry an electro-optical/infrared sensor during any mission, but the USMC also desires a sophisticated radar and potentially advanced sensors, including hyperspectral.
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    WTF? (**NSFW**)

    A benificial "WTF": http://fortune.com/2018/06/12/aldis-scotch-whisky-masters-gold/ ATIS
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    Latest Movies

    I hear Hereditary is shit your pants scary. Any recce on this one yet? ATIS