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Old 07-05-2018, 01:40 PM
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The friend does not need the time, he needs to take his written and do a little checkride prep before his checkride. He has his hour requirements and meets all requirements for the checkride. He owns a Cirrus with another gentleman, but uses it for work and hires myself or other commercial pilots to fly for him. He trains in a 172 when he wants to which is few and far between. His problem is he is more involved with work than with flying. Your concern is with weather or not heís logging time. That has nothing to do with my apprehension towards taking a pollygraphy and the fact that my logs will not be 100% accurate. Iím not suggesting Iím adding 100ís of hour to my log book. Iím stating I know my logs are not 100% accurate. I logged tach time my first year flying in my partnership because thatís how we billed ourselves for use toward the TBO fund. Yes it was dumb and I was a brand new Pilot. Since then Iíve gotten my Instrument, and Commercial Ratings in Fixed Wing. I also earned my Private and Commercial Add on in Helicopters. Iím not a military pilot or a wealthy person. Iím a Veteran that had some help with my Instrument and Commercial thanks to the GI Bill. Everything else Iíve paid for out of my own pocket. Iím CONSIDERING applying for a position with customs to be an AIA. I currently work in law enforcement, and Iíve taken a poloygraph before. I can stay right where Iím at and will likely end up in Air Support one day. But if there was a chance I could fly rotors sooner for CBP I might look into that. Iím just trying to get some info on that. My question was simply do they ask you about yours hours or log books during the pollygraph. Donít assume my questions means Iím trying to hind something or that Iím lieing about my hours. I simply logged time off the tach vs Hobbs for a year or more. That and I know I forgot to log a few flights along the way. Im sure those missed flights donít add up to more than 5hrs. Iím sure some of you are perfect and your log book times are perfect down to the 0.1hrs, congrats. Mine are not. I fly enough between Commercial Flights in the Cirrus, and my own personal plane that I will have the required hours needed in a year or less. Again just looking into the AIA Pilot position and was looking for feedback from someone doing the job and thatís been through the process. If you canít offer any specific insite about that please donít reply.

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Old 07-06-2018, 12:20 PM
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FYI, a poly - which you said you've taken before - isn't about whether or not every document you've ever filled out is 100% accurate. It's the big pieces. Have you intentionally lied on your application? Were you truthful about your criminal history, drug use, etc? If you're honest during the application process, you should have no issues. The examiner asks about your logbook? "Yes, I gave the best numbers I could, given that I logged tach at first, etc. etc. etc." At the end of the day, the question is: did you say/do something with the intent to deceive? If the answer is no, then you're fine. If you're inflating hours and fabricating stuff, then that's a different answer. You're the only one who will know the truth, and it'll be up to the polygrapher to figure out whether your statements match the facts.

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Old 08-01-2018, 06:51 PM
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For the CBP AIA's out there, how are things going at AMO? Are things getting any better? Previous posts made it sound like things were trending in a rather unhealthy direction.

Does AMO have a large amount of retirements on the horizon, similar to the airlines? With the new UND - AMO Pathway, are open slots getting filled up with UND pathway grads?

Just Checking in and trying to get a feel how things are going.
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Old 08-17-2018, 10:08 AM
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I'd be interested in hearing an update as well ^
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Old 08-17-2018, 02:44 PM
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I'd be interested in hearing an update as well ^
UPDATE UPDATE!!! If you come onboard you are going to fly the MQ9!
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Old 08-20-2018, 03:55 PM
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Originally Posted by RCpilot2018 View Post
UPDATE UPDATE!!! If you come onboard you are going to fly the MQ9!

Is this a new policy or a temporary measure to strengthen the MQ9 ranks?
I wonder How many qualified applicants would actually accept this position with only one option besides Drone pilots leaving active duty...
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Old 08-21-2018, 02:48 PM
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Originally Posted by Tibhar87 View Post
Is this a new policy or a temporary measure to strengthen the MQ9 ranks?
I wonder How many qualified applicants would actually accept this position with only one option besides Drone pilots leaving active duty...
Not so much of a new policy. If you come in today you'll go to either Mcallen, Laredo, PR, Sierra Vista, San Angelo or Grand Forks. The latter 3 are UAS. The first 3 being heavy AS350.
The agency as a whole could absorb another 100 pilots today if they could get them. Best advice is to apply and let it run its course. If you are offered some place that you can't see yourself at for 3-5 years, then don't take the job! I was watching APTAP back in 03' pondering the same issues. Bottom line. If you are heavy fixed wing or just getting out of the Army, don't waste your time go 121!
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Old 08-24-2018, 12:41 PM
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For a 23 year old female commercial pilot with 4500hrs TT (combo of pt 91 & 135 fixed wing) that loves flying fun planes, tailwheel/seaplanes etc. but needs stability now that I have a child and husband (Iíd prefer to be the breadwinner), that doesnít want to do 121 flying if avoidable, and likes the idea of something a little different than the typical Airline Pilot Career these days, would this be a good way to make a living? (Sorry for the run-on sentence). Or should I just bite the bullet and do the airline thing?
My goals with getting a stable job include:
1) Saving for retirement
2) Having enough off time/money for a yearly family trip
3) Maximizing time with my kid and husband (minimal overnights)
4) Buying a family airplane in the next 10 years
5) Ability to transfer to different bases

Is there even such a job as what I seek?
Iíll go where I can retire somewhat early and have enough life left in me to get back to my fun flying
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Old 08-26-2018, 07:23 PM
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Just curious, why the age 40 limitation?
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Old 08-27-2018, 02:04 PM
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Originally Posted by airspeed1974 View Post
Just curious, why the age 40 limitation?
Federal hiring age limits typically have to do with eligibility for the pension... they don't hire people who would hit the max service age before 20 years. That might be waiver-able for mil folks who can buy their years?
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