Contrary to the belief of some, our Bravo flight of three has had absolutely no problem operating as a proper three ship from startup, takeoff, landing and shutdown at every location that we have been so far. Heck, at many places, I'm sure we could have asked for the overhead and gotten it. I don't know, maybe it is because we have very good wingmen that make us sound like we know what we're doing by being quiet and just following the instructions of Lead (TC) at all times on our discrete frequency. The local ramp operators are usually quite impressed to see a disciplined flight taxi up and shutdown on a head nod, or fire up and taxi out with complete coordination. I think those ground ops go a long way to the tower expectation of professionalism when you ask for a formation departure.
RV-9A N4822C flying 1900+hrs. / Cedar Park, TX
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