Flight Test Basics (FTB)
Flight Test Basics, the second course in a series for a new Flight Test Engineer (FTE) after Indoctrination, gets deeper into their job at NAWCWD. We cover basic aerodynamics, stability, and control, communications, avionics, and weapons. This gives new employees, who arrive from a wide array of backgrounds and experiences, a taste for naval aviation, aircraft, and the weapons systems they will work. During the 3-day class, we cover operations within the Navy and Marine Corps aviation fleet. Also, we review operations at NAWCWD airfields (“course rules”) and aviation topics such as weather, safety, and mission systems.