JOINT ADVANCED MULTI-ENGINE T-44A
(5) Cockpit Management. The use and coordination of all the skills and resources available to the
flight crew. It encompasses everything just discussed in this section and is the means by which a pilot
might achieve and maintain situational awareness.
F. Student Tendencies.
Not knowing exactly where they are
Not knowing exactly where they are cleared to
Not having their instruments set correctly to fly their clearance
Not thinking ahead; "What needs to be accomplished before arrival? What will I do when I get
Having the tendency to rush themselves and not prioritize, thus allowing airwork to suffer;
recognize the importance of the axiom "aviate, navigate, communicate".
Preflight Planning. Before commencing a flight, you must be familiar with all available information
appropriate to the intended operation. Such information should include, but is not limited to, available
weather reports and forecasts, NOTAMs, fuel requirements, terminal instrument procedures, alternatives
available if the flight cannot be completed as planned, and any anticipated traffic delays. In addition, the
pilot-in-command shall conduct a risk assessment prior to the flight. Ensure you have a navigation bag
with all the necessary pubs, a NATOPS Manual, a fuel packet (if required), a flight computer, and
flashlight on all flights.
NOTE: For review stage flights, call your instructor the night before to find out where you are anticipating to fly
and to obtain a flight planning problem for homework (this usually includes preparing a weight and balance and
DD-175). If you can not reach your instructor, call the CDO for a homework assignment. For cross-country
flights, refer to the "Blue Brains" Checklist and the planning sheet found in the RI-0 handout.
It is imperative pilots spend time on the ground preflight planning so they are as prepared as possible once
airborne and can maximize mission safety, effectiveness, and training. PWANTS (see Figure 4-1) is a
memory aid for the typical tasks that need to be accomplished at Base Operations before an IFR flight.
Physically going to Base Ops may or may not be required, depending on the capability to accomplish the
appropriate tasks via computer, fax, or telephone.
"Activate" flight plan (technically file flight plan)
TOLD (takeoff & landing data)
SIDs / DPs / STARs / IAPs
Figure 4-1. Base Ops Drill.
Ensure the navigation bag you take with you has all of the necessary current items. The following
FLIP documents are used in preflight planning and/or during the flight. You should become familiar
with the FLIP system and know where to find the information you need. Here are some of the most
often used FLIP products:
General Planning (GP). Published for worldwide use by military aviators and is the overall FLIP
reference (includes an index covering all of FLIP).
Area Planning (AP/1, 2, 3 and 4). AP/1 covers procedures, notices, and data for use in North &
South America. This is where you will find preferred routing for IFR flights.
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