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Pensacola A School

"Pensacola A School"

Naval Air Station Pensacola or 
NAS Pensacola: is the seat of Naval Aviation and the initial primary training base for all Navy, Marine and Coast Guard Aviators.
 Pensacola is also the home base for the United States Navy Flight Demonstration Squadron, the World Famous, Precision-Flying Team, "Blue Angels".

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Discussion Forum

Son just got there.

Started by Luis Maldonado. Last reply by Bob T Jan 11. 3 Replies

Air Traffic Controller (AC) Training

Started by E.G. - ND's Creator/Admin. Last reply by Will Nov 22, 2013. 2 Replies

Grandson in Bks "C" - awaiting AE School start date

Started by Bob Grazinski. Last reply by Ron Bowen Jun 3, 2012. 6 Replies

National Naval Aviation Museum

Started by E.G. - ND's Creator/Admin. Last reply by BillG May 26, 2012. 3 Replies

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Comment by Mark Stelzer yesterday
Received a call from my son who just classed-up at Pensacola. Was only out of basic about a month. Not to bad from what I hear. Best of luck to all the members of this "ABH" training class.
Comment by Bob T on Monday

They work. They will do anything that needs to be done, from driving a bus to mopping and waxing floors. They will be kept busy.

Comment by Chris on April 6, 2014 at 9:15pm

My son just arrived at A school for ABE.  He said his class wouldn't start for 2 months.  What do new sailors do until classes start?

Comment by Bob T on April 1, 2014 at 9:57am

We booked months in advance to get a room for last Thanksgiving at the Navy Lodge. nice room with a great view. My son was on Correy, so he had to commute a few minutes to come see us, but it was well worth it. I flew down 2 weeks ago and stayed at the Gateway Inn and Suites for a night for his graduation from a school. That was nice as well. Just more like an apartment complex. Here's the view from our room at the Navy Lodge.

Comment by Duane E Carter on April 1, 2014 at 8:04am

Call in advance of course due to the lodge and cottages being booked. Im not 100% positive but I believe the young lady was laughing hysterically when I tried on a whim for this last weekend.

Comment by Phil Shannon on April 1, 2014 at 5:29am

Try to stay at the Navy Lodge if you can. Private beach right on the water.

Comment by BillG on March 31, 2014 at 9:18pm

Spring and Fall are the best times here (I live in P'cola). As a Florida resident you understand summer humidity...same here as Sarasota. Just keep a watch on Tropical Storms from June to November. We usually get hit late in the season, but have been lucky the last 9 years. Jimmy Buffett has a hotel on Pensacola Beach, and I prefer it to Perdido, but both are nice. Good Luck to you and your Sailor, either way, better than GLakes in the Winter.

Comment by Rik Tweed on March 31, 2014 at 9:24am
Greetings Pensacola A School group! Our airman arrived yesterday. RTC and PIR was great, but he is glad to be back in Florida. So, here I am to get the inside scoop on everything A School from Navy Dads. We are in Sarasota, so now within driving distance and planning a visit. Best to all!
Comment by CassOhioDad on March 22, 2014 at 12:45am
Like Jim. We were able to visit our sailor a few times during her stay in NAS Pensacola. There is plenty to do and nice places to stay. If your budget allows Perdido Key is very nice and only about 10min from the back gate. Our sailor was there for about 4months before she classed up. It is normal and they will get used to it. She was lucky and instead of being on crappy work details she managed to get a job @ the Naval Museum.
Comment by Jim on March 22, 2014 at 12:19am

Mark Stelzer,

We are fortunate enough to live a short 4.5-hour drive from Pensacola.  So, I made several trips to see him while he was there.  My son graduated at Great Lakes on 8Feb2013 and was flown to Pensacola on 9Feb2013.  He didn't 'class up' his ABH school until the first of May.  So, except when on watch or the only occasional duty section weekend, he had nearly 3-months of down time.  Once he was there for a couple of weeks, he was in 'Phase 2' and could leave, but not over night.  So, on visits during this time, he left base with us and we went to the beach, out to eat, or visit at our hotel and returned him at night.  Once he reached Phase 3, he stayed in our hotel a night here and there.  One weekend, we (and some friends of ours) went camping for the weekend at a state park not too far from Pensacola.  The boys spend a lot of time playing video games, and watching movies waiting to 'class up'.  

Yours may not have to wait too long.  But, if so, he may appreciate a visit. If you do make the trip, check out the Navy Lodge hotel on base and the Navy Gateway Inn on base.  You can reserve online at their respective websites.  Rooms run about $69/night compared to a standard $150-$300 during spring and summer in Pensacola.  Your active duty son will just be there when you check in to 'sponsor' you to stay there.  Even if he starts his class, he will likely be free in the evenings to help you check in and free most weekends.  If he isn't 'classed up' he will be free nearly all day most days.


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