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Old November 13th, 2016, 01:54 PM   #1
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USAF Enlisted Pilots Begin Training

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Old November 13th, 2016, 02:03 PM   #2
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Interesting. I almost applied for this program but decided to wait one more year. Not sure I'm interested in flying an actual jet.

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Old November 14th, 2016, 08:34 AM   #3
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Interesting. I almost applied for this program but decided to wait one more year. Not sure I'm interested in flying an actual jet.
I think these are Drone Drivers.

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Britain broke the mold by using non officers in WWII due to shortage and actually they gave a very good account of their service as pilots. Those accomplishing becoming pilots must qualify for solo flight in an airplane prior to be assigned to a drone driver versus an airplane driver. Manned aircraft for warfare is coming to a lesser and lesser demand due to human life loss and expense and yes, even to better results on the battlefield. Don't think the drones require a whole airfield installation nor a ship that costs in the billions of dollars and certainly much less cost for the drone itself versus a manner aircraft. I could launch one from a football field and recover it as well after a very precision attack on a given target.

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Kind of a play in words, the Army Air Corps pilots of WWII were enlisted. Still cool, and is still a good idea. If the man can pass the ASTB then give them a shot. I was a math major and it took me two tries to pass that ridiculousness.

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I think these are Drone Drivers.
Yeah, but the article states that although they will be piloting drones, they are still required to spend time flying an actual jet before flying the drones.

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Britain broke the mold by using non officers in WWII due to shortage and actually they gave a very good account of their service as pilots. Those accomplishing becoming pilots must qualify for solo flight in an airplane prior to be assigned to a drone driver versus an airplane driver. Manned aircraft for warfare is coming to a lesser and lesser demand due to human life loss and expense and yes, even to better results on the battlefield. Don't think the drones require a whole airfield installation nor a ship that costs in the billions of dollars and certainly much less cost for the drone itself versus a manner aircraft. I could launch one from a football field and recover it as well after a very precision attack on a given target.
The cost is higher than one would think and they are a logistics nightmare in their own way. Are they as expensive as a dozon carriers out on the ocean, no, but carriers fill far more roles than a mobile airfield.

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Yeah, but the article states that although they will be piloting drones, they are still required to spend time flying an actual jet before flying the drones.
Yes, this is true. You must be a real pilot prior to sitting behind controls of a drone.

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Air Force is lagging behind the Army on this.

Friend's son is flying drones in the Army. He was a Civil Air Patrol cadet before enlisting, had already solo'ed and built up some flying hours after attending one of their flight academies. Supposedly the time he's flying the drones counts for PIC time.

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