Tag Archives: Chief of Naval Air Training

Navy Harnessing New Technology to Restructure Aviation Training

Navy Harnessing New Technology to Restructure Aviation Training

Wilfred Merkel, simulator requirements officer for Chief of Naval Air Training (CNATRA), provides guidance to 2nd Lt. Liam Wells, a student naval aviator assigned to the “Rangers” of Training Squadron 28, in March 2019. US Navy photo.

The Navy is incorporating new technologies into its aviation training curriculum, from hand-held devices to full simulators, to better train airmen to fly and fight their aircraft. Read More

Navy Can't Afford to Slow Pilot Training Amid COVID-19 Pandemic

Navy Can’t Afford to Slow Pilot Training Amid COVID-19 Pandemic

A T-45C Goshawk training aircraft assigned to Carrier Training Wing (CTW) 2 launches from the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN-69) on Feb. 9, 2017. US Navy photo.

Stopping the spread of COVID-19 in the Navy requires best practices not that aren’t always conducive to pilot training — training the service says it can’t afford to slow down.

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Navy Creates New Flight Instructor Billet Outside of Traditional Career Path

Navy Creates New Flight Instructor Billet Outside of Traditional Career Path

Marine Corps Capt. Chris Latimer, left, an instructor pilot for Training Squadron (VT) 31, and Ensign Marvin Smith, a student naval aviator, conduct pre-operation procedures before a training flight in a T-44C Pegasus aircraft on Jan. 12, 2012. US Navy photo.

The Navy is creating a Professional Flight Instructor (PFI) program that would allow pilots and naval flight officers to remain in the Navy later in their careers as flight instructors outside the normal sea/shore rotation. Read More

Investigation: Reckless Flying Caused Fatal T-45C Crash That Killed Two Naval Aviators

Investigation: Reckless Flying Caused Fatal T-45C Crash That Killed Two Naval Aviators

(left to right)Lt. j.g. Wallace E. Burch, 25 and Lt. Patrick L. Ruth, 31. Photo via U.S. Navy

This post has been updated to include additional information from the office of the Commander of Naval Air Forces.

The Navy determined that aggressive and unsafe behaviors by the instructor pilot and the student naval aviator led to a T-45C Goshawk training aircraft crash in October. Read More

Navy Training Aircraft Crashes in Gulf of Mexico

Navy Training Aircraft Crashes in Gulf of Mexico

Two sailors in a T-34C Turbomentor before a training flight. US Navy Photo

Two sailors in a T-34C Turbomentor before a training flight. US Navy Photo

A previous version of the post indicated the instructor and pilot had “ejected” from the T-34C Turbomentor that crashed in the Gulf of Mexico. The aircraft isn’t equipped with ejection seats and the term “ejected” has been replaced with “bailed out.”

A two-seater Navy training aircraft crashed Thursday morning in the Gulf of Mexico during a training flight, officials with the service’s Chief of Naval Air Training (CNATRA) told USNI News Thursday afternoon. Read More