Flying a Mech
Ella Font (EF): (smiling) Good evening. Welcome to Interdimensional News Network. My name is Ella Font. With me this evening is Major Kirsten Abbott from the Coalition’s Third Fleet. How are you this evening, Major.
Kirsten Abbott (KA): Hello, Ms. Font. I’m fine, thanks.
EF: So, I understand you are a very accomplished pilot. How long have you been flying?
KA: I’ve flying since I graduated high school and entered the military. I started out as a Broadsword tail gunner then transferred to pilot a Pulsar.
EF: What about League Mechanized Armor? How familiar are you with those?
KA: Fighting them? I’ve sent more than a few mechs to the scrap heap.
EF: I meant as a pilot. How do you do flying them? Isn’t that part of Coalition pilot training?
KA: I’ve flown Dervishes and Samurai in sims, and Dervishes in real life. They were remarkably challenging at first, but once I got the hang of it, they weren’t so bad. Have you ever been up close to a League mech?
EF: (Smile turns a little tight) No, I prefer to keep them at the distance. They’re mentally controlled aren’t they?
KA: Yes. The Dervish uses what’s called a “brain wave helm.” That’s sort of like a hat that has sensors to read and interpret brainwaves so the computer can tell the mech what to do.
EF: Sounds complicated.
KA: It is, but not complicated enough. The Samurai are trickier. Much more involved hardware means more detailed software. The Dervish system isn’t robust enough. Samurai pilots have a data jack on their heads here. (Turns and points to spot on the back of her skull). That more direct connection provides the computer with a more accurate reading of the pilot’s thoughts.
EF: You don’t have that jack in your skull, so how did you fly a Samurai.
KA: I’ve only flown the sim of a Samurai. That’s much less complex than an actual Sam, so the brain wave helm can handle the task.
EF: So, simple thoughts control the mechs.
KA: I wouldn’t call it simple. Movements have to coordinate with actions. If I want to launch, I have to jump.
EF: Inside the cockpit?
KA: Yes, but it doesn’t have to go for an Olympic jump record. Just a bit of a hop coordinated with a thought will get the thing moving. Lots of commands combine some manner of physical action with a specific thought or word to make the command execute.
EF: Which do you prefer flying? Pulsars or mechs?
KA: I feel more competent in my Pulsar, but the mechs are powerful in their own right. Otherwise, the Coalition would have wiped out the League long ago.
EF: What are some of the things mechs can do better than fighter craft?
KA: I’m not at liberty to answer that aside from saying that each is good at things specific to their design.
EF: Well, thank you for joining us, Major.
KA: I appreciate the opportunity, Ms. Font.
EF: This is Ella Font with the Interdimensional News Network. Back to Bob Frapples in the newsroom. Bob?
About the author: Originally from Michigan, Cindy Koepp has a degree in Wildlife Sciences and teaching certification in Elementary Education from rival universities. After teaching for fourteen years, she pursued a master’s degree in Adult Learning with a specialization in Training and Performance Improvement. Cindy has five published science fiction and fantasy novels, a serial published online, short stories in five anthologies, and a few self-published teacher resource books. When she isn’t reading or writing, Cindy spends time whistling with a crazy African Grey. Cindy is currently working as an optician in Iowa and as an editor with PDMI Publishing and Barking Rain Press.
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