Formation: Close and Personal

For a few skilled pilots, one of the most rewarding types of flying is formation flying. This involves flying very close to other aircraft. If it seems close when viewed from the ground, it is even closer when you’re up in the sky!

Aircraft fly with a gap of about a plane length between. The lead aircraft pilot is the only one who knows where they are; the others are all concentrating solely on their position relative to the next aircraft in the formation. Formation flying requires skills, precision, discipline, trust and teamwork. And the smaller the aircraft, the harder it gets.

There are two formation teams appearing at Lilydale Air Show. The main formation is made up of one Cessna 177 Cardinal (leader) two Piper Warriors and two Piper Archers. The other special formation is made up of one Beechcraft Bonanza and two Yak 58s.