The mission of the NROTC San Diego Aviation Club is to educate and empower midshipmen who wish to pursue a career in Naval Aviation with either the United States Navy or Marine Corps. Throughout the semester, the Aviation Club hosted a multitude of aviation oriented events intended to expose members to the military aviation communities and prepare them to be successful in this exciting career field.
This past semester, we emphasized preparation for the Aviation Selection Test Battery, an evaluative component of the Naval Aviation application process. Our first event of the semester was an ASTB Study Session. The intention of the event was to provide skills, study tips, and experience for NROTC members to achieve a high score on the ASTB. We had four such events throughout the spring semester. Our next event was a tour of the Naval Air Station El Centro facilities and aircraft, hosted by a pilot in the F/A-18 Fleet Readiness Squadron VFA-122 based out of Lemoore, CA. There, we were fortunate enough to have runway access for front row seats to watch F/A-18 Hornets perform take-offs and landings. We returned to NAS El Centro for the El Centro Air Show in March.
Aviation Club members also had the unique opportunity to utilize the full motion MH-60S Seahawk helicopter flight simulators, compliments of the Fleet Readiness Squadron HSC-3 at Naval Air Station North Island. The flight sims provided midshipman with some terrific experience, useful in their ASTB examinations later in the semester. We had three flight simulator events throughout the semester. We also received guided tours of an MV-22 Osprey squadron at MCAS Miramar, a C-40 Clipper squadron at NAS North Island, and the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt at NAS North Island.
It has been an outstanding semester for the Aviation Club. I would like to thank all members for their hard work and dedication. As a club we yielded over a 95 percent rate of participation and all of those who took the ASTB exam this spring achieved very competitive scores for selection into the aviation communities!
Midshipman Logan Owens
Aviation Club President, Spring 2016