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Everything posted by heloidaho

  1. A PPL, fixed or rotary, or any aviation experience, does help in flight school. At least at the beginning. So if your eye is on the long game of being an aviator, and not just being selected, I doubt the time or experience would hurt.
  2. Same old song and dance. Everyone wants a magic pill or formula, but it has always been and will always be the same formula that Lindsey gave. No packet gets selected if it isn't submitted, and there is no reason not to submit the best packet you can individually compile. Rocket. Science.
  3. So can an AH-64E pilot fly a drone from the cockpit and get this award, too? Maybe they should create a new category for the pilots who fly UAVs from the cockpit.
  4. What is a type A response? I saw a lot of responses from people who have a passion about the career, despite its difficulties. Were you expecting a flood of people who had hopes and dreams crushed?
  5. Good luck Wally. You might be up for a tough process. I don't remember any non-aviator Warrants re-branching into aviation while I was down there. I met one Captain who re-branched from armor, but he worked his butt off and took a job at Fort Rucker to meet people and get known before he ever managed to get the slot. You might have more luck with a Guard or Reserve unit. But higher test/PT scores will be a good start to improving your chances.
  6. WOFTApp, a vast amount of that information is dated. I wouldn't use it. It would take me a while to go through all the sections to explain what changed. You're much better off just going over a current WOCSOP and packing list if you are wanting to prepare for WOCS. That document is from a time when WOCS was a much different sort of course, and much more of a hazing "see if they can make it through" type of course. Now it is more about mentorship and it certainly isn't one of the hardest courses in the Army.
  7. CFII = Certified Flight Instructor Instrument -- you can teach people to fly instruments.
  8. Tom22, I think most people are referring to getting a professional pilot type degree. Embry Riddle has a lot of degree programs. To be a pilot, you don't need the expensive degree on top of the expensive ratins. There is a world of difference between the value of an ERAU degree as a professional pilot and an ERAU degree in aerospace engineering. ERAU is just expensive. It is a lot of money to pay to be very specialized. But yes, I'd agree with the sentiment that ERAU isn't just snot nosed rich boys. In my ERAU classes, most of the students are military and at a variety of stages in life. ERAU is awesome about being flexible when it comes to being in the military and having to move around while getting an education.
  9. I'm not crying over my life choices, haha. I spent a fair amount of money getting into flight school, and no one likes to be scammed for $80 bucks. People down here love to feed off the flight school pipeline.
  10. It isn't all doom and gloom, but it is better to go into the industry without rose colored glasses. You'll be better off for knowing the dark side. So while all these posts are just random people on the internet spouting advice, the advice still rings with personal truth for those that posted. You get to take it all with a grain of salt. Like Buzz said, keep asking questions. Being around a flight line and asking questions is a way to absorb lots of little life experience tips so you can learn from the mistakes of others and chart your own path. So a kid out of high school can invest in and start a helicopter career. And can get a helicopter flying job after flying nothing but an R-44. And people can pile on a $100,000 dollars in debt and dig out of it while in the aviation industry. But maybe, just maybe, there are less painful and less risky ways to do things. It is all about opportunity cost. When you pick one path, there will be a cost associated with it. Most likely in time and money. The key is finding the level of risk you're ready to handle. Maybe that is $100,000 in flight training and a degree in aviation administration. In my opinion that is more risky that getting a degree in an unrelated field and then expanding into aviation. Kind of like the ERAU Professional Pilot degrees. I see lots of Army Aviators going for those, but in my view, you're already a professional pilot with FAA ratings. How much beefier is your resume by having a degree in the same thing you have certifications in? Are you now suddenly twice the professional pilot? But if you're an engineer and a pilot, now you have more options and a bigger resume. As a last note on this thread, from me anyway, I'd like to really emphasize what Buzzkill said about community college. I did the first 2 years of my college education at community college. By far it is the best money I've ever spent. After going to Boise State University and now Embry Riddle, I still feel like I did far more learning for far less money at the community college level. The classes were smaller. The prices were cheaper. And the whole experience was much more personable. In my opinion, it is a less risky way to start getting your education, especially with the number of times people switch degrees these days. If you kick butt in community college, apply for scholarships and all that money floating out there. Look for ROTC options. You're young. You have loads of choices and paths you can take.
  11. I'm still debating to fork over the $80 to have the local people push my commercial ticket through or to just try to go to a FSDO for my license. It just seems crazy to pay for something you could get done for free.
  12. A 2 star pulls weight regardless of what service. Your LOR list is spectacular. You should be just fine. Just be sure they aren't too generic like Celica said.
  13. Run from that flight school. Their R-22 vs R-44 commentary is not truthful. As far as the degree goes, the reason to steer away from aviation is because you aren't diversifying your skills as much as you could. A degree in aviation administration looks okay to the aviation community. But so does a degree in business administration, and business administration looks better in a wider variety of industries. You're young, so give yourself the most options. Seriously, an engineering degree is going to be a lot of work. But it is also going to set yourself up to have the most options. Even with commissioning, the more advanced your degree the higher your chances of getting a package approved. It will be getting more competitive as the war draws down. Have you considered ROTC for any of the branches? If I had to do it all over again, I'd probably go ROTC and have them pay for a mechanical engineering degree. Then I'd try to commission as an aviator, then revert to Warrant Officer and fly once I was a captain and had done my time. But other branches have good ROTC programs as well. But if the military or aviation doesn't work out, you'd still have an engineering degree. That is worth far more than aviation administration.
  14. +1 For the idea of an engineering degree or non aviation degree prior to pursuing helicopters. It just seems dangerous to put all your eggs in the helicopter basket these days.
  15. Do yourself a huge favor and don't get $100,000 in debt in your early early 20s. Your later 20s self will thank you. It is a much longer route, but I'd suggest working and making money to pay for the training over time with less debt. See if you can save the money to do a rating or most of a rating in one chunk. I know that less continuity in training can be a struggle, but so can paying off the price of a house loan with no guarantee that the investment will pay off.
  16. Weight Watcher's for men and a proven personal trainer or exercise program. The magic bullet has always been the same thing: diet and exercise.
  17. I'm like a broken record on this issue, but I think looking at the board statistics is pointless. If you want to apply, apply. The requirements are a high school diploma. You're eligible The only way you'll know if you're truly competitive is if you apply. The only way to guarantee you won't be selected is to not apply. If it is something you want to do, continue to live your life and improve your resume. But also drop a packet.
  18. If people are going to be hanging off of skids like that they better have parachu... wait a second. If people are parachuting over water like that, they need life vests!
  19. I didn't get married in flight school. Sad face. If you're trying to shoe horn a wedding around a career, you might be doing it wrong. Just sayin'.
  20. You'll get Christmas Exodus, and if you have a break between training you can put in a leave request. There are frequent 3 and 4 day weekends, and for those you can just take a pass and not get charged leave. There is emergency leave, of course, if something urgent comes up.
  21. Yeah but in the Sioux City crash, the "passenger" was also an instructor pilot for that airframe.
  22. Quick, someone make more assumptions! "Buzzing" doesn't have an associated altitude. It can mean different things to different people. It can mean different things depending on context. Funny how languages work like that.
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