It is my understanding that there is a bug that causes the tankers to turn too much, and as it is, air to air refueling is one of the hardest things for beginners to learn, even without the bug.
Is it recommended for a beginner to try to complete training mission 5, Air to Air refuel?
Can training mission 5 be completed by veterans even with the bug?
I did try to refuel for about 15 or 20 minutes, not sure if I could have pulled it off even without the tanker turning often, but I wanted to at least try. For now, I’m going to move on to training mission 6, ILS in bad weather, but I was wondering if I should even come back to mission 5 before there is a patch.
the skills you need to learn, like the tick the tac, rock the baby, and dip and don’t are unknown to non tac pilots, and the phraseology changes depending on who you talk to. I was trained by the danish air force, and I’m translating what I learned into the best english version. These are all based on hud sight pictures between the aircraft VI and the FPM and the hud center line. they are all variants of the same idea. people say you need to learn to fly formation, true, but more importantly you need to learn to fly perfectly level by hand.
The only way to do that is to learn those techniques. I would suggest you ask around, read aerial surveys from nato, and consume as much as you can, or ask a pilot.
very briefly, the FPM and the hud centerline 0horz can be used to maintain level flight. this is all technique, and as a sim pilot, and a newer player or a younger person you will be miss-educated and using gaming techniques if you rely on youtube or even some of the in software training provided across all sim software. Learning to dip and to don’t, to rock out the baby, and to slide is short hand brevity for many tight formation variants applied to refuel flight, and all this comes from mastery of old school ifr adis that look like ball globes or the hud tape.
if youre an animal, like some of the old phantom pilots they would use their hsi.
to begin, trim on speed for a refuel around 303ias just to practice by yourself and see if you can align the fpm perfectly with the hud zero line and now without exceeding a one degree offset of the wing tips of the fpm over the zero line, practice all your ranges of glide turns, offset your speed +10 and -10. practice getting back to the null point.
its all technique, but without proper foundations youll just be copying bad ones.