The Naval Aviation Survival Training Program (NASTP) includes four specific types of aviation physiology and water survival training:
- Initial training series
- Specialized, supplemental and/or advanced continuation training initial series
- Refresher continuation training for aircrew series
- Adjunctive training that augments the basic refresher cycle of the NASTP and squadron aviation safety programs
The applicable sections of the OPNAVINST 3710.7 Chapter 8 are presented below. All references to paragraphs or appendices have been left in for your reference.
- Training Requirements
- Records - Flight personnel reporting for NASTP training at an Aviation Survival Training Center (ASTC) shall deliver their NATOPS Flight Personnel Training/Qualification Jacket with a current Aeromedical Clearance Notice (BUMED 6410/2) to the training site. The ASTC shall ensure that appropriate training entries are made and inserted into the NATOPS jacket. All training documentation forms are to be retained as a permanent part of the NATOPS jacket. Personnel completing required annual Adjunctive training shall have the training documented in their NATOPS jacket, other Adjunctive training may also be documented there. Previously, NASTP training was documented on OPNAV Form 3760/32F, documentation of training now consists of a qualification letter (Appendix E, E.6). For aircraft specific training (Aircrew Indoctrination NASTP Training, Aircrew Refresher NASTP Training, and Non-aircrew NASTP Training) the specific aircraft qualified for shall be listed. Use Appendix E sections E.1, E.2, and E.3 to determine training requirements. For detailed information on aircraft specific requirements contact the ASTC or NSTI.
- Physical Prerequisites for Participation in the NASTP
- Training Waivers/Qualification Extensions
- Coordination - Type Commanders, commanding officers, aerospace physiologists, flight surgeons, training and safety officers shall monitor the NASTP to ensure that the curricula support their requirements. NASTP curricula shall be submitted to COMNAVAIRFOR (N45) for approval. Curricula shall be developed by NSTI, the course curriculum model manager (CCMM) for all NASTP training, and sent to COMNAVAIRFOR via BUMED (NASTP Training Agent). The curricula shall be developed with the technical advice of other naval activities as necessary. COMNAVAIRFOR approved curricula shall be distributed by NSTI for implementation. NASTP training shall be accomplished only through the NSTI ASTCs. NSTI shall, in coordination with BUMED (M341), evaluate and standardize all approved curricula, procedures, equipment and devices. NSTI is also responsible for the development/distribution/duplication of academic support materials for the NASTP curricula. Naval Operational Medicine Institute (NOMI) has the responsibility to ensure annual evaluations are conducted at each ASTC for NASTP safety, standardization, and quality assurance in accordance with guidance provided by CNO, COMNAVAIRFOR (N45) and BUMED. An additional annual inspection for NASTP training device Quality, Assurance and Revalidation (QA&R) is required. NSTI shall implement corrections as required.
- NASTP Overview
- Adjunctive Training
- Grading/Graded Elements
- Environmental Exposure - Flight personnel shall not participate in flight duties for 12 hours after completion of the following NASTP training or training devices: 9D5 or 9D6 (METS), CFET, MSDD, dynamic SEBD (or equivalent egress device) training, and/or low pressure chamber flights in excess of 30,000 feet. Personnel may fly as passengers in aircraft during this 12-hour period however; the cabin altitude shall not exceed 10,000 feet for personnel who have been exposed to a low pressure chamber flight in excess of 30,000 feet. The low pressure chamber exposure flight restrictions do not apply to personnel completing dynamic hypoxia training via a reduced oxygen breathing device (ROBD) in lieu of a low pressure chamber flight.