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 […]

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 […]

Curing The Pilot Disease Worse Than COVID-19 – Part 1

Welcome back BogiDope readers. Last week we looked at the symptoms of Wingman (or Copilot) Syndrome…the pilot disease even worse than Coronavirus. I received a lot of great feedback from people who either have or have avoided the syndrome themselves. This week we’re going to look at some ways that a pilot can recover if […]

USAF Weapons School

Aviation goals for many of us are constantly evolving.  Perhaps you’ve achieved an initial goal and are looking forward to another.  Maybe your life or family situation has changed to give you a new perspective.  Many of you reading are likely concentrating almost exclusively on the hiring process and the journey to becoming a Guard/Reserve […]

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After UPT: Journey to an F-16

With 17 different F-16 units in 13 states, chances are that if you want to fly fighters in the Air Reserve Component (ARC–the Guard and Reserve) you stand your best chance of doing so by opting for the Viper.  For a map of these units, see BogiDope’s helpful map page. This article is intended to […]

Dear Baby Pilots

Dear Baby Pilots, At least a couple times a month I see someone post a variation of the following question, either here on TPN, or on one of the other aviation career groups I follow: “How can I build hours without having to ________ ?” (be a CFI, fly nights, work for peanuts, move somewhere […]

BogiDope’s Backstory

BogiDope is a proud sponsor of The Pilot Network, a community of more than 25,000 pilots working together to help everyone achieve their aviation goals. This article is BogiDope’s intro to TPN from their quarterly magazine, TPNQ. We realized that we’ve never told our origin story and hope you’ll enjoy reading it too. We’ve reprinted […]

Confessions of a Reserve T-1A IP

Welcome back BogiDope readers! Today we’re (mostly) taking a break from talking about the drama of coronavirus to focus on a really awesome Reserve flying job that you should consider: teaching UPT as a Reserve T-1A IP. This post is based on an interview with a friend I’ve known since Basic Cadet Training, Will Graff. […]

USAF Initial Flight Training (IFT)

So you’re a freshly minted, steely-eyed 2nd Lieutenant that’s ready to dominate UPT with the highest MASS score ever recorded and eager start your new life as the second-coming of Robin Olds. Well…not so fast. For those of you without a civilian Private Pilot’s License (PPL) or higher, you’ll need to graduate from Initial Flight […]

So…Side-Hustles

I have a confession to make: I have three jobs. Well, maybe four. At least that’s how my wife words it. The thing is, I feel like this is the least work I’ve ever done in my life. A few times a month, I catch a ride up to KATL and from there blast off […]