Attitudes of Experienced Helicopter Pilots to Nap-of-the-Earth Flight
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ARMY BEHAVOIR AND SYSTEMS RESEARCH LAB ARLINGTON VA
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The work unit of the Behavior and Systems Research Laboratory BESRL was recently asked to investigate reports that nap-of-the-earth NOE daytime flight was excessively fatiguing and stressful. Since fatigue and stress are largely subjective experiences, the logical initial approach was to ask helicopter pilots flying NOE how they felt about the matter. Twenty-two pilots from the 1st Squadron, 9th Cavalry, based at Ft. Hood, were each interviewed for 45 minutes during the period June 7 - 9, 1972. Twenty of the pilots were Vietnam veterans with an average total number of 1377 helicopter hours, 1025 of these flown in Vietnam. The two 2 non-Vietnam pilots had an average of 240 flight hours.