All new entrants to Fighter Command commence their squadron careers by undertaking operational training within No.6 Operational Training Unit (OTU) based at RAF Sutton Bridge.
Training lasts approximately 4 weeks... and during this time trainee pilots will be required to achieve and demonstrate competency in all aspects of operational flying with 'IL-2 Sturmovik: Battle of Stalingrad'. You will also get used to the radio procedures, use of our proper skins and the setup of our communication software. It also gives you a chance to get to know us and us you! Trainees will 'wear' the prefix 'No6_OTU_' in front of their virtual name.
We fly Squadron training nights on a Tuesday each week... There will be four Assessment Flights, during which the trainee will be required to complete various tasks relative to that specific flight. The trainee's performance will be rated as follows:
|Has completed both the Assessment Flight and all the specified tasks to a satisfactory standard. Can progress to next Assessment Flight.|
|Has completed Assessment Flight and majority of specified tasks to satisfactory standard. May be required to complete failed tasks again, although not required to re-take the Assessment Flight.|
|Failed to complete the Assessment Flight, or overall performance was poor. Trainee will need to undertake Assessment Flight a second time.|
At the end of the training period... all trainees are required to undertake the Squadron Entrants Examination. This will test the Trainee Pilot's flying abilities, his understanding of Tangmere Pilot's 'Rules & Regulations', as well as demonstrating he has a good basic knowledge of WWII aviation history and tactics from 1939 to 1945.
On successful completion... the new pilot is presented with his wings, promoted to Sergeant Pilot and then posted to one of our virtual IL-2 squadrons.