As a squadron, we have one goal: to create an immersive, realistic, and engaging simulation environment for our pilots.
How do we achieve this goal?
- Realistic and comprehensive squadron documentation.
- A custom Aviation Resource Management System (ARMS) based on the ARMS used by real world A-10 pilots.
- Full fidelity training curriculum patterned after the real world A-10 training courses. One-on-one instruction is provided for all of our pilots.
- Realistic radio communications and procedures.
- Conducting combat operations called "Scenario Packages" designed with realism at the core.
- Representing a number of foes through-out our operations; from insurgencies and militant groups, to armed and organized conventional military opponents that the A-10 is or could hypothetically be employed against.
We accept and welcome pilots of all skill levels! One-on-one training with any one of our instructor pilots (IPs) is available when you are, learning at your own pace and discretion, within reason.
Our operations are scheduled through our Aviation Resource Management System (ARMS). Pilots schedule their availability in time blocks for both training and live operations. Official squadron events are also scheduled through ARMS.
Scenario Package Example:
"In June 2017, relations between the NATO and EU-leaning Caucasus country of Georgia and it's northern neighbor, the much more powerful Russia, reached the breaking point following disputes over newly discovered oil deposits in the Black Sea. A diplomatic cutoff and closure of the Roki tunnel that connects the two nations followed, allowing Russian backed South Ossetian separatists the justification they needed to declare formal succession from Georgia once more. An ongoing insurgency in South Ossetia, supplied with surplus Russian arms, has inflicted significant damage to the small Georgian military which is struggling to secure the border region and has been unable to conduct counterinsurgency (COIN) operations. In August 2017, Georgia formally requested help from NATO following the fall of Gori. NATO agreed to help the troubled country, deploying infantry and armored units to the front lines of the insurgency, and providing air assets to begin counterinsurgency operations against the South Ossetian separatists. The 163rd Fighter Squadron was selected to deploy to Tblisi, Georgia in support of Operation Armazi."