I ran into something I don't remember being typical FS behavior. I played through the FSPort on Hard, was glad I could make it as far as Commander and a full medal case, then I figured I'd restart and see how much further I can make in the ranks simply by replaying. Well, I can't. My pilot stats were reset, my medals taken away, so it looks like I just started that pilot today. I don't remember FS pilot files behaving like this. As a matter of fact, I remember replaying the main FS2 campaign twice so I could get a full medal case.
Was this a necessary change? Why? Or is my memory mistaken and it was always so?