same basis, each having been exposed to the same material and afforded an equal opportunity to
demonstrate his/her abilities. No two instructors will be identical in their techniques and each
may vary his/her presentation to fit the needs of the individual student.
In order to teach you to fly the T-34C properly, the instructor must criticize! His/her comments
on your performance of the various maneuvers are intended to improve your understanding and
technique. All criticism by the instructor is meant to be constructive in character. The
instructor's sole intent is to instill confidence and develop you into a qualified naval aviator.
Your flight instructor is a vital part of your training. Nonetheless, you must do your part as well.
The one word that you will hear most from your instructor is "PROCEDURES!" In order that
your time in the aircraft can be devoted to the improvement of maneuver performance, it is
imperative that you learn, memorize, and understand the procedural steps required in performing
each of the various maneuvers. Then and only then can your instructor's time with you be
profitably utilized. The instructor is well trained and qualified to teach his/her student, but
his/her success requires the fullest cooperation of the student himself/herself. If you have
questions about procedures or concepts, ask them. Again, knowing procedures, both for normal
and emergency operations, cannot be overemphasized! They must be over-learned so that they
can be recalled in flight, especially during periods of high cockpit workload and stressful
CONTRACT INSTRUCTORS. Simulator instructors are generally civilians, contracted to the
Navy to provide simulator flight instruction, and teach academics. These instructors are all
experienced military aviators. They are bound by the same instruction as their military
counterparts. The simulator event should be treated just as a flight event. Both events require
the same dedicated preparation and forethought. The contract instructor (CI) is also responsible
for standardization. If you notice a nonstandard maneuver or technique, bring it to the attention
of the standardization officer at the squadron.
THE STUDENT NAVAL AVIATOR
The qualifications to become a SNA are high. The SNA has been selected for flight training by a
screening process that determines his/her superiority over the average American youth with
respect to physical condition, intelligence, ability to grasp and retain new ideas, and apparent
emotional stability. Superior reasoning ability will enable him/ her to combine these talents into
experience that will produce a qualified naval aviator. One critical factor of success, which
cannot be accurately evaluated by the normal selection process, is mental attitude. Mental
attitude, as much as any other factor, determines the ease or difficulty with which the student
progresses through the training syllabus. Under the heading of positive mental attitude come
such elements as willingness to conform to military discipline, acceptance of curtailed personal
freedom and leisure, and the ability to encounter occasional reverses and still maintain
enthusiasm and self-confidence.
Motivation and mental attitude are closely related. The student's motivation greatly affects his
or her mental attitude and consequently his or her progress throughout training. The majority of
students have had little or no previous aviation experience. Flight training is arduous and places
great demands on the student's time and energy. Therefore, motivation plays an important part
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