T-34C PRIMARY FORMATION FLIGHT TRAINING
Parade is the fundamental position in formation flying. The rest of your military formation
flying career will be based on the skills learned in maintaining this basic position. The skill set
you develop in Primary Formation will help improve all of your skills as an aviator.
301. RADIO FREQUENCY CHANGES
Formation flying requires Lead to direct all flight members to the appropriate radio frequencies
simultaneously. Radio frequency changes will take longer in a formation flight, so Lead should
plan accordingly. Every frequency change in formation is going to be a three-step process.
Give the command to go to the new frequency (visually or on the radio).
Check in Wing on the new frequency.
Talk to the new controller (if necessary).
The Wingman will be required to make frequency changes while maintaining the proper
formation position. For preset frequency changes, Wing can keep his eyes on Lead while
rotating the preset knob and counting "clicks." Wing should then glance quickly down to verify
the correct preset frequency. For manual frequency changes, Wing should set one frequency
knob at a time while keeping his eyes on Lead. Take quick glances down to verify the correct
Initial contact with each new ATC controller shall include the
number of aircraft in the flight.
Frequency Change Procedure Over The Radio.
Lead will send the flight to the new frequency on the radio.
Lead: "[Tac Callsign], switch channel 3."
Wing will respond to the switch.
Lead will allow the Wingman time to switch frequencies and then check in the formation
on the new frequency when there is a break in transmissions.
Lead: "[Tac Callsign]."
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