teamspeakconduct

NOTE : Access to VFA-113 Teamspeak channels is a priviledge and your discretion is a requirement. Recording or broadcasting conversation from these channels is strictly prohibited.

VFA-113 Teamspeak is a
mandatory Push-To-Talk (PTT) Teamspeak server.
This means you are required to program a buttons on your HOTAS for talking.
Unintended transmissions may not be a big deal to you but they are unacceptable to the rest of the teams immersion levels.

VFA-113 and VFA-83 pilots are required to use both a Channel PTT and a Guard PTT. The following film describes the set up of these buttons in Teamspeak.




RADIO BREVITY

Radio Brevity is essential for keeping our comms clear and easy to use.

Here are the most important ones that are mandatory during Stinger missions. They relate to the launch of weapons from your aircraft.
It is vital you memorise the following terms and use them every time you employ ordnance.

Beer Run
“I will be off comms for a minute to get a drink / hit the head / fix something with my HOTAS / Track IR / PC”.

Taco
A call for an aircraft to join the mission e.g “306 TACO”.

Burrito
“I have received a “YOUR FLIGHT IS DELAYED” message in multiplayer and will rejoin the mission (response to a ‘TACO’ instruction).

Raygun (with heading / alt)
“I just locked up an unknown aircraft heading 240, angels 10. Is it any of you guys?”

Buddy Spike (with heading/alt)
“A friendly radar just locked me up at, I am heading 240 angels 10.”

Buddy Lock
“Roger I locked you up” (Response to ‘Buddy Spike’ call)

Mud
“My RWR has picked up a ground search radar.”

Nails
“My RWR has picked up an enemy fighter radar”

Spike
“My RWR indicates I am being tracked by an enemy fighter”

Mud Spike
“My RWR indicates I am being tracked by a ground radar”


FOX TWO
“I just fired an AIM-9 Sidewinder”

FOX THREE
“I just fired an AIM-120 AMRAAM”

Magnum
“I just fired an AGM-88 HARM”

Rifle
“I just fired an AGM-65 Maverick”.


The folllowing list is a more comprehensive list of the brevity codes you are likely to hear during a mission. Please consult our
CAS training page for Close Air Support specific brevity.
Your flights will be a great deal more enjoyable if you have a basic understanding of the following terms. This is greatly reduced from real US military brevity, only the most common VFA-113 codes are listed.

A
Abort
“Cease your attack.”

Admiral’s Doorbell
The yellow button in an F/A-18 cockpit that jettisons all the external stores in an emergency. If you hit it, you’ll be “ringing the admiral's doorbell” to explain why.


Angels
Term meaning altitude in thousands of feet (i.e. Angels Five is 5,000 ft).

As fragged
Unit or element will be performing exactly as stated by the air tasking order (ATO).

B
Bandit
An aircraft identified as enemy, in accordance with theater ID criteria.

Beer Run
“I will be off comms for a minute to get a drink / hit the head / fix something with my HOTAS / Track IR / PC”.

Bent
System indicated is inoperative.

Bingo
“I have reached a low fuel state and need to return to the ship”.

Bird
Friendly SAM.

Blank
A SEAD aircraft does not detect any enemy radars.

Blind
No visual contact with friendly aircraft / ground position; opposite of visual.

Bogey
A radar or visual air contact whose identity is unknown.

Bogey dope
Request for target information as briefed/available.

Bozo
Informative call from aircraft separated from the flight and unable to navigate to the briefed link-up point.


BRAA
Tactical control format providing target Bearing, Range, Altitude, and Aspect, relative to a friendly aircraft.

Brevity
Radio frequency is becoming saturated, briefer transmissions must follow.

Bruiser
“I just fired an AGM-84 HARPOON.”

Buddy Lock
“Roger I locked you up” (Response to ‘Buddy Spike’ call)

Buddy Spike (with heading/alt)
“A friendly radar just locked me up at, I am heading 240 angels 10.”

Bullseye
An established point from which the position of an object can be referenced; made by cardinal/range or digital format. Also the hardest thing to teach VFA-113 nuggets.

Burrito
“I have received a “YOUR FLIGHT IS DELAYED” message in multiplayer and will rejoin the mission (response to a ‘TACO’ instruction).

Buster
Directive call to fly at maximum continuous speed.

C
CBU away
“I just dropped a Cluster Bomb”

Cease
“Don’t chase that guy anymore”

Cease fire
“Don’t shoot that guy anymore”

Cherubs
Height of a friendly aircraft in hundreds of feet.

Chicks
Friendly aircraft.

Clean
“I have no radar contacts”

Cleared
Requested action is authorized (no engaged/support roles are assumed).

Cleared hot
Ordnance release is authorized.

Cold
Group(s) heading away from friendly aircraft.

Comeoff
Directive to maneuver as indicated to either regain mutual support or to (left/right/deconflict flight paths for an exchange of engaged and supporting roles; low/dry) implies both visual and tally.
Iceman’s comeoff got Goose killed.

Commit / committed
Fighter intent to engage/intercept; controller continues to provide information.

Cons/conning
Aircraft are leaving contrails

D
Declare
Inquiry as to the identification of a specified track(s), target(s), or correlated group.

Defensive / defending
Aircraft is in a defensive position and maneuvering with reference to an active threat.

E
Engaged
“I’m in a fight”

Extend
Short-term maneuver to gain energy, distance, or separation; normally with the (direction) intent of re-engaging.

F
Feet Dry
“I am flying over land”.

Feet Wet
“I am flying over water”.

FENCE (in / out)
Set cockpit switches as appropriate prior to entering / exiting the combat area.

FOX ONE
“I just fired an AIM-7 Sparrow”

FOX TWO
“I just fired an AIM-9 Sidewinder”

FOX THREE
“I just fired an AIM-120 AMRAAM”

Friendly
A positively identified friendly contact.

Furball
A turning fight involving multiple aircraft with known bandits and friendlies mixed.

G
Grandslam
All hostile aircraft of a designated track (or against which a mission was tasked) are shot down.

Guns
“I just fired my cannon.”

H
Hard Deck
An established minimum altitude for training engagements. Early
Topgun hops honor a 10,000-foot AGL hard deck.

Heater
AIM-9 Sidewinder heat-seeking missile.

High
Between 25,000 and 40,000 ft (7,600 and 12,200 m) above mean sea level (MSL).

Hostile
A contact identified as enemy upon which clearance to fire is authorized in accordance with theater rules of engagement.

Hot
Group heading towards friendly aircraft; opposite of COLD.

I
In (direction)
“I am flying toward my target.”

J
Joker
Fuel state above BINGO at which separation/bugout/event termination should begin.

JO
Junior officer, usually with all the answers.

JO Bunkroom
The JO stateroom, where all the good parties are aboard The Boat.

JOPA
Junior Officer Protective Association. The O-3s (lieutenants) and below in a unit that band together for mutual protection. Sometimes called JORC (Junior Officer Retaliation Corps).


K
Knock it off
“Cease Dogfighting”

L

Leaker(s)
Airborne threat has passed through a defensive layer. Call should include amplifying information.

Locked
Final radar lock-on; sort is not assumed. (BRAA/direction)

Lost contact
Radar contact lost.

Lost lock
Loss of radar/IR lock-on.

Lost the Bubble
Got confused or forgot what was happening.


Low
Target altitude below 10,000 ft (3,000 m) above ground level (AGL).


M
Maddog
“I just fired an AIM-120 AMRAAM without radar guidance.”

Magnum
“I just fired an AGM-88 HARM”

Marshal/marshalling
Establish/established at a specific point.

Medium
Target altitude between 10,000 feet Above Ground Level (AGL) and 25,000 feet above Mean Sea Level (MSL).

Merge / merged
Information that friendlies and targets have arrived in the same visual arena.
Mil / Military Power
Maximum jet engine power without engaging afterburner.


Mother
Parent ship.

Mud
“My RWR has picked up a ground search radar.”

Mud Spike
“My RWR indicates I am being
tracked by a ground radar”

Music on / off
“I just turned my Jammers on / off”.

N
Nails
“My RWR has picked up an enemy fighter radar”

Naked
No radar warning receiver (RWR) indications.

Negative
Informative - can not / will not comply. Compare UNABLE.

No factor
Not a threat.

No joy
Aircrew does not have visual contact with the target/bandit/landmark; opposite of tally.

Notch
All aspect missile defensive maneuver to place threat radar/missile on the beam.

O
Off (direction)
Informative call indicating attack is terminated and maneuvering to the indicated direction.

On station
Informative call unit/aircraft has reached assigned station.

P
PAVEWAY
“I just dropped a Paveway laser guided bomb”


Picture
Provide tactical situation status pertinent to mission.

Pitbull
Informative call AIM-120 is at active range and launch fighter is free to manouvre.

Playtime
Amount of time aircraft can remain on station.

Popup
Informative call of a contact that has suddenly appeared.

Press
Directive to continue the attack.

Puke
Someone who flies a different kind of aircraft than you, as in fighter puke or attack puke.


Push (channel)
Go to designated frequency. No acknowledgment required.

Pushing
Departing designated point.

R
Ramp Strike
Landing short in the Carrier landing area, resulting in a crash.


Raygun (with heading/alt)
“I just locked up an unknown aircraft heading 240, angels 10. Is it any of you guys?”

Rifle
“I just fired an AGM-65 Maverick”.

Roger
Informative - transmission received, should be followed by reply indicating action. Does not mean action necessary will be taken.

S
Saddled
Informative call from wingman/element indicating the return to briefed formation position.

SAM (direction)
Visual acquisition of a SAM (surface-air missile) or SAM launch; should include position.

Say State
“How much fuel do you have left?”

Slow
Target with a ground speed of 300 kn (560 km/h) or less.

Spike
“My RWR indicates I am being tracked by an enemy fighter”

Splash
Target destroyed.

Spot
Acquisition of laser designation.

Squawk (number/code)
Operate IFF as indicated or IFF is operating as indicated.

Strobe
Radar indications of noise jamming.

T
Taco
A call for an aircraft to join the mission e.g “306 TACO”.

Tally
Sighting of a target, bandit, bogey, or enemy position; opposite of no joy.

Trap
An arrested landing on a carrier


U
Unable
Cannot comply as requested/directed.

V
Visual
Sighting of a friendly aircraft/ground position; opposite of blind.

W
Weeds
Indicates that fixed-wing aircraft are operating below 2,000 ft (610 m) above ground level.

Wilco
Will comply

Winchester
“I am out of weapons.”

Z
Zero-Dark-Thirty
Technically a half-hour after midnight, but commonly used to describe any event that is scheduled to take place after midnight and before sunrise.