Task: Conduct solo patrol of Auner space for familiarization and experience.
Conditions: Using Hawk AF with long point move around the Auner area looking for possible engagements.
Standards: Have fun and ensure pod is removed from fight if at all possible.
Summary: This is a short note, I didn't engage in a fight but I did have a situation occur worth writing about. I was in my Hawk and orbiting a gate in the Auner system when a red security status Megathron jumped into system. My first instinct was to prepare for warp off in case he locked me so I aligned to a station. Nothing happened though and he left the area.
Personal Notes: I have no illusions that my Hawk could have broken the tank on the Mega before he could get back to the gate. Calling in friendlies was a possibility, but I wasn't expecting to engage anything that big so I hadn't arranged for support. I also wasn't sure if the gate guns would engage me for starting the fight but I found out later they wouldn't. The more I thought about the encounter the more I thought I could have done things differently.
At a minimum I should have locked him as soon as I saw he was low security status. Whether I wanted to engage or not the time wasted locking could have been critical, and it's a good habit to get into. Second instead of moving away from the BS I should have closed range to put him in a tight orbit by manually flying in an arc towards him. Finally picking a warp out point that was on the overview and doesn't require clicking on the screen would have made more sense.
Locking pirates whenever I'm not cloaked is a good idea, no requirement to engage them
Plan some possible reactions for different size ships whenever I setup a patrol to help initial decisions occur faster
Practice aligning to smart warp outs instead of panic selecting where to go
Continue getting out into space
Finding answers to questions