Ideal Military Pilot Career Path – Spelling it Out – Part 1

BogiDope readers, I continue to believe that a pilot can achieve the Ultimate Military Pilot Career Path by skipping Active Duty altogether and just joining the Guard or Reserves. However, for the thousands of military aviators who will join Active Duty every year anyway, the path I outline in this TPN Guest Post is their […]

A Day/Trip in the Life…of an Airline Pilot

Greetings TPN! This post was started a while ago, before I wrote my Second Year in Review. I’d been trying to come up with something impactful or profound to write for you…and had failed miserably for quite a while. I’ve started work on a large-scale, exciting project, but it won’t be ready very soon. 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 […]

Military vs Civilian Career Path, Part 2

Welcome back, fellow aviators! This is the second part of a series about choosing between military and civilian career options. If you haven’t already read Part 1, please do that first. We saw last week that there isn’t a cut and dried answer to say whether the military career path is right for you. Like […]

BogiDope, a A-10 Thunderbolt taxis on the ramp with the canopy up.

Should I Give Up Retirement to Join the Airlines Now?

One of the things that made it frustrating trying to figure out whether to stay in the Air Force or get out was the lack of concrete information about the airline industry. I think we worry about making someone angry by asking directly and we don’t necessarily even know whom to ask in the first […]

BogiDope, KC-10 preparing to air refuel

Your Job as an Airline Pilot: The Hidden Benefits

Being an airline pilot is a cool job.  As a pilot, you get a view of the world that is unmatched in any other profession.  You don’t go to an office—your place of business goes as far as the fuel in the tanks.  As a pilot you don’t have to wait months for a project to […]

BogiDope, F-16 completing air refueling

Airline Comparisons: Beyond the Pay Scales

It’s a shopper’s market if you are looking for an airline job today. For the first time in many years, a pilot entering the airline business for the first time has a range of possible options of employment.  With the shortage of available pilots, regional airlines are offering enticing incentives like signing bonuses.  Even the major […]

BogiDope, F-22 rejoin on a tanker, air refueling

Seniority Is Like Compounding Interest

More than any other career field, seniority is the master of your destiny when you are a pilot for an airline: your schedule, the equipment you fly, the quality of your trips, pay, retirement and vacation—they are all based on the concept of seniority. It is a bit of a Darwinian scheme; as your seniority […]