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Formation Flight

Postby RigaRunner » Wed May 15, 2013 10:41 pm

A potential subject for discussion on a future episode: learning to fly in formation?

Flying in tight formation is something military pilots have learned, but it is a new skill set for most of us general aviation pilots. One of our local flight schools (Atlantic Airways at KJYO) has been offering ground and flight instruction, using a pair of evenly matched DA-40's. The instructors are ex-military CFII's, and the participants are guys like me who simply want to learn something new and hone their flying skills.

Let me admit, an hour of close formation is physically and mentally draining and you return to the field wrung out. But it is also exhilarating and there is nothing like a formation landing.

As Jeb doubtless knows, the Bonanza pilots have been doing this for years on their way to Oshkosh. And Dave would know lots about this because that's how the photographers get some of those great in-flight shots. At least, we did!
A commercial pilot, IFR rated, who flies a Cirrus SR22 out of JYO.

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