What is BogiDope?

BogiDope is a veteran owned and operated consulting company dedicated to assisting current and future military pilots discover where that next career target of opportunity may be.   Our passion is providing educated and actionable guidance to help each member achieve his or her aviation career goals.  BogiDope was created after struggling to find a consolidated source of reliable information while navigating our own aviation careers in the active duty, Air National Guard (ANG), and airlines.

We are committed to providing the most up-to-date and relevant data through the use of detailed articles, hiring information, squadron contacts, and much more.  For newer pilots, we focus on how to earn a coveted Undergraduate Pilot Training slot in the Air Force, ANG or Air Force Reserve (AFR).  For those already in the military, we provide guidance through the stressful decision and subsequent act of transitioning from the active duty to the ANG, AFR, or airline industry.

With decades of combined military aviation experience in both the active duty and ANG, plus careers at some of the largest airlines in the world, the BogiDope team has the experience, knowledge, and passion to help others achieve their aviation dreams, just as they have.  Their diverse experiences in Officer Training School, United States Air Force Academy, ANG hiring processes, Undergraduate Pilot Training, 2000+ instructor hours in fighters and heavies, Air Force Weapons School and airline training bring credibility to the aviation consulting industry.

Ultimately, BogiDope believes that providing access to critical information and engaging in important conversations, we’re changing the process by which our members' aviation careers takeoff!


What does "BogiDope" mean?

Imagine merging with an enemy aircraft in aerial combat.  You just passed nose to nose within 500 feet at over 1,000 knots and now you must out maneuver your opponent in the fight of your life!  The adrenaline rush has made you hyper focused and time seems to slow down as you see a missile leave your jet and fly to its intended target.  The ensuing explosion confirms your first aerial victory, but there’s no time to celebrate.  There are other targets close by, but you were so focused on that one, your situational awareness (SA) of the bigger battle space and the locations of those other targets is very low.  If you are unable to regain that SA quickly, opportunities will be missed.  So, how can you reacquire that SA as quickly as possible?

“Bogey dope!”  For tactical aviators, bogey dope is the phrase used to request direction from a controller to the next airborne target during periods of decreased SA.  Much like losing SA on the larger battle space during aerial combat, the majority of pilots do not have a full understanding of the career targets that may be surrounding them.  So, with the desire to provide targeted career guidance and putting a spin on that tactical communication tool, BogiDope was born.


 

Leadership

  • John McFarlin Co-Founder / CEO

    John graduated from the University of North Dakota’s aviation program in 2006.  After a year of civilian flight instructing, countless UPT applications, and hundreds of dollars spent traveling around the country to UPT interviews, John...

  • Stephen Thomas Co-Founder / President

    Stephen graduated from the Air Force Academy in 2004 and went on to earn his wings from Euro-Nato Joint Jet Pilot Training in 2006.  After spending 12+ years on active duty flying the F-15E, Stephen transitioned to the Air National Guard in...

  • Brad O'Donnell Chief Technology Officer

    Brad is the technical guru of BogiDope. He's been doing web design and development since 2009 and has been in charge of designing and developing websites and web/mobile applications for some extremely large companies. Before becoming a web...


Content Contributors

  • Jason Depew Writer

    Jason graduated from the Air Force Academy in 2004, and completed UPT at Laughlin AFB, TX. He flew the B-1 for a couple years before transitioning to the U-28 where he deployed 7 times supporting special operations forces on 3 different...

  • Marc Himelhoch Writer

    Lt Col Marc Himelhoch, USAF (Ret), is a pilot with over 5000 hours of flight time. He grew up in Clearwater, Florida, where he met his wife, Missy Shorey. He graduated with honors from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach, Florida,...

  • Christopher Korger Writer

    Chris graduated from the U.S. Air Force Academy in 1993 and earned his wings at Vance AFB in 1995. He then went on to fly C-130s on active duty for 8 years before transitioning to the Air National Guard in 2003. Chris began his airline career flying...

  • Keith McDaniel Writer

    Keith is a graduate of the Air Force Academy, class of 2000.  He attended pilot training at Vance AFB and post graduation remained at Vance AFB as a First Assignment Instructor Pilot.  Upon departing Oklahoma, he flew the F-15E with the...

  • Jay Osberg Writer

    I am not a military aviator — what I am is a civilian pilot with a great deal of respect, gratitude, patriotism, and [of course a little] envy for you military pilots. I am humbled and honored to be asked to write for BogiDope. My goal is to...

  • Frank Young Writer

    Frank is an airline pilot and aviation consultant who has been working in and around airplanes for more than 24 years.  As a pilot, he has filled every roll from flight instructor to airline Captain; he has flown the ATR 42/72, the DeHavilland...