BogiDope, B-1 takeoff in afterburner

Skeletons in the Closet

One of the scariest parts about applying for an airline job are those probing questions that you would rather not answer because you’re afraid the response you provide will sink your chances of getting hired. Hopefully this article will alleviate your fears because the reality is that most of these concerns exist only in your […]

BogiDope, cockpit image of a B-757.

Alphabet and Number Soup: FAR Parts Explained

If you are entering the world of civilian flying from the military, regulations and arcane acronyms are nothing new to you.  The Air Force has the Dash-1 Checklist; the Navy has the NATOPS.  Conversations with the folks in your squadron can take on a language all of its own, filled with terms and slang that […]

BogiDope, F-15 and MD- 10.

Understanding the Commuting Lifestyle – Part 2

Part 1 of Understanding the Commuting Lifestyle generated some great questions and commentary for the BogiDope staff.  We focused on the how to commute and highlighted some of the benefits and challenges associated with that lifestyle.  We received questions from lots of folks who asked, “What’s best—commuting to my airline job or commuting to my […]

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Understanding the Commuting Lifestyle – Part 1

When you get your new airline job there will be many uncertainties.  On your first day of class, you’ll show up knowing little more than the name of the airline that you are employed by.  You probably won’t even know the location of your new base and which aircraft you will fly.  Sure, there will […]

BogiDope, 737 sits on the ramp.

It’s Who You Know: Asking For—and Getting—A Quality Recommendation

The airline application process can seem endless.  The amount of paperwork is immense; there is the application itself, the resume, cover letter, a list of everyplace you’ve lived for ten years, every job you’ve had, copies of every identification document in existence, your logbooks—you’ll quickly begin to feel like you need to hire a personal […]

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Getting a Job is a Full-Time Job

If you ask anyone who has read Cockpit to Cockpit (www.cockpit2cockpit.com), they will tell you one of my recurring themes throughout the book is “getting a job is a full-time job.” Your success in career transition is directly proportional to the amount of effort you put into it. Early in the book I discuss some […]

BogiDope, a A-10 Thunderbolt taxis on the ramp with the canopy up.

Should I Give Up Retirement to Join the Airlines Now?

One of the things that made it frustrating trying to figure out whether to stay in the Air Force or get out was the lack of concrete information about the airline industry. I think we worry about making someone angry by asking directly and we don’t necessarily even know whom to ask in the first […]

BogiDope, F-15E takeoff at RAF Lakenheath in afterburner.

How Do I Get My Airline Application Noticed?

I recently got hired by a major airline and have been asked several times for advice on applications, interviews, etc. from other hopeful future airline pilots. One of the questions I’ve repeatedly fielded is: “My app has been in the system for a while, but I haven't heard from anyone. What can I do to […]

BogiDope, F-35 takeoff at Nellis AFB, Red Flag 17-01, fighter aircraft

Transition to Civilian Flying

What’s the process like in becoming a civilian aviator? Will I be able to assimilate into my new civilian job without looking like I don’t have a clue? I’m not that familiar with the rules and regulations governing civilian aviation except what I crammed to pass the Airline Transport Pilot written exam. How can I […]

BogiDope, KC-10 preparing to air refuel

Your Job as an Airline Pilot: The Hidden Benefits

Being an airline pilot is a cool job.  As a pilot, you get a view of the world that is unmatched in any other profession.  You don’t go to an office—your place of business goes as far as the fuel in the tanks.  As a pilot you don’t have to wait months for a project to […]