16 September 2003
STRIKE & AIR OPERATIONS
CQ PLANNING FACTORS
Air Boss has overhead up to 5.5K for holding. Boss must ensure Air Operations does not bring aircraft
into his airspace without first notifying the Boss.
If the Air Boss needs higher than 5.5K, then it must be coordinated with Air Operations.
Holding altitudes under tower control are 1.5, 2.5, 3.5, 4.5, 5.5.
When aircraft spin, the Boss shall give them a heads up call that aircraft are holding at 1.5 (or lowest
If two aircraft must be held at the same altitude due to WX, etcetera, one should be assigned one mile trail
with the forward aircraft utilized as the primary hawk. If preferable, the aircraft may also be joined up,
the lead being the primary hawk.
Students in a non-bingo, non-emergency can go home themselves to a familiar field if they have bingo fuel
for that field plus 600 lbs.
Students shall be pumped 600 lbs for T-45 above bingo FOR THE FIELD TO WHICH THEY ARE
BEING LAUNCHED when launched home.
The minimum weather to have NATRACOM CQ at the ship is 1500/5; can be waived by ship's
commanding officer with CNATRA's concurrence to 1000/5.
Max CQ wind is 35 KTS.
Downwind recovery should only be used in an emergency.
T-45s can be worked to 120 miles from the bingo field.
The winds must be within 7-knot crosswind component.
The first aircraft launched to the ship for the day shall be a single lead and shall be the WX recce. The
weather recce should be trapped and heavy pumped, then used as a lead safe.
One SAR helicopter shall be airborne and a second aircraft shall be in a 30-minute alert status during all
carrier air operations.
Hot Seat Evolutions
Students shall have an arrested landing prior to being considered for a hot seat evolution.