Navy SH-60B FRS/RAG Gouge

Navy Fleet Replacement "RAG" 2003-2004 Syllabus
Class 0403 - PQM, ATO, SAR, HET, DLQ & NVG Course
NAS North Island , San Diego, CA


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November 2003: CHECK-IN.. (Updated June 2006)

So you got West Coast HSL, and you're going to San Diego, California for the FRS...

  1. SH-60B starting autorotational flare, about 80'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!
  2. Check in, and stay with a buddy. Don't pay the $70-100/night.
  3. If you check in between 0730-1600 M-F on working days: Check in at BUILDING #1472, the building with the sign "LAMPS MKIII TRAINING FACILITY" (Not the squadron), get your NATOPS & WSM (Weapons System Manual).
    If you check in outside of business hours, go to the ASDO desk at the Squadron. If you can't find it, call 619-545-8310. If you need more help, ask for the SDO. The SDO is usually a new FRP (Fleet Replacement Pilot) who is 2-3 months along. If you arrive on a weekday, the SDO will be one of the I.P.'s.
  4. Get a membership at AAA if you don't already have one, they'll give you like 20 free maps of the local area. Be sure to ask for Coronado specifically.
  5. You'll want to find a place to live as soon as possible. Depending on your class-up date, you may not have any time to find a place to live after arriving. You can't use cell phones in the buildings. (It gets difficult to call people with out a phone) I recommend the San Diego Reader, S.D.Rentals.com (a pay service), the Union-Tribune. If you want an apartment, drop by a local 7-11 and grab an Apartment Guide, or use Apartment Ratings. You can even use the local USD University's Housing Board. WELZIE has a great list for renting AND Buying, too. Whatever you you do, DO NOT RENT FROM RIVIERA PROPERTY MANAGEMENT! I rented a place from them in 1999, and lost my $2000 security deposit because they wanted me to repaint the inside of the house (among other crazy things-what a nightmare). The base housing has a 4-6 year wait for Officers. Housing is in short supply. All the new housing goes to Navy and Marine enlisted. If you want to buy, talk to someone who already owns before even looking. It's a seller's market.

If you need leave, and/or want Househunting leave, here is a digital version of the Navy Special Request Chit:
Adobe PDF Special Request Chit, 05-96 with digital input for printout / Adobe PDF Special Request Chit, 09-75 (the version currenly in use)

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.

December 2003: Intro to HSL and the SH-60B Seahawk

Get cracking on the NATOPS. Your first objective will be passing the NATOPS checkride, which includes everything in Chapter 20. It encompasses all that you are already used to, plus your annual SAR evaluation. Shortly thereafter you will also have ANOTHER instrument checkride in the SH-60B.

Here's how to get all your pubs in order:
  1. First, NATOPS setup. After moving it into a 4" Binder, make study materials so you don't destroy your only copy of the NATOPS manual. There are two ways to do this:
    1. Get Adobe Acrobat ReaderGet an account setup with NATEC/NAVAIR at https://www.natec.navy.mil/. You will need to use your Navy account or it won't work. Once inside, you will be able to view unclassified NATOPS manuals in digital form. Print out the Limits* sections, EP's, diagrams, checklists and the Warnings/Cautions/Notes section in the back. *You can print the limits in color.
    2. Photocopy the NATOPS sections you want to study. (It won't be in color and the line drawings will be degraded)
  2. Hellfire Missiles on an SH-60BSecond, Get your Gouge in order. Here are NEW systems gouge diagrams. Updated June 2006.

    You'll need Adobe Acrobat Reader to view them:
    PDF File SH-60B Engine & Firefighting Systems
    PDF File SH-60B T700-GE-401C Engine Oil System
    PDF File SH-60B Engine/APU old & new Fuel systems
    PDF File SH-60B ECU/HMU Fuel Control System
    PDF File SH-60B Transmission System
    PDF File SH-60B AFCS, Flight Controls, Mixing Unit
    PDF File SH-60B Hydraulic / LDI System
    PDF File SH-60B Electrical System

    PDF File SH-60B Fuel System (NEW!)

  3. Build yourself gouge manuals. Take your binder provided by Student Control, the gouge printouts, and your NATOPS copies/prints to a local Staples and get each one spiral bound with plastic covers. Here's what I did, I made each separate:
    • NASNI AIR-OPS Manual (Course Rules)
    • Maneuver Description Guide
    • Combine SOPs into one.
    • Natops Limits, EPs, and checklists with the gouge diagrams in back.

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Check out the local websites you'll be using to get prepared for flights.

  1. Great website with lots of flight gouge: www.seahawkgouge.com.
  2. DPA Tools: Get CBTs online: DPAtools.com/NIQC/ONTRAC, Get your grades: DPATools.com/OGS2x
  3. Naval Air Station North Island Base Weather: NPMOC-sd.navy.mil
  4. National Weather service for San Diego County: www.crh.noaa.gov
  5. San Diego Union-Tribune Newspaper (Military Columns): Union-Tribune
    (More in the Links section)

January-March 2004: PILOT PHASE..

  1. Core B SH-60B from HSL-51 in South KoreaOFT's - Operational Flight Trainers. These are your basic full-motion simulators. Your first eight events will be in here to learn how to use fly the SH-60B and handle EP's. A few more OFTs are for instruments, and finally the OFT 11 is the FAM checkride before going into your NATOPS X. You will discuss each aircraft system in detail, one system per OFT event. If you haven't already put together your gouge books, get the files above.
  2. FAMs 1-9X - Just like before, you'll get a 8 FAMs and a FAM 9X to prepare you for your first NATOPS X. Lots of EPs, lots of SAR, Instrument work, no tactics just yet. Of course you will do all the NATOPS briefs.

    MS Word XP NATOPS Briefing Guide (Just a guide).
  3. Helicopter Instrument Training School, "HITS" - 3 days long, all day, basically recaps what you just had in HT's.

    You may want a few of these: (Blank DD-175's):
    MS Word XP Form-fillable DD-175
  4. Instrument Flights - Just as before, to prepare you for your next Instrument Checkride, the INST X. You'll get 3 Instrument flights and a Checkride to be all set to fly dual-piloted per OPNAV 3710.7T in the SH-60B with this and a current NATOPS X. The most important thing is to get that 6 precision, 6 non-precision, 6 hours requirement. Be sure to have your NAVFLIRS & logbook updated and signed BEFORE the Checkride.
  5. NATOPS X (CHECKRIDE) - All the same as the FAMs, only now each item is graded. Every system is briefed individually, including each EP associated with it. Use the systems diagrams to help you. This is one of the few items your follow-on squadron will see on check-in, so prepare thoroughly and don't invent any new techniques "on the fly". This flight will be the first mark in the NATOPS, followed shortly thereafter by the Instrument Qual.

    Now that you're NATOPS Qualified, you can do these flights...
  6. NVGs - Night Vision Goggle hops. You'll get 2-3 of them, usually 2.5 hours each. You will have good equipment, at the time of this writing we used AN/ANVS-9's. I did mine at El Centro between 0200-0500. Great experience, though as HSL we do very little over land flying.
  7. FDLPs / DLQs /Carrier Quals - Whatever you call it, it's landing on the boat. 1 FDLP flight at Imperial Beach at night, followed by Day/Night DLQ hops made on the same day. Boat comes in once a month, so you may not do these events until well into ATO phase. regardless, bring your camera and some cash, it's not uncommon to be on the boat for 10 hours or more.
  8. HSL-LAMPSTAC FLIGHTS - TAC 1 is your ATO in-aircraft flight. Be sure to look over the EM diagrams and HET ground school binders. (TAC 2 is a flight that is no longer in the syllabus). TAC 3 is done in combination with NVG3 to save fuel - basically some radar/acoustic tracking while on goggles.
  9. FAM 10 (Formation) Flight. This is the only formation flight in the syllabus.

    Here is the TACFORM sequence gouge: Adobe PDF File "DAY TACFORM Maneuvers" Sequence Gouge

    Here is the TACFORM manuever guide provided to SWTI school attendees: Adobe PDF File "TACFORM" SWTI Guide NEW
  10. FAM 11 (Utility). This is the single VERTREP flight you will do at the FRS. Unlike HS/HC/HM, there is very little VERTREP in the HSL/HSM community. Basically 20 minutes of flight time for everyone in the class, and an additional 20 minutes for the guys flying to Imperial Beach and back.
  11. FAM 12 (VNAV). This is the day VNAV flight. Basically the last of the "good deal" flights in the syllabus. Call the Instructor the night before for your route information. This is a good opportunity to take aerial photos of San Diego- see if you can ride in the back on your buddy's hop.

April-July 2004: ATO PHASE..
Use the guides provided by the Intel Office to get your study references. Keep good notes in your secret notebook. It's all classified, so I'm not making any gouge. Ask your buddies about getting copies of their"secret blue brains".

  1. The ALE-39 TRAINER version 1.0b by:
    LT Adam Plowcha
    AWC Dave Crossan, CHSLWL WTU
    Mr. Michael Hegland, CHSLWL WTU
    Mr. Frank Gardner, NAVAIR Air Expendables Group,
    ALE-47/39 Engineer
    WTT's - Weapons Tactical Trainers.
    WTT 1-8 are USW events.
    WTT 9-13 are ASW/SUW events.

    These are for learning the ATO side of the SH-60B. You'll discuss subjects such as the Mission Avionics System components and how to use it. These are to learn HOW to use the equipment.
    Adobe PDF File SH-60B Mission Avionics & Weapons Systems. (Updated June 2006)
    Adobe PDF File Know your "AN/" Designator!
    MS Word XP INIT HELO / INIT Sync Kneeboard Guide / MPD Gouge.
    Adobe PDF File FLIR / Hellfire (CORE B) Control Unit (HCU) Gouge. (Updated June 2006)

  2. WST's - Weapons System Trainers.
    WST 1-3 are SUW events.
    WST 4-9X are ASW/SUW events.

    You would think the names would be the opposite. These are in the full-motion simulators, with the WTT equipment integrated. Before; you used just the flight trainer portion of the OFT.

  3. EP OFT 12 - This is the last event of the syllabus, not always completed (if time doesn't permit). It is an EP refresher sim.


Now on to the HSL-51 WARLORDS at Naval Air Facility Atsugi in Ayase City (Yokohama), Japan.


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Last updated: 9 July, 2008 0:37 by Bryan Weatherup