It is a fine sunny day at Nellis Air Force Base in Las Vegas, Nevada. You're scheduled for some BFM training as BLUEFOR flying against skilled Aggressor REDFOR pilots.
Today's session calls for four 1v1 engagements, two against NATO aircraft (an Eagle and a Viper), and two against Eastern Bloc aircraft (a MiG 21, and a Pakistani JF-17). In between those pairs of fights is an expected landing to re-fuel and re-arm the trusty F-18 you've chosen to fly today.
As you get your jet started and configured, you review the Nellis departure procedures prior to take-off. Checking in with ATC, you're cleared for taxi and take-off flying the briefed route. After reaching the first waypoint, you head for your holding area in the training range, and prepare for the first of today's engagements.
It's going to be a busy, busy day. Good Luck!