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  1. Gents, Sept. 15, 2018 Another week at VMFA-251 is coming to a close. We have had several happenings behind the scenes. First, we have reopened recruiting and pushed out our recruiting advertisement on the DCS Forums. In the meantime, we have added one new pilot, Broadway, to our ranks. So, I would like to welcome him to VMFA-251 and I look forward to meeting and working with him. We have had some interest in our MAG-31 area, which hopefully will bring a new prospective pilot. Alongside our new pilot, Beazle is back with us for the time being and is speeding through his syllabus work to get caught up, it is great having you back. We have missed our Frenchman! We are still determining a new Squadron day, which is looking to be Sunday more and more. As we hammer down the specifics we will move to using that as our third day for both training and operations. So, please look forward to that. Operations: We are wrapping up carrier training this week and are pushing steady into carrier qualifications. I am highly pleased to announce that our XO, Redd, has become the first carrier qualified pilot in VMFA-251, so congratulations and thank you for your efforts and hard work paving the way for us all. Geko has completed his night time qualifications and will next move on to day qualifications to complete his carrier quals. We do have a mission in store for this coming week that will incorporate much of what we do including a carrier launch, preplanned strike, some CAP, and finally carrier recoveries. Please be on the lookout for the date so we can get maximum participation and bring everything we have been working hard on together. After Carrier Quals, we are back into the A/G and A/A training focusing on CAS work and getting complete on our bread and butter missions. I for one am extremely ready to leave the boat behind and get into our combat training routine again. I will be working with Salt this week, getting him caught up and FAC-Qualified. End of the Week Notes: I have nothing to report on the maintenance front besides the Greenie Board is still being worked on. As for syllabus work, Mac has one item left to complete on 2000-Series, so hopefully that will be knocked out soon. Beazle has just his night systems and night refueling to complete as well. Nato and Broadway are in line to work on their 2000-Series and I look forward to seeing them getting through the pipeline. As we close in towards the end of the month, I want every pilot to be aware and on the lookout for award recommendations. We have a lot of great, dedicated people here who are working hard behind the scenes and are in here everyday, I want to ensure they get the credit they deserve for all their efforts. So, I expect to see a lot of these for the Command Staff to comb through. Alot of hours are being put in on the hours board, and I am always pleased to see it. Let's keep up the flying and the hard work. As a final note on hours, Geko and Redd have topped 100 hours each with their flying, which is a wonderful sign of their flying and dedication to date, so thank you both Gentlemen. That is about all I have for this week, excellent work and as always, I highly look forward to another week here at VMFA-251. V/R, Plague/CO VMFA-251
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    Carrier Quals: 0922

    Carrier Qualifications: 0922 CQ3904 & CQ3905 Sign-up will be in the Ready Room
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    CQ3903: CASE III Recoveries

    Right now we are flying Wed nights and Saturday mornings and opening a third day, potentially starting this week on Sunday. So no worries, you will be able to make at least 2 of the 3 as per your schedule.
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    Hey Broadway, Great to have you with us! I won't echo everything already said, but I look forward to meeting you and hopefully having you join us here in VMFA-251. Please, feel free to reach out with any more questions via the forum or message myself or any of the other Pilots here.
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    Carrier Quals: 0919

    Carrier Qualifications: 0919 Sign-up will be in the Ready Room
  6. Welcome to VMFA-251! Glad to hear you are interested in our Squadron. I won't echo what was already provided, but please feel free to ask questions and get familiar with the information provided. We will have the checkride packet up today as well for you to take a look at. Thanks for your service, I think you will find a very welcoming and friendly home here with VMFA-251. I look forward to seeing you flying with us!
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    CQ3903: CASE III Recoveries

    CASE III recoveries Sign-up will be in the Ready Room
  8. Gents, Well it is another week down for VMFA-251. Sadly, Gaspipe departed the Squadron this week. However, we are still pushing on. We have completed CASE II Recoveries for several pilots. Our Greenie Board is starting to come alive and hopefully will have LSO Input ability soon. We have two pilots racing to 100 hours. As for administrative happenings, we have opened recruiting again. This gives us two pilot slots to fill in, plus the potential of bringing in people into MAG-31 to hone their skills and join us. I am currently getting our recruiting advertisement for the DCS World Forums together and will hopefully have that passed off to our new Adjutant (again) Salt. I hope everyone is keeping an eye on each other and how much we are all contributing, I look forward to any award recommendations for the end of the month. I want to thank everyone for all their efforts to date helping myself and the Command Staff get this Squadron off the ground and running. We are barely a week into September and have logged almost more hours already than we did last month. Operations: I want to lay out the plan for the next few weeks and keep everyone abreast of what is going on. This coming week we have CASE III work to do, followed by the next week for actual Carrier Qualifications. After that, we are pushing back to NTTR and getting our Close Air Support, CAS3100, completed. As we work on that, the XO and Operations have been working on a mini-campaign to run over several nights. We have asked what would be the best times for a third Squadron night, and will start working the campaign on that day when it is ready. Also, we are slowly pulling the 2000 & 3000 Syllabus together as we fill in the Air to Air portions. We are starting to push BFM practice more and more. I have been on the LSO platform watching you guys fly, and I have to say whether you feel it or not, there have been massive improvements in carrier operations. You guys are looking better and better each day, so keep it up. Maintenance: Mustafa, our personal Magician, has been working hard on the Greenie Board as mentioned and as everyone can see. I personally think it looks great. Hopefully soon the LSOs will have the ability to enter in trap scores. Also, we are still working behind the scenes on getting a new paypal account and transferring over funds from CH to that account to help cover our running costs. So far we are in the green on August and September, and donations are trickling in to cover October. Thank you everyone for your donations and helping us keep this Squadron going. End of the Week Notes: We still have a few active pilots to complete on the 2000-Series. Mac is very close with just a few items left, and Nato has the 2000-Series to start. Let's start pulling together and getting these guys through it this week. Good news is that Beazle should be back this week as well, and needs to get some sign-offs done as well to clear him on 2000-Series. I look forward to having our Frenchman back in the ranks and flying again with us! That is all I have for this week. Thank you to everyone for your efforts, dedication, and so happy to see us flying again and working hard! V/R, Plague, CO VMFA-251
  9. MAG-31 and VMFA-251 is currently Closed to recruiting. Please note that we will be reopening recruiting **soon** but our current focus is getting our current recruits up to speed. If you are interested in a spot, please speak up, introduce yourself and get on our discord: https://discord.gg/XUBUUTD These slots will be filled by first come, first serve prospective pilots who complete the initial checkride. Those who cannot complete the checkride will be kept in MAG-31 to hone skills and prepare them for the next pilot slot openings. Any Questions please refer to the Questions post in this forum.
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    CASE I question

    Great man! We all look forward to having you back with us! I am sure you will be up to speed in no-time!
  11. Welcome to VMFA-251! Feel free to use this area to ask any questions be it about the squadron, technical issues, or anything else that you would like to know. Our Pilots are more than happy to help out any way they can.
  12. Welcome! If you are here you must be interested in joining VMFA-251. Please introduce yourself to the Squadron and let us get to know you. We are a very dedicated and friendly group focusing on the US Marine Corps F/A-18C Hornet mission. We are happy to have you here with us and look forward to getting to know you. Once you introduce yourself, one of our Command Staff or Instructor Pilots (IPs) will get with you and help you start your journey with us. Here is a list of our Command Staff and IPs: Plague, Commanding Officer Redd, Executive Officer & Instructor Pilot Mustafa, Maintenance Officer (Subject Matter Expert on all Technical/Website/Account issues) Highway, Operations Officer & Instructor Pilot Geko, Assistant Operations Officer & Instructor Pilot We all look forward to meeting you and taking the skies with you!
  13. Welcome to VMFA-251! If you are here you are more than likely interested to be a part of this Squadron. In this post you will be provided with a few documents that are the foundation and bedrock of our Squadron. It is highly suggested that you read through these and get a feel for what we do. You will find our Administrative Standard Operating Procedures (AdminSOP) and the MAG-31 Ground School information. These two documents are the starting point of your career with VMFA-251. Once you have reviewed them, please feel free to use this MAG-31 forum to ask questions. Ensure as well that you introduce yourself in the MAG-31 Introduction forum so we can get to know you a little and assign you a senior Instructor Pilot to mentor your entry into our Squadron. Thanks for your interest and welcome to VMFA-251! AdminSOP: VMFA251 AdminSOP.pdf MAG-31 Ground School: MAG-31 Ground School.pdf 476th Range Target Mod: 476 Range Targets 17JUN18.zip SRS/Simple Radio: wip Here is a Brief Overview of the Expected Training Pipeline for the New Pilot: Join the Squadron Website: Do this first if you have not. Introduce Yourself to the Squadron: Located in the MAG-31 Forum Ensure you read and understand all the documentation: The Documents in this post Conduct an Interview with one of our Instructor Pilots: You will be contacted directly by an IP to set this up Perform Initial Checkride: Upon passing, you will be inducted, if you don’t pass continue to communicate, practice, and get with our IPs to improve your skills. You will be held in MAG-31 Student Naval Aviator status until completion. Induction into VMFA-251: An On-Wing will be assigned, and scheduled training will begin with the 2000-Series Operational Syllabus. This should be completed in about 3 months, which will give you the hours and experience to become ‘Operational’ with VMFA-251.
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    CVW-11 VR Plat Camera

    Excellent, I am glad it is helping!
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    CVW-11 VR Plat Camera

    The 113's works well, just can be a pain. Have to use a huey, which for SRS use means having it hot started and setting the radios, plus when you leave the Platcam view, you have to reset it. Besides all that, which are really minor things, it does work well and we have had success with it. But, if this is better, we will give it a shot.

vVMFA-251 is a virtual DCS World F/A-18C squadron flying the Belsimtek/Eagle Dynamics F/A-18C module exclusively. We focus on real-world tactics as best we can within the DCS Wold environment.

vVMFA-251 is not your run of the mill DCS World squadron.

"Custos Caelorum"
DCS World Simple Radio TACview LotAtc