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  1. Very cool vid. That shot of the MI-26 is pretty cool too. There was one parked in Kandahar when I flew in and it was a monstrosity. My buddies said they climbed a STAIRWAY up the tail boom.
  2. The only reason I wanted a 300ish is to be exempt from PT. Our company has a policy that if you score higher than a 290, you're exempt....or you can just take the WO option and not show up....but then again that depends on your LT's and Commander.
  3. I agree with Blake...find out who the aviation unit is in country. If you have to...run out to the aircraft and ask the crew chief to give you some info, get in contact with the unit and I'm sure they'll make the time if you can get up there. I just got back from the 'Stan and we had a number of soldiers knock on our door at the CP and ask for just such a thing. One of the PZ controllers down south even got permission to come up to BAF to get his recommendations. Another option is find out who the local Guard unit in the DFW area is and give them a call and ask if you can come in for an interv
  4. I'm an Army pilot that's prepping my DCA packet for the upcoming board and going for an interview in the near future. I have some questions for any of you current USCG pilots out there- especially those of you ex-Army guys that might be able to give me some feedback on what to consider in the coming times if selected. The one thread I found on DCA answered some of the basic questions. 1) Any tips for the interview? What it consists of? 2) I'm a 60 guy with 2000TT. I've been told,"you'll probably get 60's." How does aircraft assignment work? Or is it based on duty station? I talked to both
  5. Thanks for the responses, guys...I didn't think I was misreading the FARs, but I had to ask. As far as the S70 type rating I'll probably just do it since it can't hurt. A fellow pilot just out of the military told me that Brainard mentioned that the lack of VR time and fire fighting was a bit of a detriment despite our 2000hrs in Hawks. I know some guard guys get the fire fighting experience but it's tough for us active duty guys.
  6. I'm a military pilot UH-60 time that's getting out soon. I've talked to my local FSDO about adding the type rating but am still wondering if it's even a worthwhile task. I understand the type ratings are only given for aircraft over 12,500lbs and there aren't many civilian 60's or S-70's. I was looking at an employment listing a while back which was looking for S-76 PIC's requiring the type rating. From previous reading I understand that one doesn't need the rating to act as an SIC and will likely get the rating by the check pilot for their "PIC" ride. Type ratings are aircraft specific, am wr
  7. Question for you guys: All my external load time is with 35' lines and a crew chief. I'm a 2000hr military pilot with no VR time and getting out pretty soon. I'm sure I'll get a biased answer here (haha) and it depends on what I want to do but would there be a significant benefit to getting this type of formal training in relation to both marketability and employment options available? My concern is whether the benefit will outweigh the cost for me. I'm perfectly willing to spend the money if necessary but I don't want to if employers are still going to want prior experience as opposed to ju
  8. Just so it's clear: you submit your packet FOR the flight slot- it's called WOFT (Warrant Officer Flight Training). If you're not selected you don't go into the military and even if you are selected you still have the option to decline the offer- because you aren't under any obligation.
  9. Yes they primarily provide stability in a hover but it is a mechanical linkage that is still present in flight. In flight, stability is primarily maintained by the pilot (obviously), and the Automatic Flight Control System. As AS350b said it is a complicated flight control system (a proverbial can-of-worms). Even at a hover AFCS is providing assistance to the pilot whether it be heading hold or short term rate dampening (e.g. the effects of wind gusts). To sum it up, stability is a combination of mechanical linkage, pilot input, and electro-mechanical input from the AFCS.
  10. I believe (in the Army, at least) Officers are held to 8 years. With flight school and commitment it adds up to just about 7.5 leaving less than 6 months in the inactive reserves. I've heard of few if any pilots called back.
  11. If I were to apply and get hired on with CHC what would be (if any) the benefit in the long term to flying 76's? I'm strongly considering looking into the company because of the simple fact that I can choose where I live, the commute (although tedious) isn't a cost I have to absorb, and the starting pay as an SIC is not too bad.
  12. The USAREC website says 33. "You must be at least 18 and not have reached your 33rd birthday at the time of selection. Age waivers above the age of 33 are NOT Authorized" U.S. Army Recruiting Website Good luck
  13. To add a little insight: I have a degree but you can enter the Army WOFT (Warrant Officer Flight Training) without a degree. After 7 years I am quickly approaching 2000TT, 100N, 400NVG. The only reason I have gotten there is because of 3 deployments-some of which now can stretch to 15 months. During my current deployment I will end up with about 650-700hrs this year in mountainous terrain up to 14,500MSL. I've had a breadth of experience but it does come at a cost- as everything does. As Aviator James said, it's a great experience. Keep in mind you're at the beck and call of someone else and y
  14. Military...7.5 years. With the rate of deployments and flight hours you'll probably get about 1500-2000hrs...upside, make a good stable income....downside, be deployed 1yr at a time.
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