Training Air Wing Five
Training Air Wing FIVE (TRAWING 5) consists of the commander, his staff and six training squadrons. The primary mission of TRAWING 5 is to administer, coordinate and supervise the flight and academic training and support of Student Military Aviators (SMAs) and flight students of allied nations as directed by the Chief of Naval Air Training (CNATRA). United States Navy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard instructors and students are assigned to TRAWING 5 and its squadrons. The TRAWING 5 staff implements the CNATRA-approved flight and academic syllabus, oversees the flight instructor standardization training program, coordinates squadron student load and assignments, oversees student production within the wing and monitors aircraft maintenance activities.
Naval Flight Training
It is a course unlike any other. Naval Flight Training is filled with constant challenges 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 combat. Mastery of the flying environment requires unceasing commitment and self-discipline. 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 at NAS Pensacola, the next step is Primary Flight Training Ground School at NAS Whiting Field.
Ground School, conducted by the Academic Training Department of TRAWING 5, provides the core of knowledge upon which all simulator and aircraft instruction is based. Ground School consists of four weeks of intensive academic instruction in the fundamentals of the T-6B, including aircraft systems, aviation physiology, aircraft preflight inspection, aircraft egress and bailout, crew resource management, safety and emergency procedures. Before SMAs get into a plane, they practice engine startup, takeoff, landing, engine shutdown and the basics of radio communication in a simulator or training device. Immediately following completion of Primary Ground School students begin the flight phase of training.
Primary Flight Training
Primary is conducted here at NAS Whiting Field under the direction of TRAWING 5 at one of our three primary squadrons: Training squadrons 2 (VT-2), 3 (VT-3) or 6 (VT-6). Student aviators complete a rigorous curriculum of primary flight instruction lasting 25 weeks in the T-6B Texan II trainer aircraft. This instruction provides a combination of actual and simulated flight experience for SMAs. With the exception of solo flights, all actual flights of the T-6B are conducted under the experienced eye of an instructor pilot, a designated military aviator. The first stage, contact or familiarization, consists of 13 flights in which the student learns to conduct a proper preflight inspection of the aircraft, techniques for takeoff and landing, basic air-work, radio communications, emergency procedures, spins and stall recoveries. During the basic instrument stage, the SMA learns how to control the aircraft by sole usage of the cockpit instrument panel. The student will begin instrument flying in a high-tech flight simulator and then take techniques learned to the aircraft. Precision aerobatics and formation flying are confidence builders and are considered by some to be the most enjoyable flights in primary. These flights further familiarize the student with the strengths and limitations of the aircraft and refine the student’s flying abilities. Students then go on to learn the basics of radio instruments. In this stage of the flight training, SMAs learn airways navigation and instrument approaches. It is during this stage that SMAs acquire the fundamental knowledge that will make them “all-weather” pilots. In the last phase of primary flight training, the student will exercise their newly acquired abilities to conduct Visual Flight Rules (VFR) and instrument flights operations. Once a student has completed primary, they will select one of the advanced pipelines in which they will continue their flight training in their quest to earn their “wings of gold.”
After completing primary training, the student is selected for advanced training in jet, multiengine, tilt-rotor or helicopter pipelines. Selection is based on three factors: the needs of the service, flight and academic grades, and the individual’s preference. Students selected for the helicopter or tilt-rotor pipelines remain at Whiting Field for advanced training. Advanced rotary students will receive their “wings of gold” at NAS Whiting Field, while tilt-rotor students will receive their wings of gold following completion of multiengine training at NAS Corpus Christi, Texas.
TRAINING SQUADRON 2 (VT-2)
VT-2, the Navy’s oldest primary training squadron, was formed as part of Basic Training Group 2 and commissioned May 1, 1960, at NAS Whiting Field. The squadron’s mission is to provide primary stage flight training to student aviators of the United States Navy, Marine Corp, and Coast Guard and several allied nations. VT-2 is fully committed to providing every advanced training pipeline with the highest-caliber student aviators possible while striving to mentor the professional development and achievement of all personnel assigned.
VT-2 consistently sets the bar for dedication to mission and safety. VT-2’s safety record has been recognized through several safety awards through the years to include most recently being awarded the CNO Safety Award for calendar year 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011. VT-2 also received the Ellyson Production Award and the CNATRA Training Excellence Award for 2015. Training Squadron 2 graduates approximately 250 students each year. Logging nearly 21,000 flight hours last year, VT-2 has flown in excess of 2,492,100 flight hours and trained more than 24,150 students since its commissioning more than 50 years ago. VT-2 commanding officers normally alternate between Navy and Coast Guard officers.
TRAINING SQUADRON 3 (VT-3)
While VT-3’s roots extend as far back as World War II, its current commission began May 1, 1960, at NAS Whiting Field. The squadron’s primary mission at that time was the instruction of student naval aviators in radio instruments, formation flying and air-to-air gunnery. At the height of the Vietnam War, the command reached a peak in size and consisted of 174 instructors, 494 students, 649 enlisted personnel and 162 T-28 aircraft. In April 1977, VT-3 began the transition from the T-28 Trojan to the T-34C Turbo Mentor aircraft. In 1980, the Red Knights became the only Navy primary fixed-wing training squadron to be alternately commanded by a Navy and Marine Corps officer. In 1994, VT-3 was designated as the first and only Navy joint primary flight training squadron, instructing both student naval aviators and Air Force pilots. The era of joint Navy-Air Force pilot training came to an end in July 2013 when an Air Force student pilot landed his final flight. In 2010, VT-3 was the first at NASWF to transition from the T-34C to the Hawker Beechcraft T-6B Texan II. With this new advanced Joint Primary Aircraft Training System (JPATS), the VT-3 Red Knights continue to provide the highest-quality training to student naval aviators and pilots from the Navy, Marine Corps, Coast Guard and several allied nations. Current instruction includes emphasis on day and night piloting familiarization, precision aerobatics, basic and radio instruments, and formation flying skills.
TRAINING SQUADRON 6 (VT-6)
VT-6 was first commissioned in May 1960 as the first phase of advanced training for students completing primary training designated for helicopter training. The squadron flew TC-45J (SNB) aircraft with the mission of providing Navy, Marine Corps and international students initial qualification in basic and radio instruments prior to entering helicopter training. As the needs of naval aviation training changed over the years, VT-6 became an initial flight training squadron training Navy, Coast Guard, Marine Corps and international students. VT-6 alternates Navy and Marine Corps commanding officers.
Flight Instructor Training Unit (FITU)
The FITU was first commissioned in 1989 to provide standardized training to the future instructors of VT-2, 3 and 6. The squadron flew T-34 and currently T-6B aircraft with the mission of providing Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force and Coast Guard winged aviators with initial and refresher qualifications in NATOPS, Contact, Instrument, Navigation, and Formation flying prior to becoming a Training Wing FIVE designated instructor pilot. The FITU provides support to the squadrons by conducting annual standardization events for VT-2, 3 and 6 instructor pilots as well as flying student syllabus events.
Students selected for the helicopter pipeline receive ground training and instruction in TH-57B/C Sea Ranger systems, helicopter aerodynamics and instrument navigation. Advanced flight training is conducted by Helicopter Training squadrons 8 (HT-8), 18 (HT-18) and 28 (HT-28). Additional synthetic flight support training is conducted in the helicopter cockpit procedures trainer. The familiarization stage consists of 15 flights, including one solo flight. After mastering such skills as hovering and auto-rotation, the SMA advances to the fully instrumented TH-57C to refine his or her instrument flying ability. The full-motion helicopter flight simulator is used in this stage. Finally, the student aviator reaches the helicopter tactics stage where they learn the fundamentals of formation flying, low-level navigation, search and rescue, and night vision goggle flight. The long hours of study, practice and evaluation pay off when another military aviator receives their coveted “wings of gold” and reports to a fleet replacement squadron and ultimately to a fleet squadron as a combat-ready helicopter pilot.
HELICOPTER TRAINING SQUADRON 8
HT-8, the Navy’s longest commissioned helicopter squadron, provides advanced helicopter flight training for Navy, Marine Corps, Coast Guard and allied student aviators selected for the rotary-wing designation. The squadron was initially established as Helicopter Training Unit 1 on Dec. 3, 1950, at NAS Ellyson Field in Pensacola, Florida. The squadron was re-designated Helicopter Training Group 1 in March 1957. In July 1960, it became the eighth squadron in the Naval Air Basic Training Command and was renamed Helicopter Training Squadron 8. In 1972, the squadron moved to its current home in NAS Whiting Field. “We train the world’s best helicopter pilots!”
HELICOPTER TRAINING SQUADRON 18
(HT-18) “Vigilant Eagles”
HT-18, established in 1972, continues its in-depth training of student naval aviators, graduating professional Naval officers and aviators who are “fleet-ready,” able to meet today’s real-world missions for the United States Navy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard. The squadron also provides rotary-wing training and designation to selected members of various allied nations, refresher and transition training to fleet aviators, and indoctrination flights for midshipmen and flight surgeons. HT-18’s primary mission is to transition student aviators through basic and advanced rotary-wing pilot training. Basic training introduces and develops student skills in helicopter flight maneuvers as well as training in visual navigation and tactics. Advanced training completes an intensive curriculum of basic and radio instruments, as well as advanced tactics. The completion of this exacting training syllabus culminates in a highly trained and proficient all-weatheraviator.
HELICOPTER TRAINING SQUADRON 28
HT-28, established May 25, 2007, is the newest addition to naval aviation helicopter training squadrons. HT-28’s primary mission is to transition student aviators through basic and advanced rotary-wing pilot training. Basic training introduces and develops student skills in helicopter flight maneuvers as well as training in visual navigation and tactics. Advanced training completes an intensive curriculum of basic and radio instruments and advanced tactics. The completion of this exacting training syllabus culminates in a highly trained and proficient all-weather aviator.
HT-28, along with its sister squadrons, HT-8 and HT-18, provides advanced helicopter flight instruction to all U.S. Navy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard helicopter flight students as well as international students from several allied nations. Students who successfully complete the program earn the right to wear the coveted “wings of gold.”
HELICOPTER INSTRUCTOR TRAINING UNIT (HITU)
HITU, established in 1989, provides high-quality Instructor Pilots to all three TRAWING 5 Helicopter Training (HT) squadrons. Additionally, we provide rotary-wing training to selected members of various allied nations, refresher/transition courses and NATOPS training for the United States Navy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard. It is our mission to ensure IPs are prepared to undertake the role of instructor pilot effectively and safely. The HITU standards for performance are set high and are strictly maintained. The completion of the syllabus culminates in a highly trained and proficient rotary wing instructor pilot.
Center for Naval Aviation Technical Training Detachment, Whiting Field
The Center for Naval Aviation Technical Training Detachment (CNATT DET, Whiting Field) is composed of two Military Training Units (MTUs) encompassing seven courses ranging from two to nine weeks in length. The areas of study include three levels of instruction for the Ordnance University (MTU-6005) and four courses of instruction for the Aviation Maintenance Training Unit (MTU-6010) that include the Naval Aviation Maintenance Program (NAMP) Indoctrination and Management courses, Advanced Aviation Maintenance Manager (A2M2) Course facilitated online via NKO, and the Aviation Maintenance Commanding Officer Training (AMCOT) course. CNATT DET Whiting Field students check in at the administration office, located in Building 2945, aboard NAS Whiting Field.
Aviation Maintenance Officer School (MTU-6010)
The Aviation Maintenance Officer School provides training to newly commissioned or designated aviation ground officers, who are prospective members of Intermediate or Organizational Maintenance Activities. Training is provided to prepare students to perform in aviation maintenance leadership positions in various fleet aviation units. The school is divided into four separate courses of instruction with two resident courses conducted at CNATT DET Whiting Field that include the Naval Aviation Maintenance Programs (NAMP) Indoctrination Course (nine weeks) and Naval Aviation Maintenance Programs Management Course (three weeks). The two resident courses of instruction encompass the entire spectrum of Naval and Marine Corps aviation maintenance management as set forth in the NAMP with particular emphasis on the Intermediate (I Level) and Organizational (O Level) maintenance activities, to include their interface with the supply system as well as other related activities. The curriculum contains a variety of topics ranging from aviation maintenance management to aircraft weight and balance. The Indoctrination Course also includes an additional hands-on lab to assist the students in understanding the planning, communication and internal aspects of managing both I- and O-level maintenance functions within an I-Level Production Control and O-Level Maintenance Control. This is a structured comprehensive training program to standardize and expand upon the level of expertise of Officers, Senior Enlisted and DOD civilians. The NAMP Indoctrination course is available for Navy Officers (1520/1525/1527) and Marine Corps Officers (6002) with little (two years or less) or no aviation maintenance background. The NAMP Management course is available for Navy Officers (63XX/73XX) and Marine Corps Officers (6004) with significant (two years or more) aviation maintenance background.
The Advanced Aviation Maintenance Manager (A2M2) Course facilitated online via NKO is designed to provide senior LT/Captain (USMC) (O-3) in zone for promotion and LCDR/Major (O-4) USN and USMC maintenance officers (AMOs) the knowledge of logistics support and advanced managerial responsibilities, under conditions of readiness both ashore and afloat in preparation of assignment to senior staff positions at TYCOMs, AIMDs and CVWs. Training is necessary to permit the AMO to transition to the senior position with prior knowledge of what is expected leading to more efficient individual performance earlier in the assignment period. The Aviation Maintenance Commanding Officer Training (AMCOT) course is facilitated annually in San Diego or Norfolk and is designed for all Aviation Command Screen Board (ACSB) slated Aviation Intermediate Maintenance Department (AIMD) Officers, and Fleet Readiness Center (FRC) Officer-In-Charge, and is equivalent to the Unrestricted Line (URL) community Prospective Commanding Officer (PCO) Course.
Aviation Ordnance Officer Course (MTU-6005)
The Aviation Ordnance Officer Career Progression Course creates a training path, which begins immediately following accession training and culminates in specialized training in preparation for increased levels of responsibility and authority associated with Aviation Ordnance Management. The Ordnance University is divided into three levels of instruction. Level I training is a six-week course intended to build incrementally on previously acquired skills and to provide graduated educational and professional career paths for aviation ordnance officers and senior enlisted personnel. This is a structured comprehensive training program to standardize and expand upon the level of expertise of newly commissioned LDOs, CWOs and senior enlisted personnel. This course consists of technical, administrative and safety-oriented instruction, which will significantly enhance the professionalism of successful graduates. This instruction covers a wide range of topics designed to provide the student with general knowledge of various areas an aviation ordnance officer may manage in his or her career. Level II is a two-week course with instruction targeted at officers and senior enlisted personnel. Focus will be placed on job-related functions that are associated with assignments to ordnance management billets. This is a structured comprehensive training program to standardize and expand upon the level of expertise of officers, senior enlisted and DOD civilians at their mid-career point. Level III is a two-week course with instruction intended for officers and senior enlisted personnel. Focus will be placed on job-related functions that are associated with assignments to senior ordnance management billets (i.e., TYCOMS, FLTCOMs, Naval Ordnance Safety and Security Activity, Naval Operational Logistics Support Center, and Washington, D.C., area tours). This is a structured comprehensive training program to standardize and expand upon the level of expertise of officers, senior enlisted and DOD civilians at their upper career point. This training is available to officer and senior enlisted aviation ordnance personnel.
NITC DET Whiting Field
Our mission is to develop, execute and manage the Department of Navy’s Security Assistance and Security Cooperation training and education programs that support the U.S. security strategy to strengthen international partnerships. We provide world class Security Assistance and Security Cooperation education and training services for the U.S. Department of Defense, the U.S. Navy and our partner nations. NITC Det Whiting Field has been working with TRAWING 5 Intenational Students since 1985. We provide preparatory ground and flight training to participating nationalities assigned to the various squadrons at TRAWING 5. All instructor staff are contract former TRAWING 5 Flight Instructors. The Officer in Charge is active duty, assigned from NETSAFA Staff and usually flies with one of the TRAWING 5 Squadrons as well.
Supply - NAVSUP Fleet Logistics Center
The NAVSUP Fleet Logistics Center Jacksonville (FLCJ) Whiting Field Detachment, located in Building 2992, provides a variety of supply functions including shipping, receiving (for aviation training publications and material ordered through DOD supply system), flight gear issues and exchanges, hazardous materials program management, official government mail, household goods/personal property shipments and fuels operations support. The NAVSUP FLCJ supply office is open 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, with specific hours for flight gear, official mail and personal property. Flight Gear is open 8 a.m. to noon and 12:30 to 2 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday; closed Wednesday. Official mail pick-up and drop-off is available 10 a.m. to noon, Monday through Friday. The Personal Property Office is open 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. In the event a personal property representative is not on-site, customers can contact the NAS Pensacola Personal Property Office for support (Building 680C, open 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday; and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday).