26 September 1996
CONCEPT OF OPERATIONS
1. General. The most unique aspect of naval aviation is shipboard
operation. To support fleet requirements for training in small-
deck flight operations, CNATRA has acquired a unique craft, IX-514,
the Helicopter Landing Trainer (HLT), to provide training for
undergraduate helicopter pilots.
Helicopter Landing Trainer
a. The HLT is a 134-foot converted utility craft, with a
single-spot landing deck capable of supporting day and night
helicopter landing training. The official Naval Air Systems
Command designation for the HLT is IX-514.
b. For flight operations purposes, IX-514 is classified as an
air capable ship and listed in the Shipboard Aviation Facilities
c. The HLT's primary mission is support of naval UHPT. For
exceptional requirements, it may also operate in support of other
pilot training requirements on a not-to-interfere basis with UHPT
when approved by CNATRA.
3. Operations. The HLT shall be operated in support of naval
helicopter training approved by CNATRA.
a. Operating Area. Operations will normally be conducted in
the Pensacola, Florida area. Operations in other areas may be
accomplished with the approval of CNATRA.
b. Administrative and Operational Control. IX-514 is under
the administrative and operational control of the Commanding
Officer, NAS Pensacola and operates as a detachment under the
command of an assigned OIC. The OIC, under the direction of the
Commanding Officer, NAS Pensacola, has the authority and responsi-
bility to operate the craft as an air capable ship in accordance
with all applicable directives. This includes, but is not limited
to, aviation readiness evaluations.
c. Operating Authority. Ultimate authority for safe operation
of the HLT rests with the OIC, NAS DET HLT, Pensacola, FL. Parti-
cipating units will defer to his/her judgement when operational
decisions must be made to enhance safety and operational effective-
ness. Any difficulties concerning DLQ operations, safety, or
coordination that cannot be resolved on the scene shall be referred
CNATRA for resolution.