Serving in the Air Force as an Avionics Systems specialist with the CV-22 tilt rotor Osprey specialty aircraft is a challenging and new position. The Air Force operates the tilt rotor Osprey along with the Marine Corps; it is one of the newest and most challenging airframes in the United States military Aircraft inventory. It is just one of the vehicles that you will learn to work on as an Air Force enlisted Avionics systems specialist, other aircraft include the F-117 bomber, and the F-16 fighter aircraft. All of these aircraft require a lot of professional and personal maintenance to stay in top military readiness and flying condition. The CV22 started its life as a Marine Infantry aircraft, but has been expanded as the newest member of the Armed Services aviation aircraft.
You will serve as a member of the Avionics team that services and maintains the systems on the CV22. You will work to troubleshoot problems, and solve operations systems malfunctions as they occur. You will work on systems including flight control, attack control, laser instruments, radar and radio communications gear, navigational instruments as well as other equipment dealing with data and signals flow. Part of your job will include working with electronic test gear, and aerospace ground equipment. The position you work in was previously part of three different Air Force specialties that were combined into one job and career specialty with the assignment of the CV22 to Air Force inventory.
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The Osprey CV-22 is a vertical take off and landing aircraft that blends the helicopter with the long range and higher forward speed of a turboprop aircraft. It is used to conduct long-range reconnaissance and infiltration missions, and as a member of its aviation repair crew you will be called upon to maintain a high state of military readiness on the aircraft that you service. The aircraft features twin nacelles that swivel forward after takeoff as a helicopter, allowing the aircraft to function as a normal prop driven fixed wing aircraft.
To become a CV-22 Osprey Specialist you start with 9 weeks of basic training in Air Force boot camp, followed by 22 weeks of Individual specialized training. You will learn both in the classroom and in simulated field conditions. Training will be held at one of two air bases, either Kessler Air Force Base in Mississippi, or at Sheppard Air Base located in Texas.