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108 Operations - F/A-18 Hornet

108.1 Define and explain the following acronyms:


1) Protection against enemy air attacks.

2) Contained to a specific area.

3) Electronic warfare.

B) WAS (WAR AT SEA) - Bombing ships.

C) CAS (CLOSE AIR SUPPORT) - Bombing in support of ground troops.

D) MAS (MARITIME AIR SUPERIORITY) - We have air superiority.


F) CAC (COMBAT AIR CONTROL) - Drilling holes in the sky while watching for threatening a/c.


1) Checking a/c to ensure everything is working correctly.

2) Four types - A, B, C, D

3) A type must be done if a/c not flown for 30 days.

H) FCLP (FIELD CARRIER LANDING PRACTICE) - Practice landing for carriers done on land.

108.2 Define and explain the following acronyms:

A) VMC (VISUAL METEOROLOGICAL CONDITIONS). - Expressed in terms of visibility, distance from clouds and ceiling equal to or better than specified minimums. (blue skies)

B) IMC (INSTRUMENT METEOROLOGICAL CONDITIONS) - Expressed in terms of visibility, distance from clouds and ceiling less than the minima specified.

C) VFR (VISUAL FLIGHT RULES) - Rules that govern the procedures for conducting flights under visual conditions.

1) Flying in accordance with the see-and-avoid concept.

2) Pilot is responsible for his/her own separation from other aircraft under most circumstances.

3) Certain weather minimums are required for such flight.

D) IFR (INSTRUMENT FLIGHT RULES) - Rules for governing the procedures for conducting instrument flight.

1) Pilots must comply with IFR procedures when operating their aircraft in weather conditions that are less than VFR minimums.

2) Pilots are encouraged to use IFR procedures when their flight is conducted within the Federal Airway System.

3) Required adherence to:

a) When flights are conducted along jet routes. (Operations parallel to and within 10 miles of the established centerline)

b) Anytime aircraft are operated in established positive control zones.

c) Flights to and from targets or operating areas when practicable.

d) When performing instrument approaches.

108.3 Discuss the purpose of the Carrier Air Traffic Control Center (CATCC)

(CATCC) - 1) Primary control of airborne aircraft operating from the carrier except those Authority. (Ship/airfield)

2) Status and upkeep of all carrier air operations!

108.4 Describe the following:

A) Fresnel Lens Optical Landing System (FLOLS)

Provides the pilot with a visual indication of his/her relative position with respect to a prescribed glide slope.

1) Glide scope - designed to bring the aircraft down to the deck, within the cross-deck pendant pattern, with a sage arresting hook clearance above the stern ramp of the carrier.

B) Manual Operated Visual Landing Aid System (MOVLAS)

An emergency signaling system that is intended to be used when the primary optical landing system is rendered inoperative.

1) Works the same as the FLOLS but it's a smaller version.