Procedure trainers have proven to be a valuable asset in helping students learn the physical
attributes necessary to become a good NFO/WSO. Before you climb into the T-6A for the first
time, you will have strapped in, practiced the use of checklists, and performed emergency
procedures several times. There are two types of procedure trainers available for your use: the
static trainer and the Unit Training Devices (UTD) flight simulator. Both are located in the
simulator building. You should utilize both trainers to the maximum extent possible. Practice
will pay off with better grades, self-confidence, and professional performance.
You won't always have a formal training device at your disposal to prepare for your simulators
and flights. "Chair flying" or "hangar flying" is an excellent way to prepare at home, preferably
with a classmate. Strap your checklist on your knee, put on your gloves, grab a simulated control
stick and mentally accomplish each segment of your imaginary flight. Visualize each procedural
step of your planned maneuvers and verbalize your radio calls. "Chair flying" is a skill in itself
and can reap major rewards in all phases of your training and throughout your career.
The first aircraft you will fly in this program is the Raytheon T-6A "Texan II." It is a pressurized
two-place, tandem cockpit, low wing, high-performance, single engine monoplane equipped with
dual controls. Power is provided by a turbo-prop engine manufactured by Pratt & Whitney
Aircraft of Canada, Model PT6A-68, with inverted flight capabilities, providing a flight envelope
with altitudes to 31,000 feet. Reference your T-6A NATOPS manual for detailed aircraft
information and operating procedures.
Figure 1-1 T-6A Texan II