Tomcat FAM Block XIII

Congratulations! Having passed your CQs, it won’t be too much longer before you receive your Fleet Squadron assignments. But before that happens, there are a few more items to cover before your checkride. The RIO pipeline will get underway on Sunday with a dedicated classroom session, and pilots will be matched up with a RIO on Monday to begin crew coordination training.


The F-14 served as the U.S. Navy’s primary maritime air superiority fighter, fleet defense interceptor, and tactical aerial reconnaissance platform well into the 2000s. The Low Altitude Navigation and Targeting Infrared for Night (LANTIRN) pod system added in the 1990s extended the Tomcat’s capability to perform precision ground-attack missions.

As a Tomcat pilot, you will be trained to operate the F-14 from the deck of a U.S. Navy supercarrier in support of the Carrier Strike Group (CSG) mission to project U.S. military power and ensure freedom of navigation and maritime security.

Throughout the course of your training, you’ll learn how the F-14 handles in high and low speed configurations, how to employ the weapons systems, how to use Jester AI, how to refuel in-flight, how to handle an in-flight emergency, and most importantly, how to “trap”… recovery on the aircraft carrier.¬† You’ll also be introduced to similar and dissimilar dogfighting, as well as CASE III recoveries.

At the conclusion of primary flight training, an optional RIO supplement will be available for those seeking to fly in the backseat in a multi-crewed aircraft.



  • Pilot / RIO Crew coordination.
  • Emergency Procedures
  • Air to Air Practice


  • RIOs – Attend the “RIO 101” classroom session on Sunday¬†

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