Report Warns AF to Keep Flight Pay for UAV Crews

Military.com|by Michael Hoffman

The Air Force should continue giving flight pay to the pilots and sensor operators who never leave the ground or risk retention shortfalls, a report recommends.

Pilots of traditional manned aircraft howled when the Air Force announced in 2009 that it would issue incentive pay to pilots and sensor operators of the service’s unmanned aircraft fleet, including the MQ-1 Predators and MQ-9 Reapers.

This was the first time the service issued Aviation Career Incentive Pay to officers and Career Enlisted Aviation Pay to enlistees who never actually left the ground.

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