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 […]

Coronavirus – How Pilots Can Make the Most of a Bad Situation

I’m not the sort of person to panic about the sky falling, but I will admit that I’m not sure what to make of the Coronavirus situation we’re all dealing with right now. Markets are down, airlines that reported the highest profits in history at the start of the year are now worried about furloughs […]

Ideal Military Pilot Career Path – Making it Happen – Part 2

  Welcome back. This is the second part of a discussion on what I consider to be the ideal career path for a military pilot. If you haven’t already, I recommend reading Part 1 first. Here’s the summary of what that path looks like: By leaving active duty as soon as you can, you get […]

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, F-16 executes an afterburner takeoff for Red Flag

When Should You Apply to an Airline?

If you desire a job with the airlines, the time to apply is NOW.  Not tomorrow.  Not next week.  Do it right now!  As you’ll discover once you are employed by an airline, timing is everything. Of course, there are always complications that dictate the timing of your application to the airlines.  This is doubly […]

BogiDope, F-15E fly by

The Airline Hiring Boom: A Perfect Storm of Circumstances

The airline pilot hiring boom is on!  We are in the midst of the largest hiring cycle that the airline industry has seen since the 1960s, and it’s just getting started.  The concept of a pilot shortage used to be the stuff of legend, a fanciful notion conjured up in the dark corners of internet […]

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 […]