Deployed Fighter Pilot Diaries

This article is intended as a follow-up to my previous discussion of deployments for Guard/Reserve pilots.  While not every pilot has the same experience deployed, my intent is to paint a picture of deployed fighter pilot life.  For those who wish to pursue fighter aviation, I hope to offer a glimpse into what you may […]

F-16 deployed to Southwest Asia

Deployments and the Guard/Reserve Pilot

No matter which aircraft or unit you choose to pursue, chances are you will end up spending some time deployed as a pilot in the Air Reserve Component (ARC – shorthand for Guard and Reserve).  The location and durations may vary between different mission design series (MDS) aircraft, but you’ll undoubtedly get to experience the […]

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 […]

Curing The Pilot Disease Worse Than COVID-19 – Part 1

Welcome back BogiDope readers. Last week we looked at the symptoms of Wingman (or Copilot) Syndrome…the pilot disease even worse than Coronavirus. I received a lot of great feedback from people who either have or have avoided the syndrome themselves. This week we’re going to look at some ways that a pilot can recover if […]

Give a Hoot! Don’t Commute! – Part 2

Welcome back TPN! We just decided that commuting is a terrible way of life. (If you missed that discussion, go read Part 1 of this series here. Although you acknowledge my arguments, you may believe that you’re a magical and unique flower entitled to special treatment in life…and you may choose to commute anyway. (I know […]

Give a Hoot! Don’t Commute! – Part 1

Do you remember this guy? For long-ago young Emet, Woodsy was the epitome of awesome, and his admonition was witty and cool. And yet…today I drive cars, live in a larger house than is strictly necessary, and fly big jets that burn thousands of pounds of Jet-A every hour. Past-me might be disappointed at my […]

Military Leave on Probation

Feliz Cinco de Mayo, BogiDope readers! The following is reposted from the members-only TPN Community website with minor revisions. It addresses USERRA. If you have more questions about that law, be sure to read our original article on the subject. “Would it be a problem for me to take long-term military leave during my probationary […]

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 […]