Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Pilots concerned over T-45

More than 100 instructor pilots for the Navy are refusing to fly because of a problem with T-45 training jet oxygen systems, Fox News is reporting. The boycott started last week and has impacted hundreds of training flights. Vice Adm. Mike Shoemaker, head of naval aviation, told Fox News the issue is the number one safety priority. In the last five years the episodes, caused in part by problems with the oxygen system, have nearly quadrupled on the T-45, according to Capitol Hill testimony last week by senior naval aviators. The Navy sent a team of engineers and other specialists this week to its T-45 training bases in Kingsville, Texas, Meridian, Miss., and Pensacola, Fla., for talks with the pilots. (Source: Fox News, 04/04/17) Related