CNATRAINST 3740.9D CH-4
6 January 2006
Training Carrier Departure Procedures. To provide a safe, orderly flow of traffic departing the carrier, the
following procedures are established as standard for NATRACOM aircraft during carrier qualifications. Figure II-4
depicts Case I SNA departure procedures after CQ completion.
aa. All CNATRA aircraft that are directed to depart the landing pattern from the catapult during Case I and
Case II operations shall execute a clearing turn. Clearing turns will only be executed after a positive climb rate is
established. Clearing turns shall be made using a 20 degree angle of bank turn for 20 degrees of heading change.
Once wings level after the clearing turn, gear and flaps may be retracted. The aircraft will level off at 500 feet AGL
and the turn will be reversed once the aircraft is clean using a 20 degree angle of bank turn to parallel the BRC.
a. Students are permitted to return to home base single ship. If departing for an unfamiliar field, a
Lead/Safe escort is required and the following procedures shall be used: (1) After completion of carrier qualification
and refueling as necessary, the tower shall designate a Lead/Safe to join on and shall inform the student of the
Lead/Safe altitude and position. (2) After launch, the student shall proceed straight ahead to 7 miles at 500 feet
where a left turn shall be made back toward the training carrier and a climb commenced to rendezvous with the
Lead/Safe at the assigned altitude. The Lead Safe shall keep the student informed of his progress in the circle, if
necessary. (3) After completion of rendezvous, the flight shall be switched to departure frequency once clear of the
overhead stack. FOR THE PURPOSES OF THESE PROCEDURES, AN UNFAMILIAR FIELD IS DEFINED AS
ONE FOR WHICH A DETAILED COURSE RULES BRIEF HAS NOT BEEN GIVEN (e.g., MacDill AFB when
operating in the Key West OPAREA).
b. Case II departures for SNA's. After completion of carrier qualifications and refueling as necessary, the
tower shall provide departure information, designate a Lead/Safe pilot to join on and inform the student of the
Lead/Safe position and altitude. After launch, continue straight ahead at 500 feet to 7 miles where a turn shall be
made in the shortest direction on the 10 NM arc to intercept the departure radial. A TACAN rendezvous shall be
effected VFR ON TOP on the departure radial at a distance of angels plus five miles. Students shall report,
"Airborne," "Arcing," and "Outbound." After completion of rendezvous, the flight shall be switched to the
appropriate controlling agency.
c. Bingo Aircraft. Aircraft which reach bingo fuel state shall immediately bingo. When instructed, bingo
aircraft shall clean up as directed by the Air Officer, commence a climb, then turn to the bingo heading and return to
the bingo field at optimum bingo profile in accordance with type aircraft operating parameters (Note - students must
be briefed to comply with the bingo profile, but should remain heads up and not risk midair collision with another
A/C during their departure). Student Bingo fuel requirements are predicated on a sea level bingo, enabling a student
bingo to be flown at any altitude. A Lead/Safe shall be designated by the Air Officer to join and escort the bingo.
When entry into Class "A" airspace is necessary, the bingo aircraft shall notify CATCC of the desired altitude.
CATCC shall then direct the bingo aircraft to contact center and notify Air Traffic Control (ATC) of desired bingo
altitude. When operating and communicating with an ATC facility, the term "Emergency Fuel" shall be used in lieu
of the term bingo.
d. Helicopters. After completion of deck qualifications, the flight shall join on the flight leader in the port or
starboard holding pattern, as directed, and depart. Helicopter CASE I and CASE II departures shall be provided with
departure instructions and pigeons by the tower.
e. Identification Friend or Foe (system) (IFF)/Selective Identification Feature (SIF). Squawk IFF/SIF codes