These days, hand selected USAF enlisted people are being trained to fly (using the very same ab initio program commissioned officers go through – even if they’re already pilots) and receiving their wings to fly drones … thereby relieving officers of that mundane duty to fly “real” airplanes again. If it wasn’t so sad … it’d be a rousingly funny tongue in cheek comment. He HAS the bodies within the bounds of USAF authorized end strength yet he’s short of pilots. He entered the USAF Reserves as an enlisted man in 1948 and received his commission and wings two years later via the USAF Aviation Cadet program (which ended in the 60’s) when Korea broke out. They were renamed the Army Air Forces Flight Training Command and Army Air Forces Technical Training Command respectively in March, 1942. We tend to think that there is a magic “silver bullet”, that once used will stabilize the course and make everything better. Expanding pilot’s physical parameters is a good thing. Please clarify whether there there are any International Standard for height of the pilots, either set by the UK CAA, FAA or any other governing bodies. Two more centers were activated on 8 July 1940: the West Coast Army Air Corps Training Center (WCAACTC) in Sunnyvale, California and the Southeast Army Air Corps Training Center (SAACTC) in Montgomery, Alabama. In the Norwegian AF, almost everyone save for a small number of conscripts were officers. It’s just like the above pilot I talked about. What ridiculous poo poo! Money to finance any of these much needed improvements really does not exist. It’s also considering broadening those requirements to capture more of the population beyond the 13-inch range (five-foot-four to six-foot-five) it now lists as its essential height range. We now have a very, very tired military with equally tired aircraft and all related ground support. And, often times, the military nincompoops with lightning on their hats along with their Congressional brethren screw up the procurement / renewal of equipment process despite the best efforts of those working their butts off to make new weapons right. I then watched the tooling being taken outside into a field and destroyed in plain view of satellites. When filing a flight-plan for a long-haul high-altitude IFR flight, how do pilots select a specific cruising altitude? Ok! In WWII, your program would have been called CPTP. They wasted my talents. As a former Army Officer, the recent conversation I had with a former airman made me sick. Chuck Yeager’s Son, Mike, worked for me at Edwards AFB … I wish I could tell some of the stories HE relayed to me about his Father. The Air Force is encouraging prospective pilots who don’t meet its height requirements to apply anyway because they might just qualify. U.S. Air Force Maj. Nick Harris, left, and Capt. People as short as 4 foot 11 and as tall as 6 foot 9 have ended up flying. With just a bit of leeway — the same leeway they’re talking about here — they could find enlisted folks with pilot credentials and more to fill the cockpits. The team is comprised of volunteers who advocate for women’s propensity to serve and work to advance equal opportunity regardless of gender, according to the Air Force. ... from the height of the helicopter to its location. From Wiki: “in September 1942 he entered enlisted pilot training and upon graduation was promoted to the rank of flight officer (the World War II USAAF equivalent to warrant officer) and became a P-51 fighter pilot.” “… his test pilot career followed naturally from his having been a decorated combat pilot, along with having been an aircraft mechanic before attending pilot school.”. Right now, they’re training enlisted pilots to fly drones. The current height requirement to become an Air Force pilot is a standing height of 5 feet, 4 inches to 6 feet, 5 inches and a sitting height of 34-40 inches. The USAF is using the Reserve and National Guard forces as if they’re permanently on active duty. Such a program would serve a secondary benefit. “The message now is, if you want to fly, no matter how tall you are, apply. © 2020 Aviation Publishing Group. (The job rotates between Services). Another problem not mentioned is that the USAF expects their flight officers to do too many administrative duties in addition to flying duties. Plus, my call sign is “T-Pot”, so I am compelled to answer this question based on the way it was phrased . All Rights Reserved. With steady pilot shortages in recent years, the Air Force had encouraged individuals outside that height range to apply for a waiver and routinely granted them, officials said. In aviation, the flight length is defined as the distance of a flight. “If our standard is five-foot-four, we’re excluding almost half of a possible recruiting pool (of female pilots) to come do this thing that we love.” The Air Force is now short about 2,000 pilots and is looking at any and all ways to fill those cockpit seats.Â. Cadets were supposed to be unmarried and pledged not to marry during training. “There’s an expression in the military—there’s a waiver for just about everything,” Wills said. During the period between Viet Nam and the first Gulf war and after that war, for example, pilots were being shown the door in droves. These standard height requirements have been used for years to ensure candidates will safely fit into an operational aircraft and each of … The U.S. Army Air Corps Training Center (USAACTC) was at Duncan Field, San Antonio, Texas from 1926 to 1931 and Randolph Field from 1931 to 1939. During my 21 year USAF career, there wasn’t even a way that my personnel records could be easily flagged to indicate possession of advanced civilian flight certificates or mechanic certificates or other special accomplishments I’d done. Poll: Are Your Aircraft Maintenance Costs Rising? Linkedin. Just recently, I saw where the USAF authorized a SPECIAL uniform for a SIKH member so he could wear his head gear. SOME people are late bloomers yet are no less motivated, sometimes well qualified and capable. And if you complain about all of the military hardware and flight routines, you will be considered unpatriotic. Suddenly, the cold war ended, the Berlin wall fell and the order went down to 100, then 50 then were ordered one at a time. The Navy uses a complicated method of determining height and weight requirements for its pilots called anthropometrics. Service chiefs look at the “man, train and equip” aspects of the military.”. For example, the Air Force requires a standing height of 64 to 77 inches and a sitting height of 34 to 40 inches, according to the U.S. Air Force ROTC website. He flew 100 missions there in the F-84 then six years later became a U-2 pilot amassing 1,600 hours in that airplane. Candidates originally had to be between the ages of 19 and 25, athletic, and honest. Two problems solved with one stone. © 2020 Stars and Stripes. Sumpting wong here … I’ll be glad to help him solve it. If they ain’t talking about software, and there is no hint of a sneer, derision, or disgust, then transfer them to Education or Energy. Correction: “Him in the second to last paragraph is the USAF Chief of Staff. . As a rule, I would suggest that 5'6" is about as short as pilots get, but again, some people have long legs and short bodies or vice versa. Jessica Wallander, instructor pilots with the 71st Flying Training Wing at Vance Air Force Base, Okla., stand side-by-side to illustrate the varying standing heights of Air Force pilots. WORLD'S PREMIER INDEPENDENT AVIATION NEWS RESOURCE. Top Air Force officials have said they need about 21,000 pilots in the service at all times, and they have remained about 2,000 short of that goal for several years. It’s all a sure sign that we’re hurting so we’re now bending over backwards to make everyone happy and stick around. Also, in the Norwegian AF at Bodo AS, Norway, I saw 19 year old pilots landing F-104’s in weather I had a hard time driving a car in. WHAT !! We simply did not have one. Finally, the methodology in managing the pilot cadre is all wrong, too. I've been looking into hang-gliding for a long time now, have been amazed by this sport since I was a kid. At any rate, 5′3″ doesn’t cut it. Twitter: @CDicksteinDC, Coronavirus restrictions have strengthened Air Force survival training, group commander says, Pandemic could deepen Air Force’s pilot shortage, general says. Nor do we have unified leadership, politically or militarily. So why not make two paths for officers … one for pilots and the other for those with aspirations of high rank. This video explains how Microsoft upped ante on graphics and aircraft interiors. Many states, should they have a local threat develop, would not have any reserves units available or within rapid recall since they are being used in lieu of the regular military. Then, eliminate those departments form the government. The USAF is right proud of saying that people are their most important resource yet don’t thereafter often follow through. I worked IN the production facility when the Company later offered the airplanes to the USAF AT COST … and it was rejected. There are in fact no specific limits for what is considered to be too tall or short to be a commercial pilot. He opted out after 12 years and became an airline pilot. If using the latter, it is recommended that pilots apply the appropriate surface correction factors from Advisory Circular 91-3 Aeroplane performance under Part 91. Bottom line … there’s your answer … right under the nose of the Chief of Staff and already wearing the uniform. The SAACTC was later renamed the Gulf Coast Army Air Corps Center (GCAACTC). For years, there has been grumblings that SOME pilots don’t want to make senior rank … they just want to fly. There’s another problem that the USAF has that could be fixed almost overnight. On Dec. 3 in a story reprinted from Defense.gov, he made the following comment: “The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff is in a unique position to view the whole world. Tyler Joseph is still the lead vocalist of the group while the other two members have left it. Beyond that, there’s no reason that the USAF can’t reinstitute the Warrant Officer ranks in small numbers for pilot candidates … just like the Army. Swell. Two years of college or three years of a scientific or technical education were required. Sometimes … I wonder just who the heck is running MY Air Force. He was an enlisted private / mechanic serving at George AFB in Victorville, CA when an officer recognized his skills and put him in enlisted pilot training. WASHINGTON — The Air Force has ditched its height requirements for officers who desire to fly its aircraft, an effort aimed in part at encouraging more women to attempt pilot training, the service announced Friday. I’m afraid a serious house cleaning is necessary, and I am going to simply blame every President and Congressman and Flag Officer since 1991. When finished, I was too old yet no less qualified to fly their airplanes. When pilots notice something unusual with their aircraft that stops short of an immediate emergency, they use “pan-pan,” a signal of urgency and attention, Baker says. If you haven't seen Flight Simulator 2020, make a point of it. The military does in fact have height (and weight) requirements, but flight schools and more importantly the airlines, do not. Pilots have to meet the Air Force’s height, weight and physical conditioning requirements. but as above, it would prove an advantage on a tight flight deck. It was heartbreaking! Without any sassy remarks, how about the pool of us retired folks already wearing wings? He succeeded USMC Gen. Joe Dunford. Originally created in 1907 by the U.S. Army Signal Corps, it expanded as the Army’s air assets increased. We flew off the same runway in two different ways. Our enemies are in similar circumstances. Two instructor pilots from the 14th Flying Training Wing at Columbus Air Force Base, Miss., stand side-by-side to illustrate the varying standing heights of Air Force pilots to dispel the myth that there is one height standard for all Air Force pilots. I think we now have two military Officer types. By fiscal 2017, the active duty Air Force was short 1,005 fighter pilots, or 27 percent of the roughly 3,750 fighter pilots it was authorized to have. Today, we don’t have the reserve, unused capability of resources including design and manufacturing that we did at the outbreak of WWII. Prior to WWII, we had a lethargic economy, with the average citizen wanting to stay out of any world war. Nope, never flew and would be useless in the fighter community and have no interest in drones but would leap at the chance to fly again. Let's turn back time and get a short look into the lives of the now insanely popular group, Twenty One Pilots. You may have heard of them or you may have turned on your radio and heard their hit single "Stressed Out" a million different times. A while back, the USAF was offering retired USAF pilots a path to return to duty and flight … obviously that idea didn’t work for them. By COREY DICKSTEIN | STARS AND STRIPES Published: May 22, 2020. Drone Pilot Protests Fine After Landing At McCarran, Top Letters And Comments, November 29, 2019. AirVenture is now the prime aviation recruitment center for our youth. However, in recent years, individuals well below and above the former standard heights have proven capable of flying, according to the Air Force. The people who manage this subset of forces needs to get their act together, as well. After 1920, they were considered part of their own separate organization, the U.S. Army Air Service (1918–1926). U.S. Air Force Maj. Nick Harris and Capt. You may or may not fit, but let us make that decision. His job is to look forward and anticipate needs and train for them. Instead of letting junior officers wag their bobble heads at him, he needs to hear the REAL story. The problems spelled out in Gabriel’s book “Military Incompetence“ have mostly gotten worse since the eighties. As a USAF retiree intimately plugged into USAF flight R&D at Edwards AFB for most of my career, I can tell you that it takes years and years to bring a new weapon system online fully functional and ready to fight. At that time, the military was flush with Viet Nam pilots so I was just another number. In reality/functionality, there is no distinction between the reserves, active reserves, and regular duty military. Joining the reserves wouldn’t work because he’d likely be activated and sent back anyhow. I am 162 cm tall. It’s also considering broadening those requirements to capture more of the population beyond the 13-inch range (five-foot-four to six-foot-five) it now lists as its essential height range. At Airventure 2019, Gen Goldfein trotted out the female Commander of Air Mobility Command who was a Reservist on active duty, as an example. They just react. Any former active duty vets that decides to re-up as a reservist ends up virtually active duty almost overnight. The idea we have any “reserve” units is laughable. But when attacked, we did not have a worn out war machine staffed with equally worn out personnel. Our paths crossed at Beale AFB when he was flying SR-71’s and I was earning all of my certificates at the base aero club on the VA’s nickel and of my own volition. Therefore, as Yamamoto noted, Japan has woken a sleeping giant. They must be 64 to 77 inches tall when standing, and 34 to 40 inches tall when sitting. I’d bet you have some “hot shots” in your midst that’d be excellent candidates save for that ridiculous ‘early’ requirement. But now, Tyler has finally decided to set the record straight, tweeting this morning the official, not-up-for-debate, totally real height of Mr Josh Dun. Unfortunately, they don’t have degrees in basket weaving, gender studies, home economics or political science so … sorry … they’re not “qualified” and there’s no path for them to become commissioned and USAF pilots until they do. One would think that my 20K hours of wide-body heavy jet overwater time (C-141 / B-747F) might possibly be useful in something like the C-5, KC-135, KC-10 or the upcoming KC-46. Short pilots: small glider & weight concerns #409034. Fighter pilots must be in optimal health to handle the physical demands of modern aerial warfare.Excellent heart condition is required, as the increased "G's" a pilot experiences in a turn can cause stress on the cardiovascular system.One "G" is equal to the force of gravity experienced under normal conditions, two "G"s would be twice the force of normal gravity. Another pool of potential stick actuators passed by because of age … if they’re wavering … how’s about that? Get them to say the word “program”. Aside from the possession of a sheepskin, there’s no difference. — tyler jøseph (@tylerrjoseph) February 1, 2017. Did no one figure out they use the word uniform for a reason? The initial waiver process was an attempt aimed at increasing diversity within pilot ranks. Today, they tout the massive cost of the program yet no one takes into account that it would have been amortized over many more airplanes bringing unit costs down substantially. Gwendolyn DeFilippi, the Air Force’s assistant deputy chief of staff for manpower, personnel and services, said the service is looking at various ways to eliminate barriers women and other minorities face in the Air Force. The only requirement (obviously) … In 1942, the Army moved the WCAACTC from Moffett Field to Santa Ana Army Air Base (SAAAB),[1]:466 located on West 8th Street in Santa Ana, California. He came to the show and brought F-22 and F-35 and A-10 airplanes flying numerous sensationalism sorties daily on a recruiting mission. Hello everyone! That, too, David. Fly a continuous, after burner glowing, low level routine to complete the recruitment process before the airshow, during the airshow, and the grand finale of the airshow. The USAF, Army, Marines, Coast Guard, and Navy are simply wearing themselves out. A pilot might need to fly a plane of any size during her service. They were later unified as the Army Air Forces Training Command (July, 1943 – June, 1946).” Wiki. So are all the AOPA regional fly-ins as well. The above example proves that it’s possible. From 1907 to 1920, pilot officers were considered part of the Signal Corps or the Signal Officer Reserve Corps. Twenty-One Pilots were formed in the year 2009 by its lead vocalist Tyler Joseph and other two members, Chris Salih and Nick Thomas. As explained by Airman 1st Class Nathan Byrnes, 99th Air Base Wing in his article Air Force faces fighter pilot shortage, at the end of fiscal year 2015, the U.S. Air Force (USAF) was short 511 fighter pilots and the deficit increased to nearly 750 fighter pilots at the end of FY16. All rights reserved. It was formed in Columbus, Ohio when three college friends thought of forming a band. I would love to sit down mano i mano and tell him what I think. Not sure about being too short though? His job IS to “man, train and equip” and it appears he ain’t doing it without bending over backwards yet it STILL isn’t working or this blog wouldn’t exist. Good example, after retirement, I worked on a BIG black airplane program which was supposed to be 132 airplanes. There’s an even better example that EVERYONE here knows about, Raf … Brig Gen Chuck Yeager. “Military Incometance.” You bet. And, Eric W … you are right on point. They’re part of the problem. So those pilots who might stay are being worn out, as well. I’d bet big $$ that enlistment rates and reenlistment rates would climb if those so motivated thought they could potentially be later chosen to become “line” pilots AFTER they join up. In addition to rapidly filling the seat gap we also add a lot of experience to mix that can be passed along to the younger crowd. “Nobody is turned away because they’re below five-foot-four,” Maj. Gen Craig Wills, commander of the 19th Air Force, told the Air Force Times. Officials said Friday that it would be impossible to determine precisely how many women were discouraged from flight training because of the waiver requirement. That’s why I made my first comment above. Nonetheless, the height waiver process itself likely stopped many people from even considering pilot training, said Lt. Col. Jessica Ruttenber, an Air Force mobility planner who led the effort to change height standards. 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