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Fixed Wing vs Rotary
Last Post 13 Apr 2020 05:53 AM by mkelly. 1 Replies.
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11 Apr 2020 09:38 AM
    My son is at NAS Pensacola, and just about to finish up API and go to Primary.  I asked if he's thought about what air frame he's interested in, and he said he'd probably choose based on location(s) available and not frame.  

    I guess I'd like to hear from current or past pilots on what they enjoyed, or where they wished they ended up.  Both from a personal and career aspect.   He's straight out of the Academy, so the chip has just been implanted, but only has the firmware on it.

    thanks in advanced.
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    13 Apr 2020 05:53 AM
    I'm not a pilot, I'm a rescue swimmer but I can tell you that typically the fight is for Rotary wing. If your son is looking to fly Coast Guard for just the required amount of time and then get out and fly commercial, then fixed wing is probably the way to go but the rotary ring and fixed wing jobs in the Coast Guard are a little different.
    I am certainly biased because I'm rotary wing but I think the helos are a bit more of an exciting job. All Coast Guard aviation is great but the rotary wing get more search and rescue while the fixed wing get more surveillance and flying cover. Both are great jobs for different reasons but there will be more competition to get into rotary ring than fixed wing.
    If you have any specific questions, I'm happy to answer.
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