INTERCEPT PROCEDURES TEXTBOOK
(3) When a speed differential is realized, it should be reported as "Bogey's fast" or
"Bogey's 350 true," etc.
(4) Changes in bogey heading ("jinking") will cause scope indications that should be noted
in descriptive comm. They should be noted as "Bogey's jinked right," "Bogey's jinked into us,"
"Bogey's slowing," "Bogey's diving," "Bogey's speeding up," etc.
(5) When pitch, bank or speed maneuvers have been previously directed, their effect
should be noted later when time permits. Example: "We're climbing," "Speed set .6," "We're
Directive comm directs the pilot to take positive action necessary to execute an intercept. In
effect, the weapons officer controls the fighter through commands to the pilot. A fighter is
maneuvered by changing its bank, pitch and speed. Directive comm controls the aircraft in these
Remember, directive comm always takes precedence over descriptive comm. The
weapons officer should never hesitate to break off an AREO report to give a necessary directive
command. Directive comm should be given with a sharp authoritative voice and with a
sufficiently different inflection to preclude any possibility of misinterpretation as descriptive
Any time a maneuver is directed which exceeds the fighter's performance capabilities, the
pilot will comply with the direction up to the fighter's limits. Upon achieving a directed
parameter change, the pilot will inform the weapons officer with descriptive commentary, such
as "Speed set," "Steady," "level" or Altitude set."
Turn commands control the heading of the fighter and also the angle off of the bogey.
Airspeed and "g" determine rate of turn and turning radius. Turn radius and rate will vary with
the airspeed and "g" of the fighter. When a turn command is given, the pilot will establish the
appropriate bank angle with a moderate roll rate and apply "g" as necessary to maintain the turn
parameters. Roll out to steady will also be moderate. The turn commands are:
(1) "Easy left/right" When given this command, the pilot will roll into a 15 degree angle
of bank, half-standard rate turn, maintaining airspeed and altitude, or attitude if climbing or
(2) "Left/right standard" The standard turn for intercept work. It is a 30 degree angle of
bank, standard rate turn, maintaining airspeed and altitude, or attitude if climbing or descending.
(3 "Left/right hard" The pilot will maintain a 45 degree angle of bank. Airspeed,
altitude and attitude will be held constant.