Military Leave on Probation

Feliz Cinco de Mayo, BogiDope readers! The following is reposted from the members-only TPN Community website with minor revisions. It addresses USERRA. If you have more questions about that law, be sure to read our original article on the subject. “Would it be a problem for me to take long-term military leave during my probationary […]

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 […]

Airline Comparison – Part 3

Welcome back TPN! This is Part 3 of 3; the final installment in a series looking at how to choose between job offers from multiple airlines. In Part 1 we recommended that the single most important factor in your choice is location. If your family can be happy living at a base for your airline, your quality […]

Will I Be Single (Engine) Forever?

Thanks to my military flying background, I have a lot of pilot friends who either have flown mostly turboprops, or mostly single-engine aircraft. I also know a fair number of helicopter pilots. I get a lot of concerned questions from these pilots. They worry that a major airline won’t recognize their experience and that they’ll […]

What’s With All The Turbo…Drama?

It seems like once a week someone asks me a version of this question: “Most of my hours are turboprop time. Will that hurt my chances of getting hired by a major airline?” This subject is a can of worms. I’m writing this in the hopes of simplifying all our lives. I want to open it […]

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-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-16 executes an afterburner takeoff for Red Flag

When Should You Apply to an Airline?

If you desire a job with the airlines, the time to apply is NOW.  Not tomorrow.  Not next week.  Do it right now!  As you’ll discover once you are employed by an airline, timing is everything. Of course, there are always complications that dictate the timing of your application to the airlines.  This is doubly […]

BogiDope, F-15E fly by

The Airline Hiring Boom: A Perfect Storm of Circumstances

The airline pilot hiring boom is on!  We are in the midst of the largest hiring cycle that the airline industry has seen since the 1960s, and it’s just getting started.  The concept of a pilot shortage used to be the stuff of legend, a fanciful notion conjured up in the dark corners of internet […]

BogiDope, a C-130 executes a takeoff.

Military Pilot Logbook Conversion

As a military pilot who is also involved heavily in General Aviation, a lot of people ask me how to translate their military flight hours to meet the criteria for an airline application. Unfortunately, this isn't a simple answer. I've tried (and failed) several times to write a single-source document to explain how to do […]