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Recent VR Forum Posts
Sunday, January 24, 2021

What did you change from your first board? It's my second look as well. I went from only letters from significant civilians to 4 letters from higher ranking officers plus one really good civilian letter. My scores are competitive so I'm hopeful, but the wait has been brutal! Good luck to everyone!

Sunday, January 24, 2021

I am currently in the process of enlisting as a 15T, with the hope of becoming an aviator down the line. I had some questions in regards to the flight physical. I have mild apnea, diagnosed after a sleep study. I am not even sure if its on my actual medical records but I'm working on finding out. I dont use a CPAP and it's self resolved. Does the army request a copy of my medical history from my primary care and/or me directly? Or is the only information they get the information I give them directly. Thanks all

Saturday, January 23, 2021

Hope to see successful selections from you all including myself. Good Luck! This is my second look.

Saturday, January 23, 2021

My question is, what is a competitive yet acceptable bid? I can't find anything on it. Is it a lump sum, daily cost, hourly usage or per mile? We have our own 44 and just want something to keep it flying and bring in extra income.

Thursday, January 21, 2021

When I joined the guard the stipulation was that I had to revert. They generally preferred that I didn't take a field grade slot from their homegrown officers. By the time my FEDREC went thru, almost a year later, they wanted me to stay on as an O4, but that wasn't what I wanted. The BN SP is a reverted O3, and one of the facility MTPs is also a reverted O3. My old PL was a warrant that managed to get himself a direct commission to O1. Life's more fluid in the Guard.

Thursday, January 21, 2021

So I've done enough research to gather that most of what the schools tell you (about the career/job market) is to be taken with a bunch of salt, but that the path to becoming a commercial pilot does indeed go from getting your private license to your instructors license and then accruing hours that way. I'm wondering how easy that second step is. For the record, I'm 50 and probably don't need to make a ton of money (getting divorced from my sort of wealthy wife) so I don't mind making garbage pay for a few years. To me it looks like $50-70K of training, at the end of which I might still have a hard time getting a job that pays anything at all. So if i'm understanding what I've read so far, I guess my question boils down to: how hard is it to get a job as an instructor. I don't mind the idea of doing that for a couple thousand hours.. Thanks

Wednesday, January 20, 2021

Are there enough jobs out there that only utilize shorter endurance (1.5hr was mentioned) helicopters? Well, I mean, I know there are barely any flying jobs out there in the first place but assuming that there were. Would I be right in assuming that tours would be my best option? Any other suggestions? If diapers were the only way I could be in the sky then trust me, I'd do it. You only live once!

Wednesday, January 20, 2021

Thousands of pilots have overcome lack of binocular depth perception while learning to fly with night vision goggles, as well as monocle systems like in the Apache. If you can get a medical you shouldn’t have any trouble learning to fly.

Wednesday, January 20, 2021

Is the issue that you cannot sit for a long time, or that you cannot go without peeing for a long time? Because if it is the latter I would just get myself some adult diapers and go for it dude.

Wednesday, January 20, 2021

I am an aviation O4 reaching 12 years TIS in May. I am a UH60 driver with 750 hrs and former PC/AMC. I am seriously contemplating reverting for less stress, more flying, etc. I am trying to gather all of the facts first. How has your process gone? I heard you get shunned from the AV community once you express interest in reverting, which screws you on those final OERs. Care to share? Thanks in advance.