BASIC INSTRUMENT PROCEDURES
Procedure: When "platform" is called, the aircraft's rate of descent will be reduced to comply
with the "Minute to Live Rule". In the T-2C, this is normally accomplished by retracting the
speedbrakes and reducing the nose-down attitude. This will result in a reduction in the rate of
descent to approximately 2000 feet per minute. The power setting may have to be increased to
maintain 250 KIAS and comply with the "Minute-to-Live Rule". Retrim the aircraft as required.
The "platform" call is an AGL call. As the T-2C is not equipped with a Radar Altimeter, this
call must be made by referencing the Barometric Altimeter. Consideration must always be given
to terrain elevation when making the platform call. This is essential when flying over elevations
above sea level!
Basic Approach Configuration (BAC)
The BAC is flown with landing gear down, flaps extended to half or full, speedbrakes retracted,
and 15 units AOA.
Final Approach Configuration (FAC)
The FAC is flown with landing gear down, flaps extended to half or full, speedbrakes extended,
and 15 units AOA.
106. BASIC INSTRUMENT TRANSITIONS
A basic instrument transition is a procedure executed to change performance, altitude, or aircraft
configuration. Transitions may encompass a combination of the aforementioned items.
Examples of instrument transitions are: a transition from takeoff to a climb, entry into a climb or
descent from normal cruise, level-off from a climb or descent at slow cruise, deceleration from
normal cruise to slow cruise, and a configuration change to BAC. Many transitions may be
performed while on a constant heading or in a turn. They may be performed at a constant
altitude or at varying altitudes. Any change from one performance, altitude, or aircraft
configuration requires a transition.
For this phase of training, the student will be concerned with the practice of fundamental
transitions as described in the following discussion.
No attempt has been made to explain instrument functions during transitions. The student will
reference the descriptions of scan procedures for an understanding of which instruments should
be used for each transition.
Instrument Takeoff (ITO)
An instrument takeoff is executed during conditions of low ceilings and/or limited visibility. A
sudden transition from visual reference on takeoff roll to instrument conditions at low altitude
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