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Joint Ops Virtual Flying school - Part 3: Test & Bogie Attack

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Yesterday was parted into three. One part written test and two part flying. The test would be part written, part verbal.
My instructor would read the question and post in the chat and I would answer in the chat. As a non-native english speaker/writer I was allowed to comment from time to time since my vocabulary is not as complete. The questions was a mix about the trainer(A6M2), general aircraft terms, aircraft physics and IL-2 keys.
I will not go into the specifics as this would reduce the value of the test, but I believe that most of the pilots in EAF would score above 90%

After the test we had a 5 min break.

After that we went flying.
During that I had to show the basic flight maneuvers, lead another pilot during an escort/CAP and train approach; All at the same time
The attack happen to start at the worst possible moment, while me and my wingman was on the tarmac during a landing.
Although I failed in both the leading and protecting my instructor, I managed to take my frustration out on a P-47 pilot who ended up digging his own grave
After that we did a 1vs1 similar-aircraft training. As part of the group facilitating advanced training here at EAF I have a intricate knowledge of the theory behind ACM, but I am not very good compared to some of our members. I did not like all of what I saw, but I can not argue about the effectiveness of my instructor way of using these maneuvers and his reason behind using them. So after getting a beating I dropped my old habits and used my instructors maneuvers. Although I ended up with a damaged aircraft I manged to win two out of three. One to a maneuver-kill, and one to a death by a thousand cuts; I never felt comfortable. My instructor use a lot of his time training pilots in the A6M2, and was able to fly very very slow in a controlled manner

That all for today guys
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  1. Nepe EAF51's Avatar
    I did not like all of what I saw, but I can not argue about the effectiveness of my instructor way of using these maneuvers and his reason behind using them.
    Can you please specify which maneuvers?
    Updated 2012-10-07 at 09:54 by Nepe EAF51
  2. Apollo_EAF331's Avatar
    Why did you not like all what you saw? It seems that this ACM training was at very slow speed. Slow speed energy management and aircraft control? I want to learn how to do a proper barrel roll by the way. Very good reading Mr Starfire. Thank you sir.
  3. Starfire_EAF331's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Apollo_EAF331
    Why did you not like all what you saw? It seems that this ACM training was at very slow speed. Slow speed energy management and aircraft control? I want to learn how to do a proper barrel roll by the way. Very good reading Mr Starfire. Thank you sir.
    I saw a use of flaps with no regard for tomorrow. I saw loops and I saw a lot of burn and turn.
    When I asked for a why the explanation was: "I killed you, diden't I"?!
    Justifying it like that not a good way of giving people and undestanding

    There were no explanation of the scope.
    A scope could be: "You are up deep shit river without a paddle and your friends are all at home drinking te and eating bisquites".
    I tend to fight with the bigger picture in mind.

    But he did gave away a few good tricks, like offloading the plane before you shoot ;-)
  4. Apollo_EAF331's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Starfire_EAF331

    There were no explanation of the scope.
    A scope could be: "You are up deep shit river without a paddle and your friends are all at home drinking te and eating bisquites".
    I tend to fight with the bigger picture in mind.

    But he did gave away a few good tricks, like offloading the plane before you shoot ;-)
    I know you do my friend. An explanation that this kind of fighting is a last ditch effort, would be good for the student.

    Pick up all the tricks you can. That's the whole idea. Also be aware of good instruction techniques please.
  5. Starfire_EAF331's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Apollo_EAF331
    Pick up all the tricks you can. That's the whole idea. Also be aware of good instruction techniques please.
    I am an old dog who need to unlearn some of my bad habits