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Putting together a combinations of add-ons, softwares, and procedures to perform and evaluate the seemingly oxymoronic idea of solo formation practice. Using FSRecorder, TacPack TPS, and Tacview as a system seems to be useful.

Best to watch on YouTube at 720p resolution.


WARNING: These documents are published for flight simulation only and are not to be used for any real world flight activities.

KNID VFR Terminal Flight Patterns

R-2508 Complex Airspace Briefing

KNFL NAS Fallon Range Users Manual

KNGP NAS Kingsville Course Rules
KNGP NAS Kingsville Course Rules Slideshow
KNGP NAS Kingsville Additional Course Rules Slideshow

KNIP NAS Jacksonville JNFC Course Rules

KNMM NAS Meridian Course Rules

KNQX NAS Key West Course Rules

TW-5 Fixed Wing Standard Operating Procedures for North Whiting Field (including KNSE, KNPA, and outlying fields)
TW-5 T-6B Checklist Guide
TW-5 Rotary-Wing Operating Procedures Manual

KNUW NAS Whidbey Island Course Rules

KNZY NAS North Island Course Rules Slideshow

A good bit of this post may sound negative. The limitations in the sim, procedurally, technically, and with the various add-ons, significantly hinders high fidelity simulation of a US Navy aviator’s training. These limitations apply at a very basic level even before any OPSEC considerations.

Still, for someone willing to invest the time, the Navy curriculum is quite good at training an aviator.

For our purposes, we originally adapted the T-6 PRIMARY curriculum for use with the Iris PC-21. At that time there was no T-6B. With the current Iris T-6B (developed with the help of real world Navy PRIMARY pilots), a very faithful PRIMARY curriculum could be developed.

While attempting to use the existing T-45C model to adapt the INTERMEDIATE JET curriculum, the more we studied the PAT PUBS, the more disenchanted we became with trying to use that model in a faithful way. Very basic characteristics covered in the PUBS, such as fuel flow numbers, did not match the sim. Reading ahead into STRIKE, the discrepancies seemed even greater when trying to adapt WEPS. About 30 hours of flight time and 20 hours of study later, we just weren’t feeling it.

Long story short, we have been flying the VRS F/A-18E in an adaption of INTERMEDIATE JET for about 70 hours flight time and 40 hours of study. There are several obvious issues with learning to fly a 22 ton jet in a manner designed for a 7 ton jet, but, overall, we are pleased with the training. Adapting the Rhino NATOPS numbers and capabilities to the curriculum has been easier than trying to do the training with a sim that did not match many numbers at all. We still fly the T-45C a good bit, but the flying is for a more casual experience rather than serious training.

Somewhere down near the bottom of this post is a link to the coursework and maneuver requirements we have adapted for our training. Some notes, in no particular order or sense:

1) The tally requirements in this curriculum are WAY less than half what the real world nuggets are required to do.

2) You are going to have to read a good bit to use the curriculum. At the bottom of each section are the PAT PUBS that are required reading. Of course, you should know the NATOPS for your aircraft before you start.

3) With the exception of FCLP, any aircraft could be used to fly the adapted curriculum events. We have done PA’s just for fun in the DHC-1 Chipmunk for example. The turn, S, and landing attitude patterns are part of real world training for almost all aircraft (or should be).

4) As we advance thru the curriculum and update the adapted course work, we will update the link below to the latest version. Also, updating these notes as needed.

5) Real world nuggets use standard IFR flight plans to ingress and egress the working areas. Below is a link for a couple that can be used at Lemoore. The package includes jet logs, flight plans, and MUs.

Here is link: INTJET/STRK curriculum v1.2

Here is link to the stereo routes package: Stereo Routes Package v1.0

PS, the BI portion in real world is all done under an IFR hood (except for the FCLP I added). So you will need full IFR conditions, an IFR panel view, or a hood simulation similar to what is in the Virtavia T-34C. Those wacky nuggets are required to do this BI from the back seat even before FAM. All your comments, suggestions, and corrections are welcome. We are off to fill in our MIFs.

Kneeboard parking diagrams for popular (and good) KNID and KNYL sceneries:

KNID parking diagram

KNYL parking diagram

NRR_TJRV parking diagram

And a modified CNATRA Single Engine Jet Log flight planning form:

Jet Log v5 


High and hot

Better than low and slow

Cat sick again, no money for drill press…time to fly!

Spent some time testing a new Ryan Navion B model in Puerto Rico.

Arecibo ObservatoryArecibo Observatory, PR

Enroute KACTAngels 16, headed west

Argentina afterdarkEnroute

One more post of flying before continuing work on the project.

Long flight from SACE to SAAI today with beautiful spring weather.

2013-10-27_15-22-27-236Angels 9 and a little crosswind

2013-10-27_16-36-1-60Clear views and no haze below

2013-10-27_18-36-42-522Inbound Punta Indio naval air station

No work on the project this weekend for various reasons.

ArgentinaNear Cordoba, Argentina

Airport firestation, La RiojaTaxi past the La Rioja airport firestation

Have to make do with some flying.