Civilian Ratings That Military Pilots Should Care About, Part 2

Welcome back to BogiDope! Last week we looked at the civilian pilot ratings that a military pilot may need to know about. This week we’re going to discuss some things to consider when choosing a flight school, look at a few specific flight school options, and talk about ways to get your ratings without breaking […]

Civilian Ratings That Military Pilots Should Care About, Part 1

If you aspire to a lifetime career as a professional pilot, you almost can’t beat getting your start in the military. Whether you fly tankers because size matters, you decide to fight both wars and forest fires in the C-130, or you give in to your inner Maverick and fly fighters, you can’t beat the […]

Airline Pilot Salaries

How much do airline pilots make? That’s the real question, isn’t it? You’re trying to decide whether it’s worth taking on tens of thousands of dollars in debt to pay for your own flight training, sell your soul to the military for the next decade, or just give up on flying and become an accountant. […]

Military vs Civilian Career Path, Part 2

Welcome back, fellow aviators! This is the second part of a series about choosing between military and civilian career options. If you haven’t already read Part 1, please do that first. We saw last week that there isn’t a cut and dried answer to say whether the military career path is right for you. Like […]

Guard and Reserve Pay and Benefits

The National Guard and Reserve components of the military offer outstanding opportunities for pilots like you and me to serve our country. While they provide many opportunities for a pilot to do full-time work, most Guard/Reserve pilots serve on a part-time basis. I have long argued that the Guard and Reserve offer the ideal career […]

USERRA for Pilots

In many ways, Guard and Reserve military service seem like a dream come true. I consider them to offer the Ideal (or even the Ultimate) Military Pilot Career Path. However, there’s one problem with this type of service: by definition, the Guard and Reserves are part-time jobs. This means that a Guard or Reserve pilot […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]