CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas (NNS) -- The Naval Air Training Command (NATRACOM) unveiled the Introductory Flight Screening (IFS) program earlier this month in Pensacola, Fla., as its first students began flight training. This new Navy program is designed to provide prospective naval aviators with 25 hours of flight instruction from Federal Aviation Administration-certified flight instructors prior to commencing the Navy's flight training program.
The IFS program, administered by the Naval Aviation Schools Command on board Naval Air Station Pensacola, Fla., will prepare prospective Navy and Marine Corps pilots for the Navy's primary pilot-training program.
Civilian FAA certified flight schools will, at the Navy's expense, provide students with both classroom and actual flying experience in civilian aircraft.
The NATRACOM expects to receive a better-prepared student with an increased appreciation for the challenges of naval flight training.
"A graduate of the IFS program will be better prepared for the rigors of flight training. The Navy benefits when our student aviators have a realistic idea of their own abilities and what is required of them to learn to fly before they start primary flight training," said the Chief of Naval Air Training, Rear Adm. John E. Boyington Jr.
"When the IFS program is fully implemented, I expect to see a lower student attrition rate with more students ultimately earning their 'wings of gold' and taking their place in the fleet," Boyington said.
The Naval Air Training Command provides the Navy and Marine Corps with more than 1,200 quality aviators annually.
For more information on Naval Air Training Command, go to https://cnatra.navaltx.navy.mil.