NONRADAR control shall be used when shipboard RADAR is inoperative or so
degraded as to be inadequate to provide RADAR separation of air traffic under
conditions normally requiring positive control.
The decision to attempt control of aircraft at night or in IMC conditions must be made
with careful consideration of such factors as the following:
Actual meteorological conditions
Degree of RADAR degradation
Expected duration of RADAR degradation
Fuel states and tanker fuel available for delays
Divert field conditions
Departure/recovery in progress at the time a NONRADAR environment develops
Availability of other surface or airborne platforms to provide RADAR separation
The carrier air operations manual shall include procedures
used during shipboard systems failures.
At sea, you will be expected to separate, sequence, and vector aircraft faster and closer
than in any other air traffic control environment. To accomplish this task, you must know
the lateral and vertical separation criteria established on carriers for use in positive
control situations. These restrictions do not apply to tactical maneuvers such as air
intercept and rendezvous.