16 September 2003
e. LSO Facilities and Equipment. The Improved Fresnel Lens Optical Landing System (IFLOLS) shall be
used for all fixed wing carrier qualifications. In case of an IFLOLS casualty, a Manually Operated Visual Landing
Aid System (MOVLAS) "Talk Down" may be used to recover aircraft. MOVLAS shall not be used to conduct
Lead/Safe Pilots. Lead/Safe pilots are responsible for the conduct and safety of the flight to and from
the carrier. The Lead/Safe pilot shall advise and update the Air Boss if conditions do not warrant commencement or
continuation of CQ operations. Prior to entering the CQ pattern, he shall return the flight to a shore station if, in his
opinion, weather conditions, flight fuel status, or in-flight emergencies so require. Once the flight enters the CQ
pattern, primary responsibility for the safety of the flight lies with Commanding Officer of the training carrier.
Lead/Safe pilots shall continue to monitor student fuel states and position in the CQ pattern, primarily upwind, and
advise the Air Boss if an unsafe situation develops. When the flight leaves the CQ pattern, the responsibility for
safety of flight once again lies with the Lead/Safe pilot. Except in an emergency situation, Lead/Safe pilots shall
limit the size of their flights to four aircraft.
g. Lead/Safe Requirements. To perform the duties of a NATRACOM Lead/Safe, a pilot must possess
good judgment and operational carrier experience. Only fleet carrier experienced aviators with 150 or more arrested
landings shall be used as Lead/Safe pilots. Lead/ Safe requirements for SNA CQ shall be as follows:
(1) Lead/Safe pilots shall be current in accordance with Table II-1.
(2) A single ship weather reconnaissance (RECCE) shall launch as required prior to the first student
launch of the day. This weather RECCE should normally function as a Lead/Safe after the arrival of student aircraft.
(3) CQ Pattern lead safe requirements.
(a) 1-3 SNA: One Lead/Safe required.
4-6 SNA: Two Lead/Safes required.
(b) A third safety pilot shall launch to arrive overhead the
ship 30 to 45 minutes (as required by the ship) after the first scheduled student
General SNA Operating Limits and Emergency Procedures
a. Brief time should be scheduled 2.5 hours prior to take off for SNAs. After the second CQ flight brief,
SNAs may be scheduled to brief less than 2.5 hours prior to take off as necessary.
b. A maximum of 3 1/2 hours total flight time (to commence at take-off and terminate with engine shut
down) is permitted during any one carrier qualification flight. SNA crew rest aboard CV is 10 hours from debrief to
brief vice the 12 hours required when shore based.
A maximum of 5 hours total flight time is permitted during any one day.
A maximum of two carrier qualification flights with three man ups per day is permitted.
e. CNATRA limits SNAs to six arrestments per day. The CNATRA LSO may authorize SNAs to a
maximum of 10 arrestments in 1 day. IUTs are limited to 10 arrestments per day. For CQ current instructors, there
is no operational limit.
For CQ: Case II penetrations to the ship are authorized under the following conditions:
(1) Penetration shall be led by a qualified Lead/Safe.
(2) Penetration shall be performed with no more than two aircraft in a flight.