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201 – CATOBAR – Departure – CASE I

CASE I Departure

Case I departures are flown during the day when weather conditions allow departure under visual flight rules (VFR). The weather minimums are a cloud deck above 3,000 feet and visibility greater than 5 miles. Once the aircraft clears the catapult and a positive rate of climb is established, execute a clearing turn to stay clear of the ship’s path. Climb to 500 feet and fly parallel to the ship’s heading, or base recovery course (BRC). Continue straight ahead at 500 feet and 300 KIAS paralleling BRC until 7 miles from the carrier. At that point, climb along the planned route.

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