Nycfuturepilot From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 791 posts, RR: 0 Posted (8 years 10 months 1 week 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 3309 times:
I want to fly the Multi-Mission Maritime Aircraft for which the first squadron is planned for 2013. I plan on graduating from college in 2010 which means i would complete navy flight training in 2013, is this good timing for becoming a pilot for this aircraft or will they take pilots out of other squadrons and make them the pilots of this
Ftrguy From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 358 posts, RR: 0 Reply 1, posted (8 years 10 months 1 week 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 3253 times:
It's all about timing and luck! It shouldn't take you three years to get your wings in the VP community. Next, they will probably be phased in one squadron at a time. There are many P-3 squadrons and to get the one or two that transition first will be pretty darn lucky. You might not get it at first, but your squadron might transition while you are on your first tour or maybe your second. The Navy tends to transition a squadron and not an individual. If you are lucky enough to be in the squadron when it transitions to the new plane, you will go with it. Hope that helps. Its really about luck and timing though.
Items facing the chopping block include up to 175 of USAF's F/A-22s, the Navy's Multi-Mission Maritime Aircraft (MMA) replacement for the P-3 and DD-X (which would have begun introducing directed energy weapons), as well as a cut of as much as $1 billion from the Marine Corps' V-22 program.
Also I understand there is still criticism of the aircraft choice in the VP community.
the truth: first it is ridiculed second it is violently opposed finally it is accepted as self-evident
SuperHornet From United States of America, joined May 2004, 89 posts, RR: 0 Reply 3, posted (8 years 10 months 1 week 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 3146 times:
In theory development and deployment of new aircraft is suppose to allow the air forces to operate with fewer aircraft and therefore fewer pilots? If the F-35 enters the inventory on schedule (which is very doubtful) it would be replacing F/A-18’s, F-16’s, and the AV8 Harrier for the marines the F-15 is being replaced by the F-22 (yeah right). This should create a surplus of pilots vs inventory of aircraft.
Navy takes action to balance pilot population http://www.alert5.com/archive/2005_01_16_alert5_archive.html
Jetjack74 From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 7365 posts, RR: 51 Reply 6, posted (8 years 10 months 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 2607 times:
id love to fly the C9 or the C40 but the C40 is only flown by reservists (i think)
We are a reserve unit, but we do have FTS(full time support) personnel who are active, but not RegNav. I'm a SelRes, and we support the active side of the house. When Officer Candidates graduation from the Academy/ROTC, they choose orders to attend flight schools, then get assigned a platform by what's available at time of graduation.
SWAbubba From United States of America, joined Mar 2002, 154 posts, RR: 1 Reply 7, posted (8 years 10 months 14 hours ago) and read 2597 times:
The Naval reserves generally only take nugget pilots when there is a huge oversupply of pilots. That has only happened twice in the last 20 years, around 91 when they were RIFing the training command and right now (due to the S-3/P-3 drawdown). VR is a great deal, but 99% of the time you have to do your time in the fleet first.