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Tuesday, September 20, 2022

You could try Randy Rowles at this place. I don't know if he can do it but if somebody does, he would know. I'm sure it would have to be in your aircraft. https://www.helicopterinstitute.com/oem-alternative

Saturday, September 17, 2022

Looking for recurrency training in AS355F2 in United States

Wednesday, September 14, 2022

I had a 1.8 GPA and a failed private pilot checkride when I was accepted street to seat. Don't self eliminate. Submit your packet when it's complete.

Wednesday, September 14, 2022

Honestly I wouldn't be too hard on yourself. I'm a software engineer civilian-side and I had about 60 credits with a 3.0 at a community college. I hated school because I hate going through the motions learning other stuff unrelated to what I want to learn. That's an easy explanation for the board, and pretty common among the Aviators I've been around -- the military test scores show you have the aptitude for the job -- and a lot of aviators don't have a degree at all. I'd save the money going to school and try to get 10-15 hours of instruction at a local flight school. I went all the way and got my PPL before the board and I think it went a long way in selection (I was one of 4 of 21 candidates selected that cycle). I think that plays much better than trying to cram a few classes to get your GPA up to 2.5. Certainly if it helps your civilian job prospects in the future, fixing that situation doesn't hurt. But for board-specific purposes, I think there are better uses of time/money. Other than that, just include whatever you can. The auto center job certainly is a beneficial thing to include. The great thing about the Guard is you can get to the board and interview without having your resume scrutinized and filtered out beforehand. As long as you can get to the board, I like your chances.

Wednesday, September 14, 2022

Congrats, you're so smart you broke the SIFT!

Wednesday, September 14, 2022

Worst they can say is no. We had an age waiver at my board (38yrs) and he was not accepted. However, that was during the height of COVID in 2021 when there was a backlog of candidates awaiting flight school slots. I know of a 37 yr old that was accepted a year or two before that. Worst you can do is try and get denied, definitely is possible. I am in the AL National Guard, so it will obviously vary by state if that's the route you're going. I imagine active is more difficult for an age waiver, but I'd be speaking out of turn there.

Tuesday, September 13, 2022

Is it still possible? Plz explain to me about your time building course(how much?) I have to add about 100hours(helicopter) Let me know about it(jjun3323@naver.com)

Monday, September 12, 2022

Hello we are looking for a complete kit of floats mid life to buy will use in a 355 thanks

Monday, September 5, 2022

Hughes 269A (Lycoming HIO 360 SER) operated under part 91: Can someone please tell me if the Lycoming valve wobble test (SI388) is mandatory.

Wednesday, August 31, 2022

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