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Sunday, December 5, 2021

All of my LOR are in aviation except one, and they know me very well. They all spent a long time making the LOR to make it refined, detailed, and personal. Good luck, blue skies.

Saturday, December 4, 2021

Looks like we're both going to be on CIV Board. Goodluck. 1 more LOR would've been better and a Senior Warrant would've been the best. You got good test Scores so hopefully your essay and resume are golden.

Saturday, December 4, 2021

AGE: 19 RANK: CIV DEPLOYMENTS: N/A EDUCATION: high school 3.6 GPA + 1 1/2 years of community college GT:118 SIFT: 65 LOR: flight school owner/CW2 in nam, CFII, Major in marines, Major in marines, F-14 pilot in Air Force. PHYSICAL: stamped, no waivers. FLIGHT: PPL WAVIERS: none

Saturday, December 4, 2021

Never noticed the helipad at the Oasis. I’m headed to google maps

Saturday, December 4, 2021

Ok let the fire bombs begin. I am that guy that taught himself to fly a helicopter. Believe it or not it’s hard to find someone who wants to give primary instruction in a home made helicopter. I built a safari and had 3 or 4 hours of instruction at the factory. Couldn’t book any time because my instructor wasn’t one. I went through all the legal stuff with the Wichita FSDO. Basically, because there is no category class in the experimental world the FAA doesn’t differentiate between rotary and fixed wings. If you built it and have a license, you can fly it. Isn’t this a great country? it was an interesting process. I put together my own curriculum. I was patient and very deliberate. Notice I didn’t say smart. I acquired bits and pieces of instruction over the years. There were two things that I refused to experiment with on my own. Settling with power and vortex ring state. I would however wind up doing multiple full down autos, most unintentional. By the time I got my PPL I probably had about 300 hrs in the ship. I got a special dispensation from the FSDO to allow the local examiner to give me a check ride. I learned that the FSDO can’t just say no to a checkride. If they won’t do it you can demand that they appoint someone to do it. Of course you cannot demand that the local DPE comply with your request. lots of interesting stories from my self training. Never scared myself. I refused to put myself in that type of position. I DO NOT RECOMMEND TEACHING YOURSELF TO FLY A HELICOPTER. Igor did it and I did it and I’m pretty sure there are others. It is neither smart nor safe. let the bombs fall you can’t call me anything that I haven’t called myself Bill commercial/instrument Rotary (hope to have my ATP by end of year) PPL single, multi fixed instrument

Thursday, December 2, 2021

I got selected!

Thursday, December 2, 2021

MILPER is out! Congrats to everyone selected.

Thursday, December 2, 2021

I can tell you right now at least. I spoke with branch because I’m supposed to pcs next week. They told me they’ll pull me and put me at a date around June/July.

Thursday, December 2, 2021

Lol well apparently as of yesterday 12/1/2021 MEPS will be able to finally run medical history and prescription history. So watch enlistment rates drop 😂

Thursday, December 2, 2021

Got mine as well !!! waiting on school date.