Thursday, June 29, 2017

Air boss visits T-45C wings

Instructor pilots will resume flying the T-45C with the on-board oxygen generator system in early July, with students resuming flight training later in the month. That’s the word from Vice Adm. Mike Shoemaker, Commander, Naval Air Forces, who visited bases in Kingsville, Texas, Meridian Miss., and Pensacola, Fla., Wednesday and Thursday with the news and to introduce the new Chief of Naval Air Training (CNATRA), Rear Adm. James Bynum. Bynum assumed command of CNATRA June 23, his third flag assignment. Regarding the T-45C, instructor pilots will conduct warm-up flights, after which they will brief the remaining pilots and students in their squadrons on use of the new configuration. Students will also require additional warm-up flights prior to the resumption of syllabus training. Flights were suspended then allowed with limitations after some pilots complained about hypoxia-like symptoms. (Source: NNS, 06/29/17) Previous