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Everything posted by Bergman

  1. What's wrong with the Air Force?

    Hey! This was in Nashville!! Nothing to do with the flying units...it was either HQ or 118th (RPAs). EDIT: just read they are TN HQ people.
  2. Hangar 24 AirFest '18

    Well damn if I don’t have vacation from the airline that week. 🤔🤔🤔
  3. Sanity check - Should we buy our dream home?

    This might be a good opportunity to not tell the VA your plans wrt not living there. None of their business and if you don't offer it up, doubt they'll ask. I'd probably pull the trigger as well, assuming you know what you're getting in to. It's only money after all! haha. Honestly, you'll be paying the principle down for an extra year or more and also gain the interest deduction (not sure how that changes with the new Trump plan).
  4. I Palace Chase'd about 18 months ago. I've got a few points for you to ponder: 1) The functional manager will most likely NOT recommend Palace Chase. I talked to mine directly and he made no qualms about telling me that. Of course, this was in a rated career field. It might be easier for non-rated types to leave. The bottom line is, I was approved for Palace Chase even though my functional manager and his boss both recommended disapproval. 2) Before your package (STS) gets to the functional manager/AFPC, it has to leave the Wing. In my interview with the WG/CC (he met with anyone applying for this sort of thing), he told me that he was only supporting my application because I already had an ANG UPT slot arranged (and a letter from my ANG WG/CC to prove it). If you're just trying to leave with no cross over to the ANG, it might be difficult if not impossible. 3) Even though I did get the Palace Chase, it was only for 6 months early release (kinda like from prison!). I was told by the Palace Chase people at AFPC that 4-6 months is the longest time to request with any hope of getting approved. Of course, individual results may vary. You know the AF - as the people change every 2 years, the policies change!
  5. Leadership at the 'Deid

    Oh the irony, eh? We seriously can't even make this shit up anymore. I'd say it's impossible to get any more out of touch than this statement, but the douchebags running the USAF these days would take it as a challenge. I weep for our service.
  6. The new airline thread

    IMHO this is an almost unbelievable perk. My parents are able to come visit as often as they want. I fly literally all over the place on a whim. Booking non-rev on other airlines is easy and free if you’re traveling by yourself. You learn the ropes pretty quick. Take the earliest flight possible, as once the first operational hiccup occurs, you could be SOL all day. Keep an eye on the weather and plan accordingly. Obviously some places are easier to get to than others but if you’ve got time and plan ahead, you’ll love it.
  7. Leadership at the 'Deid

    It’s Al Udeid...”Always different, never better” FWIW I got the $60/mo plan in Oct-Dec and it worked great for my laptop and phone. It is a PITA to log in every time you switch buildings/routers but at least it works well once you’re logged in.
  8. What's wrong with the Air Force?

    Same here. 16 years between two ANG bases and never been searched leaving the base. I have, however, been searched getting on the base several times. The guards say, "Just go ahead and unload your handguns and put them on the front seat. We won't take them" Gotta love the Guard. Sometimes.
  9. Pilot Shortage Deepens, USAF is SCREWED.

    Is there a way we can print this, laminate it, and send it certified mail to Gen Goldfein to ensure he gets it? Then hold his Exec's family hostage at gunpoint until he makes the general actually READ it.
  10. Pilot Shortage Deepens, USAF is SCREWED.

    Agreed. This dude nicely summarizes thousands of angry Internet rants. I’m hopeful the clowns in charge read and heed, but doubt they will.
  11. The new airline thread

    Okay! I made $130k at the airline and worked an average of 11 days a month last year. Many of those were half days, as I had zero report times before noon. At least 2 of those 11 per month were “off days” on 30 hour layovers. Oh hey, I’m on one right now. Drinking Guinness for $2.35/hour per diem and $1000/ day pay. Meh. i mention this not as a brag (that’s chump change for airline guys) but as a data point. Run! Fucking run! You’re treated better and well compensated. The Air Force no longer deserves the sacrifice so many good people endure to serve. The O-6s and above just don’t care about anyone but themselves. I can’t stand their bottom-shelf management (leadership nowhere to be found) and the self-serving buffoons in charge constantly crushing what little morale and QOL we have left. Calling it a career (AD/ANG) later this year.
  12. The new airline thread

    This is 100% accurate. Worth the read. http://www.aviationbull.com/2018/feb/26/airline-pilot-second-year-review
  13. That should be added below the base name on every AF base front gate!! Glad I'm not losing my mind about AROWs as well. Hope this speeds things up. Only in the AF could we spend $100 Million on a half-assed computer program to replace a clip board and photocopied form that had worked for 50 years.
  14. Pilot Shortage Deepens, USAF is SCREWED.

    No, they are all airline captains.
  15. Pilot Shortage Deepens, USAF is SCREWED.

    This made my day. So true. Big Blue is so fucked and 99% of the O-6s and above don't give even the slightest shit. Run fellas. Fucking run!
  16. The new airline thread

    I think that's my next adventure when I can hold widebody in Atlanta. Talked with a 777 FO who flew 6 4-day trips IN A YEAR sitting reserve. At $232/hour. The trips were all one leg out, 48 hour layover, 1 leg back. Oh, with two crews...so in crew rest half of the two flights also. Although I have to say, my regular schedule has been pretty awesome lately. A full 81 hour schedule for March has 3 4-days and a 3-day, and all but one of those trips has a 33+ hour layover (entire day off) so not really working that hard. I bid specific layovers and usually have enough going on they don't even feel like work.
  17. The new airline thread

    Saw this on an airline FB page this morning and thought it was oh so true and worth sharing as it captures the difference perfectly. Shared without consent so hope he’s not pissed. “I just got my new Delta ID. (It's been nearly 2 years already!?) It reminded me of the process required to get a new military ID. Block yourself off for at least a couple hours so you can sign in at MPF and then wait for 30-45 minutes for your turn to see a "technician." Then, sit in a chair and watch an overweight civilian with 13" acrylic fingernails or an 18-year-old scared of his own shadow peck away at an archaic computer for 45-60 minutes, waiting for that golden moment when you finally get to enter your new (not new) pin into the keyboard twice (and then twice again when the tech pushes the wrong button and needs you a do-over.) These two processes contrasted so sharply I can't help myself: I got a pop-up a few days ago when I signed in to the company system to trade the trip I was scheduled to fly for one that better fit my personal whims at the time. (No requirement to as Top 3...or any other human being...for permission on the schedule change.) The system said the ID would be delivered to my Chief Pilot's Office this month. (I hadn't even realized that it was going to expire.) "Good deal," I thought, "I'll have to look for that in a few weeks." As I was walking past the CPO to start work today I figured I might as well stop on by...on the off chance it's already there. Sure enough! Hand the secretary my old card, put the new one on my lanyard. Done. Wait! No forms to sign? No new picture required? No waiting? And this gets me into some of the most strictly secured infrastructure in the world? Yep, have a good day! (Big smile.) Pay: far better Flying: far more Time at work: far less Overall life stress and frustration: lower, beyond compare This job doesn't suck.”
  18. The new airline thread

    Was this self-inflicted based on your aircraft selection? If you bid the 787 at the earliest opportunity, I don't have a lot of sympathy for your plight. "For your information, you stuck it in your own ass!"
  19. John Young Gone West

    Great American! I remember watching the shuttle launch as a young kid. One of my heroes (even if he was Navy!) IIRC almost 10,000 hours in the T-38 as well. Damn! Time to step it up Huggy.
  20. Leadership at the 'Deid

    As stated by my copilot, while climbing out the other night over Doha, Qatar, a sprawling city of well over a million people, located a distant 16-19 miles from base yet might as well be millions of miles away to the average crew dog: "We aren't deployed. The Air Force just hates us." Truth.
  21. Did you get the Bluetooth? Or at least the version with the 3.5mm plug jack? It's life changing on long sorties.
  22. F-16 Students skip Phase III

    The new guys we are getting out of FTU can barely fly as it is! They get 6ish flights and take a checkride. Then show up back home and get 6-9 more flights. That is obviously with the full-up T-1 syllabus. Typical USAF thinking...save hours on a $1000/hr jet...only to spend more hours on a $10,000/hr jet a few months down the road. Idiots.
  23. What's wrong with the Air Force?

    Punish the guilty? Charge him with murder; prosecute to max extent allowed by law. Lock him up and throw away the key. Done.
  24. What's wrong with the Air Force?

    Imagine the CEO of Southwest Air Lines telling all 55,000 employees nation-wide that they, or their family members, can’t drink or buy alcohol. Just for perspective. Absolutely asinine. We’ve devolved from leadership to management...and now we can only muster “really shitty management.” FML. Where’s the exit? This incident involved .001% of the military people and dependents on Japan. So let’s punish everyone.
  25. It's good to hear that you've been happy so far. Let's see how you're doing after the staff tour! haha