We brief NORDO
every flight, but I definitely didn't consider having no radios as painful as it was.
All the visual communication and heads-down time greatly undermined his formation-flying skills, so we opted to put him into loose cruise and just set up for a NORDO
Our discussions while airborne focused on needing a tow and being NORDO
once on deck, so the hook issue came as a surprise and added to the problem.
Instead of simply briefing the standard NORDO
procedures, I suggest a discussion on the finer points of being NORDO
, alone, in bad weather, while flying on the standby instruments.
We ended up flying in poor weather, across the Atlantic, through the Bermuda Triangle, at night, and NORDO
for almost an hour.
My pilot did an excellent job maintaining a close parade position, so I could communicate our NORDO
status via hand signals to the other jet.
I planned a standard NORDO
approaching: flashing my taxi light and looking for ALDIS lamp signals.
I had given a CV NATOPS brief a month earlier on NORDO
procedures around the boat.
We had briefed all contingencies, including our NORDO
I moved to the acute position and signaled the skipper we were NORDO
At our rendezvous, my lead was plagued with a short in his mask and was intermittently NORDO
No response from 302 meant he was either NORDO
or having so many problems he couldn't respond.