16 September 2003
Items to Watch
The upwind pattern must be continuously watched as students will cut each other out. The Boss and Leads
should keep track of who is in the pattern. While six aircraft are allowed in the pattern at one time, fewer
aircraft in the pattern reduces fuel consumption per pass and aids in keeping SNA aircraft within sight of
the tower. Four aircraft airborne in the pattern at one time is considered optimum for CNATRA CQ.
It is not desirable to spin divisions of SNA's. Tower should hold the CATS when a division is charlied to
allow the division lead the opportunity to break at .5 to 1 NM upwind.
The Boss must watch the students in the break for loss of altitude. It is not uncommon to see students
descending toward the water out of the break.
Students have to be watched on deck to make sure they are following their directors. Flight directors
should be briefed that students may not understand or follow their directions.
All cat shots must be watched closely, especially the first shot for each student.
Lead/Safe fuel states must be monitored closely.
Ensure students on a bingo clean up and turn towards bingo field promptly.
Keep aircraft in the spin pattern advised of the lowest holding Lead/Safe to avoid mid air potential.