Coronavirus – How Pilots Can Make the Most of a Bad Situation

I’m not the sort of person to panic about the sky falling, but I will admit that I’m not sure what to make of the Coronavirus situation we’re all dealing with right now. Markets are down, airlines that reported the highest profits in history at the start of the year are now worried about furloughs […]

AF Squadron Organization – And Why You Care

Now that we’ve covered your career progression, both as an officer and as a pilot, we have some context for looking at how an Air Force flying squadron is organized. Although it’d be nice to just show up to work every day and have a jet ready for you to fly, there’s a lot of […]

Active Duty How-To: Olmsted Scholar

Within the military, there are some opportunities that seem so amazing that they must be too good to be true. I’m excited to tell you about one of those today. We’re going to look at the Olmsted Scholarship – an all-expense-paid 3-year assignment that involves learning a language and then earning a master’s degree in […]

Ideal Military Pilot Career Path – Making it Happen – Part 2

  Welcome back. This is the second part of a discussion on what I consider to be the ideal career path for a military pilot. If you haven’t already, I recommend reading Part 1 first. Here’s the summary of what that path looks like: By leaving active duty as soon as you can, you get […]

Air Force Career Progression – Officer

We’re going to discuss career progression today. As a former Active Duty pilot, I’ll admit I don’t love this topic. You have to understand: I’m a pilot. I didn’t join the Air Force to sit at a desk pushing paper or sending emails. When I graduated from the Air Force Academy in 2004 and got […]

Military vs Civilian Career Path, Part 1

I can’t imagine a better career than that of a professional pilot. I’ve been places and experienced things while flying that I have trouble even describing to most people. If you’ll forgive me for waxing poetic for a moment, I’ll quote High Flight by the great aviator poet, John Gillespie Magee Jr., Oh! I have […]

Active Duty How-To: U-2 Pilot

Part of the fun of aviation is that there are many different types of aircraft that can be amazing to fly. In the 116 years of powered human flight, a few unique aircraft receive immediate recognition and inspire deep envy. The Concorde, the X-1, the SR-71. Most of these aircraft are retired, and we’ll never […]

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, KC-10 refueling a F-18.

How to Get an OTS Rated Slot – Part 3

Part-3 is the final part of this series entitled "How to Get an OTS Rated Slot."  We hope this article series has helped you understand another path to achieving your aviation career goals.  Remember there is no right way or easy solution to finding your path to the cockpit.  If that is your dream, make […]