AIR FORCE T-38 TRACK INTERMEDIATES
(4) When you have received clearance, check interval, clear the area and start a
climbing turn to the downwind leg. Check power set at 1015, raise the nose to approximately 15
- 20 degrees up, then roll into approximately 60 degrees of bank, to reach the downwind leg
displaced ½ wingtip away from runway. Maintain a constant climb to pattern altitude, use 1000
feet AGL if no pattern altitude is specified.
(a) If winds are overshooting, move your downwind spacing away from the
runway. If winds are undershooting, adjust your downwind spacing toward the runway. Set a
drift-kill (crab) heading to maintain a ground track that parallels the runway.
(b) Minimum airspeed during the closed pullup is 100 knots. Maximum bank
in the pull- up is 90 degrees.
(c) Interval: For touch-and-go's, the preceding aircraft must be abeam your
position. For a full stop, do not initiate the closed pullup until preceding aircraft is 45 degrees aft
of your position.
(5) When you roll out on the downwind leg, leave power at 1015 and accelerate to
approximately 140 knots, then reduce power to maintain 140.
(6) Once established on inside downwind, procedures approaching the perch and
for the final turn are the same as following an overhead break.
d. Common Errors
Getting slow in closed pullup.
Being too slow in airspeed initiating closed pullup.
a. Description. Go-around procedures are equivalent to Naval Aviation's "wave-off."
b. General. Go-around procedures are to be used whenever an approach to landing is to
(1) Advance power as required, check airspeed below 120 KIAS, retract gear, and
comply with Tower instructions or established local procedures.
d. Common Errors
Overspeeding the gear or flaps.
Not recognizing an unsafe situation and initiating a go-around.
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