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  2. Pjakaesc270 One word of advice with the new 10 year ADSO which will take you to 11+ years if serving on ACTIVE duty. Before the recent change in ADSO, in the past many Warrant Officer aviators elected to transfer to another military service in finishing their professional flying career on ACTIVE duty. With the increase in the ADSO, this option may not be available to you. The gaining service would want more than 8-9 years of ACTIVE duty service before you retire. Shouldn't be an issue in the Reserves or National Guard. Of course, there can be a policy change in the future in your favor. Why am I mentioning this? This may be the only service you can fly on ACTIVE duty. Army aviation in the pilot seat is your only option being a HS grad as you well know. By having a college degree, you have a better selection in being a military pilot. Choose wisely. You get what you pay for in life. Less college, less options.
  3. Whether it's worth it, only you can answer that question. Is it achievable? Absolutely but it's up to you because you have to sell yourself to the board. Anybody can be selected imo but you have to know how to highlight whatever you have to offer to the Army. Don't tell them how much you want to do this. Write about how your experience can benefit the Army. Not gonna lie it's a lot of work but if you really want to do this you shouldn't mind.
  4. flight manual says FUEL LOW Indications: Yellow indicator ON when approximately 35 pounds of fuel FUEL LEVEL LOW (22.5 LBS usable) remain in fuel tank. Land as soon as possible. AND HMI2 says FUEL LEVEL LOW warning light-on point, either 35 pounds for commercial helicopters or 70 pounds fuel remaining for noncommercial ma chines, must comply with the fuel low level caution light calibration specified in the Pilot's Flight Manual. A 70 pound fuel level low warning light calibration is not approved for commercial applications. ---- so noncommercial helicopter fuel low caution light warning light-on at 70 pounds remaining here is my question. Is it also land soon as possible when 70 pounds remaining warning?
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  6. Nate, Im not much of a technology guy so not sure how to connect without giving all the weirdos in internet land my phone number but if you’re still around and still looking for some input I’d be more than happy to speak with you over the phone. Too many complex ins and outs of this industry to get a true feel of it on this forum, but I’m a guy just a few years older than you that was in similar shoes about 8 years ago and would love to discuss it with you. You sound like a family man, I like and respect that. This industry is hard on families. It’s a hard, long road but it can be done. Anyway, if you’re still around let’s figure out how to connect.
  7. Great opportunity to get experience and requirements met at a rate significantly below a flight school from more experienced instructors. A MD600 is being moved across the country and an opportunity is available in the next 14 days to ferry and receive instruction from two very experienced Helicopter CFI/CFIIs. 20 hours available at $250 per hour (Could also be split between multiple people). You must make your own travel arrangements to and from the start and stopping points. Start in Floriday and Finish in California. Time can be tailored to meet the requirements of instrument or commercial requirements, will include mountain time and turbine training. The exact date is to be determined based on the aircraft schedule and available interested parties to move the aircraft. Covid precautions are in place. Contact with questions.
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  9. The increase in ADSO won't have an effect on the Warrant Officer aviation pipeline. More than enough Career Enlisted Soldiers will fill any void left by civilian reduced recruitment. No other service offers HS to flight school. That's the Army's saving grace. Regarding the future Army Commissioned Lts in wishing to branch aviation, that will be an issue next year. The USMA/ROTC graduating cadets will make the decision on the 12 year commitment in 2021. More than likely the Lts selected will be lower on the Order of Merit List.
  10. As an Army Aviator you'll do training events all over the U.S. We usually flew ourselves to these events in multi-day cross countries we called "self deployments." They took a couple weeks leading up to the launch to plan and prepare for. Hotel reservations, flight planning, coordinating crew chief and equipment transport, briefings, etc. And that's just for the flight to the event. However many aircraft we'd be bringing was how many were in the formation, sometimes accompanied by a chase bird (usually a UH-60 from another company heading down). Usually it was around 6 of us. So for us slow pokes it was me and 11 of my buddies blasting across the country together on a 3-4 day trip to wherever we were going. On one memorable trip we were heading down to Louisiana from Upstate New York for a rotation at the Joint Readiness Training Center. It was a decisive action rotation, which meant that instead of living on the "FOB" and doing counter insurgency stuff, we'd be living in tents and digging foxholes fighting a "near peer" enemy. Higher intensity, more suck if you will. But there was always about a week of living in a staging area before you started the rotation. As we were on our way down for what we were sure was going to be a miserable rotation, we ended up getting cut off by a line of thunderstorms. The problem with flying north/south through the country is that you're constantly flying along fronts instead of across them, and they tend to bend a bit so that you never get behind them. After a slow slog of waiting on weather, launching, waiting out weather, we ended up in Oxford, Mississippi. Having no idea where that was most of us were surprised to see a college campus next door to the airport with "Ole Miss" written on the water tower. We checked into our rooms and quickly changed to head out on the town. Most of us ended up in a bar. I can't speak for all units but when my troop was on the road the warrant officers generally tried to keep a relatively low profile. But here we were in a college town, very out of place, and no matter what sort of excuse we came up with we were obviously not from around there. The bar tender took notice, and asked my friend and I what we were doing there. "Just passing through" is what we told him. He didn't buy it and kept poking and prodding until finally he exclaims, "WERE YOU THE BOYS FLYING THOSE HELICOPTERS IN?!" Apparently, he was at a barbecue and we flew overhead. He quickly announced our presence to the owner of the bar, who decided that my entire troop was going to drink for free that night. Let's just say we had a good time and it was a good send off for our trip into "the box." The rotation itself was nothing to write home about. Lots of traditional Army flying performing screens, recons, some live fire, and pulling security around our base. I spent quite a bit of time up in the live fire area shooting for the ground units. I don't recall how I got so lucky, but live fire was great because you slept in a plywood shack instead of in a tent. The very last night after an intense sh*t-show of a mission, a huge line of storms started rolling through and all of the sudden we were getting told to head for the forward operating base they had set up there. That was weird because all of our stuff was in the tents on the other side of the training area and that's where the rest of our aircraft were too. Once we landed we got the birds tied down the four of us were kind of looking at each other wondering what to do now. Out of the darkness a random range truck comes hauling ass up and the guy driving tells us to get in quick. Turns out they had a tornado warning and we needed to get to a hardened shelter quick. That was the end of our rotation. The rest of our unit met us there at some point I can't remember, maybe the next day. Talking with the guys up at the live fire range they had quite a show and if I recall correctly even got a picture of the tornado. The final tradition of any JRTC rotation is to talk one of the civilian contractors into going and getting a bunch of crawfish for a last night feast, they always tasted better than any other time I've had them.
  11. Potentially the best thread on this forum. Keep them coming! I don't have any deployments under me but I've had the opportunity to fly to some amazing places, see amazing things, fly amazing aircraft and be around some of the best people in the world (WOs) India:
  12. Id share some stories if i had more time to type them up but i can make a list for now. Korea: Flying the trace through Seoul is one of the coolest things ive done Mountainous low level near the no fly area was fun Noe river running through LZ Tom and Jerry States: Buzzing the statue of liberty at an altitude not to be put online Cross country staying in awesome hotels in awesome cities (dallas, nashville, columbus) Working with AFSOC for a large scale exercise at Eglin(more fun cross country stops also) NOE flying through the Adirondacks is absolutely beautiful Getting to do a display for an airshow Afghan: Working with ODA’s and other entities Blowing up the countryside as mentioned above lol Doing some stuff that will eventually make it on dvids or youtube once its unclassified Overall, Ive gotten everything I wanted out of my current unit, same unit that reflagged to 64’s that sbuzzkill left. Its been pretty awesome here and im gonna miss the people when I PCS shortly.
  13. It seems like there's a lot of fire/utility openings for this late in the season. Do you think we'll see machines grounded for lack of qualified pilots this year?
  14. https://mwi.usma.edu/army-needs-better-solution-pilot-shortage/ Interesting article about this topic.
  15. After being signed off on the basic flying as a new aviator, it was time to start training in team flying. The unit instructor pilots were taking myself and my platoon leader out for a progression flight to start working toward our next sign off. I showed up to find the LT sitting down at the computer already planning. Afraid I missed something and was late I asked him what he was doing. “I was told to plan a flight to Piercefield, we’re going to look for a missing teenager.” Soon one of the instructors poked his head into the room and gave us some more guidance. He said we were flying out toward the Adirondacks to help a park ranger search for a missing person. Thinking this was some outlandish scenario our instructors had thought up I played along. We planned a flight out there and got our stuff ready. We met up and did our team brief, talked about who we were going to get ahold of, and headed out to the flight line. Eventually I realized it was not a joke and that we were actually going to go do this. It was a 40 minute flight out to Tupper Lake from Fort Drum, which didn’t leave us with much gas to play around with before we had to head back. We got in touch with the park ranger who briefed us up on where to search. They had divers in the water, a sheriff helicopter in the lake, and tons of volunteers on foot in the woods around the area. A 19 year old boy had walked away from a party in the middle of the night and disappeared from the side of the highway. We passed overhead then started our search. Focusing on streams, ravines, roads, trails, anything that he might have traveled down we searched back and forth. There was snow on the ground and we had very little information to work with. But there were no leaves in the trees to block our view so our hopes were high. Staying within a few miles of the town we covered as much ground as we could in the short play time we had. After about 30 minutes we hit our “bingo” and had to call up Ranger Burns to let him know we were heading back to base. Disappointed that we didn’t find anything but excited about the opportunity to combine some training with a real world mission we flew back and shut down. Debriefing the techniques we used and their relevance to reconnaissance one of the instructors mentioned we might get in trouble for what we did, due to the whole Posse Comitatus Act. News did make its way up the chain, but we ended up with only a “nice job, but do it through the proper channels next time.” Some random New York pics:
  16. Where you one of many struggling for a DA photo during these trying COVID times?? Never fear the Chief of Staff of the Army is here!!! literally the last thing I was waiting to reopen. Didn’t quite feel comfortable with their unofficial COVID provision. Rejoice!
  17. - Because he has a hard time doing things on his own, he probably won’t take the time to study for the ASVAB unless he really wants this. A huge majority of kids don’t study. That being said, If my daughter was in this scenario, I’d make sure she studies (helicopter dad). Don’t let him take the ASVAB if he’s not ready. If he does not qualify for the job, it makes things very complicated. Goarmy.com, type ASVAB in the search, click understand your scores. It’ll show the breakdown of line scores. Another point is if he wants to fly, he NEEDS a 110 GT minimum. The link will help with what sections contribute to that score. - Last I checked, not one Army MOS used AO as a factor to determine eligibility. When I retook my ASVAB I chose “A” for every answer in that section. - 15T and 15U are just popular MOSs, so when they hit the system, they fly off pretty quick. JH11B said everything I would, so I won’t reiterate. -Some recruiters care more than others. As mentioned earlier, a lot of applicants get told to loose 15 lbs, get these medical docs, or study for 2 weeks and they hardly ever do. It shows the recruiter, that kid is not serious. That’s why I recommend holding his hand through the process. Or, he’s just swamped with people that are ready to join “right now”. That’s how Usarec works. “Don’t drag on with wishy washy people when you have qualified applicants that can go to meps time yesterday”. Who knows. Either way, call him during work hours if that’s the only way to talk to him.
  18. For those ACTIVE DUTY WOFT /IERW applicants with a 6 year ADSO, you still have this option available if meeting the requirements. Age primarily and a 4yr degree. The new 10 year ADSO will take this option off the table for ACTIVE DUTY transfers. There have been literally hundreds of Army aviators over the years that made the transition to Air Force/Navy/Marine/Coast Guard flight training programs and having successful careers while on ACTIVE DUTY or in the Reserves/Air National Guard. A few years ago, the AF Thunderbird slot (#4) pilot was a former Army Reserve CW2 UH-60 aviator that made the transfer to AF ACTIVE DUTY and SUPT. I'm certain maybe 1 or 2 former Army CWO aviators retired as AF General Officers while serving solely on ACTIVE DUTY. What's my point you may ask? The 6 yr ADSO may possibly allow you in finishing your military aviation career in another branch of service on ACTIVE DUTY. Good luck and choose wisely.
  19. Hey Seminole, Thanks for writing. That's an interesting question. The short answer is that when he takes the ASVAB for real we'll see if he theoretically qualifies for street-to-seat or not. So we can cross that bridge if and when we come to it. He's studying now and the practice tests show he's improving. We'll see how much. But to answer your question in long form, even as his biased Dad it looks to me like the kid has pilot potential. He's really detail-focused when it's mechanical, he really likes cars, he's a competitive swimmer, he built a computer and a bicycle for fun, he doesn't like reading unless it's about cars or airplanes, he speaks three languages fluently, and his best subjects were computer programming and math. My instinct is that he would pick up the hands-on part of flying fast. He learns new sports skills quickly, he's physically coordinated, he doesn't rattle easily, he follows instructions well and he is honestly interested in how machines work. True he has next to zero sense of personal safety and self-protection, but who does at that age? The problem is discipline to study and master subjects that aren't exciting: I have to admit that here he still needs work. My instinct is that right now he would be in over his head academically in WO school. If and when he learned to study and master classroom material he would be an outstanding flight school candidate, but only if and when. If the ASVAB and the GT decide different than my instinct, then I agree skipping college might make a whole lot of sense - and I got the Army to buy me an Ivy League Master's degree. There are times when a spiffy diploma really helps in life and there are definitely times when it's not worth the advertising, is my experience. Once he's 18 of course what he wants to do is up to him. But the way I figure it, if he starts working in Army aviation age 17-18 then a 2-3 year tour will give him plenty of time for him to decide whether he wants seriously to try to be a helicopter pilot, or just do his time and then take the college money and become a civilian. If he decides to try and fly helicopters then surely if he is inside Army aviation as an enlisted that's a pretty good place to buff up his PT score, aviation knowledge, make friends with crusty WOs to be his LOS writers and so on. If he wants to skip/delay college he can do that just as easily in or out of uniform. On the flip side, if he decides he wants to fly but not Army helicopters (TEN years service commitment?), then as far as I know all the other services have college as a pilot candidate prerequisite.
  20. I got a march 10th start date! Looking forward to seeing some of you guys down there!
  21. I’m gonna either be with you or Jay3 my WOBC start date is APR 23rd. So I know they’ll back track WOCS.
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