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Old 06-18-2017, 09:23 PM
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Default Advanced formation flying at Temora

Eddie (RV-7), Mal (RV-6A), Glenn (RV-7) and myself (RV-6) did a formation flying course in Sydney last November. It's a flight activity endorsement on a pilot license in Australia, all very formal and well organized, modulo the usual regulatory bureaucracy.

We've been out on weekends practicing, and wanted to get one of our instructors back to hone our skills, set us some new challenges, and generally step things up a notch.

So we brought Jeremy Miller from Mildura and Michael Jorgensen from Brisbane across to Temora in central NSW, and spent three days on it last weekend.

Belly turns. Formation wing-overs. Line-abreast turns. Combat formation. Planning and executing manoeuvres in larger formations. The whole nine yards.

We'd started doing some of that ourselves already, but Jeremy and Mike's experience added to our discipline and safety culture.

If you're in the US and you have a flying RV, get yourself to a FAST clinic, get your ticket, and practice, practice, practice.

And if you've never done combat formation, get someone who has to show you the ropes. Best fun you can have in the cockpit, I reckon. I think I might have scored a guns kill on Eddie.

Up, forward, in!

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Old 06-19-2017, 05:23 AM
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Hi Mark,
Looks good. There are a couple of RV owners at Tyabb with formation endorsements, and I have just lined up a 7 to complete my endorsement over the next few months.
Can't wait, looks like it will be fun.
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Old 06-19-2017, 05:53 AM
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I saw the video on the Pilots Lounge FB page, very cool indeed. Aero & Formation are my next tickets.
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Old 06-19-2017, 06:32 AM
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Had magnificent time in Temora, with outstanding instruction, great teamwork and more fun than I thought possible in an aeroplane. There is gonna be a lot of combat formation practice in our future.
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Old 06-19-2017, 07:15 PM
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Looks good. There are a couple of RV owners at Tyabb with formation endorsements, and I have just lined up a 7 to complete my endorsement over the next few months.
Can't wait, looks like it will be fun.
Most fun you can have with pants on.

One of the things we've covered is a process for inducting other formation pilots into our group. Terminology and SOPs are absolutely critical, extremely important to make sure that everyone is on the same page to avoid swapping paint.

We've observed that we spend about as much time briefing and debriefing as we do flying.

We've been trained to RAAF procedures (right down to using their paperwork for briefings/debriefings). Means we'd need to do a bit of a mental shift to fly with USAF- or FAST-trained pilots, but that's what the briefings are there to sort out. It can't be that hard, RAAF and USAF do pilot exchange programs all the time.

Say, "Hi!" to Chris Brown for me

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Old 06-19-2017, 07:24 PM
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What an awesome weekend we had.

I think that bullet your taking about hit my tyre thus the flat when I got home

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Old 06-19-2017, 09:13 PM
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To explain Eddie's last comment:

He and Glenn BOTH had flat tyres on landing at home base, about ten minutes apart from each other.

We're now sufficiently well trained that we can have formation tire blowouts

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Old 06-20-2017, 08:31 PM
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Looks like my tire repair will have to wait till next weekend, my original plan was to fly the RV down to Bendigo, but now the weather has me using JetStar instead.

Bummer
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Old 06-21-2017, 05:26 AM
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Pity you'll miss out using our new runway - a vast improvement. Lots of RVs here.

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Old 07-19-2017, 07:59 AM
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Mal has been editing GoPro video, and I've watched it about 8 times today and can't wait for the weekend.

https://youtu.be/_bjEbI5s67k

HOW GOOD IS THAT?

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