LOW-LEVEL AND TACTICAL FORMATION
Station, start, taxi, takeoff: List "N/A" for the second route.
TOT, DZ/LZ: List the second route TOT/TOA and DZ/LZ name.
Formation lineup diagram: List the IP/student lineup to start the second route.
Remarks: "Autoswitch from TWR to GND..." and brakes and reverse 1000' prior
to where you plan to exit the runway at NGP are standard.
Fluid trail: Have exactly one fluid trail segment for the second route. Same rules
Lead change: If it is a two ship, you have already accomplished your one lead
change prior to the second route. Therefore it is "N/A". If it is a three ship, list the
turnpoint for the third lead change. Make it after the second drop unless specified
Assembly: This is to reassemble the formation after the low approach. List a MSL
altitude that corresponds to 500' AGL after the low approach. Example: the field
elevation at VCT is 115' MSL therefore assembly should be 615' MSL. The airspeed is
always 150 KIAS.
Drop: Same as before.
11. Recovery: Normally, course rules from Shamrock / Lima to an Overhead for a Full Stop
recovery at NGP.
D103. BRIEFING PREPARATION
NOTAMS (1 per plane). Have a set of NOTAMS for each IP. Include NGP, CRP, and the
transition field (TF only) and any other significant fields along both routes which could be used
as emergency divert fields.
Weather. Get a DD175-1 from the weather office and have a copy for each plane. Weather for
our locally developed routes must be 1500-3 for day low-levels and at least 1000 feet above the
highest MSA for night low-levels with at least 3 miles visibility.
Time Hack. Call the US Naval Observatory at DSN 762-1401.
Conflicts (1 per plane). Check the VT-35 and VT-31 flight schedules for other formations or
low-level flights. Get call signs, routes, and IP names. List these in the remarks section of the
280 for TACFORMS, on the stick diagrams for low-levels, or if needed on separate paper. Also,
deconflict all MTRs affecting your route of flight by calling the controlling agencies.
FLIGHT PREPARATION D-9