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Old 2nd Feb 2011, 00:11
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I did the exact same thing regarding rejecting a RAAF pilot offer at ADFA for this year. Couldn't sign away 15 years and say goodbye to the girlfriend, I just couldn't.
The decision is made very easy when the girlfriend decides to head to Europe for a year literally a week before officer training commences!
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Old 2nd Feb 2011, 01:27
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The decision is made very easy when the girlfriend decides to head to Europe for a year literally a week before officer training commences!
And hopefully the decision was to kick the b!tch to the kerb!

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Old 2nd Feb 2011, 04:16
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possibly the best reply I have read on this page, ever.
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Old 3rd Feb 2011, 11:31
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If she doesn't run on JP-5 she probably isn't worth it Tony
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Old 3rd Feb 2011, 18:59
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CSD
Still got it I see!

Coffee mug still in service as well???
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Old 3rd Feb 2011, 20:18
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Your either a follower or a leader and that applies to relationships.

Obviously the balls to make the decision didn't match the maturity to do so prior to FSP and therefore take the spot of someone else.

Obviously the balls are being held in some one hands other than the owners.
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Old 4th Feb 2011, 01:02
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So you weren't the bloke that left FSP early then Tony360?
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Old 4th Feb 2011, 10:30
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Septerra - gliding is a good option for a number of reasons with price certainly being up there. However from a selection view-point it's regarded well as it demands quite a bit of time from you. Anyone with cash can throw dollars at a cessna school, turn up, fly and walk away; a few glider flights often require a full day at an airfield assuming you're going to a self help club. A log book with gliding solo and more indicates a real commitment to flying. Quite aside from the fact that you tend to become an empathic pilot in the long run.

The temptation to pass comment on girlfriends and being hard done by with delays is huge - but I'll resist!!
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Old 4th Feb 2011, 11:00
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I did see someone self suspend because her boyfriend wasn't happy

Goes to show defence is an equal opportunities employer!!
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Old 4th Feb 2011, 12:33
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One of the top 5 bits of advice I ever got...
If a woman ever says it me or the job
Take the job, the woman's already gone.
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Old 5th Feb 2011, 12:14
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A teacher at my school was a clearance diver and was originally accepted into the Navy as a pilot. I was chatting to him yesterday and he was saying that there are allowances paid to pilots (and others) such as qualified allowance and flying allowance. They were substantial extra amounts so I assume this is something I would be expected to have researched as a part of the pay for my assessment day, yet I can find no mention of these allowances on defencejobs or the individual service websites. Does anyone have any information about these?

Thanks!
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Old 5th Feb 2011, 12:21
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Hey Shonfield, are you sure about that, mate?

I hopped on the site to check and found this link under pay and allowances for Pilot. Scroll down a little bit and you'll find what you're looking for.
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Old 6th Feb 2011, 05:08
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Guess I didn't look hard enough...

Thank You!

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Old 7th Feb 2011, 21:59
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Hey,

Just got the call for PSA on March 5th! Anyone else on that course???

Cait
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Old 8th Feb 2011, 08:38
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Question

@marguireta,

I lack the experience and the insight to have an idea of the various flying training venues available, but thanks to all the positive endorsements from yourself and others, I have decided that gliding would be a worthwhile activity to express my enthusiasm to the recruiters while conforming to my tight financial elasticity. So, thanks again.



I was researching on glider flying schools as I am looking to start lessons within the next two weekends, and came across a couple of websites, namely the Gliding Club of Victoria which provides lessons at Benalla and the VMFG [Victorian Motor less Flying Group] in Bacchus Marsh. The Gliding Club website mentions that one is able to go solo within five to eight hours of instruction before advanced training, and this basic course can be covered in a five day package or over a few weekends and quotes it at $2100, while the VMFG site mentions that one can go solo within a year of membership and seems a little more expensive.
I have no doubt that I would find it quite a breath-taking experience since it would be my very first time seated in a cockpit, and have loads of fun learning all that is shown. However, since I havenít had the financial freedom to afford this experience prior to now, and my file being resent to the PSA within the next two months, I am left with very little time and am therefore looking to fill out my logbook with at least a few hours of flying, to project my enthusiasm and the commitment I am willing to make, to the PSA. I havenít gotten around to contacting the two above mentioned organisations, but was wondering if anyone with the knowledge or experience can comment on the two extreme time frames quoted here by the two schools. Furthermore, any suggestions on other providers of glider flying lessons around Melbourne would also be appreciated.


Thank you.
Best Regards
Sep

BTW, congratulations Caity, I am envious :P . Good luck mate.
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Old 8th Feb 2011, 14:45
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Septerra,

It will depend on a number of factors but assuming you pick it up at a reasonable pace it will only take you a couple of hours to go solo on gliders. Somewhere in the neighbourhood of 3 up to 10 hours, but obviously it depends more than just how competent you are (weather, instructors, frequency of flights...). If you're using motor gliders then obviously for a given timeframe you'll have more freedom to practice certain aspects of a flight (ie. get more circuits in) if you desire and possibly solo sooner.

Those packages are foreign to me; both places I've glided at over the past few years have been considerably cheaper and don't tend to do large blocks of instruction like that or set timeframes for solo.


Lesnak,

Really hope you get to the bottom of that issue and get your application back on track. I've had some significant hurdles in my application from medical to testing woes but having that thrown at you after surviving FSP would have topped my list! Have you given avmed a bell?
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Old 9th Feb 2011, 06:58
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Quick Q on behalf of my son (I'm 2 decades of ATC and waaaay too old) whose Internet is down in our present locale. I'm using the work box.

On the last day of FSP there are leadership tasks, an essay, a speech and interviews.

Is the speech on a topic of your choice or the assessors?

Is the essay on a topic of your choice?

Any other info on that last day is appreciated. Thanks in advance - I'll make you No1 in the sequence.
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Old 9th Feb 2011, 08:26
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The leadership activities and speeches are on a variety of topics and are impromptu. This all happens on the second last day. The final day(Friday) is the OSB.

Cheers

Chris
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Old 9th Feb 2011, 09:47
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The leadership activities and speeches are on a variety of topics and are impromptu. This all happens on the second last day. The final day(Friday) is the OSB.
Thanks CJ. You are cleared direct to the outer marker, cancel speed below 10,000.

I take it, they give you the topics?

When you say OSB, thats the grilling by the panel (chairman, instructor and psyche etc)?

I went through all this as a military ATC wannabe but it was so long ago, Alan Border was the Test captain and England held the ashes then as well.
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Old 9th Feb 2011, 11:24
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Yo, the topics are put to you and the OSB is the 'grilling' you so accurately described.

p.s. Steve Waugh was the greatest captain ever!! Aspiring ADF leaders could learn a lot from that man. Ponting would be cowering in the trenches!!

Cheers

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