The following ground procedures will be common to all formation flights:
1. Aircraft issue and preflight will be conducted in the same manner as any syllabus flight.
Students should note the position of their Wingman's aircraft on the flight line. Normally both
aircraft will be spotted next to each other enabling all aircrew to observe if any aircraft in the
flight is having difficulties prior to turning on the radios. Regardless of where the flight is
parked, always remain appraised of your playmate's progress.
2. Once all formation aircraft are spotted in relation to each other, all checklists are completed
(up to the Before Taxi Checklist and skip the clearance delivery step), and Automatic Terminal
Information Service (ATIS) has been obtained, each aircraft will switch to the appropriate UHF
frequency (362.8). Lead will check in the flight, informing Wingman he is ready to switch to
clearance by calling "(Tactical Call sign) , up and ready with information _____." Lead
instructor will check in the Wingman on the previously determined VHF frequency. If Wingman
is ready and has the current ATIS, he will respond with, "Two". If the Wingman has a different
ATIS the response will be, "(Tactical Call sign)-2 has information _____." If the Wingman is
not ready he will respond with, "(Tactical Call sign)-2 needs 5" (or the appropriate number of
minutes required to get ready) informing Lead you require five more minutes to be ready to
contact clearance delivery. Lead will respond with, "(Tactical Call sign), call when ready."
When all aircraft have checked in with Lead, Lead will verbally switch the flight to clearance
delivery and get a positive check-in. After the clearance is read back by Lead, he will switch the
flight to ground control and start to taxi. The request for clearance to taxi will be made to ground
control after all aircraft have started taxiing.
3. All aircraft in the flight will copy clearances and dial in the appropriate transponder code
and altimeter setting.
4. Taxiing to the hold-short area, the Lead will choose the downwind side of the longest
taxiway in use and will comply with taxi instructions. Each subsequent member of the flight will
taxi an equal distance from centerline opposite the aircraft in front of them for Foreign Object
Damage (FOD) considerations. Proper taxi position is defined as the tip of the near elevator
aligned over the yellow Canopy Fracturing System (CFS) door. The lead aircraft will position in
the runup area leaving sufficient room for the flight. Each aircraft will individually complete the
Over-Speed Governor and Takeoff Checklists as well as the departure brief. When complete
with all hold-short requirements (including playmate's integrity checks), the Wingman will
initiate a "thumbs-up" check to the lead aircraft. This signifies all checklists have been
completed satisfactorily and lead aircraft appears normal with the following integrity checks:
Engine cowlings secure