MULTI-SERVICE PILOT TRAINING SYSTEM CURRICULUM
CNATRAINST 1542.140. This little pocket guide is the curriculum outline. It describes what
each Student Naval Aviator (SNA) will do in the Primary phase of training. The maneuvers and
exercises in the syllabus are described, as well as the standards of performance to be achieved.
Each event lists all of the maneuvers to be performed. When there is no task listing in the
description of an event, then another publication describes the conduct of that event. For
example, although the Multi-Service Pilot Training System (MPTS) Curriculum simply lists
Aerodynamics as the event, the Aerodynamics Academic Training Instruction (ATI) lists the
material to be covered
FLIGHT AND ACADEMIC TRAINING INSTRUCTIONS. These are called "peculiar
to aviation training" (PAT) pubs and are produced by CNATRA specifically for each of its
curricula. These PAT pubs describe the various maneuvers and exercises the SNA will be
required to perform, and list any additional pubs or study material that the student may need to
reference for an event. The SNA is responsible for all material listed in these training
instructions. Each stage of training has an associated FTI containing the information necessary
for a student to complete the primary and intermediate curricula satisfactorily. It is every pilot's
responsibility to be thoroughly familiar with the contents of this manual. Strict adherence to the
manner of execution of maneuvers, patterns, procedures and instructions herein promulgated is
mandatory for all instructors and student naval aviators operating the T-34C aircraft.
1500.4 (TA MANUAL) AND THE AVIATION TRAINING JACKET. CNATRAINST
1500.4 is commonly referred to as the Training Administration (TA) manual. The TA manual is
Student Control's guide to handling its students. Normally, those areas of the TA manual for
which the SNA is responsible will be outlined to the student upon check in. Such student
responsibilities always include obtaining jacket reviews, ensuring Aviation Training Forms
(ATF) make their way to the Aviation Training Jacket (ATJ), and updating the calendar card.
These responsibilities should not be taken lightly. The responsibility (or lack thereof) that a
student displays with these administrative details can be a direct indication of how seriously a
student is applying himself/ herself to an aviation training program.
AVIATION TRAINING FORMS. These are records of the training events that take
place for a student. They also record the instructor's evaluation of student performance. These
are permanent, official documents that remain in the SNAs jacket forever. They are never
removed or altered by anyone except under very special circumstances listed in the TA manual.
Any student who alters or removes an ATF from his or her jacket will be subject to attrition
under the provisions of the TA manual.
NATOPS PROGRAM. Every student naval aviator becomes familiar with Naval Air
Training and Operating Procedures Standardization (NATOPS) early in his or her career. You
should be issued a T-34C NATOPS before you start ground school, and a General NATOPS
(OPNAVINST 3710.7) should be available to you. The NATOPS program is the responsibility
of all who use it. NATOPS only works if everyone is involved. As a student naval aviator, it is
your responsibility to originate changes if you find errors or ambiguities in the NATOPS manual.
See the squadron NATOPS officer regarding the correct procedure to submit a NATOPS change
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