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Pork Woes

I have at times been through large portions of previous years budgets, and one thing that keeps cropping up that we keep paying for are studies regarding the flatulence of cows. I heard about it this year. You may laugh, because how serious to the budget can it be? Well, study it enough times just to satisfy someone's curiosity and it might add up to quite a bit. There are a lot of pork items in the budget, hidden... more »

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End of Fiscal Year Spending

Often agencies spend money at the end of the FY so their budget won't be cut by the amount they save. Instead, as a method to cut spending, allow the agency's budget to remain at the same burn rate as previous months, but allow them to not spend as much during the last month of the fiscal year. This will, in particular, save millions in wasted flying time hours when units fly unnecessarily in order to use all their... more »

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GSA Vehicle Service Agreement

As the number of GSA vehicles in our fleet grows, more and more time and fuel is spent shuttling these vehicles in town to an authorized service center for the most basic of needs.

We are not according to contract authorized to use shop supplies, equipment, of facilities to do the simplest items of maintenance and upkeep.

It seems counter productive when a vehicle needs a headlamp, windshield wiper blade, oil change,... more »

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Reverse Air Refuel

Often during In-Flight Emergencies (IFEs) aircraft are required to either dump or burn fuel to reduce their gross weight; many aircraft have the ability to reverse air refuel (i.e., pump fuel back to an air refueling tanker).
When the IFE is not a "barn burner" and there is a tanker available, aircraft should make it a standard to reverse AR so we are not wasting the fuel by dumping it or by using higher burn rates to... more »

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"Training" Flights Home To See Relatives

I was a contract egress mechanic for six years after leaving the Navy. I worked at 3 flight training bases to include two in Mississippi and one in Florida. The pilots in training had a certain curriculum they had to follow according to the aircraft platform they were heading to. One part of their curriculum is cross country flights where they do so many legs, refuel and head back to home base. This was an expensive... more »

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