Posted on Sep 8, 2018
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When it came to decided which route you wanted to take: (IE fixed wing or rotor wing aircraft). What went into this decision beside the obvious “You were deadest from the beginning”
A little background, I was talking to my MTP and we went into a long talk about from his first time as a W01 till now and that if I wanted to be a pilot that I could also be a fixed wing pilot. So with that being said lay you wisdom on me?
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CPT Nicholas D.
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Army Fixed Wing is an option that you may be selected for when you do your Aircraft Selection at Rucker (assuming you're RA, it’s a different process in the USAR & ARNG). 2LT Isley is correct that it is challenging to get. Usually the first few folks on the OML will be given the chance to select FW.

I recommend doing the one that you will enjoy the most and will take you where you want to be in the future. I’ve done both RW and FW, and I will confess I am preferential to the FW side. A Headset and a coffee cup beat hauling around helmets, vests, and body armor. The VIP mission is much more interesting than the MI/ISR (flying in circles thing). At least the VIP mission gets you out in the airspace, flying international, seeing different places, collecting hotel points, and building a pretty exciting coffee table picture book. Most Helicopter Pilots will fly 100 (96 min) to around 200 hours a year. Some of your IPs and deployed folks will do more. FW Pilots can get much more. 300-500 is not out of the realm of possibility. It’s a lot of time in a tube, but your best flights are when everything goes smoothly and you have a sizable entry into the old logbook.

Lastly, what do want to do with all this Aviation expertise? If you want to fly Helo’s for a living in the civilian world, try to get out of the Army with 2000 hours. That could take you a decade if you are mashing the pedal. If you see yourself as an airline pilot, you could do an RTP (Rotary-Wing Transition Program), spend a few years making peanuts at a regional and pray for a flow through to a major someday. As an Army FW Pilot, you are flying a turbine ME, so you are getting the time you need to take to a major. You might need a “touch and go” at a regional to sure up your ATP, Jet Type, and some 121 time... but you’ll be getting sized for your new uniform at a major in less than a year. Several colleagues of mine went straight to American, United, Southwest, and FedEx with no Regional time required.

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If you could care less if you ever fly in chapter next (post Army), then just enjoy the ride. Any and every Army Aircraft Platform has a unique niche and most Pilots love what they fly.

Simply: It’s a great career either way.
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SSG Platoon Sergeant
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Also it depends on if your course instructor allows you to pick you might just get assigned an airframe without choice
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SSG Platoon Sergeant
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Fixed wing positions are far and few between.
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What fixed wing does the Army have? Just curious.
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2LT Student Pilot
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C-12. That's it. Once you get in the C-12, you can possibly get follow on courses to the MC-12, RC-12, or -10.
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CPT Nicholas D.
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The Army also has the UC-35 Citation V, the Dash 7, a few Dash 8's, the C-26E Metroliner, and the C-37 Gulfstream. Everyone starts with the C-12 course, and then it can get interesting.
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