Commander, Training Air Wing SIX (CTW-6) is headquartered in the "Cradle of Naval Aviation" aboard NAS Pensacola, Florida. Responsible for all Chief of Naval Air Training (CNATRA) Naval Flight Officer (NFO) training and production, CTW-6 graduates approximately 300 United States Navy, Marine Corps and Foreign Military Service (FMS) students annually. Our mission is to safely train the world's finest combat ready NFOs, committed to global security, prosperity, and to projecting Naval Air Power worldwide.
CTW-6 is unique in the CNATRA enterprise in that it conducts primary, intermediate and advanced NFO training all at one location. This is accomplished by three separate training squadrons: Training Squadron TEN (VT-10), Training Squadron FOUR (VT-4) and Training Squadron EIGHT SIX (VT-86). Additionally, the 2nd German Air Force Training Squadron (2nd GAF) is an integral part of the CTW-6 International Military Training program. Together, the CTW-6 team works daily to continue the heroic legacy and positive attributes of our past Naval Aviation heroes, as well as instill and re-enforce the core values and qualities our Navy and country demand of today's naval officers and future naval leaders.
The NFOTS program supports Chief of Naval Operations guidance to increase efficiencies through the reduction of aircraft type model series while simultaneously taking advantage of new training technologies and simulation capabilities. The NFOTS curricula provide our students with the knowledge, skills, and abilities required to operate in a new generation of advanced military aircraft while reducing total training costs for the American Tax Payer. It does this by leveraging emerging technologies with established instructional methodologies.
The NFOTS program utilizes the latest in military training aircraft and high fidelity ground based training systems to accomplish the CTW-6 mission. Our fleet, which is comprised of over 40 T-6A Texan II turboprop and 20 T-45C Goshawk jet aircraft, is used to introduce and hone a multitude of military aviation skills. These include basic skills such as visual (VFR) and instrument (IFR) flight as well as more advanced skills such as Low Level flight, Formation, and Basic Fighter Maneuvering. Additionally, CTW-6 T-45C aircraft are upgraded with the Virtual Mission Training System (VMTS). VMTS, which is used to train students selected for duty in the FA-18D/F and EA-18G, is a specialized high-fidelity synthetic radar system which allows training in areas heavily focused on the tactical environment.
Each of these platforms is also accompanied by an Operational Flight Trainer (OFT) capable of simulating any flight profile or maneuver required by the training syllabus. In conjunction with T-6A and T-45C aircraft and simulators, NFOTS also employees the new Multi-Crew Simulator (MCS). This device, which features the latest in high-fidelity virtual live constructive simulation, is used to conduct all Maritime Patrol (VP), Airborne Early Warning (AEW), Electronic Warfare (VQ), and Take Charge and Move Out (TACAMO) student NFO training. The MCS allows CTW-6 to provide focused training on crew resource management, electronic communications, and sensor integration and employment to student NFOs selected for duty in the P-3C, P-8A, EP-3E, E-6B, and E-2C/D.