Comments: 387 • Responses: 63 • Date: 2017-04-15 18:32:53 UTCsource
Cuddlehead162 karma2017-04-15 18:36:34 UTC
1) Do you have a motorcycle?
2) Why not?
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rcaffighter120 karma2017-04-15 19:01:48 UTC
Used to. Going to buy an enduro
yes_its_him93 karma2017-04-15 19:02:58 UTC
How do you guys decide who gets to fly the fighter plane this week?
rcaffighter44 karma2017-04-15 19:05:26 UTC
The scheduler makes a daily schedule and we fly in formation generally so more than one plane up at a time.
rcaffighter73 karma2017-04-15 19:19:31 UTC
I got a glider pilot license and a private pilot license through air cadets.
Most generic ground school training is done on phase 1 and 2 training which in total is a few months. That is training on basic navigation, Westjet systems, theory of flight etc... Afterwards the ground school training is mostly on tactics and aircraft specifics for whichever aircraft you end up flying
U18yet60 karma2017-04-15 21:04:18 UTC
What's the difference between a fighter pilot and God?
God doesn't think He's a fighter pilot.
rcaffighter28 karma2017-04-15 21:06:08 UTC
rcaffighter57 karma2017-04-15 19:21:07 UTC
That's beyond my pay grade but I haven't seen non military personnel in the aircraft with the exception of some people involved in media like Rick Mercer or Bubbles from Trailer Park Boys
iprefertau51 karma2017-04-15 19:28:01 UTC
how many g's can you pull?
rcaffighter100 karma2017-04-15 19:32:17 UTC
7g for 15s in the centrifuge
Yourponydied49 karma2017-04-15 20:17:10 UTC
Have you met the Princess yet?
Also, is Scott really a dick?
rcaffighter26 karma2017-04-15 20:37:07 UTC
Haven't met either
AliTheAce27 karma2017-04-15 20:40:45 UTC
Hey there! I'm currently 16, in Air cadets, and applied for glider this year. I didn't get in (was VERY close) but I'll be staffing this year. Going for power next year hopefully :)
I joined cadets for one sole purpose: To help me join RMC, and become a fighter pilot in the RCAF one day.
Any tips on what to do? Things you would have done differently/ done/ not done at all? Things to study before the CFASC and Aptitude test? How to improve the chances of getting into RMC and also getting selected for pilot? (I have perfect eyesight and am physically fit)
It's been my life goal since I was 6 to become a fighter pilot, and I'm willing to do anything for it. Any tips will be appreciated. I wish you best of luck with your training!
rcaffighter30 karma2017-04-15 20:56:30 UTC
Good stuff on the cadets. I did that too. Squadron?
I went to RMC as well. You can either go there or join The military and be in a civilian University. Up to you!
Keep the grades up, study whatever those practise tests are for the aptitude tests, and above all be unwavering with your goal of being a pilot. I would suggest respectfully telling recruiters that is your only desire rather than getting talked into something else as a "what if"
School marks are key, try to get power, and keep out of trouble. Tailor your RMC application to its four pillars of academics, military, fitness, and second language. Go to myexplore.ca and try to score a quebec French exchange. Makes you desirable as an officer.
bluemitersaw27 karma2017-04-15 19:30:07 UTC
What's your favorite Tim Hortons donut? And how do you take you coffee: regular or double double?
rcaffighter44 karma2017-04-15 19:31:26 UTC
Honey crueler for certain. Double milk no sugar haha
happilydamaged21 karma2017-04-15 20:36:15 UTC
rcaffighter22 karma2017-04-15 20:37:46 UTC
Claybeaux6816 karma2017-04-15 19:21:41 UTC
I did not know Canada had an Air Force. What do you fly Piper Cubs and hang gliders? How do you get the hockey stick in the cockpit?
Seriously, Canadian CF18's helped me out once upon a time. Thank you for being there for me so that I could be here today.
rcaffighter13 karma2017-04-15 19:28:23 UTC
Glad to hear! A little close air support?
rcaffighter9 karma2017-04-15 19:23:14 UTC
Put it in the luggage pod
Cant-Sleep14 karma2017-04-15 20:35:58 UTC
RAF pilot here, in training also. I'm jealous you get to fly jets, was always a dream of mine, however I was destined to fly other things! How does your aircraft type streaming work? Is it done on a score basis during initial flying training? How many aircraft types until you got to the Hornet?
rcaffighter11 karma2017-04-15 20:38:34 UTC
Yeah on phase 2 you get selected. To fly the hornet you first fly the Grob, then Harvard, then hawk, then hornet
ifiwereabravo13 karma2017-04-15 22:09:04 UTC
Is it true that instead of explosions Canadian bombs simply say "sorry" when they hit the ground?
rcaffighter11 karma2017-04-15 22:11:44 UTC
You're not wrong. Canadians are so polite lol
The_MoonCricket13 karma2017-04-15 19:31:40 UTC
Who's taking the Cup home this season?
rcaffighter2 karma2017-04-15 19:36:16 UTC
Augwars12 karma2017-04-15 20:15:05 UTC
Don't know if you can talk about this but what are the chances you'll be deployed and publically what countries is canadas airforce currently engaging?
rcaffighter9 karma2017-04-15 20:16:14 UTC
Good question! That's a big political thing and to be honest I'm not really up on that stuff. Being in training, Thats The biggest thing on my mind right now
Cronus4112 karma2017-04-15 20:28:31 UTC
I once went to Maple Flag Day in cold lake. When they had the open house later that weekend they American pilots we spoke to were blown away at how good the Canadians were. No one could touch them during the war games. How do we stack up these days?
rcaffighter8 karma2017-04-15 20:35:27 UTC
I haven't flown with them yet cause I'm still pretty new!
spinur184810 karma2017-04-15 20:43:08 UTC
Do you think Canada will still be putting pilots into jets forty years from now?
If not, what do you think about Canada planning to fly the F35 for that long?
What do you think about combat drones?
rcaffighter13 karma2017-04-15 20:51:24 UTC
I just don't think we're at a point where a drone can create a good enough feedback loop to simulate a pilot. Perhaps one day, but the technology is beyond me
NostalgiaSC10 karma2017-04-15 20:06:58 UTC
Do you have any Aircraft vs Aircraft (Aka topgun) experiences?
rcaffighter9 karma2017-04-15 20:07:33 UTC
Yeah, just in training so far though.
Abba_Fiskbullar10 karma2017-04-15 22:15:30 UTC
Does the conformal maple syrup tank create extra drag on the CF-18?
rcaffighter8 karma2017-04-15 22:18:35 UTC
paracardial9 karma2017-04-15 20:23:44 UTC
Eh fellow Canadian!
F-35 or F/A-18? Oilers or Flames?
rcaffighter29 karma2017-04-15 20:36:49 UTC
Thats The huge debate right now. I'll fly whatever the government gets us! And Canucks
Reedit_girl9 karma2017-04-15 19:39:06 UTC
How's your love life? Do you mention airyplanes when you're trying to impress girls?
rcaffighter12 karma2017-04-15 19:40:52 UTC
Not for the first bit because generally people are skeptical and think it's a lie
MoJoDoJo98 karma2017-04-15 20:54:00 UTC
Real neat! How long did you have to wait in between each phase? For example, did you go phase by phase consecutively or were there any OJTs? Thanks!
rcaffighter7 karma2017-04-15 21:07:14 UTC
OJTs anywhere from a few months to a year between phases
lornstar78 karma2017-04-15 18:54:15 UTC
What do Canadians fight?
Can your jet fit in a Timmy's drive through?
rcaffighter7 karma2017-04-15 19:02:29 UTC
Youre gonna have to ask a Harrier guy/gal about the drive through. Maybe they can hover in!
pussydestroyer6 karma2017-04-15 22:08:30 UTC
Which air cadet squadron were you from?
rcaffighter6 karma2017-04-15 22:12:30 UTC
205 Collinshaw Nanaimo
happilydamaged6 karma2017-04-15 21:01:29 UTC
What do you do when you're not training/flying? How do you relax? My father was in the air force and he said all they did was drink... a lot.... That was in the 70's though.
rcaffighter11 karma2017-04-15 21:06:51 UTC
I like to speed boat, wake board, fly my RC plane, go out in Edmonton a lot
asteroid30006 karma2017-04-15 21:28:36 UTC
If I may ask, why did you enter the military?
rcaffighter23 karma2017-04-15 21:29:24 UTC
To fly fighter jets
superdd96 karma2017-04-15 21:27:55 UTC
Have you ever / can you post youtube videos of your flights? Love watching F18, F15 in cockpit videos of low level flying.
rcaffighter5 karma2017-04-15 21:28:55 UTC
All of my posts are on Instagram. Jaybravo22 !
Basdad6 karma2017-04-15 20:51:13 UTC
Do you paint "sorry" on the bombe Canada drops?
rcaffighter6 karma2017-04-15 21:07:43 UTC
I haven't dropped yet cause I'm still in training but I think that the guys do
raine_5 karma2017-04-15 21:36:24 UTC
Do you know if you have to be Canadian to be in the RCAF? And what was the process like for you to get to be a pilot?
How long have you been flying?
rcaffighter7 karma2017-04-15 21:45:52 UTC
I know some people from britain who joined and became Canadian during training. Commonwealth I think there may be some sort of agreement
scuffedtrihardcx5 karma2017-04-15 19:07:30 UTC
how long is boot camp/basic training in canada?
rcaffighter7 karma2017-04-15 19:13:40 UTC
About 2 months
KLE_5 karma2017-04-15 21:32:55 UTC
Thanks for serving our country brother! what made you want to join the military?
rcaffighter3 karma2017-04-15 21:47:20 UTC
Always wanted to be a fighter pilot. Really challenging and rewarding job that you can't find in civilian life
Schnitzelkoenig4 karma2017-04-15 22:03:31 UTC
How noob-friendly is your jet? Could a reasonable smart person that has flewn a jet in a game take a seat and get the jet into air?
rcaffighter4 karma2017-04-15 22:14:35 UTC
The jet is pretty user friendly. It's the tactical stuff that is the hardest part not the flying
Shpice4 karma2017-04-15 21:35:42 UTC
Can you give a rough breakdown of a typical day at the office?
Is there a lot of paperwork? Briefings? Do you get to fly every day? Work on fitness? Study patterns and maneuvers?
rcaffighter3 karma2017-04-15 21:46:46 UTC
Lots of Study and briefing. Not too much paper work. I would say 8 to 12 h days and flying 1 to 1.5 h every day or two during the week. I speak for the training process
toodamnparanoid4 karma2017-04-15 22:06:08 UTC
Track up or North up?
rcaffighter2 karma2017-04-15 22:13:06 UTC
I don't understand
ForSciencerino4 karma2017-04-15 22:08:30 UTC
What's the most difficult part of flying? (Including take-offs/landings.)
rcaffighter3 karma2017-04-15 22:12:18 UTC
By far the tactical aspect of it. Fighting air to air. The flying itself is expected to be second nature by this point
ForSciencerino2 karma2017-04-15 22:14:52 UTC
As a fighter pilot, when there's not a war, what're your assignments like? I would assume more training?
rcaffighter2 karma2017-04-15 22:22:35 UTC
Training and currency. Always upgrading qualifications
jays20154 karma2017-04-15 21:39:43 UTC
How old is too old to start the process of becoming a pilot in the rcaf?
rcaffighter5 karma2017-04-15 21:43:25 UTC
I know guys who joined in their late 30s
likeBruceSpringsteen3 karma2017-04-15 21:19:08 UTC
Who are you cheering for in the playoffs?
rcaffighter5 karma2017-04-15 21:21:51 UTC
If the Canucks were still in it would be them. West coast best coast. But that's the extent of my NHL knowledge.
dirtborg3 karma2017-04-15 20:32:08 UTC
1) How do you get the moose into the air? 2) Exactly how long can you fly said moose before it no longer glides?
rcaffighter4 karma2017-04-15 20:34:30 UTC
Push the throttles up and take off. We don't glide well - need power
autistic-screeching3 karma2017-04-15 19:32:34 UTC
Nice! My dad flew F-15s here in the US.
Do you do like national defense or what?
rcaffighter2 karma2017-04-15 19:36:01 UTC
Awesome! Cool plane!
hugTHEmeatshit3 karma2017-04-15 19:42:50 UTC
Have you ever considered that one day you might actually kill someone? and, does this thought bother you in anyway?
rcaffighter4 karma2017-04-15 19:44:45 UTC
Good question. I have considered it and I can imagine it would be quite a burden
hugTHEmeatshit2 karma2017-04-15 20:04:50 UTC
Thanks for your quick reply mate :)
I served 6 years in the Royal Australian Navy as a Marine Technician (Mechanical), l never once thought l'd be involved in a conflict which resulted in potential death, l just wanted to travel the world and get paid to do so :)
So does this mean you are an Officer or a Commissioned Officer? Do you get paid much money? You must be very intelligent to pass your course l'd imagine, thanks again for your reply mate :)
rcaffighter3 karma2017-04-15 20:07:08 UTC
You bet! Yeah, pilots in Canada are commissioned. Pay us pretty good so can't complain there. Australia sounds like an amazing spot to be! The Eastern bases, anyways!
thisiswilli2 karma2017-04-15 19:32:38 UTC
Hi and thanks for this AMA!
Is it true those planes take 24 hours to warm up before you can fly them?
rcaffighter6 karma2017-04-15 19:35:38 UTC
Nope that's s rumour !
queenofthekumquats2 karma2017-04-15 22:01:20 UTC
Have you watched the TV show Jetstream? If so, how similar is it to your experience?
rcaffighter2 karma2017-04-15 22:14:58 UTC
Almost the same. That is the course I am on right now
nowhereman1362 karma2017-04-15 22:02:43 UTC
Is there any information you are not allowed to say because it is classified?
rcaffighter4 karma2017-04-15 22:14:42 UTC
Fyfester3212 karma2017-04-15 22:08:11 UTC
Hi, im actually thinking about applying after I graduate. How tough was the application process? How have you been enjoying it?
rcaffighter2 karma2017-04-15 22:12:54 UTC
Very tough but doable and worth it
Joltie2 karma2017-04-15 22:11:36 UTC
With your current training, do you think you could plow through the enemy pilots in the early World War 1 planes, provided you were also flying a WW1 fighter plane?
Also, favourite WW2 plane?
rcaffighter2 karma2017-04-15 22:21:50 UTC
I do, because they didn't do much for dog fighting training back then. They just said go.
Spitfire, but I don't dabble much In old aircraft
who_took_cowtard2 karma2017-04-15 22:33:03 UTC
How's the chowhall?
rcaffighter3 karma2017-04-15 22:38:43 UTC
Quote9512 karma2017-04-15 22:46:34 UTC
Canada has an army?
rcaffighter3 karma2017-04-15 22:51:29 UTC
We do. And an Air Force and navy
saml012 karma2017-04-15 21:40:40 UTC
How do you get such a close shave?
rcaffighter2 karma2017-04-15 21:45:05 UTC
Lol I wish It grew out more
TheMightyLurkules2 karma2017-04-15 21:48:07 UTC
Best bar in Cold Lake? You'd better say "Thumpers".
rcaffighter2 karma2017-04-15 21:48:51 UTC
You've clearly been in cold lake. Half of them closed down now so I go to Edmonton always
BlitzBop441 karma2017-04-15 21:39:34 UTC
As someone looking to get into the RCAF through the ROTP program, what is the best way to go about applying/ what kind of experience should I have to put on a resume? (I'm applying this fall coming from grade 12/ going into 13)
rcaffighter2 karma2017-04-15 21:44:28 UTC
Put anything relevant to flying if you want to be a pilot, second languages, military involvement, and physical fitness
BlitzBop441 karma2017-04-15 21:45:26 UTC
Thanks! Good luck on training! Hope to meet you in the near future!
rcaffighter2 karma2017-04-15 21:48:16 UTC
Thanks. Keep your marks high and join sports in school
jonathan7401 karma2017-04-15 19:47:40 UTC
How do you treat maintenance when you brake the plane ?
rcaffighter8 karma2017-04-15 19:50:22 UTC
Treat those guys/gals like gold. Always
albl11221 karma2017-04-15 22:12:51 UTC
So you get a personal jet. what happens if you crash it?
rcaffighter2 karma2017-04-15 22:20:17 UTC
Some guys get names painted on jets but you fly whichever jet is available
TAW51501 karma2017-04-15 22:20:09 UTC
Canadians have planes?
rcaffighter1 karma2017-04-15 22:20:25 UTC
Minerva89-1 karma2017-04-15 21:05:12 UTC
Have you met Bryan yet?
rcaffighter2 karma2017-04-15 21:06:00 UTC
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