THE NATOPS BRIEF
C100. AN OVERVIEW
The NATOPS Briefing Guide is a general purpose format used to discuss the majority of
contingencies or emergency considerations that might arise in the course of a normal flight. Use
of the NATOPS brief is not unique to the T-34C aircraft or to the Naval Air Training Command,
but finds application in every aspect of naval aviation.
Preparing the Brief. The content of the brief includes those details relevant to communications,
weather, navigation/flight planning and aircraft emergencies that are necessary for the safe and
orderly conduct of a particular flight. Use the published briefing guide to organize the
information you want to convey and amplify it as required.
No briefing is intended to be all-inclusive. Briefings should be tailored to the mission at hand;
i.e., a briefing for a Formation hop would involve much additional detail that would not be
relevant to a Contact briefing. Additionally, those missions that intend to take the aircraft into
IMC weather would include crew coordination specifics that would not be covered in a Contact
briefing except as a matter of contingency.
Crew Coordination. A fresh buzzword in naval aviation recently popularized because of the
number of incidents or mishaps that have occurred without it and which could have easily been
avoided with a little more of it. A professionally prepared NATOPS brief is step one toward
maximum crew coordination and efficient mission completion.
Use of Standard Operating Procedures. Reference to Standard Operating Procedures or
published regulations is highly encouraged during NATOPS briefings to avoid lengthy
dissertations, provided that all members of the flight are thoroughly familiar with the procedures.
NATOPS itself is founded on the premise of training and operations standardization for
maximum combat readiness.
Any questions? An often overlooked, but perhaps most important, segment of the NATOPS
briefing period which should be included in the conclusion of every brief. Use this period to
clarify SOP or other details that may be pertinent to the assigned mission. The members of the
flight that are being briefed should hold questions until the conclusion of the brief to the greatest
extent possible. The enclosed pages are provided as an example or guide in preparing a
NATOPS brief for Contact operations. It is admittedly wordy and intended for use with local
Standard Operating Procedures.
The T-34C aircraft is inherently reliable. The odds of any one of these contingencies arising are
slim, but with a proper NATOPS brief, you will be prepared to respond confidently and correctly
should such a situation actually occur.
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