Students report to Training Air Wing TWO at NAS Kingsville from primary flight training at NAS Corpus Christi, Corpus Christi, TX or NAS Whiting Field, Milton, FL. They immediately begin nearly nine months of training here at Naval Air Station Kingsville.
Training begins in the Ground Training department of Training Wing TWO and consists of three weeks of classroom instruction. Students attend classes on subjects that include Engineering (T-45A), Aerodynamics, Meteorology, Flight Rules and Regulations, and Instrument Navigation. During ground school training, they also begin simulator events that teach them capabilities and systems in the T-45A, and how to deal with malfunctions of those systems.
The T-45TS Strike Flight Curriculum is comprised of 16 flight stages. During these 16 stages, students will fly approximately 156 hours. This includes nearly 47 hours of solo flight time. Students will also fly approximately 96 hours in aircraft simulators before they complete the syllabus.
The first eight stages of training are designed to introduce the student naval aviator to jet aircraft and provide a basis for future stages. They include, Instrument training, Jet Familiarization flights, Formation flights, Night Familiarization flights, and Land Based Carrier Qualifications.
During these stages the students are qualified to fly solo in the T-45A in all weather conditions, they learn to fly in two and four plane formation flights, and they learn how to land the T-45A the same way they will on an Aircraft Carrier.
The syllabus culminates in the second Carrier Qualification Stage when the students travel to an active aircraft carrier to complete their Carrier Qualification and make their first Carrier Landings. Every student must carrier qualify by completing 14 landings and 10 arrested landings aboard an Aircraft Carrier before they earn their Wings of Gold.