The US Air Force lists 19 formation fundamentals. The purpose of this column is to explore these fundamentals.
#10 — STABILIZED
The term stabilized appears first in the list of formation maneuvering fundamentals. This might seem unusual–either the term itself or its high priority. Here is the USAF definition:
Stabilized. In control and able to complete the maneuver safely within the pilot‘s capabilities. In this manual, number 2 is often directed to stabilize before continuing a maneuver. For example, number 2 must stabilize in route before continuing to fingertip during a rejoin. Stabilize does not mean stop; it means under control (AFMAN 11-248 19JAN11).
It’s easier to see it in the airplane than to picture it in your mind. Come fly with me, and we’ll take a look at it together.
To learn more about formation, follow @FlightTestFact, or download one of these references.
|USN T-34 Formation Flight Training Manual
Formation Flight Incorporated (FFI) Formation Guide
USAF Primary Pilot Training Manual – Formation Flying (AFMAN 11-248)
Access the index of formation fundamentals here.