Tomcat FAM Block XIV

RIOs continue their training while the entire squadron prepares for the FAM Checkride. Each person will run through a mock Checkride by the numbers, before crewing up with their RIOs for Part II of Crew Coordination.  Exercises in this Block will cover successful employment of a BVR weapon against a drone, and LANTIRN use.


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.



  • Mock Checkride
  • Pilot / RIO Crew coordination Part II
  • BVR Weapon employment
  • LANTIRN usage


  • RIOs – Mandatory attendance in PART 2 of the “RIO 101” classroom session on Sunday is required for certification. 

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