NORFOLK, Va. – The Navy calls it the most dangerous thing you can do in aviation: landing on an aircraft carrier.
Add to that the darkness of night and a pitching deck at sea and more than one student aviator learning to master the skill has struggled.
Now thanks to advanced technology at use in the fleet, the task is becoming slightly easier.
This month student aviators from Strike Fighter Squadron 106, the Navy’s East Coast Fleet Replacement Squadron, have been getting carrier qualified on the Ford using the Precision Landing Mode (PLM) technology.
PLM has has been in use in the fleet since 2017, but it is now being adapted by student aviators.
Captain Dan Catlin, Commanding Officer of VFA-106, says this training evolution on the Ford using PLM has been the smoothest yet, and he can tell based on what he hasn’t been seeing.
“The white knuckles, the shaky knees, you see the…