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Old 09-18-2020, 07:53 PM   #11  
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The C-17 has digital SKE that you couple to the A/P and A/T, so you can fly formation “hands-off”. I’m sure it won’t take much for the civilians to figure it out too...
It can be done, just not cheap. Mil is more risk tolerant, by orders of magnitude, so probably can't just install mil hardware, it would need to be clean-sheet.
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Old 09-18-2020, 09:36 PM   #12  
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So, unbriefed formation flight with someone youíve never met?

How could that possibly go wrong?

Iíd rather go MARSA with the Italian Air Force.

https://youtu.be/MG1f3ukUxYI
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The only way this will work is with circular runways.
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Old 09-19-2020, 06:38 PM   #14  
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The only way this will work is with circular runways.
Iíve seen them. I am impressed with less than 22 seconds to change tires and fuel. Now, if they can figure out how to get 150 PAX and bags off and another 150 back on in under a minute, we could join back in without losing more than a couple of laps.
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The C-17 has digital SKE that you couple to the A/P and A/T, so you can fly formation ďhands-offĒ. Iím sure it wonít take much for the civilians to figure it out too...
Flying SKE formation was like a freaking 2 hour long hand flown ILS. It's nice the C-17's can couple it, we didn't have that option in C-130E models.
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I can see this for drones or the military. Thatís about it.
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