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On August 8, 2008, in a ceremony at Whiting Field NAS, Ed was designated as a unrestricted Naval Aviator (Naval Helicopter Pilot #29553). He now wears the "Wings of Gold" on his uniform.

Awarding of U.S. Naval Aviation
"Wings of Gold"
to Lieutenant (JG) Edward Mark Filemyr

Click Here for pictures of the "Winging"


The path from Virginia Tech to this point.....

Adapted from the Chief of Naval Training (CNATRA) website.......

All flight training begins at NAS Pensacola, Florida, the “Cradle of Naval Aviation.” Young men and women report from three recruiting sources: Just under 40% come from the U.S. Naval Academy, just over 40% come from Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps (NROTC) units, and just over 20% from Officer Candidate School (OCS).

(Ed came from the NROTC unit at Virginia Tech)

Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force and Coast Guard flight students spend about six weeks in Aviation Preflight Indoctrination (API) at the Naval Aviation Schools Command. Here they are challenged both academically and physically. Classes include: engineering, aerodynamics, air navigation, aviation physiology and water survival.

(Ed completed API at NAS Pensacola)

Upon completion of API, student pilots, also known as Student Naval Aviators (SNA), and student navigators, known as Student Naval Flight Officers (SNFO), proceed to their separate primary training pipelines. Primary SNA training is conducted at three bases: NAS Whiting Field, Milton, Florida, NAS Corpus Christi, Texas and Vance Air Force Base (AFB), Enid, Oklahoma. For the SNAs reporting to the Navy bases, primary training is approximately 22 weeks. It includes ground-based academics, simulators and flight training in either the T-34 Turbomentor or the T-6A Texan II. Primary training consists of six stages: Familiarization (FAM), Basic Instruments, Precision Aerobatics, Formation, Night FAM, and Radio Instruments.

(Ed completed Primary SNA training at NAS Corpus Christi)

Pipeline selections occur upon completion of primary training. This is based on the current and projected needs of the services, the student’s performance and preferences. Student naval aviators are selected for: Maritime (multi-engine prop), E-2/C-2, Rotary (helos), Strike (jets), and the E-6 TACAMO.

(Ed was selected for Rotary [Helos])

Student pilots selected for helicopter training report to NAS Whiting Field and complete advanced training in the TH-57 Sea Ranger. Students learn the unique characteristics and tactics of rotary-wing aviation. They are also introduced to shipboard landing on the Helo Landing Trainer, the Navy’s only ship dedicated to teaching helo pilots how to land onboard a moving vessel. Once they receive their Wings of Gold, Navy helicopter pilots report to their respective FRS for SH-60 or H-53 training.

(Ed will report to San Diego for SH-60 S/F training at North Island NAS [part of Naval Base Coronado].
Once fleet training is completed, he will be deployed on a Pacific fleet aircraft carrier)