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Post by (C/229)Samri on Tue 10 Dec 2013 - 20:08

Hi all,

Found this gem on you tube.

Tactical Formation Flying for Helicopters 1972

Pretty well says it all and is a good basis for Formation Training, particularly correct station keeping for the various formation types.
Takes about 20 mins, so grab a beer and some popcorn.


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Re: Tactical Formation Training Video

Post by (HHC/229) Skullz on Wed 11 Dec 2013 - 5:08

Awesome video!!

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Re: Tactical Formation Training Video

Post by (B/229) Razorback on Wed 11 Dec 2013 - 5:49

That is an awesome video. I might have to see it a couple of times more in order to memorize all the info. Would be great if we could set up a few training sessions to practise this to perfection. I know I could use it.

Question: Why are all the communications done by the co-pilot? Is he the pilot-in-command while not flying the aircraft?
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Re: Tactical Formation Training Video

Post by (HHC/229) flyer on Wed 11 Dec 2013 - 6:06

Samri...that's a good find.  This type of formation flying is what we teach here in the battalion.  I do believe that this video should be mandatory viewing as it explains all of the questions that I've been asked over the last few months while training members to fly formation.  To all 1st Cav members, please watch this video and practice the techniques listed.


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Re: Tactical Formation Training Video

Post by (HHC/229) flyer on Wed 11 Dec 2013 - 6:18

Razorback...generally, the work load is divided up between the PIC and his co-pilot during some flights like IFR and tactical.  Pilots do this because a single pilot trying to "do it all" can become overwhelmed and run out of luck.  While one fly's the aircraft the other will work the radios to cut down on work load, this makes it safer.

However in the video, it appears to me that the left pilot was maybe an instructor (you can see the aviation training center shoulder patch) who was flying the aircraft and calling out formations.  The PIC doesn't always fly in the right seat.  A PIC can fly from either seat.  Sometimes he'll throw the newbe a bone and let him get some right seat time.

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Post by (B/229) NeF on Wed 11 Dec 2013 - 7:20

Wish so bad we had multicrew to get a bone tossed at me.
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Re: Tactical Formation Training Video

Post by (HHC/229) GunfighterSIX on Fri 13 Dec 2013 - 9:21

We switch seat's ever flight. You spend to much time in one seat and it will screw you up some. Good video, they dont talk about step down formations which I am going to start working on with these guys for night flights. Most of the information is great, some is out of date. A few thousand lost Huey's will teach you a thing or two.

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Post by (HHC/229) GunfighterSIX on Sun 23 Aug 2015 - 1:56

This training video needs to be watched again. I will put together some information about flying trail formations and why we avoid it in the air assault community. This video talks about the 2 disk separation that is needed in trail formations that is not needed while landing in other formations.

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Re: Tactical Formation Training Video

Post by (HHC/229) flyer on Sun 23 Aug 2015 - 4:37

The above video will be "required" viewing prior to tonight's practice. All questions that were asked in last night's practice are answered in the video. I would like all participants to view so that we can have a constructive conversation about formation flight.

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Re: Tactical Formation Training Video

Post by Guest on Sun 23 Aug 2015 - 9:25

Yeckcellent video!

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