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General Discussion / On Standards as applied to Air Intercept Control (AIC)
« on: September 06, 2016, 12:07:08 PM »
We could use a little discussion on how best to conduct AIC services for BMS MP events. There are different approaches and methods, though often the same basic techniques are applied.

Page 559, Section A1.6 Air to Air Communication Standards (here: http://falcon.blu3wolf.com/Docs/Basic-Employment-Manual-F-16C.pdf )

This document details the basic sets of communications between AIC and pilot, mostly as used by the F4 community (although with some minor, and some not so minor, differences).

Page 299, Chapter 16 Advanced Intercepts  ( here: http://falcon.blu3wolf.com/Docs/P-825.pdf )

This one shows the basic intercept process in some detail, although the specifics are a little different, owing to the documents nature as a USN training doc rather than a joint standards doc.

At present, the paradigm in operation at Falcon Online prevents the effective use of the Air to Air communication standards being applied by the AIC operator, due to the intercept technique by the pilots being essentially random, and there being essentially no set standard of communication - rendering any attempt at using the standards above simply an exercise in confusing the pilot, who will no doubt be less than grateful to AIC afterwards.

As I see it, the options are:

1) Develop a much simpler standard, or modify another existing one, define it in detail, and promulgate it at appropriate MP events in the future. Ensure it is simple enough that 'weekend warrior' type pilots can still use it effectively without much effort.

2) Apply the standards above, ensuring a training program is put in place for both pilots and AIC operators, to be able to certify graduates as competent - directly aiding the promulgation of the above standards across future MP events. No effort is made towards simplification or ease of access by those disinclined to put effort into their flying.

3) Dismiss the need for a standard of AIC, letting each controller communicate as they see fit, so long as they remain loosely aligned with the most basic brevity usage.

Personally Im attached to the second option, or some variant of it.

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