5-5-8. ADDITIONAL SEPARATION FOR FORMATION FLIGHTS

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  • 5-5-8. ADDITIONAL SEPARATION FOR FORMATION FLIGHTS

    Because of the distance allowed between formation aircraft and lead aircraft, additional separation is necessary to ensure the periphery of the formation is adequately separated from other aircraft, adjacent airspace, or obstructions. Provide supplemental separation for formation flights as follows:

    1. Separate a standard formation flight by adding 1 mile to the appropriate radar separation minima.
    2. Separate two standard formation flights from each other by adding 2 miles to the appropriate separation minima.
    3. Separate a nonstandard formation flight by applying the appropriate separation minima to the perimeter of the airspace encompassing the nonstandard formation or from the outermost aircraft of the nonstandard formation whichever applies.
    4. If necessary for separation between a nonstandard formation and other aircraft, assign an appropriate beacon code to each aircraft in the formation or to the first and last aircraft in-trail.

    NOTE: The additional separation provided in Paragraph 5-5-8, Additional Separation for Formation Flights, is not normally added to wake turbulence separation when a formation is following a heavier aircraft since none of the formation aircraft are likely to be closer to the heavier aircraft than the lead aircraft (to which the prescribed wake turbulence separation has been applied).

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