Military Pilot Help

Military Pilot: Should I Give Up Retirement to Join the Airlines Now?

Edits

24 Jun 16: Added some thoughts about financial security, and pay at other airlines.

23 Jun 16: Thanks for all your feedback! I've added a couple extra considerations at the end. I've also corrected Delta's 401(k) matching to 15% in the article body here, I'd erroneously put 16% before. I haven't updated the spreadsheets. I'll leave that to you.

Aviation Bull for All Our Friends!

A few months ago I wrote an article aimed at helping military pilots convert their logbooks to civilian standards, specifically in preparation for airline interviews. I had occasion to share it with a group of pilots on Facebook and received a lot of positive feedback. The moderators of that group thought enough of the post to include it in their quarterly newsletter, The Pilot Network Quarterly. You can read my article in TPNQ, along with past editions of the newsletter for free on iBooks.

Military Pilot - Why Should I Get My CFI?

For a long time, military pilots have been able to obatin an FAA Commercial Pilot certificate by presenting proof of passing a military check ride in an aircraft of any given category and class (and type if applicable.) Several years ago, the FAA approved a long-overdue decision to grant military instructor pilots a free CFI rating under a similar rule. (For reference, the approval for both cases is specified in 14 CFR 61.73(g).) This is a huge benefit for military pilots! A CFI add-on costs civilians thousands of dollars at places like ATP Flight School.

Military Pilot Logbook Conversion

Updated 06 January, 2016: Discussed logging SIC in Cessnas.

As a military pilot who is also involved heavily in General Aviation, a lot of people ask me how to translate their military flight hours to meet the criteria for an airline application. Unfortunately, this isn't a simple answer. I've tried (and failed) several times to write a single-source document to explain how to do this conversion. This page is my latest attempt.

How Do I Get My Airline Application Noticed?

Updated 5 January, 2016: Added points 15 and 16 on social media and additional training.

I recently got hired by a major airline and have been asked several times for advice on applications, interviews, etc. from other hopeful future airline pilots. One of the questions I’ve repeatedly fielded is: “My app has been in the system for a while, but I haven't heard from anyone. What can I do to make my application more attractive?” I’m writing this in hopes of sharing my advice with a larger audience.

Disclaimers: 1) Some of this will be tailored to military pilots applying to the airlines, but I think most of it still applies to pilots who haven't served in the military. 2) There is no magic "right answer." If I knew that answer, I probably wouldn't give it away here for free. 3) I’m no expert at this. I was probably just the guy on top of the “meh” pile and the hiring department needed to meet a quota for that month. I can’t promise you that any of this will get you an interview or a job, but I sure hope it helps!

Now, without further ado, if I had submitted an application and hadn’t heard back from any of the companies I want here are some things I’d consider doing:

Military IPs: Renew Your CFI by Mail!

A few years ago, the FAA updated 14 CFR 61.73 allowing military Instructor Pilots to get or renew a CFI ticket by taking a single written exam and presenting the results along with proof of a military IP rating. (In the USAF the supporting document is a Form 8.) This is a great deal for military IPs and was really long overdue.

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