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Eye In The Sky said:That is almost exactly what happened in the Argus-Sea King days, according to our AESOp history lectures in Winnipeg.
Observers, as we were called then, would be trained and fly in the VP (Argus) Sqns first tour. From that group, some would be selected as potentially good (lone) operators and sent for training and flying second tour to the HS (Sea King) Sqn's.
There's some folks with both airframes in their logbooks, but generally it seems to me most folks stay with 1 or the other and don't move between communities.
I am not the most experienced guy on Sqn (and not an Acoustician), but based on H3s earlier post on sensor management/sharing and how MHs work, I would think the best guys and gals to move from Aurora to Cyclone would be the wet sensor types, Acousticians. Again just my :2c:
Take your 2 cents and cram it! (mainly because I am an acoustician, and I enjoy the LRP life)
But yes I do agree with you, although I am against cross pollination (keep experience within the fleet)
My theory is that because passive acoustics is such an art, that takitor from the Aurora and throwing him into the cyclone world makes sense, same acoustic processor. I think taking a wet operator and teaching them Radar and ESM, is better than a dry operator learning passive acoustics (if that makes sense). It's not so much the analysis, but the tracking, sure it's easier with the new processor, but you still have to know your Doppler cold. That being said, frig passive acoustics if you can clear the ocean with one ping, then do that!