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CNATRA LEAD SAFE BRIEF. Cecil Field / USS George H W Bush June 2009. WX Recce. WX Recce Procedures: As per the smart pack Verify distance to ship from divert. Bases, tops? Sections vs. Divisions? Ship may have you check other area’s for better wx. Don’t launch late.

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Cnatra lead safe brief

Cecil Field / USS George H W BushJune 2009

Wx recce
WX Recce

  • WX Recce Procedures: As per the smart pack

    • Verify distance to ship from divert.

    • Bases, tops? Sections vs. Divisions?

    • Ship may have you check other area’s for better wx. Don’t launch late.

    • Over fly divert to verify field status and weather.

    • Climb to bingo altitude once distance is known and check winds.

    • May have to prestage at Mayport for weather

General lead safe responsibilities
General Lead Safe Responsibilities

  • Safety of flight to and from the carrier

  • Give thorough CNATRA STAN CQ brief to students (i.e. use the CNATRA PowerPoint brief)

  • Advise and update the Boss on weather conditions

  • Monitor SNA fuel states and position in the pattern – PRIMARILY UPWIND

  • Advise Boss and/or direct action if an unsafe situation develops

  • Monitor Bingo/Divert student departure from pattern. Don’t let them cut someone off in the pattern or at the initial

  • Escort Bingo/Emergency SNA to the beach

The brief
The Brief

  • As per the CNATRA STAN

  • Additional points:

    • SNA’s: ALWAYS hook-up for 2 T&G’s initially unless told by the tower. After that, stud is hook down unless told otherwise

    • Make sure the studs know their requirements and limitations

    • Pass to studs that they don’t have to ask for a Rep on BTN 18. Just go ahead and call BTN 18

The brief cont
The Brief (cont.)

  • Make sure the studs know what to do if they need to slide

    • Stud should go in the next available division. They should NOT wait for the late safe unless the next division is full

    • The studs should have all three divisions TAC freq’s and who is leading each division in case they need to roll to the next division

Timing 1 st division
Timing – 1st Division

  • 1st Division per wave Take-off time

    = dist/4 + 10 min

    • Assumes 4 nm/minute (approx 12 units)

    • If late, speed-up if fuel available (i.e. able to show up Bingo + 600lb), but inform the division behind you

    • Let the Boss know as soon as you can that you are inbound. Might just get a “Charlie on arrival”

  • If you cannot take-off on-time, or make your ramp as the first division of your wave, you MUST let base and ship know.

Timing follow on divisions
Timing – follow-on divisions

  • The goal is to have 3 new studs in the break every 15 minutes. Therefore, for follow-on divisions:

    • Communicate with the other divisions

    • If everyone is flying 4 NM/min and the division in-front of you…

      • …had 3 studs, t/o 15 minutes later

      • …had 2 studs, t/o 10 minutes later

      • …had 1 stud, t/o 5 minutes later. You will probably be charlied with the previous section

Timing cont
Timing (cont.)




  • Inform divisions behind of ships position and your speed

  • Keep apprised of your fuel and timing.

  • Feet Wet Checks!!!!

    • Make sure YOU and your studs complete.

  • How’s the weather?

20 miles from ship
20 miles from ship

  • Switch division to Lead Safe Common (BTN 17) in the back radio and check-in

  • De-conflict with other divisions

  • Time your descent as appropriate. Don’t be at 20,000FT, 20 miles from the ship if you are expecting to charlie on time

  • If you can see the ship, request for Marshall to let you switch to BTN 1 for a check-in with the Boss. You may be able to Charlie-on-arrival, especially if you are the first division of the wave


  • Once you get the call from the Boss:

    • “IF” you have the gas, accelerate. It should take about 8 minutes

    • Perform the penetration…210º relative to BRC. Make a commencing call on the back radio and start your descent. Start your turn at 7 miles to arrive at a 7 mile initial


  • Be extremely precise and smooth

  • Spin at the bow

  • Don’t confuse depart and re-enter with spinning

  • Don’t balloon

    • A great potential for a mid-air with a lead safe at 2k.

  • Make sure your chicks come with you

    • Let them know you are spinning

    • Direct them all to take VFR parade so they don’t balloon up to 1600 FT

  • Remember – even if directed, don’t spin 2… Dash 3 stud is not allowed to lead anythin

Lead safe stack case i
Lead Safe Stack – Case I

  • Holding Altitudes - 2K, 3K, 4K; unless WX dictates.

    • WX considerations

      • When to go CASE II

      • 3K layer, still Case I, does 4K guy go above layer or below layer

        • Tac wing?

        • Wilbur / Boss will manage

Cnatra lead safe brief

1- 3 SNAs in Pattern

4 nm

4k L/S

Fuel conserve just outside of pattern

2 nm

2k and 3k L/S

3K should be across circle from 2K

Lead safe responsibilities if 1 3 snas in pattern
Lead Safe Responsibilities if: 1- 3 SNAs in Pattern

  • 2 K

    • Primary Control of upwind Pattern

  • 3 K

    • Backup other L/S (Cross Circle), maintain Big Picture

  • 4 K

    • Max Endurance AOA

    • Stay just outside of pattern (not 5 miles away!!!)

    • Maintain big picture

    • If told to hawk – Lead Safe in best position, not necessarily lowest altitude, should take the hawk unless directed by the tower

Cnatra lead safe brief

> 4 SNAs in Pattern

4 nm

2k L/S

4k L/S

Just outside of pattern

2 nm

3k L/S

Lead safe responsibilities if 4 snas in pattern
Lead Safe Responsibilities if: > 4 SNAs in Pattern

  • 2 K

    • Help direct pattern greater than 2nm fwd bow

    • Primarily responsibility - interval

  • 3 K

    • Watch pattern from bow to 2 nm fwd

    • Primarily responsibility - keeping SNAs from cutting out their interval

  • 4 K

    • Max Endurance AOA

    • Stay just outside of the pattern

    • Maintain Big Picture SA

    • Help low and middle Lead Safes where needed

Lead safe comm
Lead Safe COMM

  • Good Calls:

    • “at xx dme, continue upwind. You are cutting out your interval”

    • “at xx dme, turn”

    • “approaching the bow, your wide”

  • Bad calls/technique:

    • “turn”

    • “number one upwind, turn”

    • “back to the right/left” without a direction of who you are referring to.

    • “Level your wings”

Case ii considerations
Case II Considerations

  • Penetrate overcast/thick layers with sections only (1 SNA)…No heavy sections / No light divisions!! (pumpkin/3710)

  • Will go down to 6 studs (max) during Case 2 Ops

  • Options: Depends on wx at Cecil and at ship

    Sticky / Wilbur will coordinate

    • Bucket brigade possible if Case II holding. Lead safes drop off dash 3 in holding. Penetrate with dash 2. Other lead safes sent to marshal to grab dash 3. Ship will need to be close for this method.

    • TCN Rendevous in W-158/157. (If wx precludes division rendevous out of Cecil)

    • Lead Safes bring out a single stud in sections

Case ii considerations cont
Case II Considerations cont.

  • Spin pattern should be closed, but if told, it’s a MAJOR mid-air potential with the Lead Safe’s

  • Bottom two Lead Safe’s can be in TAC Wing, opposite circle or lead follow. Bottom line, only one Lead Safe is actually doing the job. The second is responsible for safe separation. Make sure you define rolls over the radio. Also, don’t work TAC Wing too low. Advise Wilbur/Boss if wx precludes this method

  • Third and Fourth Lead Safe should be above the layer, on deck, or part of the bucket brigade

Bingo procedures
BINGO Procedures

  • The Bingo should be taken by the Lead Safe who is in the best position…NOT necessarily the one on the bottom of the stack

    • Communicate with each other, and tell the Boss who’s got the Bingo, unless he specifically assigned someone

  • DIRECT the stud onto the bingo profile,

    • “Configure, take airspeed XXX, turn to heading YYY, climb at XXX airspeed, Switch 22 in the back radio, Squawk EMERG, Level off at ZZ,ZZZ ft and set your power at QQQQ lb/hr.”

      Ensure you understand whether divert or bingo, and where you are going

Bingo procedures cont
BINGO Procedures cont.

  • DO:

    • All radio calls coordinating with ATC

    • Call divert tower ASAP to let them know you are inbound with a bingo and whether or not you need an LSO

    • Talk to the LSO on the radio and relate the problem

  • DO NOT

    • Make the SNA join on you

    • Lead the student into the break or tell him to go into the break. They should be doing a visual straight in

    • Allow ATC to level you off at a lower altitude than the profile or ask you to deviate from the heading. You are on an EMERGENCY. Make everyone else get out of your way

Late safe
Late Safe

  • Responsible for taking any stragglers that could not launch with previous divisions

  • Do not launch until last division of SNA’s has launched!

  • 1st Late Safe of a 3.5-hour block - “LATE SAFE TURNING SPARE”

    • Only launch if a SNA falls out of previous division, then you will take them to the boat

Late safe cont
Late Safe (cont.)

  • Late Safe: 2nd Late Safe of a 4-hour block

    • Wait to launch until the last student launches

      • Unlike the LSTS, launch even without a stud if all studs got off of the deck. We will need you as the 4th lead safe overhead

    • If jet is down for maintenance, get another jet and go late

    • If you cannot make it any reason…let the OIC/ship know. They may hold over an earlier Lead Safe as a spare

Gotcha s

  • Being late - Make your Ramp time!

  • Not having pattern SA when division proceed to break (Lead Safes help out leads at initial with pattern calls)

  • Watch your abeam distance and set the studs up properly

  • Don’t go long in the groove

  • There is no Top 10 patch for CNATRA Lead Safes:

    • Be safe, fly the cresting ball, and get aboard the first time every time

    • Fair’s are acceptable. No grades/cut passes are not!

    • PLEASE! Keep your feet off the brakes on the trap!!!


Gotcha s cont
Gotcha’s cont.

  • Proper clearing turns.

    • Get the jet flying, then turn

    • 20º AOB for 20º HDG change

    • No shit hot turns

  • Give extra interval on a stud (shoot for 1+15 at a minimum because they are going to be TWA, Deep 90, LIG)

  • Be smart on conserving gas in lead safe pattern.

  • Bring an overnight bag

    • Everyone is eligible. Wilbur may ask preferences. Warn your backseater!

  • Be ready to conduct AM boat brief if you stay aboard overnight

  • Bring your pubs (plates and smartpacks)

  • Lead safe common chat on BTN 17. Keep it clean, suitable for public consumption. The ship listens!

Guest backseaters
Guest Backseaters

  • Riders approved by CNATRA. All riders are vetted to ensure swim/phys and medical qualifications. CNATRA Det OIC has final say on actual scheduling of guest riders.

  • If you would rather not have a backseater, make sure your schedulers know your preference prior to the det commencing. Not at brief time with rider standing there.

  • Brief Items:

    • Cockpit Fam completed

      • Strap-in procedures

      • Switch Positions

        • Comm/ICS Panel Settings (hot mic for TW-1 on Cat’s)

        • Anti-Skid

        • OBOGS

        • Manual fuel control (Caution!)

    • Ejection procedures – all riders should have completed seat brief

    • Ensure feet are off brakes on trap

Prior boat notables
Prior Boat Notables

  • Two cut passes for PIW. One was flown by a LSO IP


  • Tight intervals by Lead Safes

  • Lousy ball flying by IUT’s

  • A lot of people (both IP’s and studs) not on centerline. Get there and stay there!

  • Still smoking tires. Mind your feet! Get off the brakes!!!!

Jax w 157 158 notables
JaxW-157 & 158 notables

  • FLOLS no longer in use at NAS Jax

  • NAS Jax RWY Realigned – new RWY numbers 10/28 VISE 9/27


  • Watch out for GUNEX AA/BB being hot