About BogiDope

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 mission is to provide educated and actionable guidance to help each member achieve their 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), Air Force Reserve Command (AFRC), 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 aspiring military aviators, we focus on how to earn a coveted Undergraduate Pilot Training (UPT) slot in the Air Force, ANG, or AFRC.  We also provide guidance through the stressful decision and subsequent act of transitioning from active duty to the ANG, AFRC, or airline industry for current military pilots.

With decades of combined military aviation experience in the active duty, ANG, and AFRC, plus careers at some of the largest airlines in the world, the BogiDope team has the experience, knowledge, and passion for helping others achieve their aviation dreams, just as they have.  Their diverse experiences in Officer Training School, United States Air Force Academy, AFROTC, ANG/AFRC hiring processes, UPT, 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 by 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 outmaneuver 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 battlespace 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 battlespace 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.


 

Our Team


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John “SLAP” McFarlin

Chief Executive Officer
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...
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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...
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Jeff Sonderegger

Chief Content Officer
Jeff enlisted in the Utah Army National Guard in 2011 and served just under two years prior to joining the Utah State University Army ROTC...
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Anthony “Nard Dog” Bernard

Chief Marketing Officer
Anthony graduated from the University of California, Santa Barbara with a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering in 2007. Following his commission via ROTC, he attended pilot...
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Jeffrey “GAS” Althoff

Aeromedical Consultant
Dr. Jeffrey “GAS” Althoff has been a USAF Flight Surgeon since 2013 and is board certified in Emergency Medicine as well as Undersea & Hyperbaric...
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Stephen “Hollywood” Baffic

Aeromedical Consultant
Stephen has been ANG Aeromedical Physician Assistant since 2012 and has over 36yrs of Military Medical experience. He is well versed in military medical standards...
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Greg “Smack” Balzhiser

Coach / Writer
Greg graduated from the US Air Force Academy in 2006.  He completed UPT at Laughlin AFB, TX, followed by the F-16 B-Course at Luke AFB,...
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Alex “Biggs” Biegalski

Coach
Alex graduated from Virginia Tech and attended pilot training at Laughlin AFB, TX flying the T-6A and T-38C. Alex was selected for the U-28A out...
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Nikki Bodie

Coach
Nikki graduated from Clemson University in 2010, where she discovered her passion for aviation after learning about the Women Airforce Service Pilots and other female...
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Frances “Tigger” Burress

Aeromedical Consultant
Frances has been an ANG Aerospace Medicine Physician Assistant since 2018 and has over 20+ years of Military experience with the Army, Air Force, and...
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Jason “Emet” 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 of years...
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Jeff “DÜK” Durbin

Coach
In 2011 with no prior military experience and no pilot ratings, Jeff started chasing his dream of being a fighter pilot while simultaneously completing his...
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Brannon “Bender” Ferguson

Coach
Brannon joined the Air National Guard right out of high school, where he served as a crew chief on the F-15C.  Though full-time with the...
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Will Graff

Coach / Writer
Will graduate from the Air Force Academy in 2006 and immediately went to the University of Maryland to complete his Master’s Degree in Public Policy....
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Alexander “Snip” Haldopoulos

Coach
Alex graduated from Boston University with a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering and was commissioned, via ROTC, as a 2nd Lieutenant in the USAF in 1992. ...
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Courtney Henderson

Social Media
Courtney graduated from the University of North Florida in 2018 with a Bachelor of Communication and a concentration in Advertising. Immediately following graduation, she worked...
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Nick “Coma” Kanakis

Coach
After attending Northwestern Preparatory School and completing a year of Air Force ROTC, Nick eventually graduated from the US Military Academy in 2009. Shortly after,...
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Adam “Tank” Johnson

Coach
Adam graduated from the Air Force Academy in 2007 and completed UPT at Columbus AFB where he was selected to stay as a T-1 Instructor....
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Nick “SIC” Krygowski

Coach
Nick graduated from St. Cloud State University with a Bachelors's in Aviation Operations. He spent a few years as a civilian flight instructor and drop...
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David “DJ” Spisso

Coach
D.J. has over 20 years of experience as an Air National Guard C-130 Instructor Pilot.  He is a “Guard Baby” with significant application/interview experience both...
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