When cleared for takeoff, the lead passes the runup
signal and the wingman acknowledges. Both perform
full power engine checks. After the runup check, each
pilot visually inspects the other aircraft, using the
following checklist, Figure 14.
When both aircraft check out, the wingman passes
the thumbs-up signal to the lead.
The interval takeoff allows aircraft separation during
the roll. The lead takes off IAW Familiarization (Fam)
stage procedures and local course rules. The
wingman rolls no less than 7 seconds (or as briefed)
after lead IAW Fam stage procedures (Figure 15).
Once airborne with gear and flaps/slats retracted, the
lead reduces power to 92-94 percent and intercepts
the briefed rendezvous airspeed, allowing the
wingman excess power to establish proper closure.
Good judgment should prevail in any abort situation. W/hen an abort is necessary, simultaneously initiate abort
procedures IAW NATOPS and transmit intentions using tactical call sign for example, "Hawk two aborting." If you abort
as a wingman, follow normal procedures and drift toward centerline. If you abort as the lead, remain on your side of the
runway until the wingman clears you to centerline or passes you. If the lead aborts, the wingman should continue to
takeoff if the airspeed is greater than 50 KIAS or as briefed. The wingman clears the lead to centerline if he can stop prior
to the arresting gear. The minimum 7-second interval (or as briefed) allows a safe abort behind the lead, prior to the long
field gear. The aborting aircraft brakes as necessary and, if "clear," attempts to take the arresting gear perpendicular to the
cable and on centerline. As discussed during FAM, taking the arresting gear at 90 degrees is more critical than being on
centerline. To reduce the probability of a hook skip, lower the hook a minimum of 1,500 ft prior to the arresting gear.