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Air Combat USA - Fighter Lead In Program

Air Combat USA - Fighter Lead In Program

The Fighter Lead In Program is the most comprehensive training program building on the Basic Fighter Manoeuvres (BFM).

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  • Description

    The Fighter Lead In Program is the most comprehensive training program building on the Basic Fighter Manoeuvres (BFM). It is devoted to formation flight, hi & low yo-yos, lead and lag pursuits, displacement rolls, vertical and oblique turns. You will fly two separate missions; the first flight is a practice session focusing on the fundamentals of each manoeuvre and preparing you for the second flight where you will use the manoeuvres in a variety of tactical situations. Once you have completed both missions you will receive your flight video to commemorate your day along with the authentic A-2 leather flight jacket and nametag. In addition you are inducted into the Air Combat USA Fighter Squadron entitling you to fly at current Squadron Member rates. This is an opportunity for the thrill of a lifetime, the chance to take the controls of a light-attack fighter aircraft and engage in air-to-air combat - the ultimate challenge in flying; a fantasy camp for wanna-be fighter pilots. You will fly the plane 90% of the time as you turn and bank through G-pulling dogfights. The electronic tracking mechanism signals “lock-on”, then you press the trigger on the F-4 Phantom gun grip and smoke pours from your opponents aircraft. You’re an ACE.

    Powerful, High-performance Aircraft
    The SIAI Marchetti SF260 is a current production Italian built, fighter-aircraft. It has 260 horsepower, can fly at 270 MPH, is FAA certified to +6 and to -3 G’s, and can perform unlimited aerobatics. It was originally designed to transition student pilots to jet fighters. It is manoeuvred by the stick grip complete with gun trigger identical to the F4 Phantom. The pilot and guest-pilot sit side-by-side with dual controls.

    Skilled Pilot/ lnstructors
    Your instructor pilots come from both military and civilian ranks. The instructor pilot's credentials are enviable, and proven training techniques will ensure that you learn the techniques as taught by the military and have a great time doing it. Ground School and Prebriefing As our guest-pilot, you will be fitted with a flight suit, helmet, and parachute in preparation for your flight. During your ground school, you will cover the tactical manoeuvres required to get results during your flight. The integrity of the Air Combat USA multi-phase program is based on highly trained instructor pilots and a field tested course outline.

    You're At The Controls
    Having completed your ground school instruction, you are now ready to roll back the canopy and climb into the cockpit of the SIAI Marchetti aircraft alongside your instructor pilot. The side-by-side seating is unique to this military aircraft and allows you to have more time at the controls of the aircraft than tandem-style front/back seating. You will fly the aircraft up to 90% of the time. During your ‘sortie’, you will try your hand at formation flying and practice the various manoeuvrers discussed in ground school until you are comfortable with the aircraft. Then the real fun begins, out-manoeuvre, and out-gun your opponents through 6 G-pulling dogfights. A direct hit will register through the electronic tracking system, and smoke will trail from the other aircraft. Three cockpit mounted cameras will record the action including a gunfight mounted camera that captures the sights and sounds of every kill.

    Post Flight Debriefing
    When you return to home base after your flight, we will play back the videos taken from each aircraft simultaneously for a chance to relive your kills and view the dogfights from your opponents perspective. Your instructor will offer suggestions and relate the flight activities to the ground school theory, giving you an even greater insight into the art of Aerial Combat. This is a real fighter pilot fantasy.

    Intensity: 5.0 Intensity
    Intensity: 5.0 Intensity
  • Next Available Dates
    01 Jan 17  (Sunday)
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  • Experience Details

    Fitness and Experience

    • In general, 90% of adventure flying customers are either armchair fighter pilots who dream of such an experience, or adventure seekers who are continually stretching the edges of the envelope
    • About half of our customers do not have a pilot's license, and many have never flown in a single-engine aircraft. Less than 50% of the pilot population have ever had any air combat experience
    • Any advantage a pilot may have over a non-pilot is soon neutralized when they take the stick of the Marchetti and engage in aerial dogfights and other flying adventures
    • Guest pilots must weigh less than 113kgs (250lbs) and stand no taller than 197cms (6'7")

    What to Bring/Wear

    • You will need to arrange your own flights to Los Angeles, visas and travel insurance
    • Wear clothing appropriate for the weather on the day
    • Skirts/dresses are not suitable
    • Wear enclosed shoes

    What is Supplied

    • Flight suit
    • Parachute
    • Helmet
    • Comprehensive safety and pre flight briefing
    • A-2 leather flight jacket and nametag
    • 2 missions (approximately one hour each)
    • Debriefing and review of the videotapes

    More Information

    Flights are available all year-round at Fullerton Municipal Airport, Fullerton, California. Flights are also available at airports in cities across the USA. Advanced Fighter Tactics $1,695.00/ Person Once you have completed, either our basic Phase I (BACM) course or the Fighter Lead In Program, you're eligible for the most intense advanced training offered to civilians. Train to proficiency in the Tactical Fighter Manoeuvres (TFM- I & 2) and learn the strategies in the "angles fight", the "energy fight", and the fight between similar and dissimilar aircraft. This one day program includes two flights, which will have you flying at the edge of the aircraft's flight envelope. As a graduate you will receive your flight video, fighter wings, and your choice of a A-2 flight leather jacket or Nomex® flight suit. This program takes over where the others leave off. Set your goals on a level of proficiency achieved by fighter pilots. Advanced scheduling required. Groups satisfying the prerequisite are welcome.

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