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Newb Pilot replacement question - 2/3/2011 3:17:19 PM   
BossGnome

 

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Hi,

So, as I mentioned previously, I haven't played this game for around 2 and a half years, and when I stopped playing, it was with the original WITP. So, going through some test runs to familiarize myself with the new layout, one of the biggest changes I noticed were to the pilot pool. Request veteran? Choose pilot pool to draw from? What exactly are the different effects of these? I gathered that choose veteran transfers a pilot from one of your other units to this one, but what about the different pilot pools? I looked in the manual and it was unfortunately silent on the matter, except to tell me that in some cases a pilot with exp. above 80 could be eligible for transfer into training command?? OK, so what does that do? So for example, as allies in december 1941 I can draw pilots from either Replacements, Reserve, or TRACOM... please explain!

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RE: Newb Pilot replacement question - 2/3/2011 4:01:36 PM   
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Replacement pilots are pilots taken strait out of the pools. They'll be low experience and low skill and need training. Reserve is a group of pilots that you've placed there. It should be used as storage for trained pilots from which to draw pilots for existing groups. Whenever you remove pilots from an airgroup they get sent to the reserve. And TRACOM is a reserve pool for pilots over 81 experience. Placing pilots into TRACOM is supposed to speed up the training schedule of replacement pilots (each month you get a quota of new pilots in your replacement pools), but really we have such a huge flood of endless replacement pilots that TRACOM is pretty much worthless. Some players use it as another reserve pool to place elite pilots.

Personally I'm not really sure how the automatic pilot selection works, I've always manually selected pilots when I'm filling squadrons excepting training squadrons I fill with new pilots. I suspect a lot of players do the same. I havn't even toyed with the system.

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RE: Newb Pilot replacement question - 2/3/2011 8:21:20 PM   
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The trick is to train your pilots in in-map units and then move them into the pools when their skills are as high as you wish. For me that's usually about 65 - 70, or so. I then fill up the units with new pilots and repeat. For some pilots, you can assign them actual missions on, say, the West Coast to also up their experience level once they reach a good skill level. Fighter units can up their experience with CAP, and abviously ASW and search missions will work for those type units. After about 18 months, you've got trained pilots out the wazoo in your reserve pools, unless you've had too many encounters with the KB. I don't see the advantage of moving pilots into TRACOM, but there's probably some disagreement about that.

Some people don't like the system, but I think it's fine. It's better than asking "How come all my newly arrived squadrons have rookie pilots?"

I, like the previous poster, have never used the automatic pilot system. I just make sure that they are overstrength with trained pilots and then revisit them when there's been a lot of air combat in the area. I also manually refill the squadrons with planes until I have nice replacement pool numbers. I like to make sure that I fill the units in the most critical areas.

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RE: Newb Pilot replacement question - 2/3/2011 11:26:49 PM   
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One of the patches also introduced a new PDF that was supposed to explain all the pilot pools and training and such. Look for it in your game installation directory.

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RE: Newb Pilot replacement question - 2/4/2011 3:42:51 AM   
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Q: What do you do with all of those USN Float Plane groups?

A: You call them "Training Squadrons", and then you assign them to manufacture the skilled pilots that will fill the decks on carriers.

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RE: Newb Pilot replacement question - 2/4/2011 12:19:29 PM   
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A follow up noob question.  Is there a delay when selecting pilots out of the reserve?  Also is there a delay when putting pilots into reserve? 

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RE: Newb Pilot replacement question - 2/4/2011 3:23:40 PM   
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quote:

ORIGINAL: mg62

A follow up noob question.  Is there a delay when selecting pilots out of the reserve?  Also is there a delay when putting pilots into reserve? 



There is a random, up-to-15-day delay when transferring pilots into or out of General Reserve and TRACOM, and when transferring to another unit.

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