HomeNewsArticle Display

F-15E pilot credits aero clubs for Air Force career

1st. Lt. Andy Schloemer's career flying high

Before he became an F-15E Strike Eagle pilot, 1st. Lt. Andy Schloemer gained experience on the T-6A Texan II and T-38C Talon. (Courtesy photo)

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-LACKALND, Texas (AFNS) -- First 1st Lt. Andy Schloemer’s Air Force career has taken off, thanks to the Air Force Aero Club.

“Airmen should definitely take advantage of aero clubs,” said Schloemer, an F-15E Strike Eagle pilot with the 494th Fighter Squadron at RAF Lakenheath, England. “The biggest benefit of the aero club is getting quality flight experience with a program designed to support Airmen the best way possible.”

Schloemer, a Cincinnati native, earned his private pilot’s license while he was stationed as a UH-1 Huey helicopter flight engineer with the 374th Operations Group at Yokota Air Base, Japan. The 1,100 flight hours he amassed, along with the training at the Yokota Aero Club under club manager Victor Arzuaga and his team, were vital in his development.

“The training I received at the Yokota Aero Club set me up for success in my private flying career, as well as my eventual military flying career,” Schloemer said. “One of the biggest things that helped prepare me for my military flying training that is unique to the Yokota Aero Club is the upgrades installed on the aircraft. The advanced avionics suite installed on the aircraft there trained me to interpret more advanced flight instrumentation, so when I transitioned to pilot training with the U.S. Air Force, reading the digital displays was something that was already built into my habit pattern and cross check while flying."

Schloemer completed his bachelor’s degree through Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University while earning his private pilot license. He was accepted into officer training school through Air University at Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama, and was later selected to attend Euro NATO Joint Jet Pilot Training at Sheppard AFB, Texas.

The lieutenant gained experience on the T-6A Texan II and T-38C Talon and was eventually chosen to fly the F-15E. He graduated from the Strike Eagle Basic Course at Seymour-Johnson AFB, North Carolina in July and was stationed at RAF Lakenheath for his first operational tour.

“I tie a lot of my success from my OTS application being competitive to my eventual success through pilot training to having a solid base of aviation knowledge and airmanship that I gained while flying at the Yokota Aero Club,” Schloemer said.

The Air Force Aero Clubs, under the direction of the Air Force Services Activity, have played a significant role in building and sustaining ready and resilient Airmen for almost 70 years. Currently, 16 installations worldwide support aero clubs.

“Members of the aero club are those who want to fly,” said Eric Treland, Air Force Aero Club program manager. “They’re passionate about aviation. It helps them understand the Air Force mission of fly, fight and win in air, space and cyberspace, and it helps many of them relate directly to their mission.”

Aero clubs are open to active duty, reserve, guard and retired military members and their families; Defense Department of Defense civilians; and Civil Air Patrol members.

Members without flight experience can earn a private pilot certificate in as few as six to seven months, based on time commitment, Treland said. Members will pilot light general aviation aircraft.

Training is divided into ground and flight school. Members can complete the ground school in the classroom or online. The private pilot flight school consists of a minimum of 35 hours of flight training, 20 hours with an instructor and 15 hours solo.

Aero clubs are nonappropriated fund activities and generate revenue to support themselves.

To find out if your installation offers an aero club, visit MyAirForceLife.com.

Engage

Twitter
RT @DefenseOne: JOIN US TODAY @ 2 P.M. ET when our “State of Defense” series continues with a live interview featuring U.S. Air Force Chief…
Twitter
RT @DeptofDefense: Teaching service members how to effectively shoot weapons. That’s the job of Combat Arms Training and Management. Watch…
Twitter
RT @cmsaf_official: Team - 25 years ago today, we lost 24 U.S. & Canadian Airmen in the Yukla 27 crash. It was a surveillance training so…
Twitter
Taking care of Airmen and their families! https://t.co/AVeidzDPcV
Twitter
Wherever Airmen go, the Federal Voting Assistance Program ensures their voice is heard. @FVAP works to ensure servi… https://t.co/tkJts1yo3Z
Twitter
RT @AirNatlGuard: For #HispanicHeritageMonth, we're celebrating the stories of Hispanic & Latino Airmen! @188thWG SSgt. Emmanuel Gutierrez…
Twitter
#TotalForce Airmen participate in night operations during a base-wide, total force exercise @HAFB. Airmen & pilots… https://t.co/kJYNKwHY7n
Twitter
RT @USAFReserve: California fires/smoke no match for UTA Airmen - https://t.co/pJysQ6snRh (Story by the @940Wing) #ReserveReady #ReserveRes
Twitter
Whistleblowers are NOT insider threats. Learn the difference and how you can appropriately report questionable gove… https://t.co/AaTvBfHcTv
Twitter
SrA Denise Arabie, 319th Operations Support Squadron radar approach controller @319thRW, describes the importance o… https://t.co/zkwMx6Qw3i
Twitter
RT @173rdFW: "I may have lost everything, but thanks to the support we’ve found here, I’m going to be back on my feet inside of a few weeks…
Twitter
.@GenCQBrownJr & @cmsaf_official sat down and discussed how the Air Force will continue exempting Airmen from PT t… https://t.co/bWVig9fSOW
Twitter
SrA Mark Gonzalez describes how his job enables the B-2 Spirit Stealth Bomber to support the Bomber Task Force depl… https://t.co/sceKCtM3Pz
Twitter
RT @AETCommand: Our Airmen come from all walks of life — and we are stronger for it. Staff Sgt. Kalinin, 56th Force Support Squadron ALS…
Twitter
“It's critical to have that diversity in the Air Force that we have today because it is truly through that diversit… https://t.co/RIDQDjdlCr
Twitter
F-16 Fighting Falcons assigned to the 18th Aggressor Squadron @EielsonAirForce takeoff in support of exercise Valia… https://t.co/cf0raGgEUD
Twitter
RT @USAF_ACC: "This test, and others like it, can shape the future of the MQ-9, as we continue to increase its relevance in great power com…
Twitter
"We cannot rest on our laurels. It is all about the people, folks, and they will guarantee our readiness, and are f… https://t.co/BsNDUSw0wE
Twitter
RT @USAFCENT: USAFCENT Airmen and coalition partners are executing missions of national, regional and global importance and Exercise Desert…
Facebook
The newest Air Force Podcast recently dropped. Listen to a small snippet of CMSAF Kaleth O. Wright talk with Staff Sgt. New about resiliency. Listen to the entire podcast on Youtube: https://go.usa.gov/xpnAD or Subscribe to The Air Force Podcast on iTunes: https://podcasts.apple.com/podcast/the-air-force-podcast/id1264107694?mt=2
Facebook
Our mantra, "Always ready!" It's the spirit we fly by! #B2Tuesday
Facebook
Need some motivation to get your week started off right? Listen as CMSAF Kaleth O. Wright weighs in...
Facebook
The U.S. Air Force Academy gives its cadets some unique opportunities. Ride along one of this opportunities.
Facebook
A United States Air Force KC-135 Stratotanker refuels an F-22 Raptor over northern Iraq, Nov. 6, 2019. U.S. Central Command operations deter adversaries and demonstrate support for allies and partners in the region. (Video by Staff Sgt. Daniel Snider)
Facebook
Although the Silver Star is the third-highest military medal, it's not given often. Today, TSgt Cody Smith was the 49th Special Tactics Airman to receive this medal since Sept. 11th, 2001. Read more of TSgt Smith's amazing story: https://www.airforcespecialtactics.af.mil/News/Article-Display/Article/2024815/special-tactics-airman-battled-through-injuries-awarded-silver-star/fbclid/IwAR2LZWwx1VHdTnQe39rIEBOuJS_0JvMQBBGt7I-E6zsxxn-Lx9387yu43Bc/ Cannon Air Force Base Air Force Special Operations Command United States Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) U.S. Department of Defense (DoD)
Facebook
Tune in as our Air Force musicians along with other military musicians are awarded the National Medal of Arts.
Facebook
Like Us
Twitter
1,281,142
Follow Us