Training Air Wing Five
Training Air Wing FIVE is located at NAS Whiting Field, approximately 30 miles (45 minutes) from Pensacola Regional Airport and approximately eight miles north of Milton, Fla. The WING is comprised of three primary fixed wing and two advanced helicopter squadrons and trains aviators from the Navy, Marine Corps, Coast Guard, Air Force, and allied nations. Naval Air Station Whiting Field is responsible for an estimated 46 percent of the Chief of Naval Air Training Command's total flight time and over 10 percent of Navy and Marine Corp's total flight time. Over 1,200 personnel complete their essential flight training here annually.
The primary mission of TRAWINGFIVE is to administer and coordinate the training of student Naval Aviators and flight students of allied nations and to provide liaison between local operational units and the Chief of Naval Air Training (CNATRA). The TRAWINGFIVE staff implements the CNATRA approved flight and academic syllabus, oversees the flight instructor standardization training program, coordinates intra-squadron student loads and assignments, controls Marine Corps instructor strength and assignment within the Wing, and monitors aircraft maintenance activities.
Naval Flight Training is a school unlike any other. Flight training is filled with constant challenge and is designed to test an individual's stamina and ability to adapt to the flying environment. Every aspect of the training program has a purpose based on an understanding of what the flying environment may hold. The military aviator must know and master all the elements that will be encountered in the sky. Mastery of the flying enviroment requires constand commitment and self-discipline. For the military aviator, mastering onself is the all-important first step to acquiring the skill of flight and remains the constant requirement of an individual throughout a career in aviation.
Commitment, combined with self discipline, is an outlook required both in the training process and beyond. The school is about a dream, a vision of flight, and a desire to wear the coveted Wings of Gold. After completing aviation indoctrination at Naval Aviation Schools Command in Pensacola, the next step is Primary Flight Training at Whiting Field.
The Academic Training Department of TRAWINGFIVE provides the foundation of knowledge upon which all simulator and aircraft instruction is based. The integrated syllabus also consists of cockpit procedure trainers and various flight support courses which include course rules, aircrew coordination, emergency procedures, safety, bailout, preflight inspection, safe for solo, formation, basic instruments, radio instruments, night familiarization, wheels watch, precision landing and aerobatics.
Primary flight instuction provides a combination of actual and simulated flight experience to student aviators (SAs). With the exception of certain solo flights, all actual flights of the T-34C are conducted under the experienced eye of an instructor pilot, a designated military aviator. The first stage, familiarization, consists of 14 flights in which the student learns to conduct a proper pre-flight inspection of the aircraft, basic techniques for takeoff and landing, and spin and stall recoveries.
During the instrument stage, the student begins learning basic instrument and airway navigation flights in the flight simulators. Then the student takes to the air. Precision aerobatics and formation flights build confidence and further familiarizes the student with the strengths and limitations of the aircraft in flight, and refine the student's flying abilities. Students go on to learn the basics of radio instruments. In this stage of flight training, SAs learn the basics of airway navigation and the instrument approach. It is also during this stage that SAs acquire the fundamental knowledge that will make them "all-weather" pilots.
After completing primary training, the student is selected for training in the jet, propeller, or helicopter pipelines. One other choice the student has to fly is the E-6A Tacamo, where they will experience what it is like to be an airline pilot, only in support of U.S. military forces. Selection is based on three factors: the needs of the service, flight and academic grades, and the individual's preference. Students selected for propeller and helicopter pipelines remain at Whiting Field for intermediate training. Helicopter students continue advanced training and receive their Wings of Gold at Whiting Field.
Students selected for the helicopter pipeline receive formal ground training and instuction in the TH-57B/C "Sea Ranger" systems, helicopter aerodynamics, and instrument navigation. Additional flight support training is conducted in the Helicopter Cockpit Procedures Trainer. The familiarization stage consists of 17 flights including 2 solo flights. After mastering such skills as hovering and auto-rotation, the student advances to the fully instrumented TH-57C to refine his instrument flying ability. The full motion helicopter flight simulator is used in this stage. Finally, the student reaches the helicopter tactics stage where SAs learn the fundamentals of formation flying, low-level navigation, search and rescue, and night flight. Small-deck ship landings are performed on the Navy's helicopter landing trainer in Pensacola Bay. The long hours of study and flying pay off when another student aviator receives Wings of Gold and reports to the fleet.
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