This is more of a Training aid than a mission, built for those that may be a little uncomfortable with ACLS and night or inclement weather flying. The goal was to provide the visual cues, COMS protocols and work-flow benefits available in ACLS (accessible in Case III conditions) to Case I conditions for a better, clearer minds eye view of the whole process during clear, daylight hours. This is also good for those struggling with basic carrier recoveries as it provides more visual cues for proper glide slope and lineup.
MIZ below is the final 15 miles with ACLS Case III AND full COMS interaction. it's a beautiful June late afternoon (1845hrs), great sunlight left.
Fly 'Snake 1800'; you begin at 1,800ft@300....stabilize
flight then immediately Active Pause On. Set up the aircraft for carrier recovery...TACAN, ILS, ACLS (all settings in briefing) and cockpit cleanup, etc.
Make the Inbound call and follow the normal Case III radio procedures only pausing for the responses...Established > Commencing > [Switch Approach] > Check In > Platform.
Active Pause Off and fly her home...practice, practice, practice...
If you want the full experience take a ride in Pontiac Inbound, she starts at 7,000ft about 50mi out. After you get comfortable add 4 hours in the ME and fly a night run.