I think you nailed it Hfarrish.... The ones I want to perform, in general, I raise quite high, while the ones I do not(and this is not a 'preference' thing, but rather what is aimed at what is important to me at any given week of play) I keep low. For example..most of the time, ALL of my "escort" positions on this screen would be 70-150. Quite a few times, my air war on offense, is intended to draw out and fight enemy fighters, more than destroy a unit, etc..in general, as an example to the OP..I raise ground support and ground support escort, both over 100 most of the time, and this results in quite a few air strikes against enemy units to help with my ground unit attacks.
Also one thing to watch..rotate some of the air units back and forth from the reserve, it keeps them at strength, and gathers experience for all of them. And, finally...I have found it helpful to adjust the airbase settings, also, which are what determines how much support any given airbase gives to operations around it.
Edit: One other thing I noticed..if your "percent required to fly"=10...you will wear out most of your own air force, as they will fight until they are only at 10% strength, which will also lower their morale, etc..and I am not sure if morale affects the same way in air in this game, as it does on land, but units which have suffered so many losses on land in this game, will not fight effectively, even if they can be brought to fight. IRL even 50% losses will cripple most units, I cannot imagine the morale of a unit that has suffered 89% losses, and is still asked to fight until they lose 1 more % lol.
< Message edited by kg_1007 -- 7/27/2012 9:49:52 PM >