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 […]

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 […]