reply promptly to ATC calls for other air traffic with "traffic in sight" or "negative contact."
Keep all calls short, concise and professional.
Change of Control of Aircraft
There will be a positive 3-way change of control of the aircraft using the word
"controls" vice "it" or "aircraft": "I have the controls" acknowledged with a return
response, "Roger, you have the controls," "Roger, I have the controls." (challenge/
If the stick is bumped for any reason, do not assume that control is being transferred,
but continue to fly the aircraft until told otherwise. If there is any doubt as to who has
control, ask your fellow crewmember and be prepared to maintain or assume control
until the confusion is resolved.
In Contact we rely primarily on ground reference and landmark association to
navigate to/from the training areas.
As a backup tool, we may use appropriate GPS, TACAN, or VOR to assist us in
determining our position relative to homefield.
Identification. Our call sign will be (see appropriate squadron SOPs). We will be alert for
other aircraft with similar call signs and ensure that we resolve any confusion by annunciating
our call sign clearly. We will squawk the appropriate code (IAW Course Rules/ SOP).
Lookout procedures. All pilots maintain a positive lookout doctrine, see and avoid. Call
out traffic using the clock system, high or low, factor or no factor.
The current weather is (specify ceiling/visibility) which is (above/below) our
weather minimum for departure.
Our selected training area must be VMC for us to conduct Contact flights and we
must have ground visual reference to perform spins or approach turn stalls and
skidded turn stalls. Current PIREPS are indicating ___________________.
Local Area and Destination Forecast.
The weather for the training area and homefield is forecast to be _____________.
Our minimum acceptable weather forecast is ________________________.
THE NATOPS BRIEF