From: PDX (and now) London, UK
A request for Michael I guess - would it be possible to have replacement pilots tick down their 'time to active' all the way to 0?
ATM if you request a pilot you have to wait while the time to arrival counter ticks down to 1, and then, as it never hits 0, manually have to activate the pilot so they actually fly. Given the variable time to arrival, and the ease of making pilots actually arrive active (the use case for 99.99% of the time, I'll wager), it does seem rather unnecessary, and very easily changed.
I pity Japanese players who have to rebuild slaughtered squadrons time and time again, doing it via the request veteran button must be a nightmare.
Yes, and if you use the manual operation with EXP modifier, you might get 12 pilots with good air skill, (or whatever you're trying for) but 3 are taken in that are recon pilots (or bomber piltos or something else) even though there are plenty of high air skill pilots around in the reserve pool. Then this also lowers their EXP because their now changed to fighter pilots. When you put them back in the pool and load them to a recon group they then lose more EXP because they go back to being recon.