1. vJaBoG32 Guidelines
The Virtual Fighter Bomber Wing 32 is a German-speaking community of aviation enthusiasts that virtually simulates military airmanship and which is organized roughly like the original German Air Force Fighter Bomber Wing 32 at Lechfeld Airbase (ETSL).
Our goal is a simulation of military aviation as real as possible, based on the software “LockOn: Flaming Cliffs 2“ and „DCS: Digital Combat Simulator Series“ by Eagle Dynamics. We thrive for good comradeship amongst our members, online as well as in real life. Equally important to us are great contacts to and knowledge exchange with other online squadrons worldwide.
All our members constructively contribute to virtual wing life. Their accomplishments are being acknowledged, respected and honored.
Our vision is to belong to the best online squadrons in the world and to enjoy an outstanding reputation as fair, team-oriented and competent simulation pilots.
We are a German-speaking wing and accept only applicants who are able to speak and write German very well. We furthermore demand sufficient English language skills since first of all our radio communications are being held in English most of the time, second, because parts of our training material is written in English, and third, because we interact quite often on the international stage of the worldwide LockOn/DCS community. Minimum age for becoming a member is 16 years. Our pilots are expected to possess a high level of team spirit, cooperativeness and reliability. Inadequate behavior against members or other players as well as the lack of manners will not be tolerated and consequently be punished. Any rude behavior which harms the morale or the reputation of the Wing is avenged in the same way.
All information, documents, programs and log-ins for the servers, the forum and similar applications distributed by vJaBoG32 are to be kept internal. Violation of the latter will lead to exclusion from the Wing.
To cover the costs for the homepage and various servers, a membership fee of € 72. - per year (€ 6.- per month) has to be paid by pilots who are accepted as full members after an initial trial phase. The fee is collected once per year but in special cases, like e.g. scholarship, it is also possible to disburse quarterly. In case someone leaves the Wing during a period already paid for, a refund is not possible. A membership in any other LockOn or DCS squadron is not permitted.
Every member is supposed to have an internet connection and to own a legal copy of „LockOn: Flaming Cliffs 2“ or of an actual DCS module. Additional patches, modifications or programs are announced by our Staff and are available in the download section of the homepage. Also a joystick, a headset and TeamSpeak VoIP software are required.
The structure of the virtual Fighter Bomber Wing 32 is roughly derived from its real counterpart. To ensure fun and success to all our virtual pilots, rules and structures have been installed. As shown in the Pilot Roster, the Wing is divided in the First Squadron „Tigers“, the Second Squadron „Flying Monsters“ and the Third Squadron “Jaws”. Each squadron consists of 5 flights. This structure represents the chain of command which has to be followed. The contact person for a pilot is his flight-leader. In case the flight-leader isn't able to handle an issue, the matter is handed over to the squadron-captain. Recruits address themselves directly to the Staff members. Fundamental decisions are made by the Staff.
The ranks of the German Air Force are being used in the virtual Fighter Bomber Wing 32. In the beginning of his career, a new pilot goes through the warrant officer ranks. After an appropriate time he is promoted to the rank of “Leutnant”. Thereafter our pilots are promoted for achievements in flight, duty time served and also for extraordinary contributions to the Wing. According to their ranks, the pilots have rights and duties.
2.5 Aircraft Types
The vJaBoG32 consists of a fighter squadron (321st „Tigers“), a fighter bomber squadron (322nd „Flying Monsters“) and an attack helicopter squadron (323rd “Jaws”). The Fighter Squadron currently uses the F-15C “Eagle”, the MiG-29 “Fulcrum S” and the Su-27 “Flanker” of LockOn. The Fighter Bomber Squadron uses the A-10A “Thunderbolt II” as well as the Su-25T “Frogfoot”. Other LockOn flyables (MiG-29A/G, Su-33, Su-25) are being used as well from time to time, but are only considered to be variants of the Wing’s official aircraft types. The release of future DCS modules will likely change the composition of the aircraft fleet. The attack helicopter squadron currently flies the Ka-50 “Black Shark”.
When joining our Wing, every new member has to choose whether he would like to join the Fighter Squadron, the Fighter Bomber Squadron or the Attack Helicopter Squadron and what aircraft type he wishes to fly. He will then undergo his standardization on this aircraft type.
In free-flights or cooperative missions every pilot may fly any aircraft type of choice. In squad-wars and official trainings every pilot has to fly the aircraft type he is trained and specialized on.
The final decision about the personal aircraft type has to be made latest at the end of the trial period.
When an enlistment application has been submitted, the applicant is usually invited to an interview. But first he has to prove his online compatibility (patch status, internet connection) in a mutual connection test. During this online meeting, there will also be a little check flight taking place, to examine the knowledge and ability level of the applicant. We expect from every applicant that he has already thoroughly explored the simulation and its manuals prior to his application. This also includes a functioning hardware-setup and basic skills like safe take-offs, landings, flying and navigating. Since a membership in our online wing requires the will for a long-time commitment, the applicant is expected to have consciously clarified for himself that he likes the simulation software so much that he is willing to spend a long and intense time with it.
After the connection test flight and the interview the Wing Staff decides whether the applicant is accepted into the trial phase. During this usually four-week probation phase the applicant is already granted access to the internal TeamSpeak areas and he already participates in the weekly general Wing Training sessions (momentarily Mondays 20:00-22:00h CET). During the trial phase the applicant is expected to hone his skills on the basic topics take-off, landing, precision flying and navigation. At the end of the trial phase the applicant has to prove a certain level of those skills in an examination, the so-called “Entry Check”. Engagement, activity, training diligence and reliability of the recruit are major factors in his evaluation, in addition to the examination results.
After the trial phase and Entry Check the Wing Staff will decide about granting a full membership, considering the impression the applicant has given during his trial phase and the Entry Check results.
Once being granted a full membership, the new member will be assigned to a Flight and will be promoted for the first time, he will be given access to the internal forum areas and is allowed to participate in the weekly Flight Training sessions (momentarily Thursdays 20:00-22:00h CET).
With full membership the obligation to pay the membership fee begins.
2.7 Training System
The vJaBoG32 offers its members a dual-way training system. It consists on the one hand of required skills and knowledge that every member has to obtain and keep up-to-date during his pilot career, and on the other hand of a highly efficient voluntary high-value training system.
Proficiency in the required skills is demanded by the Wing Leadership from a pilot who wants to participate in events like squad-wars or RED FLAG.
The participation in the high-value training is voluntary, as well as the undergoing of examinations at the end of the training’s phases.
The successful passing of high-value training phases will be noted down in the pilot’s personnel file as an additional qualification.
The required skills are being taught to a new member during the Wing and Flight Training sessions. Once the new pilot reaches a certain minimum level of standardization, he will be awarded his pilot’s wings.
Our voluntary high-value training usually takes place outside of the two weekly scheduled training sessions, its content being taught in separate additional online sessions.
It consists of three phases: Basic Training, Final Training and Weapon Training. We distinguish between Basic Jet Training (BJT) and Final Jet Training (FJT) for jet pilots, as well as Basic Helicopter Training (BHT) and Final Helicopter Training (FHT) for helicopter pilots.
1. In Basic Training, the member will expand his basic knowledge and skills in: instruments, navigation, departure and approach procedures, radiotelephony, emergency procedures and basic aerobatics.
2. In Final Training, the pilot will hone his formation flying, ATC procedures, instrument flying and air-to-air refueling.
3. The Weapon Training brings high-value combat skills, and the member will learn all about sensor and weapon systems, he will master tactics and tactical radiotelephony and he will practice those skills in a sophisticated combat training environment.
To those who like to prove their achievements to themselves and their comrades we offer a voluntary final examination at the end of each of the abovementioned training phases:
1. After completion of all Basic Training lessons, the pilot can take the “BT Check” if he wishes. The passing of this intermediate test will be noted down in the pilot’s personnel file as an additional qualification, it will accelerate an eventually pending promotion and it is a requirement for obtaining the instructor rating for this training phase.
2. Upon conclusion of the Final Training lessons, we offer the possibility to take the “FT Check”. The passing of this intermediate test will be noted down in the pilot’s personnel file as an additional qualification, it will accelerate an eventually pending promotion and it is a requirement for obtaining the instructor rating for this training phase.
3. After completion of the Weapon Training, an examination called the “WT Check” is offered as the big final test. The passing of this test will be noted down in the pilot’s personnel file as an additional qualification, it will accelerate an eventually pending promotion and it is a requirement for obtaining the instructor rating for this training phase.
In order to pass a test, all sub-parts of the test have to be passed. If a sub-part (e.g. theory or check ride) is failed, only the failed sub-part of the test has to be repeated. The whole test is only considered passed if all its sub-parts are passed. Every test or sub-part can only be repeated once. If this second chance is failed as well, the whole test is considered as failed. Test repetitions will be set within one week of the failed first try. Pilots failing one of the voluntary training phase final examinations have to wait for 3 months before being allowed to sign up for the test again.
Our training system is on the one hand able to familiarize a new member with our procedures and standards within a short time, on the other hand it is also capable of offering a lasting challenge and high-level improvement possibility to an experienced PC combat pilot. Either way, the most important premise is the member pilot’s strong will, diligence and dedication to learn and to actively push forward his own training. We are offering the structure and the support of our flight instructors, but the high-value training content is voluntary, and it’s the member's own responsibility to reach the required minimum standards.
2.8 Daily Wing Business
Membership in our online-squadron (/-wing) basically means to actively communicate, interact and to get along with the other virtual pilots. Additional activities in social, organizational or operative branches of daily wing life are highly appreciated. Members are expected to participate actively in forum discussions and to enable the Wing’s activities through as much online presence as individually possible. Every member shall take the time at least twice a week to participate in the official training sessions (currently Mondays and Thursdays 20:00-22:00h CET). Additional Wing activity schedules can be found in the Air Tasking Order on our homepage. An absence over a longer time period has to be pre-announced in the forums or to the Staff.
The virtual Fighter Bomber Wing 32 offers its members a wide range of additional qualifications and career opportunities, if someone has the time and dedication to spend more time with us than an average pilot.
Whoever likes to take over a leading role in flying can obtain the qualifications “Element Lead” (two-ship formations) and “Flight Lead” (three-and-more-ship formations).
Whoever likes to take over organizational duties like training design and personnel management can be assigned to lead an operational flight and later even make it into the Wing Staff.
There is furthermore the possibility to participate in the voluntary high-value training by obtaining instructor-pilot ratings for the individual training phases or even flight-checker licenses.
If someone is up for a very special challenge besides flying, he can get training to become Tower- or Radar-Controller (ATC) or Intercept-Controller (AWACS/GCI).
Last but not least we have got an aerobatic team, the vJaBoG32- „Tiger Talons“ which gets activated every time when there are enough pilots in the Wing who wish to do some additional formation aerobatics on a regular basis.
All those offered possibilities are additional qualifications. Basically every full member is first and foremost a combat pilot and ready for duty on his aircraft type, no matter what other additional qualification and duties he has. Therefore it is mandatory for every member to participate in the general wing training and in the official training of his flight. But we are very happy about everyone who wants to share his time and activity by additionally becoming a mission-builder, instructor, controller, leader or aerobatics team member. Given an appropriate activity and competence level, there are basically no career limits.
For longer periods of absence from one up to a maximum of 6 months, there is a possibility for our members to leave their flight and join the reserve. After 3 months of reserve time, reservists have to specify exactly the time of their return within the next 3 months. Reserve time will not be accounted for promotion cycles.
2.9 Dismissal from the Wing
The vJaBoG32 Staff decides about dismissals from the Wing.
Reasons for a dismissal may be:
- Disclosure of internal access data, documents, programmes or any other information
- Any conduct that in any way harms morale and reputation of the vJaBoG32
- Lack of integration or of participation in wing life
- Any conduct that breaks the rules of our community
- Staying away from official training dates without pre-coordination (AWOL)
- Failure to pay the membership fee