LOW-LEVEL AND TACTICAL FORMATION
D106. TRAINING WING FOUR MULTI-ENGINE LOW-LEVEL/TACTICAL
Due to the high number of Aviation Safety Reports of near mid-air collisions during
Advanced Multi-Engine Low-Level and Tactical Formation training, the following procedures
will be utilized by all TRAWING FOUR multi-engine aircraft while performing subject training.
All aircraft will continuously monitor UHF/guard and utilize VHF to make position reports
on low-level routes when not in contact with Corpus Approach. While operating below the
Delta MOA, aircraft will monitor 337.8. Otherwise, monitor 255.4 or the frequency specified in
the Tactical Flimsy. This restriction is not meant to preclude Tactical Formation aircraft from
monitoring other UHF frequencies as formation interplane when transiting airfields for VFR
formation approaches. Do not hesitate to use UHF Guard to resolve critical conflicts.
IPs and mission commanders are responsible for ensuring compulsory reports are made 10
NM prior to the following points: Woodsboro, Eagle Lake, Chase Field, and the Bayside Bridge
and when crossing MTRs. The reports should include the cardinal direction and distance from
the reporting point, direction of flight and altitude (when crossing MTRs calls will be made only
VT-31 and VT-35 will maintain a common Tactical Flimsy. The stick diagrams of the
local routes will have both local and AP-1B crossing routes depicted. Compulsory reporting
points will be underlined on the stick diagrams. The T-44 and TC-12 low-level stage managers
are responsible for maintaining a standardized Tactical Flimsy.
Cross the Bayside Bridge at 500 feet if departing Navy Corpus and 1000 feet if returning.
If weather precludes crossing the Bayside Bridge at 1000 feet, remain well clear of the area and
contact Corpus Approach for an IFR clearance.
"LEAD" designation will be placed on the flight schedule and shall be either the senior
ranking member of the formation or the most experienced member of the formation.
During squadron interfly, the following standards will be maintained:
Marshall shall take place in the engine run-up, the brief shall be conducted in the
squadron of the lead aircraft.
C-12s will make Unicom calls for the formation, T-44s will maintain the interplane
Overheads will be flown at 200 KIAS with C-12s breaking 10 seconds after T-44s to
gain required spacing, T-44s will break as normal following a C-12.
Downwinds will be flown at 200 KIAS.
Drops will be flown at 130 KIAS.
D-16 FLIGHT PREPARATION