8 VFW status update.
8th Virtual Fighter Wing
Number of active pilots: 10-12
Timezone: Primarily North American time zones with provisions for pilots in UTC+2 and UTC+8
New pilot required qualifications: Must be 18 years old, speak English fluently, know how to ramp start, employ most weapons, air refuel, navigate in IMC, and be able to participate at least twice a month.
Contact person: Rybo or Redshift
The 8th VFW caters to advanced virtual Viper drivers with what we believe to be the single most realistic training program in the community. The 8th VFW B-Course (IQT) is patterned after the real world B-Course syllabus and is both challenging and rewarding. It consists of 16-20 sorties covering aircraft handling, tactical formation, fighter fundamentals, ACM, basic surface attack and tactics, low altitude step down, and a B-Course graduation sortie that will test your knowledge, brevity, and tactics. Students can expect to put in approximately 20 hours of ground study and 40 hours of flight time to complete the course to obtain “Basic Mission Capable” status and participate in weekly wing sorties. We also offer a follow-on A-Course (MQT), which is also patterned after the real world A-Course, to obtain “Combat Mission Ready” status. Continuation training is ongoing upon completion of the A-Course to maintain currency and learn specialized tactics. We also offer an in-house developed ARMS (Aviation Resource Management System) based on the real software used by the USAF and many other air forces around the world. The 8th VFW ARMS tracks flight time, real world currency items, ranks, ribbons and awards, general stats, and includes a verbose logbook for each pilot. The 8th VFW ARMS also includes hundreds (literally!) of other functions for flight planning and flight filing. Combined with a second-to-none custom wing install we believe that we offer the single most realistic Fighter Wing experience for any advanced pilots willing to put in the time and effort to hone their skills and become one of the most lethal BMS Viper drivers in the community!
Hope everyone is enjoying their holiday season and getting ready for the new year!
After reconfiguring our training program to better streamline the process and sorting out who will be our IP’s, the 8 VFW is opening the recruiting to the BMS Community. Go visit our website’s recruiting page for more information.
2016 has been a great year of growth and learning for our VFW. 2017 is set to become an even more exciting year at the 8th with weekly flights, advanced training and joint operations with squadrons like VFA-141, why not come fly with us and get in on the action!
Hope to see you in the air soon!