advanced/other formation resources
The Elements in becoming an 'Element Lead'
Excellent article submitted by Larry "Joker" Brennan, addressing skills and commitment to become an Element Lead in the Caravan to Oshkosh.
Mooney Caravan Formation Proficiency Record "FPR" Advanced/Lead
All Safety Pilots review your duties and responsibilities:
Caravan Element leaders: Review of use of Reticle for maintaining proper spacing. It is imperative to use geometry for spacing and not throttle adjustments. The Reticle augments depth perception to maintain proper element spacing.
GO-NO GO Matrix
This matrix has been in use for the Caravan to Oshkosh for several years. It is strongly recommended that this tool be used in pre-flight planning at Mooney Caravan Training Clinics, your own formation practice, and cross country formations. As always, Leads need to assess their wingmen for their piloting skills and the environment that the mission is operating in. Just like the weather, pilot skills, currency, and abilities are always changing.
This tool will help assess the weather environment and will help assure a safely conducted flight. For cross-country missions, changing routes, airports, runways, or delay may be the decision the matrix can assist with mission planning. Weather is always in a state of change. Use this tool en route to assess any changes to the mission plan needs to be made for any deteriorating conditions at the destination. You can download a PDF copy of the GO-NO GO Decision Tool here.
This is a great review on flying with dissimilar aircraft. If the clinic you are attending is planning or mixing aircraft types, this information is required to be reviewed.
The original Mooney Caravan Formation guide is as good resource for learning the foundations of formation. The current standards are superseded by the FFI supplement, however the content in the formation guide is informative and a good learning resource. It is consistent with FAST formation guides.