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  1. ****************************************** In case this thread is marked "OPEN" please post your application as a reply following the example: Name: Smart E. Xample (Callsign: "Smartman") Age: 29 Time Flying in DCS: Approximately 1 year Preferred Aircraft: Parachute Reason for applying: Growing up it was my dream to become a fighter pilot in the US Navy. Earlier this year I learned of DCS while playing BF4 and the rest has been history. I love being able to use DCS as an outlet to satisfy my dream of becoming a great fighter pilot. By nature I am a perfectionist with a strong desire to be the best in anything I do. As a result of this personality trait, I am very willing to work hard to achieve that greatness. Over the last 5 months, with the guidance/coaching of more experience pilots in the 104th TS, I feel I have made many positive strides in improving as a virtual pilot. Still, I know I have much to learn and improve on. While I am proud of the initial progress I have made, I realize that those who become great were often guided and mentored by those that were great before them. That is where the 104th comes in, and I am excited that there is an even greater opportunity to achieve a steep learning curve within the 104th VFBS. I believe that having the opportunity to learn from, and fly as a team with, the members of the 104th is the optimal next step for me. My early track record of showing an ability to learn quickly and fly as part of a team make me confident that I have established the early foundational skills necessary to generate positive impact within the existing 104th family. All of these things make me confident that I would be a wise investment for the 104th. But - hold on a second... BEFORE APPLYING - please take a moment and read the following threads CAREFULLY (it's not optional, it's a PREREQUESITE and if we notice - and we will - that you didn't read them upfront, we will decline your application straight away): How to join the 104th: Software and Hardware requirements: How to apply steb by step: Undergraduate Pilot Training: UPTs - Track file location and Dos and Don'ts: Thank you for your interest and application! S! POST YOUR APPLICATION IN THIS THREAD ONLY AS A REPLY PLEASE!
  2. Welcome to the 104th Undergraduate Pilot Training Academy Cadet! This training course was carefully designed to assess your abilities as a pilot. During the UPT phase of your training you will learn and be evaluated on all the dynamics of flight from ramp start to visual landings. You will also be evaluated on your ability to follow guidelines and procedure. Upon graduating the UPT Academy you will have earned the right to progress to fighter training school. Be sure that your tracks are done as thoroughly as possible! Please review your tracks before submitting. View the sample Video and confirm that your training track resembles what it required. Detail is paramount to your advancement. YOU MUST COMPLETE AND SUBMIT ALL 3 UPT MISSIONS AT THE SAME TIME. UPON PASSING ALL 3 UPT MISSIONS YOU MAY BE ADMITTED INTO THE CADET WING. If you have any questions or need assistance regarding your training contact any of the members listed below: IronMike Maverick Riptide Mustang Submit all tracks as an upload to mediafire/ dropbox etc and pls send the link as a PM to 104th_IronMike. Befor you can submit your UPTs you have to post your application here: *For each mission there is an example video, checklist document and mission. *Closley follow all instructions as laid out by the instructor. *UPTs HAVE TO BE FLOWN IN MULTIPLAYER: more information and dos and don'ts to be read here (read carefully prior attempting your UPTs): *We recommend you do the UPTs in succession, means first UPT1, then UPT2, then UPT3 as they build upon each other. >> Example Video = An audio and visual tutorial that clearly explains how the mission should be flown. >> Checklist Document = A document that the cadet will need to use to follow the proper workflow. >> Mission File = When the cadet is familirized the cadet can then fly the mission and submit the mission track for review ***THE UPTs HAVE BEEN UPDATED TO OPENBETA Version 1.5*** UPT 1 - Ramp Start, Taxi and Take Off: Video - http://www.mediafire.com/watch/fm9yc8ia1za4igz/UPT-1_Ramp_Start-Taxi_Take_Off.wmv Checklist - http://www.mediafire.com/view/xdwbab0ook9xsrw/UPT-1_Ramp_Start_Taxi_TakeOff.pdf Mission File - http://www.mediafire.com/download/a8d5d1o98uwtyi2/UPT-1_Ramp_Start_Taxi_TakeOff_1-5.miz UPT 2 - Visual Landing: Video - http://www.mediafire.com/watch/sx8nbjfnpb6ugcq/UPT-2_Visual_Landing.wmv Checklist - http://www.mediafire.com/view/bpvnyz8ozyb7e1k/UPT-2_Visual_Landing.pdf Mission File - http://www.mediafire.com/download/199oezc2u44z5cl/UPT-2_Visual_Landing_1-5.miz UPT 3 - Take Off and Landing Circuit: Video - http://www.mediafire.com/watch/3sxz85tlc1xlck9/UPT-3_Take-Off_and_Landing_Circut.wmv Checklist - http://www.mediafire.com/download/n5k8ls5hswh5dts/UPT-3_Take-Off_and_Landing_Circut.pdf Mission File - http://www.mediafire.com/download/ueeqa49o2d7c131/UPT-3_Take-Off_and_Landing_Circut_1-5.miz Note: You will both need to view the video and read the checklist for a successful attempt at your UPTs. Download them from the links above. For the video you can use VLC media player. It is free and you can get it here: http://www.videolan.org/vlc/ GOOD LUCK! PLEASE NOTE: Passing the UPTs is a pre-requesite to be admitted into the 104th Cadets. However, admittance will be decided by a Senior Flight Instructor together with 104th command. Passing the UPTs does not guarantee admittance to extraordinary membership. Passing the fighter training school does not guarantee admittance to ordinary membership. Both extraordinary and ordinary membership can be rejected and/or revoked by 104th Command at any given time without further explanation.
  3. To successfully submit your UPTs you will have to know a couple of things (apart from what is stated in the UPT thread here:) All UPTs have to be flown in Multiplayer, where you will host your own server for yourself. To do so open up your Multiplayer GUI, select "New Server", select the mission and click "start", then select your aircraft as client, then spawn in, when ready unpause the gameAll UPTs start with unpausing the gameYour track files are located in c:\username\savedgames\DCS (or DCSopenbeta)\Tracks\MultiplayerDo NOT use external views or pause the game while flyingClearly show us at what you look (for example zooming with your track IR on the flaps indicator when you retract your flaps)When reviewing your tracks prior submitting, make a backup first, do not use view inputs, as this will corrupt your view cues in your trackReview your UPTs prior submitting and make sure you have followed the workflow 100% TO THE LETTER!Ask your flight instructor (104th_IronMike, 104th_Knight or 104th_Stuge) for help in case you need guidance Failing to adhere to restrictions like speed limit, alititude, bank attitude, etc. or missing steps in the work flow (like retracting your flaps at the exact demanded altitude) will make you fail instantly. The UPTs can only be passed if you meet 100% of the requirements. Therefore make sure you have reviewed them prior submitting. Failing one UPT more than 3 times (no matter which one), will close the door for your application. You will then have to wait until the next recruitment round in order to re-apply, if permitted by the Flight Instructor. In some cases we will reject further re-applications. After posting your application here: when the topic is marked "OPEN" you will have THREE WEEKS from the date of your post to submit your UPTs. So, when you apply, make sure you have time to do the UPTs. Failing to submit them within 3 weeks will close the door for your application. You will then have to wait until the next recruitment round in order to re-apply, if permitted by the Flight Instructor. In some cases we will reject further re-applications. For a single UPT mission it can take up to a week and a minimum of 5-6 repetitions to nail it, no matter how good a pilot you are. Most pilots take significantly more repetitions than that. Espacially real life pilots (with PPL i.e.) should NOT UNDERESTIMATE the difficulty of the UPTs. Remember: Flying in real life and in the sim are two different pairs of shoes! Note: The UPTs are designed to frustrate you. You will have to deal and cope with it more or less on your own and show the right amount of commitment in order to seem worthy of selection to us. All members of the 104th - without exception - have passed their UPTs prior becoming cadets. The reason for this is simple: we need to see, if you are willing to invest the right amount of sweat and virtual blood before we invest a significant amount of time in your training. Once your training starts, frustration might re-appear and disappear along the way, however the training itself is designed much more to make fun and you will progress through your learning curve with enjoyment and pleasure. It will still require a lot of effort from your side though! Do you think you have, what it takes? Then show us and submit your UPTs! S!
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