MARSHALING AND TAXI
The flight should perform preflight and man-up such that both aircraft start engines and arrive in
marshal together with the same fuel quantity. After start, complete the checklists (identical to the
Familiarization Stage). The formation lead obtains ATC clearance for the flight. In the marshal area,
pilots switch to marshaling frequency as briefed. When all flight members are in the marshaling area,
the formation lead passes ATIS, ATC clearance, and any other last minute instructions. The wingman
dials in the ATC IFF code and leaves IFF in standby throughout the flight, unless otherwise directed.
Lead should call "out of chocks" on base frequency for the entire flight, as required.
After the lead switches the flight to ground control, he requests taxi for the flight. After receiving
clearance from ground control, you both taxi out of the marshaling area. Ensure proper wingtip
clearance and go to idle power prior to turning, to reduce FOD (tailpipe courtesy). The lead takes the
downwind side of the taxiway. The wingman follows on the opposite side maintaining 150 ft nose-to-tail
separation, allowing for FOD or possible brake failure. If the taxiway is in poor condition or there is a
high potential for FOD, the formation should taxi on the centerline with 300 ft of nose-to-tail separation.
Section taxi is authorized if briefed.
As the lead approaches the hold short area, the flight switches to tower frequency. As the flight reaches
the hold short area each aircraft lines up abreast, as pictured in Figure 12, angled toward the runway,
IAW course rules. This decreases congestion and allows other aircraft to take the runway while the
section completes their takeoff checklist. The wingman passes thumbs-up to the lead, indicating he is
on tower frequency and has completed the takeoff checklist.