Close Formation Practice Debrief 2/5/22

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Close Formation Practice Debrief 2/5/22

Post by Blade » Sun Feb 06, 2022 6:12 pm

Close Formation Practice Debrief

Mako1 - 2-Ship - Training flight out of Kimhae
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The Close Formation Practice last night was a successful and a fun practice session. Very much looking forward to another one. We started the flight with a good briefing, where we went over formations, maneuvers, limits, the hard deck, AAR plan, and a few other things.

It was the first departure as well as landings into Kimhae for the two of us, but all went well. We started with a Zero-Interval formation departure. I should have put us in route after switching to departure, it would have made aircraft checks etc. a little easier. After checking in with Dragnet3 we headed out to the MOA training area.

Once in the MOA we started with familiar Echelon check turns and swapping leads. We then moved to Finger-tip left and right check turns, this put the wingman on both the inside and outside of the turns all while being a wingspan or so apart. We started with level turns then moved to 5°, 10°, and 20° -+pitch and 45° of roll. We did this with each of us leading.

A few notes here: We started all this with a lot of communication, like speed, heading, pitch, planned turn out, etc. Most of this proved meaningless as the wingman was padlocked on the lead and looking at any of this data in the Hud, was not going to happen. A simple turn direction at the start of the maneuver to let the wingman know if he was going to be on the inside or outside worked great.

We got to a good stopping point and was close to joker, so we decided to get a little rest and head out to the tanker to get some fuel. After topping off we head back to the MOA to step it up.

Archer started us off though a series of high +-pitch and tight 270°-300° turns, and I ended it with one-half of a Lazy-8. We wanted to make sure that we left the MOA with enough fuel for a few formation landings.

We left the MOA and checked out with Dragnet3 and head in for a formation landing back at Kimhae. I lead the first one and Archer stand glued to me all the way to the ground where we did a touch-a-go. Archer then lead us in for a full stop and an end to a two hour and twenty-four-minute flight.

High-Speed 270° turn
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Almost at the top of the second loop of a Lazy-8
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Landing 1, wheels down. Archer making it look good.
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Landing 2, getting on final and gear down
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Re: Close Formation Practice Debrief 2/5/22

Post by Zeus » Sun Feb 06, 2022 7:50 pm

Wow - nice work guys. That sounds like a lot of time and effort well spent with some really good lessons learned. Hope to see more of these!
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Re: Close Formation Practice Debrief 2/5/22

Post by Derk » Tue Feb 08, 2022 12:01 am

Blade wrote:
Sun Feb 06, 2022 6:12 pm
Close Formation Practice Debrief
A few notes here: We started all this with a lot of communication, like speed, heading, pitch, planned turn out, etc. Most of this proved meaningless as the wingman was padlocked on the lead ...
Good Flight Lead points. First, always look for a reason not to speak. Second, in close formations (Echelon and Route) wingmen should be eyes on Leads and Leads should ease into movement to give time for them to react. This can be done without words, so things like "Falcon 1, go nose down 10 degrees" or "One is checking left" are unnecessary.

This sounded like a fun and challenging flight and plan to make the next one if able. Thanks for setting it up.
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Re: Close Formation Practice Debrief 2/5/22

Post by STAC » Tue Feb 08, 2022 2:16 pm

Nice job guys!

Looks like it was an awesome flight, sorry I had to miss it!
Hoping to come out for the next one!

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