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  1. Melbatoast

    Aircrew Blood Pressure

    I'm A1 with high blood pressure, for several years starting in my 30s. I am on medication as well, the only difference is my geo dropped a level and requires a closer look on deploying. I was MELed for something like a month to see if the meds were effective/caused side effects, and I'm...
  2. Melbatoast

    "So You Want To Be A Pilot" Merged Thread 2002 - 2018

    As an older guy who has successfully done it (older than 31), I would say that's a good age. Not detrimental, anyhow. Age isn't much of a determiner, it's more life situation: bringing a spouse and two kids to Moose Jaw has much more of an impact on how you cope with training than your...
  3. Melbatoast

    "So You Want To Be A Pilot" Merged Thread 2002 - 2018

    There is a lot wrong here. Advanced flying experience (i.e. commercial or better) is of a lot of help, in fact. Otherwise less so. I had zero hours and did fine in Phase II though the learning curve was steeeeeeeeep. Jet selection has a certain GPA cutoff requirement over the course of Phase...
  4. Melbatoast

    Can partners come with you to phases1-3?

    If you are talking the Seneca CEOTP program, then no. You're posted to Toronto until you finish Seneca, which is post-phase III. You can't drag a spouse around on temporary duty/attached/prohibited postings. I know a lot of Senecas and very few (if any) are married - it skews to the just out of...
  5. Melbatoast

    University Training Plan NCM (UTPNCM) 2005 - 2018 [Merged]

    Not to sound like a crusty fool, but that's your problem. And it's a teeny, tiny one compared to the deal you get via UTP. The year I got selected, I didn't get my offer until end Apr, was in Halifax on a 6 month career course, and hadn't even applied to a university yet (long story). It all...
  6. Melbatoast

    DEO Timeline and Salary

    To avoid 44 pages of the 13 year old pilot thread, for 5), what follows is typical now. You are posted to an OJT unit after basic to wait for a Phase 1 date. Usually not too long depending what time of year you do basic. Ph 1 is a temporary duty course in Portage la Prairie, MB, somewhat close...
  7. Melbatoast

    "So You Want To Be A Pilot" Merged Thread 2002 - 2018

    You won't be a revervist pilot without first having been a regular force pilot, so you'll need to meet those requirements. In other words, you can't come in off the street to be a pilot in the reserves.
  8. Melbatoast

    My Story (Unique CAF case). Help needed for this messed up situation.

    Yeah I think you're in a pretty good position for UTP. Just bear in mind it is an officer production program, so demonstrated leadership ability is the phrase you want to remember, academic marks are less important (ask me how I know...OK, long story short, on application mine were a disaster...
  9. Melbatoast

    "So You Want To Be A Pilot" Merged Thread 2002 - 2018

    Yes you can do eye surgery, or be a V2. If the correction you need is very small, you may not be eligible for surgery anyhow depending on the clinic or procedure. Waiting period post-surgery is 6 months. Lots of guys I've done courses with wear glasses, or have been zapped (like me).
  10. Melbatoast

    University Training Plan NCM (UTPNCM) 2005 - 2018 [Merged]

    Yes. "Pay level and trade group" or words to that effect, are retained through school (plus IPC bumps). Trade group is basic, spec 1 or 2. You then get a raise upon commissioning, the mechanics of which are a little weird, until you eventually hit the IPC of your officer occupation that...
  11. Melbatoast

    "So You Want To Be A Pilot" Merged Thread 2002 - 2018

    The 20/20 requirement was removed nearly 10 years ago, and laser surgery was allowed in 2008. The RCAF has been chronically short of pilots for even longer, for any number of reasons. It is still extremely challenging and while I don't have the data I would suspect the applicant-to-wings grad...
  12. Melbatoast

    Mess Kits

    This is more or less the line of thought at at least 3 CFFTS, for the same reasons (1500 or so of them).
  13. Melbatoast

    Aircrew Selection Jan 17th-21st

    If you don't meet the established standard you pick another occupation - you don't proceed any further as a pilot candidate.
  14. Melbatoast

    "So You Want To Be A Pilot" Merged Thread 2002 - 2018

    16-18 months observationally. But yes, it's happening just to some DEOs who happened to fall in a bad spot in the cycle. Summers are full up with ROTP and Seneca candidates, while late summer gets RMC and other university grads who didn't do it earlier. That seems like it leaves a lot of course...
  15. Melbatoast

    "So You Want To Be A Pilot" Merged Thread 2002 - 2018

    Or sooner. Typically enough time to do AMT and land & sea survival between Portage and MJ and to sort out any posting issues you may have. There are backlogs for Ph1 currently, though, some quite lengthy.
  16. Melbatoast

    ROTP at Civilian University 2004 - 2018 [Merged]

    I'm fairly certain no one from Seneca has hit Phase 3 yet so no one has been assigned to helicopters. Not even certain any have hit Phase 2? But it just so happens that the majority of cockpits in the RCAF are helicopter ones, so... The fighter stream is unique and perhaps incompatible with...
  17. Melbatoast

    Current backlog for flight training?

    If that was recently it probably has to do with budgets being cut, instead ending up attached to whatever was closest. I dunno. I know my unit would and probably still will (I've only been back a short time) take on any wayward OJTs who ended up in non-flying spots at other local units.
  18. Melbatoast

    Current backlog for flight training?

    Pilot OJTs (maybe all aircrew) are supposed to be sent to flying units and have as much exposure to flying as practical. It's in 1 CAD orders or a CANAIRGEN or something. On a home computer so I can't find the ref. Some are unlucky and get posted or otherwise attached to a recruiting center or...
  19. Melbatoast

    Pretty nice digs - 443 Squadron (RCN Fleet Air Arm)

    I've been in it and there are no words to describe the jump from the current facilities.
  20. Melbatoast

    University Training Plan NCM (UTPNCM) 2005 - 2018 [Merged]

    Excellent news. It makes sense that those enrolled under the CFAO would be grandfathered, though I suppose it remains to be seen how far back. Thanks for clearing it up.