The primary mission of TRAWING FIVE is to administer and coordinate the training of student Naval Aviators and flight students of allied nations and to provide liaison between the wing’s squadrons and the Chief of Naval Air Training (CNATRA). The TRAWING FIVE 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.
Training Air Wing FIVE is located 5 miles north of Milton, Florida on board Naval Air Station Whiting Field. The wing is comprised of three primary fixed-wing and three advanced helicopter squadrons and trains aviators from the Navy, Marine Corps, Coast Guard, Air Force, and allied nations. TRAWING FIVE is responsible for an estimated 43 percent of the Chief of Naval Air Training Command's total flight time and over 11 percent of Navy and Marine Corps' flight time world-wide. Over 1,200 personnel complete their essential flight training here annually. We pride ourselves on producing the finest Naval Aviators in the world.
Naval Flight Training:
It 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 environment requires constant commitment and self-discipline. For the military aviator, mastering oneself 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 instruction provides a combination of actual and simulated flight experience to student aviators (SA's). 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 basic instrument stage, the SA learns how to control the aircraft by sole usage of the cockpit instrument panel. The student will begin instrument flying in a high-tech 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 fun of Primary. These flights further familiarize the student with strengths and limitation of the aircraft and refine the student’s flying abilities.
Students go on to learn the basics of radio instruments. In this stage of the flight training, SA’s learn airway navigation and instrument landing approaches. It is during this stage that SA’s 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. 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 pipeline remain at Whiting Field for advanced training and receive their Wings of Gold at Whiting Field.
Students selected for the helicopter pipeline receive ground training and instruction in the TH-57B/C “Sea Ranger” systems, helicopter aerodynamics, and instrument navigation at Helicopter Training Squadrons 8 (HT-8), 18 (HT-18), and 28 (HT-28). Additional flight support training is conducted in the Helicopter Cockpit Procedures Trainer. After mastering such skills as hovering and auto-rotation, the student advances to fully instrumented TH-57C to refine his instrument flying and navigation skills. The full-motion helicopter flight simulator is used in this stage. Finally, the student reaches the helicopter tactics stage where SNA’s learn the fundamentals of formation flying, low-level navigation, search and rescue, and night vision goggle flight. The long hours of study and flying pay off when the student aviator receives Wings of Gold, reports to a fleet replacement squadron, and ultimately to a fleet squadron as a combat ready helicopter pilot.