AV-8B Harrier Syllabus

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Basic Section

Basic Flying

Starting Up

  • Cold Start using Quickstart Checklist

Basic Navigation

  • Navigate visually between two points using the compass and an empty F10 map
  • Waypoint Navigation
  • TACAN Navigation
  • AFC / ALT Hold
  • Course Line
  • Standard Climb (Max Power, use pitch to maintain 300 kts IAS)
  • Load CAS page with F10 information
  • Waypoint Handling
    • Setting coordinate system (MM:DEC vs MM:SEC) and PRECISION
    • Creating waypoints (HSI, UFC, POSITION/ELEVATION)
    • Inserting waypoints into sequences (HSI, SEQUFC, INS)
  • BRA calls
  • Understanding Radials and determine what radial you are on relative to steerpoints and TACAN stations
  • Bullseye usage
    • Setting a WP as Bullseye (HSI, DATA, A/A WP)


  • Runway Short Landing
  • Traffic Pattern Touch'n'Go Practice (turn downwind to end up ~1.5 NM from course line, turn final and descend when wingtip passes runway threshold)
  • Overhead break (Approach in runway direction, 300 kts IAS, 1500'. Break over runway, enter downwind and land as explained above) http://wiki.masterarms.se/index.php/Fil:OverheadBreak.png

Basic Mission Procedures

  • Checking in
  • Fence In / Fence Out procedures
  • Changing radio presets
  • Jettison Settings
  • Joker/Bingo Settings
  • Formation Takeoff (2-ship)

Basic Combat

Basic Air-To-Air

  • Fire AIM-9M Sidewinder (~2-4 NM)

Basic Air-To-Ground

  • General Purpose Dumb Bombs (Mk 82, Mk 83, Mk 84) using DMT
    • Configuration (MFUZE (Nose), QTY, MULT and INTERVAL settings)
    • Standard CCIP drop (Start from 8000', roll in, ~30 degree dive angle, 400-500 kts, drop at ~4000' and pull up) Examples: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gVuLCGKKqvI
  • High angle gun strafing (Start from 8000', roll in, ~30 degree dive angle, 400-500 kts, fire short burst at ~3000' and pull up) Example: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bdaBRMG5yN4
  • Fire AGM-65E Laser Maverick (self lasing using T-pod)
  • Drop JDAMSs on multiple targets using Waypoint increment
  • Setup / Find / Lock targets with T-Pod
  • Drop GBU-12 LGB in AUTO mode (self lasing using T-pod)
  • Fire AGM-122

Basic Defence

  • Drop Flares and Chaff in Dispenser Bypass mode
  • Putting EW symbology in HUD
  • Evade enemy missile by putting it on your 3 o'clock or 9 o'clock (Evaluate in TacView)

Advanced Section

Aerial Refueling

  • Use radio menu to contact correct tanker
  • Locate and form up on tanker's left wing (echelon left formation)
  • Hooking up and receiving fuel, straight and through turns
  • Moving to right side after refueling (echelon right formation)

Advanced Navigation

  • UTM Waypoints
  • All Weather Landing System