T-34C PRIMARY FORMATION FLIGHT TRAINING
Lead shall position in the runup area leaving sufficient room for the Wingman to park.
Wing should park next to Lead in a position to see Lead's landing gear and to avoid overlapping
wings. Each aircraft will complete the engine Runup and Takeoff Checklists individually.
When both aircraft have completed their checklists, they will each conduct the 11-Point
Inspection to include, as a minimum, the following items:
Prop Out of Feather
Engine Cowlings Secure
All Antennas Secure
Canopies Closed and Locked
Horizontal and Vertical Stabilizers
All Panels Secure
10. No Visible Leaks
Proper Extension of Struts
11. Navigation and Strobe Lights On
Proper Tire Inflation
At the conclusion of the 11-Point Inspection, Wing will pass Lead a thumbs-up. Lead will
acknowledge Wing by returning the thumbs-up. If any of the 11-Point Inspection items are not
correct, a "thumbs-down" shall be given to that aircraft, followed by an appropriate hand signal
or radio transmission to correct the problem(s). (See Chapter 9 for Appropriate Visual Signals).
Lead will conduct radio changes in accordance with local course rules/SOP, and then taxi
to the hold-short line. Two hundred feet prior to the hold-short line, Lead will turn off the
navigation lights and switch to tower frequency, Wing will switch to tower at Lead's signal
(navigation lights off) and then turn off his navigation lights. Lead will check Wing in on the
tower frequency and then call for takeoff for the entire flight.
"_______ Tower, [Lead's Call Sign], Flight of ______ [# of Aircraft in Flight], Takeoff"
GROUND PROCEDURES 2-3