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  1. I guess we aren't in a shortage after all? I wonder what the FY22 take rates are if the original formula was still being applied. https://starsdemog.a1vdc.us.af.mil/Avb/avb.html
  2. I ran through a search on airline pilot central, but no dice….For airline applications, the question: 6. Have you ever been removed from flight status, voluntarily or involuntarily, or failed flight training of any type, or failed any check ride? Does “removed from flight status” include DNIF as well? Also “any check ride” includes UPT?
  3. Whenever I talk to people looking to fly for UPS/FedEx, they say it’s because “boxes don’t b****”. Are passengers really that painful to deal with? I’ve never encountered any issues being a customer before.
  4. For me, it seems the decision boils down to this (assuming I still enjoy my AD job during the second half of my career). Join the airlines now and get the seniority number, or Do 20 (or more) years of service, get the medical/retirement benefits, then get that seniority number…. So, is the $50K/year + Tricare worth 8 years of seniority? Also, I’ve always wondered, is there a person who regretted separating at their initial ADSC and wished they stayed AD? I’ve never heard the other side of the story (maybe because it’s rare, or people don’t want to admit making the wrong decision).
  5. Can you share how many nights you spent away from home in 2021?
  6. This is more of a MPF-type question, but do I have to decide on a separation/terminal date and stick with it? In other words, if I don’t get a call from a major by my separation date, can I continue with AD on a day-to-day basis? Or do I set another separation date in the future?
  7. I’m approaching my UPT ADSC and have relatively low hours (IP, 700 PIC/2000 total) compared to my MAF peers. When I browse through other airline forums, 1000 PIC/3000 total seems to be the delineator for the majors (pre-COVID). I understand many other factors are involved with the hiring process. However, with the renewed hiring surge, are there folks getting hired with less hours than before? If I join a regional and separate from AD (no guard/reserve) will this increase my chances of progressing to a major, even if I no longer gain PIC hours? Or should I stay on AD until I hit 1000 PIC? What can I do now to round out my resume (masters, EP, SE, etc)? My spouse is AD is well (with kids), so a potential double commute to a reserve/guard base may stress the family too much.
  8. The Career Intermission Program (CIP) could be a third option.
  9. Couldn’t find this information using the search function. Could somebody please share: 1. How many hours could someone expect on a deployment? 2. Is the deployment 6 months long? 3. How much time will be spent TDY? 4. Do you get an ATP after training? 5. Do you graduate initial training as an AC? In other words, is it all PIC?
  10. In the last few years, -135 guys have crossflowed to the MC-130J (join spouse) U-28 (mechanical crossflow), F-22, B-1 (MAF to CAF crossflow program), B-2, and more. The Combat Aviation Advisor program is another opportunity to look into.
  11. Thanks for the info, that was really helpful. Do you have an opinion why a rated officer needs to fill the billet?
  12. Starting a new topic because I couldn’t find any relevant information. Does anyone have gouge on what a deployed mobility planner/shift leader will do in Kuwait? Will I work within an Army unit? It’s a 6-monther for a 11M. How will this impact my career as an MWS IP?
  13. I really appreciate all the posts/replies. I’m sure the answer is “depends”, but I would still like to ask because there is a lot of knowledge and experience here not found in an AD squadron. If I’m not hired by a major airline at the end of my ADSC, should I pursue another flying assignment at a FTU/UPT base, or go guard/reserve + regionals? My goal is to acquire a line number at a major airline as soon as possible. My spouse is AD mil as well, so the lower pay of the regionals is not a factor. For reference: IP, 500 heavy PIC, 1850 total (2x MWS). 2 years left on my ADSC.
  14. Are greenslips a type of premium flying?
  15. Concerning master degrees, I’ve always heard the “better to have one than not have one” argument. If the goal is to fly for any airline (regional or legacy) after my initial ADSC, is pursuing a box checker degree worth spending 10-20 hours a week of my free time? I’m about a third of the way done, but I still question if the time I’m investing is worth the reward. My PIC and total hours are lower than the typical pilot in my year group, so in a way, I’m trying to compensate for the lack of hours and experience.
  16. Regarding the posts earlier about camaraderie, do crews hang out or socialize after work on a trip? I’m guessing the norm is to have dinner and a couple drinks in the hotel lobby. How do you eat healthy when you’re always traveling from airport to airport and hotel to hotel? I understand airlines highly value those with FTU and UPT IP/EP experience. Do airlines value those with WO backgrounds as well? Which background/experience is more preferable for hiring managers?
  17. Hello, I fly a jet equipped with an ejection seat. During a deployment, I started developing neck, back, and hamstring pain. I notified my flight doc and she attributed my pain to muscle soreness and suggested I wait to see if it heals on its own. Two months later, I woke up with excruciating pain. MRI results concluded that a cervical disc tore and my nerves are being “severely” pinched (annular tear, spinal stenosis, cervical radiculopathy are the medical terms). My lumbar spine has the same condition at a “moderate” level (which explains the hamstring pain). In addition, my pectoral and tricep muscles are not responding and are atrophying. The flight doc suggested immediate surgery, but I declined. I can’t prove that the ejection seat caused this, but I don’t have any other explanation. Consequently, I was placed on a full profile for 6 weeks. My profile has since expired, and I haven’t flown yet. As long as I don’t aggravate my neck or back, I’m not in pain anymore. However, I don’t want to reherniate my spine again. I haven’t followed up with my flight doc yet, and I have an appointment with an neurologist off-base for a second opinion. Could someone please share their insight to what this might mean for my flying career? Could I advocate that I no longer fly ejection seat aircraft (cross-flow) to prevent further damage to my spine? If I speak up, could I be MEB’d? What questions should I ask my neurologist and flight doc? I understand the best answer is to talk to my flight doc, but I really value this board’s knowledge and experiences and wanted to hear your guy’s opinion first. Thank you!
  18. I've read Jason's articles regarding Airline vs. Military pay on aviationbull.com. I was wondering, does it make financial sense to stay in the reserves if you're flying for a major airline? Would the time spent being a traditional reservist be better spent taking an extra trip a month for an airline?
  19. Question: With a continued decrease in the number of pilots coming up for promotion each year (due to the pilot shortage), will it be less competitive to promote to O-5 and above? Or does the promotion rate roughly remain the same?
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