CNATRAINST 3740.9D CH-4
6 January 2006
(3) Break Entry and Subsequent Lead Holding Assignment. All flights shall report 3 miles and proceed
as directed. Figure II-3 depicts Case I Lead/Safe departure procedures following break entry into the pattern.
(a) T-45 Flights. T-45 leads shall enter at 300 knots and break at 1/2 to 1 mile; fuel permitting the
lead shall then execute a touch and go, accelerate and clean-up maintaining 500 feet up wind to 7 NM and climb
overhead to assigned altitude as described above. Under normal circumstances, the leads shall be assigned the
following altitudes after student drop-off:
2000, 3000, and 4000.
NOTE: If weather dictates, Tower may hold a maximum of two Lead/Safe singles at the same altitude. Tower
shall assign one of the Leads as primary "hawk." The second A/C shall fly loose wing until told to assume
"primary hawk" or divert.
b. Case II, Controlled Descent-Visual Approach. This approach shall be utilized when the ceiling is less
than 3000 feet but not less than 1500 feet (1000 feet for IUT or IP refresher). Close control shall be utilized until
the flight is inside 10NM and reports the ship in sight.
c. If IMC is encountered, the Lead/Safe shall bring each SNA down individually, while his remaining SNAs
continue to marshal as assigned. Penetration shall not be made unless the pattern is clear. After dropping off the
SNA, Lead/Safe shall either (1) receive vectors to pick up the remaining SNA/s, (2) recover, or (3) depart on the
BRC for re-marshaling. Aircraft shall penetrate to 1200 feet until reaching 10 NM from the carrier. At this point,
clearance to descend to 800 feet is authorized. At no time shall a flight be cleared below 800 feet. When within
10NM with the ship in sight, flights shall report "see you." At this time, the flight shall be instructed to switch to
tower and proceed as in Case I. If a flight does not have the ship in sight at 5 miles, both aircraft shall be vectored
to VMC on top for holding/divert. If two-way radio communications are lost after commencing the approach,
maintain last assigned altitude and continue inbound on the CV-1 approach squawking 7600. If ship is not in sight
at 5 NM, mark overhead and proceed outbound 360 degrees relative to the final bearing. After 5 NM, climb on
d. Case III, Controlled Descent-Approach. This approach shall be utilized in accordance with refer-
ence (a) when the ceiling is less than 1000 feet and/or the visibility is less than 5 miles. Only fleet experienced
pilots shall be authorized to approach the ship during Case III conditions. Weather minimums for experienced
pilots is 700/3 or TACAN minimums.