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Navy harnessing new technology to restructure aviation training

The Navy is incorporating new technologies into its aviation training curriculum, from hand-held devices to full simulators, to better train airmen to fly and fight their aircraft.

Speaking at a panel over the weekend at the Tailhook Association’s online symposium, service officials touted the use of live, virtual and constructive (LVC) training and said the Navy is working to embed the methods into its pilot training program.

“We are undergoing modernization across the board, and one of the key pillars of that is to leverage the new technology that is out there in the market,” Rear Adm. Robert Westendorff, the chief of naval air training (CNATRA), told the panel.

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ENCOURAGEMENT, SUPPORT KEY TO AVIATION EDUCATION

Young people can do anything they set out to do as long as they have encouragement and a good support team, said former U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds demonstration squadron commander Kevin Robbins in a keynote during the fifth annual AOPA High School Aviation STEM Symposium November 10 through 12 in Denver.

?Don?t let other people discourage you from achieving your dreams,? he told more than 350 science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) educators during the two-day gathering that focused on leadership, best learning practices, and hands-on projects designed to engage youth in aviation.

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