C-17 Air Refueling

  1. MC generates a [BINGO] soft waypoint ___ down track from the ARCP.  It provides fuel planning for the AR ALTN using the following assumption:
    150 nm, It assumes that you fly to the [BINGO] waypoint with no onload, thence via AR ALTN route using tech order speeds.
  2. Technique for determining minimum onload during air refueling:
    Pull up a fuel page and the AR progress page.  Manipulate the onload on the AR prog page to make the UNID EXTRA show zero.  This works for a single tanker.
  3. Technique for determining loiter fuel with an air refueling leg:
    Look at STORED fuel and UNID EXTRA on the FUEL PLAN page.  You can hold for the lesser of the two.  If UNID EXTRA is the limiting factor, you are safe to hold until it goes to zero.  If you don’t get the required onload, you must divert to the AR ALTN.
  4. Fuel transfer rate
    7650 lbs/min
  5. Overrun procedure
    Slow to 255 KCAS or Vmma, whichever is higher.  Maintain track and altitude
  6. Early arrival at ARIP procedure
    Hold over the ARIP at the higher or 4000 ft above base refueling altitude or cruise altitude
  7. Monitor the A/R frequency at least ___ prior to the ARCT
    30 mins
  8. For single-ship receivers, tanker formation spacing will be ___
  9. Maneuvering between tankers in formation procedure
    Move aft while descending 1,000ft below current tanker (500 ft below next tanker).  When clear of the current tanker, move laterally left behind the next tanker (approximately .5nm and 500ft below)
  10. For formation heading changes greater than ___ the what position should the receiver be in?
    45 degrees.  Receiver must be in contact/pre-contact or 1000ft below and 2nm in trail of the lead tanker throughout the entire turn
  11. Breakaway procedure
    PF:  Press AP/AR disconnect button and ATS/AR button

    Retard throttles, extend speed brake, establish a positive rate of descent.  Maintain visual contact with the tanker.

    PM:  Press the AP/AR disconnect button and maintain visual contact with the tanker
  12. Practice emergency separations will terminate no lower than ___
    500 ft below tanker altitude
  13. If a change of pilot control is made, the receiver will back to at least ___
    The astern position
  14. If a tanker or receiver seat change takes place, the receiver will move back to at least
    100 ft in trail of the tanker
  15. Air refueling turbulence limitations
    Do not plan AR if severe turbulence is forecast or moderate turbulence is is encountered
  16. Air refueling visibility limitations
    Do not close from 1nm (2nm for receiver/tanker formations) unless you have visual contact with the tankers
  17. NVGs may be used during tanker rendezvous, but must be removed prior to ___
  18. Upon completion of the rendezvous, receiver aircraft will remain within ___ of the tanker until MARSA is terminated
  19. KC-135 boom limits
    • Elevation:  25-40 degrees
    • Azimuth: 10 degrees
    • Extension:  6-18 ft
  20. KC-10 boom limits
    • Elevation:  25-40 degrees
    • Azimuth: 19 degrees
    • Extension:  6-21 ft
  21. KC-135 fuel transfer rate
  22. KC-10 fuel transfer rate
  23. EMCON 2 calls
    • 15 mins prior to the CT
    • Pre-contact
    • Post-air refueling
  24. Spray procedure
    Boomer will notify.  AR continued at the discretion of the receiver
  25. Siphon procedure
    Boomer will notify.  AR continued at the discretion of the receiver
  26. Spillage procedure
    Boomer will notify.  No further contacts should be made
  27. Loss of visual contact following a breakaway procedure
    Receiver will slow by 10kts for 30 secs, then resume AR speed.  Roll wings level if turning, descend 1000ft below refueling altitude
  28. 3 Rs technique
    • Do no later than 30 mins prior to ARCT
    • Rendezvous check
    • Radios set to AR primary, Tacan set
    • Radar-skin paint
  29. Rendezvous checklist must be completed prior to:
    Normally completed prior to the start descent point, but no later than the ARIP
  30. When is the pre-contact checklist completed?
    When visually maneuvering to the pre-contact position
  31. Point parallel timing procedure
    • Hack clock at TR.  At 1:10 (KC-10 or Pacer Craig), tanker should be ⅓ of the turn range.
    • Less than 6nm, anticipate an overrun
  32. Radar skin paint technique
  33. Slowdown rule of thumb
    .1nm per 10 knots
  34. Rule of thumb for KC-10/KC-135 formatting
    Max gross

    KC-135:  FL230
    KC-10:  FL210
    • KC-135:  FL230
    • KC-10:  FL210
  35. How to compute the tanker’s TAS
    1) Tanker’s airspeed plus ½ of receiver altitude (275+½ altitude)

    2) Subtract 35kts from receiver TAS (310-275=35)
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C-17 Air Refueling
C-17 Air Refueling