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How do I become a NOAA Corps aviator?

 The NOAA Corps has three primary annual competitive selection boards for acquiring aviators:

    1. Inter-Service Transfer (IST).  Officers commission directly into the NOAA Corps from their prior uniformed service agency. Depending on the aviator's aircraft history and FAA (equivalent) qualifications, they may be selected to operate any aircraft in the fleet.
    2. Basic Officer Training Course (BOTC).  The NOAA Corps may select pilots immediately upon their completion of BOTC to report directly to aviation training. These selects will typically begin their NOAA aviation career on our Twin Otter aircraft.
    3. Fleet-to-Aviation. A presently serving mariner (one who did not get selected at BOTC or has decided to transition to aviation at a later period in their career) may compete for a pilot position via Fleet-to-Aviation Selection Board. These selects will typically begin their NOAA aviation career on our Twin Otter aircraft.
Officers that hold less than a Commercial Multi Engine Land (MEL) Pilot Certificate-Instrument Rating will attend Flight Training. ISTs are generally selected because they hold these credentials and typically should not have to attend Flight Training. If an officer holds a Commercial MEL Pilot Certificate-Instrument Rating or greater, any follow-on training requirements will be coordinated by the NOAA Aircraft Operations Center Training Section. For any aviation specific questions, please contact the Aircraft Operations Center at AOC.ChiefAdmin@noaa.gov.

 

Pilots in cockpit of NOAA's Gulfstream IV
October 1, 2021
Media: Article

Groundbreaking new program will help NOAA build its capacity to conduct science in the sky in service to the nation.

October 1, 2021
Media: Video
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Lt. Cmdr. Copare at the controls of NOAA WP-3D Orion N43RF Miss Piggy in the eye of Category 4 Hurricane Ida August 29, 2021
September 3, 2021
Media: Article

NOAA's hurricane hunter and emergency response aircraft provided data critical to storm forecasting and recovery efforts.

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