Thank you for your positive comments.
The reason why I selected the Pfalz D.III (aside from my soft spot for the German Air Service) is that I have flown just about all of the German aircraft with the exception of the Fokker DVIII, the Gotha, and the seaplanes. I have found the German aircraft to be more stable in general than the Allied aircraft, though not as powerful. The Pfalz D.III however, I found to be the sweetest of them all.
I was thinking of also offering the training in the Sopwith Pup, which I have always been a big fan of, but I decided to settle on the Pfalz D.III as the standard. In fact, recently, I found a similar set of sentiments written by another ROF sim-pilot who found the German aircraft to be a better choice for teaching pilots new to the game.
As to the mapping, ROF has fairly poor maps in general but this was probably done to add to the realism of flying in WWI as aeronautical charts has not yet been developed and I am not sure if even geographic contour maps were in use by WWI fliers, though they existed to some extent at the time.
As a result there is only so much that can be taught in this part of the course since we will be using standard VFR (visual flight rules) for such training. We could extend it to include actual directional plotting on the given maps as one sim-pilot suggested in a thread in one of the topics on this forum but I would have to work the parameters out beforehand.
As a result, there is no need to become familiar with any particular map at this time since we will be using the New Wings training server. However, I can find out from the staff there if they can offer the maps as downloads used in that server for printing purposes. Sounds like you have suggested a good idea here so I am going to follow up with New Wings about this.