Some comments by Ken in our play-test team:
It took Ken about 20-30 minutes to set up the mission. I hope that with these changes it will be quicker to do that and also easier to understand by just looking at the tables which you use in basic and advanced game play.
1. The basic and advanced rules need to be outlined and distinguishable so as to clarify what is being used. Expressly, I find that the tables and charts need to be listed as an advanced use table or a basic use table. Use different sections if necessary. Reply: I have put the title of each of the advanced tables in italics and also put "Adv" to the right of it.
2. I think it would be better if you eliminated one box from the squadron as 6 aircraft are enough and these can be listed as Flight 1 (first 3 aircraft with Lead) and Flight 2 (last 3 aircraft with Deputy Lead). Reply: I will keep this as it is for now as your mission (bomb run & defense) is affected by how many ships you have in your formation. Perhaps simplify this for Basic game play?
3. Be sure to specify which aircraft are using Toggliers and which are using Bombardiers( I figured it out after perusing the rules, it specifies Lead and Deputy Lead have Bombardiers only). Reply: I have added a note on Table MP-7 about which planes have a bomb sight and which are toggliers.
4. The data sheet (flight log) is quite extensive. The entries that are used in the basic game should be highlighted (bold type or italics perhaps ?) so as to skip the entries that apply to the advanced game. Reply: I have italicized the advanced/optional entries on the Mission Chart.
Flight Manual (page 7 - page numbers have been added)
Under "The Tables and Charts Booklet" below "Part 3"
All the tables you need to fly missions are in this booklet. They are arranged in an order in which you might come across them during a mission. Tables used with the Advanced Flight Rules are also included in that order, so that you will not have to flip through the pages to search for these advanced/optional tables. The Advanced/Optional Tables have the title in italics and “Adv” to the right of the title (eg.: MT-1a FORMATION EVENTS Adv). It may confuse you at first when all tables are together, but soon you will learn which tables to use on your mission.