FLYbyWIT wrote:This may be a surprise to you but after your initial training period your yearly amount of flying can and most likely will be very very low.
I wouldnt exactly classify an average of 300 flying hours per year as 'low'. In fact Air Corps pilots surpass international military air force annual average flying times by approximately 50% in their first 10 years of flying. The vast majority of serving Air Corps pilots (approx 90%) have an average of 3000 flying hours after 10 years service, in the RAF, this figure is just over 2000.
FLYbyWIT wrote:Be prepared to spend alot of time behind a desk and bashing the square.
Not quite true, like all military organisations, there are many other tasks to which Officers, NCO's and Airmen must perform that may not relate specifically to aviation, this is simply part of the military ethos and nature of military life. If that doesnt exactly suit an individual, then dont join, but during the many years i spent in service i cannot recall once seeing an officer pilot "bashing the square" as you put it.
FLYbyWIT wrote:Dont expect to be racking up serious hours to forward your aviation career.
May i ask what have the following the following people got in common? The former Chief Executive of the Irish Aviation Authority, the Chief Air Accident Investigator of the Irish Aviation Authority, the Director of Operations in Ryanair, the Chief Pilot in Ryanair, the head of Training in Ryanair, 50% of Base Captains in Ryanair, the Chief Executive of Cityjet, the Chief Pilot in Cityjet, the head of Training in Cityjet, former head of Training in Aer Lingus, former Director of Flight Safety in Aer Lingus, the Chief Pilot in Air Contractors, the Chief Pilot in CHC Ireland as we know it??......
"All Ex Irish Military", just a few examples but somehow i doubt they would agree with you that their time and military training in the Air Corps was time mis-spent.
FLYbyWIT wrote:Would help to know the basics of a FN or Styre also just for brownie points.
The Permanent Defence Forces havent used the FN since 1988 if memory serves me correctly, so not quite sure what your point is there, and i have never ever heard of an Air Corps interview board asking questions as to operating principles of a Steyr.. Not hugely relevant to be honest.
So in summary, would it not be better to get the 'facts
' correct before you start giving career advice to others????