Aviation

The Aviation Warfare Community consists of pilots and Naval Flight Officers (NFOs). Pilots and NFOs are trained to fly and operate the weapon systems of naval aircraft. All pilots and NFOs begin their Naval aviation career training at the Aviation Schools Command, Pensacola, FL. Student pilot training generally requires 12 to 18 months to complete. For pilots, the general type of aircraft (helicopter, jet, propeller) to be flown will be determined and the appropriate training curriculum entered. All student NFO’s enter either the jet or propeller pipeline and begin initial basic training in Pensacola. Integrated “joint” training with the other services is now a reality, and it all begins at VT-10 in Pensacola, FL, where USN, USMC, USAF, and USCG student NFO’s receive their initial basic undergraduate NFO training. Follow-on intermediate and advanced training is conducted at either Pensacola or Randolf AFB, Texas (Advanced NAV for P-3, EP-3, E-6A), respectively. Final assignment to a particular fleet aircraft type occurs just prior to receiving the coveted “wings of gold”.