Sunday, October 02, 2005

Welcome to the Flight School Blog


The Aviation Trainer web site averages 15,000 hits per month with around 1200 unique visits. Upon reviewing the site visitors, I discovered that users are accessing the web site from all over the world. In addition, I receive many e-mails with questions from those who are hoping to get accepted or have already been accepted to flight school. Although there is a discussion board available on the web site, it occurred to me that many may be more comfortable accessing and reading a blog. Thus an Aviation Trainer Blog was born.

Anyone is welcome to post and reply on this blog. However, I reserve the right to delete flaming and other unnecessary behavior. I do not in any way support or endorse the views of others posted on this blog. This is simply an open forum for those interested in, participating in, or hoping to attend IERW.

28 Comments:

At 10:29 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

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At 12:49 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anyone going to WOCS or IERW soon?

 
At 5:59 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am trying to get to the IERW course but the waiting list for newly commisioned officers is a mile long. I hope to hear from the Army later this year. I am trying to find the dash ten manual for the th67. I heard chapter 5 and 9 are good to know.

 
At 7:22 PM, Blogger Piezon said...

I can't tell you much about WOCS these days but what would you like to know about IERW?

 
At 7:24 PM, Blogger Piezon said...

There isn't a -10 for the TH-67 since it is a civilian model adapted for IERW. It has an Operator's Supplement. They can be purchased through Wings or the other two pilot shops in Daleville and Enterprise. You can find Wings online. Not sure if the other shops have a web site or not.

 
At 7:58 PM, Anonymous Jason said...

I need some help with instruments. I was looking for a website or some other info. I really don't understand my instructor very well so I need some help any suggestions. Your IERW web site really helped me so I hope you have some info for me. Thanks

 
At 8:53 PM, Blogger Tyfighter151 said...

you still there??

 
At 9:11 PM, Blogger Piezon said...

Jason,
I don't know of any instrument specific web sites. But, I do know that several of the instrument IPs have quick reference checklists that they have developed for their students. These checklists and study guides should be very useful since they are developed by instructors who are currently teaching the class. Try asking your instructor or other students if there are study guides and quick ref checklists floating around.

 
At 2:40 PM, Blogger relbo2000 said...

jason, there is a instruments class given every other sunday by one of the guys in the tech library. It is a one day instrument refresher. Try it out an let me know how good it is.

 
At 10:37 AM, Anonymous Aaron said...

Ms. Piezon
I just wanted to let you know that I graduated from Flight School on June 1st, 2006. Everything went really well....sometimes not so smoothly, but overall very well and I made it through. I also wanted to say thank you for everything!! You set me up for success and I will forever be grateful to you for it all. Oh yeah and I'm flying the chinook with my guard unit out of Illinois and loving it. I guess I just heard too many stories from you about Mt. McKinley and the CH-47 to just end up flying the lawn dart...oops...I mean blackhawk instead :)

But anyway I was hoping to get your snail mail address so I could send you something. You can send it to my email it is aaron.derubeis@us.army.mil

Thanks again and I hope all is well down in Fort Rucker.

Sincerely,
1LT Aaron DeRubeis

 
At 11:56 AM, Blogger Piezon said...

Aaron,

The Chinook...outstanding! I hope it proves to be everything I said it was. It is an awesome machine. There is absolutely nothing quite like the feeling of picking up a 50,000 pound aircraft with a full internal load and all hooks hooked. The e-mail on my web site is no longer valid since I just moved. I will update it as soon as I have my new service installed. For now, I'm using my FSU account at slp03m@fsu.edu. Congratulations on your graduation from flight school and most of all congratulations on getting the Chinook!

 
At 11:30 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have been a rated aviator for about 5 years now... I am looking to further my career in the civilian aviation community. I was just wondering if the civilian instructor still offered the commercial instrument ticket class and test... if so, how can I contact him?
Thank you

 
At 7:56 PM, Blogger Piezon said...

I'm not sure who the civilian you are referring to is. There are a couple of local places here that offer the class and exam. I don't have the contact info here at home but if you send me an e-mail at slp03m@fsu.edu, I'll get the info for you.

Sherry

 
At 4:04 AM, Blogger Copie said...

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If people could please send me email addresses for their loved ones who are serving in the Armed Forces, I will send them Gods Blessing.
Or you may wish to send them a personal blessing yourself.

Reverend Thomas

 
At 12:30 PM, Anonymous FDNY TRUCKIE said...

I am starting WOCs school December 5th...I am also in an aviation unit currently with pilots that have gone through in the last year. Flight school XXI as it's called ranges from about 12-18 months (depending on how many training "bubbles" you hit). They now front load your training. If you're not allready commisioned, you'll start with WOCS Phase I if you have not attended WLC (PLDC) and Phase II if you have. Phase I is 2 weeks, Phase II is 4 weeks. Next you will attend Dunker (1wk), Sere-C (3wks), BOLC II(6wks), and BOLC IIIA(3wks). You will then transition into IERW CORE training (18wks), Basic Warfighter Skills (4wks)followed by instruments, then you will go directly into the aircraft that you will fly once you graduate- this ranges from 14 to 25 weeks depending on your aircraft. In my case it is the UH-60 Blackhawk. After that you'll attend BOLC IIIB and your done! Sound like a lot? IT IS!

I have posted this information as I understand it. I cannot guarantee the accuracy of it. Semper Gumby, and good luck!

 
At 6:26 PM, Anonymous LVID said...

I would like to know if anyone has had success in obtaining employment in the civilian world as a pilot (within a short time after flight school)? I'm going to hit Rucker around March/April for flight school.

 
At 8:07 AM, Anonymous dmwehlmann said...

as far as civilian flying after flight school is concerned you need to build your flight time up as much as possible. Many employers are looking for 1000 hours. Look at pilotpointer.com Good luck

 
At 10:19 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I got accepted into WOFT a few months back and leave basic next week and then WOCS on november 10. I'm not too worried about WOCS but I don't really know much about how IERW works. Do you get books and study materials issued to you once you start or is there a place where you can get those materials early?

 
At 11:52 AM, Blogger Piezon said...

You will get a full issue of publications at Fort Rucker once you are scheduled for your IERW class. If you want to get a jump ahead, you can order the TH-67 Operator's Supplement from Wings or The Hangar in Daleville, AL. I believe they both have online web sites. The first thing you will need to know - without error - is all of Chapter 9 and Chapter 5 limitations/gauges.

 
At 1:07 PM, Blogger Robby said...

I've just been selected to WOFT, how are the aircrafts that you will fly assigned after primary training? Do you have a say in what a/c you get? uh-60, oh-58, ch-47, ah-64 ect.

 
At 7:35 PM, Blogger Piezon said...

Robby,

The aircraft are selected for you based on your grades (classroom and flightline) combined with availability. The better your class standing, the better chance you stand in getting the aircraft of your choice. However, aircraft availability are based on strength of MOS. For instance, I believe CH-47s are somewhere around 200-300% overstrength. In other words, already too many pilots for too few aircraft. This makes it highly difficult to get a chinook until the percentage drops. So, if the aircraft you desire is understrength and your grades are high, you stand a good chance of getting that aircraft.

 
At 10:42 AM, Blogger Lindsey said...

Robby,

I selected last week and everybody but the last guy in the OML got what they wanted. They ask you 2 weeks before you select and do their best to get you in that aircraft. However, I have been told that closer to the end of the fiscal year the army is less helpful and it is mostly just the needs of the army. Hope this helps.

 
At 11:41 PM, Anonymous J.H. Bartlett said...

I am applying for WOCS and IERW. I have studied many a material and books. I have printed off the TH-67 study guide on aviationtrainer.com (so I could take it with me and read it at work. Lol). I have mostly everything done in the application process. Does anyone have anymore advise on the application process ie. The interview, chioce of aircraft, or other things to study up on? Any help would be very grateful. rockstarav8_43@yahoo.com is my email.

 
At 9:30 PM, Anonymous Jeff Bartlett said...

I just passed the flight physical last week and go for the interview may 4th. I am pretty confindent about it and was wondering if anyone has some info about rental houses and/or apartments off-post in the Ft. Rucker area? And info please e-mail me at . Jeff Bartlett.

 
At 9:38 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm currently a Captain in the Marine Corps and interested in flying in the Army. I've noticed that warrant's do most of the flying and am curious how common service transfers were IOT become Army aviators and who would I need to contact to get this ball rolling.

 
At 5:08 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

There is a really good IPAD App coming out soon for IERW students that has Chapter 5 and 9 flashcards, over 150 multiple choice test questions, the operators supplement, the Flight training guide, flight training guide supplement, and AR 95-1. Ill keep you posted but should be available thru iTunes in 10-14 days.

 
At 8:14 PM, Blogger AviationJunky said...

I report to WOCS March 3 and start Aviation WOBC on April 28. What should I prepare for first? Is a lot to handle and I should just study that for the time being or should I jump in to the TH-67 Supplement as well and start memorizing CHPT 5 and 9? Any feedback s greatly appreciated. Please do not respond with uneducated opinions. If you haven't been through, you probably know as much as me and are still lost. Thanks

 

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