Navy to resume T-45 training flights Monday

The Navy will resume its T-45C flights on Monday after the training jets were grounded due to pilot protest and problems with oxygen systems, the commander of Naval Air Forces announced.

Navy to resume T-45 training flights Monday

However, the service has still not found the root cause or a solution to the oxygen system issues that caused a boycott by hundreds of instructor pilots, including Vice President Mike Pence’s son, Vice Adm. Mike Shoemaker said in a released statement.

The Navy will instead limited T-45C training flights for sailors and Marines to below 10,000 feet using a mask that circumvents the aircraft’s on-board oxygen generator system.

“We will be able to complete 75 percent of the syllabus flights with the modified masks while we continue the important engineering testing and analysis at [Naval Air Station Patuxent River in Maryland] to identify the root cause of the problem,” Shoemaker said.

The faulty oxygen systems were leading to hypoxia that can dangerously disorient pilots and cause serious health problems.

The T-45C aircraft were originally grounded for three days earlier this month but the Navy then extended the ban on flights by more than a week as it examined two of the jets from Texas and Mississippi, which were transported to Naval Air Systems Command for a full evaluation.

“All teams are immersed in this effort and working with the same sense of urgency to solve our physiological episodes across the fleet,” Shoemaker said.

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