Welcome to Module 10 of the RTC. In this module you will learn about flying in basic formations. Whilst this covers flying in an actual formation of aircraft. Equally as, if not moreso important, it also covers flying “as” a formation, meaning teamwork with your fellow pilots. This module will not be covering combat formations, they will be covered in a separate course.
This module will cover the following:
- Formation Fundamentals
- Formation Ground and Takeoff Procedures
- Two Ship Formation
- Two Ship Rejoins
- Extended Trail/Tail Chase
- Four Ship Formation
- General Operating Limits
- Abnormal Procedures
Be aware that the journey to good formation flying is a long one and you will likely have to do a lot of practice with the AI and other Sqn members to get it right. We have all been through this process so we understand there may be times where you feel disheartened about a lack of progression (this typically happens when beginning to Air to Air Refuel or AAR) but keep practicing and always aim for perfection. And just remember, Practice doesn’t make perfect, practice makes permanent, so practice perfectly and perfection will become permanent!
This section focuses on what is means to fly with other pilots, many recruits may have rarely, if ever, have flown DCS Multiplayer as a formation flight. These SOPs will form the basis of good airmanship and teamwork.
- The Formation Pilot
- Aircraft Systems and Procedural Knowledge
- Knowledge of Standard Operating Procedures
- Flight Lead Responsibilities
- Wingman Responsibilities
- Formation Radio Communications
- Call Sign Brevity and Flight Terminology
- Radio Commands in Formation Pt1
- Radio Commands in Formation Pt2
- Frequency Change & Check-In Procedures
- Standard Radio Procedures
- In Flight Checks
- Fuel Management
- Collision Avoidance
- Knock-It-Off and Terminate
- Formation Break Out Procedures
- Lost Sight Procedures
Formation Ground and Takeoff Procedures
With the mission/training briefing complete, the pilots will move to their aircraft to prepare for engine start. From this moment on, teamwork and effective communication is vital to the success and enjoyment of all pilots in the flight.
Two Ship Formation
This section will focus on SOPs for flying in 2 ship formations, Flight lead and wingman.
Two Ship Rejoins
Extended Trail/Tail Chase
Four Ship Formation
General Operating Limits