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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,
  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
  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 ex
  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 be
  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 i
  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 sp
  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
  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 servic
  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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