The prime purpose of this paper is to acquaint those officers of the service, who may be ordered to flying duties in preparation for naval aviation qualifications, with the nature of the primary flying work in store for them, and to set forth succinctly one's observations of previous aviation classes convened at Pensacola. A study of the experiences of individuals of widely different types, affords, in this field of endeavor, one criterion from which potential student aviators may deduce their ultimate degree of success and proficiency in the art of flying.
While suggestions and admonitions set forth may appear to the average mind to be elementary and unnecessarily stressed, they are considered of sufficient importance to be included in this article. The simplest precautions are often, through their very nature, the ones most readily forgotten or overlooked.
As a preface, it may be said that a dissertation on this subject has been prompted by four main factors which affect the status of the aeronautic organization of the Navy, and add in general to service interest in aeronautics namely, the following policies recently established by the department: