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Mentoring for BogiDope Pilots (Part 1)

As a pilot, you probably know everything. You’re probably the best at everything you’ve ever tried. You’re probably even excruciatingly humble about it. Except, you and I both know better, don’t we? No matter how smart you are or how hard you work, there will always be more for you to learn. As a professional […]

VA Disability – Part 4

Welcome back, dear BogiDope readers, for the final installment in our series about VA Disability. Here’s a quick review of what we’ve covered so far: In Part 1, we noted that VA Disability is a standard part of the military service contract each of us signs. We didn’t write that contract or decide on the […]

VA Disability – Part 3

Thus far in our series on VA Disability, we’ve looked at two main points. First, a VA Disability rating is something the US Government expects to pay you because they plan to put a lot of wear and tear on your body during your service. Knowing this, we looked at the requirements for getting an […]

VA Disability – Part 2

Welcome back to Part 2 of our series about VA Disability benefits. If you haven’t seen it already, go back and read Part 1 for important context before you dig in here! In Part 1, we looked at why each and every pilot in the military is expendable. The government acknowledges this and planned to […]

VA Disability – Part 1

This may be the most important series of articles you read all year. If you’re like me you may have put some thought toward what job you’ll do after you leave full-time military service, but you probably don’t have all the information or perspective you need on really important things like health care. This is […]

Surviving Wright Patterson and Your FC1 Physical

First of all, congratulations, you did it! Whether it was through ROTC, Active Duty, or the Guard/Reserves to fly fighters, heavies, or helos, you won the lottery and got selected during your board to attend Air Force Pilot Training. Inevitably, at some point after your well-earned celebration, you have the same thought that all of […]

Deployed Fighter Pilot Diaries

This article is intended as a follow-up to my previous discussion of deployments for Guard/Reserve pilots.  While not every pilot has the same experience deployed, my intent is to paint a picture of deployed fighter pilot life.  For those who wish to pursue fighter aviation, I hope to offer a glimpse into what you may […]

Filling My Furlough Camel Hump

Network, As the COVID-19 crisis continues to drag on, I can’t help asking my crystal ball how things are going to shake out. We’ve seen some regionals fold, and I’ve heard of others already starting furloughs. The government came up with a stimulus package that will protect some airline pilots through the end of September, […]

F-16 deployed to Southwest Asia

Deployments and the Guard/Reserve Pilot

No matter which aircraft or unit you choose to pursue, chances are you will end up spending some time deployed as a pilot in the Air Reserve Component (ARC – shorthand for Guard and Reserve).  The location and durations may vary between different mission design series (MDS) aircraft, but you’ll undoubtedly get to experience the […]

Curing The Pilot Disease Worse Than COVID-19 – Part 2

Welcome back! It’s time to conclude our examination of a disease that I call Wingman or Copilot Syndrome. We started this series by exploring some ways to identify this syndrome. Last week, we looked at some ways to cure it. Now, it’s time to look at ways that some ineffective ways that people try to […]

Give a Hoot! Don’t Commute! – Part 3

  Thanks for sticking around so far TPN. To review: this is the third and final installment in a series of posts about commuting to your airline job. The two key points from earlier are: 1. Commuting it terrible! 2. Despite #1, there are a few acceptable reasons to commute Give a Hoot! Don’t Commute […]

Accessible Aviation – A BogiDope Client Review

Written by Joseph Bores, BogiDope Client and Accessible Aviation Graduate  A couple years ago a lifelong interest in warfighting and military aviation, featuring a number of starts and stops, led me to an open house at the 142nd Fighter Wing in Portland. An impressive Lieutenant Colonel gave us a mass brief and the uninformed among […]