During mixed aircraft operations, helicopters shall
enter starboard Delta pattern.
During mixed aircraft operations, helicopter break
altitude shall not exceed 300 feet.
Flights shall check in with AATCC. Pilots shall report ―see you‖ when visual contact with
the ship is gained VMC; AATCC shall switch aircraft to PriFly frequency by 5 nm (VMC).
Unless otherwise directed by PriFly, flights shall proceed to and hold in the overhead
Delta pattern and plan their descent and break to meet the designated recovery time
and maintain an orderly flow of traffic into the Charlie pattern.
Helicopter Night Case I Recovery Pattern
The helicopter night Case I recovery pattern is a left-hand pattern on the port side of the
ship (see Figure 11-14). The pattern is extended downwind to allow for a complete turn
to final prior to beginning descent. The straight-in final approach is flown using available
visual landing aids such as fixed wing OLS and HAPI.
The SGSI has been removed from all LHD & LHA