Give a Hoot! Don’t Commute! – Part 3

  Thanks for sticking around so far TPN. To review: this is the third and final installment in a series of posts about commuting to your airline job. The two key points from earlier are: 1. Commuting it terrible! 2. Despite #1, there are a few acceptable reasons to commute Give a Hoot! Don’t Commute […]

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 […]

What Happens to Airline Pilots in an Economic Downturn?

Up until a few weeks ago, leaving full-time military service for an airline job seemed like an easy decision. The money was amazing, and the Quality of Life was so far beyond anything the military will ever be able to offer that there was almost no comparison. Then Coronavirus happened. Some regional airlines like Mesa […]

Airline Comparison – Part 2

If you’re just joining us, this is Part 2 of 3 in a series about choosing an airline to work for. In Part 1 of the article, I suggested that the single most important factor to consider when choosing an airline is: location. The sad (or not-so-sad) truth is: location is so important that every other factor […]

Air Reserve Technician (ART) Explained

The Guard and Reserve offer a myriad of job choices for the military aviator.  Of the full-time positions available, one of the options is the Air Reserve Technician, or ART.  The ARC (Air Reserve Component–an easy abbreviation for Guard/Reserve) created ART positions to capture technical expertise and operational experience within ARC units to ensure combat […]

Nonrev Travel – The Overlooked Benefit

Originally posted on the TPN Community Website on May 9, 2017 I’ve worked hard to compare military vs airline compensation. My actual first-year pay ended up higher than I’d even hoped. When I do these comparisons, I try to limit my comparison to things I can quantify in terms of dollars. However, there’s an outstanding benefit to some […]

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 […]

Seniority is Everything

I was scheduled to work a grueling 13 days last month. I got paid for all 13 days, but only worked for 8 of them. I can’t even make this stuff up…working for a major airline is just great living. Why bother telling you? Bragging? Image crafting? Sorry, but I’m a pilot…I don’t really care […]

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. […]