NASTP Overview

The Naval Aviation Survival Training Program (NASTP) consists of two major elements:
Aviation Physiology Training; and Aviation Water Survival Training Program

AVIATION PHYSIOLOGY TRAINING: The purpose of this training is to familiarize designated and prospective flight crews with the physiological hazards associated with flight.

AVIATION WATER SURVIVAL TRAINING: The purpose of this training is to familiarize and develop confidence in designated and prospective flight crews with techniques and procedures proven successful in sea survival following ditching or bailout over water.

Curriculum Subject Matter Topics

  • Aviation Physiology
  • Human Factors
  • Oxygen Equipment
  • Low Pressure Chamber
  • Sensory Physiology
  • Night Vision
  • Survival First Aid
  • Aviation Life Support Equipment
  • Egress
  • Ejection Seats
  • Water Survival
  • Survival Swim Strokes
  • Rescue Procedures
  • Parachute Descent
  • Supplemental Emergency Breathing Device (SEBD)
  • Extended Sea Survival
  • Underwater Egress

The Naval Aviation Survival Training Program (NASTP) includes four general categories of survival training courses.

  1. Aircrew Indoctrination NASTP Training.
  2. Aircrew Refresher NASTP Training.
  3. Non-aircrew NASTP Training.
  4. Non-aircraft Specific NASTP Training.

Generally for all training categories listed above, course completion letters will indicate which qualification was received and for which specific aircraft the qualification is valid.

Aircrew Indoctrination NASTP Training

Required initial training for all prospective active-duty USN and USMC aeronautically designated personnel and for USAF and USCG personnel in the Navy pipeline. Training is aircraft specific. Unless otherwise specified, all unique modules/versions must be completed by CNO/COMNAVAIRFOR approved curricula in order to qualify for a particular aircraft. In the situation of qualifying for multiple aircraft/classes of aircraft common identical modules do not need to be repeated. Aircraft/Class-specific requirements are detailed in the CNO/COMNAVAIRFOR approved curricula. NASTP Training is valid for 4 years.

  1. Aircrew Indoctrination NASTP Training for Class 1 aircraft. (Previously documented as N1/NP1 and N6 or N5/NP2 and N6).
  2. Aircrew Indoctrination NASTP Training for Class 2 aircraft. (Previously documented as N1/NP1 and N11 or N5/NP2 and N11).
  3. Aircrew Indoctrination NASTP Training for Class 3 aircraft. (Previously documented as N1/NP1 and N12 or N5/NP2 and N12).
  4. Aircrew Indoctrination NASTP Training for Class 4 aircraft. (Previously documented as N1/NP1 and N11 or N5/NP2 and N11).

Aircrew Refresher NASTP Training

Required refresher training for all aeronautically designated personnel. Prerequisite is completion of one of the Aircrew Indoctrination NASTP Training courses. Training requirements per paragraph 8.4.1 apply for USAF, other U.S. Military and foreign military. Training is aircraft specific per CNO/COMNAVAIRFOR approved curricula. Unless otherwise specified, all unique modules must be completed in accordance with CNO/COMNAVAIRFOR approved curricula in order to qualify for a particular aircraft. In the situation of qualifying for multiple aircraft/classes of aircraft, common modules do not need to be repeated. NASTP Training is valid for 4 years. Aircraft/Class-specific requirements are detailed in the CNO/COMNAVAIRFOR approved curricula.

  1. Aircrew Refresher NASTP Training for Class 1 aircraft. (Previously documented as R1/RP1).
  2. Aircrew Refresher NASTP Training for Class 2 aircraft. (Previously documented as R2/RP2).
  3. Aircrew Refresher NASTP Training for Class 3 aircraft. (Previously documented as R3/RP3).
  4. Aircrew Refresher NASTP Training for Class 4 aircraft. (Previously documented as R4/RP4).

Non-aircrew NASTP Training

Initial training for all non-aeronautically designated personnel who require aircraft-specific NASTP training prior to flight. Students include VIPs, Project Specialists, Selected Passengers, and Midshipmen. Training is aircraft specific in accordance with CNO/COMNAVAIRFOR approved curricula. Unless otherwise specified in this instruction, all unique modules must be completed in accordance with the CNO/COMNAVAIRFOR approved curricula in order to qualify for a particular aircraft. In the situation of qualifying for multiple aircraft/classes of aircraft, common modules do not need to be repeated. NASTP Training is valid for 4 years for Selected Passengers and Project Specialists, valid for 180 days for Midshipmen, and valid for 90 days for VIP and orientation flights. Aircraft/Class-specific requirements are detailed in the CNO/COMNAVAIRFOR approved curricula. The specific aircraft qualification(s) shall be listed in the course completion letter. Upon expiration of the NASTP qualification, the course shall be repeated to retain/regain currency.

  1. Non-aircrew NASTP Training for Class 1 aircraft. (Previously documented as N3/NP3).
  2. Non-aircrew NASTP Training for Class 2 aircraft. (Previously documented as N4/NP4-Cat 2).
  3. Non-aircrew NASTP Training for Class 3 aircraft. (Previously documented as N4/NP4-Cat 3).
  4. Non-aircrew NASTP Training for Class 4 aircraft. (Previously documented as N4/NP4-Cat 4).

Non-aircraft Specific NASTP Training

Mission Specific required specialized, supplemental or continuation training for aircrew and non-aircrew personnel. Training elements required are specific in accordance with CNO/COMNAVAIRFOR approved curricula. The specific qualification(s) completed shall be listed in the course completion letter. Upon expiration of the NASTP qualification, if applicable, the course shall be repeated to retain/regain currency.

  1. CFET (previously documented as NP-5). Centrifuge-based Flight Environment Training (CFET). Required initial training for all tactical jet aircrew flying AV-8, EA-6, F-5, F-16, F/A-18, or F-35 aircraft prior to reporting for FRS training (ideally CFET training should be completed prior to reporting for the advanced strike syllabus). Documented dynamic centrifuge training completed as a student at NADC Warminster, Holloman AFB, or Brooks AFB is recognized as meeting CFET requirements. Designated aircrews flying the above-listed aircraft who have not received dynamic CFET training (NP5) shall complete this course within 18 months of the signature date of this instruction unless they are specifically waived of the requirement by COMNAVAIRFOR (N45) or CMC (ASM). Failure to meet this NASTP requirement within the timeline stated shall result in grounding until successful participation is completed or CFET is waived. CFET is required only once during an aviation career, but can be repeated upon written request by the aviator’s parent command.
  2. HAP Physiology (Previously documented as NP6). High Altitude Parachutist (HAP) Physiology. Physiological training for military personnel (e.g., special operations forces (SOF)) conducting HAP operations.. The training is valid for 5 years and meets USAF/USA HAP Initial physiology training requirements. Upon expiration of qualification, this course is to be repeated in its entirety to maintain currency.
  3. Supplemental Emergency Breathing Device (SEBD) (previously documented as N8). Advanced underwater egress training for personnel authorized to use the SEBD, HABD, or similar underwater egress breathing devices. Prerequisites for training are per CNO/COMNAVAIRFOR approved curriculum guidance. Training is valid for 4 years. More frequent training may be given when requested in writing by the student’s parent command.
  4. Survival Swimming (Previously documented as N8). Basic Aviation Water Survival Skills, Remedial and Adjunctive Training. Provides supplemental training in water survival skills and equipment usage and can be used for remediation in specific water survival training elements. Training available upon request or as required.
  5. Non-aircrew Underwater Emergency Egress (Previously documented as N9). Provides Underwater emergency egress training using training devices 9D5, 9D6, and/or other CNO/COMNAVAIRFOR approved underwater egress trainers for authorized personnel whose duty assignments necessitates frequent overwater helicopter or tilt rotor aircraft flights. Training is valid for 4 years. More frequent training may be provided when requested in writing by the student’s parent command.
  6. CBR Ensemble In-water Egress and Survival (Previously documented as N10). Advanced water survival training for aircrew using CBR ensembles. Prerequisite training is successful completion of Aircrew Indoctrination NASTP Training for Class 1, 2, 3, or 4 aircraft and/or as stated in the CNO/COMNAVAIRFOR approved curriculum. Training is valid for 4 years. More frequent training may be provided when requested in writing by the student’s parent command.
  7. USMC “Non-Aircrew” Personnel Underwater Egress Familiarization/Orientation Course (previously documented as N13). This course is authorized only for USMC non-aircrew personnel. The course is designed specifically to provide USMC Expeditionary Forces familiarization with underwater egress procedures from a multi-place underwater egress trainer. This course does not satisfy the module M prerequisite for Supplemental Emergency Breathing Device (SEBD) training, nor is it a substitute for Non-aircrew Underwater Emergency Egress course (listed above). Prerequisites are completion of CWS3 or higher and documentation of survival flotation training. This course is not valid for USN personnel performing FMF duties: these personnel must complete the Non-aircrew Underwater Emergency Egress course. No time limit is established for this course. Training may be provided whenever requested by the USMC student’s parent command.
  8. Advanced Underwater Egress Training (Previously documented as N14). This course provides advanced training in underwater emergency egress (from various platforms) that is specific to the equipment worn or carried by personnel. Course prerequisites are available from the ASTC or NSTI. No time limit is established for this course. Training may be provided whenever requested by the student’s parent command.
  9. Dynamic Hypoxia Training. This course is to provide didactic and dynamic training focusing on experiencing the symptoms of acute altitude-induced hypoxia and performing corrective actions via a low pressure chamber flight or Reduced Oxygen Breathing Device (ROBD). This course is intended to be used as supplemental or adjunctive aircrew training. If completed by designated aircrew within 90 days of attending Aircrew Refresher NASTP Training the dynamic hypoxia portion of the applicable curriculum does not need to be repeated (in this situation, the completion of the Dynamic Hypoxia Training course shall be used to calculate the ensuing Requalification intervals). No time limit is established for this course. Training may be provided whenever requested by the student or student’s command.

Aircraft Classification

Class 1 Ejection Seat

  • AV-8
  • EA-6
  • F/A-18
  • F-16
  • F-35
  • F-5
  • S-3
  • T-2
  • T-38
  • T-45
  • T-6

Class 2 Non-Ejection Seat, Parachute Equipped

  • E-2
  • C-130
  • P-3
  • T-34
  • C-2

Class 3 Helicopters

  • AH-1
  • H-3
  • H-46
  • H-53
  • H-60
  • TH-57
  • UH-1

Class 4 Pressurized (or Oxygen Available/Required), Non-Parachute Equipped

  • C-12
  • C-20
  • C-21
  • C-26
  • C-35
  • C-37
  • C-40
  • C-9
  • E-4
  • E-6B
  • T-1
  • T-39
  • T-44
  • V-22

Note: Aircraft not listed above shall be categorized and trained based on which class is most applicable.