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  1. Napoleon_Tanerite

    T38 Down @ KDLF

    https://www.foxnews.com/us/jet-crashes-on-texas-air-force-base Fox reporting 1 dead/1 injured.
  2. Napoleon_Tanerite

    It's Official, OCPs are Coming!

    If wearing the bag is a make/break thing you may have some serious life prioritization issues
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    A-29 down at Holloman

    Just released-- second crewmember (Navy dude) didn't make it.
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    A-29 down at Holloman

    Seeing word on Facebook that Holloman is reporting a mishap with a "manned aircraft". No words on type, nationality, or condition of crew. https://www.alamogordonews.com/story/news/local/community/2018/06/22/holloman-aircraft-crashed-wsmr-cancelling-military-exercise/726450002/ Edit: looks like an A-29, see below.
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    Seven Day Option

    Ya, I had about 3 months left, so I flew my ass off and banked about 100hrs. It was actually the good life-- I only showed up to work when I was on the flying schedule, what were they going to do? Fire me?
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    Seven Day Option

    It is indeed RNLTD. My story concluded with me getting an assignment with a June '16 RNLTD, I dropped the 7 day option, enjoyed the good life for a year, caught a non-flying "gee i can't understand why all the pilots are leaving" 6 month going away tour in CENTCOM, and now I'm a free man.
  7. Without Gp/CCs and NAFs, the AF would struggle to "groom" HPOs to join the club. The AF is a jobs program first and foremost.
  8. Seems like a good idea until you realize that all it will do is concentrate even more power upward. WG/CC will become the new GP/CC. The AF as a whole already doesn't trust SQ/CCs and sees them as just baby leaders on probation being closely babysat by GP/CCs who themselves are on O-6 probation. So now the O-6 probation job will be the WG/CC who babysits the SQ/CCs, and no real decision making power will exist at the base level anymore, it will just further fuel the "mother may I" bullshit where every little decision needs to be run through NAF or MAJCOM staff.
  9. Napoleon_Tanerite

    C-130 down near Savannah, GA

    CP was a recent student of mine at CBM. Really solid dude, and a disproportionate loss to the flying community.
  10. Napoleon_Tanerite

    Raptor Gear Up at Fallon?

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    Syria strikes underway

    I'm just hoping JPRC has a quiet night. One of these days we as a country will learn what "not our fight" means.
  12. Napoleon_Tanerite

    The new airline thread

    I can't speak with certainty about how the other regionals handle the big bonuses that they're offering, but I imagine it is a similar setup. I'd still recommend taking the money, but treat it like when finance overpays you. By that I mean take it, invest it, keep the interest, but be prepared to cough up the principle at any time. AWA does give you the option to defer the bonus until you reach the "earned" thresholds. This takes away your opportunity to earn interest off the money, but shields you from the tax liability. I'm no financial adviser, but I would say that it's really going to depend on what you can do with the money whether it is beneficial to take it.
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    The new airline thread

    For those considering a gig in the regionals, here's some info on Air Wisconsin's "up to $57k" bonus. It doesn't incur any contractual time obligation; however, there are points at which the money is considered "earned" and no longer subject to payback, as detailed below. $5k paid on first paycheck. Earned following IOE. $26k paid upon completion of IOE, with a potential additional $8k to be paid as detailed below. If you leave the company less than one year prior to date of hire you owe the entire amount back. If it's paid back in the current tax rate you repay the net, BUT if it's repaid in the next tax year, you owe the gross. This can be a BIG deal. at 13-24 months you would owe back a pro-rated amount based on the months with the company to 24 months, after which it's considered earned. $10k paid on first anniversary, earned on a pro-rated monthly basis. Remaining $8k paid quarterly after year 3 if you haven't upgraded to Captain yet (unlikely, as upgrade times are 18-24 months, probably less) The additional $8k on the post-IOE bonus is tricky for military guys. Everything published says you need to have an ATP when hired and come from a part 121, 135, or 91K job, with a type in a CREW aircraft >12.5k MGTOW. For military guys you just need the ATP and type rating in the crew airplane >12.5, no requirement for 121/135/91K experience. That means if you flew the T-1 (and got the type) and have an ATP in hand, you get the money subject to the payback schedule detailed above.
  14. Napoleon_Tanerite

    Pilot Shortage Deepens, USAF is SCREWED.

    Average of 1 or 2 per year from the T-1 side at CBM. It happens, but it's rare.
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    Air Force spending priorities continue to be well managed

    https://inmilitary.com/nascar-military-sponsorships/ Article is from a few years ago, but with NASCAR's declining attendance and viewship I doubt anything has improved. And keep in mind I'm a HUGE NASCAR fan. It pains me to see the sport declining like it is, but when I hear the Air Force cry poor and then see them spending money on NASCAR sponsorship it really blows my mind. I've seen the Air Force booth at several NASCAR races and it's a ghost town every time, including Talladega which continues to be one of the few venues that is sold out (or nearly so) for every race.