Cherubs: Altitude in hundreds of feet. For example, Cherubs 3 = 300 feet.
Chicks: Wingmen in a flight.
Clara: Meatball is not in sight.
Cross-deck Pendant (CDP): Arresting gear wire.
Cut Lights: Green lights mounted horizontally and centered above the Fresnel lens box (controlled by the
LSO). Utilized during ziplip and EMCON conditions instead of UHF to give pilots clearance to land, i.e.,
Roger Ball. Also, used in conjunction with waveoff lights to signal bingo.
Datum Lights: Green reference lights mounted horizontally on the Fresnel lens on each side of the
Delta: Enter holding pattern as directed or continue to hold.
Delta Clean: Signal for aircraft in the pattern to raise gear and flaps/slats and hold as directed.
Delta Easy: Signal for aircraft to remain at pattern altitude with gear and flaps/slats down and speed
Emission Control Procedures (EMCON): Electronic emission control procedures are in effect at the
ship to avoid detection. All radio, radar, and navigation equipment transmissions are eliminated except as
required for safety of flight.
Expected Approach Time (EAT): The future time at which an aircraft is cleared to depart inbound or
penetrate from a preassigned fix. Aircraft depart and commence approach at assigned time if no further
instructions are received.
Father: Code name for the ships TACAN.
Feet Wet or Feet Dry: Aircraft crossing the coastline enroute to or returning from the ship.
Field Carrier Landing Practice (FCLP): LSO-graded landings conducted at the field prior to any carrier
Foul Deck: Landing area is not free of all obstructions or the flight deck is not ready to recover aircraft.
Foul Line (ship only): A line painted on both sides of the landing area to define the minimum area that
must be free of obstructions in order to consider the deck clear.
Fresnel Lens Optical Landing System (FLOLS): Pilots landing aid, i.e. meatball.