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Basic Communications Procedures
Marine Fighting Squadron 251

Call and Response

All communications are to begin with the speaking pilot identifying himself with his flight ID:

"Blue Three, rolling."
"Red Two, on deck."
"Red One, right to 330."

The other aircraft acknowledge all instructions that apply to them by responding with their flight ID. This informs the plane beginning communications that all aircraft heard and understood the order:

"Red One, left to 360, power to 44 MAP."
"Red Two."
"Red Three."
"Red Four."

When speaking to a specific pilot identify the intended recipient first, then yourself, then relay the message:

"Blue Flight, Red One, patrol sector 5.4.8 south to 4.4.2. Angels 15."
"Red Two, One, bandit your six."
"White Four, Three, spread right 500."


Lead Plane

The lead plane in the formation--whether a section, flight, or the entire squadron depending on how the group is deployed (IE, is the squad patrolling an area as a full group, or are we broken off by flights?)--calls all navigational changes. Although the lead plane may swap between section members in combat, for navigational purposes the lead plane is ALWAYS assumed to be the designated section leader, (IE: Red 1 and 3) flight leader, (IE: Blue 1) or squadron leader (IE: Red 1) whenever appropriate. All navigational orders are to preceded by the lead plane's flight ID.

The lead plane sets climb speed, heading, power settings, altitude, etc. Additionally, the lead plane must provide his settings EVERY time there's a change as specifically but briefly as possible:

"Blue One, heading 215, climb speed 150. 36 Manifold 21.5 RPM. Level Angels 15." is preferable to "This is Blue One, I'm out west and climbing to 15k. 50% throttle."

The lead plane in the formation also calls changes to course heading:

"Red One, right to 105."

and triggers specific maneuvers:

"Green One, Tac Right."
"Blue One, Cross."
"Red One, Check Right 30."

He is also responsible for setting the formation itself:

"White Flight, One, shift Echelon Right."

Communications should be kept short and concise, without any unnecessary information. "Rogers," "Copies," and "This is's" are all extraneous.