Preparations are underway for the next Typhoon Display!
PDA is usually in late spring so Flt Lt Rogers has only a few months to perfect his display for 2020. This is what he will be doing:
Designing the sequence; probably something he has been doing in his head for some time!
Flying the sequence in the full mission simulator to see if it links together and perfecting his manoeuvres for safety and accuracy
Each display is monitored by previous display pilots for advice, supervision and (most importantly) safety
Once the display has been finalised, Flt Lt Rogers will be able to practice it in the jet, starting at 5000ft and away from RAF Coningsby over a quiet part of the UK
Once the routine has been cleared by supervisors at 5000ft, he will be able to begin the ‘work down’ from 1500ft overhead RAF Coningsby. This traditionally happens in February so get ready next month for the noise to be back!
The need for speed….
At the end of each year, the Typhoon Display Designate takes their place in the back seat of a 2-seat Typhoon (there are some at 29 Squadron for training purposes) so that they can experience first hand the up’s and down’s of a full display. This is a crucial part of their preparation because, despite winning the coveted position and demonstrating their skills in the selection process, they will have one thing missing from their repertoire; the real-life experience of fast jet, low level aerobatics and actually feeling the incredible g-forces and the visual spectacle.