From: San Antonio, TX
*If you request a pilot that is not currently available on the POOL pilot display (has an arrival date of 04/42 for example), then if you assign them to a group they will NOT appear on the GROUP pilot screen. You will still see them on the POOL pilot screen with an assignment changes from "Fighter Reserve" to "Akagi-1" for example, but if you go to Akagi-1 and look at the list of pilots, he won't be on there.
*The pilot will appear on the Group pilot screen when there is no longer any availability date on the POOL screen. The pilot will appear with a delay number of 1 to 6. When it gets to one, you can assign pilot to "Active".
I THINK this is how it works. It also means I have stopped allowing the AI to pick a pilot, and I assign all pilots manually.
If you wait long enough, all those pilots you think are missing, will start showing up for work at the airgroup pilot screen.
It would be helpful if others would confirm my understanding, because I am a bit hazy on it myself all around.
I don't trust the computer to automatically assign my pilots either. Even though its costly in terms of micromanagement, I find it best to cherry pick the pilots from my training groups / frontline groups for replacement. This is particularly true for KB and mini-KB pilots.
So: I select pilots from my training or frontline Daitai or Chutai. A left click on them puts them on 'group reserve', IIRC. The next day I'll go to the recipient Daitai or Chutai and find the specific pilot from the specific group that I put on group reserve the day previously. I've never had one NOT be there and transfer (with appropriate arrival delay). But, then again, I've only been running the patch II with hotfix for about a week, so I'm pretty unskilled in this process.
I've got to say though that I really like the idea of cherry picking TRACOM or group elite pilots for different roles. It ought to keep my IJNAF skill levels competitive for some time.
< Message edited by Chickenboy -- 1/5/2010 8:00:46 PM >