LOW-LEVEL AND TACTICAL FORMATION
Although lowering the landing gear, extending the flaps, or placing the props full forward
will increase drag and decelerate the aircraft, these methods are impractical and should not
normally be used. If an overrun occurs, WING will notify LEAD (e.g., "TWO/THREE's
overrunning on the left/right") and turn away from the formation. Once proper spacing is
obtained, move back into the enroute position.
Visibility forward from and across the cockpit is limited due to the high glare-shield, windshield
supports, small side windows and the windshield wipers. Compensate for this by moving your
head to maintain visual contact with the other aircraft.
The side-by-side seating arrangement results in a slight difference (parallax) between the
copilot's and pilot's sight picture. For standardization, fly the checkpoints as seen from the PAC
Wingtip vortices may induce a strong rolling or pitching tendency. If encountering wake
turbulence, add power and attempt to climb up and away from the preceding aircraft's
turbulence. You must exit the turbulence before you can fully regain control of your aircraft.
207. GROUND PROCEDURES
Prior to the brief, students shall obtain aircraft assignments and parking location from
During the "Before Start Checklist," navigation lights should be turned ON to identify the
aircraft as part of a formation flight.
Upon reaching "Avionics Master" on the "After Start Checklist," check-in as briefed per
your squadron's standard. LEAD will initiate flight check-in and then change the flight to
"Formation Common" frequency. When checking in, if wingmen need more time to
troubleshoot a problem or complete the checklist, say "TWO/THREE needs a minute." When
ready, WING says "TWO/THREE's ready." LEAD will call for taxi: "Montana/Stingray XXX,
flight of two/three, taxi with information Charlie, wingman's side numbers are XXX, XXX."
Minimum taxi interval is two aircraft lengths. It is WING's
responsibility to maintain proper taxi spacing.
In the run-up area, LEAD ensures sufficient room is available for WING to position their
LEAD will obtain a clearance and squawk and pass to WING. LEAD will squawk the
appropriate code for the entire flight. WING aircraft transponders shall be set to "standby".
WING will check in when the "Takeoff Checklist" has been completed for C-12 or down to
the last five items for T-44.