I thought I'd quickly throw together a couple simple missions where I could practice some basics like landing, tanking, etc. Life is busy and I can go long stretches without simming so putzing around in simple missions like this would be helpful to knock the rust off. I'm using the ncape map and started from Bardufoss. I put together a mission where I take off with my wingman. Once we hit WP 1, a flag triggers a two ship flight of Norwegian F-16's to take off. Their way points are in a box shape that takes them East, North, West, South then East again to land at Barufoss. My waypoints are identical but what I'm doing is just practising joining on, and formation flying with the F-16's. So far so good. The last WP for both me and the F-16s has an action of Land. The WP markers are right on the threshold of the runway. The F-16's seem to land without any problem. Here's where my problems start. First off, when I bring up Radio 2, the only option available is Request SAR. The Tower Sub-menu is greyed out so I can't request a landing. I land anyway, but my wingman orbits my position. When I use Radio 1 and tell my wingman to Return to Base, he buggers off to I don't know where. In one of my replay's I tell him RTB before I land and I follow him. He flies to Bodo where he lands. While I'm near Bodo, I call up Radio 2 and the Tower Sub-menu is available so I can request landing. Now I'm wondering if there is something special about Bodo especially since the training missions from stock JF18 seem to use Bodo. So I've re-done this mission basically the same way but using Bodo as the airfield. The same thing happens at Bodo. The wingman has defected I think to Kiruna in Sweden but I can't be sure. And there is still not a Tower Sub-menu when I'm near (or even above) Bodo.
Hopefully there's still some of you with JF18 experience around that can help me. I'd like to know a) how to make my wingman land with me and b) how to make the Tower Sub-menu appear in Radio 2.