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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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

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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Jason “Emet” Depew

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

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

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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Alexander “Snip” Haldopoulos

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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David “DJ” Spisso

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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