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101.1 Describe the physical characteristics of a P-3 aircraft.

101.2 Describe the all-weather capabilities of the P-3 aircraft.

Ice control systems on the P-3 enable the aircraft to perform its mission under various weather conditions and return home safely.

101.3 Describe the purpose of the following aircrew positions:

  1. Mission Commander- he shall be responsible for all phases of the assigned mission except those aspects of flight safety that are related to the physical control of the aircraft and are considered beyond the qualifications of the mission commander’s designator.

  2. Patrol Plane Commander (PPC)- in cases where an MC is not assigned, the responsibilities and duties of the mission commander shall be assumed by the pilot in command. The pilot is responsible for the effectiveness of the aircraft and crew for all matters affecting flight safety.
  3. Patrol Plane Pilot (PPP)- assists the PPC in preparing the crew for flight and in ascertaining readiness for flight of the aircraft and aircraft systems. He shall read the checklist, as required by the flight mission. He will pilot the aircraft at all times the PPC is away from his station.
  4. Patrol Plane Copilot (PPCP)- acts as a relief for the PPC or PPP during extended flight operations. In training for the position of PPP, he shall assist the PPC in mission preparation and be assigned duties consistent with his training requirements and experience level.
  5. Flight Engineer- directly responsible to the pilot in command. Performs exterior and interior checks in accordance with current NAVAIR pubs and maintenance requirement cards. During flight, the FE shall continually monitor engine and system flight station controls and indicators.
  6. Second Flight Engineer- acts as relief for the flight engineer during extended flight operations. In training for the position of FE, he shall assist the pilot in command in mission preparation and be assigned duties consistent with high training requirements and experience level.
  7. Tactical Coordinator (TACCO)- employs appropriate tactics and procedures to most effectively carry out the mission of the aircraft and its crew. He will initiate a coordinated plan of action for all tactical crewmembers and continuously monitor, review, and revise the plan as the situation dictates. He shall make recommendations regarding search and kill stores utilization to the mission commander. He shall ensure the accurate completion, collection, and disposition of required magnetic tapes, logs, and records. As senior navigator on board, he is also responsible for ensuring the safe and accurate navigation of the aircraft.
  8. Navigator/Communication (NAV/COMM) Officer- maintains an accurate record of present and past positions, to insert navigation fly-to points, update the geographic position, transmit position reports, and maintain an accurate record of the flight.
  9. Acoustic Operator- responsible for detection, classification, and report contact data. They shall ensure that audio information is recorded for subsequent mission reconstruction.
  10. Electronic Warfare Operator- supports the mission by utilizing radar, ESM, MAD/SAD, IRDS, and IFF systems and subsystems, as directed by the TACCO, to detect and analyze targets of operational significance and provide radar intercept and navigation information to the TACCO and NAV/COMM.
  11. Safety of Flight RADAR Operator (SOFRO)- provides weather, terrain, and aircraft avoidance using radar and IFF systems. The SOFRO crewmember is not qualified to perform tactical duties. It is a secondary position!
  12. Ordnanceman- obtains the mission search and kill stores required by the TACCO and ensures they are properly loaded. He shall perform a systems check. In flight, he/she shall perform the loading and unloading of the three PSLTs and free-fall launch procedures as required by the TACCO. Additional in-flight duties shall include acting as visual observer and other similar duties as required.
  13. Ordnance Qualified Crewmember- ensures the mission search stores required by the TACCO are properly loaded. He shall perform a systems check. In flight, he/she shall perform the loading and unloading of the three PSLTs as required by the TACCO. Additional in-flight duties shall include acting as visual observer and other similar duties as required.
  14. Assistant Ordnance Qualified Crewmember- assists the primary Ordnance Qualified Crewmember with in-flight duties as required.
  15. In-Flight Technician- responsible for preflight checks on the data processing system and for in-flight repair of all equipment, acting as visual observer and such other duties as may be required.
  16. Observer- an in-flight crewmember qualified to perform basic safety-of-flight duties. An observer is not qualified to fill a primary tactical position.
  17. Radio Operator- in flight is to maintain HF communications as directed by the mission commander (or pilot in command when no MC is assigned). The radio operator will request the position report 10 minutes prior to the time the report is due, authenticate/challenge messages, maintain radio logs as directed by the communication doctrine/controlling activity, and act as an observer as directed. Additionally, he shall be prepared to transmit emergency messages at any time.

101.4 State the maximum number of ditching stations.

Twenty-three (23), twenty-one usually (21).

101.5 State the purpose of engine loiter operations.

Two- and three-engine operation provides a substantial reduction in the fuel flow required to maintain loiter airspeed. A 1,000 foot minimum altitude is observed during two engine operations. No planned descents below 1,000 feet are allowed with only two engines operating. The purpose of loiter operations are to extend the amount of time the aircraft can stay on-station.

101.6 Describe the general arrangement of the P-3 aircraft as stated in the NATOPS Flight Manual.

The fuselage is pressurized from the forward bulkhead of the flight station to the aft bulkhead in the cabin. Entrance to the cabin is by way of the door in the port side of the fuselage. The flight station is entered from the cabin. An electromechanical folding ladder, which stows in the cabin, can be used by personnel loading and unloading at stations where external loading ramps are not available. Emergency exit hatches are located over each wing in the sides of the fuselage, aft of the pilot side windshield panel, and in the top of the flight station. Lavatory, galley, and other convenience facilities are located in the aft fuselage.

101.7 Discuss the maritime patrol history of your squadron.