The aviator who has assumed responsibility for the remainder of the flight as listed above will make the
necessary voice report, keep the downed pilot/pilots and aircraft in sight, and control the remainder of
In the case where a student has assumed the responsibility as on-scene commander, he will direct the
other wingman to detach and return to base as single-ship flights. The on-scene commander will report
the emergency on Guard frequency including the following: 1) "Mayday, Mayday, Mayday" followed by
"[call sign]," 2) position (TACAN and geographical), and 3) explain the emergency and request
The on-scene commander will execute the remainder of his procedures IAW NATOPS. When the on-
scene commander or any member for the SAR effort reaches bingo fuel, he will return to base.
Although aiding the downed pilots is important, the safe conduct of the remaining members of flight is
equally important. An instructor may designate a high and a low orbit, but the low orbit must be an
instructor. The low orbit will check the condition of the pilots and the crash scene. He will advise the high
orbit, who will then relay the information.