I noticed that saying your intentions with your Display Name is a simple way to communicate with other IF pilots. If you are organizing an event, handing out display names would be a great way to provide direction (I.e. “Flight Lead”, “Element Lead”, “Wingman #”, “Photog”).
I spent my time last week on IF flying under the display name “practicing formation”, and I had several pilots join up for impromptu formation flights. Hopefully I didn’t upset anyone by joining their flight, or annoy ATC by loitering over SoCal’s airspace. In the future, if I see you flying around with with a welcoming display name, I’ll jump into an appropriate plane and join up.
Thanks to all the pilots that were helping me practice!! Below is a screenshot of the closest we came to a 4 ship formation all week. It still needs to be tightened up, but those F-14s looked great leading the way!