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Bergman

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  1. You’ve never met Ron Fogleman. He was one of the best, and a dying breed. Gen Fogleman Resigns
  2. Sounds like a fantastic airline interview story. If the guy already has an airline gig, who gives a shit about the Q3? Bet the rest of the squadron will remember how this pilot is treated however.
  3. You know they’re doing a truly shitty job when even the left-leaning press is on their ass! A complete embarrassment and tragedy. Resignations from these clowns at a minimum.
  4. And he’s never met Col (Ret) Rhatigan, among many others.
  5. Read something about this from another air show guy. I haven’t been able to find anything. Anyone have info?!
  6. “Fix It” meaning your application. There’s a missing date, or employment timeline error, or some other incomplete info. Basically, they’ve actually reviewed the app, so fix this so we can give you an interview.
  7. That’s some serious coin. I honestly don’t know what I’d do with that much money. Well, besides (more) hookers and blow. Yes, what a great convo to have. From “holy shit the entire industry could collapse” back to full flights, crowded airports and profit sharing. Thank God.
  8. I suppose it’s possible with OE buys and GSWC, but pulling that off for an entire year would be difficult. I’ll keep my eyes out for these unicorns once I’m reinstated.
  9. Not that this is anything worth arguing over, so don’t take this that way please, but you’ve actually talked to pilots that no-shit topped $1M? $1M - 16% 401k - 16% PS = $743,000 That’s $62,000/mo average, or about 175 hours of pay at $353/hr (A350 captain). I know the 350 rollout was a fiasco, but averaging that many hours a month would be very difficult. Kudos to them if they did it, and please teach me how! Active duty guys take note...we are actually discussing whether a pilot made $1M to fly the newest airplane in the fleet, maybe 12-15 days a month. YMMV. Choose wisely.
  10. From everything I have heard, the 7-figure Captains were a juicy rumor. There was one guy who banked 272 hours in a month (272x$353=$96,000, plus $15,000 in 401k contribution), so I think the rumor mill started with the logic leap that if he had kept that up EVERY month he would have cleared $1M. I had also heard 11 guys topped $1M but can’t find anyone who actually knows these guys. I will add that said Captain always bought dinner and drinks for his entire crew of 13 people. Class act and very nice guy.
  11. Cirrus Vision Jet would get the job done at less than $2M a copy.
  12. Well shit, thought I heard something about a pilot shortage. Guess not! Sorry to hear about the board results. Start lining up Guard/Reserve visits and make it happen. IMHO most units are far more concerned with “good pilot, good dude” than whatever AD block checking BS is the flavor of the day.
  13. Agree with this 100%! It doesn’t matter which track or MWS either (while some are obviously more challenging)...experience matters. Graduating pilots with 300 VR hours but only 69 actual flight hours just doesn’t make sense.
  14. If it’s that dangerous, but we aren’t flying any significant combat Ops....why are the crews there in the first place? It’s only a big deal when you find out every E-3 in finance or EEO has their own room, and this is your 12th 90 day trip there in the last 8 years. Not a big deal, but it gets old.
  15. What’s the story on Al Udeid’s lodging crisis? After all those years in the trailers, they finally got aircrew into the BPC. Only to start doubling up crews lately. What’s the back story?
  16. I believe the program went away with SAC in 1992ish. They used companion aircraft since all the main jets were on alert. It used to be a factor on assignment night...”take tankers to Grand Forks with T-38s or Barksdale with T-37s” Yes sims are cheaper, but we can all agree they don’t come close to flying in the actual jet, within the airspace system. The airlines train exclusively in the sim, but most pilots get 70-90 hours a month which could equate to 40+ flights on narrow body jets. Lots of reps.
  17. Sadly, I think you’re right about what will end up happening. They SHOULD go aggressive with the bonus...$50-100k/yr. The current bonus is not even one month’s airline paycheck; not all that appealing (if money is what motivates you). I’d advocate for predictable schedules and decent leadership if the AF asked me.
  18. What’s old is new again. You know they did this for decades, right? T-37/38 ACE (Accelerated Copilot Enhancement) at many tanker bases. I think the B-52s did it at well; not sure what other MWS had them.
  19. This should help. 🙄 I personally can’t wait for Contract Undergraduate Navigator Training, which will likely be in the second phase of their plan. AETC Looking into Contract UPT
  20. So, was she a slut or not? Was Scooters involved?
  21. The ink on the revised, idiotic new UPT syllabus isn’t even dry and now CSAF says, “We may have pushed...a little too far.” Geebus, ya think? If only hundreds of IPs told them that ahead of time. For years.
  22. Word has it our PsyOps team is leaking them the UPT 2.5 syllabus to counter their efforts
  23. I could probably write a book on this topic; it’s an interesting question. My short answer is...a student pilot pays a civilian instructor, so there is an inherent conflict of interest there. A student never gets the 100% unvarnished truth (typically) because the CFI doesn’t want to bite the hand that feeds him. IPs at UPT don’t have that worry. 😂 My second thought is that the expectations are just higher in the military, as pilots are allowed access to far more advanced equipment with far more challenging missions with very little experience. Example...250 hour pilots flying F-22s solo or globe trotting on a C-5. Hell, even a KC-135 is the size of a 757. Not many opportunities for a low time pilot to fly something that big/complicated (relative to GA).
  24. I feel like this nurse story needs an alternate ending like... “So I walk out of the bathroom and say, “Best Sex eh? Prove it, because you don’t look like you’re good at it”. And that’s the story of how I died having sex in my own house.” Or something like that. Congrats Duck! I’ve walked a similar path and can appreciate where you are at now. 🍻
  25. Doesn’t seem that long ago! I actually still have my nav school charts somewhere. I’m a pack-rat apparently. Lol Saw a FB post from Davis-Monthan that showed the T-43s...the only plane that could be 13 places at once. Where each of the 12 studs thought they were...and the aircraft’s actual location.
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