(See pages xliii, xliv, xlv and 828-830)
WITH the recently authorized expansion in the aviation strength of the Navy, there has developed an urgent need for an increase in the number of naval aviators. It is the function of the Naval Air Station at Pensacola, Florida, to supply this need. Four times a year classes of naval officers commence instruction here. The entire course of training, including advanced courses, requires approximately ten months. Those students who complete satisfactorily the prescribed work are designated naval aviators, and are then considered qualified for duty in aircraft squadrons of the fleet.
What Is a Naval Aviator? Before taking up the training of student naval aviators, it will be pertinent to ask the question, What is a naval aviator? A comprehensive system of checking is carried out to determine the relative ability of each student. What considerations prompt the decision to designate one man a naval aviator and to discontinue the training of another?