I did some clean-up the last few weeks and checked the Airlines Roster, sorting out inactive pilots.
When I worked through the lists I recognized quite there was a big array of rank progressions available. On the one hand, you had members there that were hardly active for longer than half a year, but with captain´s ranks. And on the other hand there were members, who had hardly a rank at all, although they left quite an impact in forum and who were active quite a long time. So I discussed the issue with starlight a bit.
My proposal to get some more fairness into the airline is to add a time-based promotion system in Transit branch.
My idea was to add the following promotion intervalls here in Transit.
Rank 1 (Second Officer/Technican) - Upon having achieved Pilot Certification (i.e. 8/1/16)
Rank 2 (First Officer/ Specialist I) - after one year of participation (i.e. 8.1.17)
Rank 3 (Captain/ Specialist II) - after aditional two years of participation (i.e. 8.1.19)
Rank 4 (Chief Pilot/Specialist II) - granted for special achievements for the organization. Ownership of Rank 3 required for a minimum of 3 years.
In case of inactivity for a full time year, ranks will be removed and the member could be granted "On Stand-by" tag. Should the member return to service, rank could be granted again according to priniciples above, upon contacting the management.
So, what are your thoughts about the system mentioned above? Any idea and input is helpful
I think Captain should have additional requirements, not just time based (especially now as we're not likely to go to Beta any time soon). Nothing major, but something that demonstrates a commitment to the role. Otherwise we're going to end up with a roster full of Captains and no First Officers by the time the game does go to Beta.
In real life, the rank of Captain is a big step up from First Officer. The Captain acts a pilot-in-command on the big airliners, and the pilot-in-command basically makes all the decisions about whether the plane (or ship in this case) is fit to fly, decides on the route, times, etc, and is ultimately responsible for the safety of everyone on the plane (ship). Such things aren't likely to be reflected in this game (although I suppose things like arranging security etc would be) so we'll be suspending disbelief for a lot of it, but maybe there could be a few (relatively simple) tests that a potential Captain could do to prove he's capable of being responsible for the lives of hundreds of passengers.
Although I also think forcing everyone who's currently a Captain to do this to keep their rank would be seen as a bit of a dick move, so maybe this could be a thing that affects future captains.
I think Phoenix basically gave everyone the rank they wanted when he recruited them, and since most people had Andomedas that they wanted to fly, he made them all Captains... then a lot of them disappeared.
Yeah. I like the idea of adding an additional Captain Certification package. As far as I remember, I still have an Airbus Brochure available with some courses and contents that adress the subject. I can take a look at it as soon as I am home.
Concerning downgrading - that was not really meant on my side. Those guys, that regularly pop up here, could keep their rank. But we also have some members here that weren't active since 2015 or 2016. And that is the group of members that haunts me. On the one hand they were active initially, on the other hand they are inactive since 24 months and longer. To be true I have currently no clear approach how to handle those group. Introducing a tag called 'On stand by' is, I guess, the most discrete approach.
mean we speak about an inactivity of two or three years, what is quite a long time.
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