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UgleeBarnacle last won the day on February 23 2015

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  1. An interesting opportunity that I thought I'd forward for anyone who may be interested. I've attached the local news article about it as well as the man's craigslist ad below. Essentially, Mr. Lowell Newsome suffered a stroke 2 years ago and has been grounded as a result. He's itching to get back in the air so bad that he's looking for someone to fly him in his personal R22, and he'll cover all expenses. I looked into it myself, but I've only ever flown the H269c and don't meet the SFAR requirements to fly the Robinsons. That, and I believe his R22 is under the "experimental" category, which may have certain implications as far as maintenance goes... Even if I could fly the R22, I don't know enough about the Mx to make an assessment over whether he's kept up on inspections and if it's airworthy ("experimental R22" was a red flag for me personally). PM me and I can give you Mr. Newsome's his contact info. Columbus Dispatch Article: http://www.dispatch.com/news/20170507/theodore-decker-pilot-grounded-by-stroke-wants-to-fly-in-copter-again Craigslist ad: https://columbus.craigslist.org/wan/6109591125.html
  2. Disclaimer: I'm currently a student and WOFT hopeful, not a WO. As I understand it (and I hope I'm not wrong in saying this), civilian applicants and enlisted applicants aren't bunched together, so enlisting won't necessarily give you a leg up over other applicants from the civilian "pool." You'll be competing against other enlisted personnel. Having an enlisted background may give you a great knowledge base and some perspective if you are to go enlisted, then WOFT. If that's what you want, by all means go for it. My $0.02 though, and in response to you saying "I've want to be a pilot more than I've wanted anything else," why not just go straight for WOFT as a civilian applicant? Your test scores and LOR's are where most of the weight in your packet will be, so focus on those.
  3. Just remember that you should be chasing WOFT because you truly want to be a soldier, WO, and pilot, and all that each of those entail, and really in that order. I can understand what you are saying about it "being easier," in that the Army has a crap ton of helicopters, seemingly high acceptance rates, no degree required, etc. etc. While it may appear to be a more simple way to become a pilot than other service branches, what with the whole "street to seat" reputation, saying that you're pursuing WOFT because its the easiest is the best way to get somebody to show you the door. Or if you somehow still get picked up, its a great way to ensure that nobody else wants to fly with you. Why? Because you're only their to get your butt in the seat of the aircraft. You don't care about the mission of the Army and the purpose of Army Aviation. TL;DR = Pursue WOFT for the right reasons
  4. Hi Gabe, The answers you're looking for has been posted throughout these forums time and again. But, I can't fault you for trying to learn. Just make sure to do your research before posting, you'll likely find what you're looking for. With regards to flying in the military: Don't do it because of "free flight training." Put flying out of your mind for a moment and ask yourself if you want to serve in the military (not FLY in the military, SERVE in the military). The military is a path where you should want to be there for the right reasons, and if you're considering it simply because they have something you want, that's not the right reason. Gotta dig deep if you're considering that path. On the civilian side of things, no two pilots have had the same career path, so you'll never follow another's footsteps exactly, but feel free to take a page out of their book. How to go about raising your training money? -Start saving now -Go to college, get a job, save -Play the lottery -Save -Loans (you heard correct about paying them off) -Save I myself am a sophomore in college, and working towards a business degree. Some of the older guys on these forums pointed me in this direction a few years ago with the reasoning that I could work in a non-flying job and save money towards flying. Additionally, a degree is an amazing investment to have in your back pocket whether or not it is related to flying. Take it from somebody who is at the same point in their journey as you are: if you are on the fence about going to college, go to college. You'll increase your earning potential ($$ for flight training) and have a backup plan in case you decide to transition out of a career in flying.
  5. Great perspective on life that this man brings. As for the prospective pilot, joining the military simply because they have something you want (flying) is a poor decision. Join for what you can give, not for what you can receive. Sure, focus on whatever specific program or job you would like if that's how you would wish to serve, but never forget that you're joining to serve, not to have a cool job.
  6. My twin brother's name is Hunter! Anyway... So I'll be entering my sophomore year of college, a decision I was reluctant to make, because at the end of my senior year of HS, I too wanted to drop everything and head straight for the hangars. Parents and VR members steered me in a different direction by getting me to think about a "back up plan." Even if the "get a loan, get trained, start flying, and pay the loan" plan works out, what will happen if something happens? Say, you develop diabetes or "you shoot yer' eye out kid?" Your licenses and hours are only as good as your medical certificate, and without that, no more flying So without a doubt, finish high school. College, while not required to be a pilot, is HIGHLY RECOMMENDED. It doesn't really matter what you major in either, as long as you enjoy it and feel confident that it can open doors for you outside of flying. I personally am at Ohio State, and they have an "aviation management" major in their business school. I also saw that I could double with operations management and still graduate in 4 years, so we'll see how that goes! Finances are understandably an option for all of us, but there are loads of scholarships (many aviation specific also!) as well as federal assistance. I'm even working as a Resident Advisor next year (like a den mother for the dorms), so there is free housing. It can be done! Heck, maybe even try a local community college, or learn to be a mechanic as a side hustle or a backup plan. Point being to my rant, flying will still be there, so from somebody who was very recently in a similar situation, try to see past the shiny helicopters and think bigger picture. Best!
  7. I'll bite, I vote 520N, only because the only MD I've gone up in was my first helicopter ride when I first met my flight school's owner. After an hour or so of just helicopter chat, he goes "Wanna go up??" and there I am, in a 520N as a first helicopter ride (AND FOR FREE). Needless to say, I wasn't able to appreciate just how awesome he was treating me until later down the road...
  8. Seeing as you're in Ohio, you should pay a visit to Due North Aviation, I'll be doing my PPL-H training there this summer! The owner is a heck of a guy, and during one of my "noob asking a ton of questions" sessions, we got on the topic of EMS, seeing as there is a small EMS base just outside the hangar. He mentioned a friend of his that had 2000 hours airplanes, and 500 turbine helicopters. Much like previously stated, he mentioned that the overall aeronautical knowledge one has from a large amount of airplane time is valuable, but the stick time is more important. The point of that convo was that the friend was confident that he could get a job with an EMS company with this lower amount of stick time. Whether or not he really COULD, I'll never know. It's possible! But seeing as you wish to get into Metro, I would still emphasize calling up Due North Aviation, as the owner, Steve, knows just about everybody. He could give great advice, and in this industry, I've learned that WHO you know is as important as WHAT you know. For what it's worth, tell them Harley referred you
  9. Not saying anything that hasn't been said before, but if you want that business degree, totally go for it. I'm about to attend OSU as a freshman for a business degree actually, and chase helicopters afterward. I thought about ERAU, and while it is a great school, it costs a butt-load, and in the long run, a degree does little more than go on your resume and show you can commit to something, so why spend the extra for ERAU when SDSU is an option (assuming that is cheaper). Plus, having your degree outside of flight is a great idea should you ever lose a medical license, or just happen to not want to fly anymore. So yeah, while you don't even really "need" a degree at all to be a pilot, getting one serves as a small resume booster and backup plan. I would say no to ERAU just because why pay more for this backup plan?
  10. So for anybody that has been tossing and turning, wondering what this youthful aspiring pilot will do with his life, update inbound! In this summer before college, I plan to get my PPL-H at Due North Aviation. So pumped! I've been accepted to The Ohio State University main campus, and was admitted to the Fisher School of Business. I plan to major in Aviation Management. The Fisher staff are all very helpful and awesome all around, and I'm super excited to see where this goes.
  11. So the thought popped into my mind that, with less "flight time available," is it a better time to be a commissioned officer vs a warrant officer? To put it simply, with the commissioned guys having more say in the flight schedules, will they be likely to put themselves on the schedules to keep their minimums? Or is that just more greedy than any officer would be?
  12. I myself am going for my PPL this summer, which means I need to knock it out in a little under 3 months. I plan to be there just about every day, and while this is a time crunch, the general trend DOES seem to be that the closer you can keep your lessons together, the more your money is stretching. Granted, it IS different from person to person!
  13. I myself have Pilot's Handbook of Aeronautical Knowledge, Learning to Fly Helicopters (very easy intro read), and Rotorcraft Flying Handbook, which is a great one that even has a large amount devoted to gyroplanes if you're into that. My only issue is that my copy of Rotorcraft Flying Handbook doesn't have the "emergency procedures chapter," but rather, the chapter before that was printed a second time in its place... that's not a BIG printing error or anything... And nobody has said Chickenhawk yet, soo... CHICKENHAWK
  14. While this may be late to help you, perhaps it can help future applicants! As a professional high school student (and English class lover), most everything we write anymore is typed out on the computer and either uploaded, emailed to a teacher, or printed off and submitted. However, when it comes to hand writing on a blank piece of paper, you can make it look much nicer by placing a piece of lined paper underneath, and following the lines. Very common sense, and most have probably already thought of it! But for those who haven't... *Edit* = I also realize that this tip has already been posted in many of the topics pinned to the top!
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