Specialized Undergraduate Pilot Training
You will PCS to NAS Corpus Christi TX, to train in multiengine turboprop aircraft. This Advanced Phase 3 portion of pilot training is divided into 4 stages. There are two flying training squadrons, VT-31 flies the T-44 and VT-35 flies the TC-12. The two training squadrons at NAS Corpus Christi are Joint units with the instructors and student pilots coming from all services and even some partner nations. You will fly the T-44 or TC-12 in the following stages:
1. Contact / Night Contact Stage
You start off with some steep turns, slow flight, approach to stalls. As before mentioned, you will practice several (simulated) ditching maneuvers - you simulate preparing the aircraft to perform a stable forced landing into a body of water. Both the T-44 and TC-12 are non-centerline thrust, multiengine turboprops that will require accurate control inputs and strong rudder inputs. Unlike standard Air Force UPT programs, the joint training here challenges the students in performing practice EPs in the aircraft - instead of simply during briefings on the ground. In other words, you will be performing actual engine shutdowns in the air, flying simulated engine-out patterns, flying with failed heading and navigation systems, and more!
After proving proficient at these maneuvers, you will advance to a day "solo" - since the aircraft is mulit-piloted, you and your student partner will fly without the IP upon completion of your Contact checkride. Night Contact is next. You will practice VFR patterns are various transition airfields at night. Additionally, after the Night Contact stage you will also perform a night "solo".
T-44 Landing Pattern
2. Instrument Stage
You will apply these skills to the aircraft while flying a variety of challenging instrument approaches in the local area and all around South Texas. You will study both military and civilian (FAR) instrument flight procedures and regulations. Near the end of the instrument stage, you and an instructor will take the plane cross-country and practice instrument approaches at unfamiliar fields at a variety of out-of-area destinations. The Navy allows you to fly the aircraft cross-country to any airfield CONUS - as far away as Boston and Seattle! While flying in this stage, you will be busy studying and memorizing instrument procedures, flight rules and regulations, and of course chairflying instrument flight. The Navy believes strongly in practicing your training using off-the-shelf flight simulator programs, specifically Microsoft Flight Simulator. The Navy both at NAS Corpus Christi and at NAS Whiting, have built a series of Microsims to allow you to practice flying and hone your skills.
Following your instrument checkride, you and your student partner get to take the T-44/C-12 on an IFR solo flight. This sortie is a great reward to completing the very demanding instrument phase. You and your partner get to take the plane alone, without supervision, and go on a cross-country out-and-back. It is a confidence-building sortie and this is level of freedom is not seen in the T-1 program.
Low Level Stage
Checkrides are flight evaluations - think of them as mid-term exams. They count for a huge portion of your grades. Each checkride involves an evaluation of your flight maneuvers as well as detailed one-on-one questions and answers session with your evaluator. Generally, a stressful event, checkrides are flown at the end of each of the above stages. You will encounter a number of checkrides in the program - two in Contact, two in Instruments, and a Tac-Form checkride at the end of the program. At that point, you are ready to proudly receive your wings! After graduation, USAF pilots will attend the C-130 Schoolhouse at Little Rock AFB. A select few ANG/AFRES pilots going to a C-130H2 will train at the Dobbins ARB Schoolhouse. Recently, additional aircraft have been added to the NAS Corpus Christi "Drop". Now, graduating pilots can move on to fly to U-28, NSAv, and even the UAV.
Military Flight Aptitude
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