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FWAATS History

Located in scenic Bridgeport, WV, the Fixed Wing Army National Guard Aviation Training Site (FWAATS) is the only Army National Guard (ARNG) training site that provides Army aviator (Active Duty, Reserve and National Guard) fixed wing training instruction.  Since its inception as the Eastern Fixed Wing Training Site (later renamed FWAATS) in 1992, FWAATS has trained more than 2,500 Soldiers across all three Army components in the operation of Army standard and non-standard fixed wing aircraft.  Accredited through The Army School System (TASS), FWAATS has on three occasions been certified as a "Learning Institution of Excellence" by TRADOC evaluation teams.

FWAATS provides its students with some of the most complex and technically challenging aviation instruction in the Army.  In addition to conducting aircraft qualification courses (AQC) in the C-12, C-26 and KA-300, FWAATS proudly notes that we’re the only Army training site that instructs the C-26 AQC, fixed wing Instrument Flight Examiner (IFE) Courses (C-12 and C-26) and Maintenance Test Pilot Course (C-12 only).  Although the aircraft was divested from the Army inventory in 2013, FWAATS was also the Army’s only C-23 (“Sherpa”) accredited training schoolhouse.  It is as a result of our having trained more than 1,000 C-23 aircrew members and being recognized as the Army’s C-23 experts that FWAATS is being considered to train allied nations that purchase divested C-23’s through the excess defense article program.

FWAATS currently instructs, or has instructed, the following courses:

            KA300/MARSS Aircraft Qualification Course
            C-12 Fixed Wing Qualification Course
            C-23 Aviator Qualification Course
            C-26 Fixed Wing Qualification Course
            C-12 Aircraft Recurrent Course
            C-26 Aircraft Recurrent Course
            C-12 Instrument Flight Examiner Course
            C-23 Instrument Flight Examiner Course
            C-26 Instrument Flight Examiner Course
            C-12 Instructor Pilot Course
            C-23 Instructor Pilot Course
            C-26 Instructor Pilot Course
            C-12 Maintenance Test Pilot Course
            C-23 Aviator Night Vision Goggle Qualification Course
            C-23 Flight Engineer Qualification Course
            C-23 Flight Engineer Instructor Course
            KA-300 Mission Rehearsal Training
            KA-300 Aerial Sensor Operator Mission Rehearsal Training
FWAATS is proud of the role we have played in training aircrews from all Army components to support cargo, A-ISR and non-executive airlift missions domestically and overseas for more than 20 years and is widely considered to be the Army’s premiere fixed wing aviation training site.

Please contact us at 304.201.3811 or email timothy.l.ambrose6.mil@mail.mil to find out more about FWAATS history.

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