Everyone who doesn’t follow “canon” startup procedures ends up having his own, usually known by heart. This is mine.
This is a hasty procedure therefore additional tests and checks are omitted.
It starts from the left side (because the Oxygen controls are located there and are one of the very first switches to operate), then follow the cockpit as an arc, through the DDD then down to the IFF on the right side.
While the TID is warming up, I usually either start preparing the flightplan on the F10 map (casual servers), discuss the briefing and the plan with the Pilot or simply carry on with the procedure.
Oxygen: set ON
ICS: comms check
|As the Oxygen is set, I check the ICS (either SRS or UR).
I tend to activate and use the IR/TV and the WCS together so I put both of them on stand-by at the same time.
WHILE WCS IS WARMING UP
Eject seat: arm
TACAN: T/R, set channel
TACAN CMD Panel: set TACAN CMD
V/UHF-2: T/R+G, set volume, set freq. ATIS
Liquid cooling: set as appropriate
Altimeter: reset, set QNH
DDD: select RWS, increase Pulse Video
RWR: turn on
DL: select LINK4A/C, set frequency
AN/ALE-39: PWR/MODE to MAN, ask pilot Chaff/Flares DLC
IFF: set ON
*Input WP from MDC/map as necessary*
|While the WCS is warming up, I carry on with the procedure.
If ATIS is unavailable, the QNH is may be noted in the briefing.
WCS READY: INS ALIGNMENT
CAP: NAV, check OWN AC
CAP Keyb: enter latlong and alt
*Wait for fine alignment procedure*
NAV: select INS
Post INS Alignment
When the INS is ready I start the INS alignment following the most appropriate procedure depending on the situation (Ground, Carrier, etc).
If I haven’t finished the preceding part of the startup, I do it know, while the INS is aligning.
Warning panels: Check
Destination: Select WP as per briefing
to Pilot: “Check wings, check flaps”
|Last couple checks before departing. “Check wings” may sound redundant but it is a good habit anyway.|
WCS: XMIT (or as per briefing)
LANTIRN Power: Set POD
|Post take-off I turn on the AWG-9 (depending on the briefing) and the IR/TV.
The LANTIR power can be set to POD at the later when FENCEing In. Due to the length of the operation I rather do that in this moment.
DECM: REC/set as needed
Armament panel: set as needed
AN/ALE-39: check/Set as needed
LANTIRN Mode: set OPER
WCS: check XMIT (unless briefed otherwise)
|Besides the usual FENCE checks and crosschecks with the pilot, these are some other operations I usually do. I did not include Pilot-related checks, such as the External Lights.|
TACAN: set channel, check CMD
[CV] Weight: calculate and check
[CV] DL: check frequency
to Pilot: “check lights”
on Final: “check three greens, flaps, DLC”
|I omitted the radio checks and calls in order to maintain the list as simple as possible. Moreover, the procedures are different depending on the destination (“wet” or “dry”).|
I am putting together a “Kneeboard Pack” consisting on a number of pages such as the Startup Procedure described in this article. It will soon be available for download.