16 September 2003
Prospective Lead Safe pilots shall be familiar with all CQ procedures for their type aircraft. The following specific
chapters for this instruction apply:
(1) Chapter Two
(2) Chapter Three
(3) Chapter Four
(4) Appendix B - Briefing Guides
(5) Appendix C - NATRACOM Aircraft Information
The squadron CQ phase head shall also ensure:
(1) That Lead/Safe Pilots are fleet carrier experienced with a minimum of 150 traps. CNATRA
approval is required for use of lead safes with less than 150 traps.
(2) That qualifying of Lead/Safes includes an examination covering all procedures required to lead a
group of students to/from the ship.
(3) That Lead safes maintain ship/FCLP currency in accordance with this instruction.
(4) That Lead Safes have participated in a Lead Safe brief prior to each CQ Detachment.
(5) That Lead/Safes are demanding during FCLP DEMO flights, especially when instructing proper
(6) That Lead/Safes set the tone for the day's CQ; during the briefs all bases must be covered in a timely
and professional manner.
(7) That Lead/Safes transmit Pilot Reports (PIREPS) to the Air Boss concerning deteriorating weather
conditions. Lead/Safes are responsible for notifying the ship when weather or other conditions are unsat for student
operations. Observations at pattern altitude may vary greatly from those on deck.
(8) That Lead/Safe pilots fly a tight holding pattern about the ship and position themselves close to low
state aircraft. Generally speaking Lead/Safes should position themselves forward of the bow. Be aggressive and
take charge when the situation calls for it.