CNATRAINST 3740.9D CH-3
17 June 2005
OPERATIONAL REQUIREMENTS, PROCEDURES AND LIMITATIONS
200. Introduction. Carrier qualification requirements are directed by reference (b), COMNAVAIRFOR
Instructions, NATRACOM Curricula and Flight Training Instructions. This instruction focuses on the
requirements, procedures and limitations that are used to train Student Naval Aviators, Jet Transition Aviators,
NATRACOM LSOs, CQ Instructors and other pilots undergoing undergraduate Carrier Qualification.
201. Waiver Authority. Under unusual circumstances a waiver of the restrictions and limitations imposed by
this and other CNATRA instructions may be desired. Except where specific waiver authority is delegated within
this instruction, waivers must be approved by the Chief of Naval Air Training (CNATRA) and the CO of the
Authorized Personnel. The following personnel are authorized for fixed wing CQ or rotary wing DLQ:
a. Student naval aviators.
b. LSOs receiving initial or refresher training.
c. Instructors Under Training.
d. Helicopter SAR Detachment's initial or refresher training.
e. Other personnel when approved by the Chief of Naval Air Training or higher authority.
General Instructions and Standard Operating Procedures
a. FCLP. All Strike SNA/Naval Aviators (NAs) shall be field qualified IAW ref (b) using the Improved
Fresnel Lens Optical Landing System (IFLOLS). The controlling LSO shall be responsible for changing the Basic
Angle as required for FCLPs. In order to standardize field lens settings, all NATRACOM LSOs shall use a field
lens setting of 3.25.
b. CNATRA Carrier Qualification (CQ) Requirements
(1) CQ operations for student naval aviators shall be in accordance with the Naval Air Training
Command curriculum. Hot seat evolutions are authorized. SNAs shall have an arrested landing prior to being
considered for a hot seat evolution.
(2) Other Naval Aviators such as Instructors Under Training (IUTs), Lead/Safes and foreign military
pilots, should receive instruction and qualification based upon previous flight experience and applicable
c. Pilot Performance. The performance of pilots during carrier qualification must be closely observed.
Instructors and instructors under training may be controlled by any NATRACOM qualified LSO. The authority
to certify a pilot as "qualified" rests with the controlling LSO; however, disqualification may be directed by the
controlling LSO, TRAWING LSO, CNATRA LSO, or the Commanding Officer of the carrier. Non-fleet
experienced IUTs shall not be controlled by an unfamiliar LSO at the ship. Squadron LSOs shall be assigned a
class of SNAs and be responsible for conducting and debriefing the majority of his/her classes, FCLP periods,
and act as controlling LSO aboard ship for his/her class. The cognizant TRAWING LSO or the CNATRA LSO
shall act as controlling LSO in the unlikely event that the squadron LSO is not aboard when his/her class arrives.
d. LSO Qualification. TRAWINGs shall have qualified LSOs on board during the period of CQ. LSOs
shall be qualified in accordance with ref (b), ref (h), and this instruction. An appropriate number of LSOs for
each type aircraft shall be provided by each squadron involved with CQ. Landing Signal Enlistedmen (LSEs) for
helicopter qualification shall be provided by the carrier.