7 TANKER RESPONSIBILITIES Tanker arrives 15 min prior to ARCT or “On Station” timeTanker provides WX avoidanceTanker maintains ATC or CV comms (Strike freq + Boom)
8 RENDEZVOUS PROCEDURES Standard U.S. Navy Refueling Anchor250 KIASLeft-hand turnsCheck-in Procedure (A/R Freq)Boom Frequency: (P) ____ /(S) ____Call sign/Offload requestCleared to Port ObservationMaintain 1000’ altitude separation until visual with Tanker aircraft
9 AIR REFUELING PROCEDURES Omega Flight Engineer will clear receiver to “PRECONTACT” positionHose in trail, steady amber light - Tanker READY.When stable and cleared “CONTACT,” receiver initiates contact.Once in contact, move hose in ft.Green light on/amber light off/Tanker pumps operating
10 AIR REFUELING PROCEDURES gal/min flow rate: depends on receiver’s fuel state (usually lower fuel state= higher flow rate) and fuel tank cross-feed setupProwler flow rate gal/minMonitored/taped by video camerasF/E calls: “back 10”; “up 10” etc.
11 AIR REFUELING PROCEDURES CONT’D Proper Day Sight Picture
12 AIR REFUELING PROCEDURES CONT’D Proper Night Sight Picture
13 POST AIR REFUELING PROCEDURES After pre-briefed offload, receiver initiates disconnect.Reform on RIGHT wing, await wingman.Offload confirmed to Tanker.When flight is rejoined, cleared to depart to right.END-OF-DAY Omega fuel offload will be passed to squadron/wing via .
14 ABNORMAL PROCEDURES Inside or Outside refueling range (73’-53’) Amber light flashes/green light outEmergency disconnect (BREAKAWAY!)Called by anyone due to an unsafe conditionRED lower tanker light comes on
15 ABNORMAL PROCEDURES Tanker system failure - both baskets stowed Tanker will RTB/notify controlling agency.Dead hose - steady red lightAir refueling will not be attempted on dead hose.Stow the bad basket/extend the backup drogue.Downed aircraft - Tanker will maintain orbit until SAR arrives on-scene.
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