T-34C PRIMARY FORMATION FLIGHT TRAINING
SECTION TAKEOFFS AND APPROACHES/IFR OPERATIONS
Section takeoffs are used to launch multiple aircraft quickly without the necessity for a rejoin
after takeoff. Section approaches provide for the rapid recovery of multiple flights of aircraft. In
addition, section takeoffs and approaches provide instructors more options during IFR departures
601. SECTION TAKEOFF
A section takeoff is described as two aircraft taking off simultaneously with a minimum of 10 feet
of wingtip spacing. Wing maintains the Parade bearing line throughout takeoff roll and liftoff.
Flight members fly formation from brake release to rotation and into the airborne phase. Lead
must use a reduced power setting to give the Wingman some power advantage to maintain
position during the takeoff roll. The Wingman will be required to make small power corrections
to avoid overrunning lead or falling behind.
Section Takeoff Restrictions
Total crosswind component must be 10 knots or less.
Runway must be dry.
Ceilings above circling minimums (or 1000 feet/3 where circling minimums do not apply).
Minimum 5000 feet runway length available.
Section Takeoff. Once cleared onto the runway, the formation will complete their Takeoff
Checklists and maneuver to the center of their respective sides of the runway, while maintaining
a minimum of 10 feet of wingtip separation. Lead will position the Wingman upwind. If winds
are calm or straight down the runway, position the Wingman on either side. If IMC conditions
are expected and winds are not a factor, it may be desirable to place your Wingman on the
outside of the turn. Wing will line up the leading edge of his wing with the trailing edge of
Lead's horizontal stabilizer. When cleared for takeoff, proceed as follows:
Hold brakes firmly. Pass the runup signal, set 500 ft-lbs., check engine instruments, and
reset to 950 ft-lbs.
Check Wing's aircraft.
Return a thumbs-up to Wing.
SECTION TAKEOFFS AND APPROACHES/IFR OPERATIONS 6-1