3.18. DEPARTURE / SID
3.18.1. Lead informs Departure the flight is airborne with any request.
3.18.2. Lead Student handles COMM/NAV for the flight. Wing student backs up Lead's NAV
by keeping the IP informed over the ICS. All students are responsible for all normal checklists.
3.19.1. All aircraft perform individual Penetration Checklists.
3.19.2. Division Formations - All students are responsible for thorough knowledge of the
various formations and pertinent responsibilities per reference (d). Multiple formations are
flown, therefore be familiar.
3.19.3. Division Maneuvering - Students are thoroughly conversant with Division maneuvering
tactics per reference (c). Be ready to discuss Division maneuvers.
3.19.4. Lead initiates a decent to cancel IFR early enough to get the Division set up for the LL (if
one is flown) or Range entry.
3.20. RANGE PROCEDURES
3.20.1. After the flight has canceled IFR, and ATC has approved a frequency change, Lead
Student switches the flight to Range frequency, checks the flight in and checks-in with Range
Control. These procedures are thoroughly covered in reference (d).
3.20.2. All COMMs and voice calls are IAW reference (d).
3.21. TASK MANAGEMENT
3.21.1. The WEPS pattern is a fairly dynamic environment. The student must therefore
prioritize tasks. Normal FAM Procedures such as cruise checks must still be done. The abeam
position in the WEPS pattern is an ideal time to check the fuel. Each crewmember must
prioritize tasks to avoid the ground or terrain and accomplish all other tasks required to complete
the mission. SA is the process of task management and requires constant sorting and sequencing
of mission tasks.
3.22.1. Weather permitting; Course Rules is the recovery of choice. In any case, the recovery
priorities and procedures are thoroughly discussed in reference (d).
126.96.36.199. Course Rules
188.8.131.52.1. All students verbalize to the IP which side the Wingmen is on for the break
no later than 3-5 miles prior to the initial.
184.108.40.206.2. Lead Student has the responsibility of crossing the Wingmen under.
220.127.116.11.3. A two-second break is the norm.
18.104.22.168.4. Pattern COMM is the same as for WEPS 1/2 flights, with the exception Three
and Four now have to make the same calls as Two. When abeam, Lead notifies Tower