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    How pilot training has changed over the years

    VANCE AIR FORCE BASE: Pilot training is constantly changing to ensure students have an environment where they not only learn to fly, but to adapt and quickly out-think their enemies.
    With senior leadership making innovation a priority, the Air Force has changed how Airmen are trained and how they become proficient at their jobs. This in turn has changed the way the Air Force develops pilots and what pilot training currently looks like.
    For instance, pilot training currently consists of three phases starting with the academic and simulator phase. After the academic phase, student pilots are sent to train in the T-6A Texan II, the primary training aircraft.
    Once the students complete the second phase, they are selected for either the airlift/tanker track in the T-1A Jayhawk, or the fighter/bomber track in the T-38C Talon.
    “When I went through pilot training in the late 1960s, we started off flying the Cessna T-41 Mescalero for six weeks, the T-37 Tweet for five months and finished training in the T-38 Talon for a total of 52 weeks of training,” said Jim Faulkner, Vance Air Force Base, a graduate of pilot training, class of 1968.
    Although students in the 1960s and students today reach the same goal, there have been adjustments made over the course of time to focus pilots on mastering the specific style of aircraft they will fly once training has finished.
    In addition to changes in the training aircraft, there have been technological advancements to improve the way students operate an aircraft.
    “We had simulators, but the concepts that they covered were limited and did not give us any visual aids to look at while training,” said Jim Mayhall, pilot training graduate, class of 1967.
    In the same way that older generations used simulators to gather a feel of the aircraft and location of instruments, current students use simulators to familiarize themselves with flying maneuvers and concepts before they reach the cockpit. The changes in technology have the potential to give students more realistic training for what they will experience in the cockpit.
    “Being able to gain exposure to 360-degree videos of the local area, patterns and virtual-reality videos saves money and time,” said 1st Lt. Jason Mavrogeorge, 8th Flying Training Squadron instructor pilot.
    “Students should have seen the arrivals, departures and instrument approaches before their first flight,” Mavrogeorge said. “Giving the students more flying experience gives them confidence and allows me to enhance their flying skills as an instructor.”
    Similar to the technological changes made within pilot training, there have been changes in monitoring the safety of pilots while flying.
    The safety standards did not require pilots to wear a G-suit in the T-37 Tweet. When the T-37 was replaced with the more maneuverable T-6A Texan II, pilots were required to wear a G-suit during flight to prevent the possibility of losing consciousness.
    All the great changes and advancements in pilot training are possible thanks to those who laid the groundwork and figured out what to avoid.
    “The only thing that remains constant in the Air Force pilot training program is that we will continue to produce great Air Force aviators and future leaders,” Mayhall said.
    Vance trains more than 350 pilots a year, totaling over 34,000 since pilot training began in 1941.

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    How pilot training has changed over the years

    I recently started my own did story on here and I am amazed at how it has changed the way I play the game,I no longer feel isolated within my ship I now can envision my pilots and their storys,thus making me more cautious with their lives,How I prep my ships,how I fight it has all become effected,and most importantly for the better.The x series now no longer feels like a singular expierience.Hell its more exciting.

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    How pilot training has changed over the years

    I know just how you feel. Would you believe I started Eat four times, even before From Nothing and died within five minutes all four times?

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    How pilot training has changed over the years

    I can say also that my gameplay has been affected effected? by reading and playing out DiD games. I hate dying in games, and in part due to the DiD structure of TC I have gotten used to starting anew whenever I died. It is a little annoying whenever it happens in a game like Oblivion, Skyrim, Fallout 3, pretty much every other game that I play that has a save option but I have found it enjoyable enough to continue playing I need to start up a new TC game soon as I have new hardware to support a truly epic experience graphics card extra ram = true awesome powers and I might either continue or restart the DiD game that I started on the forums here.

    Probably restarting the game. I do audio recordings of my gameplay and I recently found my digital audio recorder that I used for coursework during my time at the University It even has a setting for voice activation so it should take a little time off of parsing out my transcriptions of events as long as I remember when I say things or as long as I remember to give a timestamp during transcription >.>

    I figured that this topic was safe from true necrotic messaging because prior to this the last message gap was a full month and this is not yet a full month. The great leaders of Egosoft giveth and so they can taketh away.

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    How pilot training has changed over the years

    Ive not written a full DiD of my own, however I am now a regular contributor in a couple. That said, I had absolutely no idea what the game was really like until I started reading Scion Drakhars A Pirates Story about 18 months ago. Prior to that I was just spending money to make more money, and generally avoiding the whole DiD subculture.

    Then SD comes along and brazenly posts a DiD in the main forum, which the Mods didnt move, for some unknown reason. Within moments of reading the first post I was hooked...and compelled to read more.

    This lead to me reading Nuklear Slugs trilogy which taught be not only how to play the game without being a corporate meat puppet, but how to be the bad guy and enjoy it.

    Now I roleplay my characters, good guys and bad, and yeah, the DiD culture has changed how I play, no doubt about it. I dont want my 6 million credit fighter to crash and burn, not only because its worth 6 million creds, but because its not just a fighter full of weapons. Its a pilot. A person. A member of my crew. I dont want to lose that person.

    Ultimately, the Creative universe is the best thing that ever happened to my X time

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    How pilot training has changed over the years

    Now that Im writing a DiD story I am being damned careful, more so even than when I play any other DiD. I think because Im writing the story and I want to continue doing so, Im making the extra effort to stay out of those combat situations that have a better than 50 chance of killing me. In a normal game Id just crack on and reload if I died. In any other DiD game Id risk it because i can always start over. This time around though....well, lets just say I dont want it to end just yet

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