A Formation Flying Endorsement allows you to fly in and lead close formation flights with other aircraft, an intense and rewarding flight activity regardless of your level of experience as a pilot.
Get Up Close And Personal
Formation flying grew initially from the military’s need to get large numbers of aircraft from one place to another at the same time. It then evolved to play a crucial role in air force tactics during conflicts. Today in General Aviation, formation flying is used in a range of scenarios including flying displays and air-to-air photography.
Learning the skills and techniques to master formation flying is an exciting challenge, and the thrill of flying up close and personal with another aircraft right next to you is an experience that puts a big smile on the face of even the most seasoned pilots. Whether you are leading the flight or flying as a wingman, formation flying is an experience like no other.
Take The Lead
This Formation Flying Endorsement course will teach you the necessary ground theory required to plan, brief and fly a safe formation sortie with 2 or more aircraft. The course teaches you how to maintain and change position in the formation, break and re-joining procedures, as well as formation takeoff and landings.
You will master flying as a wingman in Echelon, Line-Astern and Line-Abreast positions whilst the formation manoeuvres as one. In addition, you’ll learn the crucial skills required to fly out in front and lead the formation yourself. Even highly experienced pilots describe flying in formation with other aircraft as some of the most gratifying flying they have ever done.
This course needs to be completed with at least 1 other student, due to the requirement of at least 2 aircraft for the practical flight training components. We can help to coordinate this for you.
Schedule a meeting with one of our aviation career specialists to discuss whether this is the right course for you.
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“Formation flying is all about making small and precise changes and requires lots of concentration. This means that completing a Formation Flying Endorsement is a fantastic opportunity to learn how to really finesse your flying.
Learning how to fly in formation and then actually lead the formation yourself is a lot of fun and an exciting experience even for highly experienced pilots. Learn To Fly’s Formation Flying Endorsement course allows you to choose between the Sling 2 and Diamond DA40 aircraft and is led by a pilot with some serious flying experience in Laurie Byrnes.” – Josh Best, Grade 2 Flight Instructor