As the newly appointed CAG, I'm adding this discussion to help everyone who hasn't yet taken the Exam to earn your Viper wings. As with my pilots from the Flying Tigers Squadron, I urged them to also take the Raptor exam. It you think about it, Admiral Adama wore Senior Pilot Wings. He could pilot any small craft. Let’s all follow his lead to become the best pilots we can possibly be here aboard the Battlestar Raven
The new Raven Web site is shaping up to be quite an amazing place for all of us. In the meantime while it's under construction, the Viper and Raptor training manuals were not accessible for new pilots. Last night I realized that I could add PDF files to a discussion as long as they are no bigger than 5MB.
All you have to do is right click on the manual of your choice and either select open with Adobe Reader, or save file. I recommend that you save the file to your documents so you don't have to be online while you read through the training manuals. At the end of each manual there is a multiple choice test.
When you complete the test, send it to Admiral Rivera for grading. I have three E-mail addresses for you to use. It's a good idea to send your test answers to two of the Admirals addresses to make sure that he gets your test. Admiral Rivera once told me that his vf84 Yahoo address gave him problems sometimes, but I have been able to reach him at that E-mail address.
Make sure that you don't bunch up your answers in the E-mail you send him. Each test is broken up in chapters. The Viper manual chapters are listed VT-101 for chapter one and so on.
Make sure you greet the Admiral and tell him which test you would like to have graded. Then tell him which state or country you reside in so he can issue your Viper or Raptor Tail Number (VTN or RTN) with your graded test. For example, I live in Rhode Island, my VTN is 07263RI. The first two numbers represent the CDF Fleet of your home state. The next three numbers represent the consecutive number in the CDF Fleet of that state and the two letters are the state you live.
The best way to send your answers is as follows:
And so on for each chapter of the test. Make sure you recheck your answers as you type them into your E-mail. If your Viper test score is 100%, you will earn Senior wings and the "Top Gun" award. If you score less than 99% you will earn Junior wings.
The Raptor test if pass/fail (70% or higher to pass) with no extra award if you score 100%. I have never heard of anyone that has taken the test that has failed. Some question in the Raptor test are almost the same as the Viper test so I recommend that you complete both Viper and Raptor training.
I ask that you please post your certificate of completion of the tests you take as photos in your page here at the BFC so everyone can see your commitment to our squadron as well as to the Battlestar Raven.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me anytime.
SO SAY WE ALL! ! ! ! !