T-45C TS, ADV & IUT ONFP-02
Review of the ONav FTI
Tactical aircraft were forced down to the low level environment with
the invention of Surface to Air missiles. As a student Naval aviator
in advanced strike training you are learning the basics of tactical
aviation. Development of specific tactics for a particular type of
mission are constantly updated and improved to keep pace with
new technology and to defeat enemy defenses. Even with
improvements in technology, the goals and requirements of flying
these missions remain the same. You must be able to navigate to
a target within a specific time window, drop your ordnance, and
egress to friendly territory. The mission is paramount, whether it
air support. In order to do the mission and return safely, you must
avoid detection from enemy defenses.
Technology has enabled your aircraft to extend their operational
capabilities beyond the restrictions of night or adverse weather.
Even the best equipment, is subject to failure and no enemy nation
will provide you with a convenient TACAN/DME fix or a VOR to
help you get to your target. Be ready to carry out your mission
using dead reckoning techniques (time, distance, and heading) to
update position referencing geographic checkpoints.
The operational navigation flight procedures, therefore, are an
important segment of training for strike pilots. The purpose of this
training stage is to introduce mission planning and chart
interpretation for use in low level operational missions.