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6/17/21 

AIM 

NOTE

 

a potential that this condition could be encountered. 

1. 

NORAD interceptors will take every precaution to 

preclude the possibility of the intercepted aircraft 

2. 

During Night/IMC, the intercept will be from below 

experiencing jet wash/wake turbulence; however, there is 

flight path. 

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Intercept Procedures 

c.  Helicopter Intercept phases (See FIG 5

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2) 

1.  Approach Phase. 

Aircraft intercepted by helicopter may be approached 
from any direction, although the helicopter should 
close for identification and signaling from behind. 
Generally, the helicopter will approach off the left 
side of the intercepted aircraft. Safe separation 
between the helicopter and the unidentified aircraft 
will be maintained at all times. 

2.  Identification Phase. 

The helicopter will initiate a controlled closure 
toward the aircraft of interest, holding at a distance no 
closer than deemed necessary to establish positive 
identification and gather the necessary information. 
The intercepted pilot should expect the interceptor 
helicopter to take a position off his left wing slightly 
forward of abeam. 

3.  Post Intercept Phase. 

Visual signaling devices may be used in an attempt to 
communicate with the intercepted aircraft. Visual 
signaling devices may include, but are not limited to, 
LED scrolling signboards or blue flashing lights. If 
compliance is not attained through the use of radios 
or signaling devices, standard ICAO intercept signals 
(Table 5-6-1) may be employed. In order to maintain 
safe aircraft separation, it is incumbent upon the pilot 
of the intercepted aircraft not to fall into a trail 
position (directly behind the helicopter) if instructed 
to follow the helicopter. This is because the helicopter 
pilot may lose visual contact with the intercepted 
aircraft. 

NOTE

 

Intercepted aircraft must not follow directly behind the 
helicopter thereby allowing the helicopter pilot to maintain 
visual contact with the intercepted aircraft and ensuring 
safe separation is maintained. 

National Security and Interception Procedures 

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