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 […]