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Naval Aviator Program

NAS PENSACOLA -- Ever wonder what it takes to be a Naval Aviator?
For $199 dollars, the general public can get a crash course on the entire Flight Training program that takes 3 in a half years in real life... condensed down into one day.

It is part of a new program launched by the National Flight Academy called the Naval Aviator Experience.
Channel Three's Kavontae Smalls has an exclusive sneak peak on the program.

You've probably heard about the National Flight Academy for students, but now adults have the opportunity learn what it's like to be an aviator.
In this sneak peak you'll get a firsthand look at the new Naval Aviator Experience.

The Naval Aviator Experience teaches people some of the same things real Naval Aviators are taught.
I got the chance to see what the new program is all about.
Under the tutelage from a couple of pilots and a survival expert, I was briefed on my mission...
Then I was shown the intended flight path, which goes from NAS Pensacola, to Pensacola Beach and an aircraft carrier 20-miles off shore.
Before getting into the plane... I had to suit up.

I was put in a CMU-33 Aircrew Survival Vest.
Yes, this thing has a lot of gadgets within it...from flares to a small oxygen tank.
Then it was time for the parachute.

I learned what it's like to be suspended aloft.
I even experienced what it's like to inflate my flotation device, and no, it wasn't as easy as it looks.
But, I finally got it.
I also learned other emergency procedures like ejecting from a damaged aircraft, and bailing out an airplane.

Finally the flight simulator, my personal favorite.
You simulate basic aircraft movements as well as neat tricks just like the Blue Angels.

"300 feet, they're starting to take pictures of you, that's pretty good. Mac 1.1, you're going 740 knots" said one of the flight instructors.

Probably my most challenging task was landing on a moving aircraft carrier. 
All in all, it was a neat experience now everyone can enjoy.

For more information on the Naval Aviator Experience, call the National Flight Academy at 458-7836.