Authorize military aircraft to make SFO/ELP/ practice precautionary approaches if the following conditions are met:
A letter of agreement or local operating procedure is in effect between the military flying organization and affected ATC facility.
(a) Include specific coordination, execution, and approval procedures for the operation.
(b) The exchange or issuance of traffic information as agreed to in any interfacility letter of agreement is accomplished.
(c) Include a statement in the procedure that clarifies at which points SFOs/ELPs may/may not be terminated. (See FIG 3-10-14 and FIG 3-10-16.)
Traffic information regarding aircraft in radio communication with or visible to tower controllers which are operating within or adjacent to the flameout maneuvering area is provided to the SFO/ELP aircraft and other concerned aircraft.
The high-key altitude or practice precautionary approach maneuvering altitudes of the aircraft concerned are obtained prior to approving the approach. (See FIG 3-10-14 and FIG 3-10-16.)
1. Practice precautionary/SFO/ELP approaches are authorized only for specific aircraft. Any aircraft, however, might make precautionary approaches, when engine failure is considered possible. The practice precautionary approach maneuvering area/altitudes may not conform to the standard SFO/ELP maneuvering area/altitudes.
2. SFO/ELP approaches generally require high descent rates. Visibility ahead and beneath the aircraft is greatly restricted.
3. Pattern adjustments for aircraft conducting SFOs and ELPs may impact the effectiveness of SFO and ELP training.