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    Code Usage
    ABORT Directive commentary to terminate. Applicable to a specific attack maneuver or entire mission.
    ACTIVE An onboard radar self-guidance mode of an advanced AAR like the AIM 120
    ALPHA CHECK A request for bearing and distance to a given point. Generally used to confirm navigational accuracy
    ANCHOR 1.) Begin an orbit at a specific point or location. 2.) A refueling track flown by a tanker aircraft.
    ANGELS Altitude expressed in thousands of feet. Angels 20 means 20,000 ft.
    ANGELS Height in thousands of feet.
    ARCING Turning at less than optimum rates.
    AS FRAGGED Perform the event as briefed or planned.
    ATTACK/ATTACKING ( ) Indicates air-to-surface attack on specified ground target.
    BANDIT Known enemy aircraft. Only used when the contact is confirmed hostile.
    BANDIT Confirmed hostile aircraft.
    BEAM/BEAMER Descriptive terminology for an aircraft that maneuvered to stabilize between 70 degrees 110 degrees aspect. Can be used to describe your own action. Example: stab 11 beaming North.
    BEAM/BEAMER/BEAMING (direction Target flying at right angle to pilot’s flight path. This is an attempt to counter doppler radar tracking.
    BEARING (direction) Three digit number indicating direction in degrees ranging from 001-360.
    BELLY CHECK Directive commentary to instruct recipient to roll over and check for bandits underneath him.
    BENT " Inoperative or ""bent"" system. ""Stab one one gadget bent"""
    BENT Indicated system or subsystem is inoperative.
    BINGO Pre-briefed level of fuel at which flight will end or abort mission.
    BINGO / BINGO FUEL A predetermined fuel quantity that is required to safely return to base.
    BLIND Lost visual contact with appropriate friendly aircraft. Generally means that the wingman lost sight of a flight lead. The opposite of this is VISUAL.
    BLIND No visual contact of friendly aircraft. Opposite of “VISUAL”.
    BLOWTHROUGH Directive/informative call indicating that aircraft will fly straight through the merge and not turn to engage.
    BOGEY An unknown radar/visual contact.
    BOGEY Unknown aircraft
    BOGEY DOPE A request for information about a specific target or threat. Generally directed toward GCI/AWACS or other flight members.
    BOX Groups/contacts/formations in a square, as viewed on a radar display or from above.
    BOX Targets in square or offset square formation.
    BRA Bearing, range, altitude.
    BRACKET Indicates geometry where aircraft will maneuver to a position on opposing sides of a given point / target, either laterally / vertically/ or a combination of both. Basically, it is a relatively short-range pincer maneuver.
    BRACKET Offensive maneuver in which two aircraft split to pass on either side ofthe target aircraft.
    BREAK (Up/Down/Right/Left) Directive to perform an immediate maximum performance turn. Assumes a defensive situation that requires immediate action.
    BREAK (up/down/left/right) Directive to perform an immediate maximum performance turn in direction indicated. A defensive maneuver.
    BREVITY Denotes radio frequency is becoming saturated/degraded/jammed and more concise/less R/T transmissions should be used.
    BUDDY SPIKE (direction) Indication that you are being radar tracked by a friendly aircraft. Given as an warning not to fire.
    BUGOUT (direction) Leaving the fight.
    BULLSEYE A pre-briefed reference point. It is used to describe your position or that of the target.
    CAP/CAP (location) Combat air patrol or orbit at specified point.
    CHECK ( ) Directive to momentarily monitor specified item or system. No response required if normal.
    CLEAN 1.) No radar contacts, i.e. your radar scope is clean. 2.) An aircraft configuration without any external stores or tanks.
    CLEAR No enemy aircraft are a threat to your rear quadrant.
    CLEARED Requested action is approved.
    CLEARED HOT Ordnance release is approved.
    CLOSING Bandit/bogey/target is decreasing its range.
    COLD 1.) Attack geometry that will result in a position behind the target. (lag pursuit) 2.) Pointed away from the anticipated threats.
    COMMITTED/COMMIT Intent to engage/intercept.
    CONTACT Radar/IR contact. Follow with BRA information. If this is in response to a previous call, simply say, “Contact, your call.”
    CONTINUE Continue present maneuver
    COVER Directive R/T to assume supporting role and responsibilities.
    DEFENSIVE (Spike/Missile/SAM/Mud/AAA) Subject is in a defensive position and maneuvering with reference to the threat. If not explicitly stated, threat is assumed to an air/air threat.
    DRAG/DRAGGING (Direction) Bogey/Bandit maneuvering to 60 degrees or less aspect. Can also describe your own actions.
    ENGAGED Maneuving to achieve a kill. Implies radar and/or visual contact of target.
    EXTEND " (Direction) Directive to temporally depart the immediate ""fight"" location gain energy, distance, time, situational awareness, or a combination of all. The intent is to reengage as soon as desired parameter is achieved."
    FADED " Radar contact is lost or has ""faded"" from your radar display."
    FAST Target speed is estimated above 600 knots.
    FEET WET/DRY Transitioning from flying over water/land.
    FENCE Boundary between friendly and hostile territory.
    FENCE CHECK/FENCE IN/FENCE OUT Set cockpit switches as appropriate to your location. Generally means to arm up weapons as you enter enemy territory and safe them as you proceed back to friendly airspace.
    FLANK/FLANKING Target with a stable aspect of 120 degrees to 150 degrees.
    FLOAT " Expand the formation laterally within visual limits. Used to initiate a ""bracket"" or to force a commit from a trailing bandit."
    FOX ONE Launch of semi-active RADAR guided missile such as AIM-7 Sparrow.
    FOX THREE Launch of active RADAR guided missile such as AIM-54 Phoenix or AMRAAM.
    FOX TWO Launch of IR guided missile such as AIM-9 Sidewinder.
    FURBALL Turn fight involving multiple aircraft.
    GADGET Radar or sensor equipment.
    GIMBALL (Direction) Radar target of interest is approaching azimuth or elevation limits of your radar and you are about to loose contact.
    GORILLA A large number of unknown contacts that appear to maneuver to a common objective.
    GREEN (direction) Direction determined to be clearest of air-to-air and/or surface-to-air activity.
    GROUP Radar Contacts that appear to operate together within approximately 3 Nm of each other.
    HARD LEFT/RIGHT Directive call to initiate a High-G, energy sustaining turn. Generally used when entering a fight offensively. A break' turn is used for a defensive situation.
    HEADS UP Directive call to keep visual look out.
    HIGH Targets above ANGELS 30 (30,000 feet).
    HIT A Radar return on the Radar scope (A/A).
    HOLDING HANDS Aircraft together in a coordinated visual formation.
    HOME PLATE Home airfield.
    HOOK LEFT/RIGHT Directive/informative call to approach target on indicated side.
    HOT 1.) For an AI intercept hot' describes geometry will result in roll out in front of target 2.) Pointing toward the anticipated threats in a CAP (A/A). 3.) Weapons employment authorized.
    IN PLACE (Left/Right) Simultaneously maneuvering the whole flight in the specified direction.
    JOKER 1.) Fuel state is such that the mission can continue to the target via scheduled route and RTB, but with little or no reserve. 2.) Fuel state is such that the entire mission can be flown and all the ordnance carried all the way back to home plate. Generally used when the target is obscured by WX and Higher Headquarter directives preclude jettisoning bombs prior to RTB.
    KILL Commit and kill specified target.B30
    KNOCK IT OFF Terminate engagement or intercept. Acknowledge this call.
    LADDER " Three or more groups in trail formations. It appears as a ""ladder"" on the radar display"
    LINE ABREAST A side-by-side formation.
    LOCKED (BRA/Direction) Radar Lock on. DOES NOT ASSUME SORT OR TARGETNING responsibilities are met unless specifically stated.
    LOW Target altitude below 10,000 feet MSL
    MEDIUM Target altitude between 10,000 and 30,000 feet MSL.
    MERGE/ MERGED 1.) Bandits and friendlies are in the visual arena. 2.) Radar returns have come together.
    MUD SPIKE (direction) RWR indication of surface to air threat.
    MUSIC Electronic radar jamming.
    NAKED No RWR indications. Opposite of “SPIKE”.
    NO JOY No visual contact of target, bogey or bandit. Opposite of “TALLY”.
    NOTCH (Direction) Radar missile defensive maneuver to place threat radar/missile near the beam.
    PADLOCKED Aircrew cannot take eyes off target without risk of losing tally/visual.
    PAINT Friendly AAI/APX interrogation return.
    PICTURE Situation briefing given by AWACS or GCI that provides a general tactical overview.
    POPEYE Flying in clouds or limited visibility.
    POSIT Request for a position report.
    POWER Reminder to set throttles appropriately due to IR threat.
    PRESS Continue the attack
    SEPARATE Leaving a specific engagement.
    SHACKLE A weave or a single crossing of flight paths in order to regain formation geometry.
    SHOOTER " Aircraft that will employ ordnance or ""shoot"""
    SLOW speed of less than 300 knots.
    SNAP (object, destination, location.) An immediate vector to the requested target or geographic point.
    SORTED Pre-briefed criteria has been met insuring each flight member have separate targets.
    SPIKE (direction) RWR indications of airborne threat.
    SPITTER (Direction) An Aircraft that has departed from the engagement.
    STACK Two or more groups with a high/low altitude separation.
    STATUS Request for an individual's tactical situation
    STINGER Formation with single Bogey/Bandit in trail.
    SWITCH/SWITCHED Indicates an attacker is changing from one aircraft to another.
    TALLY Sighting of target, bogey or bandit. Opposite of “NO JOY”.
    TARGET Specific sort responsibility
    TRAIL Formation of two or more aircraft following one another.
    TRAILER The last aircraft in a formation.
    TRASHED Missile in flight has been defeated.
    TUMBLEWEED Indicates limited situation awareness, no tally, no visual, a request for information.
    TURN RIGHT/LEFT (direction) Turn to designated heading.
    VEE/VIC Vic formation, single aircraft in the lead and an element in trail.
    VISUAL Friendly aircraft in sight
    WALL Three or more groups in line abreast/side-by-side formation.
    WEDGE " Tactical formation of two or more aircraft with the single in front and two line abreast behind: Same as a ""Vee"" formation."
    WEEDS Very low altitude.
    WINCHESTER No ordnance remaining.
    We've had these before but I think this version is shorter. I'd like to start using these when we fly if poss.
    Last edited by jex; 06-13-2005, 11:49 AM.



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