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 on: Today at 04:28:51 AM 
Started by xray328 - Last post by PHall
Iím not even sure heíll be doing actual engineering, Iím hearing most AF engineers end up as supervisor.


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Yeah, they end up as a supervisor, after about 6 to 8 years. Just like they would at any aerospace company.

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 on: Today at 04:14:43 AM 
Started by xray328 - Last post by sardak
So as some of you know my sonís a rising Sophmore at MIT majoring Aero/Astro.  Heís also in AFROTC (theyíre paying the bill).  The strange thing though is he has zero interest in flying, he just wants to work on the design side.  Is that odd?  We were discussing/debating/arguing that him getting his PPL might be something to consider. He says he has no interest though and doesnít see any advantage. 

For those of you in the field, any thoughts?

Thanks.
Why do YOU think itís strange that he has zero interest in flying?  Why are YOU asking if itís odd?  Combine those with ďdiscussing/debating/arguing that him getting his PPL,Ē it sounds like Dad wants him to be a pilot but he doesnít, and the issue has nothing to do with aerospace engineering.  There is far more to aerospace engineering that doesnít involve pilot knowledge than does.  I know far more engineers with boats and fast cars than I know ones who have pilot licenses.

I started my aerospace engineering career at the Douglas Aircraft Division of McDonnell-Douglas.  Before I got there it never crossed my mind that a pilot license would be helpful, because it wouldnít have been.  I wasnít there to fly airplanes, I wanted to work on primary structure.  Even when I watched the first takeoff of the first KC-10, nothing inside me said, ďMan, I wish I was sitting in seat 0A.Ē

Unlike most ďaerospaceĒ engineers, I have both aero and space experience.  From big airplanes I moved to little airplanes to little missiles to big missiles, to really big rockets.  I applied to NASA to be an astronaut, twice.  I met the requirements so they told me I didnít have enough experience.  What? How does one get experience as an astronaut?  Of course, what they really meant was I didnít have the advanced degrees and all the science stuff that the competition did.  Here again I wasnít applying for a pilot slot, which required a lot more than just a PPL.

As for  your statement ĒIím hearing most AF engineers end up as supervisor,Ē I question most, but the idea is true outside the AF, too.  The supervisors of engineers need to be engineers themselves.

Please let your son pursue his engineering degree without trying to force the pilot stuff.  Let him make his own decisions about what is needed and what isnít, and what he wants to do.

Mike

 23 
 on: Today at 01:48:29 AM 
Started by xray328 - Last post by xray328
Iím not even sure heíll be doing actual engineering, Iím hearing most AF engineers end up as supervisor.


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 24 
 on: Today at 01:43:44 AM 
Started by OldGuy - Last post by OldGuy
Exciting short term gains do not equate to success.
I am not in WAWG for what it is worth. And real gains sustained over multiple reporting quarters and with accelerating growth actually do equate to success.

 25 
 on: Today at 01:43:17 AM 
Started by OldGuy - Last post by Holding Pattern
There's only squadron one that fits the claims made in the whole of WAWG. Those numbers don't support the notion that what's being done on Facebook is improving membership beyond the mean average for the rest of WAWG. Guessing from the data therein, the squadron in question has implemented the cohort method and those numbers show improvement, but the senior membership is well within the average CAP as a whole.

Exciting short term gains do not equate to success.

Not even close.

 26 
 on: Today at 01:42:35 AM 
Started by xray328 - Last post by PHall
It's not unusual for an aerospace design engineer to not have a pilot's licence. In fact I'd say the majority of them don't have one.
Having a pilot's licence has nothing to do with how good of an engineer they are. Their engineering skills is what gets them and enables them to keep an engineering job.

 27 
 on: Today at 01:06:41 AM 
Started by OldGuy - Last post by Gunsotsu
There's only squadron one that fits the claims made in the whole of WAWG. Those numbers don't support the notion that what's being done on Facebook is improving membership beyond the mean average for the rest of WAWG. Guessing from the data therein, the squadron in question has implemented the cohort method and those numbers show improvement, but the senior membership is well within the average CAP as a whole.

Exciting short term gains do not equate to success.

 28 
 on: Today at 01:00:59 AM 
Started by xray328 - Last post by xray328
I guess I was thinking there would be more earning potential as an AE with a PPL than without.  Just something to add to his resume. 


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 29 
 on: Today at 12:58:43 AM 
Started by xray328 - Last post by Gunsotsu
There's zero benefit to being forced into flying. If there isn't any interest, there isn't any interest. Besides, the earning potential for an aerospace engineer is much higher than a stick jockey.

 30 
 on: Today at 12:50:43 AM 
Started by xray328 - Last post by xray328
So as some of you know my sonís a rising Sophmore at MIT majoring Aero/Astro.  Heís also in AFROTC (theyíre paying the bill).  The strange thing though is he has zero interest in flying, he just wants to work on the design side.  Is that odd?  We were discussing/debating/arguing that him getting his PPL might be something to consider. He says he has no interest though and doesnít see any advantage. 

For those of you in the field, any thoughts?

Thanks.


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