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CHAPTER 1
AIR FORCE T-38 TRACK INTERMEDIATES
Air Force Manual 11-217, Instrument Flight Procedures
AFM 11-217 is the Air Force's equivalent to NAVAIR 00-80T-112, NATOPS Instrument
Flight Manual. It is an excellent reference on instrument flying and you need to get into this
book deeply. AFM 11-217 is full of Instrument Flight procedures and is tailored to you as a
flight student operating in the real IFR world. 11-217 is a good document to get "chapter and
verse" on because it is information that you will be able to use for the rest of your flying career.
Vance AFB Instruction 11-201, Vance AFB Local Flying Procedures
VAFBI 11-201 is Vance's course rules book and you should get into this pretty heavily as well.
A lot of VAFBI 11-201 is not going to make sense to you at first, but if you go out to the RSU
building during your time before starting the syllabus, you will be able to make some sense of
what you are reading. Get with your flightmates and ask them as many questions as you can
about local flight procedures.
71 FTW T-38 In-Flight Guide
The In-Flight Guide you use in pilot training is going to be completely different from the
"blue-brains" you flew with here at Whiting.  Air Force In-Flight guides are in-flight
publications that are locally generated at the wing level and are basically an in-flight version of
the "course rules." In-Flight Guides are set up in very specific ways, the pages are color coded
for easy in-flight reference and they are chock full of everything you are possibly going to need
in flight. In-Flight Guides are always part of any Air Force flying operation and you will be
expected to have Vance's with you during standup.
MCM 11-238, Volume 1, (A), T-38 Flying Fundamentals
MCM 11-238, Volume 1, (A) is the T-38 "FTI." The T-38 program is not going to have
separate books for different phases of instruction; all the syllabus instruction is going to be
discussed in the MCM 11-238, Volume 1, (A).  T-38 Contact, Aerobatics, Formation,
Instruments, etc., are all in MCM 11-238, Volume 1, (A).
Some other "nice to have" documents:
25 FTS Squadron Standards
Squadron Standards are used heavily during your life as a fighter pilot. Squadron Standards
are basically the agreed way the squadron is going to operate. Squadron Standards are written in
the format of a preflight brief. Everything from showing up for the brief, stepping to the jets,
starting, checking in, etc. is discussed in the standards. Squadron Standards are a way of using
the preflight brief time more effectively; if there is something that is done every day, then it
should not have to be discussed every brief; the Flight Lead should just be able to say, "Check-in
will be standard," and everyone in the flight should know what that means.
T-38 Radio Procedures Guide, Vance AFB
The Radio Procedures Guide is a great book to help you get into the "Air Force speak" at
Vance. Read through it and take it to the RSU when you go watch the pattern.
1-10 INTRODUCTION TO USAF T-38 TRACK INTERMEDIATES


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