INSTRUMENTS FLIGHT PLANNING
Turn right/left _____ (heading)
WINGS LEVEL Call
+ Preflight fuel
Estimated fuel at IAF
Although these are separate calls, they are all tied to each other and in narrative form sound
something like this:
"We're two minutes prior to Marianna. Outbound heading is 138 for a course of 141°. I
estimate BRITS at time 07+00." You navigate for the final few miles and say:
"Turn right to138º, time 00+00, Marianna, fuel quantity 600 lbs, NAVAID remains the
You clear the turn in your copilot capacity and when WINGS LEVEL, you check navigation
and continue with your fuel analysis, saying:
"We had 600 lbs, I preflighted 610 lbs, so we are 10 lbs below preflight. My estimated fuel
at the IAF is 535 lbs."
As you are reciting your fuel figures, you may interrupt yourself to make heading/course
After these calls, continue along V7W and take GS checks, and revise your time estimates to
BRITS and fuel to the IAF.
At the appropriate time (05+00), you would give a TWO-MINUTE PRIOR Call to BRITS and
the whole sequence starts over again.
The reports introduced in this section will help you gain proficiency in your copilot skills and in
your navigational capabilities when in demanding phases of flight. Your ability to quickly
calculate fuels, times and headings in the preparation of these calls greatly aids your pilot and
provides the important periodic "how-goes-it" that is essential to any flight.
4-8 TWO-MINUTE PRIOR, MARK-ON-TOP AND WINGS LEVEL CALLS