The T-6B Texan II has replaced the older, slower T-34 “Tormentors.”
While the Navy’s primary training aircraft has evolved from the slower T-34C Turbo Mentor to the faster T-6B Texan II, little has progressed in the management of naval aviation training despite the availability of sophisticated commercial technology. The training environment still relies on pilot voice reports, visual separation, and adherence to standard operational procedures unaided by modern technology. As part of the NextGen program, aircraft across the Department of Defense are undergoing Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)–mandated upgrades to automatic dependent surveillance–broadcast (ADS-B) transponders. This creates a unique opportunity to improve safety and efficiency within naval aviation training at minimal additional cost. ADS-B technology will help naval aviation make the training environment more efficient, effective, and safe.
How ADS-B Works