16 September 2003
CNATRA ORIENTATION FLIGHTS DURING CARRIER QUALIFICATION OPERATIONS
901. Authority. Ref (d) requires CNET approval for CNATRA orientation flights involving shipboard catapults
and/or arrested landings. Reference (i) delegates approval authority for these flights to CNATRA.
902. Purpose. To provide exposure to the carrier environment. To the maximum extent possible, this exposure
should include a carrier arrestment, tour of key carrier spaces (LSO platform, PRIFLY, CATCC, etc.), and a catapult
903. Eligibility. To be eligible for a back seat CNATRA CV orientation flight, personnel must meet all of the
Satisfy eligibility requirements and flight prerequisites set forth in reference (d).
Have completed required ejection seat training.
Have flight gear issued and fitted by qualified CNATRA parachute riggers.
Have written approval from CNATRA. Written requests for approval should be submitted to
CNATRA N33 no later than ten days prior to flight.
No more than four orientation flight requests will be approved on any carrier qualification detachment.
CNATRA authorizations for CV orientation flights are one-time flight authorizations. Only one
orientation flight may be flown per authorized individual, regardless of the flight duration or amount of
exposure to the carrier environment. Cancelled orientation sorties may be rescheduled at the discretion
of the detachment OIC.
Flights shall be flown only with CNATRA lead safe qualified instructor pilots who have completed
one day landing in the previous 14 days.
Orientation flights shall be conducted on a noninterference basis with no additional sorties or cost to
Orientation flights shall not be conducted on the final day of scheduled carrier
In addition to the provisions of this instruction, orientation flights for USAF AETC Instructor Pilots
shall be governed by ref (l).
Student Naval Aviators (SNA's) are not eligible for orientation flights during CQ operations.
However, SNA's who are in the CQ phase or have completed the CQ phase may be flown to or from
the carrier in the back seat of CNATRA aircraft at the discretion of the CNATRA detachment Officer
in Charge (OIC).