Pilot's Guide to Flying MUSH style

So You're A Pilot

Flying is a pretty basic function all pilots have to learn on the game. Our commands are easy, particularly if you've been through the hell that is HSpace, and you're looking for something a little less zomgcodecodecode heavy. We don't have life support you need to +turn on or anything silly like that. Here are the commands you will need to be a pilot:


First, you need to go to the Hangar Bay and:
enter <vehicle>
Example: enter viper-3
+fly <exitname>
Example: +fly spa


Please note you should not be speaking on comms unless you're wearing a flight helmet, in CIC on comms, or have a wirelo. (Usually 1 or 2 marines on a mission carry a wirelo (wireless radio).)
+com/join <com>
Example: +com/join tac3 or +com/join tac4 to listen to these 2 Air Wing tac channels.
+com <com>=<message>
+com tac3=Spider, Ciggie. I'm getting irregular response from port thrusters. Do you see anything unusual firing out there?
+com <com>=.<emit>
Example: +com tac3=.A gruff voice recognizable as a pained 'Ciggie' Parker comes over the comms, "Spider, Ciggie. Request permission to RTB."

For comm etiquette, terms, and standard phrases please see the wiki's news > military procedures page:
http://hestia.wikidot.com/military-procedures and check out the 'comms' tab.


STC is a comm channel that members of CIC generally use for clearing landings and launches. If you are a pilot, please +com/join STC and be aware that CIC may choose to respond on that channel for these requests, rather than spamming up tac. On the game, +help +com_radio for more information on comms channels and usage.

CAP Rotation

CAP rotation always includes 2 vipers, and sometimes a raptor will go along with. A Nugget never goes without a vetted pilot, and no pilot ever flies alone (if you wish to do a CAP and need an NPC pilot along, you can use one). Standard CAP is 2 vipers for 4 hours.

(A personal side note: If you're posing into a scene 'having just finished CAP' please be sure no other pilots in the scene have 'just finished CAP' if they weren't your wingman. I've seen three different pilots in a row pose in having just finished CAP in the space of twenty minutes. It's pretty funny.)

When you are in your vessel in spaaaaace or on the deck, you can either pose normally to the interior (which is useful for raptor people, since they ride 2 or more to a bird, depending on if they have passengers), or you can +emit to everyone outside of your vessel. Please note that +emit should not be used by raptor passengers to show their actions to those outside. Bob in raptor 2 can't see what Jane in raptor 1 is picking her nose, after all! +emits should be reserved for ship actions and descriptions.

If, however, Jerry and Tom are flying close CAP with each other, and one looks through the canopy of another, they can add in +emits for visible gestures. The first person to visibly bro-bump their canopy gets a failure in the main fuel line, fyi. =b

+emit <pose>
Example: +emit Foxbat-7 maneuvers around a large asteroid, port thrusters firing for a two second burn before they sputter, die, then sputter again and flame up. There's a hiccup in the trajectory sending the raptor slightly off course.

Other notes of interest: 'Actual' on comms is the ship's CO, ie Mehra. Everyone else using comms up in CIC can just refer to themselves on comms as 'Hestia'. As in "Spider, Hestia. All vipers RTB. Combat landings cleared." Side note: Thank you and You're Welcome are generally not necessary on comms! While you're reviewing this, please check out the rest of the mil procedures on the wiki FYI: http://hestia.wikidot.com/military-procedures.

NUGGET a ROOK and an ENSIGN & Callsigns


Someone in flight training who has yet to qualify for their rank. They are the lowest of the low, the noobs, the meat, the fleshy little boogers you so hope don't stray into your path and take out half your viper because they hiccuped during maneuvers. STUDENT DRIVER on board, people.


Someone who has completed their flight training and been vetted by the CAG and approved for their rank. They're no longer to be called a nugget. They can, however, still be referred to as a Rook.


A baby pilot. If someone's new to combat situations or maneuvers, or merely has the distinction of being the young bird in the flock, they can be referred to as a rook. It just means rookie, and has nothing to do with rank. A LtJG can still be referred to as a rook if they're fairly green and haven't had a lot of combat experience. It's not necessarily an insult, just a statement of fact. Botch your landings too often and folks might start calling you a rook. Or you could have your callsign changed to Dropsy. It's all fun and games until someone gets a drunken idea the CAG likes.


While we're on the subject of callsigns, it should be noted that they can be changed at any time, should your CAG decide you've done something noteworthy enough for a swap up. Sometimes it's a bad something, sometimes it's a good something. It's generally something that left an impression. If your squaddies give you a nickname that catches on, that could also become you callsign. In short: be careful what you do with your pants, other officers, and bowls of jello, particularly if all three come up in the same scene. It may stick with your forever and ever.

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