Pilot Training

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 …

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Inter-Service Transfer

by Eddie, future USAFR pilot and always Marine “This is Major Smith, I’m calling to inform you that we would like to have you in our squadron.”  It was one of the best days I’ve ever had in my life. However, receiving a pilot slot in the Air Force Reserve as an active duty Marine …

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BogiDope, a t-38 airborne.

Winning UPT – Part 3

Welcome to Part 3 of Winning UPT, the final part of this series. UPT is such a small part of your flying career but definitely one of the most memorable ones.  The knowledge you gain at UPT will propel you through a career in the Air Force and for many a life long career in …

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BogiDope, a T-6 taxis out and gets ready for takeoff.

Winning UPT – Part 1

I know what you’re thinking. I thought the same thing before I started US Air Force Undergraduate Pilot Training (UPT.) “Will someone please tell me the secret to winning at UPT?” Today is your lucky day. I’m going to tell you the secret to doing well in pilot training and getting the assignment you’ve been …

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