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  1. Well, it is a big fan to keep the pilot cool. If it stops, the pilot starts sweating immediately! Hueys aren't bad. The missions can get a bit boring--they tend to be "national insurance policy" types. Low probability of action, but too important to not have a plan in place. That said, we do get some cool oddball stuff and the occasional civil SAR...and drive the helo equivalent of a sixty-four and a half mustang--not fancy, but a classic that makes you drive it.
  2. The period of 300+ saves a deployment has passed for the HH-60 dudes, unless we kick off another 100k+ troop conflict. I can't give you tons of specific info, as I'm a Huey guy and usually get 2nd hand info on CSAR stuff. Hueys are fun, but have trouble really doing the mission set well... need a bigger helo for some of the stuff people want. The MH-139 (Huey replacement) contract was awarded and not protested, so that should be coming online in the next decade or so. Global Strike is really pushing more offensive capabilities than were traditionally done in the missile complexes. There is a lot of potential in that, but also some thrash in tactics and training. So, some crews are TDY quite often.
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    Military Pilot Shortage and Aero Clubs

    People who want to become pilots is a far smaller issue than pilots who want to stay in the AF. Mid level experience is the shortage. The AF is trying to outgrow the retention issue by making more pilots, but already maxed out mx, training bases, etc.
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    Car loans and interest rates

    Removing $10K+ from investments incurs noticeable tax penalties. I don't normally have that kind of cash on hand (cash is good for emergencies, but loses buying power over time), and interest rates (assuming excellent credit) are low enough that paying cash is likely to incur a 3-10% opportunity cost in lost investment gains (per year!). This is not a case where I could not pay cash. It's a case where a ~3% loan is likely to work in my interest. If you invest moderately aggressively, your money compounds quickly. An officer with limited expenses should be able to save enough to buy a house with cash, if they want to, within a decade. Whether paying cash is in their best interest is something they need to examine...same with any other loan... ...AKA, invest your money rather than pay off your 0.5% cadet loan. You make more money that way.
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    Car loans and interest rates

    With inflation and loan rates being potentially equal to each other, you aren't losing any buying power. You'll probably do better putting the money in the market and taking the loan at ~3%. (The market is admittedly a gamble, but taking the historical averages into account, it's not a bad bet.)
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    Nellis F-16 Thunderbird Crash

    Exactly that reason.
  7. That's quite surprising. I'd have figured they were both plotting a protest revenge.
  8. Ha, the Lakota can't always lift 3 passengers from tight LZs. Whoever thought it would be good for FLAT IRON and some of the multi-pax missions elsewhere...I don't know how they got conned to badly... I don't know if the MH-139 is the best platform for the mission, but it is more capable than the N model (even though flying the classic is fun). ...now I'm just wondering what will happen with the inevitable protests.
  9. Flying helicopters is freaking fun...when you get to do it. I'm seeing a few of the 1st assignment guys already planning an exit...kind of sad, but they are seeing the issues with the AF, and now the airlines are actually poaching helo dudes.
  10. It used to be "make it to a runway or taxiway via ELP or eject.". T-6 students were told they would likely be booted from UPT if they made an off field landing. IMO, if you fly something, you should practice engine out procedures...and if you only have one...
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    AF Light Air Support Aircraft

    ...and we wonder why people don't trust the Air Force.
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    Flat Rate Per Deim - Gone

    A lot of them aren't informed of that until too late, unfortunately.
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    Flat Rate Per Deim - Gone

    This has screwed over several of our younger airmen, as their IQT got extended, resulting in large negative adjustments when filing their vouchers (so, they got almost nothing their next paycheck). I'm cool with it going away.
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