If an abort occurs immediately after brake release, both aircraft may abort. If an abort occurs during
takeoff roll, the non-aborting aircraft will go to MRT and continue takeoff on its side of the runway. The
aborting aircraft moves to centerline after separation and continues the abort IAW NATOPS procedures.
We do not want to execute a sympathetic abort that could result in a dual high-speed abort.
A rendezvous joins a flight together after takeoff. The briefed departure rendezvous can be a CV
rendezvous, a running rendezvous, or a TACAN rendezvous.
The CV rendezvous joins a flight in a turn.
This procedure combines a climb with a basic CV
circling rendezvous. After takeoff, the lead begins
30-degree angle of bank (AOB) climbing turn at a
briefed airspeed. When safely airborne and
cleaned up, the wingman executes a climbing turn
inside the lead's radius of turn to intercept the
lead's 30-degree bearing. Climbing, he places the
lead on the horizon. He maintains the rendezvous
bearing, closing on the lead using a maximum 10
KIAS of closure when within 1,000 ft. The
wingman monitors airspeed until close enough to
visually discern relative motion. Your throttle
adjustments at high power settings affect closure
more significantly than at low power settings.
While in a climb, any throttle decrease has a large
effect on closure; conversely, any throttle increase
has a smaller effect on closure.
Approaching the bearing line, the wingman reduces
AOB to avoid going acute and keeps the lead on the
horizon to stabilize vertical separation. When the
wingman is on the bearing line, 100 ft away (three
wingspans), he begins the join-up by increasing
stepdown to 15 ft and flying to 10 ft nose-to-tail. He
then pauses momentarily on the lead's radius of
turn and then moves up into the parade turn away
position. The lead's radius of turn is defined as his
"plum line" (Figure 16). Techniques for executing a
rendezvous are discussed under breakup and rendezvous procedures.
On cruise and division formation flight, the wingman will not pause on the lead's radius of turn during CV
rendezvous, but will make a smooth continuous transition from the rendezvous bearing line through the
crossunder to the parade position