students. This is your first opportunity to present yourself well-prepared, motivated, and ready
for training. As always, ensure a sharp personal appearance and proper military courtesy and
You are required to wear/bring to the brief all of your flight gear. This includes the following
- Flight suit
- Flight boots
- Flight gloves
- Helmet/O2 mask
- Dog tags
- Ejection-seat compatible kneeboard
- NATOPS pocket checklist
- In-flight Guide
You may not have all of these items and some may be planned issues. Come to the brief with as
many of the items as you have been previously issued. Your instructor will show you where the
additional items can be obtained prior to your flights. If by the end of C1001, you still have
questions about flight gear, ask your instructor. Do not show up to C4001 not properly equipped
with flight gear.
You should be ready to discuss all the items listed under C1001 in the Multi-Service Navigator
Training System (MNTS) curriculum guide with the instructor. A major objective of the event is
the preflight inspection. Study well the T-6A ground inspections and Navy-approved hand
signals in the NATOPS Manual.
Prior to each flight you will be scheduled for a brief with your instructor, which usually lasts
about 90 minutes (it varies according to requirements). During the brief, the instructor will
explain the conduct of the flight. The instructor will expect you to know the procedures for all
the maneuvers to be flown per the MNTS guide. You must also be prepared with a thorough
knowledge of all the "Discuss" items. Additionally, the instructor may ask general questions
from any subject area pertaining to T-6A systems, operating limitations, etc.
With respect to contact flight maneuvers, to "know" is to "memorize" (step by step, though not
necessarily verbatim) each action of the procedure. Nothing less is acceptable. For emergency
procedures, only boldfaced items are required to be committed to memory, although you must
have a thorough understanding of the remaining non-boldfaced steps and the systems involved.
You cannot prepare for your contact flights solely with this manual. You must reference the
NATOPS manual and other publications for emergency procedures (EP), systems, voice
communications, and general information. You are highly encouraged to ask questions during
the brief. Do not fly with unanswered questions.