The departure phase of flight consists of the following:
Running Rendezvous/Section Takeoff
Climb and Level-Off
Radio channel changes
Flight Fuel Check/Cruise Checklist
Transit to pre-briefed working area
The Wingman is responsible for maintaining flight integrity and backing up the Lead with
navigation and lookout.
301. TAKEOFF AND RUNNING RENDEZVOUS
One method used initially to join aircraft into a formation after takeoff is the running rendezvous.
If done properly, it is accomplished safely, expeditiously, and with maximum fuel economy.
The running rendezvous is a rendezvous in which all aircraft in a flight take off in order and
effect their join-up while the Lead is departing. Each aircraft must comply with prescribed
course rules or departure procedures.
1. The Lead will call for and receive clearance for takeoff for the entire flight using the
procedures outlined in Chapter 2 and local SOP. Make a mental note of the winds the tower
gives you in your takeoff clearance. When cleared, taxi on to the active runway using the
following criteria for aircraft placement (Figure 3-1):
If there is a crosswind, the Lead will take the downwind side. The wind will blow his
prop wash off the runway, causing no effect on the Wingman's takeoff roll.
If the wind is calm or straight down the runway, the Lead will position the airplane on
the outboard side of the runway.