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Sorry I searched around for this but couldn't come up with great results but if you and your wingman are in the initial and you kiss off, how long before your wingman should kiss off?  15 seconds?  30?






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From CNATRA P-816


"Break. When departing holding, the flight will descend outside of point 3 to 800 feet and proceed to the initial 3NM astern of the ship. The flight will continue inbound and fly just outboard the starboard side of the ship at 800 feet, paralleling BRC. Break altitude is 800 feet, and all breaks will be level. The break interval is determined by the last aircraft in the landing pattern. A 15-20 second break interval will correspond to a 40- 60 second landing interval.


No breaks will be performed more than 4 NM ahead of the ship. If you are unable to break before 4 NM, you will have to depart and reenter the pattern. To accomplish this, maintain 800 feet until 5 NM, then climb to 1,200 feet and execute a left-hand arc back to the initial. Tower must be notified of your intentions."

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Our group likes to use the 7 o'clock position as a visual reference to know when to break. Our procedure is once you see your lead at your 7 o'clock, you are safe to kiss off.

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