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308. NATRACOM Squadron LSOs. NATRACOM Squadron LSOs are fleet experienced LSO's. The Training
LSO designation shall be used to determine operational seniority at the squadron level unless modified by the
squadron CO. The senior Squadron LSO shall normally hold the title of "CQ Stage Head." The responsibilities of
the Squadron LSO are as follows:
a. Train student pilots and instructors for initial day carrier qualification.
b. Conduct training in readiness for training carrier operations.
c. Train subordinate LSOs within his command, including SERGRAD pilots on board who are designated
309. TRAWING LSOs. TRAWING LSOs are usually selected from the more senior squadron LSOs by the
TRAWING commander or in some cases may be ordered in by BUPERS. A TRAWING LSO is operationally
senior to all other LSOs in that TRAWING. Assignment to a TRAWING LSO billet is recognition of an LSO's
experience, judgment, and superior performance in subordinate positions. The TRAWING LSO shall be a Wing
designated LSO and should be Training designated for all carrier aircraft in his TRAWING. The responsibilities of
the TRAWING LSO are as follows:
a. Establish and administer a training LSO program.
b. Conduct air crew training and readiness for CQ operations within his respective TRAWING.
c. Monitor TRAWING's FCLPs and carrier qualifications.
d. Submit the quarterly LSO Training Status Matrix in accordance with reference (b).
310. CNATRA LSO. The Senior Training Command LSO is the CNATRA LSO. This billet is a LCDR, Post CAG
LSO, billet at NAS Corpus Christi. The responsibilities of the CNATRA LSO are as follows:
a. Guidance and administration of CQ program and LSO policy.
b. CQ/FCLP operating procedures and standardization.
c. Monitoring the manning, selection, training, and qualification of all training command LSOs to ensure the
highest standards of LSO readiness and training are maintained.
311. The IUT Syllabus. The Instructor Under Training (IUT) syllabus is standardized throughout the training
command. CQ Stage Heads shall ensure that their new LSOs are brought to the attention of the scheduling officer so
a proper training plan can be implemented which accounts for CQ detachments. Once NATOPS qualification flights
commence, the LSO should begin observing the CQ program. The NATOPS syllabus is followed by the IUT
syllabus, which shall be in conjunction with CQ training qualification requirements.
312. Student Preparation for FCLP. LSOs should routinely brief non-CQ instructors of expected student landing
performance for various flight stages prior to CQ to ensure that proper emphasis is applied as the student progresses.
Good landing habit patterns from Familiarization (FAM) on through the other stages are critical to the success of the
student. The number of landings performed in each stage prior to the FCLP workup should be maximized.
313. FCLP/CQ Grades. Grades for ATFs are decided by comparing a student's landing grade performance with
the overall average as well as trends. Other items such as headwork, field entry, procedures, and response to LSO
also affect the final grade given. Generally, students should show improvement throughout FCLPs. The following
a. Grades for actual carrier landing flights are especially critical because they are weighted at 50 percent of
the total CQ stage grade. Each net above (or below) is equivalent to approximately three aboves (or belows) during
FCLPs. A student can more than compensate for his poor FCLP performance by doing well at the ship. In addition,
the senior LSO should construct a grading matrix to ensure grades reflect pre-established standards of performance.