(a) For initial qualification, 10 day-field landings and 6
day-shipboard landings will be made within a 2-day period.
training will be under the direction of a deck-landing qualification
(b) For requalification, pilots whose currency has lapsed
within the last six months will be trained by a deck-qualified
mission commander. Pilots also will make 10 day-field landings and 6
day-shipboard landings within a 2-day period. For those pilots whose
currency has lapsed six months or more, currency requirements are the
same as those for initial qualification.
(c) For currency requirements, four day-shipboard landings
will be conducted within 90 days.
(3) Night Operations from Navy Air-Capable Ships
Night helicopter operations from Navy single-spot, air-
capable ships require more training than day helicopter operations.
Night helicopter operations, therefore, will be handled on an
d. Shipboard Operations
requalification have taken place, pilots may proceed with shipboard
If the air-capable ship is an amphibious assault ship,
these operations will be conducted as outlined below.
(1) The Army helicopter pilot's first contact with the
amphibious assault ship will be his initial radio call to the ship's
helicopter direction center (HDC). In this initial radio report, the
pilot gives his aircraft's call sign, position, altitude, fuel
status, and the number of people aboard. (Figure 6, page 21, shows
initial radio call requirements.) When the pilot tells the HDC that
he has visual contact with the ship, the HDC tells the pilot to
contact primary flight control or "PRI-FLY" on a given radio
frequency. The pilot switches his radio to the new frequency, makes
contact with PRI-FLY, and gives the same information that he gave to
the HDC on his initial radio call.
(2) PRI-FLY instructs the pilot to execute one of three
landing maneuvers--Starboard Delta, Overhead Delta, or Port Charlie.
Starboard Delta is a racetrack pattern flown at 300 feet on the
starboard side. Overhead Delta is a racetrack pattern flown at 1,000
feet directly overhead. Port Charlie is a landing pattern flown at
300 feet and at an airspeed of 80 knots. Each pattern is shown in
Figure 7 (page 22).
If the helicopter is cleared into Starboard