SoulWager wrote:Who says she has to give up flying to teach? What better way is there to teach a newbie how not to die, than to ask for her scimitar with a training loadout and show them how you DO die.
cbhacking wrote:SoulWager wrote:Who says she has to give up flying to teach? What better way is there to teach a newbie how not to die, than to ask for her scimitar with a training loadout and show them how you DO die.
Flight time is expensive, and there's also the risk of newbies hurting themselves or damaging valuable equipment. You ideally do get lots of flight time before you go into combat for real, but when you've got a lot of pilots and low resources, a lot of the training is going to have to be classroom. Then there's simulators, which are as close to actual flight as the engineers can make them (and by the time we reach the tech level of CD, probably very close indeed) but still are only *virtual* reality.
That said, there's always a need for some real combat flight instructors, even if only for the simulators. Assuming PTSD doesn't get in the way, Kari is certainly a good candidate for flying that role, both as guide (although she's not experienced with their fighters) and as opponent.
SoulWager wrote:Well, I'm sure a few tanks of fuel is worth avoiding a dead pilot and a wrecked fighter.
$100,000 for an hour of training sounds like a lot until you realize losing an F-22 in combat costs over 1500 times as much.cbhacking wrote:SoulWager wrote:Well, I'm sure a few tanks of fuel is worth avoiding a dead pilot and a wrecked fighter.
It's a bit more than that. First there's the simple cost of the fighters. Craft used for training are craft that can't be used in combat. You keep some back anyhow, but if you've got more people than equipment, a lot of the equipment you do have is going to be needed for active duty. Second there's the maintenance cost. No idea what it's like in CD, but (from Wikipedia, and note that this estimate is disputed): "July 2009, the Air Force reported that the F-22 requires more than 30 hours of maintenance for every flight hour, with the total cost per flight hour of $44,000." Training time for those things is going to be *expensive*.
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