- Prepare a set of training standards. Training begins with making sure all your members can preform to a set standard. Whether this takes the form of an entrance exam, or a final graduation test after a period of in-house training, is entirely up to you. What does matter is that you decide which things members of your squadron must be able to do, and to make sure that each pilot can do those things before they become full members. Basics include takeoffs and landings in fixed wing aircraft, navigation around a YS map, and basic air to air and air to ground attack competence. More specific/advanced topics may include rotary wing takeoffs and landings, cooperative air to air and air to ground combat, formation flying, hovering, anti-shipping strike, and bomber interception.
- Check the Combat Flying in YS section for ideas. YSFHQ has an entire subforum dedicated to information on how to get the best out of your YS combat experience. Get useful information which you can introduce into your training program, contribute your own info for general use, and make that section required reading. Also, consider looking through the other interest group subforums - acrobatic flying and civilian flying may well provide ideas which you would like your pilots to study and put into practice.
- Provide training incentives. Rank, ribbons, paints, points, or just status within your unit all help encourage others to train.
- Fly with your unit often. Formal training really only forms a small portion of your squadron's training routine. Most of your training comes in the form of organized or impromptu activities. When your pilots are together, they should fight together - against each other, against others, against bots, and against ground targets. If your unit doesn't really fight, do whatever else it is that you do - fly formation, fly escort, fly search and rescue. Whenever you are doing what your squadron does, preforming your stated missions, you are training.
- Arrange activities with other squadrons. Other squads have different ways of doing things, and often posses a highly competitive streak. A friendly rivalry can be a good way to encourage your troops to keep sharp, so as to avoid loosing face. By engaging in larger combat exercises, you both test your squadron, and can build up either friendships or rivalries which can improve your squadron's enjoyment of the game.
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