technology has progressed at a rapid rate. The fleet aircraft of today's Navy are tremendously
complex and demanding machines, capable of astonishing performance. Advancements in
aviation technology, however, are only part of a much bigger picture. Even the most modern
aircraft will most certainly fail to accomplish its mission if piloted by a poorly trained or
incompetent aviator. Therefore, a thorough and comprehensive training program is essential to
Early aviation pioneers suffered through many "accidents," which became unwanted yet
commonplace occurrences. A "good" landing was any one that you could walk away from!
Today, the safety record of naval aviation is the best it has ever been. Accidents or "mishaps"
are rare, yet do occur. Anything greater than a zero mishap rate is undesirable and mishap-free
operation is a goal to continually strive for. Therefore, SAFETY is a primary concern during all
aspects of training. There is NO acceptable loss and NO toleration for anything less than total
professionalism. This is a goal we can achieve. Your instructors will set an example that you
should strive to mirror.
SCOPE OF INSTRUCTION
So far as is practical, all information and instructions governing T-34C aircraft procedures and
the execution of curriculum maneuvers will be published for inclusion in this manual.
Procedures peculiar to Whiting Field (TW-5) and Corpus Christi (TW-4) may be found in the
TW-5 Fixed Wing Operating Procedures (FWOP) Manual or TW-4 Standardization Notes/NAS
Corpus Christi Course Rules.
LEARNING OBJECTIVES. The course objective is broken down into Phase (Terminal)
Learning Objectives. Terminals are further broken down into Enabling Learning Objectives.
These are designed to be smaller, bite-size chunks of the overall objective. The Terminal
Objectives are listed in the CNATRA governing instruction.
ENABLING OBJECTIVES, MANEUVERS AND EXERCISES. Each event in this
phase is comprised of various tasks that the student will have to perform. This could be
performing a spin on a Contact flight, or reciting an emergency procedure during a lecture, or
answering a test question correctly in an end-of-course exam. The Multi-Services Pilot Training
System Curriculum, Flight Training Instruction, and Academic Training Instruction break down
each of these tasks in detail.
The maneuvers or other items that you will perform on the events may be graded or nongraded.
This means that this particular item may or may not be used to compare you to your classmates,
or to an arbitrary standard. This does not mean that the instructor may not evaluate a nongraded
item. The student is just as responsible, for example, for a demo (nongraded) item as for a
review (graded) item. If the instructor determines a blatant lack of preparation for either, an
unsatisfactory grade is warranted.
INTRODUCTION TO T-34C CONTACT