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compensate for variations in pattern conditions. On a perfect dive run, the pipper should reach
the final aimpoint (the bull if there is no wind) just as the aircraft arrives at the release altitude.
810. DIVE RUN ERROR CORRECTIONS
In order to make proper corrections, you must know how much each error will affect your
accuracy. We have already discussed in general terms the effects of deviating from each of the
various parameters such as airspeed, dive angle, and altitude. For example, we showed a dive
angle steeper than planned, will cause a long hit, so releasing high can compensate for a steep
dive angle. However, in order to actually make such a correction, you must know how high to
release to compensate for each degree you are steep. In other words, for each type of run, you
must know exactly how dive angle, airspeed, and altitude affect accuracy, and how they relate to
one another. This analysis and subsequent dive run error correction are an excellent training
exercise. In combat however, the first dive run is the attack that counts. In a threat environment,
the first run is often the only run.
Division WEPS Safety
Standard division safety factors were introduced in the division procedures chapter (Chapter 7).
The dynamics of the weapons pattern require additional attention.
Lost Sight/SIMO Run
If the proper interval is established and maintained throughout the individual patterns, the danger
of a midair collision is greatly reduced. All crewmembers must exercise extreme caution and
take particular care not to cut the aircraft ahead out of the pattern. During a dive run, the
attacking aircrew's focus is on the target and the aircraft's flight parameters. This is required for
a safe and accurate delivery of ordnance. These dynamic tasks often cause the aircrew pulling
off target to lose sight of their interval (aircraft ahead). This is the highest risk section of the
WEPS pattern in terms of midair collisions. An accurate and timely abeam call by the interval
will help the off-target aircrew to regain sight and situational awareness.
Any time an aircraft loses sight of its proper interval, the potential for a midair exists. A similar
danger can also arise near the roll-in point. A simultaneous run (simo run) is a short interval at
the roll-in, usually resulting from an early or deep roll-in on the part of one aircraft. Any aircrew
that sees a simo run shall call "SIMO RUN" on the UHF.
In order to avoid dangerous situations, these rules must be followed:
Maintain proper pattern airspeed and altitude.
Use proper voice procedures.
3. When turning to the abeam position after a run, if you do not see your interval and you
have not heard him call his position, remain 1000 feet below pattern altitude until the proper
interval is reacquired.
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