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  1. The article lists the accident aircraft as a PA-28R-300. That is a niche low-volume one-off export-licensed military trainer called the Pill√°n. (PA-32 fuselage based, tandem seating trainer, much in the same way as the T-34 was based on the BE-33/35 Bonanza airframe). So likely a typo. They probably meant PA-32R-300, aka Piper Lance. Retract version of the cherokee Six.

    Condolences to the family.

  2. 1 minute ago, nunya said:

    Next we'll dive into religion, politics, and COVID and it'll be just like the longest 5-day in history!

    yeah buddy. It's a shame single pilot jobs don't pay squat. "I rather have the extra gas"¬†*slam click* ūüėĄ¬†


  3. 3 hours ago, Blue said:

    For the record, @hindsight2020 made a pretty good case back on page 9 about how Afghanistan was never about "regime change," or anything of the sort.


    Indeed, and frankly it's not a particularly complicated case to make, in spite of how quickly people dismiss it just because it bends too "cynical" for their purity-test-centering sensitivities to grapple with.  I won't repeat myself on that account, for the sake of brevity.

  4. 37 minutes ago, uhhello said:

    Southwest needs to take a look at their planes.  "weather" is apparently affecting them differently than the rest of the airlines.

    Well, if they don't get a handle on their rollin' coal membership online, they're gonna get 2017 Spirit'd right between the uprights faster than they can spell RLA. The self-immolating over on APC is priceless. So far SWAPA has had to publicly deny their inference more times than Peter denied Jes√ļs, and it's only Monday.¬†Best laid schemes of mice and men....¬†



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  5. 1 hour ago, DuckHunter said:

    That’s not how it’s paid out.  At least mine was paid the first day of the contract for the year ahead.

    Fwiw, AFRC AvB is paid out on anniversary dates (arrears). Cant speak for the active duty, though i can say fiscal 21 offering on active duty was laughable, especially compared to the terms on the AFRC side.

  6. 13 hours ago, Bode said:

    I retire at the end of this year and was recently hired by DAL.  I'm considering joining a reserve unit after retirement because I enjoy the flying and teaching.  I've had a few people mention its a terrible idea and I will lose money big time.  Anyone here in the program or ran the numbers? 

    Its not so much about the money from where i see it. The point of a rehire as an airline newb isnt on the pay offset on the military side; it's in the value of cajoling your junior airline schedule via mildrop, something a full stop  mil retiree no longer has available.

    Anecdotally at least on my corner of AFRC, the process to onboard a retire-rehire applicant was running in excess of 18 months. For most doing it for the mil drop cape, that timeline makes it a moot point as long as their airline is hiring people below them. For folks stuck during a period of stopped musical chairs at the airline, it might be worth the wait i suppose. Most of the guys in the position of getting an active retirement in my squadron are just moving on at 20, citing the pita of current timeline and requirements to onboard thru the program as not really worth it to them, plus they all have 5 year seniority numbers anyways so the schedule flexing at the airline isnt an issue anymore. Cant speak for how much of a dumspter fire your unit of interest may or may not be wrt CSS backshop and their batting avg wrt hiring qweep. 



  7. 13 hours ago, ViperMan said:

    An excuse to take it away from you later.

    Most underrated comment so far. You've said a mouthful my friend. I think they're still taking out the Social security freeze from my LES from the last bait and switch during POTUS 45. You know it's a f**kjob when the govt forbids you from NOT taking the extra cash. LOL 

  8. 20 hours ago, rancormac said:

    Is your buddy having surgery in the ICU?  That's weird.


    It's definitely a staffing shortage.  Maybe they shouldn't be firing/laying off people during a staffing shortage...priorities.

    yeah don't get me started on our healthcare system (red button topic in my household). To wit, the inability to retain capacity surplus in this Country due to that abhorrent just-in-time supply model applied to for-profit healthcare delivery, is one of our epic national embarrassments (military adventurism is the other one, but I digress on that).

    My RN wife has healthcare friends all over the region and out of state, and the anecdotes on the group chat are appalling. Even in our current location, the transfers gridlock kerfuffle is absolutely in your face, and it really underscores the second tier effects to non-covid admittances. 

    But it comes down to the profit motivations. We can't scale surplus capacity to save our lives. Automotive supply chain economics applied to healthcare is not a bug, it's a feature as you point out. That's how you end up with layoffs in the non-covid floors, and an Afghan Defense Force amateur level of inability to address a shortage in staffing/ICU/ECMO capacity. 

    May the odds be forever in our favor. And as to those who believe in the canard that we're NOT having people die in America in triage, wake the f up. We've been doing that for a while. And people still talk about govt death panels like it's some sort of libertarian p@wn? LOL yeak ok, 6 of mine, your half a dozen.....


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  9. Post TFI, yes. A lot more common than it should be, but nobody is putting that genie back in the bottle. That ship sailed in 2010. Non TFI Guard units are probably the last remaining bastion of discretion on that front, and those days are numbered too, imo. 


  10. 4 minutes ago, Guardian said:

    Dude. Seriously? You must be really close to this because it seems that me asking questions or saying what I think drums up a lot of emotion in you which wasn’t the point. And I wasn’t looking for support or opposition when I started this thread. I did have an opinion but not all the facts. Nor do I now. Thanks for your opinion.

    My sincere apologies, I wasn't trying to convey personal emotional investment, I'm just emphatic for effect when i talk/type. Sorry about the misunderstanding.

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  11. 2 minutes ago, LookieRookie said:

    Incorrect. IFG decision matrixes are gouge, not T.O.s


    Land as Soon As Practical.

    ‚ÄúEmergency conditions are less urgent and, although the mis-sion is to be terminated, the degree of the emergency is such that an immediate landing at the nearest adequate airfield may not be necessary.‚ÄĚ


    Fair enough. I stand corrected on the semantics of "as soon as practical". I am aware the IFG matrix is not a T.O.  Either way, an emergency declaration is not a requirement for a single gen good cross was my point. Your 6 of one, my half a dozen.


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  12. 8 hours ago, Guardian said:

    So you’re saying because there wasn’t anyone to say you’re cleared to land and there is no fire support that it potentially deserves a Q3? Does KLAW have fire support when Sheppard is closed?

    I don’t understand your last paragraph.

    Again. Not trying to be difficult. I just don’t understand the Q3 in the slightest.


    Tower control means d$ck all, though in general towers tend to be proxies for ARFF services (part 139 certifications is a better proxy). KLAW is an ARFF index B facility during air carrier ops (aka operating hours), and it is 7 minutes away by T-38. That's just not in dispute.

    The argument could be made that the risk of a botched landing attempt of an otherwise non-emergency aircraft (I'm sorry if you all disagree, but that is the T.O. categorization of a single gen good cross in the T-38, unless a compound EP/failure presents itself), in a field without crash services, where one was available 7 minutes away, is not justifiable and demonstrates a pattern of improper decision making in the eyes of the guy who owns the iron.

    That's it man. You don't agree? Cool. Feel free to win the hearts and minds when they make you OG. This isn't an abstraction for me in the least. I work in the same community and know who I'm beholden to when I decide that a quick-tempered Leroy Jenkins is warranted, and shine my #ss out there in the NAS with a tail I don't have personal OPCON over. I further decide I don't like that construct? I can always sit on my hands, turn in my wings and eat the paddle I got coming to my *ss like a full-retard-Scheller. There are hills to die on in this life.... but not everything is one. To each their own.

    But you tell me. You're the one who started a thread asking about what could warrant a Q3, but don't provide any truth data required to inform the position you're arguing against in the first place. That reads to me like you know the answer you want, but have heartburn with any position that doesn't feed that confirmation bias. 

    Corroborate that any compounding factor to that simpleton non-emergency is at play here, and you'll have my 100% vote on that Q3 being bullsh$t. Until then, we're just throwing hypotheticals here, and my guess is as good as yours.

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  13. Trivializing a Bent Spear as a 'haircut LOR' just because it happens in the midst of a "cEnTcOm priorities" kerfuffle is a weird flex, but OK....

    For context, those of us who got stuck sucking the SAC-redux d!ck for a while don't view everything from the binary "centcom or you're a nonner". I didn't join the Army, I got no identity crisis.

    #PACAFLivesMatters #hafadai #NoTaxFree #FlagPole #PRP


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  14. 2 hours ago, pawnman said:

    Rent is the most you'll pay to live in a place. 

    The mortgage is the minimum amount you'll pay to own the place. 

    Just because you're giving someone else money to live in their building doesn't mean it's the worst option. You're still getting a place to live, without the hassles of home maintenance, no worries about the market tanking, no issues trying to sell the place BVR when you move again. 

    Absolutely. It's the way I handled an 8 year stint at my last duty station. Super easy transition during the eventual PCS; a twofer since I'll never landlord as a matter of personal preference and life priorities.

    Of course, I also rented cheap with a young family and put that whole¬†spread into other aspects of my life (to include a mammoth war chest that might just be enough to not have to even dabble in the airline d!ck dance after .mil retirement). In fairness, a scheme¬†most of these haughty m'fers I call my vocational peers¬†generally consider beneath them, but that's neither here nor there. LOL¬†¬†ūüėĄ¬†Cheers!


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  15. holy checkers move batman. I tell ya where he went wrong is he probably retained PYB's wife as counsel. Actually that's not true, cuz at least PYB retained his earned benefits! ūüėĄ¬†

    To each their own. 


    ETA: Almost forgot. The irony of posting that manifesto in front of a Chess board does not escape me in the least. yee yee!

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  16. 1 hour ago, CaptainMorgan said:

    If I got Q3’d by a Luftwaffe pilot. https://encrypted-tbn0.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcQQ_8sGU8CN5brp0VkxW-2XxLDOy2SfqjonDw&usqp=CAU

    Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk

    LOL indeed.¬†I was watching a ze german YT video of a guy in a D- registered RV-8 flying across the atlantic to attend OSH with his¬†German flag proudly on the tail...and an ALLIED invasion paint scheme. I had to do a double take. Indeed, I made a comment linking to a google search of irony, which wasn't received well. ūüėĄ


  17. 5 hours ago, Danger41 said:


    Then Ruh Roh, is what ill potentially say to that. With Lawton open, the only justification you'd have left to pull that stunt is a right gen no cross situation (left gen no cross might not even make the cut honestly), making you a no trim no flap jet. That one requires a checklist stipulated outsized urgency and the longest qualifying  runway you can find on the way down, tower or no tower, second only to total DC out or, engine compartment fire.

    That AND/OR the rather exceptional compounding happenstance of being in such a degraded fuel state that it would have put you at emergency fuel a mere 35nm north. That itself would be a source of scrutiny on its own if true, given SPS was not the intended destination in the first place. 

    BL, the guy is gonna have to demonstrate a compound EP here. If LAW was open, and he landed fat on gas at tower-closed home plate, with a good cross? Oof. Good night Irene. I hope for his sake one of those three can be answered in the negative.

    Now, taking my 38 SEFE hat off for a second and putting a hypothetical OG hat. Would i Q3 the guy if the above 3 strike hypothetical was true? Nah. Not if the jet didn't get bent. Id retrain the guy notionally, have him do the slut shaming rounds. 

    Id understand not sharing further details to protect those being currently scrutinized. Happy to keep this in the realm of the hypothetical. Cheers.



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  18. Now wait a minute. Enough of the 20 questions, is it a goddamned T-6 or is it a T-38? This actually matters a lot wrt the question of landing at SPS after hours for a generator failure, as the justification for a Q-3.

    Yuge difference in EP decision matrix between the two for the EP in question. It can very much be an imprudent decision to put a T-38 in a closed field (even home field) for a simpleton generator failure with good cross, with a suitable (rwy length is the big LIMFAC for 38 diverts) runway a mere 35NM north. Not so in the case of the single generator in a T-6 failing, which is much more time sensitive wrt time to total elec failure.

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  19. 33 minutes ago, brabus said:

    I just landed in a grass field today, without a radio…and….nothing bad happened. Leave it to the AF (or I guess GAF in this case) to find every way to make aviation suck. Go to the IG, and get a line number if he doesn’t already have one. Unbelievable. 

    Hard to get a line number when your FEF is speckled with bullshit AF Q3s. Not impossible of course.

  20. We're talking about a Sheppard T-6, landing at Sheppard after hours? If so, big time foul to Q-3 a guy over it. You see, Sheppard is one of 10 exceptional cases on the Air Force side:  Sheppard/Wichita Falls municipal is a joint use field. As such, when the military tower closes, the field doesn't close, it reverts to a continuous use class E field, where T-6s can absolutely operate in an emergency capacity provided the runway requirements are met. Which in the case of SPS, its civilian use piston runway (RWY 17-35) absolutely qualifies.



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