Welcome to Strike Fighter Squadron One Zero Six, the Fleet Replacement Squadron (FRS) for the F/A-18C Hornet. Based at NAS Oceana, Virginia, this squadron trains aircrew to fly and fight the Hornet and represent CVW8, your squadron and fellow pilots well. As you begin this challenging and exciting period of learning to fly the finest multi-role strike fighter in the world, we’d like to offer you some information that will help you begin your time with us as smoothly as possible. For the purposes of training in Eagle Dynamics “Digital Combat Simulator World”, NAS Oceana and the Virginia Capes will be represented on the DCS Caucasus map by Tiblisi air base located in the North East portion of the map. All VFA-106 training sorties and flights will generate from the ramp at Tiblisi and end at that location. The training and exercise airspace is immediately off shore.
Since experience with the DCS modules in general, and the Hornet in particular is different from person to person, the Hornet Training and Educational Sequence is designed to be flexible and a student pilot can enter in at any point that is agreed upon by the pilot and the CVW8/VFA-106 Command Staff.
The F/A-18C training program is primarily into FRS and Fleet Squadron Sections.
F/A-18C “1000” FRS Sequence: This is the F/A-18C Hornet basic training sequence that covers both the F/A-18C “ground school” as well as basic functions such as cockpit instruments, check lists, start up, shut down, navigation, recovery at both land bases and carrier ops, Air to Air Refueling, primary weapons employment and Basic Fighter Maneuvers (BFM). The majority of this sequence is flown as two-ship elements with the instructor pilot and student pilot and will be flown entirely while a part of VFA-106. F/A-18C “2000” Sequence: This is the F/A-18C Air Combat Maneuvering training sequence and will primarily be handled following posting to a regular squadron. This covers weapons employment, combining BFM and other tactical principles to effectively fly and fight the Hornet in a 1 vs. 1 and 2 vs 1 combat situations. This sequence introduces training with VFC-111 “Sundowners” as adversary trainers and will typically be a two ship element of Hornets and one F-5 “Tiger II” adversary. F/A-18C “3000” Sequence: This is the F/A-18C Hornet “strike school” sequence. This covers the “Strike” portion of the Hornet training sequence and further refines and expands on the Strike principles learned while in VFA-106. Principles covered in this section include SEAD/DEAD (Suppression and Destruction of Enemy Air Defenses), Deep Strike, Air Interdiction and Close Air Support. F/A-18C “4000” Sequence: This is the last F/A-18C training sequence, and covers Air Wing integration and Large Force Exercises (LFE). This brings F/A-18C pilots into joint training with Fighter Squadron 31 (VF-31) “Tomcatters” and Fighter Squadron 213 (VF-213) “Black Lions” in the F-14 Tomcat.
Good luck and we’ll see you on deck!
CAPT B. Santos
CAPT K. "Wingnut" Silva
CDR F. "Swiss" Ruseech
CDR J. "Dog" Lotton
CDR Y. "Yaw" Wilcox
CDR E. "Boomer" Ray
LCDR B. "Slice" Bargamento
LCDR J. "Strike" Holden
LCDR J. "Leroy" Myer
VFA-106 East Coast Legacy Hornet Tactical Demostration Team
Carrier Air Wing's Eight Tac Demo Team are made up of Fleet Replacement Squadron (FRS) instructors flying the same jets used to train new students. The primary mission of an FRS is to train newly designated aviators, as well as transition aircrew into the F/A-18C Hornet. The Tactical Demonstration or “TACDEMO” is designed to highlight the mobility, versatility and power of the F/A-18 Hornet for the community of Digital Combat Simulator who look to CVW-8s for the defense of freedom. Our mission is to enhance CVW-8s recruiting and demonstrate the awesome capabilities of Naval Aviation and its aircraft.
TACDEMO Pilot Roster
Pilot: CAPT B. Santos
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