When established on 386.0:
Lead: "(Tactical Call sign) (i.e., "Slinky")"
Lead: "Pensacola Approach, (Call sign) (i.e., "Buck 321"), flight of two, 3500"
Normally, your FORM 5001/5002 and 5101/5102 flights will use radios to change frequencies
with positive checkouts and check-ins as described in the examples above. No matter which
method is used, the Lead must ensure he is correctly "navigating" his Wingman through
frequency changes when desired.
YOU ARE ONLY AS GOOD AS YOU SOUND ON THE RADIO! The Formation stage
emphasizes proper communication procedures, communication brevity, and smooth
communication performance as a flight. While communications for a formation flight are
generally the same as in previous stages, there are a few minor differences. The Lead will inform
each controlling agency, on the first transmission to that controlling agency, that you are a flight.
After that, the Lead need only respond with the official Call sign of the flight. If there is any
doubt as to whether or not the controller knows you are a flight of two, you can use "flight of
two" on subsequent transmissions.
When going to a field other than Sherman on a VFR flight plan, you should be familiar with the
For example, when complete with the area work and ready to transit to Mobile downtown, you
would call Mobile Approach.
Lead Student: "Mobile Approach, (Call sign), flight of two, 15 DME south of Brookley,
4500, information Golf, request."
Mobile Approach: "(Call sign), squawk 0447, go ahead with your request."
Lead Student: "(Call sign), squawking 0447, request overhead at Mobile Downtown, full
You may also request radar following or radar vectors as the situation dictates.
INTRODUCTION TO FORMATION 1-7