MOVLASManually Operated Visual Landing Aid System
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The clouds on the horizon had moved in, and the same weather conditions that drove the boat into a MOVLAS approach were wreaking havoc on the basket.
During the previous few days, we had conducted MOVLAS recoveries because of 40-foot swings in the deck.
The entire situation also was completely avoidable, from the decision to rig MOVLAS, to the CATCC rep checking on tankers and winds aloft, to the man in the cockpit "backing up the bingo numbers."
Last, this recovery was one of the air wing's first night MOVLAS recoveries since our cruise.
By the way, I learned from my LSO buddies that my recovery would be MOVLAS (manually operated visual landing-aid system)--things couldn't be sweeter.