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  1. I believe this falls under MARSA. Most restricted areas have their own policies regarding visibility requirements and aircraft usage requirements. They might differ depending on who owns the range complex. Most ranges have radar that is advisory only that gives alerts and deconflict airspace for multiple aircraft operating with in a certain area. Additionally, the military also uses different types of deconfliction through various means to ensure we don't hit each other. That can consist of detailed planning, A/A radar, air-air tacans, Link 16, organic procedural command and control agencies, and positive control from JTACs or FAC(A)s to ensure airspace separation. Obviously this varies depending on TMS and service. 2−1−11. USE OF MARSA a. MARSA may only be applied to military operations specified in a letter of agreement or other appropriate FAA or military document. NOTE− Application of MARSA is a military command prerogative. It will not be invoked indiscriminately by individual units or pilots. It will be used only for IFR operations requiring its use. Commands authorizing MARSA will ensure that its implementation and terms of use are documented and coordinated with the control agency having jurisdiction over the area in which the operations are conducted. Terms of use will assign responsibility and provide for separation among participating aircraft. b. ATC facilities do not invoke or deny MARSA. Their sole responsibility concerning the use of MARSA is to provide separation between military aircraft engaged in MARSA operations and other nonparticipating IFR aircraft. c. DOD must ensure that military pilots requesting special-use airspace/ATCAAs have coordinated with the scheduling agency, have obtained approval for entry, and are familiar with the appropriate MARSA procedures. ATC is not responsible for determining which military aircraft are authorized to enter special-use airspace/ATCAAs. https://www.faa.gov/documentLibrary/media/Order/ATC.pdf ***...I think I just nuked the OPs question*** Bottom line: When Im inside a range complex, I follow that range complexes policies with regard to cloud and visibility requirements....
  2. This is probably the most concerning comment. I understand when people down birds for stupid things. I.e. Inoperative systems that have backups and are not essential to safety of flight or cosmetic things that do not impact flight control inputs or flight worthiness. However, this comment would have most certainly brought a face to face meeting followed by a very one way conversation if the corrective action did not meet an acceptable safety margin. I know military aviators have pathways for rectifying maintenance or safety issues...what is the proper pathway for a civilian pilot? Notifying the FAA? Notifying Board members or Insurance companies? I'm talking in extreme cases here, but there has to be a way to get people's attention. Besides just quiting and letting some one else deal with it.
  3. An emergency. The type of airspace is irrelevant. Class G is uncontrolled so you can't file IFR in it, however that does not preclude one from going IMC, just like you can in all other airspaces. Going IMC while flying VFR is largely a contingency that has to be accounted for, and is not because people are idiots. Sometimes you have to fly a departure out of your airfield, cancel IFR, do what you need to do VFR, and then pick up an approach back home. It's rare, but it does happen and people do plan for it. Not exactly on my "to do" list though.
  4. Since when did Uncle Sam tolerate that? That patch is awesome. Everyone else needs to get the sticks out of their rear ends. Obviously no one here is insinuating getting drunk and flying. It's a morale patch, and pretty mild one at that. Lighten up a bit brother.
  5. I don't know why you joined or what drove you to serve, but for me it was a great many factors. One of which was the type of people I served with, and the vast majority of them had morals beyond reproach, above average work ethic, and very thick skin. Lots of people join the military with out the sense of duty that may have drove you. I have very little patience for the uninitiated or those who do nothing but complain and put down others for their own lack of maturity. The attitude that military guys get handed hours because we just show up to work is very very far from the truth or that we expect to get paid more for our type of hours is a lie. To be honest, most of my peers who have made the jump out of the gun club have not gone on to fly, and it was not because of a lack of hours. It was because they had skill sets that were more financially viable for their quality of life. That is totally up to the individual. Butters has insinuated these comments before, and I have usually passively just ignored it. For some reason, my blood went straight to boiling when I read his post basically accosting some person he doesn't even know. If I think flying tours is somehow beneath me, then that does not make a tour pilot less of an aviator or inferior as a person in any respect. It just means I would not enjoy that particular job, and find other employment more advantagous - be it in an aircraft or not. It is also not this forum's perpetual never ending whiner (r22) prerogative to say what is good enough for other pilots - especially ones coming out of the service who experiences in an aircraft are different in terms of training and operational experience. Let alone what that experience may have had on a service member's family. It does not make him (r22) less of a pilot in anyway, but his comments lack context based off of a point of view he has never had, and therefore lack some credibility.
  6. When r22butters scarfices half of what it takes to get to that point then I'd be concerned. Otherwise I completely understand a service member making a decision for his family. If anyone critizes that then they are thinking with the wrong priorities in mind. Most servicemen/women are lucky to keep their family/marriage in tact while serving these days. I have the utmost respect for those who make family thier priority. If I was told I'd make half of what I do now flying tours in the ditch, and it wouldn't support my families lifestyle, I'd tell them to get bent as well. If it's perceived as beneath me, then so be it.
  7. Look dude. I'm going to put it to you bluntly. Those +1100 hours in the military are earned. The amount of planning, hours of studying, type of flying, stress, and risk to mission/force are significantly higher than Day VFR or a Night IFR hop that most civilian pilots will experience at those numbers of hours. There's a reason why there's a selection process in order to do that job. Additionally, You don't get handed sh*t in the military, a unit can swap/trade pilots off of flight schedule if one is underperforming or doesn't have his head in the game. It's called selective scheduling. This is not even to mention the type of deployments and hazards in a combat zone that literally greater than 75% of military pilots have experienced in the last 15 years. You haven't done any of that, nor should you pass judgement on the types of people who have experienced it and just want to take care of their family. It pisses me off that you complain about just hours. I don't care about hours. I care about getting home, having a decent sleep schedule, working normal hours, and being with family for greater than 2 day weekend. He is making a decision for his family and not to appease his resume, and he sure as hell does not give a crap about your preception of a vain attitude towards low paying/high tempo jobs that some people would beg to have. Lastly, if you want those hours and licenses, then get off of your whiney little butt and join the military and bag some hours. Otherwise, think before putting your fingers to plastic. Your perception is based off of the vantage point from which you sit, and you are way off base.
  8. I was in the exact spot you were at one point. Here's the deal: Option A Pros: A commission with a better paycheck, (generally speaking) better duty stations for pilots, better options for education/job opportunities if you desire down the road (NTPS, HMX, VMX, exchange tours w/ allies, Naval Postgraduate, FW transitions, Congressional Fellowships, Acquisitions) ...oh yeah and port calls. Shipboard flying is challenging but fun. Cons: Rigid career tracks, Not guaranteed Helicopters, probably spend 3-6 years out of the cockpit during a 20 year tour. You get sent to 29 Palms and have to spend 7-9 months on a boat working with the Navy. Eventually get stuck doing MAGTF staff work before going back to the cockpit. Non-qualified pilots can get stuck places that aren't desirable. Option B: Pros: Pretty much garaunteed helos, stay in the cockpit 95% of the time, and get to be a technical expert. Similiar education opportunities minus HMX, fellowships, postgraduate and a few others. Potential for a European tour. Cons: You get paid less. Get sent to JRTC or NTC. Don't get much joint planning/execution exposure, less METs in conventional Army aviation (FAC/A, DACM, Aerial refueling and JTAC quals). Degree is not required and you'll probably have to pay for it with some tuition assistance help. You have take orders from a boot ass Lieutenant who has less experience than you. Might get stationed in the following shitty locations: Kansas, Louisiana, upstate New York. This is not an inclusive list, I.e. You can goto TPS, or acquisitions or exchange tours as a pilot in the Army but it's easier to do that in the Navy or Marines just due to sheer numbers/slots. Some parts of the Army do similiar METs as Marine Corps units (160th) but that is a small part of the total force. I am sure I might have missed some Army pro/cons so please fill in where people think it's appropriate. You can't go wrong with either, but just keep in mind the cultures are very different.
  9. The Retired National Guard LtCol (DNR032) was pretty vain in tone, condescending, and honestly kind of rude in his response to the Marine officer looking for advice/suggestions. What was so whiny about BQ09's posts? Unless I am missing posts from another thread. Why would anyone in their right mind want to deal with that type of personality in the Guard or Reserves? Especially if the "competition" is as great as it is right now with supposedly every swinging Army pilot trying to rush guard units after downsizing? I could go into the cultural differences but I'm assuming you already know the friction points to which I am referring, which go away after time anyways. Honestly if I were in BQ09's position I would try to pick up an active reserve, Navy FTS, or normal USMCR gig before going to the Army Guard or Reserves. His situation might be unique due to the lack of substantial USMCR or USNR units around the country and there are guard units everywhere. Additionally just based off of his comments and timeline about picking up Capt, he is not even a winged aviator and requires a steep uphill battle getting any Guard unit to fund orders for him to army flight school, which he would require to even be a part of that unit. I wouldn't take it out of the equation but it would be last resort.
  10. Do yourself a favour for your general mental and physical health and don't join the Reserves or National Guard.
  11. I just keep thinking of the poor bastard at the tail ass end of the formation try to dig up the courage to ask for knots during a 30 ship flight.
  12. I'm jaded. I'll openly admit that. I have had some interesting interactions with USAF officers that has left a bad taste in my mouth. I've also met some pretty good pilots and had good mission planning experiences with said pilots. It just depends on the type of person and community. My biggest pet peeve with the USAF is a lack of discipline and basic military customs which seems to be prevalent amongst the junior officers and enlisted. As for the Army, to dumb it down, there are generally two types of perceptions of Army Aviation. One is that they weren't qualified to fly in another service for a varying number of reasons, and settled on the Army. The second is that they are all +3000 hour sticks, smoke marlboro reds, have moustaches, fly their entire careers, and can corn hole rockets onto bad guys like Doc Holiday shoots in Tombstone. Take your pick. I'm sure the truth is some where in between. I'm envious of the ability to stay in the cockpit. At the end of the day, there are differences in the culture of all the services, but any man or women who is willing to undertake the profession of arms and serve their this country is okay in my book.
  13. Probably because of which the speed and amount of vital information is being passed leaves little room for error. I've gotten dyslexic while copying stuff down and swapped grids that have similar numbers by trying to memorize it and then copy it before I was ready. My goto is pen and I don't bring pencils in the aircraft for the exact reasons stated above. Can't erase, so I just bring more paper in case I need more space and have a good shorthand that I've been deliberate about using, and obviously at night it because just that much more hard.
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