Bingo is an emergency situation. It means that you are at emergency fuel levels, not minimum fuel.
The fuel state of every aircraft is constantly monitored by AIR OPS and tower. When the fuel state
reaches hold-down (as set by AIR OPS), you will be held on the deck for refueling. Advise the tower if you
have been directed to taxi to the catapult with a fuel state at or below hold-down.
COMPUTING BINGO PROFILE (CLEAN)
In a clean configuration, the computation of the bingo profile will be computed as follows (refer to Figure
Determine the distance to base.
NOTE: You will receive information on bearing/distance (pigeons) to the divert field and bingo fuel state
from marshal on initial check-in. This information is periodically updated and broadcast over marshal and
tower frequencies. Always write down bingo and pigeons information.
Refer to the PCL to determine proper bingo information.
- Fuel required
- Time required for bingo (total time required from start of climb to landing)
- Speed (KIAS) for climb
- Cruise altitude
- Cruise (KIAS/IMN) speed at cruise altitude
- Descent (KIAS) speed
- Descent point
Always verify bingo figures passed by the ship with your bingo fuel chart based on your knowledge of the
distance to the bingo field. Here is an example of a bingo profile computation problem:
Determine proper bingo information
- Aircraft configuration: gear up, flaps up
- Zero fuel weight: 10,500 lb
- Drag index: 0