What Will a Year Cost Me?

The Pilot Network recently had a great discussion of a question I hear all the time: "I'm at risk for a non-flying 179-day (or 365-day) deployment. Should I put in separation papers right away to preempt deployment orders, or roll the dice and risk getting stuck in the military for an extra year?" I also hear a related question very frequently: "I'm only a few years from retirement, but if I stay in my final assignment will be a non-flying one. Will finishing my career in a non-flying job hurt me?"

Airline Pilot - First Year in Review

(Edit 24 Feb 17: Added some discussion on furlough.

A few months after starting work at a major airline, I wrote an article taking my newly available truth data available about airline pilot pay and comparing it to military pilot pay. That article has been read more than 41,000 times and was republished in The Pilot Network Quarterly (TPNQ.)

Dynon D-10A STC Approved for More Aircraft!

Dynon, the EAA, and the FAA announced last summer a revolutionary STC allowing installation of the (experimental category) Dynon D-10A EFIS in normal category aircraft. This is wonderful because it gives aircraft owners a relatively cheap way to update older aircraft with modern technology. It will make those aircraft safer, more reliable, and more useful.

FAA Publishes 3rd Class Medical Reform

The FAA finally announced their new BasicMed rule last week. (This is the rule that let's pilots fly a lot of aircraft without the need to hold a 3rd class medical.) It's a really big deal in a lot of ways. It will help further the cause of aviation in the United States. Of course, it also has some caveats that make it far less of a good deal than I'd hoped.

(You can read the FAA's final rule here, or you can catch it in the new 14 CFR Part 68 when it's published.)

Time to Face the Truth: F-35 = F-117B (Long read)

Nearly nine years ago I wrote about a suggestion from Boeing that the USAF buy F-18 E/F Super Hornets instead of the F-35. Their suggestion was so obviously a great idea that it almost felt tongue in cheek...but they weren't joking. Our coverage of this discussion must have struck a nerve because more people read it than any other post for a long time.

Logbook Battle Royale!


All right friends, it's time for what you've all been waiting for: The Logbook Battle Royale!

If you're a pilot, you need to keep your own logbook. End of debate. Questions?

Not convinced? Check out this page addressing some of the reasons why it's important to keep a logbook.

Snag a Fun Side-Job and Save the (Pilot) World!

Ladies and Gentlemen, AOPA needs presenters for their Rusty Pilot program...and you can be one of them!

The Rusty Pilot program is aimed at getting pilots who haven't flown in a while excited about aviation again. It seeks to help them brush up on their pilot general knowledge, complete a BFR, and get back into flying. It very wisely tries to coordinate this effort with flying clubs or other organizations so that returning pilots will have a built-in group of flying buddies for support and camaraderie. It's a great thing.

Cirrus SF50 Vision Jet Finally FAA Certified

More than nine years ago, the second article I ever wrote on AviationBull was about the Cirrus Jet. As reported by AvWeb, the dream of a single engine Very Light Jet (VLJ) is finally becoming a reality.

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