USAF Initial Flight Training (IFT)

So you’re a freshly minted, steely-eyed 2nd Lieutenant that’s ready to dominate UPT with the highest MASS score ever recorded and eager start your new life as the second-coming of Robin Olds. Well…not so fast. For those of you without a civilian Private Pilot’s License (PPL) or higher, you’ll need to graduate from Initial Flight […]

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 […]

BogiDope, T-6s fly in close formation.

How to Get to Pilot Training

If you have a desire to fly and a passion for aviation, then you are probably actively trying to figure out how you get to pilot training. The good news is that there are multiple ways to get that coveted pilot training slot. This article will help you determine which path is the best one […]

BogiDope, FedEx B-757 on the ramp.

Choosing Your Path—Part Two: Learning to Fly the Civilian Way

In Part One of Choosing Your Path, we explored the benefits and the obligations that come with learning to fly in the military.  Military flying is rewarding, valuable to the nation, and definitely the most economically frugal option available to those who want to turn flying into a career.  But, it isn’t for everyone. Maybe […]