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  1. Meh, if we're to believe the article, the dudes were doing the contract either way and were only agreed after the fact. Not naive enough to realize that some may have been planning on this from the start and if so, great! But I don't believe the Chinese started this program without the hopes of getting information (which they may very well have gotten...). But good on the pilots for taking them up on the offer, this goes back to my "unless they're teaching them to get shot in the face with an AMRAAM," comment.
  2. Idk, but I'm betting they're playing fast and loose with the numbers...
  3. That didn't stop people from voting for Biden...
  4. Do you think they're over there only to teach them the finer points of flying an ILS? I doubt these dudes think they're training these pilots with the idea that they will be fighting along side us some day. I'm not upset at all, I mean, I even LOL'd in my post . But seriously, I should have been more clear, I don't care about your discussion on the trade issue in relation to these guys. You can worry about our trade issues while still holding the opinion I do. It won't change my opinion on these dudes (not that it matters anyway).
  5. I would. I understand your drift, but my opinion remains. I mean, the .gov didn't freak out over F-35s being built with Chinese alloys because the Chinese are our friends... I couldn't care less about trade talk, if a SEAL left the Navy and went to train Chinese Special forces how to fight SEALs, the dude is a traitor. The same thing applies here...especially if he's passing information about our TTPs/classified data. Now if he's teaching them to do things that will get them shot in the face with a AMRAAM, then I'd consider putting away the pitch forks lol.
  6. Essentially what Biff said. Huh? Are you still in the military?
  7. LOL the article says they're only paying these dudes ~$270k?! NFW that's all they're paying these dudes. That's chump change for betraying your country, risking your life and living in that shithole.
  8. Map could come in handy for those moving soon.
  9. Whew! Glad the good General took care of the problem at the core. If only our leadership cared as much about admin issues (comm/finance/etc...time sucks that dimish daily ops), as they care about 36-2903.
  10. Speaking of jackpot.... Peachy, I recommend you go buy a lottery ticket as well. Congrats and goodluck!
  11. It's crazy that anyone who has been in the military more than 6-9 years, and who has taken part in the wars of the last two decades, has a blind acceptance of everything the government does.
  12. If they need us there bad enough, I'm sure "special waiver," will miraculously appear at record pace... My nephew graduated high school last year and most of the kids in his class have not been vaxed, nor is there any reason for them to be vaxed (especially since the pandemic is "over"). They're certainly not the only ones, so it will be interested to see how if the "policy of the week" stands the test of the time. Either way, the DOD is wasting a lot of man-hours and money on this bullshit, not to mention forcing out what are otherwise fine additions to the service (ref: rescue swimmer above).
  13. This! The DOD needs to just move on from this shit. 99.9% of my base being vaxed didn't stop the multiple outbreaks we had post vaxings. In the case of the above posted article, it may have directly contributed to the death of an otherwise healthy pilot. It sounds like that unit has a quite a few pilots who are not vaxed. Doesn't seem to be impacting them all that much...
  14. Lol, dudes are well know and universally hated. Didn't read the article but they're said to have made over 300k, plus an expensive ass boat over the last few years. They've been accused of cheating multiple times over the years, glad they finally got caught. If I were those dudes, I'd watch my back. Fisherman take that shit seriously around here lol. I've heard stories of drain plugs pulled, oil being drained (boat AND truck) and an extreme one...breaking lug nuts just loose enough to not know right away. Yikes! The announcer was wise to ask people to not beat them up as they left.
  15. Just like I'm immediately suspect of a guy whose been in 2+ Guard squadron, I'd be suspect of someone with that many airframes in their career. Maybe he was transitioned...
  16. AAL probably painted that jet in TWA colors then specifically made sure TWA guys didn't fly it. You know, just to fuck em one more time! 🤣
  17. Clearly! I love when you see that stuff happen because their responses are telling. It really let's you know who has a solid grasp on their side of the agenda (which every news...err...entertainment outlet does), and who is just reciting the talking points given to them. My favorite us when they just cut to commercial rather than counter lol. *I dislike all mainstream "news" equally.
  18. Lol, the look on his face was perfect. Screenshot that...it's ripe for a good meme!
  19. Cabotage, War in Eastern Asia/Pacific, Amazon, single pilot ops, recession, economy slowing down...plenty of boogeymen out there. It's all a crapshoot, none of us have a crystal ball. Go to where you can make plenty of money with the most amount of time NOT at work, then hope for the best. LOL. Anyway, how about them contract negotiations?!
  20. myEval...a great example of what is wrong with the AF. Take something relatively minor (OPRs) and make it ridiculously more cumbersome. On the plus side, less than 1% of the AF has successfully be able to make it work correctly...so we got that going for us, which is nice... Anyone have a status update on the new mypay system that is being rolled out Jan of 2020? Would love to stop getting 8 paychecks/month.
  21. Federal Air Surgeon's Medical Bulletin. Check out the first article in the bulletin. I listened to Dr. Susan Northrup speak at the National Stearman Fly-in last week, where she spent quite a bit of time on mental health. Bottom line, like so many other things that were auto-DQ in the past, mental health special issuances are a thing. She did say there were a few conditions that just weren't going to make it (mentioned in the article), but she made it clear that she's less worried about the pilots who are seeking/getting help than the one who says nothing and goes untreated. I wish you (or whomever you're asking for) the best of luck and continued success. To continue with this, I'm actually surprised by the stuff that is getting approved now. Last month, I flew with an LCA who was approved to fly as a type 2 diabetic. I wish could find her slides from the presentation because it had great stats all the various conditions that were getting approval. She appears to be going to great lengths to make the entire process more transparent and user friendly. Hope she's successful.
  22. How could I not?!?! ....deltaS 989! ...you North or South? ...SOPA/SMAC was great! ...Delta sold off the whales to kill everything NW! ...you know we were the launch customer for the 787! ...can't make no money with cargo! ...well, we had all the money, that's why they bought us! ...we did things so much better at X airline! You'd think after staring out the window for an hour and saying nothing but "uh-huh" and "that's crazy," would make them catch the hint lol. Thankfully it wasn't all that many and it's certainly not an issue now that I'm in the left seat and mostly fly with newhires, but damn some of those dudes can't let shit go.
  23. Sounds like things worked out pretty well for him lol.
  24. If you're going to commute, I'd seriously look at FDX/UPS. I if had lived in a place that didn't have rather large airline hub within an hour, I certainly would have put much more effort into getting hired by FDX/UPS. That said, I'll echo BFM's post, take a look at the pro/cons of commuting vs living in base. I certainly get staying close to family, or being in a great location that you just can't leave...but there is certainly a price to be paid for commuting. Keep in mind that different airlines have different rules. At DAL, reserve is pretty good and I've actually been too JUNIOR to hold reserve before. But living in base and bidding reserve is quite a powerful tool for QOL. As an example, since 1Jun, I've actually put on a DAL uniform about the same amount of times as a line holder would during a heavy month. I've only slept in a hotel rooms 6 nights since 1Jun. Is this the norm, maybe not, but it's been a dang nice summer and is clearly doable. This fall is only looking like it will get better for me. When I was on a WB and bid reserve, the most I ever flew was 9 days in a single month. Most months were closer to 6 days flown, while some months I never put on a uniform. Honestly, the thought of bidding a line and flying 13+ days/month, makes me cringe anymore. Today was a 1-day block of reserve for me. Thanks to our reserve rules, when I woke up this morning at 0630 with no assignment on my schedule, I was 99% sure I wasn't being used today. So far, I've been to one squadron mates house for coffee, then we went to breakfast. After that we went to another squadron mates house to check out his new work shop. Back home by 1130 and released from reserve at noon...man that was rough day of work. Oh, and all 3 of us are DAL guys with 2 of us on reserve today and the other waiting for OE. Is it always this way, certainly not...but over a career, you'll be gone A LOT less than a commuter who flies a line.
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