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Rhino

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Class Date!
October 17th!

After 1,019 days, the official call came from the chief pilot to climb out of the pool. Who knew it would be such a long and tumultuous ride? What a rollercoaster!

He said the class will be 16 strong, and I know of only 14 in the pool ( one Air Force bubba can't get out until 2006), so that means interviews and hiring will have to start immediately to fill the class and the 28 empty seats in the following classes.

I'm still numb...
 

Singlecoil

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Right on! Congrats. Sounds like one of my predictions will come true. I have a friend who is a poolie who interviewed the week my first child was born, and will now be in class the week my second child will be born. 1019 days? Wow.
 

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I originally thought new hires would mostly go to ANC. But it turns out the majority will go to LAX.
 

chum2

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Congrats Rhino,

I know you've been waiting a while. Good luck with training. See you on the line.
 

flx757

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They don't in any way appear geared up for interviews, but then again they always seem to wait until the absolute last second for that, so they might get some done in time.

My gut reaction is that they will go with whatever is in the pool for this first class on the 17th and try and get the interviews spooled up for the subsequent classes. But they may be able to get a handful of interviews and candidates hired with minimal notice.

At any rate Rhino (and the others I have communicated with recently), congrats on finally getting out of the pool. See you soon.

(av8instyle...

I see you bailed on us and are heading to the Mud Hen (lucky bastyd).) :cool: :D
 

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flx757 said:
(av8instyle...

I see you bailed on us and are heading to the Mud Hen (lucky bastyd).) :cool: :D
I tried to get on the thing as a new hire but at the time it was really senior. We moved to Seattle and bought a house right before the base expanded. Timing is everything. Anyway, we've been trying to get back up there for a while. Not a big fan of the Seattle insanity. Time to go fishin'! (gonna miss the gucci jet though).
 

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Now if I could just go for a swim in the Alaska pool....


GP
 

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MudHen?

Av8,
I didn't see anyone on the new FO list coming to the MudHen except new hires? Are you going to the Monkey jet or the MudHen? Glad you finally get to come up North.
Now what ever you do, leave those gucci shoes with tassles at home! Get yourself a good pair of cowboy boots, hang up the suit jacket, get out the leather and get ready for some good flying. If you are coming up to go on the monkey jet, then you can disregard all of the above as you will soon have pasty white skin and pink eyes, the first stage of vampirism.
 

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AK737FO said:
If you are coming up to go on the monkey jet, then you can disregard all of the above as you will soon have pasty white skin and pink eyes, the first stage of vampirism.

That bloody mary mix tastes a lot like blood too.
 

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AK737FO said:
Av8,
I didn't see anyone on the new FO list coming to the MudHen except new hires? Are you going to the Monkey jet or the MudHen?

Yep. There it is. "MudHen":cool: (lucky bastyd!!).
 
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congrats man you must feel great....Now go knock the dust off your pubs study up.
 

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AK737FO said:
Av8,
I didn't see anyone on the new FO list coming to the MudHen except new hires? Are you going to the Monkey jet or the MudHen? Glad you finally get to come up North.
Now what ever you do, leave those gucci shoes with tassles at home! Get yourself a good pair of cowboy boots, hang up the suit jacket, get out the leather and get ready for some good flying. If you are coming up to go on the monkey jet, then you can disregard all of the above as you will soon have pasty white skin and pink eyes, the first stage of vampirism.
Mudhen for me, thanks.
Not a big fan of all nighters.
Can't wait to start the fun flying!
 

mach none

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AK737FO said:
Av8,
I didn't see anyone on the new FO list coming to the MudHen except new hires? Are you going to the Monkey jet or the MudHen? Glad you finally get to come up North.
Now what ever you do, leave those gucci shoes with tassles at home! Get yourself a good pair of cowboy boots, hang up the suit jacket, get out the leather and get ready for some good flying. If you are coming up to go on the monkey jet, then you can disregard all of the above as you will soon have pasty white skin and pink eyes, the first stage of vampirism.

Dude, what are you going to do when those ratty-a$$ -200 go away?
 

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Cry...

First, I will shed a bitter tear as I say good bye to a trusted friend. Then I will learn how to type, which also includes the following changes.

I will carry a brain bucket so full of Jepps that my arms will soon look like Popeye.

I will pack my bags for 3 to 5 day trips to great places like OAK.

I will no longer be able to go to work in the late morning and be home in time for dinner.

I will have to sleep in a hotel about 12 nights a month, compared to my 12 nights (or less) a year now.

I will have to learn catchy phrases like VNAV, RNP, maxpowertogorotatepositiverategearup, cycle the flight directors, build me a leg, bring it down, bring it up, make it big, make it purple and give it to me!

I will have to learn how to fly with flight directors all the time, and get along with a few Captains who are certain that we will crash if I try to fly with out them.

When I make Captain on the airplane I will have to get along with a few F/O's who don't have a clue how to fly without the flight directors and think a raw data approach would be an emergency.

I will have to spend most of the 35 minute ground time typing on the box to make the jet fly from OTZ to OME or PSG to WRG, rather than having a cup of coffee and talking with friends at the outstation.

I will slowly lose interest, until one day I am one of those guys who turns everything on at 1,000 ft and has the other guy "build me a leg" to the runway that is right in front of my nose on a visual.

I will be assimilated, resistance is futile...
 

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AK737FO said:
I will be assimilated, resistance is futile...
That's pretty funny. I actually try to turn everything off once in a while so I don't become completely assimilated.
AK737FO, I moved up to Eagle River just this month. When are we gonna go get a beer so you can tell me all the mudhen secrets?
 

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AK737FO said:
I will have to learn catchy phrases like VNAV, RNP, maxpowertogorotatepositiverategearup, cycle the flight directors, build me a leg, bring it down, bring it up, make it big, make it purple and give it to me!
Funny as he!!
 

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Watch and Learn

Av8,

You will get to do your 200 IOE with a bunch of outstanding instructors who will show you everything you need including the secret handshake. Watch and learn from them, and try to be as efficient as you can. A few IOE tips: Don't use the flaps until min maneuver speeds (try to be gentle on the old girls), don't grab for the boards unless you are really in bad shape on your profile (and if you are, ask yourself why and figure out how to do it better next time without the boards), don't throw the gear and flaps out for a 15 to 20 mile final, learn how to do the paper work (captains up here pretty much expect that) and it puts you in the loop on every leg. Have a plan on every leg - where's my alt and whats the weather there, what's my R/A, what's the plan in the back pocket should A and B go down the drain? Ask questions, stay loose and have fun! As our base chief says, "fly like poetry in motion".
Seeya around the campus.
AK737FO
 

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AK737FO said:
First, I will shed a bitter tear as I say good bye to a trusted friend. Then I will learn how to type, which also includes the following changes.

I will carry a brain bucket so full of Jepps that my arms will soon look like Popeye.

I will pack my bags for 3 to 5 day trips to great places like OAK.

I will no longer be able to go to work in the late morning and be home in time for dinner.

I will have to sleep in a hotel about 12 nights a month, compared to my 12 nights (or less) a year now.

I will have to learn catchy phrases like VNAV, RNP, maxpowertogorotatepositiverategearup, cycle the flight directors, build me a leg, bring it down, bring it up, make it big, make it purple and give it to me!

I will have to learn how to fly with flight directors all the time, and get along with a few Captains who are certain that we will crash if I try to fly with out them.

When I make Captain on the airplane I will have to get along with a few F/O's who don't have a clue how to fly without the flight directors and think a raw data approach would be an emergency.

I will have to spend most of the 35 minute ground time typing on the box to make the jet fly from OTZ to OME or PSG to WRG, rather than having a cup of coffee and talking with friends at the outstation.

I will slowly lose interest, until one day I am one of those guys who turns everything on at 1,000 ft and has the other guy "build me a leg" to the runway that is right in front of my nose on a visual.

I will be assimilated, resistance is futile...

Dude, you got this part down. But, clearly you still need work on ordering coffee and shopping for loafers with tassles. Don't forget the bling.

take care!
 
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