13
$\begingroup$

(Related to this question)

The FAA's ATC Orders section 2-1-4 lists a number of different flight types that should get priority handling when possible. The obvious candidates are all mentioned: emergency services, VIP flights, search and rescue etc. But these less obvious ones are listed too, what exactly are they?

  1. NIGHT WATCH aircraft
  2. Aircraft using code name FLYNET
  3. Aircraft using code name "Garden Plot"
  4. Special Air Mission / SCOOT flights
  5. OPEN SKIES Treaty flights
$\endgroup$
  • $\begingroup$ FLYNET, isn't that just a euphemism for Skynet? Also, if you get a call in from someone's flying Garden Plot, you'd better give it some priority! ;) $\endgroup$ – FreeMan Jan 25 '17 at 21:02
  • 1
    $\begingroup$ Night Watch may refer to the E-4B 747 platform used as a command/control center when the President/Vice President are not on board. FLYNET is for aircraft transporting a nuclear/chemical disaster team. I think Garden Plot is a defunct program to restore civil disturbances. $\endgroup$ – Ron Beyer Jan 25 '17 at 21:03
  • 1
    $\begingroup$ note that for #4 Special Air Missions, flights will usually have call signs of SAM--- $\endgroup$ – Prodnegel Jan 25 '17 at 22:04
  • $\begingroup$ Night Watch is only applicable for the airport at Castle Black ;) $\endgroup$ – TomMcW Jan 26 '17 at 20:44
11
$\begingroup$

NIGHT WATCH / NAOC

Night Watch or Nightwatch is the program identifier for the USAF National Airborne Operations Center (NAOC), including at least certain Boeing E-4 flights.

NAOC (used in flight):

From JO 7110.65W:

The term “NAOC” will not be a part of the call sign but may be used when the aircraft is airborne to indicate a request for special handling.


FLYNET

From JO 7110.65W:

The code name “FLYNET” indicates that an aircraft is transporting a nuclear emergency team or a disaster control team to the location of a potential or actual nuclear accident or an accident involving chemical agents or hazardous materials. It is in the public interest that they reach their destination as rapidly as possible.


GARDEN PLOT

Classified. Related to operation Garden Plot. Presumably a callsign to be used by aircraft as part of that operation.


SCOOT

Term related to Special Air Mission flights in evacuation of government VIPs.

From JO 7110.65W:

The term “SCOOT” will not be part of the call sign but may be used when the aircraft is airborne to indicate a request for special handling.


OPEN SKIES

Callsign for observation aircraft under the Treaty on Open Skies. The USAF aircraft used for this purpose is the OC-135.

From Wikipedia's Treaty on Open Skies:

Observation/Demonstration flights are conducted under rigid guidelines outlined in the Treaty of OPEN SKIES that govern sensor usage, maximum flight distances, altitudes and priorities.

$\endgroup$

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service, privacy policy and cookie policy

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.