Pilot Training Begins

A lot has happened since my last entry!  It has all happened rather quick.  It honestly makes me wonder if Ixion Defence Systems is either hard-up for pilots or just really efficient with their time management.  I hope the latter.

Yesterday was my first day of flight training.  I’m receiving instruction on piloting the legendary Anvil Aerospace Hornet F7C.  While I’m flying the trainer in a simulator, the F7A, they are very much identical.

Hornet F7C

While waiting for the message from IXDS regarding the details of my training, I spent a lot of time studying technical manuals on the most popular space craft, researching IXDS and their history, and physically preparing myself.  It was certainly both a relaxing and exciting week!

IXDS came and picked me up from my local interspace port two days ago.  I found it odd, but they picked me up in a Banu Merchantman ship.  I was the only “cargo” onboard.

The training simulation software that they are using is called Arena Commander and it can simulate both free flight and a basic combat scenario that has me and two other pilots, both controlled by the computer, defend a small industrial orbital space station from swarms of Vanduul fighters that come in ever-increasing waves.  I have received zero instruction in relation to anything – I literally just have to figure it out.  The instructors say that this is to test my learning capabilities and my ability to adapt to adversity.  I think I’m doing pretty well.

The next step after a few days or weeks of this type of “training” will be to fly with other pilots in training against other pilots in competitive scenarios.  I have not been informed, nor have the instructors let on to when that might be.  I am excited for it though because I am learning how the computer-controlled opponents think.

I’m very excited to fly the Hornet, though.  Instructors said that I may also learn to fly the 300 series spacecraft, which a lighter and faster space craft than the Hornet.

Only time will tell.

One Reply to “Pilot Training Begins”

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.