LOW-LEVEL AND TACTICAL FORMATION
Use Chattermark procedures to the maximum extent possible on interplane.
Use formation callsign when speaking with ATC and formation position when speaking
within the formation. When anticipating an IMC breakup for recovery, use the current LEAD's
side number as the formation callsign, even if that aircraft started as number two.
LEAD will direct all frequency changes. Wingmen will respond to Interplane frequency
changes, and will not respond to ATC frequency changes. Wingmen will acknowledge all
LEAD instructions and directives with position number.
Students should check VT-35 and VT-31 duty offices for other low-level and tactical
formation missions. IPs and mission commanders will ensure this information is obtained.
99 calls should be made on Base, Formation Primary, and Formation Secondary at common
choke points. T-44s only have one VHF radio, so VT-31 formations will not monitor Base
frequency. Common choke points are Bayside Bridge, Woodsboro, and the run-ins for Mellon,
Shiner, Go Home and Canyon DZ
Advisory calls should be made on 255.4 when crossing all MTRs south of San Antonio and
prior to the IP on checkride routes. T-1s will have you on TCAS, but the T-38s from Randolph
are a significant threat in these areas.
D108. LOW-LEVEL BRIEFING GUIDE
All low-level briefings will use the following guide to brief the mission. For those who prefer, 8-9
below (the run-in through drop) may be briefed out of order. For TF route briefs, brief only those
items not already covered in the formal brief. When briefing a second route on the same flight,
start with 3 below (Route name) and brief all applicable items.
Weather (include preflight winds)
Route name/flying time
ESA and location
D-18 FLIGHT PREPARATION