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 […]

Airline Comparison – Part 1

This is the first in a series of three articles originally posted on The Pilot Network. We’ll be posting the next to parts throughout the week. Most airlines are hiring right now, and that is great news for all of us! If you want a job that offers the potential to make millions of dollars […]

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 […]

How Long Will it Take? Wrong Question!

Originally posted June 4, 2019 on The Pilot Network by Jason Depew, TPN Staff Writer Do you remember that person from high school who, after being in a relationship for only a few weeks, chose where to go to college based on the plans of his or her significant other? Maybe you knew the person in […]

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 […]

Air Force Career Progression – Pilot

Welcome back to Part 2 of our series about career progression for Air Force pilots, from the pilot perspective. If you haven’t already read Part 1 about career progression as an officer, I recommend you click here and read it first. For better or for worse, it’s necessary to look at your Air Force career […]

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 […]