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US carrier Ford certified for flight deck, air traffic control operations

23 March 2020

Aircraft carrier USS Gerald R. Ford completed Flight Deck Certification (FDC) and Carrier Air Traffic Control Center (CATCC) Certification on 20 March, the US Navy (USN) confirmed on 23 March.

With the completion of FDC and CATCC certifications, Ford will now be the only carrier qualification asset regularly available on the east coast this year, USN officials said.

To certify Ford’s flight deck and carrier air traffic control center, the ship was required to complete a Precision Approach Landing Systems (PALS) certification and conduct two consecutive days of flight operations with 50 day traps on day one, followed by 70 day traps and 40 night traps on day two, USN officials noted.

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