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  • (Cont.) My T-6 IPs would frequently talk about airline options after they leave the AF , is there a helo equivalent for that?
    Also - is fixed wing conversion a thing at any point down my flying career, or am I committed to the rotary wing world?
    (I tried sending you this via private message but the system thought I was sending you an inappropriate message and wouldn’t let me)
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    Right now, the airlines are desperate for people with ATP licenses, and some now have "rotary transition programs.". These usually put you at a regional for a couple years, so it's a pretty decent pay cut initially, but if you can get to the majors within a couple years, it is better pay over the long term. This is a newer thing, and who knows if it will last.
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    As far as switching to fixed wing in the AF, there are ways to do it, but they are not terribly common. Generally, it would involve flying some of the more unique planes, trainers, or AFSOC stuff (or a combo).
    Hi Raimius,
    I just finished T-6s at Columbus and tracked TH-1H for phase 3 of training. I remembered that you went helos as well so I read your post on Fort Rucker and your experiences there - really insightful, thank you for that. My question was: do AF helicopter pilots, be it the CV-22s, UH-1, or HH-60s, usually stay in until retirement, or do they typically leave after 10 in pursuit of a civilian job?
    raimius
    raimius
    It depends. I've seen plenty of 20+ guys and more than a couple who got out to do other stuff (some to fly and others to change careers). Generally, it seems that the people who really like being helo pilots stick around, but there are plenty of exceptions.
    My cadet has been ill and has been on qtrs 2 times during JV, will they automatically med turn back? We have not heard anything from our cadet or the USAFA? Just curious bc I see that someone else was waiting for a bit before outprocessing?
    raimius
    raimius
    Probably not. There is a set number of training days a basic must miss to be medically turned back. If I recall correctly, it is 6 or 8 training days. Additionally, if a basic can do parts of the training, that day may not be counted against that number.
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    I'm just worried bc I haven't seen her with her flight and they have been doing the A and O courses? Would they place her with another group to catch up? I really appreciate all the info you have shared, thank you!
    I noticed that there is a USAFA Community website and a USAFA Forum. Are these two separate things? Or are they connected? Is the USAFA Community for parents/families after the DS/DD has an appointment? That doesn't seem right either, because there are cadets on the USAFA forum. I also noticed you are an alumnus on both, so I thought I'd ask you. Can you clarify? Thanks!
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