Salute gentlemen.
I would love to get involved with this campaign. I had a blast in Olham's DiD revival campaign. I read up on the rules and think I understand them.

If I was to create a new pilot today, would I be starting on April 3, 1917?
Could I run the first couple of 'training' missions within QC to avoid losing squad mates due to landing and exiting the sim while they are out and about on mission. Or is that part of the danger?