The following is the briefing packet for the Introduction Training flight. This flight is designed to be run on a training night or with at least an instructor and 1-3 other people, while this packet is designed for the Hornet, it can be applied to any other Fighter easily. We expect that Pilots know the basics of Flying the Hornet.
- Impart a basic understanding of Formation Flying
- Introduce basic Standard Operating Procedures (SOPS)
- Introduce Brevity.
Mission Success Criteria
- Maintaining Basic formation with Instructor
- Being able to say what the SOP for a ‘standard’ departure is.
- Tiger1 – Primary Training flight of 2 – 4 F18’s
- Texaco11 – TANKER on 253 UHF 1X TACAN.
WP HDG DIST M/CAS ALT LAT/LON Homeplate: N41:55.917 E041:52.583 WP1: 068 8 0.65m 15,000ft N41:58.090 E042:03.294 WP2: 285 36 0.69m 15,000ft N42:05.427 E041:36.190 WP3: 182 18 290CAS 15,000ft N41:43.536 E041:31.561 WP4: 148 20 0.87m 15,000ft N41:54.148 E041:42.683 Homeplate: 070 8 250CAS 1,500ft, N41:55.917 E041:52.583
- Kobuleti – 133.0
- Training Freq: 131.50
- Texaco: 253.0 1x
- Overlord: 251, LINK 20.
Rules of Engagement: Training/Weapons Safe modes only, no Active Killing during this flight.
Harddeck: Not Applicable
Knock Off Call: Not Applicable
Knock Off Reset: Not Applicable
Bingo: 4,000 Joker: 2,000
Fuel Management: On Bingo RTB.
Loadout: 1 x Belly Tank.
Pre-Taxi: – Enter WP Data into AC, Load AC when ready move forwards from Inital start point
Taxi: Taxi By Element.
Takeoff: Standard 2 ship.
Rejoin: All AC will rejoin at WP1.
Formation: Instructor should take time to introduce formation types, including fingertip and spread. Introduce Turns and other Items and use the airspace between WP 2 and 3 as required.
Tanking: Not Applicable.
Recovery: Recovery will be standard Initial and Pitch back into Kobuleti.
This flight is the introduction flight for new members and aims to get them at least some what comfortable with formation flying, it does not include combat as it is intended as a fam style flight and also so that Instructors can gauge how comfortable a person is with their AC. During this flight formation turns etc should be kept simple.