Membership Information

Rites of Passage: Wing Walker Membership Information

Welcome to the Wing Walkers (virtual) Combat Squadron‘s Membership Information page. The following information is intended for those interested in joining the Wing Walkers. Please read the information carefully.

Mission Statement
The Wing Walkers (virtual) Combat Squadronis made of people from all walks of life, with various levels of computer knowledge and wide ranging personal skills.How this many people have managed to maintain a club that rarely meets in person for so many years (we were founded in 1992) is a testament to, among other things, our membership selection process.Our goal is to find people with a similar love of simulated historic aerial combat; a desire to part of a mature (age not with-standing) group that is more like family than “clan-mates”; and those looking to have fun within our chosen hobby. 
The Membership Process Explained
Here’s how you should proceed in your quest to become a WW member

  • Read the information on this page thoroughly.
  • Decide that becoming a WW is what you want.
  • Look over the software and hardware requirements (listed below); install any necessary software (such as TeamSpeak).
  • Register on our forum (link below), and post an introduction. Make yourself known.
  • Look for WW members flying online (either in RB3D open servers or via Hyper Lobby for the IL-2 series). All WW members can be identified by “WWName“.
  • Ask to participate in some public missions and generally make yourself known to us (preferably in a “good” way).
  • Let the WW members you’ve “met” know of your interest in joining the WW’s.
  • Ask a current WW member to Sponsor your membership application This is a very important step… without a current WW member to sponsor you, you won’t be able to access the membership application form. We REQUIRE that recruits/applicants have an active sponsor!
  • Once you’ve secured a sponsor and feel comfortable with the WW members you’ve met so far, ask for the “keys” to the recruit application form
  • Fill out the form and click “Submit”. It will open your default email program from where you send the form results in to us.
  • Continue meeting up with WW members online, whether flying or simply making yourself at home on our forum. Show off your skills (or your need to have them honed… we accept novices as well as veterans!) After your application is submitted, it will be discussed privately among the active WW members. This may take some time, during which we will be in contact with you periodically to let you know the progress of your application.
  • Our process for accepting new members is dependent upon a unanimous decision by all active members. One “No” vote (or “Black Ball”) and your application will be denied.
  • Assuming your application has been accepted, there is a further process to undergo before becoming a full WW member. This is a probation period lasting six months from the acceptance of your application. During this time you will be allowed to wear the “WW” prefix to your online nick-name. If there is any reason you feel the WW’s are not for you; or any reason the WW’s feel you are not a good fit for them, you will be asked to remove the WW’s from your online nickname, and your application will be filed for future reference, should you decide to re-apply.
  • After the six-month probation is successfully completed, you will be a Wing Walker member… for life.

 

Prerequisites
Some basic rules to know (in no particular order):

  • The Wing Walkers (virtual) Combat Squadron currently flies (plays) two computer combat flight simulations: 1C Maddox Games/UBI’s “IL-2 Stormovik” series (Currently “IL-2: 1946” with the most recent Ultra Pack mod applied) set in World War Two; and 777 Studios/NeoQB’s “Rise of Flight” World War One combat flight simulation.
  • The Wing Walkers (virtual) Combat Squadron does NOT condone dual squadron memberships within the sims we fly. If you are currently a member of another online squadron flying either the IL-2 series or Rise of Flight, we will require that you “retire” from any and all other squadrons you are part of. Failure to comply with this rule will result in an immediate denial of your application. If already a WW member, your membership will be revoked in dishonor.
  • The Wing Walkers (virtual) Combat Squadron reserves the right to change the computer simulations we fly at any time.
  • The minimum age of any applicant will be 18 years.
  • The Wing Walkers (virtual) Combat Squadron communicates via the English language. It is expected that any person applying for membership will be able to read, write and speak the English language in an understandable manner. Determination of “an understandable manner” is completely up to the active WW membership.
  • The Wing Walkers (virtual) Combat Squadron reserves the right to make additions and edits to these basic rules at any time.

 

Sponsorship, Probation and Participation Requirements
SponsorshipAnyone interested in becoming a Wing Walker member must first convince an active member to sponsor him. Sponsorship involves a one-on-one relationship between the person applying and an active WW member.The reasons for requiring sponsorship:

  • so the applicant has someone to directly ask questions, and expect timely answers from

and…

  • the sponsor will be a direct link from the WW members to the applicant

Probation

After many years of trial and error, the WW’s have determined that a six-month probation period for new recruits is necessary. This probation period allows the new recruit time to get adjusted to the WW ways of doing things and to decide if our -admittedly casual- ways are compatable with the recruit’s own expectations.

During the probation period, the recruit will be allowed full access to all WW forum areas and training/operational documentation, with the exception of our Recruit discussion area. “Probies” are not allowed to sponsor new applicants.

If at any time during the probation period the recruit feels he is not “meshing” well with the rest of the squadron, he may opt out of the entire recruit process, with no hard feelings from any WW member.

That is also true in reverse: if the WW membership finds reason to believe a probationary recruit isn’t going to be a good candidate for WW membership, the recruit will be asked to “turn in” his “wings”.

In such a case the recruit will receive written notice detailing, to the best of our ability, the reason(s) for his dismissal. It is expected that a recruit receiving such notice will accept that notice without rancor or “feelings of persecution”. That is not our intent.

Participation

All WW members are expected to put forth reasonable effort to participate in squadron meetings, training, events and online wars. We are well aware this is a hobby, and any real-life happenings take precedence over our virtual squadron activities.

That said, it is expected that if any WW member has to be away from squadron activities for an extended time, timely notice will be given of that absence when possible.

Recruits in probationary status should make every effort to be available for weekly training sessions (every Tuesday evening) and any public flight sessions the recruit’s sponsor may have lined up. Failure to appear or failure to give notice of expected absences will be grounds for dismissal at the end of the probation period, during final recruit application review.

We understand there are often situations where one simply doesn’t have time or the ability to send a quick message letting us know that something has come up. Letting us know what has happened as soon as is convenient will certainly help alleviate any doubts we may have about a suddenly absent recruit.

Anyone not in contact with the squadron for a period of three months will be removed from the active member’s list, and moved to the inactive list. Reactivation will be considered at the staff level, on an individual basis.

 

System Requirements
HardwareWe have no hard rules regarding the computer hardware you use to run the simulations we fly. If you can run the simulations, then there’s no problems.There are some suggested hardware components to have, though they are not mandatory:

  • Flight control equipment (usually a joystick, and – or throttles and rudder pedals)
  • headphones with a microphone, or at least a microphone (necessary for voice comms via TeamSpeak)
  • an operational printer, color preferred (for printing operational maps, documents, etc.)

Software

We have several mandatory software programs that are necessary for squadron operations, game play and communications. They are:

  • The full, legally purchased commercial versions of the flight sim software (IL-2: 1946 with current mods, Rise of Flight).
  • Operational web browser and email program; your choice, whatever works for you.
  • TeamSpeak3. TeamSpeak is our voice communication software of choice, and is mandatory for all members to have. The TS3 client is free to download and use. The WW’s will provide the servers. Please check with your sponsor for information on setting TS3 up.
  • HyperLobby. We use Hyper Lobby as a “front-end” for most IL-2 series online activities. HL is also free to download and use.

 

Links
» WW Forum Registration Link
Application Form
»WW Recruiting Form (on the WW forum) | Fill this form out and press the submitbutton. This will open your default email program and allow you to send the form results via email to our Recruiting Officer
Privacy Statement
We ask for personal information (name, age, email address, etc.) in our Recruit Application Form. The information you provide will be held in the strictest confidence, and will not be divulged to persons or groups outside the WWvCS without your express permission. In no case will personal information be given to any commercial enterprises.Failure to fill out the Recruit Application Form in full may result in your application being denied.Recruit Application Forms are kept on file within the WWvCS for a minimum of 1 year, with no maximum time limit. 
“Once A Wing Walker, Always A Wing Walker”