Welcome to the Virtual Tactical Air Squadron (“VTAS”). This communication will introduce you to the squadron, its members, and organization. It will also serve to familiarize you with the VTAS Mission, Code of Conduct and will discuss how the squadron is run. We look forward to your participation in VTAS, and your personal contribution to the squad.
flys all planes, countries, and physics environments. We also compete in most
FA tournaments. VTAS also plays
SIGNIFICANT leadership roles in the FA Semi-Historical events run by KForce.
VTAS_Sgt_Rock has been the Air Marshall (Commander of one side - up to 500
pilots or more) in 5 of the last 6 Semi-Historical events and many Squadron
members have been Sector, Squadron and Flight Commanders. Many others
have served on the "Command Staff." This team approach has led to a
perfect 5-0 record.
VTAS is an older Squadron, with most of its active members being over 30 years old. The total age range is 21-62. Many of us are former Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen or Marines, with one former Canadian Army and one former British Army member. VTAS is comprised of pilots from the USA, Canada, Britain, Mexico and Sweden.
By accepting membership in VTAS, you agree to live up to the standards embodied in, and abide by the following:
was formed in early November, 1998. Initially
the squadron’s Plank-Holders (initial members - “PHs”) met during their
participation in a Fighter Ace (“FA”) semi-historical event called North
Africa. After North Africa, some
of the PHs formed a team to compete in the FA squad event, Real Route 66. Having had so much fun flying together in North Africa and
Real Route 66, the Squadron was formed officially. Since then members of VTAS
have held significant roles in many FA events. The name “VTAS” was created
by PH VTAS_MageDogTag, who was an important founding member of VTAS.
To work together loyally and effectively as a team and hone our flying and fighting skills, thereby shaping the squadron into a lethal instrument, while at all times being honorable and courteous to our opponents, and not forgetting to have fun.
Duty Flying Officers
Code of Conduct.
Both the Microsoft Zone and FA have rules of behavior and/or codes of conduct, which are incorporated herein by this reference. In addition, VTAS has the following tenets which form the basis of our Code of Conduct (“COC”). This list is not exhaustive, and the VTAS leadership reserves the right to interpret the behavior of members in light of these standards and the COC.
We do not use profanity or derogatory language or remarks toward other players.
We endeavor to set an example for other players and squads through our display of courtesy, leadership and sportsmanship.
We compliment the success of our opponents (e.g., “GK” or Congrats if shot down or losing a contest).
We do not openly disparage other squads or become embroiled in verbal exchanges or “pissing contests.”
We do not fly in rooms below our level of skill. For example, after a name change, flying in the rookie room is forbidden.
We show our skills with our flying, not our mouths.
Reserve Corps: Any pilot who remains inactive for an extended period without contacting command about the reasons behind his absence will be removed from the active roster and put on the reserves list. After being placed on reserves any pilot who remains inactive for an additional extended period may be cut from the roster.
Group Flying: VTAS pilots should endeavor to fly together whenever possible. While it is important to realize personnel flying goals, if a member sees 5 or more VTAS on line, he should endeavor to rally the VTAS to fly together. Command Staff pilots should always take the lead in rallying the troops, if Staff are present.
Meetings: Meeting are held on a formal and informal basis. The formal team meetings occur twice a week, on:
Thursdays 6:00PM and Saturdays 10:00AM
The meetings are
run by the C.O. or X.O. or their designate, simultaneously in a chat room
and on Roger Wilco. The VTAS version of Roberts rules of Order is used.
When a member would like the floor, the member so signifies with a "!" The
member will then be recognized by the meeting leader. All members should
try to make one of these two meetings each week.
present, VTAS is actively recruiting. We
have set an initial target strength at 35 pilots.
All members are free to discuss recruitment with non-members.
However, VTAS is an invitation only squadron, and there is a screening
process, including interviews by the C.O., X.O. and others as well as flying
try-outs, with and against team members.
VTAS is a hybrid quasi military, but semi-democratic squadron. Officially, all decisions are finaled by the C.O. In reality current members will attest that the opinions of all are solicited and we frequently make decisions via popular vote. This is especially so in the area of tournament participation and strategy.
With regard to good order and discipline, those decisions are made by the C.O. and X.O. after meeting and conferring together and with any relevant parties.
It is the goal of VTAS to be a positive and influential part of the FA community. We endeavor to become an established squadron known for its skill, good manners and stability. We look forward to you positive contribution toward this end.
VTAS Rocks !