16 September 2003
BASIC PLAN AND
CONCEPT OF OPERATIONS
100. General. Undergraduate Pilot Training requires an introduction to carrier aviation for Student Naval
Aviators (SNAs). This instruction details the procedures and limitations for the carrier qualification (CQ) of SNAs
within the guidelines of references (a) through (l) and under the cognizance of the Chief of Naval Air Training
(CNATRA). The Landing Signal Officer (LSO) Naval Aviation Training and Operating Procedures (NATOPs)
Manual lists carrier landing qualification and refresher requirements for Naval Aviators.
101. Specifics. Naval Air Training Command (NATRACOM) Carrier qualifications shall be governed by this
and the Commander Naval Air Forces CQ instructions.
NOTE: NATRACOM CQ requires some deviation from normal carrier air wing launch and recovery doctrine.
These differences are outlined in this instruction.
102. Execution. Conduct CQ operations in accordance with this and other CNATRA instructions, current
CNATRA Letters of Instruction (LOIs), operating schedules promulgated by CNATRA and requirements
coordinated by COMNAVAIRLANT and COMNAVAIRPAC. Coordinating instructions are as follows:
a. Carrier qualifications for student naval aviators and flight instructors are performed utilizing fleet
carriers as coordinated by CNATRA in accordance with this instruction.
b. Air operations shall be conducted in accordance with the current edition of reference (a),
COMNAVAIRFOR CQ instructions, and as modified by this instruction.
c. FRS/Fleet CQ should not be scheduled in conjunction with CNATRA CQ. CNATRA aircraft shall not
CQ simultaneously with FRS or Fleet aircraft.
CNATRA CQ shall not be conducted in temperatures requiring anti-exposure suits.
Administration and Logistics
a. Administrative and Operational reports are required in accordance with Chapter VIII of this
Logistic support is required in accordance with Chapter IV of this instruction.
c. TRAWINGs shall submit CQ rosters to CNATRA and fleet CV Air Operations (formatted in accord-
ance with Chapter VII of this instruction) at the Presail Conference or as directed by CNATRA in the LOI.
Command and Signal
Communications shall be in accordance with Chapter VII of this instruction.
CNATRA Headquarters is in Building 1, Naval Air Station, Corpus Christi, Texas 78419.
The aircraft carrier commanding officer is in tactical command of all aircraft operating from the
d. Any difficulties concerning CQ operations, safety, or coordination that cannot be resolved on the scene
shall be referred to CNATRA for decision and resolution.