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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 interview. Most guys will be willing to help you out since they were in the same position as you are now.
  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 CG and ex-Army CG while working down at OPBAT and got various answers. I even spoke with one who started in 60's, went to 65's and is now in Hercs. I'd love to continue with 60's but I'm also interested in venturing out to something new. 3) Duty assignment. From another thread I gathered that one spends about 4 years per location. I would assume "needs of the CG" supersede my own desire so my question is how much latitude would I have in duty assignment and is it related to airframe selection? PCSing after your first assignment...any choice in the matter? For instance, I was told if I were to get San Diego that I would more than likely head to AK afterwards. Not that I mind...just trying to get a feel for the process and give my wife an idea of what may lie ahead. I went into the WOFT program, basic, flight school, aircraft selection, and duty assignment in a relative vacuum and wish I had known any number of things before making those decisions. If any of you guys wouldn't mind opening up a dialog and giving me any pertinent info you think may help me down the line it would be much appreciated. Heheh, my wife would appreciate it too....thanks.
  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 wrong? So if one doesn't have the type rating for the 76 that person would have to be hired, trained, and given that type rating- correct? As of now the water seems a bit murky, can someone clear this up?
  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 just formal training. There are plenty of options for me otherwise but it would be nice to have even more.
  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 you won't have much choice in where you live, etc. The upside is the quality of continuous training you'll get and the experience doing things that few civilian pilots will ever have the opportunity to do. For example, one of my best flying experiences here in country has been leading and planning an 18 ship air assault and doing a one wheel, max gross weight, one wheel roof-top insertion to a 7000ft HLZ- and the satisfaction of knowing that our ground bretheren knocked off around 60 insurgents and destroyed an IED factory. It's a good feeling to have but like I said it comes at a cost. My wife is ready for me to move on to the civilian side where I might see her a bit more often. Definately talk to a flight surgeon before considering this option. I watched pilots get DQ'd after finding a Flt Surgeon that let them slip through at the bare minimums only to get kicked out afer going to basic training, Warrant Officer school due to eyesight. Wasted time and lost opportunity. Do your homework.
  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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