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  1. I'm leaving for the fixed-wing world ... job opportunities, compensation, and quality of life for family is better than anything in the rotary-wing world.
  2. If you have your heart set on fixed-wing, don't even bother with the Army. There's a ton of opportunity in the civilian FW world.
  3. As an Army pilot who joined "street-to-seat," do not trust anything the recruiter tells you. Of course they want you to join as an enlisted mechanic -- less paperwork and they get 'points' toward awards, promotions, etc. from enlistees (not from warrant officers). The good news is that there's a TON of information, particularly on this forum, regarding WOFT. Don't bother with "flight courses" to get enrolled unless you think you'll use a commercial-instrument airplane rating after the Army. If you've never flown before, I do recommend -- at the minimum -- getting an intro flight done at your local airport's flight school. They're usually under $100 and it gives you an idea if it's something to pursue. There's quite a few people that come through Army flight school and don't like flying; their expectations vs. reality did not align. If you're looking at enhancing your packet, a 4-year college degree is going to have a lot of weight in the selection process.
  4. Best kept secret for getting your fixed-wing ratings with your Post-9/11 GI Bill: Liberty University Flight Training Affiliate Program As long as you can attend any of the flight schools in their respective locations, you're good to go. Since Liberty's campus is online, you don't have to attend a brick and mortar college for your required ground classes that would otherwise make it near-impossible to work with an active duty schedule. It has its pros and cons, but the biggest advantage it has is that flight training is capped at around ~$22,000/year instead of ~$12,000/year because it's affiliated with an institution of higher learning (IHL). Aside from the flight training monetary limits, you're not burning through a ton of benefits to get your ratings. If you go through a Part 141 school (vocational training) instead of through a degree program for your certificates, your cap at ~$12,000/yr uses a full 12 months of your 36 months of benefits... which sucks. Meanwhile, if you go to a university, they use a different formula for docking your monthly benefits. If you're a part-time student and enroll in say, two flight courses (ground school and flight), you'll use something like 1.5-2 months of benefits of your 36 months but receive ~$22,000 worth of flight training benefits. It's a no-brainer to go the college route if it's an option.
  5. Rob, interesting. In your case it was partially experiential credit rather than the course. Again, I think it goes back to the IE course title confusing FSDO people. As for FSDO shopping, I've been to FSDOs before but never for solicitation. This is probably a dumb question, but how can I go about it tactfully? I feel like cold-calling FSDOs acting like "I completed the U.S. Army's instructor pilot course, what ratings does it qualify me for?" is like asking a dumb question I already know the answer to. As a side note: the Army is planning on eventually phasing out the instrument examiner (IE) course completely. I don't think it'll happen overnight, but the plan at Rucker to save the Army $$$ is to combine both the IP/IE courses together. It's supposed to be happening soon (i.e. this year; 2-3 months from now). It's going to be interesting to see how they handle all the guys that never were afforded an opportunity to attend the IE course but are IPs currently performing their jobs at their units.
  6. Thanks for the input, everyone. I'll 'FSDO shop' as necessary then. I just got a call back from a guy that took his paperwork to the FSDO I was going to apply at for my CFI/CFII. They gave him just his CFI because he had not been through the IE course yet. I know what you mean: it shouldn't be up for interpretation, but the FAA is weird like that. Heck, the FAA releases letters of interpretation every so often (e.g. what justifies logging instrument currency contra to what 14 CFR 61.57 says) just because even some of the rules/regs are gray areas. If at all possible, I'm going to try to get my double-I since, even though I'm tracking standards, I'm dual tracked now and I'm on a little bit different trajectory where I may not get the IE course.
  7. I've got my military competency (instructor) written exam completed and want to take my military course paperwork (UH-60M IPC) and exam results in to a FSDO to apply for my CFI-H. Here's the question: am I eligible for the CFII in addition to the CFI? I've heard a lot of hearsay on the matter. I've heard some guys get their CFI only, some have gotten their CFI + CFII; it sounds like it may be up to the interpretation of the FSDO. Granted, IPC is not the IE (instrument examiner) course. However, we do teach instruments in IPC, we do not evaluate instruments. That being said, what's the verdict? If it depends on the FSDO, does anyone have any recommendations on where to take paperwork to receive both the CFI and CFII? Regards, zVo
  8. In my opinion, you'll have better baseline pilot skills if you go with the -67. You'll also appreciate the advanced airframes more because you'll better understand what the different systems are doing for you. The UH-72 has more in common with the advanced airframes -- I'll give you that -- but you won't be as well-rounded as an aviator. Plus, if you really want to fly a Lakota, there's plenty of EC-145 jobs out there once you have your 2500TT/1000 PIC.
  9. p.s. I really wish I could ignore this, but I cannot: Dude, GTFO. Seriously? That's the dumbest sh*t I've heard in a long, long time. Yeah, go ahead and say and whatever you want -- it's not your fault if someone gets offended, it's theirs. For someone who wants to preach on complacency and "not being aware," you are extremely ignorant, insensitive, and irreverent. I am offended. Between knowing one of the families directly affected and having some insight into a particular accident, your speculation and soapbox rant are entirely unwelcome.
  10. I knew one of the -64 drivers that lost their lives recently and actually know one of his siblings even better. Such a tragedy -- he made such an impact on all the lives he touched and outside the military was an even bigger hero to his family and community.
  11. Ah, makes sense. To each their own -- there's definitely nothing wrong with wanting those things, especially those that maybe want assignments with a little more stability for their family.
  12. Something that gets to me is that they were in a very capable platform. IIMC is a big deal... and they had all the tools to safely recover the aircraft...
  13. I'm willing to bet it's flying standard rate turns for 5+ hours at FL240 for ISR SIGINT gathering. Epic yawns.
  14. Hey Everyone, I was talking to a -47 driver about something I found peculiar and piqued my interest: AGR. Yes, I understand AGR accessions insofar that drilling reservists can apply for what is essentially an active duty position but for the federal (USAR) or state (ARNG) mission. For TPU soldiers desiring full-time status, it makes sense. While AGR isn't mysterious by any means, what threw me for a loop was that the guy applied from active duty Army to go AGR for the USAR -- and successfully transferred over. My question is why would someone do that? I wish we got to talk later and pick his brain on the matter, but all I picked up on was that he somehow got a C-12 AQC out of the deal. My guess is that is part of the reason he made the jump -- how that even works, I have no idea. Regardless of an airframe transition, this isn't the first time I heard of this happening. When I showed up at my current duty station, there was a warrant who got picked up for an AGR position from active duty. Every so often I hear "AGR is the best kept secret in the Army," but what's the appeal? I feel like if you're already active duty, you have more options/assignments available to you... what's the big deal? -Z
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