SIMAF Academy

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SIMAF Membership

Thank you for your interest in the Simulated United States Air Force. We are honored for you to join our team here at SIM Air Force. Before you move any further, we would like to introduce our organization and expectations of our members:

WE ARE NOT A VIRTUAL AIRLINE


The SIM Air Force is a very unique organization with a challenging training curriculum that requires a skill level beyond airline-based flying. Of course, we love to have fun here but we also hold high expectations for each of our members. Our pilots must undergo 20 to 40 hours of flight training before being considered as a Mission Ready (MR) pilot. We will take you through each step of the training process with the guidance of a certified SIMAF flight instructor. If you are looking to perform 'Point A to Point B' type of flying, we suggest that you do not continue with this application.

IF YOU ARE NEW TO FLYING, THIS MAY NOT BE THE PLACE FOR YOU


Our flight instructors are assigned to you to assist you through your training phases accordingly. If you are unsure of how to perform at the bare minimum basic IFR (Instrument Flight Rating) procedures such as filing flight plans, following airspace restrictions, maintaining communication with ATC (Air Traffic Control), please do not apply. Each phase of your training will require a check-ride to allow you to demonstrate what you have learned so far.

OUR TRAINING IS UNIQUE


We have gathered documentation based on real-world procedures that will push your capabilities as a pilot. Although we like to have fun, it takes time and dedication to learn how to perform your duties as a SIMAF pilot appropriately. You may not get everything on the first pass. We expect that and are prepared for your questions.

SIMPLE REQUIREMENTS MAKE THINGS EASIER


If you are interested in joining our organization, please read the following requirements:
  1. You must have a valid VATSIM ID with a minimum of 10 hours online. We check each applicant to ensure they have a valid ID on file. If we cannot locate your VATSIM ID, your application will be automatically rejected.
  2. You must own a legal copy of one of the following products:
    1. Lockheed Martin Prepar3d v4
    2. Lockheed Martin Prepar3d v3 (preferred)
    3. Microsoft Flight Simulator: Steam Edition
    4. Microsoft Flight Simulator X
    5. X-Plane 10 or 11
    6. FSX@War (REQUIRED FOR ACC)
    7. JoinFS
  3. You may also additionally own a legal copy of one of the following products, althought it's not required:
    1. Digital Combat Simulator (DCS)
    2. Benchmark Sims Simulator (BMS)
    3. VRS Simulations Tacpack (REQUIRED FOR ACC)
  4. You must be at least 16 years of age or older.
  5. You must be able to follow basic procedures and commands while flying on the VATSIM network. We are not designed to teach you how to fly.
  6. Once you become Mission Ready (MR), you are required to fly at least two sorties with at least two or more hours every 30 days.
  7. You must know how to utilize FSINN, FSCopilot, vPilot, XSquawkbox, and Discord.

WHAT TO EXPECT:


SIM Air Force has a self-paced continuing flow of training developed to allow a pilot to train somewhat at their own pace. After signing up, you will receive an email to brief you on our requirements and provide you with instructions on how to get started.

Once you are accepted into the SIMAF Academy, you will have seven (7) days to complete your first flight. Failure to complete your first flight in that timeframe will result in your immediate explusion from the program.

PHASE 1: The Academy

You begin your career as a sCadet where you will complete your initial flight training. Pilots will discover how to work their aircraft thorugh basic air worthiness drills designed to ensure that you can meet the demanding tasks of a military aircraft before moving on to something faster and more complex. This is typically the time that pilots begin to familiarize themself with our procedures and introduce themselves on the forum, TeamSpeak or Discord.

PHASE 2: SPECIALIZED UNDERGRADUATE TRAINING (SUPT) / T-6A Texan II

This phase will guide you on checklist procedures, overhead and closed traffic procedures, aerobatics, holding and STARs.

PHASE 3: SPECIALIZED UNDERGRADUATE TRAINING (SUPT) / T-1A Jayhawk or T-38C Talon

This phase is where much of your training starts to push your limits. You will be assigned to fly in either the USAF T-38 or the Navy T-45. You will practice many of the procedures you have before but at much higher speeds, higher altitudes, and with more precision. T-1A pilots will learn contact maneuvers, intrustment flying, formation flying, air refueling, low level flying and military air traffic communications. T-38C pilots will learn aerobatics, patterns, contact, formation, instruments, low level and air refueling. Once you've completed this complex training, you will finally move on to your assigned aircraft and settle in your pilot career.

PHASE 4: INITIAL QUALIFITING TRAINING (IQT)

Pilots will select their track for their career at this point in the training life cycle. You will be able to choose which aircraft you wish to fly. Depending on the organizations needs, you will be assigned that airframes unless organizational needs dictate otherwise.

PHASE 5: MISSION QUALIFICATION TRAINING (MQT)

You are then assigned to your operational squadron and need to fly your final set of flights in order to become MISSION READY. This is required for you to be considered fully operational.
Additional Information:
  1. If you are coming from another VSOA military organization you may qualify for a FAST TRACK, once our recruiter verifies your previous hours and rank. This means going straight to IQT, MQT, or direct duty.
  2. The 89th Air Mobility Wing/1st Airlift Squadron flies the VIP aircraft C-32 (757), C-40 (737), C-37 (Gulfstream V) with locations at Andrews AFB, MD; Langley AFB, VA; Scott AFB, IL and other US Military Major Commands worldwide. Those pilots that are interested and have over 60 verifiable hours in a Virtual Airline for the commercial versions of these aircraft can be accepted into a FAST TRACK going direct to IQT. Pilots flying these aircraft will have top consideration for assignments when the VC-25 (Air Force One) aircraft becomes available.
  3. Virtual Civilian Airlines who are interested in transporting cargo and passengers for SIM Air force can be accepted into our Civil Reserve Air Fleet (CRAF). More information can be found HERE. Apply below and let our recruiter provide you with more information.

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