PHD #322: Leet Nugget Hunter
Leet Nugget Hunter
Summary: Wade tests Sonja's skills in simulated flight. Ueber-leet Raider appears.
Date: 14 Jan 2042 AE
Related Logs: None
Sonja Wade 
Flight Simulation
A training room specifically dedicated to honing aerial skills, this area is equipped with several flight simulator pods that allow the pilots to practice maneuvers and tactics without being in a real live plane. The Viper-pods are installed on one side of the room with a little space between them, an attempt to provide a realistic feel for close-range wing training, while a smaller number of Raptor sim-pods are installed on the opposite side of the room from the Vipers. A central computer terminal and overhead display screen sits at the head of the room, where one can input exercises and data to be run in the sims, scroll through score records, and control the training modules.
Post-Holocaust Day: #322

Having a new Nugget aboard the Cerberus is always an interesting situation. In this case, the fact that Sonja has prior flight experience, works quite well. Wade scheduled some SIM time with Sonja and right now, he is standing close to one of the pods, going through SIM programs while he waits for her. He is, at the moment, wearing his full pilot suit as it is a requirement while working with the Sims. Something about replicating the scenario as much as possible.

Sonja arrives a few moments later, as always she's prompt well groomed and the model of a perfect recruit. Upon seeing Wade she comes to attention and snaps out a smart salute. "Midshipman Lyon reporting Sir." she says, standing tall and proud until told to go to the ease position.

Wade turns around only after hearing her voice. He offers a firm salute to her as well and a node "At ease, Midshipman" Now, he looks at both Sim pods and back at her "I know you've been using the Sims of course, so shall we give them a go?" Right to the point he is "So, how have you been adapting to the Military life?" asks the man now, punching in some commands into the console to setup the exercise.

Sonja stand down to an at ease position, her expression stoic and very formal. "I've been enjoying the change of lifestyle sir and have found everyone so far to be helpful and patient." She says, not looking at him but a little above and to the side. Still very formal.

Wade nods and offers a light smile to her words "Good, good. I'm glad to hear that Midshipman. Granted, you are not joining the Military in the regular type of situation, but a highly stressful one. It is appreciated, the fact that you decided to sign up" With that said, he does a couple more things and both SIMS come to life. "Alright Midshipman Lyon, take SIM-02-541, I'll take the other one." With that said and without giving further explanation, he takes the 540.

Sonja grabs her helmet and with a sharp nod of affirmation she does to take her place in the second sim. Her helmet is plugged into the right sockets and only then does she acknowledge that she's ready and in position.

[Sim-01-540: Wade] Wade gets comfortable in the Pilot seat of his fake Viper. He looks at all the controls and starts running Pre-Flight check. The man opens a COM channel and speaks to Sonja "Alright Midshipman, you are in your cockpit and getting ready to launch. The Viper is in the launch tube. What should we be doing right now?" In the meantime, he does a couple things on his Viper.

[Sim-02-541: Sonja] :squirms around a little in her Viper, getting her but in the right contours, her fingers grip the stick like Blue taught her and for the most part she looks ready to go. "Wait for the singal from the LSO, to launch?" She asks.

[Sim-01-540: Wade] Wade finishes what he was doing, pleased with the fact that all his systems are on green. "Pre Flight check, Midshipman. You need to make sure that all your systems are on green. The LSO is also going to be able to see that." He nods to this and then takes a deep breath "Any red flag on your Pre-Flight is going to cancel your launch and push you back to the Deck" When both the pilot and the LSO agreed that everything is good to go, the LSO punches the Viper out.

[Sim-02-541: Sonja] Sonya knew that really she did. "I knew that." She murmurs softly, going to commit that error to memory so she'll remember next time not to answer it wrong. "Okay, all my systems are green." She informs the flight leader.

[Sim-01-540: Wade] Wade nods to that and smiles softly, barely hearing her words as she says them. "All systems on green here as well, launch is a go. One my mark. Three…Two….One…Launch" And with that said, he launches his fake Viper through fake launch tube and into space.

[Sim-02-541: Sonja] Sonja waits for the signal then launches off, keeping to the leads wing and waiting for instructors over their communications channel. She shifts around again her left hand on her flat thigh waiting and correcting as she needs too. Her form is better this evening thanks to Roland's tips and hints last night.

[Sim-01-540: Wade] Wade looks at where Sonja is positioned an it seems that, for the moment, he is pleased with what she is doing. "Alright Lyon, let me ask you this…what type of pilot are you? How did you used to fly that crop duster?" She'll notice that for the moment, he is keeping it slow, maintaining formation and not doing anything funny.

[Sim-02-541: Sonja] Wade's questions gets a soft chuckle from her. "Certainly not graceful and fast." She replies. "These Fighters are nothing like my duster." she wobbles a little, over correcting and managers to rolls herself a few times. "Like so." Sonja says proving her point, it takes effect to get herself straight again, little adjustments and finally she's sationary again.

[Sim-01-540: Wade] "Oh, certainly" says Wade. "But still, we do what we do with the things we get" adds the Pilot now. "I used to fly Civilian Shuttles, when I was 16…then I joined the fleet and upgraded for Vipers" He looks at what she does and he nods "Keep it leveled, it has fast control reaction time. You'll get used to it" And to prove his point, he does a couple barrel rolls and then a nose to tail roll using the position thrusters. "Alright, let's see what you got. Keep up Midshipman and stay in formation" With that said, Wade pushes on the thrusters and speeds forward, but not too fast.

[Sim-02-541: Sonja] Sonja chuckles again watching the senior pilot show off a little. "I'll try." She promises, taking great pains to keep level, chanting over and over to herself what's she's be taught so far, don't be a hero, always stay on your lead's wing, little hand movements, stay focused…Okay this sounds easier then it is.

[Sim-01-540: Wade] Wade waits for her to fall into position again and says "One of the things to keep in mind is that Vipers are demons of speed and maneuverability, and when in combat, this becomes really important. "Use your position thrusters, use your throttle, don't fear hard turns. Your body is going to stand high G levels, specially your legs working the pedals."

[Sim-02-541: Sonja] Sonja nods her head even if he can't see her. "I got ya." She tells him, wiggling her toes in her nice shiny new combat issused boots, she'd had liked a pair of these buggers back on the farm. But alass, she gets to wear them in machine that's taking her rather fast, dangerously fast in simulated space. Is now in the correct position one hopes.

[Sim-01-540: Wade] Wade keeps paying attention to what's going on outside, looking at her bird to see if everything looks ok. "Alright Lyon, let's push the birds a little harder. I'll do it first and then I'll do a hard turn to my left, so I will require to work the thrusters and the position systems to accomplish that." With that said, he pushes his fake Viper at a higher more dangerous speed and moves fast towards a point ahead in space. She'll be able to see that the Viper tilts to its left and remains on axis, later to break and making an abrupt 90 degree turn. There's a high G blast from the engines and he speeds to another locating before turning around in a wide arch and flying back towards her "Alright, your turn Midshipman"

<FS3> <FS3> Sonja rolls Vipers: Failure.

[Sim-02-541: Sonja] Sure then looks easy right, wrong! Sonja performs the tasks, and fails but only just she spins instead of doing the sharp turn and while she's fighting for contol, a cylon fleet could have blasted her to pieces and gone after then battlestar. "Damnit." She mutters darkly, finally able to get up right again. She's getting frustrated, she's so tiny and light handed why can't she get the hang of these controls!

[Sim-01-540: Wade] Wade follows her bird with his gaze to see how she performs. He hears her cursing, because the audio has been enhanced and he shakes his head "Don't let it get to you, Lyon. We were all in the same situation when we were in training. We take these experiences and we learn from them."

<FS3> Wade rolls Alertness: Great Success.

[Sim-02-541: Sonja] Sonja will always be harder on herself then any instructor, his words are registered even if they give her little comfort. She /knows/ she's performing piss poor and until she gets he act together she'll be muttering and cursing herself.

<FS3> <FS3> Sonja rolls Alertness: Good Success.

[Sim-01-540: Wade] "Alright, let's form up Midshipman and do a few rounds as if in CAP" says Wade, starting to move forward patrolling around the different ships. "On CAP, ultimately, the senior officer is the one in command of the entire thing. So regardless if you fly wing lead or not, the ranking officer leads the whole thing. You know, the SL or CAG…or even SLs from other squadrons." Wade is throwing some info on Sonja now "Do you know what, Weapons Free, mean?"

[Sim-02-541: Sonja] Sonja nods as each bit of imformation is remembered by his quick reminders. "I can fire if I see a target?" She says. "So if we run into a raider or two I'm allowed to shoot if and when I feel I can?" She's pretty confident she's got all the protocal down, it's just the practice flying that's a bitch.

[Sim-01-540: Wade] "Not when you feel you can, Lyon. When you are ordered to" says Wade, looking outside for a brief moment. "You are always to follow your wing lead's command, and you are always to target what they are targeting, unless told otherwise of course. But yes, Weapons free means that the safes are off and we are clear to engage." And luck at that, just when Wade finishes that, the DRADIS blinks, showing two red dots, incoming fast.

[Sim-02-541: Sonja] Sonja doesn't mind being corrected she's here to learn after all. "Roger that Sir." She says, imforming him she's receieved and understood…"Sir I see two, contacts on the DRAIDS." She says, keeping her voice leveled even if she's sounding like her callsign eager. "Waiting for orders."

[Sim-01-540: Wade] Wade nods at her words and says "Incoming Cylon Raiders, at seven-three-one carmon niner-one-four" He looks outside and sees them as well, red eyes flashing angrily. "Alright Lyon, let's punch it and move in to engage, stay in formation and go with my target." With that, he pushes his bird hard, flying fast to intercept the enemy contacts.

[Sim-01-540: Wade] "Alright Lyon, this is it. I'm going to target the one on the left, target the same one. It seems that both are having an interest in me so I'll use that to open a window for you. I want you to punch it and show me what you've got. I'll take evasive maneuvers.

[Sim-02-541: Sonja] Sonja changed her targetting computer to the one on the left, following her lead and waiting for an openning so she can get her first shot of the day home. "Aye Splash." She says remember to use callsigns when in combat situations

<COMBAT> Wade attacks Raider2 with KEW and MISSES!
<COMBAT> Sonja attacks Raider1 with KEW and MISSES!
<COMBAT> Raider2 attacks Wade with KEW but MISSES!
<COMBAT> Raider1 attacks Wade with KEW but MISSES!

[Sim-01-540: Wade] Wade attacks his target with angry face KEWs and hears Sonja's words over the comms, he also sees that she didn't punch the bird nor she correctly changed target. The Cylon Riders are still bugging so whatever he says, he says it fast. "Lyon! Change your target to mine! And punch the bird, increase speed, I want you to go in harder against them!" This is serious business yo. And, on a more lighter note, he says "And it's Drips, the callsign is Drips. Splash is Malone"

[Sim-02-541: Sonja] Sonja curses because she thought she changed and yeah she's still dragging ass. "Aye Drips." She tells him, changing targets and punchinhg the speed. "Okay." She murmurs softly, going to follow the raider with her targetting system. This isn't no big ass field, hard to miss but rather the kneel in a haystack.

<COMBAT> Raider1 attacks Wade with KEW - Moderate wound to Body (Reduced by Armor).
<COMBAT> Wade attacks Raider2 with KEW but MISSES!
<COMBAT> Raider2 attacks Wade with KEW but MISSES!
<COMBAT> Sonja attacks Raider2 with KEW - Moderate wound to Right Wing.
<COMBAT> Wade has started a new turn. Pose and choose your action.
<COMBAT> Raider-0997y has been KO'd!
<COMBAT> Raider2 has been KO'd!

[Sim-01-540: Wade] Wade has two make his bird really move around to make sure that he keeps those Raiders still on his tail but with luck, not getting hit…much. One of them does hit him indeed, but luckily enough, the armor on the Viper reduces the damage, so he can continue. He is also paying attention to what Sonja is doing now, she seems to be following orders better at this time. He fires his own shot but gets to see how Sonja's attack hits the target and the Raider goes bye bye "That's! what I'm talking about!" Good job! "Ok Sonja, one down, one to go, let's retarget.

[Sim-02-541: Sonja] Sonja bites at her lower lip, taking it in between her teeth, she doesn't even realize she's doing it her consentration is totally on her targetting computer and the raider infront of her. Remember what Roland told her, she nudges the stick just a little and boom she's on target and her computer is flashing fire at her, softly she squeezes the trigger bottom, her KEW's hit home and boom there goes another rubber tree! And she has high hopes indeed. "One down." She says, taking her kill calmly, she's an aura of calm, which seems to match her delicate nature.

[Sim-01-540: Wade] Now of course, the Cylons know of something called Revenge. And the Raider that is still flying does a hard turn and moves towards Sonja, gunning for her right now. Wade sees this and speaks over the comms "Lyon! It seems he wants revenge for what you did, take evasive actions, now!" This is not said in an angry tone of voice, not at all. This is just verbal guidance. "Punching it here, going to help you out" And he does, he pushes the throttle and makes his way to the new target.

[Sim-02-541: Sonja] Sonja only has a few seconds to react, she punches on the thrustors and zoom away from the Raider, evading as best she can which means she's not going to get a good chance to fire this around, but she's not here to glory hog she's here to stay alive and give someone else chance to kill it. Whom cares as long as there is one less right.

<COMBAT> Raider1 attacks Wade with KEW - Light wound to Left Wing (Reduced by Armor).
<COMBAT> Wade attacks Raider1 with KEW - Moderate wound to Body.
<COMBAT> Sonja passes.

[Sim-01-540: Wade] Wade tails the Raider that is after Sonja. The damn thing is moving a lot and he tries to keep his bird on track. Finally, he starts firing KEW's and they hit target, hitting the Raider right in the middle of it's body. Blood and other stuff explode from the thing but, it keeps flying, it keeps targeting Sonja.

[Sim-02-541: Sonja] Sonja is trying to shake the damned thing off her tail, it's starting to bug her just a wee bit, finally she hits on the breaks, waits for it to zoom past, just like she would with her duster to let a flock of birds by, except this bird is dangerous. Once the Raider is past her, she takes aim and goes to light it up.

<COMBAT> Wade attacks Raider1 with KEW but MISSES!
<COMBAT> Sonja attacks Raider1 with KEW and MISSES!
<COMBAT> Raider1 attacks Sonja with KEW - Moderate wound to Body.

[Sim-01-540: Wade] Wade keeps tailing that damn thing and the Raider is dancing around like a pro. He fires angry KEW that fly past him, not hitting anything "Damn it…" He opens the COMS "Be careful with it Sonja, we got a skilled one in our hands"

[Sim-02-541: Sonja] Sonja doesn't need to be told that twice, she's green behind the ears anyway and fully except to get shot down over and over for the next couple of weeks. Get it out of her system before the real thing. "Aye Drips." Drips what a nickname, she'll have to ask him about that one day.

<COMBAT> Raider1 attacks Sonja with KEW but MISSES!
<COMBAT> Wade attacks Raider1 with KEW - Moderate wound to Cockpit.
<COMBAT> Sonja attacks Raider1 with KEW and MISSES!

[Sim-01-540: Wade] Drips, yes…but not the disease. His squadron really gave him an odd one. Bastards. Wade keeps moving after the Raider, really amazed at how the thing flies. This time, he sends another dose of angry KEW and it hits target, but alas, the thing still is alive. "Keep focusing fire Lyon, let's bring the thing down."

[Sim-02-541: Sonja] Well no shite, she's trying to get a shot or two on the blasted thing, and evading at the same time is not helping that cause. "I'm trying Drips." She says, biting her lip just a little harder, almost to the point of breaking the sink, she's trying to keep level and also bring her bird around to fire more pewpews, this is hard work she's going to sleep well tonight as usual.

<COMBAT> Sonja attacks Raider1 with KEW and MISSES!
<COMBAT> Wade attacks Raider1 with KEW - Serious wound to Cockpit.
<COMBAT> Raider1 attacks Sonja with KEW and MISSES!
<COMBAT> Wade has started a new turn. Pose and choose your action.
<COMBAT> Raider-7290r has been KO'd!
<COMBAT> Raider1 has been KO'd!

[Sim-01-540: Wade] Wade narrows his eyes, takes a deep breath and pushes on the throttle one even more, the Viper going faster now, closing in on the Raider, getting dangerously close. He starts firing once again and this time, he hits the target right on the money. There's a big blast of blood and guts and…all sorts of crap. And then the last Cylon Raider is gone after a nice BOOM. "Cylon Raider eliminated" informed Wade over the comms, slowing down the bird a little bit.

[Sim-02-541: Sonja] Sonja misses her third shot of evening and sighs, but at least she distracted it enough for her lead to take it down. "Nice shot Drips." She says sounding like she's gone twenty rounds with the colonies heavy weight boxing champion. Man is she beat. "I survived this time." She sounds releaved more then elected.

[Sim-01-540: Wade] Wade is finally able to relax a little bit, it seems that no more Raiders are going to show up, at least today. "Thank you, Midshipman…you are doing good, keep up the good work. Be hard on yourself if you want to but don't over do it, it's a learning process and it takes time. You did good today" Now, deep breath, "Let's go back to the barn….next time, we'll discuss proper COM channel etiquette" It wasn't today's subject so, it's all good.

<FS3> Wade rolls Vipers: Good Success.

[Sim-02-541: Sonja] Sonja gives a weary nod, she lands the fighter a little wobbly, after a few moments she does her post flight checks, unhooks herself and pulls her small thin body from the cockpit. "Roger that Sir." She says, meaning all his advice and lessons subject matter. "I'm for a coffee and some sack time, or maybe sack time and coffee." She laughs briefly. "Whatever."

<FS3> Sonja rolls Vipers: Success.

[Sim-01-540: Wade] Wade lands his Viper, positioning on the fake elevators that would lower it to the Deck. After doing post flight check, he opens the cockpit and stands, moving to the stairs and walking down to the Deck. "I would suggest rack time and then coffee" offers the man with a faint smile. "Tomorrow at the same time, Midshipman" And with that, he stops the sims.

Sonja finally gets back into the simulator room, her eyes adjust to the brighter light and she sighs. "Of course Sir, same time tomorrow, just as long as I get six hours I'll be fine." She says, with another one of her weary smile, she does look exhursted, combat training, hand to hand, engineering basics, first aid…The list goes on!

Wade smiles and nods to that, now the man stands straight and salutes the Nugget "Midshipman" He takes a relaxed stance again and nods "Go get some reset, you'll need it…tomorrow is a new day and who knows what it might bring with it" Sneaky sneaky. Probably 20 basestars. He nods firmly and says one last "Dismissed" And with that, he walks towards the controls and takes the training recordings, getting them ready for delivery to Khloe.

Sonja nods her head and snaps out a parade best salute and then does a smart about turn. "Thank you sir, have a good evening." She says and goes in search of coffee and company, she'll need to chill an hour or some before she goes to sleep.

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