To keep aviators and crews as well trained as possible, the Navy is introducing new proto- cols brought upon by advances in technology
and budget constraints to the schoolhouse. The climate goes beyond an approach that would dictate the
more things change, the more they stay the same.
Virtual training — inside simulators and away from
real cockpits and flight decks — has been the norm for
decades and will continue to play an integral role.
Nevertheless, even as new aircraft are introduced to the
inventory, the journey through instruction to certification will follow a rather traditional path.
“Training of aircrews remains the same as it has been,”
a Naval Air Forces Pacific (NAVAIR) public affairs
spokesperson said in an e-mail response to questions.
Aviators still will move through the process of primary, intermediate and advanced instructions, and then
train with a Fleet Replacement Squadron, before joining
the fleet. Enlisted crews, likewise, will earn their ratings
and advance accordingly through traditional avenues.
Nonetheless, changes will take place — again, prima-
rily in the simulation realm. Recent technological strides
have enabled the naval aviation community to adopt what
it calls Live, Virtual Constructive
(LVC) training and simulation.
Now in play at the Warfare Deve-
lopment Center at Naval Air Station
Fallon, Nev., LVC is proving to be an
effective method of ensuring that
simulator trainers reproduce what
would occur in real cockpits as faith-
fully as possible. In essence, LVC’s
Human Performance Assessment
component enables evaluators to
look at results experienced by train-
ees and glean valuable information
about their physical, functional and
cognitive reactions to the process.
With the understanding that
LVC alone would not be enough,
the Warfare Development Center leverages it by factor-
ing in security, physical and geographical limitations of
ranges, and costs. Naval aviators and crews also can
garner useful information from simulators around the
world, which allows for sharing of over-the-horizon
combat scenarios encountered by forward-deployed
pilots, the NAVAIR spokesperson said.
“Our aviators must take greater advantage of simula-
tion, especially as naval aviation moves toward a more
LVC-centric environment,” the spokesperson said.
The Naval Air Warfare Training Systems Division is
accumulating considerable information on simulation,
and developing expertise within the community regarding
the exercise of command and control. Aircrews, in turn,
can use the information to avoid mistakes and achieve
success in simulators before stepping into a real aircraft.
“Aviators gain muscle memory through repetition in
a safer, simulated environment. The controlled train-
ing situation allows them to learn initial lessons prior
to setting foot in an aircraft,” the spokesperson said.
Once the fliers gain an adequate level of proficiency,
garnered in conjunction with hands-on and simulated
instruction, LVC will enhance the experience, the naval
Technological strides bring changes to the simulation side of pilot education
By NICK ADDE, Special Correspondent
Even as new aircraft are introduced to the inventory, the journey
through flight training instruction to certification will follow a
rather traditional path.
■ Virtual training has been the norm for decades and will continue to play an integral role.
■ Live Virtual Constructive (LVC) training ensures that simulator
trainers reproduce what would occur in real cockpits as faithfully
■ The Warfare Development Center leverages LVC by factoring in
security, physical and geographical limitations of ranges, and costs.