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(2) Straight ahead (up the angle) unless otherwise directed.
(3) Do not over rotate - hold 17 units AOA/landing attitude.
T/G or Bolter
(1) MRT, S/B in, rotate, and climb.
(2) Turn to parallel BRC (10 degrees to the right).
(3) If necessary, ask for interval.
(4) First aircraft to the bow has priority.
(1) Turn with interval at 7 o'clock hook down/9 o'clock hook up.
(2) Fly instruments - scan altitude, heading, and abeam distance.
(3) Reciprocal of BRC, 1 - 1.1 NM abeam.
(1) Fly the ball to touchdown - be surprised.
(2) MRT speed brakes in on touchdown - do not reduce power until engine is at MRT and
aircraft stops (no cuts).
(3) Yellow shirt director at 1 o'clock - watch signals (off brakes, pull back, raise hook).
Leaving landing area
(1) Use NWS.
(2) Follow taxi director exactly, discuss signals.
(3) Foul line, slippery deck.
Taxi to JBD
(1) Route and placement of director.
(2) Notify tower if fuel is at or below hold down. If anticipating a delay that will put you
below hold down, notify the tower.
(3) Take-off checklist prior to crossing JBD (full flaps, 3-1/2 degrees nose up trim, BARO
altimeter should read 60 feet).
(4) Weight board/signals (500-lb increments).
(5) Stop and notify tower if you lose sight of your director or you are unsure who your
(1) Watch the director.
(2) Taxi slowly. Extend launch bar when directed. Use high gain NWS only when directed
(+/- 20 degrees, low gain not available). Brake as directed.
(3) Taxi slowly into holdback - avoid push back.
a MRT - Retract Launch bar when signaled. Use cat grip/check gauges/instruments.
b Heels on deck - Off brakes!
c Wipe out controls (including rudder).
d Head against seat.
e Salute Cat Officer.
a Prior to salute - shake head "no" and broadcast, "Suspend, suspend!"
b After salute - same, but be ready to go.
c Remain at MRT until Cat Officer moves in front of A/C with "throttle back" signal.
(6) Catapult techniques
a Hold stick lightly - allow it to come back aft during the stroke, then set 8-10 degrees
attitude as A/C becomes airborne.
b Scan ADI, AOA, airspeed. Do not over or under rotate. Elevator trim will rotate
the A/C to the proper climbing attitude. AOA will initially be approximately 19 units but will accelerate to 17
units quickly. Check heading, BRC, airspeed, and interval. Lower hook if required.
(7) Catapult malfunctions
a Cold/soft shot.
b Broken holdback.