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AVIATION
HEADSETS
PORTABLE
INTERCOMS

AFTER THE CHECKRIDE

BY JULIE SUMMERS WALKER

S-45 Headset
* Microphone for High
Noise Environments
* 5 Year Warranty
* Gel and Foam
Ear Seals
* Youth Version
with Child sized
Headband available
* Air Pillow Headpad
* Available in Monaural,
Monaural / Stereo,
and Helicopter
Versions

S-58 Headset
* Powder Coated
No-Glare Frame
* Microphone
Flex Boom
* Gel Ear Seals
* Youth Version
Available
* 5 Year Warranty
* Custom Headset Bag
* Available in Monaural,
Monaural / Stereo,
and Helicopter
Versions

SPO Portable Intercom
* Operates up to 40
hours on one 9-volt
battery (SPO-22)
* Includes a DC cable
for aircraft power
* 5 Year Warranty
* Music input
* Audio output for
recording ATC flight dialog-Great for training
* Push to Talk Switch inputs for both pilot & copilot
* Available in 2, 4, 6, 8, and 10 place versions

PTT Push-To-Talk Switches
* Attaches to the control
yoke with a hook
and loop strap
* Available in PTT-HS
and PTT-ICS versions
* Coiled cable extends to 6 feet

See our web site for our complete line of headsets, intercoms, and accessories.

Sigtronics Corporation
909 305-9399 * www.sigtronics.com

STICKING TOGETHER
HONE YOUR PRECISION SKILLS IN FORMATION FLYING

SOMEWHERE IN THE ARCHIVES OF AOPA, THERE IS A PHOTO OF

me flying in formation with Editor in Chief Tom Haines in his
Beechcraft Bonanza. It's a terrible photo and not just because I
don't like myself in photographs. No, the fear on my face is starkly
obvious; I had never been so close to another aircraft in flight and,
quite frankly, I never have been again. But if you are a pilot who
delights in precision, strict adherence to rules, and the challenge
of using your skills to the utmost, consider formation flying.
Like birds and military aircraft, flying in tandem with
another is a beautiful thing to see (in my case, from the ground).
Scientists believe birds fly in a V-formation during migration to
simply make the flying easier. At certain positions in the formation, there is less drag and a bird has to work less; the movement
within the formation gives the migrating birds relief on their
long flight. Military formation concentrates firepower and provides defense for the group of aircraft on a mission. At airshows,
watching the skill and precision of formation flying such as the
U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds and the U.S. Navy Blue Angels is
awe-inspiring.
My reason for flying in formation was a photo shoot. The
incredible photography you see in AOPA publications and online
(yeah, and other aviation magazines) is a highly orchestrated
choreographed flight of a subject aircraft and the photo platforms. The aircraft often are as close as 10 feet (although typical
distance is usually 20 to 30 feet).
Photo and subject pilots must be well versed and proficient at
formation flying. The practice is regulated by FAR 91.111. Formation
skills are fundamental for generations of military pilots, and civilian
pilots can gain many of the basic concepts and skills through type
clubs and formation training organizations such as Formation and
Safety Team (FAST) and Formation Flying Inc. (FFI).
Formation flying has its own language. The pilot in command is " lead " ; " station-keeping " is following the lead's moves;
" cross-unders " are movements on either side of the lead; " pitchouts " are breakaways; " rejoin " is coming back into formation;
" in-trail " is following the lead.
julie.walker@aopa.org

178 East Arrow Highway, San Dimas, CA 91773
16  FLIGHT TRAINING MAY 2021

HOW

Pilots who fly formation must adhere to
the FAA regulations.
FAR 91.111 specifically
addresses formation
flying.
" 14 CFR 91.111 Operating near other aircraft.
(a) No person may
operate an aircraft
so close to another
aircraft as to create a
collision hazard.
(b) No person may
operate an aircraft in
formation flight except
by arrangement with
the pilot in command
of each aircraft in the
formation.
(c) No person may
operate an aircraft,
carrying passengers
for hire, in formation
flight. "

RESOURCES
AOPA presents a series
of webinars on various
subjects, including
formation flying:

youtu.be/
wfYKAyG-KEc


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