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Old 01-24-2004, 04:33   #14
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That guy sounded like his squadrons were filled to capacity and he had a waiting line.
In my units we had fighter jocks fresh out of service, B-fiddytwo drivers and other similar types and they all underwent orientation/evaluation to assure they could handle our T-34s and C-172s, C-182s while conducting various types of searches in the Adirondack Mtns. A lot of the flying was close to the ground in marginal wx (we tried to get up as soon as possible and bad weather was almost always a factor), so the insurance, etc required each pilot had a complete check ride demonstrating proficiency.
I think the guy you talked to made a big mistake in not explaining what the unit had to do and wanted to get you to do. They lost a good man, Mike.
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