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So you got HELOs, and you're
going to TAW-5 (Milton) for Advanced. If you're already here for Primary
& Intermediate training, then never mind. Otherwise,
if you cam from Corpus, Vance AFB, Moody AFB, or something else?, then first...
- Check in, and stay at the Bachelor
It's much nicer than in Corpus.
- You'll want to find a place
to live - Try the Thrift
Nickel, the Gosport,
or the PNJ. Base
housing is also pretty nice here.
- Check into the Wing, get your books early and start studying.
- Check out this guy's website: http://www.mswest.net/flightschool/ alongside this gouge.
|CAUTION: Use at your own risk. ALWAYS check Gouge with your pubs and local SOP's, and NEVER rely on Gouge as your sole study material. Use the gouge for review ONLY after it has been updated with the latest changes, or risk Ready-Room down.
Note: Calls and other specifics are unique to HT-18, I'll build an HT-8 version sometime in the future.
Thanks to all the guys who have passed down the Gouge CDs, and especially to those who originally wrote most of the Gouge: MAJ Terasse, John Richerson, Trent Bottin, Deidra Simpson, Chris Hill, Brian Hedin, John Towle, Connor and Tyree.
Note: If you got the "Gouge CD", it is exactly the same as what is on NavyGouge.com and contains everything here, PLUS the KLN-900 manual and an old FAR-AIM for WIN 95. Basically this Gouge has been taken from the CD and updated for the NEW RED curriculum. I don't keep the KLN-900 manual and FAR-AIM for WIN 95 here for reasons of file size.
- First week: You'll check in to TAW-5 on a Saturday most
likely, get assigned to squadron HT-18 or HT-8 on a Thursday, class up Friday.
If you are at HT-18, here's what the rest looks like. You should get "The
snake" guide that shows you all your prerequisites - follow it closely.
- Second week: Check in, a couple 12hr watches, and lots
of paperwork. You'll have one week to get ready for CPT
1. HT-8 gets generally
2 weeks to do this until CPT 1.
- All check-in stuff
- NATOPS knowledge (Checklists,
EP's, limits & ranges and
- Systems and Aero courseware, Systems and Aero Review
classes, Systems and Aero exams.
- Many briefs, HEEDS and more.
- Third week: During CPT's, you
will be assigned an On-wing for your first FAM's or be put on a waiting list.
- CPT 1 - Introduction to the
cockpit of the TH-57B Bell
Jet Ranger. Be forewarned a lot of the radio calls are wong on the
gouge checklists, so I made an updated Prestart
- CPT 2 - More EP's, LIMITES
blindfold cockpit check.
- CPT 3 - Chip lights, Fire,
Fuel Control malfunctions, CAUTION
- CPT 4 - Vibrations, Mast
bumping, Ditching, Engine Failure, Over/Underspeeding, Compressor Stalls,
- CPT 5 - Sprag Clutch, Aerodynamics,
and a review of everything so far.
This has to be complete by FAM-1...
» CRM-1 - Class on Crew Resourse management -
» HEEDS - same as in API, but with the
HEEDS bottle -
» SAF - Class on
» CRFP - Class on local course rules.
Useless if you don't already know the book -
» PRF-1 (FAM-0) Class on how to Preflight
Bravo and do Weight & Balance. -
» SYS-X - SYSTEMS EXAM - You really need to know the
systems before the test. The gouge helps, but is not all-inclusive. There are
of the test, the gouge covers half on one of the versions. You need to know
systems anyway by FAM 1. Be advised the systems ICW courseware takes 6-10
hours to complete and is required before attending the 2 class, which are 4 hours
each. There's a trick to the courseware, just ask your buddy about how
to do it in half the time -
» AERO-X - AERO EXAM -
Same point here, you really need to understand the concepts, however the
gouge is more helpful. I'd recommend studying the workbook (especially the
questions at the back of each chapter) -
be sure to SNIV
» CR-X Course Rules Exam - Get the gouge, it's essential,
BUT ONLY for Version 1 of the test. If you get version 2 or 3, life will
miserable for you the next couple days. Be SURE to ask your
buddy about the proper
time to take the test -
From here on I am just detailing the flights. You probably already
have gouge from NavyGouge.com or
on a gouge CD from a Winger on check-in. (They are the SAME thing) It doesn't
make sense to re-write it when
it's so well-put together.
I would add these to your Pocket Checklist so you always have them. Print them
on 8.5" x 11" paper & cut them out and laminate / tape
back-to-back...they should fit perfectly if you use an existing PCL sheet as
a template. If you choose to use blue-brains that is fine, they will fit there
Frequencies (a MUST have)
SYLLABUS) ORM Briefing
SYLLABUS) ORM Briefing
Hard Landing / Tail Strike checklist
Before each flight you will do a Weight & Balance. As in the PRF-1 (preflight)
you should have learned ho to do these. For FAMs, you will fly with the same
instructor / student combination every time
use all the same data. Here's my Weight & Balance I created with more space
to write the Question of the Day items...
Weight & Balance
- FAM 01 - So you passed Systems, Aero and Course Rules,
you've attended all the courses you are able to, and you're ready for the
first flight. First, you'll spend many hours of the first day with your
FAM partner and onwing doing the FAM-0 equivalent (FAM 1 brief). You'll most
likely fly the next day, followed by your own NATOPS brief. Preparation:
first off, you need
get the preflight down,
which means good systems knowledge.
Biggest hurdles on FAM 1
besides the preflight are
SOP / RWOP, and the NATOPS
brief. See the Connor
Gouge (FAM 1),
your MCG, NATOPS and FTI for details.
- FAM 02 - Here's another reason not to use Gouge as your
sole study material: Our onwing asked us, each day, where the information
is written, for each brief item. In flight he will ask "So, If I wanted
to find out whether FAM-14 students are allowed to taxi through the fuel
where would I find that?". On this flight you'll fly to Santa Rosa,
your fam buddy and you should
decide how to alternate who
does the NATOPS brief for the flight each day. Hint: the first guy that fly's
could leave the Pensacola Area training chart, VFR sectional and VOL 15
in the cockpit so the second guy doesn't have to move all that stuff.
- FAM 03 - Back to Santa Rosa...
- FAM 04 - Back to Santa Rosa...
- FAM 05 - Off to Pace. Pace is nice because you can relax/study
and ride along in the back, it makes for longer days but the flight are better.
Make sure you study up on Course
Rules to/from and at Pace. Remember you can't pass FOG without ATC radar
contact. If you don't have it, enter holding @ 80kts, left turns, 1 mile
legs (about 30 second legs).
- FAM 06 - More at Pace... hey this stuff is starting to
get a lot easier...
This has to be complete by FAM-10...
- FAM 07 - More at Pace...
- FAM 08 - Went off-wing today, a lot different. Learned
some tips on making perfect approaches. Make sure to study this evening for
tomorrow's flight - tail rotor malfunctions.
- FAM 09 - Tail rotor malfunctions. What else can I say,
this tuff will haunt you again on FAM 15.
- FAM 10 - Think about the blade element digram
in Vortex Ring state, it will help discuss it.
- FAM 11 - Pretty much a checkride with your onwing. You
may also discuss some solo items.
- FAM 12X - Short flight to Pace, 0500 brief so you can
Solo the same day. Fly the checkride like you were solo.
- FAM 13 - I flew like crap on my solo, didn't bust any
parameters, but just felt tired and worn out. Don't worry, it happens to
everybody. One thing to note - make sure you have all your frequencies
from the RWOP with you. My VHF radio failed on solo, and I had to tune up
backup to talk to Approach. There was a delay in thier response, but everything
went fine. Get a buddy from one of the local VT's to help you with the
- FAM 14 - Flew to Santa Rosa, one at a time. RAD ALT -
2 ways it can be inaccurate - 1. Slant range (high AOB), 2. Trees. Low
Level Lookout doctrine: Flying pilot is all outside, Non flying pilot backs
up with instruments. This is easily the most fun so far in the 57. Low
This has to be complete by FAM-15...
» Jacket Review
» PFPS - Class on how to use computer planning -
be sure to SNIV
» TFP-1s - Tacical Flight Procedures - Courseware
for more Course Rules, EXT loads and Confined Area Landings
This has to be complete by FAM-18X...
» NATOPS OBX - Open Book Exam
» NATOPS CBX - Closed Book Exam taken
day that the OBX is turned in. The gouge provided at Check-in is awesome. You
don't really even need the gouge that is floating around, but I guess if you're
This has to be complete by EP-1 SIM...
» TFP-2s - More Tactical Flight Procedures Courseware.
you won't use this stuff for 2 months - be sure
» TFP-2/3/4 Review - Class that reviews the Courseware -
be sure to SNIV
» EPFP-s - EP courseware, pretty easy
» MITAC - Class on how to draw routes on your charts -
be sure to SNIV
» PRF-2 - Short class on how to do the Charlie COMM-NAV
and preflight - be sure to SNIV
- FAM 15 - Tail rotor malfunctions. 360° Overhead
approaches - one of those things you just can't do in an airplane.
By now, you may go to some OLFs you haven't been to before, like SITE 8. Here
are course rules cards you can add to the back of your PCL. Just like above,
cut it out and tape the spined edge before hole-punch:
8 Course Rules
- FAM 16 - CALs, Aircrewman. I thought CALs were great,
lots of fun, (be prepared). Aircrewman brief - he will usually ask SNAs for
course rules just to probe knowledge and get confidence that the SNA knows
what he's doing. After all, he'll be your passenger. With SNAs as your passengers,
hey, we all trust each other, right? Don't forget the call, "On final,
right seat, for CAL zone #1".
- FAM 17 - External Ops, Pinnacle landings. Externals are
the toughest new maneuver, studying is the easy part for those. Pinnacles
are just a ground effect drill. Don't forget the call, "On final, right
seat, for drop-off".
- FAM 18X - Same as FAM 12X, BUT, study course rules
back to Pace NOLF.
- FAM 19 SOLO - Same as FAM 13 SOLO, plus steep approaches,
and your last opportunity to practice Autorotations solo.
Introduction to TH-57C...
- EP-1S - (Sim). Kind of an intro to the Charlie (50%) and
an intro to the Simulator (50%). Just look over the entire start and shutdown
sequence (including hotseat/Hot refuel and COMM-NAV) a couple of times in
the dead bird with somebody in BI's and you'll be set for this one. Also
remember, fluctuating Nr with no secondaries is a Land ASAPractical.
sucks if you don't get any cold starts for awhile in the Charlie in Trans-Fams
or HTACs, so pay attention because this may be the last time you see the
start and COMM-NAV checklist until BI sims.
Here's my Weight & Balance I created with more space to write the Question
of the Day items and just the Charlie stuff in it...
Weight & Balance
- TF-1 - Basically a FAM hop with an intro to (C) system
- TF-2 - Same as TF-1 but with the Boost-OFF and STAB-OFF
|Preparation for HTACs:
on map study is to do the following in order...
- Get all the charts for all the routes at one time from
Pubs, preferably at night when nobody is around.
- Copy checkpoints from pre-existing charts on the wall,
don't forget CHUMs on the corkboard. You can do this with a pencil
or the small arrow stickies you may have used for RI's in Primary.
- Take it all home (or go to the ready room on a weekend)
and lay them out on a table. You will need the following materials:
- Black and red sharpie or other permamnent marker.
- Yellow and other various chisel tip highlighters.
- A half-dollar coin or drafting circle stencil. (The ones
in pubs are bent and jagged)
- Good, clean ruler, preferably see-through.
- Several colored pencils. I used blue, orange, yellow and
red to write over stuff highlighters couldn't.
- Mark up the chart.
- Highlight obstacles in red with black triangles (black zig-zags
- Highlight funnels, barriers and limiting features yellow.
- Mark map changeover points in blue labeled "MCP"
- Mark other items in orange.
- Bingo Fuel point should be easy to see, preferably with details
in a box off the route. Don't write over anything you think
you might need.
- Fold the chart as you would want to have it in the flight.
Accordion-style small enough to fit your kneeboard is best.
- On your next trip back to the squadron, use CFPS and Falconview
to print all the route cards. I like to do this after
I make the charts because the checkpoint have been validated, and
I don't have
to depend on someone else's guesses of how to use the software.
- Copy the route card information onto the charts using Doghouses.
At least use a template. You can make one from a 3x5" index
card. Some guys use AVERY labels to print out the doghouses - the
Just create a textbox using Microsoft
Word that will fit the labels you have (obviously get clear ones).
Make sure the doghouses don't go over the folds, and make sure to
get one doghouse visible on each leg of each fold.
I like to do the brief in this order. Each instructor will have a
preference on how you should organize your brief. Remember any time
you do the 6T's, talk about it. "Sir, at Point Fish we will turn 110°, transition
500', switch button 10 and talk to anyone at Harold
- Intro to who will be flying and who is navigating, and how the
brief is organized: "First I will talk about enroute, followed
- Enroute portion (how to get to checkpoint one)
- In-flight portion. Don't give headings, talk
about yellow and red marks only. It should also include..
- Inflight emergencies
- Bingo fuel
- Lost comm's
- Inadvertent IMC flight
- OLF ops (TLA's, etc.)
- Return portion (from the last checkpoint).
This has to be complete by HTAC-5...
» Jacket Review
This has to be complete by HTAC-6X...
» BIFP - Basic Instruments ICW Courseware
- HTAC-1 and..
- HTAC 2 - These are flown as one flight on one tank
of gas. As per the grade sheet, it's the Orange Route forward followed by
Orange Reversed. Plan for 80 gal, and get your charts done for the week's
worth of HTACs before the
above). Remember Button 14, squawking 4677. Monitor Harold (button 10) while
you transition by it. This is also kind of an intro to the Brief. Hint- you
don't have to enter Clacc C if you are Lost COMM. Think Harold.
- HTAC-3 and..
- HTAC 4 - Now at 200' instead of 500'. These
are flown on separate days, Purple forward, then Purple Reversed. Remember
15, squawking 4677. Monitor Harold (button 10) while
you transition by it.
- HTAC-5 - Red Route (the toughest of all the routes). Remember
button 12 then 13, squawking 4777. Monitor Pace (button 11) while you transition
- HTAC-6 - Green Route (the longest route). Remember button
12 then 13, squawking 4777. Monitor Pace (button 11) while you transition
This has to be complete by BI-11...
» Jacket Review
This has to be complete by EP-2S...
» BOOKS! - Go to book issue before you start
these. Tell them you are in the "BI/RI stage" and need your INAV books. They
will be due back the day of your INAV test. You'll get a card to take with
you for proof they were turned in before taking the test.
» CRM-2 - 3 hour class in the Academic building,
taught by squadron instructor.
» VFRNAV-s - VFRNAV courseware
— VFRNAV - Review class after the courseware
» RIFP-s - Radio Instruments courseware (about 2-3
— RIFP - Radio Instruments review after the courseware
» RIR-s - Radio Instruments courseware
» GPS-s - Helpful courseware on how
to use the GPS
» INAV - Instrument Navigation class, a refresher
on how to do jetlogs and DD-175's
» INAV MET - Refresher course on weather for flight
This has to be complete by RI-10...
» INAV EXAM - Don't wait until the end to do
the questions. Each question is 2-3 hours and graded individually, which
works out to at least 5 business days of separate work on the project. Remember
the academic instructors go home at 1600.
- BI-1S - Pick up a copy of the AIM/FAR
Manual from Amazon.com (not the cheaper FAR/AIM
at the Nex, instructors like you to have the same version
they hve so they can make references to page numbers that match). The AIM/FAR
will have your discuss items in it. This hop is basically a re-intro to the
SIM. Remember to use the pedals, you must depress BOTH pedals, and apply
more pressure on the pedal you want to move. Otherwise the YAW servo/AFCS
won't respond in the way it was designed.
- BI-2S - More of the same, plus some new maneuvers. Constant
rate climbs and descents are not in the FTI, for all practical purposes what
you want is 500fpm (~70% torque) for the climb, and 500fpm (~40% torque)
for the descent. Beware sim #4. Don't get discouraged if you can't trim it
like all the other ones. It needs a major overhaul.
- BI-3S through BI-5S- New manuevers, all
easy, just different ways to do trim drills. Read about the AFCS system in
the systems book, and back to the NATOPS, then back again. If you understand
how it works, it will help you maintain tight airwork. You're doing good
if the trim button is up and there is no pressure on the controls for more
than 15 seconds.
Re-intro to the aircraft...
- TF-1 - Basically a re-intro to the aircraft. It is an
adjustment coming from the sims. First thing you will notice is control feedback.
Today you will do Boost-off and AFCS-off approaches. They are buried on the
grade sheet, so some people forget. Read over your tail rotor malfunctions.
This brief is more detailed than the FAMs.
- BI-6 - First off, prepare by
looking over the Monty and Baldy departures, the VOR/DME A on page 15 of
the student approach plates, and the VOR 32. Have the hood ready. Only
fold it vertically, otherwise you'll hose you field of view. The top two
go under the clear (upper) lens and over the lower (dark) lens. You will
discuss the Ministab system in great detail - be prepared. Notice when
you get back into the bird you can taxi without pedals - try using the AFCS
often. For the ITO, the AIM/FAR 2003 states you must be at 400' over the
departure end of the runway to turn (IFR). Keep in mind that the habit of
turning at 200' is ONLY if VFR. Here is a helpful updated version of the
BI kneeboard card floating around:
- BI-7 - This flight has the intro to Partial Panel and
the Approach. There is also more attention to the COMM-NAV checklist, remember
that the Co-pilot's CDI only works directly of the RMI if the Pilot is set
NAV2 and the co-pilot has NAV1, otherwise, it is a repeater of the HSI. Also
get in the habit of flying the tail of the needle. My HSI was off 4° on
this flight (the max allowable by the '03 FAR). Weather mins for BI are 2,500'
(500' below based on 5-1-2-3, 1,000' for the auto/oscar and 1,000' base recovery
for the auto). Max cloud tops operating VFR on-top are 3,000' (5,000' is
max, so in order to recover from an auto with 1,000' below you would have
to start right at 5,000').
- BI-8 -
This is where you really have to start digging for your discuss items. If
you haven't already bought a copy of the AIM/FAR,
you will need one now. Pick up a copy of the AIM/FAR
Manual from Amazon.com (not the cheaper
FAR/AIM at the Nex, instructors like you to have the same version they hve
so they can make references to page numbers that match). Also, look in the
OPNAV 3710.7S and your RWOP under chapter 5 for more info.
- BI-9 - Here is where your study time will greatly exceed
the daily 2-4 hours:
» Required Equipment for IMC flight acronyms: MOM'S
FC BRAIN (NATOPS), A PATCH MA VAN (OPNAV).
in the AIM/FAR manual.
» Lost Comm VFR-on-top: in the RWOP.
- BI-10 - Icing: See NATOPS systems, EP's, Limits
and Flight Characteristics.
» WW/CAWW/Convective SIGMET/SIGMET/AIRMET:
See OPNAV, AIM/FAR and your T-34C Meterology & Instrument FTI's.
» Sources of
weather information acronymn: TTHAD FFEVA PAWD, where each
means TIBS, TWEB and TeleTWEB, HIWAS, ATIS, DUATS, FISDL, FSS, EFAS, VOLMET,
ASOS/AWOS, PMSV, ATC, WxBriefer, Doppler.
- BI-13X - These flights are all similar, sort of
a checkride before the checkride. Try to get these flights done quickly,
all in the same week if possible. It's better to put yourself on the board
even if you're not scheduled to, to try to keep those BI skills from deteriorating.
Be prepared to spell out every EP and limit both inflight and in the brief
for the 13X. Also be prepared to fly the approach BOOST-OFF and fly all
manuevers with nothing but an engine, turn needle, ball and wet compass. Print
out some more of my BI-13X
Kneeboard cards if you need to.
* Set the shortcut to run at "640x480" for the MAG compass
to work. » See the TUTORIAL
4.4C (Radio Instruments Orientation Trainer)
- This is the newest, most updated RIOT trainer. I found
it hidden on a dutch civilian training website in early 2002. Just
follow the user agreement on installation. This one is error-free
and Windows XP Home/Pro compatible*.
This has to be complete by RI-10...
» INAV EXAM - You can't take the exam until after
RI-9S, and you must take it before RI-10. The only way to do this is to
SNIV for the exam in the morning on the day(s) you expect to do your TF-4
and/or RI-10. Remember the academic instructors go home at 1600,
and the exam can't be done on Fridays because the instructors are with the
You'll need a lot of these: (Blank Jet Logs): Blank TH-57 Jet Log with Integrated form-fillable DD-175
Remember this from VT's?
This has to be completed SOON (optional)...
» ONAV-03 & AIRNAV-06 Cross-Country SOLOs. (see below... about half a page. Or, click here.)
- EP-2S - The "Rollercoaster" - Basically you should be
prepared for every EP after getting ready for that BI-13X. You can actually
land the Sim in an AUTO, but don't expect to on the first try. Remember that
although NATOPS doesn't say that directional control is maintained with Twist
Grip & Collective on the complete loss of tailrotor thrust, it is true. With
a complete loss of tail rotor thrust, you can fly the sim to the deck in
- RI-01S - Updated RI sim kneeboard: RI-01S
If you don't have an AIM/FAR and you expect to make it through RI's, I suggest picking one up. Don't get it from a local store, it's too expensive - I got mine at Amazon.com.
- RI-02S...RI-09XS - More of the same old RI sims. There is really NOTHING NEW on this sim- it should be very benign.
You will be happy to know that now that you're in HELOs, the most RI's you'll ever fly under positive control are in HT-18 (or HT-8). Once you get out to sea, it's just you and the boat TACAN. Oh, and RADAR if you're in HSL! Hah! Got any questions about HSL? Let me know.
- TF-04 (Transition Flight 4) - Yay, back to the REAL aircraft. Fams all over again.
(The following flights, #59-72, could be done at any time in MOD-400, usually interspersed around RI-12 though RI-16.)
ONAV-03 & AIRNAV-06, The SOLOs.
These are awesome Solo flights. Even better if you can get 2 SOLO students. Think of the range- twice as far with 4 x's, and no instructor to cancel the trip! Kevin Brown (now at HMLA-367 Scarface) ..tried to go on the SOLO, but our paperwork was too late. Our plan was to roundtrip over a three-day weekend to New Orleans. Didn't happen. But that doesn't mean you can't go. You will need all the same papers for a regular cross-country, PLUS:
* A complete SOLO request form (Ops/Skeds)
* Current TH-57C / Bell-206 Jet Ranger Plane Captain Qual (takes an hour and a couple phone calls).
- ON-01X, ON-02 & ON-03* (Operational Navigation Flight) - VFR Cross-country Flights. Designed to really be flown low, to avoid talking to people. This is a tactical introduction to what fleet flying is like. Should be a lot of fun, even better if you're in an unknown area. There are some great brief items here, though. If you do these flight local, BE ADVISED, this is testable information you need to know for the RI-16/17X.
- AN-01S, AN-02 through AN-6* (Airways Navigation Flight) - AN-01S was really like an EP-03S for me. AN-02+: IFR Cross-Country Flights. Designed to really be flown IFR on an airway (not just a bunch of vectors and GPS NAV) to be under positive control for extended range. This is good intro to long-range ferrying, transport flying. In other words, boring. Isn't it great you selected HELOs? You'll never do this kind of flying in a fleet HELO. Like the ON's, there are some great brief items here, though. If you do these flight local, BE ADVISED, this is testable information you need to know for the RI-16/17X.
- NFAM 02 through NFAM-05- (Night Familiarization Flight) - VFR Night Flights.
I know what you're thinking, these are benign night flights, basically pretty easy, just look at the ground and you're good to go. These flights are really good practice, especially flying without NVG's. When you get to the fleet, unless you are flying VERTREP all the time for the Navy, you will do lots, if not ALL of your flying at night. If you get HSL you will always fly at night. It's just more tactical, and it's cooler outside. Take the opprotunity to soak up as much experience as you can. Really use those charts, and try to figure out who's flying around you.
- RI-10 through RI-16 - Here's my spiel on RI's in Advanced. There are really two ways to do RI's in the HT's.
The hard way to do RI's in Advanced: Go one event at a time. Use the old gouge out there with bogus page references, obselete information, and weak explanations on brief items. Show up to the briefs knowing just what you need for that event- not the one prior or later.
The easy way to do RI's in Advanced: Study for RI-17X from the first flight event forward. Why the first flight, and not the first SIM? Because it's with the IP's that you will pick up the most information. Remember that although your instrument checkride will be mainly based on your ability to perform the FAA requirements & Naval Air Force (NAF as it's now called) requirements, the kicker is the knowledge. They had to know it, and the instructors that tought them had to know it, so therefore it's simply a rite of passage. Heck, you're getting paid to accept wings with 4 ratings (and soon to be many more).
So how do I prepare for RI's?
- Start with a small notebook, perhaps the same one you used for your Instrument Ground School, INAV class, HITS class, whatever it's called the month you're in there.
- For each briefing item, put some serious thought into it. You know your pubs, so look into each pub that a briefing item COULD exist. Write that information (not everything, just what you need) into that notebook. Make sure to add the page number [Page xx] AND the section number [AIM 22-05-8.22] or picture reference.
- Use Page Tabs on your Pubs. Get the big ones you can write on. Write what's in that tab on the tab itself. When an instructor asks you in a brief about a subject that you know MORE than he does, you can go right to it.
- Print out your own personal OPNAV (if you're REALLY motivated) * KEEP YOUR OLD PUBS. Page numbers change in new versions. Here is where to get NATOPS pubs for any aircraft* (You will need to authenticate into NATEC.)
NATEC / NAVAIR: https://www.natec.navy.mil/
- Know where to get the MOST current information:
(See my links section for more..)
FAA AIM: http://www.faa.gov/atpubs/AIM/
DOD NOTAM system: https://www.notams.jcs.mil/
FAA NOTAM system: https://pilotweb.nas.faa.gov/distribution/atcscc.html
FAA Air Traffic Pubs: http://www.faa.gov/atpubs/
Weather by ADDS: http://adds.aviationweather.gov/
National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (previously NIMA): http://www.nga.mil/
DAFIF (By the NGA): https://22.214.171.124/products/digitalaero/
- Look over your old API Books - especially the FR&R and Weather Books - you'll get a lot of brief items from the API weather book. Need some gouge on that API Info? See my API section, or get these:
Navigation: API Navigation, "The Only one you need"
Blank Jet Logs: Blank TH-57 Jet Log with Integrated form-fillable DD-175 (recommended)
DD-175's: PDF Version MS Word Version
F.R.&R Flight Rules & Regulations: API FR&R Gouge
- I could say get one event ahead, but nobody does. If you do, you could knock out some great grades. Your choice. If you do go ahead, leave a space after the previous brief items, and leave lots of space around the brief items to write notes.
- After your brief for each flight, write the notes from your brief into that notebook.
- Review this information each time you prep for another RI flight.
- BE THAT GUY that knows all the RI brief items. People will come to you to ask questions. They will challenge you on information, and you may learn things from other instructors, (or from HT-8) that nobody knows. It's a knowledge game. The mission here is good grades, right?
- Ask the toughest instructor about RI-17X, try to make an appointment to have a pre-RI-16 review. Have him ask you every question that he would ask a student on an RI-16/17X. This will do several things:
- You'll know ALL the gouge, be way prepared for the event, by bringing those unknown holes to light.
- You may not be able to do the event with that instructor because you know all his tricks.
- Ask if he uses the instructor gouge. (Here it is in PDF version: RI-17X MEGA-GOUGE)
- If you ARE scheduled to do the flight with him, you'll be ahead
- You'll have the confidence to smoke the RI-16 and RI-17X, a very valuable flight as far as grades.
- TF-05X (Transition Flight Five CHECKRIDE) - This is the flight that kicks a lot of guys off the horse. I've personally seen the brightest guys get downed on the performance evaluation (flight) portion of this event. This is a review. It's easier said than done, but don't get so deep into the RI's that you forget EP's and systems. I had to brief three different systems on three different briefs on my TF-05. I was canx-ed for Wx each time. Let me tell you it was a good thing...
- RI-17X - The last REAL flight of the syllabus. In fact, this USED to be the last flight on the old curriculum but it was too difficult for placement officers to work the numbers in such short notice. That said, it is still the last flight that counts towards your fleet selection. You should have no problem on knowledge if you passed the RI-16. Now for the flight portion, if you could remember one thing, remember this: "WHAT IS MY BACKUP IF THIS FAILS?" Backups meaning everything from a VOR while on an ILS to divert fields for uncommanded fuel loss. I flew into Mobile with 3 systems gauges inop, no gyro and on my backup NAV while simulating lost comms. (It was my onwing so he made the flight extra special, payback for all those crappy Autos)
* Now make sure to leave at least 2 hours for all the paperwork. Be sure to get it right, it is one of the few papers that are looked at down the road in the FRS/RAG.
MOD-500: Forms, Low-Level Nav, Carrier Quals/DLQs/Ship Quals and an intro to SAR.
- HTAC-07 through HTAC-11 - Formation Flights / Low-level Nav
Formation Eastern Operating Area Chart MINI-GOUGE - A great chart of the area, kneeboard size.
These flights are a lot of fun if you like forms. Otherwise, they're pretty much a nightmare. Hopefully if you don't like them, you're not a Marine. Navy guys don't fly forms very often, and when they do, it's rare they're in parade or stacked form. I enjoyed the form flights because you combine Low level navigation, dual-tasking of Pilot and Copilot, quick manuevering and precise aircraft control at high-speed, low altitude. It's really a finesse evaluation that builds on your VT experience - it's like a combo of VT forms + VT TACforms in one hop. HTAC-10/11 are more challenging on the Navigation portion. Bes sure to SNIV with the best instructors early.
- THE FORM BRIEF: Updated HT-18 Form Brief
- Smart Cards : HTAC-07/08 Smart Card , HTAC 10/11 Smart Card
- Route Brief: HTAC 10/11 Route Brief
* If you redo these cards, or the FORM brief, let me know, I'll post them here..
HTAC-12S & HTAC-13S - Intro to Ship Quals. This will be your bread and butter when you get to the fleet. Keep all those approach plates they give you. You'll practice lots of ELVAs at the FRS/RAG.
- HTAC-14 - This should really be called DLQ-00. You fly over the water, practicing SAR and shipboard approaches, but you won't land on a boat.
- SQ-01 & SQ-01 - The Ship Qual flights. These are a good experince. It's so much easier to land the little Bell 206 Helicopter on a deck almost the same that size you'll later land a fleet aircraft (SH-60B,F,H, etc) on later. It's fun, too, if you went to OCS. You'll fly right by all the OCS guys marching around Building 633, and maybe even see the SH-3 doing API SAR Operations in the Bay. First you'll do FDLPs (boat landing practice on the pads at OLF Santa Rosa), then blast out west to the bay for the Helicopter Landing Trainer (HLT) IX-514 (Trivia.. It was originally designed as a military version of a commercial landing craft and employed by the U.S. Army as a harbor utility craft. The HLT was towed to NAS Pensacola in 1986 and converted into a Helicopter Landing Trainer.)
Bring some change for the Junk food.
Look over all the pubs a little, also. You'll know the pubs much better later, but for now make sure and get enough sleep- after all, it's your last flight at the HT-'s!
That's me at the controls on my last HT-18 flight . Now on to the SH-60B FRS/RAG for the SH-60B...
Will you be driving out west for the FRS/RAG? See the top of gouge page for San Diego, and..
On the drive out: DRIVE SLOWLY through; or AVOID the city of JUNCTION, TEXAS!
Do not stop there or buy gas there!
It a crooked place where speeding tickets fund the local economy!
Don't support it!
Tell your friends!
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